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Speltz Crop 2020
July 13, 2020, 7:50 am
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July 13, 2020

Some folks call this crop spelt. We have always called it speltz. It is a small grain like oats, that we grow for horse feed and straw. This year’s crop was part of an experiment that I won’t try again. I planted them on plowed sod. The grasses tried to overtake the grain. I salvaged what I could by setting the combine head high as I harvested them.

spelthopper

We only got about half a harvest because the grasses choked some of the grain out. It will still make great horse feed, it’s just that our yield was down.

speltgrass

The green in the combined mix shows just how much of a problem the grass turned out to be.

speltstraw

I will make the best of it. I mowed the grass and straw mix. I will take care to get the fluffy stuff dry for baling. The animals can decide what they want to eat, then lie down on the rest. It will all work out, just not like I had planned.

On another note, we got two inches of much needed rain. The pastures, gardens and corn crop all jumped from the moisture. Things are greening up again…including t he lawn. It looks like our corn crop will be a success. It surpassed the knee high by the fourth of July criteria. Here it is yesterday 7-12-2020.

mecorn2020

 


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Nice looking scarecrow!

Comment by Aunt June

Ha ha scary to some I guess…It took a while to find that hat!

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