The pace has quickly picked up on the farm as we prepare for the upcoming harvest. Harvest is a time that all farmers look forward to but also dread. It is a time to reap what you have sown but can also be very stressful at the same time. There is a lot to do in a small window of time, to make sure everything is ready to go before harvest begins.
One of many grass seed fields waiting to be swathed.
Our Kentucky Bluegrass fields just received their last set of water and are now in a waiting period before swathing begins. As the temperature increases, the wheat and barley continues to be irrigated as they still have almost a month and a half until harvest. It is important to make sure that the grain fields are receiving enough moisture to prevent them from becoming stressed and to help maintain the correct protein levels.
Travis and Michael work on servicing one of four combines in preparation for harvest.
In the shop, our swathers, combines and balers are all receiving routine maintenance and being thoroughly checked over before the season begins. These machines put in long hours during the season so it is important to make sure that they are properly running to help with a smooth harvest. There of course will be some breakdowns and broken parts in the next couple months but proper servicing can help prevent some of these problems.
One of the swathers used to cut grass seed fields.
Once the Kentucky Bluegrass fields reach the correct levels, the fields will be cut into windrows using a machine called a swather. The windrows will then dry out for a small period of time before combining and baling begins. Stay tuned for a later blog post to see exactly what a swather, combine and baler do. Want to learn more about Kentucky Bluegrass? CLICK HERE.
We also are happy to have Michael Bauman, an Oregon State University Ag Science student joining us for the summer. His help is much appreciated and needed in the upcoming months. He will be able to receive internship/college credits through the university from working here during his summer vacation.