Tuesday

August 18, 2015

After much preparation the sowing begins.

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  1. I do hope that nature is kind to you this season, and all your hard work suitably rewarded.

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    1. Thanks Sue. We do hope so too.

      The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting El Nino, so the outlook is not so rosy if they are right. In farming we are always taking a gamble on the weather, and this one is a big gamble!

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  2. Thanks for the explanation....I wonder if this is done in the USA....I have never seen it, but around here it is mostly corn, soy beans, and winter wheat that is grown.

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    1. You're welcome Rose. I am so glad that you are finding my photos interesting. Yes, they definitely grow lucerne (aka alfalfa) in the US. It is a major source of fodder that goes into the dairy and beef industries.

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  3. Your soil looks good, we have a lot of stone around here. I saw some lucerne growing by the side of the road yesterday when I walked up to feed the neighbour's cats. Diane

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  4. Very interesting. Well documented, for sure.

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  5. There always seems to be something interesting going on at your farm. So what is this machine doing? I know you said seeding but what are the big rolled things?

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    1. We are using this rig to sow lucerne (alfalfa). The rig consists of an air seeder (that’s the yellow implement behind the tractor) with black tynes that tickle up the soil underneath it. Behind that is a blue bar on the ground that levels out the soil. The seed is blown (by air – hence it is called an air seeder) from the yellow box down all the black tubes to out behind the levelling bar. It is fanned out across the span of the rig and lands on the ground. Next there is 3 separate pieces of mesh that mix the seed with the soil, and lastly the 3 rollers that press the seed into the soil.

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