The Buffer Strip

30 Aug

While I was out and about last night, I noticed the blue moon.

the blue moon (almost)

Okay, it was a night early, but it’s nearly full.

Behind this fence lies my cornfield.

Between the fence and the corn is a buffer strip.

Often people have a buffer strip to help control erosion.  My buffer strip is more because I have trees along some parts of the fence, and the crops aren’t going to grow well under trees.  Also, crops are usually planted right up to the fence.

My animals would be able to eat about the first two rows if we planted it that close to the fence along the Back Forty.

Mmmmm. Yummy corn.

The other day, I noticed the alfalfa had grown and was just about to blossom.  I let my nephew know that it was about ready to be made into hay.

When I came home yesterday, this is what I saw.

It had been mown!

Soon is will be raked and baled and put in the barn.

It makes me that much closer to being ready for winter.

Linking to Friday’s Fences, Farmgirl Friday, Thankful Thursday, and Thursday Favorite Things.

52 Responses to “The Buffer Strip”

  1. TexWisGirl August 30, 2012 at 5:03 pm #

    awesome! always love to see hay growth!

    • Teresa August 30, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

      Alfalfa is one of the few things enjoying this heat and dry weather.

  2. Candy C. August 30, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

    Good deal on getting the alfalfa cut! The corn is looking good and I love the “almost” blue moon shot! 🙂

    • Teresa August 30, 2012 at 5:32 pm #

      You should see the edited version of the moon. Doesn’t look like the same picture! The corn is better than I dared hope. I feel so lucky to have these harvests.

  3. Raw Thoughts And Feelings August 30, 2012 at 5:25 pm #

    It looks so nice, your entire farm!The corn looked delicious, and that tiny bit of sun on the buffer strip is wonderful!

    • Teresa August 30, 2012 at 5:32 pm #

      That’s the good thing about going back to work. There’s all that wonderful golden light when I get home and have a chance to go out and take pictures. 🙂

  4. Pat August 30, 2012 at 5:35 pm #

    Your farm looks so beautiful.

    • Teresa August 30, 2012 at 5:41 pm #

      I really do live in a beautiful place.

  5. tbnranch August 30, 2012 at 5:56 pm #

    Beautiful Pics, thanks so much for sharing!

    • Teresa August 30, 2012 at 6:21 pm #

      Thanks. I always enjoy sharing my life on the farm.

  6. Magical Mystical Teacher August 30, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

    Nothing beats the smell of newly mown hay!

    Desert Fence and Sky

    • Teresa August 30, 2012 at 6:21 pm #

      It is the best! I love how my whole barn smells after we unload it. 🙂

  7. Jen August 30, 2012 at 6:30 pm #

    Wonderful Hay…….. I was just sitting here talking about the Blue Moon with my honey.

    • Teresa August 30, 2012 at 6:30 pm #

      I always love the full moon, but there’s something special about a blue moon!

  8. Alica August 30, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

    I love the smell of freshly mowed hay…nothing quite like it!

    • Teresa August 30, 2012 at 6:48 pm #

      It is wonderful!

  9. Pamela Gordon August 30, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

    I enjoyed this post as I love country and rural farm scenes. You have a beautiful farm! Great photos. Pamela

    • Teresa August 30, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

      Thanks. I love living in the country!

  10. Rosey August 30, 2012 at 9:36 pm #

    I like this post, though it reminds me of another season. We live in the country and when winter leaves and warmer weather rolls around, the farmers all come out and help one another. It’s really quite the site, and I just love it…

    • Teresa August 30, 2012 at 9:38 pm #

      I do love country life. Farmers are a good group of people. 🙂

  11. Joani August 30, 2012 at 9:49 pm #

    So love the smell of fresh cut alfalfa. The blue moon tonight was gorgeous in my area. There are a few clouds around at this time. The morning should be just as bright and bigger. Have a great weekend.

    • Teresa August 30, 2012 at 9:53 pm #

      It is very beautiful here tonight too!

  12. melody August 31, 2012 at 12:33 am #

    I found you from Katherine’s hop. We have a dairy farm and our corn is looking pretty nice too:) My hubbie putting in grass right now though! Nice to meet you!

    • Teresa August 31, 2012 at 6:36 am #

      I’m so glad you stopped by. I love meeting fellow farmers. 🙂 Glad to hear your corn is looking nice too.

