RicelandMeadows


Knee High
July 4, 2011, 9:50 pm
Filed under: July 2011

Didn't quite make knee high ...yet

July 4, 2011

 

     Happy 4th of July and Happy Birthday America, a mere 235 years old.

     Our corn is up and growing well. It didn’t make knee-high to a man yet but it has surpassed the “knee-high to a grasshopper” stage for sure. The stand looks good. The rows are 36 inches apart with a population of about 18,000 plants per acre. It is the old stand-by when corn was cultivated by horses.

     Most corn today is planted thicker than “hair on a dogs back” in rows 15 inches apart or closer. This method, in my opinion, is not sustainable. It  will deplete the soil too much. Corn is a heavy feeder, so most guys use lots of fertilizer, even a urea boost 1/2 way through the season. The downside is, that most of the chemicals applied will turn to salt and slowly poison the land.

     Our corn is planted in a  rotation that follows two years of clover. The legume fixes free nitrogen in the soil. The nitrogen and my compost get us a good crop of corn each year. I do apply some lime and trace minerals to help bring our fertility up. The farm is responding very well to this treatment and our yields get better each year.

     I am sure there will be pictures later as we harvest this corn. I am not worried about it catching up even if it isn’t much more than a sprout today. I know that great things come in small packages…

     We picnicked today with part of our family. We were introduced to some new friends. I got to flirt with the cutest blue-eyed girl at the party. I was making her smile and grin. She would bat her eyes at me and coyly turn her head. She is beautiful. She is just over 3 months old and looked very cute in her summer dress…. Funny thing about women, they are desirable right from birth!  Just one more wonderful thing that comes in small packages 😮

     I will be back to farming tomorrow. There is more hay to cut, chores to do and the baler to fix. It is my favorite work, that of putting my hand to this farm. It is a modern old-fashioned farm. We use real horsepower, old equipment and tried and true sustainable farming methods. I am pleased knowing that my parents, grandparents and their parents would be pleased too. My family has farmed in some capacity since Adam, in God’s garden. I am glad to be, not only carrying the torch . but passing it along as well.

     My farm is small by todays standards, just over 73 acres. It is a great place to be …demonstrating once again… that great things really do come in small packages!

    


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