Wow! What a difference four sunny days can make. Great news at Seib Farms. We are 70% done planting beans and 50% done planting corn. We had a beautiful Tuesday, followed by a damp Wednesday and then three consecutive hot, windy, dry days. We got almost an inch of very gentle rain on Sunday.
We are feeling especially blessed to get a crop in the ground before the end of May. Others in our area have not been so fortunate. Wet ground is keeping many from being able to get a good start. Heard through the grapevine that our central and northern Indiana friends are reeling from some heavier rains this week.
We had another grain bin incident this week in PoseyCounty. He was lucky he was with someone who could get the grain flow stopped before it got above waist level. He still needed a grain tube rescue and a trip to the emergency room. I cannot stress farm safety enough. Heard a good safety tip last week: When entering a grain bin, take an air horn can with you on your belt. If you have an issue, sound the air horn so help can be executed.
Another farmer told me he calls his farmhand and puts his cellphone in his pocket while in the bin so the farmhand can hear what is going on in the grain bin. These solutions require a spotter when you are going into the bin, another good practice. But the best practice is keeping your grain in good shape, so you don’t ever have to go in the bin.
The greenhouse was bustling this week with gardeners finally getting a chance to till up ground and get vegetables planted. My motto is “the more you buy, the less I water!”
Memorial Day is this Monday. Take time to remember those who have made a difference in your life and have passed on. I know we are all in a tizzy to get a crop planted, but also remember to use safe practices. Your life matters to many. Have a great, safe week.