Farming & Ranching Takes Faith
Farming sandy loam soil without irrigation certainly has it’s challenges.
Without a large aquifer below our property, one can not stress out our
own well nor those of the various neighboring farmsteads either. To
pump millions of gallons of water out of the ground without a aquifer
present, could deplete all of our main source of water, our wells. So,
raising crops under these type of circumstances requires a lot of faith.
But farmers and ranchers are the ones to exercise their faith a lot.
Ah, wheat, the bread of life. Probably
one of the oldest sustainable food
sources for mankind. We enjoy
raising and harvesting wheat! We
both learned that from our parents and grandparents. As long as
there is a reasonable amount of rain, wheat does well in our sandy
loam soil. We usually plant some every year.
Barley & Oats
We consider barley and oats as
alternative crops. We do not raise
either as much as we use to.
However if the market looks good for
the futures, we will add either or both to our crop rotation. And it’s
especially good to get some fresh oats now and then for our horses
and chickens to dine on.
Flax is also one of the favorite crops we
like to raise. Although at times it is a
challenge too, as when flax is windrowed
to dry before harvesting. A high wind
can simply blow the curing cut flax
windrows away, or roll them into large lumps that almost have to be hand
pitched into a combine. Recently the price of flax has not been doing so
well. When the price is almost the cost of production, we don’t have this
crop in our rotation program. But if the market is good for this crop, we will
certainly be raising some.
Cattle Enjoy Dining On Alfalfa
As a part of our cattle dietary needs, and crop
rotation requirements, we raise alfalfa annualy.
Alfalfa is an excellant feed for our weanling to
yearling age commercial steers and heifers.
We also feed alfalfa to our cow herd during
calving time, as it is excellent feed to get the
newborn baby calves off to a good start on
enriched milk, when the mama cows have alfalfa
as their basic forage during early lactation.
Occasionally, if blessed with an excellent second
cutting of alfalfa, we can also sometimes market
excess alfalfa that we produce.
This crop is probably the most expensive to put in
and raise. But if all goes well, it is also one of the
best paying crops to grow in our area.
One wonderful trait of soybeans, is that it is
excellent to add to ones crop rotation. As it actually
helps to enrich the soil it is grown in. We in America
have not incorporated it as much in our daily diet, as
the Asians have in their daily diet. But it is known as
an energy food.
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