A short time ago, I watched as Farmer Jeremy emptied a bag of wheat seed into the seed box of the grain drill. Howell Farm plants a variety of wheat known as “Pronghorn,” known for being a little taller than some other varieties of modern wheat. This tall variety works well on a historical farm such as Howell Farm for several reasons. It closer resembles the taller wheat that would have been growing at Howell Farm in the year 1900, and it works better with our historical harvesting equipment, which is suited for the taller varieties. It also provides more straw, which can be put to good use on the farm.
Following Farmer Jeremy's planting, Farmer Ian is following behind with a horse-drawn roller to pack the seed.
In other news, the field corn is still not ready for picking, though our corn picking program is scheduled for this coming weekend. (Such are the challenges of needing to schedule a public harvest program a year in advance.) Looking at the still green stalks of corn, Farmer Ian thinks it might be a full 3 or 4 weeks before the corn is ready for harvest.
Fall has definitely begun to arrive on the fall. Strikes of yellow, red and orange leaves are now visible among the remaining green.