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All tucked in for the winter: When it comes to my fields, I like things a little messy. I want straw, ...
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All tucked in for the winter: When it comes to my fields, I like things a little messy. I want straw, I want a lot of it, and I want as much still standing tall as possible. We grow wheat in a place so dry that it takes two years worth of rain to grow a single year's crop. So every drop counts. I can't ... All tucked in for the winter:

When it comes to my fields, I like things a little messy. I want straw, I want a lot of it, and I want as much still standing tall as possible.

We grow wheat in a place so dry that it takes two years worth of rain to grow a single year's crop. So every drop counts. I can't make it rain more, so I fight tooth & nail to hold on to what little I get.

And straw is my best tool to do that.

We grow 100% no tillage. Plowing buries residue, exposes soil to drying winds, sacrifices water. Standing stubble protects soil, shades the surface, lowers soil temperatures, reduces wind & evapotranspiration. In winter, it traps an even blanket of snow, protecting seedlings from cold & dessication while slowing snowmelt during Chinook events.

I'm such a believer in the conservation benefits of standing residue that we retooled our field operations to preserve as much of it as possible. We began using a stripper header to harvest, which plucks the heads of grain instead of cutting them, leaving taller stubble. We then built a fertilizer applicator on our drills so we can seed and fertilize simultaneously. Each pass eliminated is less tires in the fields and less stubble knocked down.

Every piece of straw preserved is another few drops of water saved, another day of life for the offspring it shelters when the rains falter.

A wisp of hope for a good harvest, or the chance to harvest at all.

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Had a great time & made some wonderful new friends at #cascadiagrains this year. And then received ...
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Had a great time & made some wonderful new friends at #cascadiagrains this year. And then received this amazing loaf made with our wheat from @1000bitesofbread ! Before we broke bread on such a work of art, I wanted to complete the circle with a pic in the fields from which it came. My piece ... Had a great time & made some wonderful new friends at #cascadiagrains this year.

And then received this amazing loaf made with our wheat from @1000bitesofbread ! Before we broke bread on such a work of art, I wanted to complete the circle with a pic in the fields from which it came.

My piece of the grain puzzle is coaxing wheat to grow in one of the driest & most challenging agricultural regions in the world. It's so lovely to see the bounty talented hands make with the fruits of our labor!

#farming #agriculture #knowyourfarmer #locallygrown #foodie #bread #easternwashington #rsa_rural #bpa_rural #pocket_farms #ig_inlandnw #ig_countryside #explorewa #graingrower #livewashington #sustainable #flourambassador #wholewheat
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Wildflowers in golden fields of canola and wheat in palouse. . . . . . . . #travelusa #washingtonstatetrails ...
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Wildflowers in golden fields of canola and wheat in palouse. . . . . . . . #travelusa #washingtonstatetrails #photographylover #instagood #rsa_rural #rsa_ladies #wildflowers #summer #palouse #palousewashington #lovespalouse #nikontop #countryfeatures #countryside ... Wildflowers in golden fields of canola and wheat in palouse. .
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#travelusa #washingtonstatetrails #photographylover #instagood #rsa_rural #rsa_ladies #wildflowers #summer #palouse #palousewashington #lovespalouse #nikontop #countryfeatures #countryside #farmland #farmlife
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