Next rain is predicted for 5 days from now. The lettuces in the greenhouse need to get out. Today the walking tiller was finally used in the “bedded up” fields, anticipating a lettuce, mache planting later in the week. The tiller is the “pre-treatment” for the field. In a few days, just before planting, they’ll run through with the tractor to create beds. The pre-treatment serves to uproot weeds (about 2″ deep) and help more quickly dry the soil.
And the farmer continues his tool maintenance. Oil and filters and fluids, tweaking a tool bar for better efficiency, creating a new riding cultivator with spare parts. Time in the shop getting greasy before the year begins to spin fast. It’s work that is satisfying to the creative side. It’s work that makes a difference to the bottom line at the end of the year.