My Farm Education http:// Learning about farming one season at a time Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:24:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 What a new farmer needs to know about silagehttp:///new-farmers-info/what-a-new-farmer-needs-know-silage/ http:///new-farmers-info/what-a-new-farmer-needs-know-silage/#comments Wed, 09 Oct 2013 09:49:45 +0000 http:///?p=1188 What does a new farmer needs to know about silage? Here I talk with Joe Dickenson from Dickenson Farms in Oilsprings, On about how he uses silage on his farm and what new farmers need to know. Silage is something I don’t know much about, so I thought I would talk to someone who works […]

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What does a new farmer needs to know about silage?

Here I talk with Joe Dickenson from Dickenson Farms in Oilsprings, On about how he uses silage on his farm and what new farmers need to know.

Silage is something I don’t know much about, so I thought I would talk to someone who works with it on a regular basis.

Here are the questions that I ask him. 

  1. What is Silage?
  2. How do you500彩票手机软件下载 make silage?
  3. What are the different types of silage?  What can we grow in ontario?
  4. What type of silage do you500彩票手机软件下载 use? Why?
  5. How can you500彩票手机软件下载 store silage? What are the advantage and disadvantages of different storage types?
  6. What types of animals need silage?
  7. How do you500彩票手机软件下载 use silage on you500彩票手机软件下载r farm?
  8. Is there anything I didn’t ask you500彩票手机软件下载 about silage that new farmers would need to know?

Key highlights

  • Silage is a full crop that is chopped up green and stored in a oxygen limiting environment. It’s more moist and fermented.
  • Balage usually baled dryer than haylage and stored in bales. For baleage you500彩票手机软件下载 are putting it into bales.
  • Haylage is wetter than balage.
  • First cut hay is usually a larger volume, so it is harder to get it all dry to put it into bales.  So if you500彩票手机软件下载’re pinched for time, you500彩票手机软件下载 have a couple options after you500彩票手机软件下载 cut you500彩票手机软件下载r hay.
    • Bale the hay wet.
    • Make haylage out of you500彩票手机软件下载r first cut.
  • Dry hay transports easier than wet hay.
  • Wrapped bales can last upwards of two years. However, once you500彩票手机软件下载 open the wrapped bale it’s ideal to have it eaten by the animals in three days or less.
  • You use a forage harvester to chop up corn or sorghum into fine pieces. These fine pieces are put into a trailer and then put into a silo (either a vertical silo or a bunker type silo).
  • Haylage is a form of silage.
  • Haylage is chopped up legume e.g. alfalpha
  • Alfalpha is a good choice to have in you500彩票手机软件下载r hay mix.
  • Haylage is usually a combination of alfapha, treefoil and fescu grass.
  • Some varieties of hay need to come off the field within 5 days.
  • Sorghum can be used as a nurse crop. That means that you500彩票手机软件下载 would plant it at the same time as you500彩票手机软件下载r hay seed. The sorghum grows faster than the hayseed so then you500彩票手机软件下载 can cut the sorghum thus allowing the hay to grow.
  • You can store silage either in a vertical or horizontal silo as long as it is in an oxygen limiting environment.
  • You need to make sure you500彩票手机软件下载 feed the appropriate amount of feed to you500彩票手机软件下载r animals.
  • You use a blower to put you500彩票手机软件下载r silage into the silo.
  • Beef cows and dairy cows don’t necessarily need silage.  However, by using silage you500彩票手机软件下载 can increase you500彩票手机软件下载r production of milk in dairy cows. Silage helps beef cows develop stronger.
  • Silage can speed up the feeding process.
  • Not all silage is created equal. Think of silage as wine, so each growing season is different.
  • It’s a good idea to diversify you500彩票手机软件下载r feed options with you500彩票手机软件下载r livestock.

Haylage vs Baleage vs Silage

Haylage is wetter than baleage. So the moisture level in haylage is higher than baleage.

Baleage is baled dryer than haylage.

You normally put baleage into wrapped hay bales.

Haylage tends to be chopped up and put into a silo.

Let me put it into moisture perspective.

