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spent part of Sunday driving around to look at the fields to see
which ones need to be sprayed for weeds. He has gone to quite
a bit of no-til on his spring crops. With no-til they do not work
the ground, but they go into the field and plant the seed right
into the stocks of last year's crops. Steve feels that there is
less compacting of the soil when they don't run over the fields
so many times with the different equipment. By doing no-til, they
don't have to spray it more.
usually takes 2 or 3 years before you end up with a clean field
with no weeds. One of the plusses of no-til is you don't need
as much labor. Currently, good labor is hard to get and keep.
No-til in our area has caused quite a bit of controversy with
the older farmers.
I am back to my insurance job. We sell crop insurance at our office,
and right now it is time for the farmers to report their planted
acres for spring crops. Sometimes it is like pulling teeth to
get the farmer to come in to do their reporting. It seems they
have so much paper work they hate to see my reminder come in the
mail. They must report their planted acres by a certain time and
then as soon as a crop is harvested the farmer must report the
production, or how well the crop did. This is done for wheat and
then for the spring crops and it all has to be done in a timely
fashion. All this is just for crop insurance; they also have tons
of paper work for the government as well.
My office is also a real estate office. Although I am only an
insurance agent, I do some of the legwork for the real estate.
After this week they may never let me out of the office. We had
a couple of lots for sale in a small town south of Minneapolis,
and I was supposed to put the sign in the lot. Well, I misread
the map and put the sign in the wrong lot. Did I stir up that
town! The next door neighbors informed me before I had even left
the lot that I had the wrong lot and set me straight on which
was the right one. Before I got back to town, my boss had a couple
of phone calls about the "wrong" property.
We finally have recieved some moisture, and it is wonderful. The
guys were trying to plant some milo, grain sorghum, into some
of the wheat stock but I think they have been rained out. Next
week is our county fair. Since the boys could not work in the
fields, they spent time cleaning up one of the combines so that
the service center could run one in the fair parade. They really
did a pretty good job cutting wheat once all the kinks were worked
Ashley and I drove to Salina to get her fair pictures enlarged.
She is taking photography and her horse to the fair.
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