Thursday, January 07, 2010

The bees, wind, and soybeans hard at work

I took this picture of Henning spraying his soybean field, and you can see that he has the bees working for him, too. He has to be careful and look out for them. In South Dakota, you can almost count on the wind blowing at one time or another, so the farmer puts the wind to work for us, turning out electricity. Nowadays, when the farmer tries to make a living off the land, he has to work with mother nature in more ways than one.

Henning out spraying

Hennning was out spraying his soybeans for the second time this season. He said he planned to spray them just once, but this year the weeds got a bit of a head start on him. Henning farms this field to get 40 bushels per acre: and he plants the seed, fertilizes, and sprays with that in mind.

But every farmer knows mother nature plays a very big part in farming. A farmer sometimes has to work with a late spring, not getting the rainfall at the right time, with an early frost, and so on.