1 Day Ago
My head spins when I read most of this yet I'm about to jump into some farming enterprise of my own. I have a whopping seven acres of hayfield that does quite well. The field is split by my driveway and one side is about three acres and the other side is about four acres. So now that I've gotten my hay production way up through chemical fertilizing and irrigation I'm going to take out about a acre this year and start growing some different crops. My plan this year is to plant as much of that acre into garlic this fall as possible.
My place has not been treated with any herbicide for the last decade and has only seen minimal chemical(pellet) fertilizer. It also hasn't been tilled at all for atleast a decade and is all grass/clover/weeds in the field. So I'm starting to look at how best to prep this acre for the fall? I've got a second generation rancher/farmer coming over on Friday morning to walk my field with me and discuss some things. I'll also be meeting with my local agriculture rep hopefully early next week.
I've got a lot of composted manure and wood chips that I can amend my soil with so will be studying various methods of getting the acre ready for garlic this fall. My plan is to market garden other crops as well. I've got a couple really good ins with a local food co-OP who will take any produce I produce that is bee-safe(no spray) but doesn't have to be certified organic or anything like that. Up here it seems certified organic is losing ground to bee-safe/no spray production.
I figure I'm already suffering the expense of the land and water(I have near limitless irrigation water from mid April to mid September and can even have it turned on early or off later for a minimal fee if required. So I'm about to learn/expirement/fail/succeed and all that fun stuff that comes with farming.
So far I have many more questions than answers about the best way to convert this land from grass/clover to row crops.
When I've sussed out a plan of attack I'll run it by y'all here and look for further input.