One of my favorite crops that we grow on our farm is crimson clover. We grow this crop for seed and as a rotational crop between grass species. One of the main reasons it’s my favorite is because of how beautiful it is. As a side note, this crop is not usually grown because it makes us any money (hahaha)! Maybe that’s not funny to people who aren’t farmers, but the point here is that we grow some crops because of the benefits they give us in the soil and in rotational weed control, not because of how cushioned they make our pocketbooks.
We will harvest this crop late June to early July. Until that point we get to watch it get more and more red as the bees do their work pollinating. We bring about one hive of bees per acre to pollinate. These bees along with native bees do all the work to get us a good seed crop. Once the blooms are done, the bees are removed to other crops to feed them. Then we wait while the crop matures, dries down and gets ready to be harvested.
The seed that we harvest will be cleaned to be free of any weeds or other seeds. And then sold and used for cover cropping, wildlife mixes and soil regeneration projects. Until then while you drive around this time of year, look around and enjoy the beauty these fields bring to the Oregon landscape.
Hey everyone, some exciting news! Last fall I hosted the FarmHer team out on the farm and the episode they filmed will be airing this coming Friday April 12th, 6:30pm! Below is the press release from the FarmHer team….
FarmHer Follows Women in Agriculture from Washington to Louisiana in the 2nd Half of Season Three
(NASHVILLE, TENN. — Apr. 5, 2019) FarmHer is back with new episodes on RFD-TV. Meet a helicopter pilot who crafts Artisan cheeses, head to the hops capital of the U.S. and witness a woman who thought she would never walk again, ranch with all hermight. The network’s original series highlights another powerful group of women in its 3rd season with host Marji Guyler-Alaniz at the helm. FarmHer airs Fridays at 9:30 p.m. EST on RFD-TV.
Season 3: Episodes 19: Oregon FarmHer Harvests Piles of Grass Seed & Hazelnuts Friday, April 12, 2019 at 9:30 p.m. ET When dust settles on Brenda Frketich’s farm, there are piles of hazelnuts. Take in this year’s harvest in Oregon while learning about another top Pacific Northwest crop:turfgrass.
Here are also a few sneak peak videos to check out while you’re anxiously (at least I am anxious) waiting for the episode this Friday.
We had a wonderful time showing this great crew around the farm here in St. Paul. I have always said that our doors are always open and this was a wonderful way to bring the farm into living rooms across the US. It airs on RFDTV, click the link below to find that channel in your area! http://www.rfdtv.com/link/649370/find-us-in-your-area
Don’t have RFD-TV? No problem…..
On demand service can be found a bunch of different ways including Roku and Amazon Fire. The apps are either “RFD Country Club” or “Rural TV”.
Some of those apps allow you to sign up for a specific category “Rural Lifestyle” for just $2.99 a month and that’s where you can find FarmHer. You can cancel anytime.
Or you can sign up for full on demand service RFD-TV Country Club at rfdcc.com. It has a monthly fee, but with no contract, so you can cancel anytime.
This farmer is slowly getting back out into the fields. It hasn’t been easy, this time of year much of the work on the farm is more physical than I could be after a csection just a few weeks back.
So Millie, the boys and I have improvised and have taken to more gentleman type approach….a more farming the pavement kind of thing….basically we drive around a lot and do a little walking. And on a beautiful day, down long dirt roads, it isn’t the same but it isn’t all bad.
Everything is growing like crazy right now! The grass is shooting heads of seed, hopefully ones that will be nice and full for a good yield. The clover is blooming and gorgeous!! And our spring crops like radish and squash are in the ground and starting to grow.
We also are doing a lot of orchard work, for example scraping the orchard floor to get it ready for harvest, even though it won’t be for months. Leveling and getting rid of debris, keeping suckers at bay, and making sure to protect against insects and disease keep us very busy this time of year.
So there’s my update, quickly typed up between fields while out driving around with my new little lady in tow.