Saturday, May 24, 2008

Finally Starting with Fieldwork

This week the fertilizer spreader guy was finally able to come and spread the compost we purchased to use as fertilizer this year. We find that in some cases it is just cheaper to hire something done than to purchase the equipment and do it ourselves. Take a look at this rig...

It's been so wet that we haven't been able to do any fieldwork for about a month. We planted oats and hay early, but corn and soybeans need to wait for a bit. They need warm soil, or the seed will not germinate. Then when the calendar said it was time to begin tilling the fields, the rains came. 

All that changed this week. We've had a stretch of dry weather, and were able to start chisel plowing. After plowing, we let the ground rest for 2 or 3 days. Then we field cultivate, which kills all the newly-germinated weed seeds. Finally, we plant and pack the soil down with a cultipacker. 

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