Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Hanging on to Summer

 We are hanging on to Summer as we chew through the barley.
 In other years, having the combines close to home meant we are nearly finished with the crop.
We often plant close to home last. But last Spring was an anomaly. We planted wherever it was dry, so the order is unusual. 
I have been enjoying the flowers in the yard. 
The pink spots are random on this hydrangea. I don't know why, but I like them. 
 As I was looking at the seeds on this tree, I noticed movement over by the drill.
Bill is loading the drill to seed Fall cover crops. We are using a mix of soybeans, turnips, and Tillage Radishes. The reasoning behind the mix is:
1. We have leftover soybean seed, so we might as well use it.
2. Turnips grow down and form a bulb shape to break the tension of the soil near the surface.
3. Tillage Radishes carry the potential to drill down into the soil as they grow. Of course, their effectiveness in our climate will depend of how long they grow before they freeze... 
So let's think about this delphinium that sent up one last spike, albeit leggy, it seems a brighter shade of blue, when I see it in September. 
The same is true for the pink spirea, which bloomed abundantly a couple of months ago. It saved a few bright little blooms as a gift for September.
 The barley is coming off, acre by acre, in the order that it was seeded. It is dry enough to put into air bins where air will be forced through the grain until it is at a safe storage moisture and temperature.
All the area farmers need Summer to hang around. There is still so much grain in the fields. 
Finishing the barley close to home does not mean we are finished harvesting barley in GriggsDakota. 

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