Posted by Mike on 24th February 2005
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve stated the main problem with the cropland, but there is a minor problem too. One small area didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get sprayed, so the previous owner left the soybeans and the weeds grow to feed the deer and other wildlife. (Yum, GMO-fed deer!) This area needs to be taken care of too.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been researching and talking to others who know something about natural farming and think that I have a strategy for the main problem. I plan on planting oats this spring. When the oats are ready, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll harvest the crop and either sell it or trade it. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m going to make square bales out of the straw and save those for bedding. I will then plant my pasture mix this fall.
I think that the minor problem can be solved in much the same way as the main one. The only difference is that I have to get the old plant material out of the way and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not sure what I will do about that.
With all that in mind, I need to find a farmer with equipment to do the work. (I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have the equipment to do it yet.) I figure that I can trade the oats and some big, round, alfalfa bales for the work. This needs to be lined up in the next couple of weeks. Spring is coming soon!