View Full Version : Another pic update on my plots.

06-21-2008, 10:02 AM
2 weeks ago tomorrow, I looked at the forecast & radar. Heavy rains headed our way again. Impulsively, I decided it was now or never, so I headed to the farm & started brush hogging anything that was dry enough to keep from cutting ruts.

The field in question is 8.5 acres. About 2.5 acres is dedicated to clover & WSG/wildflowers. Of the remaining 7 or so acres, I was able to get about 4 of them mowed. As soon as I finished mowing, I hooked up the planter & started putting seed in the ground. I was really concerned it was a mistake to plant in such wet conditions.


I went back & looked a week later. About half the seed was emerging from the ground & half was just swelled seed with it's initial growth.

Yesterday, I was very happy to see the stand that's coming on.




06-21-2008, 10:17 AM
Here's my 5 acre corn plot I planted about 30 days ago. Very, very happy with it.


Here's a 1.5 acre bean plot right next to the corn.


Here's another bean plot in a different field. Notice the clover right next to it? That's a drainage that runs through field. Probably 40-50'wide. My wife & I frost seeded that with some oats in the late winter of 2007. Mid summer last year, we fertilized with 200#/acre of 6-24-24. Very little weed competition with no control methods other than mowing a couple times a year.



06-21-2008, 10:39 AM
Here's a pic of the entire field where those last bean pics came from. The whole field is 13.5 acres. 5 acres of which are in cp33 (wildflowers/WSG), 1.5 acres are in cp22 (riparian restoration with new trees). We planted clover as a ground cover to help keep the weeds from competing with our new trees.

If you'll look in the middle of this pic, you can see the waterway I was describing in the above post. It connects the cp22 with the cp33 on the other corner of the field. In three different areas of this waterway, we've planted 2000 sq ft areas of shrub type trees, like false indigo, redbud, couple different dogwoods, witch hazel plus several other I can't recall right off. Over 500 new trees planted in there last spring.

This field has quite a lot of diversity. Sunflowers, vining beans, RR soybeans, clover, sorghum/milo & wildflowers/wsg. What more could the wildlife want?

2 years ago, this was a bean field. After harvest, daylight wildlife sightings were almost non existant. Quite the opposite now.

To say my wife & I are proud of how this has evolved would be a major understatement.


This pic was taken from the pond dam. This spring, I cut every tree over 10' tall off of the pond dam & below & set fire to the whole mess. Had rabbits/quail in mind at the time. Seen half dozen rabbits in the area yesterday & flushed a pair of quail.


06-21-2008, 10:48 AM
I call those crops , not plots. Man I struggle to get room for a bunch of 1/2-3/4 acre plots, I'd love to have some "crops" some day.

06-21-2008, 10:56 AM
I call those crops , not plots. Man I struggle to get room for a bunch of 1/2-3/4 acre plots, I'd love to have some "crops" some day.

With the price corn & beans, I sometimes wonder if I made the right move taking our farm out of production. Then when I go out & look at this view, I know I made the right decision.

It's sure been a dream come true for us. I just can't wait till we're able to move out there full time. Would love to wake up to that view every morning.

06-21-2008, 10:34 PM
Easy to see why you want to be there all the time.

RJ in LA
06-22-2008, 09:17 AM
Congratulations On Some Great Looking Plots.

06-22-2008, 09:26 AM
Wow! That is beautiful.

anthony cupps
06-22-2008, 04:06 PM
WOW!!! that is the kind of food source I dream about planting one day! that looks awesome!!!

06-22-2008, 06:25 PM
Looks awesome Randy. What a veiw you have.

06-23-2008, 11:51 AM
Someday I hope to have a place like that. Congrats on the payoff of all your hard work!