ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED | MAY 13, 1944 | CANADIAN COUNTRYMAN
This cartoon originally appeared in the May 13, 1944 issue of Canadian Countryman. It depicts a ram representing the “rush of spring work” chasing a farmer accompanied by a caption reading: “He’s got to get a move on.” It is a humorous take on the Spring season, the busiest time of year for many farmers. This is especially the case for farmers in Canada, where spring is liable to start late, furthering the sense of urgency to get the crops planted before the weeds set in. Fields must be plowed and fertilized, seeds must be sowed, and maple trees must be tapped for sap. In addition, spring is also accompanied by the birth of young livestock, who must be monitored and cared for. If that were not enough, the spring melt often brings flooding, washing out roads and flooding fields.