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Sounds of the Farm

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 08
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1976
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
ARK ark:/87278/s6rr1wdf
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-26
Date Modified 2005-02-26
ID 325605
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6rr1wdf

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Title Sounds of the Farm
Description Getting the land in shape for planting was the initial step towards reaping an abundant harvest. Spreading barnyard manure on dormant fields with a pitchfork or with a spreader was a fore-runner of spring or fall plowing. Fall plowing was preferable because the winter snows then had a chance of soaking deep into the soil. Whether it was accomplished depended on available time, on the weather and on the condition of the ground. It was a sight, more than a sound, as Papa turned the dark rich soil with a three-horse sulky plow. And it was a sight, watching Papa, with reins looped over and back of his shoulders, following in the furrows created by a one-horse plow at the corners and less accessible areas of the fields. The sounds of harrowing and disking the grounds and of leveling it with a handmade log leveler were soon replaced by sounds of a drill, as it dropped grains of wheat, oats, or bar-ley into the soil. Next came the "go-devil" marker. Papa guided the horses and the marker along the contours of the land as he marked the irrigation furrows, aiming to keep the soil from "washing". Irrigation perhaps was the most important element in producing a good crop, and Papa cultivated the ground regularly in order to get maximum benefit from the water. Water Masters from the Birch Creek and the North fork Irrigation Companies tried to rotate water turns, which were scheduled every ten days to two weeks, and we were glad when Papa's turns came in the day-time. But, the sounds of his getting up from his bed in the middle of the night to take a water turn are still unbelievably clear - his pulling on his knee-high rubber boots, lighting the kerosene lantern, and closing the gate as he left. Papa cleared the head ditch early in the spring, and as he marked the land he made gaps for every ten to twenty furrows to aid in the irriga-tion work. Irrigating the fields at night was tiring, especially after having worked hard on the farm all day. Papa tried grab-bing a "few winks" of sleep now and then by lying down near an average furrow twenty or thirty feet from where the water was progressing. He was awakened when the water reached his out-stretched hand, alerting him to the need for changing or watch-ing the water. And then came the sounds of Papa's returning from the night's irrigation job, - the sounds of the horse's hoofs going klopp, klopp, klopp on the hard road, if he had been to a distant -12-
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Identifier 022_Sounds of the Farm.jpg
Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 8
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 325570
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6rr1wdf/325570