Monday, May 9, 2016
What's Been Going On?
It's been awhile since I've posted anything, mainly because nothing really interesting has been happening besides the repairing, welding, and cussing that's typical when dealing with the well-used and abused farm equipment that's the norm on the farm.
Last summer, a white board was hung in the barn, and every problem that was encountered with each piece of equipment was noted on the board. You'd be surprised how long and detailed a repair list can get when you make an effort to write everything down as soon as possible instead of trying to remember what was broken months later..
As soon as the wheat was planted last fall, the long list on the board was slowly worked through and now that summer is almost here, we've finally almost gotten everything fixed and the board close to being wiped clean. Now, we can start making a new list of everything that needs fixed, breaks, or wears out this summer back on the board.
The last five months or so have also been spent trying to come up with some sort of crop rotation plan to deal with some of the wheat crop frustrations that we've been dealing with recently. I've changed my mind so many times about the best way to deal with some of the problems (weeds, disease, low prices, dockage) we've had with our wheat crops that trying to write any blog posts about the subject would have just turned into an even more frustrating and confusing mess for anybody that happened to read them.
It's been more or less decided that the best and maybe the only way to solve our wheat problems is to grow much less wheat and grow something else like grain sorghum for a while instead. A hundred years of more or less continuous winter wheat growing and the problems associated with that type of management might have finally caught up with the farm. It might take a few years of not growing wheat at all before a proper crop rotation that includes wheat again will be possible.
That about sums up what's been going on for the last five months or so.