Planting season in southern Minnesota

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
Photo by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

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
Photo by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Seed bags topped wagons and pick-up trucks.

Field work, John Deere on curve west of New Ulm
Photo by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Mammoth tractors pulling equally mammoth implements crept along rural roadways.

Field work, John Deere in field west of New Ulm
Photo by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Sky and land swallowed small scale tractors.

Field work, tractor hill, near Courtland
Photo by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

On a rare occasion dust flew in the field.

Field work, International on road west of New Ulm
Photo by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

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
Photo by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

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.

This post was written by Audrey Kletscher Helbling and originally published on Minnesota Prairie Roots.

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