Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Planting season in southern Minnesota May 28, 2014

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IF THEY WEREN’T WORKING the land, farmers along a stretch between Mankato and west of New Ulm were preparing to plant on Saturday.

Field work, tractor on drive, west of New Ulm

Everywhere, these tenders of the earth steered tractors along roadways and through fields, hurrying to prep the soil and seed crops during this year’s delayed planting season.

Field work, truck w seed bags west of Mankato

Seed bags topped wagons and pick-up trucks.

Field work, John Deere on curve west of New Ulm

Mammoth tractors pulling equally mammoth implements crept along rural roadways.

Field work, John Deere in field west of New Ulm

Sky and land swallowed small scale tractors.

Field work, tractor hill, near Courtland

On a rare occasion dust flew in the field.

Field work, International on road west of New Ulm

And I took it all in, savoring this sweet time in the growing cycle as only one born and raised on a farm can.

Field work, bags on wagon, west of new Ulm

This place, this land, still claims my heart each spring, each summer, each fall, through the seasons of planting and growing and harvest.

Photos were taken along U.S. Highway 14 and along Brown County Road 29.
© Copyright 2014 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


21 Responses to “Planting season in southern Minnesota”

  1. treadlemusic Says:

    Yes, and the planting race is furious here culminating with the perfect rain late yesterday afternoon and continuing yet this morning. Those plant will leap out of the soil in the coming hours!!!!

  2. Beth Ann Says:

    Nice photos of our farmer friends in action, Audrey. Thanks!

  3. Dan Traun Says:

    It is a magical time of year; for the last two years in a row it has arrived later than normal. I get pretty excited for my own planting season around the yard. Every time I see this massive machinery I think of how different this was 100 years ago and how much smaller farms were. Bigger isn’t always better. Quicker, faster, better, go-go-go. I am not convinced that this is really progress.

  4. Beautiful Captures 🙂 Makes me want to get outdoors in wide open spaces. Happy Hump Day!

  5. Ahh….we spent nearly our whole weekend in the yard, planting, building a trellis for the raspberries, pulling garden thugs from the soil. I know it’s different for people who’ve lived on a farm, but I do find plenty of magic in my little garden at this time of year. Lovely photos, as always.

  6. Jackie Says:

    Ahhhh for a moment I almost thought I was there. Thanks for sharing the country with us!

  7. hotlyspiced Says:

    After all that snow it’s lovely to see how green it is. Some of that farm equipment is enormous! xx

  8. Thread crazy Says:

    Beautiful farmland Audrey; yes, the farmers here now are sweating it out as we received about 3″ of rain over past week and there’s a lot of wheat still in the fields that is ready for harvest. Weird that we would be that much ahead of you all.

  9. ryanware Says:

    Great series, Audrey.

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