On The Farm: Spring Seeding Back On | VideoNick Dreyer | 5/2/2012
Grano farmer Jim Vendsel was filling up the air seeder with fertilizer Wednesday morning, ready to settle in for a long day of seeding. But he`s not complaining after he went through a year like 2011.
"It`s been a challenge the last couple of years. We only got 600 acres in last year and you`d go out one day and you`d get frustrated, we were mudding it in and the crop we did take off, the quality wasn`t there."
He already has a quarter of his land seeded, some of it to winter wheat last fall and now the barley has been completed this spring. Farmers in the area feel positive.
"We still got time, we`re still sitting good. If we could get a good two weeks here, we could get a lot of acres off and we`ll be sitting alright," said Vendsel.
He says the showers forecasted for this week are something he`ll have to work around and it may even change his seeding plans.
"We were looking at doing some peas but we`re holding off for now on that and maybe we`ll do some flax, but if we can get rolling on some of the spring wheat and then get going on some canola, we’ll wait for the ground to warm up for the canola."
And with his hired help being laid up after a car accident, the workload just got a bit heavier.
"With the equipment now days, you can cover a lot of ground. Yah, he`ll be missed, but we`ll make it."