  13. Marie August 31, 2012 at 12:46 am #

    Beautiful fence and corn field! What lovely views, and how sweet your nephew got the alfalfa mowed for you!

    • Teresa August 31, 2012 at 6:36 am #

      He is pretty sweet. Hopefully it will be in the barn before the remains of Isaac brings us rain.

  14. lessandragr August 31, 2012 at 1:56 am #

    Hi Teresa – Your corn is looking good! All of your country scenes look so beautiful and inviting!

    • Teresa August 31, 2012 at 6:37 am #

      Thanks. I love being out here with all the natural beauty.

  15. Ramona August 31, 2012 at 5:31 am #

    I love the Moon and fence shots!! I love the corn and fence shots! I love the ALL. Thanks for sharing!! 😉

    • Teresa August 31, 2012 at 6:37 am #

      Truly I love sharing my life out here. I think it’s pretty wonderful!

  16. Coloring Outside the Lines August 31, 2012 at 5:34 am #

    Your corn looks great! I’m glad that you got a good crop.

    • Teresa August 31, 2012 at 6:38 am #

      It won’t be what it should, but I will be okay. I’m so much better off than many farmers. Truly I know how blessed I am to have a good crop this year.

  17. Elaine August 31, 2012 at 5:45 am #

    I enjoyed that tour of your buffer zone and the information – plus those lovely photos!

    • Teresa August 31, 2012 at 6:38 am #

      Thanks. It really does make a beautiful place for an evening stroll. 🙂

  18. Tanya August 31, 2012 at 7:08 am #


  19. Janis August 31, 2012 at 8:00 am #

    Great shots of the farm…glad to see the hay drying in the field…you have a nice start for winter..yay!

    • Teresa August 31, 2012 at 8:07 am #

      Hopefully I will be almost there after the hay gets put in the barn today. 🙂 That’s always a wonderful feeling.

  20. Tricia August 31, 2012 at 10:34 am #

    Lots of country fencing & beautiful country scenes! =)

    • Teresa August 31, 2012 at 10:52 am #

      I love the country scenes. It’s starting to be a challenge to find a different photo op on my farm for Friday’s fences. I might have to go back to cute critters in front of or behind fences. 🙂

  21. August 31, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

    I am glad you mentioned the blue moon, must have a look this evening. I like the information you give every time.

    • Teresa August 31, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

      Thanks. I do try to add a bit of content with the pictures. 🙂

  22. prideinphotos August 31, 2012 at 5:04 pm #

    I absolutely love the moon images you captured.
    Laurie @ Pride in Photos

    • Teresa August 31, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

      Thanks. It really was beautiful that evening.

  23. Evelyn in Oregon August 31, 2012 at 6:11 pm #

    How do you capture shots of the moon? I don’t know what I’m doing wrong, but I’m doing wrong!! Beautiful images of your alfalfa and corn crops. The people who are leasing my mother’s farmland have taken three cuttings of alfalfa …. they have huge sprinkler lines on the otherwise-dry land, too.

    • Teresa August 31, 2012 at 7:17 pm #

      Alfalfa actually does better than grass in this weather. This is the third cutting from the buffer strip. I only got one cutting of grass from the pasture and the section where I don’t have animals. It’s been a rough year for hay. I usually take my moon pictures before it gets dark. Otherwise I would have to use a tripod. I’m not that patient. 🙂

  24. Bonnie August 31, 2012 at 6:43 pm #

    I also love getting everything stored up for the winter. I miss walking by the cornfields on hot summer days. I’ll be enjoying the blue moon same as you.

    • Teresa August 31, 2012 at 7:18 pm #

      You would have loved this week with all the heat we’ve had. 🙂

  25. Marigold and the Goatmother August 31, 2012 at 7:48 pm #

    We’re still not ready. Every time the hay guys have tried to get a cutting this year, we have had an unpredicted rain that ruined it. Hopefully we’ll have some in the barn soon though. This is much later than we’ve ever gone! Oy.

    • Teresa August 31, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

      That’s how we were two years ago. It was horrible to try and get any decent hay. Hope you get some soon. I think this is the last I will need, but I have some on standby in case I do need more. I’m very lucky to have family that farms full time and can provide me with it.

  26. Katherines Corner September 3, 2012 at 8:26 am #

    wonderful photos!!!! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop linky party. Sorry I’m a bit slow getting here xo

    • Teresa September 3, 2012 at 8:35 am #

      I just think it’s wonderful that you host this great meme! Thanks for stopping by.

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