It begins!

Wednesday, April, 1, 2015

This is a very beautiful southern Indiana April day.   We are grateful for the gentle wind, the 72ºF (22C) temperature, and the clear blue sky.  The soil here at the home farm has dried sufficiently for us to begin our spring work.  The first task was to apply a herbicide to the cover crop wheat here at the home farm.  This application is commonly known as a ‘burn down’.  We are using Roundup with a wetting agent.  The wetting agent acts similarly to a water softener, and thus the spray material will cling to the leaves rather than “bead up” on the leaf surface.   It may take some days to see the effects of this application, but the sunshine and warm temperatures will aid the process.

Rain is predicted for tomorrow and Friday.

John loads the JD 4730 sprayer from the water truck inside this building.  Anytime we're working on this home farm, we just leave the truck inside, and fill the sprayer through the open door.

John loads the JD 4730 sprayer from the water truck inside this building. Anytime we’re working on this home farm, we just leave the truck inside, and fill the sprayer through the open door. 

 

Here, he applies the Roundup to the cover crop wheat.

Here, he applies the Roundup to the cover crop wheat.

We took a trip over to the Roberson farm to see if the soil was dry enough to permit the use of a field cultivator to smooth over the construction sites where WASCoBs were built last fall.  After driving over the area, we decided to wait for drier soil to do that work.

So, only the sprayer is running today, but we are very happy to see something happening.  It was beginning to feel a bit urgent to stop the growth of the cover crop.  Today’s work should stop the cover crop at a stage that is about “just right”.

We did use the Phantom II drone with its attached GoPro Hero+ to take some aerial video of the sprayer working.  Of the 30-or-so minutes of footage we took, we can probably edit it down to 2-3 minutes.  That is, once we learn to do the editing!  The GoPro takes great video!

 

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