Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

In honor of spring planting season in southern Minnesota April 18, 2016

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A pause in field work along the Rice-Steele County line Sunday afternoon.

A pause in field work along the Rice-Steele County line Sunday afternoon.

FARM IMPLEMENTS KICKED up dust Sunday afternoon under blue skies clumped with white clouds here in southeastern Minnesota.

Prepping the soil for planting along 270th Street East in southern Rice County.

Prepping the soil for planting along 270th Street East in southern Rice County.

It was the kind of balmy spring day that draws me to the land, to memories of spring planting.

This tractor and grain cart (typically used during harvest) sat unattended in southern Rice County Sunday afternoon.

This tractor and grain cart (typically used during harvest) sat unattended in southern Rice County Sunday afternoon.

While tractors and other equipment have changed since I left the farm of my roots at age 17, way too many years ago, one constant remains. This is the season of transition. An awakening. Black earth turned to warm sun. Seeding of the soil. The promise of a harvest.

Just outside Medford this farmer prepped the soil Sunday afternoon.

Just outside Medford this farmer prepped the soil Sunday afternoon.

The farm girl in me still lingers, waiting for spring days like this, for a drive into the country, for an opportunity to honor the land via photos, via thoughts, via a deep emotional connection to the earth.

© Copyright 2016 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

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20 Responses to “In honor of spring planting season in southern Minnesota”

  1. Almost Iowa Says:

    Lets all remember to slow down on the rural roads and be patient. Think of the slow moving equipment – as a traffic light.

  2. You are making me miss the farm today as well as the county fairs and going to tractor pulls. Great Captures – thanks so much for sharing the farm life! Happy Week – Enjoy 🙂

  3. I like that connection. Mick planted seeds yesterday – we put out a bunch of starter pots with the intention of doing away with more of our lawn. Quite a different scale than spring planting in farm country, but we will get our fingers dirty.

    • I saw lots of gardeners working yesterday. I was tempted to start planting flowers and veggies in pots. But I know full well the very risk of frost yet this early in the season.

      I think reducing your lawn size is a great idea.

  4. Don Says:

    Now you’ve done it, I am home sick!

    Greg is correct watch out for slow moving equipment but also mud clots on the roads picked up by the tractor tires and deposited there!

  5. Great verity of tractor pictures. Looks like home

  6. Jackie Says:

    I bet it brings back so many great memories for you! I know I was a farm girl in my other life…. Ha ha!

  7. Beth Ann Says:

    I love to see all the planting going on and since I have some great farmer friends in Iowa now I feel a bit closer to the planting season than I used to. It’s a great time of year.


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