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Turning the corner into spring fieldwork

Crop plans have been reviewed and should be ready to go.

Even though we had 3 to 4 inches of snow this week, it didn’t stick around long. The days are getting longer. My last basketball game (to officiate) was today. As I type, March Madness is on in the background. What a great time of year. It is beginning to feel like spring!

I’m also thankful to have seen road signs from Texas, Arkansas, Missouri. I hope to soon see Illinois and Indiana. Through Facebook posts, I’ve been tracking the progress of Joe, our part-time, retired semi-truck driver. I’m thinking by mid-week he’ll be settled back in at home and ready to get out of the house. Well, that is my hope anyway. I’ll admit, I haven’t done a lot of trucking this winter. I was able to spread out delivery periods a little better this year. Basketball seemed busier this year, so I wasn’t hip on climbing into a truck at 6 in the morning. (That’s one of the less busy timeslots at the feed mill. I just can’t stand sitting in line when there are so many things to do.)

It hasn’t been easy this week, but projects are beginning to fall in line. Tires arrived today. The fertilizer box should be completed and ready for pickup. Crop plans have been reviewed and should be ready to go. Some product still need to be ordered, but that shouldn’t be too difficult.

We did have a hiccup this week with seed. It seems our salesman’s boss never turned in a change order. As a result, we are re-thinking that order, checking on alternatives. With deliberate purpose, we order our seed. We are very specific about seed size and treatments. It really irritates me when companies fail to deliver. Most of the time, I feel the companies have the attitude: just get it in the farmer’s barn, they’ll use whatever we give them. News: It doesn’t work that way here, it will sit in the barn until the company comes to pick it up!

After that hiccup, I confirmed our other outstanding orders and verified everything is good to go. I’m told it is and to expect deliveries to be rolling in quite frequently.

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