The winds have been absolutely relentless. Every day. All day. I need to spray weeds but that ain’t happening. Maybe not till December.
And the chaos has been non-stop. Birthdays. Anniversaries. Reunions. Weddings. Harvests…
Yeah that would be plural on “harvest”. We’re cutting wheat as I type. Big Boss and I spent yesterday afternoon working on baby cedar trees planted for a shelter belt. There were stopped up water outlets that go to each tree to be fixed. Weeds were waist high in some places so those got the axe. Dead trees counted and marked. Then lunches to deliver to harvest guys. Also grands delivered to dads in combines. Trucks to move for the harvest guys and harvest guys to be moved to different fields.
Sunday… a day of rest. Right.
But back to the plural harvest. Two weeks ago we were cutting triticale. Triticale is…for those who don’t know…a mix of wheat and rye. It was hugely popular about 15 years ago until they found out that it spreads like its parent grain, rye. Not good. But, if you cut it before the seeds fall, you’ve got a great source of nutrition for cattle, so that’s what we do.
Our crop consultant wanted us to harvest it for seed as he was of the opinion that our triticale was the best he’d seen in the state. But the guys nixed that and chose to “chop” it or cut it as opposed to “harvesting” it.
What’s the diff? Glad you asked. Chopping means the Claas chopper goes through the field and literally cuts the plant off right above the ground and chops the whole thing up. From there it goes to the silo to ferment just like we treat our corn crops.
Harvesting involves cutting the plant right above the ground but then “threshes” the grain. Which means the combine processes the plant to take out and keep only the grain, which for our farm, is wheat.
Now that we have that established, here a few pics from the triticale cutting…
PS Wheat harvest pic to follow. Maybe.