Friday, April 13, 2012

Seeding Barley

 There is barley seed in the ground of GriggsDakota.
The soil temperature is still about 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Cold, but acceptable for seeding barley. By mid April we can assume it will warm up. 
The soil is wet as you can see by the tires, as Jake checks the ground he has covered for seed and fertilizer placement. 
We've chopped the surface with the Salford RTS. The seedbed will be improving as the day goes on with sun and wind. 
There is lots of starting and stopping as we check equipment and settings. 
How the seed goes in the ground makes a big difference in how it grows through the season. We want to take the time to get it right. 
The deer dine in the Winter Wheat field. The green wheat feels like a head start on the season.
Seed in the ground leads to green in GriggsDakota.


  1. This must be about as early as memory will hold to be in the field.

    What other years were close to being this early and how were those years as far as growing seasons?

  2. When I was a junior in high school. We planted Barley on the 8th of April. That year was fantastic if I remember right for small grains. However, an early spring does not mean the weather will cooperate in the summer.

  3. Kim,
    The earliest we've ever planted on our farm was April 2, decades ago. Prior to this year, the earliest in the last 15 years was April 15. Planting wheat and barley early into good conditions is a good first step. The odds of a good crop are improved. Stay tuned!