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Harvest Updates

9 Aug

It’s all over. Now we are totally bored. That is all.

Haha! Kidding!!

We have finished up the bulk of harvest, crimson clover, tall fescue and perennial ryegrass are all finished up and off to the cleaner. Just over 50% of our farm is dedicated to grass seed, so it is a huge weight off our shoulders when we finish up.

Swiss chard seed should be harvested this week. Next will be radish seed, then squash, then finally hazelnuts at the end of September.

It’s been a great summer so far. It’s been hot here, which basically amounts to lots of sweaty days in the field, a few more volunteers to drive harvesters with AC, and also awesome harvesting weather! We need the heat to cure our seed crops and make them easier to thrash (harvest), so really we aren’t complaining!!

We have also had some great visitors out in the field, which we always love.

Some good friends…

A few cousins….

A few southern friends….

And a few farmers from Canada….

And as always Hoot, Auggie and Millie who still even after some very long hot summer harvest days don’t ever want to miss a thing out in the fields.

Hoot & Auggie taking a combine ride with me.

Millie helping deliver dinner to the crew.

We have had some successes this year, some average and so far only one failure. Which is a testament to why we are so fortunate to be as diversified as we are.

So with that I’m heading back out to the field. There is still a lot of water to be turned on for the remaining crops and some orchard work before hazelnut harvest this fall. Not to mention work on next years crops that has already started. And hopefully harvest will keep chugging along, long days, short nights, and if we are lucky…good yields.

The Day the Wheels Came Off

12 Jul

We are on day three of grass seed harvest. So far things are, or at least were, going pretty smoothly. Then all the wheels came off. Or more accurately, one wheel came off…of our combine. Yeesh!

So here’s the good news….

1. It was not going down the road at 20mph.

2. It was on a corner of the field and out of the way.

3. It happened at 4:30pm, a full 30 minutes before normal business hours are closed for parts.

4. The parts that weren’t here got a red eye from the east coast and should arrive this morning.

5. The weather cooperated, we went late and with only one harvester still got the field done yesterday.

6. I had flip said combine tire over, which gave me the chance to make an excellent “farmer CrossFit” joke.

The bad news….well I think just the fact that a freaking wheel came off our combine is enough bad news!!

Onward and upward….day three here we come!

Harvest 2018 Begins

18 Jun

It seems like yesterday we were driving all the harvest equipment into the barns…until next year…and as things seem to go these days, just like that we are at it again!

Crimson clover for seed is our first crop this year. We got up bright and early to start cutting our first fields today. We have a lot of acres this year, mostly because the price is low (haha!).

In a week or so we will come back and combine these fields, taking the seed to a cleaner, then selling it for cover crops, pastures and game plots.

So here we go again, hoping for a better year than last, and some good weather to go along with it!

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