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Photos: Spring Activity
Cold temperatures this spring have kept farmers out of the field. But, if you look hard enough, you can still find activity along the countryside.
This cover crop of cereal rye, aerial seeded last August, has new growth after a long, cold winter in central Iowa. The cover crop was planted because the field has highly-erodible soil.
Loading the Drill
Jerry Long, a farmer from Maxwell, Iowa, loads oat seed into his drill.
Longs didn’t let the cold stop them from drilling oats. Early planting of oats is critical for high yields and grain quality.
A bulldozer sits idle after being used in early-spring fieldwork.
These farmers work to clear the edge of a newly purchased field in preparation to install a fence to separate the field and pasture.
Cold temperatures can't hault all activity.