Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Canola has Emerged

 Between rainy days, the sun shines, bringing out the best in GriggsDakota.
 The canola is emerging. 
It grows from a tiny seed and produces pods of the seeds on its plants.
 Canola is grown for the reproduction of those tiny seeds, from which canola oil is extracted.
The canola will grow into a beautiful plant and produce a sea of yellow flowers followed by the production of pods. 
 When the pod matures, the plant remains too green to harvest, so we often swath it.
After being swathed, the canola will lay, curing in the field until the plant is dry enough to harvest. 
When it has dried, the combine picks up the swath.
 In recent years area farmers are more likely to let the canola stand in the field until it dries.
 Late Summer dries the plant naturally as it stands in the breezy sunshine.
The combines cut and thresh the canola in one pass using a straight head. 
 We are capturing millions of the tiny canola seeds in the combine hopper, then transferring them to the waiting trucks with the auger on each combine.
We leave behind the stiff canola stubble and all the organic matter that has grown through the season, except for the seeds which are turned into the canola oil available in the grocery store.
 Another growing season has begun. It is wet in the fields and we have a long way to go before there will be a canola crop.
We are rejoicing in the green growing in GriggsDakota.

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