Saturday, June 4, 2011

More Planting !!

  Well, it was CRP planting day on Daisy Ln.  Lots of chit chat and well, whining but it's DONE.  The next round (if there is a next round) will be contracted out ....

so here he's dashing around with Fergie and the seeder ....

all planted and he's dragging it to cover the seed (grasses and flowers) -- when you live on the sand prairie it's always dusty.   Okay, this drag was laying in the weeds near the irrigation well and he had to cut trees out of it to use it (we haven't farmed for 9 years)  he added air to the tires and took off ....

kinda fuzzy with my new "little" camera ...

the seeder borrowed from the DNR --- mounted on "fergie"

the dust trail at the top center is him dragging away ... the melon patch is in the foreground, sweetcorn between the patch and the CRP (the hillside is the CRP) ... the blue spot is the unused irrigation well.  The motor gets plastic'd up for winter -- I think he may even fire it up and pump a little water today.

So, 11.2 acres got planted -- 200 lbs of native grasses and 35 lbs of native wildflowers -- 25 year program ... hopefully we get a gentle rain to settle the dust and help 'em sprout faster .... no the weeding, spot spraying and mowing begins.



2 comments:

Shay said...

How many acres do you usually use for planting?

My folks used to have a farm but we primarily had stock. We did have an experimental forest with all sorts of trees though so I understand about long term plans. Farming is all about diversity these days.

gz said...

grasses and flowers sound good- will that help retain water and lessen flooding?