Thursday, January 29, 2015

May Farmer Fred Award Runner-Up: Rocks and a Thing of Beauty

In GriggsDakota we have a love-hate relationship with rocks. The rocks were deposited here by a glacier millions of years ago, when apparently there was weather change on earth. The glacier melted here and left rocks. Our freeze thaw cycle is constantly bringing them to the surface of the fields, so every Spring we struggle to pick them before we plant our crops. But we enjoy them and incorporate them into our lives in the fireplace, as bookends, in the garden.
The May Farmer Fred Award Runner-Up is presented to:
Rocks and a Thing of Beauty
Originally published on  May 22, 2014
"A thing of beauty is a joy forever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing."
Although it may seem silly to some, the rocks in GriggsDakota are beautiful to me and I often think of that Keats verse as I look at their intricate designs and detail. 
But rocks often pop through the ground in a place where they are likely to damage equipment. 
So we have implements to move them elsewhere. 
This is a rock nabber and Wyatt is going to try something new. He is going to nab his first rock. The rock nabber is used when a rock is too big and heavy for our rock picker.
Wyatt slowly backs the tractor until the jaws are above the rock. 
There is a three point hitch on the tractor that pushes the lower jaw into the ground. 
Hydraulics allow the upper jaw to clamp down, securing the rock in the rock nabber's bite. 
Wyatt then transports the rock to a new location. 
 There is a spot on the lake where the snow melt causes a rush of water which tends to wash soil into the lake. We are trying to slow the stream down to keep the land up on the field where it belongs.
Because, "A thing of beauty is a joy forever."
Quotations from poetry by John Keats

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