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Planting season on the family farm 

Last spring I decided to return to my Kansas roots and to photograph my Uncle David, now in his 70s, planting soybeans on the family farm.
Sean Cayton
The east field before planting on our family's farm in Centerville, Kansas.
Sean Cayton
David walks to the loader in preparation for planting soybeans.
Sean Cayton
David loads soybeans in preparation for planting.
Sean Cayton
David visits with his mother Hilma, now in her 90s, at the nursing home where she lives.
Sean Cayton
Soybeans fall from the loader before planting.
Sean Cayton
Soybeans, red from pesticide treatment, sit in the loader.
Sean Cayton
David takes a moment out of his day to visit the grave of his wife Brenda in Pleasanton, Kansas.
Sean Cayton
A track in the soil made by the planter makes for an interesting composition.
Sean Cayton
The tractor and planter runs late in the day to put soybean into the ground.
Sean Cayton
David watches as soybean seeds are loaded late at night during planting season.
Sean Cayton
A tractor and planter run into the evening to get soybeans into the ground on the family farm in Centerville, Kansas.
Sean Caton
My two Uncles David, right, and Dillard may be the last generation to farm on the family farm in Centerville, Kansas.
Sean Cayton
Two days after being planted a soybean seed has already germinated and started to grow.
Sean Cayton
David spends some time with his dog.
Sean Cayton
Portrait of my Uncle David during planting season.
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Sean Cayton
The east field before planting on our family's farm in Centerville, Kansas.
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