Make Hay While the Sun Shines

Zach puts in a late night

One of the consequences to waiting until field conditions are ideal before bringing the heavy equipment in is the long days into the nights that we work to get it all done in a short window of days. Springtime often brings frequent rains, which gives us precious few good days to run in a stretch before being put out again for maintenance and jobs of secondary importance.

I like to make time to stop and eat, and always make time to hug my children and teach them a lesson or two, but 14-16 hour work days in the spring and fall are common. Planting, spraying, and harvesting are my bread and butter, so fishing and playing usually have to wait for a rainy day.

The benefit of cramming all of that work into long days is top yields from a well timed, placed, and cared for crop. Waiting until conditions are dry enough also saves our fields from compaction problems and uneven emergence.

Let me also remember that my dear wife works long days taking care of the children and teaching them diligently while I am away.

Sunrise under pecan trees on the farm
Sunrise under pecan trees on the farm


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A seventh generation farmer of good soils in Henry County Tennessee, I take seriously my responsibility to care for what has been entrusted to me for this life and to teach my children diligently.

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