So when it gets hot and the field conditions are right, this is what you find in the fields around CNY. The combines going and harvesting the crops that feed the animals that feed you. This one is Winter Barley and it yielded about 60bu/acre, really good. In two days we harvested about 12 acres of barley and baled over 500 bales of straw. Winter Barley straw is used in ponds to control algea... Enjoy the video. More to come. Oh and yes we work 18 hours a day this time of year so you can sit at home and enjoy something we grow for you so next time think twice about where did that come from. Not the store, The Farmer.... RESPECT us or else..... lol ThanksPosted by Wagner Farms on Monday, July 6, 2015
Wagner Farms started growing small grains several years ago after buying our combine, we have expanded our grain growing to include crops such as: Barley, Malt Barley, Wheat, Triticale, Rye, Spelt, Oats and several other crops which we sell both retail or wholesale. While small grain crops don't turn much of a profit, they do allow us to rotate field out of high production crops such as corn or produce for a year or two, this time out of production allows organic matter, soil life and soil health to be rebuilt for a better crop the following crop seasons. We rotate our fields on a 5 year rotation. We may grow a small grain after conventional plowing the first year, then after the small grain comes off during the summer we will plant a biologic crop such as tillage radish on the field allow for deep tillage with out equipment being used, the following season we then plant a no-till produce crop, then the third year maybe Soybean on a min-till planting system where we only disc the field. This soybean crops allow Nitrogen to be fixed back in the soil for the next crop which could be a small grain or corn on zone-tillage, then the final year we can plant the opposite crop of the four year and then start the process over again.
Small grains can be used for animal feed, human food, cover crops, soil erosion control for a year, seed production and many other uses such as making beer or alcohol. The left over material from small grains is straw which we then bale and sell for bedding, ornamental use of cover for seedings. Small grains are a multi use crop, we use as much as it as we can, while leaving enough on the ground to build the soil health up and make for a better eco system.