  • Baleage runs about 30% moisture
  • Haylage runs about 50% moisture.
  • Corn Silage runs about 60% moisture

Protein values:

  • Haylage runs about 20% protein.
  • Silage runs about 8.5% protein.

Pictures from Joe’s farm

cows feeding on silage silage in silo blower for silo Wrapped hay

Final thoughts

Is there anything that I missed that you500彩票手机软件下载 might be interested in?

Leave me a comment below.

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What do you500彩票手机软件下载 think about starting a hay farm?

Crazy right?

Last time I was at the in-law’s farm I learned about hay. This time we got a chance to sit and chat about the viability of a hay farm.

The idea

The basic idea is to have a small farm that only does hay. You would only have a few select pieces of equipment and not a whole bunch.

This would be instead of doing cash crops, at least at the start.

This would be somewhere to start for a new farmer because the initial capital you500彩票手机软件下载 need is lower than what you500彩票手机软件下载 need for a cash crop farm.

Assumptions

There are a couple of things that are assumed here, so I am going to outline them here to give you500彩票手机软件下载 an idea.

  • You are in an area where there are farmers that need extra hay. Think about horse farmers, or large cow operations.
  • You are able to produce high quality hay.
  • You are able to get a decent price for hay.
  • You have a farm to grow hay.

Financial investment

starting a hay farm

Look at all those bales of hay.

As I mentioned, the amount of initial capital isn’t as much to start a hay farm.

Here is the breakdown

  • Baler: $7,500
  • Tractors: $15,000
  • Mower: $10,000
  • Bale wagon : $5,000

In total that would come to $52,500.

Now you500彩票手机软件下载’re probably thinking, “what about a seeder and a cultivator?”

One of the really nice things about hay is that you500彩票手机软件下载 don’t have to plant it every year. This means that you500彩票手机软件下载 can get away with not having either of those pieces of equipment. You can contract out seeding.

I actually went out and looked for each piece of equipment to make sure that I could find them at the price that I indicated.

Ideally, you500彩票手机软件下载 would want two used tractors if one breaks down. In that situation you500彩票手机软件下载 can use the other. Also, it would allow you500彩票手机软件下载 to pick up bales as they are dropped.

Seeds

You would also need to buy the seeds.

We gauged it to be about $5,000 worth of seed for 50 acres.

Sales

The idea would be to sell the hay at around $4.50 per small square bale of hay. For good hay, this in’t unreasonable. Horse farmers are looking for good hay, and they’re willing to pay for it.

Here was the thought, on 50 acres you500彩票手机软件下载 would get 100 square bales per acre, which is a conservative number.

If we do the math, that works out to be.

100 bales x 50 acres = 5000 bales of hay for 50 acres of land.

At a price of $4.50 that would be:

5000 bales x $4.50 = $22,500

That isn’t a huge amount of money, but remember that is a conservative number on the number of bales you500彩票手机软件下载 would get per acre. Therefore, there is a definite possibility you500彩票手机软件下载 could make more based on yield. Also, there is the possibility you500彩票手机软件下载 could make less.

The fluctuation in prices and yield are just part of the game.

Deliver vs pick up at barn

Your price will have to vary depending on whether you500彩票手机软件下载 sell from the barn or deliver. Each will have their own price because you500彩票手机软件下载 will incur more costs if you500彩票手机软件下载 deliver.

Take those points into consideration.

If you500彩票手机软件下载 deliver, a good way to factor costs is by a per kilometre cost. Using that type of system you500彩票手机软件下载 can price accordingly.

Storage

One thing to think about is where you500彩票手机软件下载 are going to store the hay.

Here you500彩票手机软件下载 have a couple of options.

  • Store it on the farm you500彩票手机软件下载 own or rent.
  • Deliver hay as soon as it comes off the field.

Obviously, it would be best if you500彩票手机软件下载 could deliver the hay as soon as you500彩票手机软件下载 took it off the field. That would allow you500彩票手机软件下载 to get paid right away, and you500彩票手机软件下载 wouldn’t have to worry about storing the hay at all.

