Post harvest, on the farm

November 8th, 2010 by Admin

The 2010 shares have been delivered, but there’s still plenty going on at Cedar Isle Farm…

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Oh, hey there.

Cows are out pasturing…

In the organic system used at Cedar Isle Farm, the grain contains an ’understory’ of clover, grass and other plants, which thrive after the grain is harvested in the late summer.

In late October — at the same time Urban Grain members were picking up their flour — the Angus beef cattle were taking advantage of the ‘extra pasture’ that grew after the hard red spring wheat was harvested.

No additional time, money or energy was expended to plant this greenery. It simply grew after harvest. Not only does it  provide extra forage for the cows, it will also provide the field protection against erosion in the face of fierce winds that frequently buffet the eastern Fraser Valley in the winter.

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Equipment needs preventative maintenance… adjustments are made before putting away the harvesting equipment for the winter.

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Simon and Pumpkin take a break from helping to clean and service the combine before winter storage.

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Local mechanics Pete den Boer and Anton Kersten (from Farm Diesel Service in Chilliwack) re-worked the combine’s electrical system and made other improvements.

Winter cereals fields are transitioned back to grass and clover…

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Combining the (late) fall rye crop.

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In mid-September, before the other grains have been harvested (and before cleaning, milling and distribution), the fall rye field is plowed. This is the initial step in preparing the field for seeding grass-clover seed — the next step in its rotation. Next year, this field will produce grass-clover silage and hay; it’ll be several years before it is returned to cereal production.

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And one month later, mid October, the newly-sown grass and clover seeds have sprouted and the plants have started to put on some decent growth, which will allow them to survive the winter and be ready for a burst of growth next spring…

One Response to “Post harvest, on the farm”

  1. David G Says:

    It’s great to see that natural cycle put in play – fallow fields, green manures, with animals to augment fertility.

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