Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Preparing to Harvest

 As the clouds rolled around in our endless sky, our barley was standing up to the moisture that continues to fall. We received another inch over the weekend and have come to the sure realization that the barley will not be swathed this season. The ground is so wet that barley will be more likely to sprout than dry on the ground. We sometimes let our Barley Take a Nap by swathing it. Click on the link to visit a post on swathing barley. This year we plan to straight combine the barley and use air bins to finish drying the kernels, after it ripens.
Our Winter Wheat has ripened unevenly and there are weeds coming again in the moist ground. To help the Winter Wheat finish well, we need to go over the fields with RoundUp to knock down the weeds. Weeds are a constant problem on a farm, but never more so than during a wet year.
The sprayer was able to make it through the wheat fields and accomplish its mission. 

The  water truck was parked on high ground near the road.
 The sprayer tank was never filled more than half full to keep the weight of the load manageable as the work was accomplished.
Farmer Fred was on stand by in our CaseIH 9170 four wheel drive to pull the rig out, whenever it was stuck in the mud.
The sprayer was stuck a total of nine times as we covered the wheat ground. It slowed the progress.
We were relieved to finish the application hours before the last inch of rain began to fall. 
The weeds will be stopped before producing seeds. The wheat will dry evenly.
 All we can do is all we can do. So we work, hope, and pray while we research what more can be done. The weather is always difficult to predict on the plains because of its tendency to be extreme. We refer to weather as the wild card in the farming game. This year it is even wilder than usual. It is daunting, but the challenge keeps us going.
We prefer busy to bored and plan to do all we can to bring our crop to market. It is never boring in GriggsDakota.

1 comment:

  1. Good luck for a good crop! No crops around here as most everything is dead from the drought. We need rain!