Sunday, July 26, 2015

A moose visited today.  Our friend Laurie Allen took this picture.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Weed control is the name of the game in organic farming.  We tilled under the cheat grass infested portion of our field before our first cutting.  Some of that area had to be mowed (and not harvested) due to pig weed infestation.  (But the cheat grass is now gone!!)

I think the mowing is okay, but the tilling should be done with care.  Broken soil seems to invite pig weed.

Next year, we will try using this old cultivator I have redone with some new fittings and chains.  We tried it out yesterday, but the pig weed was too well established and it didn't do very well.  If we use it in the spring when weeds first appear, it should pull some weeds out without hurting the alfalfa.  Alfalfa is a perennial with very deep roots.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Yesterday, two men came in a truck with two trailers and an elevator to take most of our first cutting hay to an organic dairy in Washington.


The gas engine on the elevator was hard to start.  They thought it had suffered from some vibration that caused oil to accumulate in the cylinder.


This is the fully loaded rear trailer.

Here, they started loading the front trailer.

This is the fully loaded system with over 30 tons of hay.

It was truly impressive to watch the driver back this thing out through the gate and onto the road!