On the other hand, if you500彩票手机软件下载 store the hay on you500彩票手机软件下载r farm there is a cost involved. That means that you500彩票手机软件下载 would have to charge more for the hay. Something like $4.75 a small square could work. The added $0.25 would be for storing the hay. You could charge more depending on you500彩票手机软件下载r cost of storage.

Buyers

With all that hay you500彩票手机软件下载’re going to need buyers.

There are a few options available to you500彩票手机软件下载.

  • You could use places like Kijiji to sell you500彩票手机软件下载r hay.
  • You can check you500彩票手机软件下载r local hay listings.
  • You can sell hay on you500彩票手机软件下载r website.
  • You can connect with people on social media through Twitter and Facebook.
  • You can get to know people in you500彩票手机软件下载r area and sell you500彩票手机软件下载r hay through word of mouth.

Finding buyers is going to be you500彩票手机软件下载r one of you500彩票手机软件下载r primary goals, otherwise, all you500彩票手机软件下载r hay would be for naught.

If I were to do this, I would probably go through my father in-law, assuming I were in the area.

However If I were not in the area, I would use a website and social media as well as word of mouth to help people find out about my product.

Additionally, I would learn who the local horse farmers were and talk to them directly and determine their needs.

Final thoughts

This is speculation but there are farms out there that do this. I asked on Twitter to see what people said

That gives you500彩票手机软件下载 an idea from a farmer what the market is like.

What do you500彩票手机软件下载 think about a hay farm? Leave a comment below.

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A beginner’s guide to hayhttp:///new-farmers-info/a-beginners-guide-to-hay/ http:///new-farmers-info/a-beginners-guide-to-hay/#comments Thu, 01 Aug 2013 14:02:29 +0000 http://www./?p=1140 For the last couple of weeks I’ve been at my in-laws’ farm. They needed some help on their farm, and I was more than happy to oblige. Because it was hay season, I got to learn a lot about hay. So here’s what I learned about hay. Bonus Video In this bonus video, I show […]

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A picture of a round bale of hay from first cut 2013

For the last couple of weeks I’ve been at my in-laws’ farm. They needed some help on their farm, and I was more than happy to oblige. Because it was hay season, I got to learn a lot about hay.

So here’s what I learned about hay.

Bonus Video

In this bonus video, I show you500彩票手机软件下载 the process of making hay in Farming Simulator 2013.

Let me know what you500彩票手机软件下载 think.

What type of hay seeds work?

When you500彩票手机软件下载 grow hay it can be a combination of seeds. Many farmers prefer a combination of different seeds.

A great combination is alfalfa, fescu grass and clover.

Depending on what type of livestock a farmer has will change what combination of hay they want. Some horse farmers prefer one combination where sheep farmers may want another.

Keep that in mind when you500彩票手机软件下载’re selling hay. Take note of what’s in you500彩票手机软件下载r hay because some farmers are very particular.

How to know when to cut hay?

It’s funny when I was helping out, I didn’t cut any hay, so I had no idea when to do it. So I asked when you500彩票手机软件下载 should cut hay.

The best time to cut hay is when you500彩票手机软件下载r hay-field is just about to flower. That’s the answer I got for first cut.

OMAFRA suggests cutting hay in the morning just after the morning dew is off for better drying. However, if you500彩票手机软件下载 want more sugar in you500彩票手机软件下载r hay OMAFRA suggests cutting hat later in the day.

Try to cut a swath that is as large as possible. This helps hay dry faster.

How to know when hay is dry?

Now that you500彩票手机软件下载’ve cut the hay you500彩票手机软件下载 need to know when it’s dry. The way I learned to see if it is dry is to reach under the windrow and feel the bottom of the hay.

If the hay feels moist, then it’s not ready to bale. An easy test to do to see if hay is ready and bend it in half. If the hay is still wet, it won’t make any crunching sounds. If the hay is ready, it will make a crunching sound and snap almost. Do this test with the hay at the bottom of you500彩票手机软件下载r windrow.

