WEEDS – the crop that never fails.
Weeds have always been the farmer’s foe. Back a number of years ago, it was the weed’s appearance in the soybean fields that gave the farmer problems.
Members of our family still remember bean-walking days. Summer after summer, armed with sharpened hoes and dangerous corn knives, the mother, farmer and all the family members went on weed attacks in the soybean field. Day after day the crew began early, in the coolest part of the day. You would have seen them marching up and down the rows of soybeans, chopping off sunflowers, cockleburs and other troublesome weeds.
It was a happy year when biologists discovered a new hardier soybean that could withstand weed spray and the farmer no longer needed to fight weeds manually. Now everyone was rejoicing because the farmer when using these new soybean seeds could fight the weeds with his tractor and sprayer. Today “walking the soybeans” is only a memory.
Written by Doris Stensland – November 2017