Well, we have gone from 70 degrees on Friday to snow showers tonight. I was going to plant some cold tolerant sweet corn today, but I think I will hold off. With snow, there is no way it will have a chance. That will probably the end of Fourth of July corn for this year. We do not plant in plastic, so we have to hope for warm enough weather to sustain the corn. Maybe we can get it in this next week.
Our pastures are greening up. We were out of the barn earlier than usual this year, but I like that. The hay we harvest is great, but there is nothing like the cows harvesting fresh green grass. It is like us eating a frozen steak and a fresh one. Both taste great, but the fresh one has a little more to it.
We have the barn cleaned out and are in the process of spreading it on our corn fields. Natural fertilizers create more humus in the ground while adding nutrients to build up the soil. Chemical fertilizers just add nutrient value. Our animals leave us with some great fertilizers.
We have also been building some new pastures and installing water lines with them. That project was supposed to be done this weekend, however the rains did not help that. The plan is to have water all over the farm to hook into. With our system of grazing, this is pretty important. We need to be able rotate our animals to new grass frequently which will be pretty easy as we build paddocks and water systems.
On a side note, This past week we had the Farm Bureau Mobile Ag Lab at the school. It was fabulous. Each grade in K4-8 got lessons on Agriculture in our daily life. The educator (Mr. Burns of Burns Heritage Farms in Ridgeway) did a great job with the children. The lab has already been rescheduled for next year! It is so important that we continue to teach our youth about their food sources.