What Goes into Preparing for Harvest Season?

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 they have sown, but can also be very stressful. There is a lot to do in a small window of time to make sure everything is ready to go before harvest begins. 

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One of many grass seed fields waiting to be swathed. 

Our Kentucky Bluegrass fields have just finishing pollinating and are getting ready to receive their last set of irrigation water, after which they will be in a waiting period before swathing begins. As the outdoor air temperature increases, our wheat and barley fields will continued to be irrigated, as they won't be harvested until the first week of August. It is important to make sure that grain fields receive enough moisture during the hot summer days to prevent them from becoming stressed and to help avoid elevated protein levels. 

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Working 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 they are top form to help with a smooth harvest. There will be some breakdowns and broken parts for sure in the next couple months, but proper servicing can help prevent some of these problems. 

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One of the swathers used to cut grass seed fields. 

Once the Kentucky Bluegrass seed has reach the correct maturity, the fields will be cut into windrows using a machine called a swather. The windrows will then dry out for about 8 days 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.