New Life and Death
We finally got a start planting corn late Wednesday afternoon (I hear I missed a really good Bible Study at church!). We have made good progress, since the weather has cooperated.
Two old area farmers died and their visitations were both Thursday afternoon. So we took most of a prime afternoon off from field work to pay our respects. You'd think old farmers would be more considerate during prime planting season, but maybe they are trying to remind us that death is a surety and preparing for it is more important than planting corn.
Gregg Sauder told us we shouldn't be planting Friday and Saturday because of the predicted cold snap. Cold temperatures 36 hours after planting stresses the seed and can harm germination. We, along with all of our neighbors ignored his warning and planted anyway. Farming is always a risk and a gamble with the weather, and we took one. We hope we don't regret it.
Saturday night I parked the planter in the shed and as I walked past the combine, I heard a new litter of kittens meowing in the feeder house. Hopefully they will be gone before we have to get the combine ready for wheat or we could have a problem on our hands!
A trailer load of weaner pigs arrived on Monday morning. They didn't seem too anxious to see their new accommodations!
They are all settled in and doing well now.
In the day shalt thou make thy to grow, and in the morning shalt thou make thy seed to flourish: but the harvest shall be a heap in the day of grief and of desperate sorrow.