If the hay it still moist, you500彩票手机软件下载 have two options:

  1. You can use a tedder to turn over hay and to help it dry faster.
  2. You can wait a bit longer to let it dry.

The advantage of using a tedder is that you500彩票手机软件下载r hay will dry faster. The disadvantage is by tedding you500彩票手机软件下载 will lose material in turning over you500彩票手机软件下载r hay.

If you500彩票手机软件下载 wait longer, then time and the weather will be you500彩票手机软件下载r problem.

How to bale hay?

small square baler

This is a picture of me using the small square baler attempting to get all the hay in the baler.

I didn’t do much baling because I was very slow at it, but I did do some when I was at the in-laws.

I noticed that you500彩票手机软件下载 have to bale very slow in most cases. I was using a small square baler and the windrows were pretty big, so I had a hard time to keep the baler where I wanted it.

One choice you500彩票手机软件下载 need to make if you500彩票手机软件下载’re baling rounds is, whether you500彩票手机软件下载 want net wrap or twine.

This choice is largely dependant on you500彩票手机软件下载r baler. Some balers can use both others only twine.

Advantages of using twine

  • Twine is very cheap. It runs around 30$ for 28,000 feet.

Disadvantages of using twine

  • Twine takes a while to wrap bales up. If you500彩票手机软件下载’re using a round baler, you500彩票手机软件下载 will have to wait longer using twine.

Advantages of net wrap

  • Net wrap is faster than using twine. Even if you500彩票手机软件下载 do two wraps, it’s quicker than twine.
  • Because you500彩票手机软件下载’re not spinning the bale as much, there is less loss when spinning.
  • Also, net wrap bales come out very neat and tidy, which can help if you500彩票手机软件下载’re selling hay.
  • Some suggest that net wrap can shed water better than twine.

Disadvantages of net wrap

  • Net wrap is more expensive than twine. It can be one dollar per bale whereas twine is cents.
  • Some farmers say that net wrap bales stick to frozen ground more than twine.

Storing hay

Bale autostacker

My father in law picking up the small squares in the field.

Once you500彩票手机软件下载’ve baled you500彩票手机软件下载r hay you500彩票手机软件下载 need to store it somewhere.

The best place to store hay is inside. Cover alls, or storage sheds work well.

If you500彩票手机软件下载 don’t have storage space inside, you500彩票手机软件下载 can use a tarp to protect you500彩票手机软件下载r hay outside.

A big concern when you500彩票手机软件下载’re storing hay is heat. You need to be very careful how you500彩票手机软件下载 store you500彩票手机软件下载 hay. If you500彩票手机软件下载 bunch hay bales together too much, you500彩票手机软件下载r hay will heat up. So, provide space for the heat to escape.

Final thoughts

Hay is a lot of work but the rewards are well worth it. I mean without it, many animals wouldn’t have anything to eat.

Do you500彩票手机软件下载 have an insight on hay? Leave a comment below.

 

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Technology and farming – what about the smaller farms?http:///farm-technology/technology-and-farming-is-it-really-good-for-farming/ http:///farm-technology/technology-and-farming-is-it-really-good-for-farming/#respond Sun, 16 Jun 2013 10:29:04 +0000 http://www./?p=1118 With each passing day technology progress more and more. It’s crazy what we are able to do now versus what were able to do ten years ago. It seems like technology moves at a break neck pace. Is technology good for farming? This is something that I think about every now and again because I […]

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technology and farming

Sprayer from the Ottawa Farm Show

With each passing day technology progress more and more.

It’s crazy what we are able to do now versus what were able to do ten years ago. It seems like technology moves at a break neck pace.

Is technology good for farming?

This is something that I think about every now and again because I see two sides of the coin.

I see those farmers who can afford things like Trimble Autosteer, then you500彩票手机软件下载 have the smaller farmers who have a hard time putting food on the table. It seems like two extremes.

Technology allows bigger farms to increase their yields and improve seeding and fertilizing. This is great, but what about those farmers who could benefit from that technology?

Also, with things like GMOs many people wouldn’t consider technology to be a good thing, at least in that department. GMOs is a topic for another post altogether though.

How do smaller farms get technology?

