Thursday, July 12, 2012

Our Hearts are in Our Wheat Fields

The Winter Wheat is waiting for harvest. 
There is nothing like a hot wind in a wheat field. Our GriggsDakota roots are in the Wheat fields. 
 The wheat whispers as it basks in the sunshine, just as it has for over 100 years. We are sentimental about wheat and its harvest. Although other crops are now an important part of our farming operation, we are wheat farmers in the bread basket of the world, as are my parents, and their parents, and their grandparents who came on boats from Norway.
Wheat is in our hearts. We are raising Jerry Winter Wheat . The link will take you to information on field trials in our area. It gives advice on selecting varieties. The research, scholarly preparation and analysis of field trials gives farmers a much better chance to be successful. Improved genetics have made it probable that Winter Wheat will live through our long cold season. That has not always been true. 
 The crop had an easy winter, which has seldom been the case in GriggsDakota.
That led to an early Spring start. 
 The wheat was able to take advantage of Spring moisture and was established before it became dry this Summer.
So the wheat is dancing. 
And bowing. 
Standing tall. 
Turning golden. 
And waiting for the combines to arrive. The GriggsDakota fields look terrific, but it is not a wheat crop until it's in the bin.

1 comment:

  1. So true--can't count your chickens until they're hatched, as they say.

    Our wheat WAS in the bin--now it's loaded and scheduled for delivery/sale tomorrow. Nice feeling, as our wheat crop last year was lost due to mechanical failure.

    Enjoy reading your blog--we farm on a such a small scale compared to you-all in ND. But the struggles and the joys are the same. Beautiful pictures.