Finally, the green flag dropped on us this week. We were able to fire up the tractors and sprayer and start trying to catch up on all the things we have to get done. This past six days was mostly a blur. We were still a tad wet on Monday, so we spent most the day installing tile. On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to watch my wife at work when I went with her grade level from school — that also includes my oldest daughter — to the zoo. Always fun to get to enjoy making memories with my girls.

That evening, we started trying to repair some of the mistakes from last fall with some light tillage. The next day, it was off to the races with trying to apply as much anhydrous as I could physically get done that day. We had a few good days to really run hard and get stuff going for the year. It felt good to get some time in the seat of the tractors. I know it helped to relieve some of the stress of “are we going to ever get anything done?”

There is still plenty to do. But I feel we have a good handle on things, and only one thing really needs any work to be able to get going — the corn planter, what else? Seems like no matter what we do, that piece of equipment always needs something done to it. The good news is we officially do have seed in the ground. Good, bad, or ugly, we won’t know for a couple weeks. But I was able to get 100 acres of soybeans planted in between everything else going on.

The outlook is positive for the next few days. We hope to run pretty hard with any window we get from now on. But in the end we know it will be up to the good Lord to see if we get to raise a crop this year. I do feel bad for guys I have talked to all over that haven’t done anything yet, though. There is still plenty of work to do ahead of all of us.

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