Beginning in June, I will be starting a new series I’m calling Crop of the Month.
We grow four different crops on our farm: wheat, corn, soybeans, and sunflowers.
We grow these crops, honestly, because we have the opportunity to do so. Planting a variety of crops for our operation lowers our risk. What I mean by that is that in our area we can have a great short season and a bad long season or vice versa. In turn, we utilize a variety of short season AND long season crops. Our climate and seasons simply aren’t set up for a full season crop such as corn all the time.
Out of the four crops we plant, two are broadleaf and two are grasses. We cycle them through in rotations from grass to broadleaf and repeat. A rotation like this also allows us to change modes of herbicide action so that we aren’t putting the same herbicides on the field time and time again. Below is a diagram of our crop rotation.
I’ve always wanted to share more about each crop so now is the time! For the next four months on Tuesdays and Wednesdays I will be dedicating my blog to one crop.
What are you going to cover?
Tuesdays will consist of recipes using the particular crop in any given form. For example, during the sunflower month maybe we will make some sunflower butter cookies! Anything is possible.
Wednesdays will consist of all sorts of fun posts: general information, Q&A sessions, life cycle of the crop on our farm, real time photos of the crop growing on our farm, and maybe if I get adventurous, some video!
So what’s the schedule?
June – Wheat
July – Corn
August – Soybeans
September – Sunflowers
How Can You Follow Along?
I’m glad you asked! There are a few ways!
- Subscribe to my blog using the yellow Stay In Touch Box to your right —– >> What this will do is send you an email every time I post a new post or recipe so you will never miss one!
- I have created a page for this series, you can find it here: CROP OF THE MONTH
- I have also put a link to that page on my homepage. On the right hand sidebar, under my Subscribe box. Simply click on the photo and you can browse all the recipes & posts I will share throughout the four months!
- If neither of those are your style, you can always Follow Prairie Californian on Facebook or Twitter.
Do you have questions? ASK!
Do you have questions about the crops we grow? I would LOVE to answer them! You can ask your questions by using the survey below OR leaving a comment on this post.