When I first added the sixty-eight acres to my little acreage, we planned a buffer strip between my acreage and the crops we were planting. There were a couple of reasons. First, I needed hay. It would be a narrow strip where we could plant alfalfa to bale into hay for the animals. Secondly, there are trees around the edge where crops wouldn’t grow and do well anyhow. Another reason was to give us an area to drive on to get to the back forty. Finally, it would provide a buffer between my animals and the crops. Trust me, the goats decided last summer that they like to eat soybeans. When we planted the alfalfa two years ago, we had horribly wet weather, and alfalfa doesn’t like to get its roots wet. So my nephew came and disked the buffer strip to replant it this spring. I missed him disking. This is the field cultivator to help smooth the field out.
When he’s done field cultivating, he folds up the sides.
Then he can just drive out of the field.
Tomorrow, they will plant the buffer strip. What would I do without my wonderful nephew to help me with all these tasks?
Once this project is finished, we are going to have someone use a soil finisher to help smooth out the cropland because it is very rough when you drive across it too.
Linking to Farm Photo Friday
Linking to Thankful Thursday hosted by The Wife of a Dairyman.