"I'm Tristan Winegar, Tristan Winegar farms and today we are planting dark red kidney beans," said Winegar. An early May planting is way ahead of normal planting schedule, according to the Weiser farmer.
"This is early for our area, usually we shoot for May 15th to avoid the late freezes and the cool soil temperatures. Soil temperature is 57-degrees in the morning and its 61-ish in the afternoon so its all good.," said Winegar.
In this pandemic year, everything is different says Winegar, including the weather.
"It's been dry and warm, so it has been a different year. We were planting beats as early as March 2nd and that's extremely early. Some beets froze but a lot of them made it," added Winegar.
With long lines at grocery stores and some shortages, farmers are enjoying unprecedented respect. "We're just doing what we love, number one, but also our job. To us its a duty thing. Its our job to get up when no one else wants to get up and get dirty when no one wants to and get the job done. It's the way its been forever and the way it's going to be," said Winegar.