Stories | May 16, 2017
A Day at Planting
Planting is in full swing in North America. We followed a farmer in Illinois to tell his day-in-the-life story through photos at this important time of the year.
It's 8 a.m. The planter is ready to roll, but it rained a bit yesterday. It's 40°F and there's a little frost on the soil, which means Dustin will have to wait for a couple of hours to plant corn.
A tablet allows Dustin to stay connected. While he waits, he checks the weather forecast, the grain markets and Twitter—to see what other farmers are doing.
The soil is dried up, thanks to a couple hours of sunshine and windy conditions. Time to plant. Dustin has three computer screens to set up before he starts, including an app on his tablet that helps him monitor his progress.
And he's off! This planter allows Dustin to plant 36 rows of corn at a time. Everything is run by GPS—the entire field is programmed into a system so that planting is almost completely automated.
Dustin takes a break to check the seed spacing in the ground. The light yellowish-brown stick looking pieces are corn stalks from last year's crop.
Sometimes, it just feels good to run the soil through your fingers.
Dustin is nearing the end of planting this 75 acre field. The planter was filled with corn seed at the tractor shed, but sometimes, it's a little short. That's why Dustin brings a few extra bags to the field in his truck.