May 17th, 2015
We have enjoyed a nice Sunday off here at the farm. There are times when the weather is nice and the work is plentiful that we are tempted to just go out and do something. This was not one of those Sundays. We are tired of trying to force something to be dry enough to plant well. We have several fields that are started and not finished because we just can’t make ourselves plant the real wet areas. It was nice today just to know that things are too wet and leave another day for the drying to occur. On Sunday work… I do not believe it is a sin to work on Sunday. In fact, the sin of pride might actually be more easy to commit by not working. Sometimes we let legalism drift into our beliefs like the Pharisees in the Bible. I do believe that God designed us to take rest and I think that honoring God and our families on Sunday is a great way to do that. I also appreciate our employees so much. They are willing to work 6 long days in a row. It’s great to know that a break will always come by Sunday.
We are now 34% done planting corn and 44% planting soybeans. Parker celebrated his one-year wedding anniversary this weekend. He got married in our barn on May 17th last year and we were done planting by more than a week. Every year is different! We were fortunate this weekend to keep dry south of Lebanon. Our soybean planter planted the Gill farm on Friday and Saturday. Actually Brian finished that farm at 4:00am on Sunday, so there’s another reason not to get legalistic about Sunday work… I’m sure glad to have that done. The picture of the tractor with the clouds was Friday night as we were sure we were going to get dumped on. Believe it or not that storm didn’t produce any rain right there. We should have kept planting Friday night, but didn’t know until Saturday that the rain had skipped us there. It didn’t skip us at home as we got from .7 inches to 1.08 inches at different farms. I also lost 3 trees in my yard…one took out the power line on the way down.
This next week looks more promising for dry weather but I have to complain about something, so I wish the temperature was going to be higher. Actually, we are so blessed. This is just a different season with a slower pace of getting the work done. I am optimistic that we can get the rest of the crop planted in good conditions and it still won’t be too late.