Field Rotation – Phase IV (Drilling)

I finished discing  the evening before having to leave for a bull sale. The long range forecast was calling for precipitation in five days…three days at the sale would leave me two days to get the wheat drilled before the rain/snow began to fall…if the meteorologist was correct.

Tractor, Roterra, Drill, Cultipacker

Since I was planting wheat, an annual and not alfalfa or pasture, I did not run a box scraper or land plane following discing. Instead, I hooked up a roterra, followed by the drill, followed by the cultipacker.

The roterra is PTO driven and further breaks up the remaining sod clods and then gently packs the soil in front of the drill. The drill then lays the seed in a small furrow, 2″ deep for red wheat in our soil. The cultipacker then follows the drill and packs the soil on top of the seed.

I finished drilling at 6 pm…the snow began to fall at 6:32 pm…perfect timing 🙂

As I mentioned earlier, I planted a beardless winter red wheat. However, I am growing it as a forage, not for the grain. I will cut it for hay next June, to feed to cattle and horses next winter. Since I am planning on cutting it for hay, I chose the beardless variety to increase palatability.

The graphic above depicts the difference between “bearded” (left) and “beardless” (right) wheat. Being free from the tassels makes the hay a highly desirable forage by both horses and cattle…roughage plus energy…a great hay to feed in the winter.

Stay tuned for pics of the field as the wheat germinates and grows.

  1. November 22, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    Seriously, this is so cool. I work with a gal who has cattle, alfalfa, and more. I love hearing about your living. Such an amazing and honorable career! Did I mention how cool this is? =)

  2. commonsenseagriculture
    November 22, 2011 at 6:29 PM

    Thank you Mimi 🙂 Appreciate the kind words. I am thankful I am able to share. What kind of cattle does your friend have?

  3. John Elmander
    September 16, 2012 at 6:40 AM

    Hello firstly greetings from Turkiye and sorry for my poor English. I’m a Hungarian and I have a farm in Turkiye. If possible, I want to ask you a question. What is the model of this tractor?

    • commonsenseagriculture
      September 16, 2012 at 9:42 AM

      A Kubota M125.

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