Friday, August 30, 2013

More Farm Machinery

 Neighbor Bill's Barn and Disk

It seems like forever since I've posted anything, but I guess it's only been a few days. A lot has been happening. None of it has to do with sorting and packing, unfortunately. Right now we're waiting on the ICF block for building the the main structure of the addition. 

I thought I'd post these photos taken earlier this month (with the exception of the disk, which was taken in June.) Taken in late afternoon, I loved the way the light shone on the old red barn and John Deere disk, just across the street from our house.


 Perfect Timing

This was the last time the alfalfa was taken off the field north of the house. They get a crop in August and then let the field sit during the month of September, so that the alfalfa can prepare for the long winter ahead.

From Pioneer.com:

'As fall approaches, remember that it is strongly recommended that alfalfa fields in the upper Midwest and Northeast not be harvested from September 1 to October 15. Alfalfa needs six weeks of uninterrupted growth to be fully preparing itself for winter. This winterizing period is important to help maintain the stand's health and productivity the following year...The main advantage of this winterizing period is that it enables the plant to go into winter with adequate levels of root food reserves. These reserves help the plants to effectively survive the winter and maintain high root energy levels that are required for vigorous regrowth in the spring. 

Harvesting alfalfa fields during the September/early October time period can result in alfalfa plants going through the winter and early spring period with depleted root energy reserves. When alfalfa is cut, plants will instinctively start to regrowth. Energy reserves stored in the plants root system are used to initiate this regrowth. Plants will continue to 'pull' stored food reserves from their root system until there is about 6-8 inches of vegetative top growth. At this stage of growth, the plant will then start to move food reserves back into the root system to build them back up.'





More interesting than video games!


Notice how there are so many pallet projects out there in blogland?  I found the perfect one for me.


Enjoying looking at the wildflowers growing up around and through it.
How could anyone improve upon that.


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21 comments:

Sandra said...

much much much more interesting than video or TV.. and i love that first photo of the machine and the barn, can we see more of that beautiful barn..and i love ALL the photo of the Big Machines.

Suzan Sweatman said...

Have a wonderful wknd yourself Judy - don't overdo it :)
Love that last photo - have to figure out where it goes on my pinterest boards now!
XOX

Vee said...

Yes, I have noticed the pallet projects and, you're right, yours cannot be improved upon! I do find it interesting to watch a harvest come in. Not sure that I've ever seen an alfalfa harvest, though. Looks pretty slick and nothing like the scenes from The Edwardian Farm that I've been watching.

The Farmers Daughter said...

This has reminded me that cotton picking season is approaching for us. I love Harvest time! Love the pallet photo, too!
Hugs,
Dru

TexWisGirl said...

i like harvest season. :) no matter what the crop.

Terri D. said...

Great photos, as always! The light on the barn is wonderful! That pallet project, with the wildflowers, is the pretties one I've seen, by far! Have a wonderful weekend!

NanaDiana said...

Judy- What beautiful images. It makes me miss the farm of my youth. I loved being out in the fields and helping..well, except for packing they hay up into the hay mow- I hated that part!;>) Great post- xo Diana

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

i need 2 order soap. hope ur well. big hugs. ( ;

Carla TePaske said...

Wow, great photos. My favorite is the last photo. :-)

Ruth Kelly said...

Loved your last photo with the flowers growing through the wood.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I love harvest time. And I like your weathered pallet. Who would have guessed so many things could be made with them? Have a nice weekend!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Oh, I love how captivated the kids look at watching the harvest! And yes, that is the best project so far I have seen with pallets! Following you via Bloglovin'!

Denise said...

Really interesting.

Susie said...

I love watching harvesting. Your pallet project made me laugh. But it very pretty. Enjoy your weekend. xoxo,Susie

Tammy Chrzan said...

Every single time that I look at your photos my heart skips an extra little beat, it so reminds me of Maine.
My first job was in the farming business! I worked on a harvester bringing in those potatoes!
I hope you have a great Labor Day weekend with your family!
Tammy xx

Lynn said...

I love these working pics. We do love tractors and trucks and the such around here. Superb choice for you pallet project.
Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

Chel @ Sweetbriar Dreams said...

I love watching the farm machinery in full working mode. Today I drove past so many combines, tractors and farm machinery that I can't even think of a name. They were all busy with the wheat and hay harvest and the fields look so tidy. Life is good! xx

Chatty Crone said...

You know - no wonder there are fewer and fewer farmer's those machines have to cost a fortune! Looks pretty to see it go in like that. sandie

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

That's some beautifully aged pallet...isn't it funny how Pinterest has made us all appreciate old wood again?

Jen

Tracey Steele@Breathing English Air said...

It is fascinating watching the way the big machines manage the harvest. I like the way the flowers have grown through the pallet, nature just gets on with it.

Michelle said...

We are blessed with a field behind our house. Your pictures capture the wonder of watching fields being harvested beautifully.

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