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Busy Weeks for Seeding
May 14, 2022, 10:42 am
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May 14, 2022

Yesterday, I planted this field to oats and pasture grasses. I don’t really care how well the oats do, the goal is to get this paddock back to grass. If we get a good crop of oats that will be a bonus.

Necessity is the mother of invention. After a very wet cold spring, this field finally dried out enough to work the soil. I used a new idea, opting for the tractor over the horses for this job. I lightly rototilled the corn stubble. I worked it just enough to chop the stubble and smooth ruts in just one pass.

This new to me technique, allows for minimal fuel use and sped the process up to beat the rain. After it was tilled, I used the cone seeder and spun on the oats and grass mixture with a little pelleted lime mixed in to keep the flow even. Once the field was covered, I rolled it all flat with a field roller. The roller smoothed things out even better, but also ensured for good “seed to soil” contact.

I had been fretting some over getting this field planted timely and between rains. It is a poorly drained paddock and is much better suited to grass than any other crop. We need the pastures to rotate our livestock through. This one will most likely remain in permanent pasture. We will mow, renovate and fertilize as needed, but for other row crops it will only be used as a last resort.

The other “seeding” we have been doing, is the job of our stallion Hank, breeding our mares. This causes a little disruption around here, as we keep the honeymooning couple mostly by themselves for a couple days. All is back to normal now, so real farm work can continue.

Hank, being wary as the girls give him signs

The plan is to plow our corn ground and get it planted in the next week. We will push hard to get it done. This will allow for training of our young horses on several pieces of equipment. Even our newest baby will get exposure as she walks alongside of her working mother.

We have planted a few garden vegetables, but are going slow. Frost is still a factor in our zone 5 climate. Lake Erie sometimes messes with Mother Nature, so we will be cautious. Spring is a wonderful time of year on the farm and I love it!



The Boy Is Back In Town

May 3, 2021

Orchard Hill Red Blaze, the Suffolk stallion pictured above is the daddy of our newest addition Riceland Meadows Amazing Grace. He is a chunky boy with a great disposition and he helped make a beautiful filly. We leased him again for Amee.

Amee was delighted to see him again. It looks as if we should have another “Red” baby on the ground next year.

You can see from the photo, mom Amee, watching over the sleeping Grace while Red snoozes, as they all soak up the warm April sun.

The little family grazes in the pasture. Amazing Grace runs circles around both dad and mom. She gains strength and power daily thanks to mom’s milk. It is delightful to watch the baby girl run and play.

“Red”, is part of our breeding program because his foals are not related to our stallion Hank. As we build a solid breeding program for working Suffolk horses, it is imperative that we focus on DNA in this critically rare breed. We want to expand the gene pool, while breeding for the punchy, solid, powerhouse found in these horses. In other words, I want to breed true, following the like minded breeders of the last four centuries, not changing the breed, only enhancing it.

They are truly beautiful!