21 hours ago
Sunday, May 6, 2012
"yea, it gets drier farther in"
Dan, what's the take-home lesson here? "Don't take the farmers word for the ground; check it". Yep. Ok. lets get it out.
I asked the farmer about it -- do you fertilize? "I'm not allowed to", he said. Why not? "This is land that is owned by the natures conservancy, and they will not allow me to fertilize or till. So all I can do is cut and bale. " So that explains all the weeds -- and the amount of grass. On my fields the grass is about twice this tall. This hay field looks green, but it's really farming theatre. All of the fertility is being slowly cut out of it.
So, what would you do if you were allowed to fertilize? "I'd spread chicken manure. On my fields where I spread it, the grass is much taller, and no weeds".
Sometimes getting your truck stuck is a good thing. After looking at this field, I think I'll buy elsewhere.