Irrigation in the Wheat Field

We don’t have a ton of employees on our farm.  So when it comes to irrigation season, the “irrigation crew” lies in the hands of…everyone.  So today Matt, Yukon and I headed out to move wheel lines in our wheat field.

We got some rain last night as you can see from the moisture clinging to the awns (hairy looking things on the wheat heads).

Because of the moisture and the extra weight of the rain, we aren’t irrigating again until it dries out.  Otherwise we may have more areas that lodge.  These are areas in the field where the wheat falls down due to the weather or too much nitrogen.

These areas will be much harder to harvest and have a much lower yield.  So keeping the wheat upright this time of year is a very important job!

As you can see, the rest of the field is looking very good!  Lots of heads of wheat, and very uniform.  The great farm dog Yukon is obviously an old veteran of running through fields, following in the path of the wheel line to make the least amount of damage.  What a good boy!

And as a side note…for all you pregnant farmers, don’t ever go out moving irrigation without a snack!

Some Crazy Weather

We had some wild weather here yesterday in the Willamette valley.


Even poor Yukon hunkered down for the storm!

Have a great Friday!! I’m off this weekend for a tour of farms all over northwest Oregon with Oregon Young Farmers and Ranchers. Should have some good photos and information next week!

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