Ellen Donaldson

Fertilizing and Planting

Guess what! Its raining again… We did get about 5,000 acres planted before we had to stop. We are still working on fertilizing and spraying the fields. On the tobacco side plants are growing in the greenhouse and the fields are being fertilized. With the dry sunny weather coming in this weekend we will be hitting the fields asap!

Let the Planting Begin!

Y'all!!! THE SUN IS OUT!!!! It feels like spring is finally here and we are so glad! This is the first week it has been dry enough to get the planters out in the field. We are also still running anhydrous applicators. This means we will be moving lots of equipment down the road. When you see a SSF truck with flashing lights or orange flags there will be equipment behind it.  Here is a little video of our third day of planting. 




The First Day of Spring

Its the first day of spring! And it is snowing…….. Even though things are moving slowly because of all of the rain and snow, all of our corn seed in, 5,000 acres are fertilized, 4,000 preped with Anhydrous, and 2,500 are tilled. Now we just need some sunshine and warm temperatures. 

Its Seeding Time!

It is almost time to start planting your garden but it is defiantly time to start seeding tobacco! Every year at SSF, Chris Croft takes a couple of guys across the county line to Cook Bros Farms and they each other seed tobacco. Here you can see the fancy seeding machine being filled with potting soil. This machine is a Horticulturist dream come true! It seeds 288 tiny tobacco seeds at a time. Today they will do 1,200 trays! Then they are double checked to make sure only one seed is in each compartment and taken to greenhouses where they are floated out on beds of water. In just a couple of days little green sprouts will spring to life!

To the Fields!

It has finally dried up enough for us to get into the fields. We have our anhydrous crew out preping the fields for planting. They will run until the rain returns this weekend. Its still pretty dreary out, but atleast it not raining! 

Sunshine, Sweet Sunshine!

The sun is shining!!!! It might be raining tomorrw but today is perfect! Planter repairs are just about completed and we are ready to start anhydrous application and planting. Spring is all about planning here at SSF. Lots of meetings are happening, lots of list are being made and lots of things are being repaired. Once anhydrous starts it will be petal to the metal straight thru to harvest.  

Seven Springs Farms Safety Day

We had a great turn out this year for Safety Day! Over 150 farmers and firefighers came out to learn about safety on the farm. We had speakers on grain bin safety, grain quality, grain rescue, and an awesome lunch! Pork Chops were provided by Pioineer. Oh man, were they good! Sides and dessert were provided by the Harper House. We also had two sprayer certification classes after lunch! If you missed out this year and want to come next year it is always the first Wednesday after the Farm Machinery Show.

Gatton is on floor cleaning duty before everyone arrives!

You can't go wrong with chocolate chip cookies and banana pudding!


Baked beans and the best hashbrown cassareole ever! I didn't get a picutre of the pork chops but they were cooked to perfection! Thanks Harper House and Pioneer!


The Trigg Co Volunteer Fire/Rescue Team

Jessica and Josh Brashears enjoying a break before the Dicamba Certification. 

Well the ground hog said 6 more weeks of winter! Everyone at SSF is thankful for the floor heat in the shop and our space heaters in the office! The Spray guys did manage to get a little bit of spraying in this past week before the ground thawed out. Our truckers are still busy delivering grain and we still have shop guys working on repairing equipment. Our Greenhouse is also getting a facelift before spring arrives.  Farming at SSF chuggs along thru the winter and then its pedal to the metal from planting untill July!  It is safe to say everyone here is ready to trade Jack Frost for green grass, planting, and warmer weather! 

Safety Day!

Safety day is offically on the books for Feburary 21st! We will have speakers on grain quality, grain safety, grain rescue, share the road, as well as sprayer and dicamba certifications. There will be lots of good informaiton shared and lunch provided. If you are interested in attending let us know! Seven Springs FarmsSafety Day

This week on the farm we are still preping for planting, afterall it takes alot of preperation and planning to plant 38,000 acres!  Right now guys are working on replacing worn parts on planters and tillers and fertilizer and seed is being ordered. We are just waiting on the weather to warm up enough to plant, hopefully in March! 

The other side of the farm is working on emptying grain bins and delivering grain to the grainerys. In two weeks time we have delivered over 280,000 bushels of soybeans. Thats alot of beans! 

Within two weeks we have had single digit temperatures, snow, rain, temps above 55, and sunshine. The pictures below are all within the same week! If you don't like the weather in Kentucky just give it a couple of days and it will change! The guys have been busy in the shop with repairs and parts inventory. They just finished  the last of the Anhydrous appliators and are moving on to vertical tillage and planters. Our truck guys are keeping the road hot between here and the grainery delivering corn and soybeans. Our Tobacco guru Chris will deliver our last load of tobacco this week! We also have some of the cutest visitors in the office today!