Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Barley is Up

 When a 59 degree day feels comfortably warm in late May, it has been a cold Spring.
Despite the difficulties that this Spring has presented, the barley is popping up in GriggsDakota. 
The will of a seed to come to life is impressive. As each barley seed gives birth to its plant, it plunges roots down and brave little leaves up. 
 Spring finally feels like it is full of possibilities.
Notice that there is well chopped organic matter, leftovers from past seasons' crops on the ground. That is one of the 1000 things we are trying to make 1% better in GriggsDakota. 
Click Here to learn more about this effort. 
The photo above serves as a reminder that there has been crops growing here before. We must commit to sustain the land for the future.
A broken brick lies in the field. It serves as a reminder of the cycles of life. There have been buildings near by in a previous time. They have disappeared. Nothing stays the same.
With diligent effort, and optimum results we can raise organic matter 1/10 of 1% per year. That means a 1% gain over 10 years which is a worthy goal for long term soil vitality. 
Our family has been here for generations and the land has kept us going. We, in turn, will work to keep it growing for future generations.
Barley is the first crop planted this Spring and we are happy to see it green and growing in GriggsDakota.

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