3 weeks ago
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Summary of what's going on right now on the farm
Hay: The drought has really impacted the growth rate of the orchard grass, reducing the yield quite a bit. The alfalfa, with its deep tap roots, is doing fine, and I really hand't considered that when I put it in -- that alfalfa would resist a shorter drought and produce forage about as well as it does when it rains. that's a nice plus. it's at 1% bloom right now; I'll be cutting it at 10% bloom for my third cutting of the year, and at this rate will probably get a fourth cutting before I'm done. This third cutting will probably yield between 800 and 900 bales, putting my total at 3,000 bales in the barn, with a goal of 4,000 bales -- so a fourth cutting will get me where I need to be.
Bees: The bees did swarm; I did capture them, thanks to my neighbor calling me to tell me where they'd landed, and honey-wise it looks like all of the hives are in good shape. I'm adding a frame of drone-comb to each hive for varoa mite control now.
I'm breaking out the irrigation equipment to use the contents of the manure lagoon and hopefully empty it this year. I've got the tractor agitatating it right now, and I'll start pumping it tommorow.