Farm Post Friday – 1/29/15

Now that I am on my way with this new blog I’ve decided that I’d like to have Friday’s be our day to focus on the farm.  Farm Post Friday’s!  I’m not sure what they will look like exactly, but my hope is for it to be agriculture related.  My best guess would be they would include a nice mixture of farm family stories, educational posts, pictorial posts, and whatever else inspires me in life, on the farm!

Let’s visit about what the farmer has been up to and no-till farming shall we?!

no till farming

The farmer is digging below the past crop to see if the new crop is making it’s way out.

This week the farmer headed to the No Till on the Plains conference.  He had not been for a few years and wanted to get caught up on all things no till!  Our farm operation is 100% no-till farming except for 60 acres that are flood irrigated.

At the conference he took in a lot of information, these are a couple photos from his sessions.

no till rain simulator dirt

Rain simulator one on left continuous notill with cover crop others are tilled ground. Rain penetrated the soil profile on the no till one. ‪

Cover crops

We do not currently do cover crops but are interested in the difference they make. Staying educated is very important in agriculture.

Below you will see a field that is No-till and currently has wheat growing in it. We will harvest the wheat this summer.

No Till

No Till Wheat 2016

notill wheat field 2016 Jan

Wheat field – 2016 harvest

This field currently does not have a crop in it.  We will be planting either Grain sorghum or Corn in it, which will occur this spring.

no till field to be milo 2016

No crop currently planted

One thing that is almost daily in our farm life is watching the grain markets.  No longer does one have to watch the lunch time news or listen to the radio at certain times of the day to obtain the current market price.  My spouse and I both receive text messages and we also take a gander online, straight from our smartphones at our elevator’s website.  This is a screen shot for you.

Markets Grain

This was the morning of January 27, 2016. We like the green arrows more than the red!

At our farm, we store grain both at the elevator and at home.  Sometimes we will contract our grain ahead of time, but primarily we sell throughout the year.  The price is the amount one gets per bushel, but there are other factors deducted before final payment is made to us.

And what farm wouldn’t be complete without a farm dog!  Charlie is our youngest daughter’s buddy!  I personally feel he barks too much at night but the coyotes are thick in our area apparently!

Farm dog

I hope you found this post interesting and feel free to ask questions or comment with your own experience with No-till farming.  Whether you have a farm connection or not, we enjoy visiting with all of you!

Grace is a gift,

Julie

 

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One response

  1. Most graziers here still get their reports on the cattle markets on the radio at 1:00pm, at the end of the “country hour”. It just seems to work best where livestock sales are concerned to have a pair of human eyes assessing the quality of the yarding, the mood of the agents etc.

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