Opening the Land/the Smell of Rich Turned Soil—Thursday, March 8, 2018

Terry finished disking up all the old corn stalks then started plowing Monday.

He will plow up all of last year’s pinto bean field, the two corn fields and the small little field at the upper end.

Turning the earth over, waking up the soil—-yes, farmers still plow in our area.  Off and on different farmers (us included) have tried the no-till, or the medium-till method, but it just doesn’t work for our area.

Our soil and the method of irrigation we use, does not support lack of plowing.

Therefore, in the bright, clean light of spring..alone on the waking earth,

 The tractor tranquilly moves back and forth upon the land.

For a spell now the wind has been still.  Not even a breeze wandering by to fluff up the clouds or shake the branches of the trees and bushes.

Our days (of late) have been blessed with sun and warmth bursting forth in clear light–the air all around us smelling of fresh turned soil…laying warm and mellow in the golden sun.

Spring work has begun!


Your friend on a western Colorado farm,




19 thoughts on “Opening the Land/the Smell of Rich Turned Soil—Thursday, March 8, 2018

  1. Ah, the smell of freshly tilled soil….one of my favorites. Like the smell of the ocean. Two more days to daylight savings time, yea! Today a large flock of 100’s of wild swans are here on their trip north for the summer. They will rest here for a few days before moving on.

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  2. Wow….hard to believe it’s that time of the year again! Hope you get the moisture you need to have a terrific growing season on your farm! Here’s to spring!!!

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  3. Seeing tractors plowing the fields is one of the things I miss most about not getting back to Michigan’s farm country. It was a sure sign of spring’s pending arrival. Thanks for this gift. Gave me a broad smile.

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  4. hello dayphoto its dennis the vizsla dog oh hay wow i bet that fresh ternd soil shoor smels wunderful and i bet it is gud for rolling in too!!! i wood not no myself on akkownt of heer the only wuns wot tern the soil over ar the gofers!!! ok bye

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