You could get a loan from the bank to buy new technology to improve you500彩票手机软件下载r farm’s productivity, but then you500彩票手机软件下载 owe the bank a hefty chunk of change. Also, you500彩票手机软件下载 have to consider whether that new technology will provide enough of return on investment to merit its purchase.

I think this is the type of balance smaller farms have to deal with all the time.

One creative way to get funded to buy some technology is through Indiegogo and Kickstarter. I’ve read about cases where people funded a new project on their farm through these programs.

Now I’m not an expert when it comes to these platforms, so I am not sure how far you500彩票手机软件下载 could take it. What I mean is, I’m not 100% if you500彩票手机软件下载 could fund new technology through these methods.

Final thoughts

Technology can help farms increase yields and production. This equipment is affordable to larger farms but not always to smaller ones.

These days, farmers must be creative in their approach to getting new farm equipment. Think about solutions like crowdfunding.

What do you500彩票手机软件下载 think? leave a comment.

 

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rat race and farmingDo you500彩票手机软件下载 ever feel like you500彩票手机软件下载’re in a rat race?

I had that feeling yesterday as I was waiting for the bus. I often get that feeling.

I look around me and see people staring off into the distance yearning for their bus to arrive, so they can get 500彩票手机软件下载.

This made me think, “I wish were in the country.”

As much as I like the city, there have been many times when I would have loved to have been able to just go outside my door and enjoy nature.

Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to get to the country yet.

What’s holding me back

The biggest thing that has held me back is a job. While there are many jobs in the city, there are fewer in the country.

This has led me to think about starting my own business, but what?

I currently teach English to French people, which is a nice job, but I have come to realize that it’s not something that I want to do for the rest of my life.

I’d rather make a difference.

Enter farming

It is because I have this feeling that I’d rather be out in the field. In my case I’d be helping out because I’m a novice farmer at best.

Farming matters way more in the greater scheme of things. It can change the world and all that jazz.

Odd situation

I have this odd situation where I’ve given my notice to my landlord that I’m moving, but I am not sure where yet. It is going to be to the country or still in the city?

Ideally it would be to the country, so I can get into farming, but it is really hard to pull the trigger on it because of the job situation.

Anyways

Final thoughts

That is what has been going through my head lately.

What do you500彩票手机软件下载 guys think? I know this was a bit all over the place sorry about that.

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My Farm Education Round upThis week I came across a few great posts by farmers, and I thought I would share them with you500彩票手机软件下载.

They are on a variety of topics,so you500彩票手机软件下载 won’t be disappointed.

Let’s jump into it.

The round-up

Conspiracy Theory

  • The 7msn Ranch never ceases to amaze me with their creativity with what their animals are “doing.” There have been a few times where I got a good laugh at something they have posted. This time is no different. In this post they tell the story of the very odd hole.

Judi Graff AKA FARMnWIFE Makes me a Better Blogger.

  • Brian over at The Farmer’s Life blog talks about his experience with the amazing Judi Graff at FARMnWIFE.com. He thanked her for all her help with the website. As you500彩票手机软件下载 may have noticed, Brian has made some changes to his website which Judi helped plan out. If you500彩票手机软件下载 need some help, she may be the right person to ask.

Hold off on N, but Get Clover on Now — Early Spring Wheat Update with Peter Johnson

  • Real Agriculture.com talks about wheat in this early spring update where WheatPete gives his advice on red clover.

AgChat Foundation is turning three!!

  • Ag Chat takes a moment to reflect on what has happened over the last three years. They touch on Jay Baer from convince and convert who is set to speak at the training conference in August. Let’s see what they can do in the next three years.

Final thoughts

I found these posts to be very interesting and I hope that you500彩票手机软件下载 do too.

Did you500彩票手机软件下载 find any great posts this week? Leave me a comment below.

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organic container gardeningOrganic container gardening can help reduce you500彩票手机软件下载r worry about chemicals that people use, we need to have some level certainty in our lives. Wouldn’t it be nice to know where you500彩票手机软件下载r food comes from?

I know it isn’t farming per se, but it is definitely an important aspect of farm life. Especially, if you500彩票手机软件下载 have a booth at you500彩票手机软件下载r local farmers market.

