Springtime in the Big Horn Basin is heavy farming season. And it is no different on the Gooseberry. After moving our pivot sprinkler, one corner that it already missed turned in to about two acres. So decided to plant it with some horse hay.
Many farmers would like to keep the plow out of the ground because of the work it takes to follow them up. But they still do have their place.
Before we got going this spring, Dad put new shares on the 4 bottom.
Luke also hauled over some finely fluffed fertilizer.
Pretty sandy on our place, but our little corner tilled up real nice.
We even drug a leveler around to make for a nice seed bed.
Grass/alfalfa is the combination of choice. We mixed it 50/50. Beings everything is under irrigation, the right kind of grass that will regrow for three cuttings is necessary. Orchard grass should fit the bill.
Uncle Chris let us borrow his drill.
You know your really a rancher playing farmer when you sow your seed with a farmhand.
After we drizzled the seed on the ground, we ran around and covered it lightly with a roller harrow.
We pushed through to get the crop in in time for a storm that's coming through. Hopefully that'll get it started. Next up is getting water to the corner. Where there's a will there's a way. Irrigating is essential in this area, and thank God for it. Man was created to till the soil. And oh how good it feels to do so.
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