It’s been busy around here lately. Making the change from harvesting crops to getting the ground ready for planting for another year makes this season of farming extremely busy, many times frantic, and sometimes peaceful.
Here’s what the start to my day looked like. Out moving irrigation in a grass seed field on a fine crispy September morning. It was peaceful; I know it won’t last because even a farmer can stay out and hide in a field all day! But at least for a few early minutes I enjoyed it! Happy Friday!!
Grass seed harvest has begun…well then it started raining so it stopped. But it will pick up again once things dry out. Until then here are a few photos from the first few days.
This is tall fescue seed that is being harvested. It has been cut and cured on the ground for about a week. Once harvested the seed is trucked to a cleaner, tested for weeds and germ, then sent all over the world for golf courses, laws, sports fields, etc.
Here are some photos from day 1 of harvest out in the field. We run two combines, one John Deere and one New Holland.
Davor is learning the life of harvest, which means family time is spent out in the fields. The boys and I bring dinner to the crew every night, and sometimes Hoot and I get to drive the “bines” (as he calls them) while the drivers take a break. I use the term “sometimes” very lightly, it’s hard to keep that boy out of those combines!
So while this break because of the weather is frustrating, we will get back out into the fields soon. Until then we will enjoy a little slower pace this weekend, and pray for more sunshine to show up…very soon!!
Here in Oregon, we grow over 250 different crops. So it’s no wonder that in our soil this year we have 10 different crops growing. And while in the next three months they will all get harvested, currently everything is at all different stages. Some crops are just getting planted, some starting to flower, some are pollinating, and others are already ready to be harvested!
So here is your photo tour of our farm and the 10 crops we are raising.
First stop the grasses, both perennial and tall fescue are grown on our farm.
Next, vegetables seeds. We are raising red cabbage seed…
Swiss chard seed…
And radish seed.
Then finally, all the crops you can eat!!! Wheat…
And Green beans…
So there you have it! And yes, to answer the question I most often get asked, we are really busy! And most of the time, we are loving it!