Why farmers need a rye sense of humor

Who would think that such a beautiful field of vetch and rye has a dark side?

IMG_5556.JPG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I know you are thinking this is a pun, with the dark side being the soil organic matter that these covers are improving but that’s not it.  These covers are beasts.  The wet weather makes it difficult to incorporate these on a timely basis and makes the farmer’s annual stress over spring bed preparation much worse.  Here Jon consult with the soil to see if it is dry enough to till without causing damage to the soil or the marriage and worries about the next rain.   Those of us who care about soil stewardship have to appreciate  farmers like Jon (Lisa Haynes, Bob Bracket, Allen Williams, Marty Gray, Stan Shutte, and Henry Brockman to name a few) who continue to grow  cover crops in these wild weather times.

 

IMG_5550.JPG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joel Gruver and his students have bios of many cover crop innovators up at the following site..http://www.mccc.msu.edu/innovators.html check it out.

Comments Off on Why farmers need a rye sense of humor

Psych-out weeds or blowing smoke?

This year we bring out the big guns to blow mulch.  We do this with crossed fingers hoping the mice won’t pick up where the weeds leave off.  Blue Moon ‘Rust Watchers’ will note another choice piece of Jon’s used-steel-collection.

dino 10 027.jpgdino 10 028.jpg

Comments Off on Psych-out weeds or blowing smoke?

Jon Checking out the Competition in Cuban Market

cuba 293.jpg

Comments Off on Jon Checking out the Competition in Cuban Market

Its getting nippy

IMG_3101.JPGIMG_3101.JPG

Blue Moon is A place where all the women are strong and the compost is good looking

august09 035.jpgaugust09 035.jpgaugust09 035.jpg

Comments Off on Blue Moon is A place where all the women are strong and the compost is good looking

Genie performs magic at blue moon

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/6008602[/vimeo]

Comments Off on Genie performs magic at blue moon

Blue Moon Pests!

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/4749248[/vimeo]

Comments Off on Blue Moon Pests!

Dark Side of the Moon

on the darker side…  IMG_1694.JPG

is jon’s record keeping mania

Comments Off on Dark Side of the Moon