As the drama of March Madness tournament continues to heat up, so does the soil. That’s right–farmers are just weeks away from planting their crops. Most farmers plant their corn first, followed by soybeans or another crop, and are itching to get those first seeds in the ground. Like everything in farming, planting in early-April can be risky. The soil temperature has to be around 50 degrees for the seed to germinate and produce a healthy stand. Having perfect planting weather in Nebraska can be just as rare as having a perfect bracket. The nice weather doesn’t stick around very long and the bad weather arrives when we least expect it. A blast of cold weather during the seed’s first few days can be detrimental to its existence.
Farmers are sure to keep busy while they wait out these next few weeks before getting into the field. They work to get the fields prepped by adding nutrients
to the soil, getting their planters ready, fixing ditches that may have formed and tilling where compaction may have occurred in the fall.
To be honest, the spring is my least favorite time of year. The stress of getting everything planted with the weather we’re dealt is enough for me. On top of planting we are working to get our cowherd bred for the next calving season. A majority of our herd is artificially inseminated (AI). This is a lengthy process getting all the cows “synced” to the right cycle to be bred at the same time–so they calve at the same time. We spend a whole month working to get the cows on the right track to be bred in May. This is the time where we are deciding what bulls we want to use this spring and how much semen to order. This selection process is important because it allows us – as much as possible – to breed for the best genetics possible. Usually when we AI it’s raining, muddy and cold. Have I mentioned how much I love spring?
These next two months are going to be pretty hectic with some pretty long hours. I find relief working in our garden and potting plants as much as I can. I can’t wait to show you the plans I have for them this spring!