Friday, May 16, 2008


The corn planter is now ready to do its job.

Today in the green barn we counted how many seeds the planter dropped over 30 feet of concrete, performed some high math, made adjustments, and then counted again. The counting may have been slightly off because Maggie the farm dog kept stealing kernels and eating them.

Ideally, Howell Farm shoots for 20,000 seeds per acre. Modern corn farmers will drop as many as 30,000 seeds.

In the picture, you can see the other interns watching Farmer Rob explain the mechanics of the planter. From left to right that's Peter, Tom, Matt and Rama.