What Farmers Do While the Corn Grows

| 9/23/2013 7:16:00 PM

I am the newest or almost the newest blogger to this site so please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Lois Hoffman. My husband Jim and I live on 37 acres in southwest Michigan. I grew up on a pig and grain farm about a mile from where we now live and Jim was raised on a dairy and grain farm in Pennsylvania. So, farming is in both of our bloods even though we cash rent our acreage out.

Jim is retired and loves to landscape. He’s the one who has the great ideas for our yard; I am his little elf who helps. I enjoy writing and photography and have been a freelance writer and photographer for over 20 years. Farm and rural life is my passion and is the basis for most of my material. We love to travel the back roads and in doing so we meet some pretty exciting people. That is why I am excited about sharing some of our experiences with GRIT and hope that you will enjoy reading about them as much as I enjoy writing them. So, enough about us, let’s talk about the trail ride……

After the crops are planted in the spring and the spraying of early summer is done what do farmers do during the hot summer months and early fall while the corn and beans are growing? If you live near Williamsburg, Indiana, you have a little fun and keep tabs on your crops at the same time.

Williamsburg is a small town tucked between corn and soybean fields located roughly 20 miles southeast of Muncie, Indiana. Mark and Ron Hacker, who rent our ground, invited us to go on a “trail ride” of a different sort a while ago. Roughly 75 farmers, their wives, kids, friends and anyone else that was up for it brought their Polaris Rangers and a couple four-wheelers to boot and rode 20 miles of trails through fields, wooded areas and streams.

Indiana supports soil conservation so most every farmer has filter strips which are wide areas on the edge of fields that are left unplanted. It helps reduce soil erosion and chemical run-off in streams and rivers. In this case the strips provided the perfect trails to go from field to field.

9/25/2013 9:43:03 PM

Lois, welcome to the GRIT blogging community. I'm glad to see that the farm mentality is still alive and well. My exposure to the farm life was all before traveling off to college never to return. I didn't return because the love of technology stole me away from the farm life that I truly loved. After 41 years of cubicle life I retired and sort of returned to my roots by starting a large garden in the inner city. It's not exactly a community garden but the community has taken the responsibility of watching over the garden while I'm not there. This is only my second year and it's still in the construction and building stage. Some gardening is done but it's not up to full potential just yet. I'm looking forward to hearing about your country life. Have a great fall country day.

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