Today there seems to be a resurging interest in local grains and heirloom grain varieties. When we think of wheat today, most envision large combines on the Great Plains or Pacific Northwest. People are waking up to the idea that grain crops used to be grown on small farms throughout the United States, outside of today’s commodity wheat production regions.
Field Notes – October 2016
With Halloween coming up at the end of the month, we’ve got a note about bats – the real ones, that don’t suck blood but do eat mosquitos and pollinate native plants – and what the Kerr Center is doing on the ranch to help them help us.
First, though – and on a similar note – read what David Redhage has to say about native plants and ecosystem management.
Then, take in a new video showing how Kerr’s organic farm program uses a bed shaper to make raised beds in the fields.
Also, have a look at what one Oklahoma rancher did to keep winter winds – and cattle – from eroding his pond dam and fouling the pond water.
Last but not least, don’t miss a new SARE resource on season extension – and, as usual, tips on sustainable agriculture events coming up around the state, region, and nation.Field Notes – October 2016 (PDF, 530 KB)