…..For our wheat seed, that is. The quality of our crop begins with the seed. We always clean the seed. This takes out the cracked, small berries and things like joint grass. (joint grass-how we hate it) We have our soil tested so that we know if a certain field needs trace minerals or other nutrients which can be added at planting time. This year, our farm purchased a seed treater. Seed treating for fungus, ect. is not a new thing at all, but it’s new for us to do it ourselves.
It’s vital for us to get our wheat plants off to the best start possible. A strong, healthy plant with good roots will hold the soil. In Southwest Kansas, soil erosion from wind is something we put every effort into preventing. Have you ever been here in the spring? To say the wind blows is an understatement. Have you ever seen a bad dirt storm? It’s a very ugly thing. We can’t control nature. We have no control over moisture, early freezes and wind, so we try to do our very best with our farming practices.
This reminds me of a blood transfusion. The red is just a colorant. It’s a law that treated seed is colored. Yes, farmers have many laws to obey, contrary to popular belief.
Here is the cleaned seed being augered into the treater.
It’s put onto another truck, then it goes back into our grain bins until planting time when it’s taken out and put back onto a truck. The truck takes the seed to the field where the air seeder is waiting. Are you thinking that we handle our wheat a lot? We do! It’s an important part of farming. That’s why we take care of it.
….and now it’s time to plant. Wish us luck!