We began planting spring wheat this week.  The light isn’t the best, but you can click on the photo to enlarge it. The tractor in the background is planting with our John Deere air seeder. The spring wheat seed and fertilizer contained in the yellow air cart is moved through tubes and hoses via air pressure to the 56 ft wide planter that places the seeds and fertilizer in the soil.  The smaller tractor in the foreground is pulling a roller harrow to size last year’s crop residue so that we don’t plug up the planter in the heavy residue. It isn’t always easy planting into the previous crop’s residue in the spring but the alternatives of tillage or stubble burning harm soil health which increases erosion and decreases crop yields when the heat of summer arrives.  Check back in a few days and we will have a video of planting posted.