Okla. Dec 27th 1922
“All are well here. having nice weather. Got home all right. found everything all right but the wheat. had to sow it over. To Emma and ? Lew”
When I first read this vintage postcard message, I thought “that’s odd, why would Lew sow (plant) wheat in December?” OK farmers, go ahead and groan. So, I looked up the planting and harvest time for wheat. I found out winter wheat (Oklahoma’s number one crop) is planted in September and harvested in summer.
Oklahoma farmers actually want complete snow cover as it benefits wheat by being warmer underneath the snow than on top. This might explain why Lew had to “sow it over”. He might not have had the protective snow cover and had to replant as a result. I’m not a farmer, so there could be other explanations. After all, he did say the weather was nice. I still think it’s odd to plant in December as I’m from WI where NOONE farms in winter.
A Bit of Ephemera Trivia:
It takes less than ten seconds for a combine to harvest enough wheat for 70 loaves of bread. And one acre will produce enough wheat for 2 thousand five hundred loaves. (courtesy of America’s Heartland)
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