20 signs it’s spring on the farm

Spring is finally here, but what does a farm family expect now that the winter blues are gone? I asked the Luttrull and Wright families and here are their responses:

  1. Planting season starts.
  2.  Signs of new life, such as a baby calf standing by its mom.
  3. The word “vacation” doesn’t exist until July.
  4. As a wife, you look forward to rain so you can see your husband. But, as a husband, you wish the rain would go away.
  5. Walking outside and taking in the fresh air
  6. Family time becomes very precious since there is not as much to go around.
  7. Kids riding around in the tractor with dad while he plants.
  8. The trees budding with new life and the frozen daffodils after a late frost.
  9. Dinner is no longer at 6 p.m. It’s now at 8, 9 or 10 …
  10. The wonderful smell of chicken manure fills the air as the farmers fertilize the fields.
  11. Finding seeds in the washer and dryer.
  12. Extra jobs for whoever is standing around — and the jobs have to be done right away.
  13. Eating dinner by yourself and then putting his plate in the oven to stay warm.
  14. Taking dinner to your husband in the field.
  15. “Free” weekends are few and far between.
  16. Spring is the time to execute the plants that were made during the fall and winter months.
  17. Part runs when things break in the middle of planting.
  18. The extra daylight that comes with longer days.
  19. Taking care of the kids as a “single” parent
  20. Seeing school buses at Wal-Mart on Sunday.

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