Spray Plane

Me: Hey Harland, is that plane spraying a sunflower field for bugs?

Harland:  Nope.

Me:   Is he spraying the cornfield?

Harland:  Nope.

Me:  What then?

Harland:  Turnip seed.

Me:  What?!  Once more. I didn’t hear right.

Harland:  He’s dropping turnip seed on the cornfield. It will germinate by the time the corn is harvested this fall.  When the cattle are turned in to graze on the corn stalks, there will be turnip greens to graze on as well.

Me:  So the plane is dropping turnip seed?

Harland:  Yep.

Me:  Well I’ll be.

Harland:  Yep.


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18 Responses

  1. Glenda says:

    Love it! Learn something new everyday. Keeps me young!

  2. Sharon Thompson says:

    Love to read your blog, how very interesting, and such a nice ready for the cows.

  3. Laura says:

    all those “yeps” sounds like the kind of conversation I have with my husband!

    I have never heard of this before – interesting.

  4. Well that’s a new one for me too!

  5. Tina says:

    Really? What will they think of next! OK, ask Harland if the cattle only eat the greens then does he harvest the turnips? Sorry this Cityslicker has questions!

  6. Kathy says:

    I have never heard of doing this. What a unique idea! I too want to know if you harvest the turnips.

  7. HelenB says:

    California rice is also planted by “cropdusting” airplanes.

  8. Tami says:

    I can’t think of a thing to say except “Well, I’ll be!” I’ve lived most of my life in Kansas and never heard of this. Very ingenious!

  9. Sally Bishop says:

    Sounds like a good plan from where I’m sitting.

  10. Becca says:

    well I’ll be too!

  11. Chester's Mom says:

    Sure beats bending over the row and sprinkling seeds (when it’s almost dark and can’t see much). Which is the way I planted turnips last night.

  12. Peggy says:

    Wow! Didn’t know that. Thanks for the info. I starting to feel so smart! Ha ha! Great photos by the way. The forth one of the plane is really good!

  13. Jay says:

    Do you ever wonder if Harlan just makes certain things up? Then again he’s a lot nicer then I am so probably not.

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