Farmers Rush to Plant Ahead of Storms, Tweeting All the While

Farmers Rush to Plant Ahead of Storms, Tweeting All the While
Corn is planted in a field outside of Henry, Illinois, on May 14
Photograph by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Farmers planted at a breakneck pace last weekend to get seeds in the ground ahead of the storm system that brought severe weather and tornadoes on Sunday and Monday. Farmers planted a record 48.1 million acres of corn last week; by Monday, 71 percent of that crop was planted, according to a USDA report, up from just 28 percent the previous week.

Through the rush, farmers reported their progress via Twitter and Instagram, using hashtags like #plant13 or #fromthefield. Poems were posted. Packages of Girl Scout cookies eaten were documented, along with tractor accidents and many photos of farm equipment. One farmer planted for 19 hours straight. Here, a handful of the tweets that captured this year’s planting:

Hudson Farms @Hudson_Farms
Just got poured on by pop-up storm. #Plant13 on hold. Again. http://t.co/hdFAB38Gli— Hudson Farms (@Hudson_Farms) May 18, 2013
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Dave Delhotal @DFarms001
#plant13 pic.twitter.com/pzopUyVgKn— Dave Delhotal (@DFarms001) May 18, 2013
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Kyle @yoohoo26
What is it about a rain storm coming make a farmer do stupid things with a planter? #storm #plant13— Kyle (@yoohoo26) May 20, 2013
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Reid Blossom @ReidBlossom
Thanks to all the farmers in our area who wave at a little boy when you go past. You make our day! #plant13 pic.twitter.com/2s3fBfoWca— Reid Blossom (@ReidBlossom) May 19, 2013
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Cheryl Day @DayAngus
Lots of farm machinery on the road - please share the road and do not pass recklessly. #plant13— Cheryl Day (@DayAngus) May 18, 2013
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Arlan Suderman @ArlanFF101
Ouch That hurts RT @sunflowerfarmer: RT @KaptainK80 Another victim of #plant13 and auto-steer at it finest #westcdnag pic.twitter.com/qxBPJL0pcU— Arlan Suderman (@ArlanFF101) May 18, 2013
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Mark Welsch @welschfarms
What a pleasant surprise this morning! My wife seeded 100 acres after I went to bed last night #plant13 #thatsurehelps #wifeoftheyear— Mark Welsch (@welschfarms) May 20, 2013
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Debra @AgDebra
Rained out last night, but no complaints. A beautiful evening. #plant13 pic.twitter.com/OCdvPReuFD— Debra (@AgDebra) May 19, 2013
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caleb brown @macintoshdaddy
Alright twitter. Keep me entertained for this last night of planting. And so I don't go to sleep #plant13— caleb brown (@macintoshdaddy) May 21, 2013
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Brock Gussiaas @nd_ag_guy
2.9 inches and counting. It's not gonna stop for 2 more days either. #plant13 is not going to resume for awhile.— Brock Gussiaas (@nd_ag_guy) May 20, 2013
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What a mess in the northern red river valley. 5-5.5" of rain last night. Corn planting might be done! #plant13 #yuck pic.twitter.com/wbXwJW7egH— @AgWorx (@AgWorx) May 20, 2013
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