Rain at the wrong time is often a problem with small grain growing in the Midwest, but we do regularly grow a delicious hard red winter wheat (Arapahoe variety) and a winter rye (VNS). They are sold as food grade if they are of high enough quality (depending on the rain), or as animal feed if not. Despite harvesting in July, we often have to wait until September or October for cleaning and test results to know whether we have these grains available.
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Farm PhotosNever good when you find a piece of machine with a wiring diagram on it on the ground, filled with water. 😬 #farmlifeThat’s my cousin Tom, still harvesting his corn on December 4. Hopefully we will get our soybeans out of the field sometime before the next snow. #harvest19 #illinoisag #farm #sunsetSome days you’ve just gotta celebrate the little triumphs. #spoton #first timeFound the coolest, weirdest thing when I was checking field conditions this morning while it was still below freezing. The giant ragweed seeds seemed to have sprouted tiny ice rainbows. A friend solved the mystery and pointed me to this explanation from WJHG in Florida: “That ribbon candy or pulled sugar looking thing is called a "frost flower." Meteorologist Ryan Michaels tells us how they are created. "They are formed when the ground is somewhat moist (may have been from New Year's Eve showers) and then freezing temperatures are ushered into an area. The unfrozen moisture is drawn up into the stems of the plants, then it freezes, expands, and splits the stem. As more moisture is drawn up through the plant stem it spills out ever so light and slowly that it can cause the thin 'ribbon' of ice to curl. Winds and a little help from gravity do the rest to make it look like it is forming into a flower petal!"” #ice #frostflower #fieldwalk @wjhgtv #natureiscool #science #organicfarming #weedsarewhatyoumakethem #inthiscasetheyremagicOne of the best things about walking around the fields in the snow is being reminded of how alive they are even and especially when I’m not paying attention. #organicfarming #critters #animaltracks #biodiversity #agroecologyThought I might get the combine out this morning while the ground is still frozen, but there is a bit too much snow left on the ground. #waitinggame #harvest19 #organicsoybeans #blueriverhybrids #organicfarming #winterfarmingView from inside the dryer. Our sunflower crop was an experiment, and we learned a lot from it, including that it will be worthwhile to get the right screens for sunflower seeds for our rotary cleaner. Couldn’t get them very clean with what we have and they didn’t flow well as a result. #bigscienceexperiment #organicfarming #batchdryer #localfood #climatechangepreparednessBatch dryer close-up. Sunnies peeking out. 🌻 #organic #sunflowerseeds #batchdryer #farmfans
Our annual Farm Tour & Tea is cancelled for 2019 due to an extremely wet planting season (we expect that some things might not be planted by the last week in June). We hope to host a potluck party on the farm later in the season instead. As soon as we have set a date, we’ll let you know here and via social media.