“We were wishing for rain this week. An inch would have been perfect. The three we got were a reminder that nature doesn’t take orders from us humans. Fine, fine. On a highly diversified farm, something, somewhere is always happy, no matter the weather. The pasture, the hay ground, and the recent transplants were all delighted by the deep soaking. The strawberries – both this year’s fruits, and next year’s plants – really needed what we got, and we should see dividends, in berries, in the coming weeks.
There were a few casualties, too. We lost some broiler chicks in a wet field, soybean planting is delayed, and the newly-planted sweet corn got chilled and soaked at exactly the wrong time. The crows and seagulls are not helping us out on the corn front, either. If you have ever wondered why it is so hard to find organic corn, or why it is so darn expensive, here’s a primer….” Continue reading this Essex Farm Note.