So spring has sprung on the first year of the JAZ Farm. As I posted previously we agreed with our neighbor to let him farm the back thirty or so acres with wheat. We hadn’t heard from him in a little while but then round about dinner time I heard the roar of a loud diesel engine, looked out back and there he was pulling this huge plow! My tractor for the organic garden has a one blade mold board plow to turn over the soil. This guy’s is 10 feet wide!! He did about 3 passes and dug into the soil about 18 inches. My goodness those things are powerful!!
I have to admit some hesitancy here. While the land would simply lay unused if he didn’t lease it, it is still “conventional” farming. In that, he turns up the soil and burns diesel fuel. Because it is wheat, it isn’t a GM crop. If it were, this would NOT be happening. It is dry farming so there is little else being done to it until harvest. I get a tax break for Ag use of the land and I should get a huge load of straw from it come harvest time in July. We have agreed that he will win row the stalks so we can have someone come in and bale it. So to loosely quote an author: It is the best of times and the worst of times. I guess one shouldn’t let the perfect become the enemy of the good. After all, I could be out there with my little putter tractor planting a sunflower or two. This way I will have all the straw I could ever need for mulch and chicken coop litter.