Monday began with a rain shower in the St. Louis area. No planting at the Jerseyville farm for the next two days, I thought. After getting settled in at work, I sent an email to the crew at the farm, asking, “Do you think you’ll get in the fields later this week?”
To my surprise, the farm planned on hitting the fields. Research associate Joe Kinser replied immediately, “We caught a shower here this morning, but I think we will plant a few small fields in the 1 to 4 p.m. time frame at Jerseyville today. Let me know when you’re planning on coming out.”
After a quick check of schedules with videographer and photographer Chris, I decided this was my best chance to experience my first planting. Chris and I each drove home to change into quasi-proper farm attire: jeans, baseball cap and tennis shoes (and yes, I realize that I need a good pair of boots instead of Asics for the farm). Then we hurried over to Jerseyville.