I love knowing where my food comes from don’t you500彩票手机软件下载? So why take the risk when you500彩票手机软件下载 can start organic container gardening.

I took a page out of our friends at Organic and Urban‘s playbook, and I recently attended a workshop on organic gardening, and I learned a lot. The following is some of what I learned at the workshop.

What is organic really?

Organic is something all-natural with no pesticides no herbicides no insecticides used, but can you500彩票手机软件下载 really be 100% organic?

It is really difficult to be 100% organic because we would have to live in a bubble to support it. How many farmers go the 100% organic route. Not many because it is such a pain in the ass.

Because being 100% organic isn’t easy, we are between 100% organic and non-organic.

We find that happy median between both organic and non-organic because being an extreme is too much.

It is definitely easier for a gardener to start organic than it is for a farmer.

So how to get certified organic?

Here are the quick and dirty steps to getting certified organic for a farm.

  1. Contact certification bodies.
  2. Understand the rules and regulations.
  3. Research organic practices.
  4. Know how long you500彩票手机软件下载 need to be organic BEFORE you500彩票手机软件下载 become certified organic.
  5. Choose which certifying bodies you500彩票手机软件下载 want to work with.
  6. Apply for inspection for transition(fee).
  7. Apply for inspection.
  8. Inspector checks farm while you500彩票手机软件下载r product is being produced.
  9. Inspector reports findings to the certifying bodies.
  10. Farmer gets notified.
  11. The NEXT year after you500彩票手机软件下载 get APPROVED you500彩票手机软件下载 can apply to get certified organic. An inspector is appointed to the farm and inspects it again.
  12. ANNUAL certification application (fee).
  13. Sell products.
  14. Annual reviews of you500彩票手机软件下载r farm.

That is a shortened version from OMAFRA.

I don’t know about you500彩票手机软件下载, but by looking at that process, I would say that it is a multi-year process. How ridiculous is that? How many farmers are going to go through that process? Not many.

Now, being organic and not certified is possible,many farmer tend to do it that way.

Many farmers choose not to get certified organic because of the rigorous process that you500彩票手机软件下载 have to go through. It is more of difficult to get certified organic than it is to be something like organically based.

Because the process is so lengthy, you500彩票手机软件下载 can turn to other forms of being organic like organic container gardening.

Organic container gardening to the rescue

organic gardeningThe really nice thing about organic container gardening is the fact that you500彩票手机软件下载 can control the environment where you500彩票手机软件下载 are growing you500彩票手机软件下载r plants. That means that you500彩票手机软件下载 can cut the amount of pesticides and insecticides used around you500彩票手机软件下载r plants. This is fantastic because you500彩票手机软件下载 can make sure that you500彩票手机软件下载r plants are more organic.

The added benefit is the fact that you500彩票手机软件下载 can actually move you500彩票手机软件下载r plants around and maximize the light the plants are getting.

Think of container gardening this way, it is like a studio in a very controlled environment, but in-ground gardening is like a live show, so it is more difficult to control the crowd the songs etc.

What kind of container can you500彩票手机软件下载 use?

You are not limited to a traditional pot for you500彩票手机软件下载r plants. You can use anything you500彩票手机软件下载 can find in you500彩票手机软件下载r house that is a receptacle for soil.

For example, you500彩票手机软件下载 could use old pots, kettles, butter tubs, even ice cream containers. You are really only limited by you500彩票手机软件下载r imagination.

Now there are some special containers you500彩票手机软件下载 can get such as self-watering containers that work fabulously, but you500彩票手机软件下载 can use recycled pots just as easily.

One of the disadvantages of self watering containers is that they are more expensive than just using an ice cream container. But they do do a good job.

You can think about things like what the material is made out of. Some materials are porous and others are not, you500彩票手机软件下载 need to be careful about what you500彩票手机软件下载 put in porous containers. For example, terra-cotta is porous so be careful what you500彩票手机软件下载 use in it.

When you500彩票手机软件下载 use something like metal, be careful because it heats up a lot, so you500彩票手机软件下载 can cook you500彩票手机软件下载r plants if you500彩票手机软件下载’re not careful.

