Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Harvest Completed!

We've had a lot of rain these past few weeks. Even so, yesterday we finished the last of the harvesting. Corn and beans are all off! So today, the guys planted a small 4-acre field with rye seed. Rye is a grain that is planted in the fall and harvested in the summer; it is not killed by the frost, like oats.

Several other fields will be planted (at a thinner rate) with rye seed as well. We will till the ryegrass into the ground in the spring to provide nitrogen and organic matter for the soil. A cover crop like this also helps to keep the weeds down.

The first photo is of the field being tilled with a Massey Ferguson tractor and a field cultivator:

This photo is of the field being planted using a different Massey Ferguson tractor and a grain drill:


  1. And were they singing "International Harvester" while they were working? :p


  2. My boys are seriously drooling over your farm equipment!

  3. Well done on finishing the harvest. we have massey ferguson tractors on our farm. Sara from farmingfriends


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