Photo Friday, Grass Seed Harvest

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!!

Crop Farm Tour 

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…

Peas…

Hazelnuts…

Squash…

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!

5 Top Reasons to have a Lawn

  
Last year I was asked to come and speak to the Salem City Club. At the end there was time for some questions, and one person asked, “what is my social responsibility to keeping a lawn green or letting it die out over the summer?” The other panelists suggested that yes it is bad, selfish even to keep your lawn green. One even went so far to mention that rockscapes are a much “friendlier” alternative. 

Then it came to me, the grass seed farmer. I suggested that there are right ways to keep a lawn green through the summer. For instance having the correct variety of grass planted, using the correct amount of water were good places to start. I also mentioned that if they did let their grass die I would be happy to sell them more the next year. But I disagreed with the rockscapes idea completely. I went into the benefits that include such things like their kids playing outside, cooling of the air around their homes, keeping the dust and debris down. 

Fast forward to last week and I’m sitting at a grower meeting with a great seed company we grow for, Lebanon Turf and they start to talk about the benefits of grass, along with some great facts of why it’s important to have lawns!! So here are this grass seed farmer’s (totally “unbiased”)…

Top 5 Reasons to have a lawn:

1. A 50’x50′ lawn creates enough oxygen for a family of 4!

2. Lawns reduce runoff, 6 times more effectively than a wheat field.

3. Absorbs noise around your home. 

4. Cools the air around your home. In fact the front lawns of 8 houses have the cooling effect of 70 tons. The average home cooling system has only 3-4tons. 

5. Helps to control pollution by capturing dust and dirt (estimated up to 12 million tons annually). 

  
I could also add that you are always supporting one of Oregon’s greatest industry of grass seed. But that’s where my unbiased opinion would end.  For these reasons, along with increasing your homes value, encouraging kids to play outside and being able to sit and relax on a cool spot outside your home, why would you ever put a bunch of ugly rocks in your back yard?!  So for all of those who feel pressured to let their lawn die, feel free to use these points to show that your environmental responsibility is not as cut and dry as some would like it to seem. 

For more great information visit www.thelawninstitute.org. 

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