The Farmer’s Wife

No, not the sampler quilt… me, I’m a farmer’s wife.

One of my regular reader’s, Allison, asked that I post occasionally about what we are doing here on our farm. So, since we began seeding yesterday I thought it would be a good time to start. In the weeks leading up to actually getting onto the land many long days are spent making cropping plans, getting equipment ready, buying seed, taking seed to get cleaned, ect. Some of this is very slow methodical work and doesn’t make for good blog posts !

One of the first spring tasks in good land husbandry is harrowing. This is done to close up the fissures caused by freezing, thawing and snow run off. The tines also break up the straw and distribute it across the land and helps prevent moisture loss. In this case my son is also applying micro nutrients. These harrows are 82 feet wide.

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We always begin our planting with peas. These are a field pea as opposed to the garden variety pea. These are mostly ground into flour and exported. This is done with our airseeder and the picture below shows my husband calibrating the drill. This has to be done each time you switch to a different seed and insures that the seeds are placed in the ground with proper depth and distance from each other.

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The seed and fertilizer are loaded into the separate tanks. There are a series of openings that the material falls into and then a powerful fan shoots them down the tubes and into the openers and places the seed and fertilizer into the ground.

100_2952 here I am standing on the upper platform to give you a view into the rear tank and the seed peas. The drill is 61 feet wide.

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This final shot is a look across the field back into our yard.The lilac bushes are just starting to leaf out and the larger trees with in the yard are as well. Those structures you see are the grain drying system, grain bins for storage and the quonset for equipment storage.

Thanks for stopping by !

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. allisonreidnem
    May 05, 2015 @ 07:27:34

    Wow! Thanks so much for taking time to post these photos and your lovely clear explanations! It is so good to begin to get to grips with the huge scale you and your family are working on! (My garden is about 23 foot square!) I do hope you’ll have time to post some photos of the crops as they grow. 🙂

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    • Colleen
      May 06, 2015 @ 06:37:33

      Glad you liked the intro to our farm ! I will try and post again once the crops emerge. That’s a nice sized garden, not so big that it is a chore and yet big enough that you have room for a variety of veggies. When do you plant your garden ? A post on your blog about your garden/allotment gardening in the UK would make for interesting reading.

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  2. jody
    May 18, 2015 @ 09:04:41

    I love to see the field being prepared and yours is a major effort! The pea crop is used here (NYS) to pump up the soil after a corn crop – I guess the pea sends lots of nutrients into the soil. (your farmer would know!!!) I also love the Tokoyo Train Ride – selvages and all!

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    • Colleen
      May 18, 2015 @ 21:19:06

      Hi Jody, yes, there is nothing like the smell of freshly cultivated earth ! You are right, field peas naturally add nitrogen to the soil and are excellent in rotation.

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