Mark and I did some reconnaissance on the home 80 this morning. It was drizzling, of course. The rain has been unrelenting for weeks now. Here is an ode to drainage, in pictures. If it weren’t for drainage in these fields, you would just see big smears of mud with aquatic weeds here.
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1. Back at the farmhouse, the ducks are having a grand time. It has occurred to me that the ducks may have seized control of the weather this year. You really couldn’t ask for a better year for ducks.
2. In Mailbox Field, the zucchini is beginning to size up. We may have some ready for harvest next week. The field corn looks very good. We will not get a sweet corn crop this year (both the first and second plantings got flooded out), but we will have field corn for roasting ears. Green beans are coming, too. [Mark Kimball in photo.]
3. This is where all the water comes out, at the east end of the field. I love you, drainage.
4. And here is an example of the lemonade you can make on a diversified farm on a lemon of a year. This field, mostly clover, was too wet and too lush to graze with dairy cows, so Gwen moved the laying hens here. The high-protein forage will help cut the grain bill. And the hens are ecstatic.
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- Essex Farm: Summer Tour (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Essex Farm: Mad Transplanting (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Essex Farm: Midpoint (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)