I wanted to take a few minutes to let you know what’s been happening on the farm the past several days. Saturday we finished planting soybeans on our farm which is about 75 miles south of Chicago, near Mazon, Illinois. That means all of the corn and soybeans are planted and now “crop scouting season” begins.
Crop scouting is time-consuming; but, probably the most important job we do all summer. With the assistance of a 4-wheeler, my husband spent most of Sunday and Monday riding down the rows of the planted corn and soybeans looking for insects, weeds and diseases that could hurt the young plants. He was also checking for any germination issues with the seeds. As the plants grow, the 4-wheeler becomes less helpful and we have to do a lot more walking through the fields! We “scout” each field at least once a week during the summer months, as those little plants grow fast this time of the year!
Because we finished scouting on Monday, we played “hooky” on Tuesday morning and headed to Oak Brook to meet our daughter-in-law and 1-year-old granddaughter, who live in Chicago. While our daughter-in-law and I shopped, Grandpa and granddaughter enjoyed a couple of hours of playing peek-a-boo, giggling, and strolling as they followed us from store to store on this very beautiful and sunny day. Oh, what grandfathers won’t do for their grandchildren!!!
Back at home later that afternoon, Grandpa headed to the farm shop---that’s the shed on the farm where we do maintenance and repairs to the farm equipment. He needed to do some repairs on his crop scouting buddy---the 4-wheeler.
At dark, we sat down for a late supper…a little tired, but so thankful for such a wonderful day. I told Grandpa how impressed I was of his shopping skills and reminded him that in less than six months he’ll be entertaining two granddaughters while mom and grandma shop. He just grinned from ear to ear!