The Sand-hill Cranes are Back —- Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The Sandhill Cranes are back (this is an old photo)

(Another old photo)

A pair flew over my head as I was shuffling around the trash cans yesterday morning

(From my archives)

They hollered and squawked at me as they flapped vigorously toward the Upper End of our farm

If was a happy feeling to see them arrive.

Since yesterday was lovely warm in the afternoon. We decided to take one last spin in the corvette before we have to put the top back on.

(Photo from last year)

We drove around and looked at the hemp farms…harvest has begun.  I wonder if the killing freezes damages the CBD oil in the plant? I will let you know if I find out anything

Part of my yard, now a beautiful memory.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

 

 

Under our Western Colorado Skies—Sunday, September 29, 2019

(From Pinterest)

Harvest is here.  The corn choppers are moving through all the silage fields now, filling silos and laying the once growing corn fields bare.

The pinto beans on our farm are all harvested, and the renters moving on to their other farms with the big combines, trucks, and tractors

Terry and I took a ride to see if the hemp is being harvested

Not yet.

I hope to see the fields harvested, but not yet.

Pinto beans, the last cutting of hay, ensilage/silage; the onions are starting to be readied for harvest.

But not the hemp.

Or the picking corn.  (The picking corn will be in October early November, depending on the moisture in the corn.)

Harvest!  What all the farmers have been waiting for.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

 

In Search of Magic —- Sunday, August 25, 2019

(From Pinterest)

Last year’s experimental crop, Hemp, expanded into a modern-day “Gold Rush” for our area.

Massive farms were purchased and planted to hemp.  Even people ripped up their yards and put in hemp.  Our air smells like skunk. 🙂

We’ve seen two large processing plants also come in.

Now, here is the rub…there are lots and lots of plants with potential to make thousands and thousands of dollars. That is all well and good.

BUT–

(From what we are understanding) To get your hemp processed you have to ‘make an application to have your product processed.  And THAT, My Friends, is causing a huge cry of anguish here.

The secret to all crops is to have a market. And, of course for the market to pay you well.

If you have a crop and no market—then all the hype is just a shadowy shape rippling on the wind of speculation.

I saw another sundog glowing in the silver clouds!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

New Crop Being Grown—-Wednesday, October 17, 2018

We have a new crop being tested about two miles from our farm.

Now you MUST understand it is NOT us raising these test acres of Hemp, but three of our neighbors close by.

The above is one of the test fields almost ready to harvest.  Hemp looks like little furry Christmas trees, or (to my eye) Kochia weed. (I don’t know if I spelled that right)

One of the growers allowed us to go into the field and look at the plants.  They are very sticky.  You put your hand on the plant and it feels like fly paper (sort of) and it has a very distinctive smell.

It’s harvest time now.  This is one of the combines/tractors used to harvest the hemp. (This hemp will be used to create CBD oil…although there are other uses for hemp, i.e. rope, material, and many other things. ( I am still learning about all this)

Here the combines/tractors have just entered the field to begin harvest

The tractor/combine cuts off the plant and conveyor the fluffy plant into the back of the truck.  The truck is driven along side of the tractor, both pieces of equipment moving along together up and down the row until the truck bed is full.

 The truck then hauls it to a metal building with a cement floor

Where it is allowed to dry for two days.

NOW after this point, I don’t know what happens. I don’t know how they remove the oil, I don’t know anything.  Maybe I will get to see, and if I do I will ask permission to show you.  Other than that…this is the harvesting of the new crop in town….called Hemp.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda