In December, we took our youngest son to an agronomy meeting. He sat quietly during the presentations. He visited the vendor booths and signed up for door prizes. He listened intently as the door prizes were drawn. The year before he had won a pair of tickets to a K-State Basketball game, but this year he had his eye on a framed John Deere print to hang in his room. Sadly, he did not win the print, but instead he got a prize worth more...2 bags of seed corn.
He really wanted that print, but we finally convinced him that he could plant the corn, watch it grow and take the money from his corn and buy a John Deere print he picked out, so that takes us to this past week.
His seed was delivered and he waited impatiently for the time to plant his corn.
meat thermometer, because the soil thermometer got beat up by a calf when I was using it to monitor the temperature in the hot box.)
Dad let him sit in the driver seat. Our tractor is equipped with Autosteer and will drive in a straight line back and forth through the field guided by satellites.
Dad uses his pocket knife to dig down and find the seed very gently, so we don't break off the root.
Can you see it?
I am still not sure what makes my youngest tick, but I do know that he looked pretty proud walking into the field with his dad to check his corn. I do know that the kid that I can barely get to read the minimum minutes required each week all school year, read 3 times the amount just this weekend. Maybe getting to be a real farmer like dad will motivate him not only on the farm, but in the rest of his life. Time will tell.
Thank you to DuPont Pioneer for letting a little boy become a farmer in the making.
-A Kansas Farm Mom