Farmers Ian and Jeremy spent the day working a field that will be planted with winter wheat. (Their work was in same field that was the site of the recent plowing match, which means at least a patchwork of the plowing was already complete.)
As you may remember from other Furrow posts, two varieties of winter wheat were planted last fall -- an older variety that is taller and a more modern variety that is shorter. The farmers report high satisfaction with the older variety and plan to plant more.
Farmer Rob worked with a tractor and disc plow out in one of the farm's most distant crop fields. But his progress was stymied by a disc on the disc plow that was repeatedly jammed up by crop residue. A fix at the equipment shop consumed much of the rest of his afternoon.
Not out in the field today was Bill the draft horse. Today the veterinarian prescribed Bill some antibiotics and twelve weeks of rest. He has an infection in his hock -- a joint in his hind leg -- but there are high hopes that he will make a full recovery.
And so it goes on every farm. Both modern equipment and traditional draft horses sometimes need to spend time in the repair shop.