Another thing to think about is whether to use biodegradable containers or not. The best type of biodegradable containers are cow manure ones. They are plentiful in North America and also biodegradable.

There are also some other options like coconut husk and starch biodegradable pots, but they tend to have a larger carbon footprint.

What can you500彩票手机软件下载 plant in a container?

You can plant pretty much plant anything in a container. You can plant something as small as herbs all the way up to something as big as a tree. For example, in the Botanical Gardens in Montréal they have trees that are growing out of containers, and they have grown there for more than 50 years.

Where do you500彩票手机软件下载 find organic seeds?

Nowadays, the most common place to find organic seeds this is online. You can also find organic seeds at you500彩票手机软件下载r local nursery as well, but be sure to look for the OMRI symbol. Also, you500彩票手机软件下载 can find a list of places to buy organic seeds on OMRI’s website.

If you500彩票手机软件下载 can’t find organic seeds, why not try some regular seeds? You don’t have to be 100% organic for everything as long as you500彩票手机软件下载 start growing something now.

What type of soil mix should you500彩票手机软件下载 use?

A good potting mix will have a good balance between nutrients and pH balance. Now you500彩票手机软件下载 can make you500彩票手机软件下载r own potting mix, but that means you500彩票手机软件下载 have to store all the individual pieces at you500彩票手机软件下载r house. In most cases, it’s probably easier to buy a premade mix.

Again, you500彩票手机软件下载 should look for the OMRI symbol on potting mix packages.

What type of fertilizer should you500彩票手机软件下载 use?

The ideal fertilizer will have 5– 10 – 5 on the package itself. This indicates that it is a slow release fertilizer. It means it has a good balance between nitrogen phosphorus and potassium.

The best type of fertilizer that you500彩票手机软件下载 could use is sheep manure. You can either get that directly from a farmer or you500彩票手机软件下载 could buy it from a store. I suggest going directly to the farmer as you500彩票手机软件下载 should support you500彩票手机软件下载r local farmers.

Final thoughts

Organic container gardening is a great way to start gardening. It is also a way to ease you500彩票手机软件下载r way into the organic realm.

It allows you500彩票手机软件下载 to try gardening in a controlled environment limiting the number of weeds.

Also, by growing you500彩票手机软件下载r own vegetables you500彩票手机软件下载 can enjoy the fruits of you500彩票手机软件下载r labor, which tastes great. You can also sell what you500彩票手机软件下载 grow at you500彩票手机软件下载r local farmers market.

As I mentioned, you500彩票手机软件下载 can basically use any type of container for gardening.

Finally, make sure you500彩票手机软件下载 look out for the OMRI symbol on you500彩票手机软件下载r potting mix.

If you500彩票手机软件下载 found this helpful, share it with someone who wants to start gardening.

 

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Building you500彩票手机软件下载r support networkhttp:///farming/building-you500彩票手机软件下载r-support-network/ http:///farming/building-you500彩票手机软件下载r-support-network/#respond Thu, 28 Feb 2013 11:19:03 +0000 http://www./?p=928 I can’t tell you500彩票手机软件下载 how important building a support network is. Without the proper support from other people who will you500彩票手机软件下载 turn to when you500彩票手机软件下载 have a problem? Who will you500彩票手机软件下载 ask for help? As a new farmer, having a support network is super important. You need to find someone you500彩票手机软件下载 can turn to in […]

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building a support networkI can’t tell you500彩票手机软件下载 how important building a support network is. Without the proper support from other people who will you500彩票手机软件下载 turn to when you500彩票手机软件下载 have a problem? Who will you500彩票手机软件下载 ask for help?

As a new farmer, having a support network is super important. You need to find someone you500彩票手机软件下载 can turn to in order to ask questions. Because you500彩票手机软件下载’re so new at this whole farming thing, you500彩票手机软件下载’re going to have a lot of questions.

I mean you500彩票手机软件下载 generally have an expert for everything. Think about it, you500彩票手机软件下载 have you500彩票手机软件下载r mechanic friend, you500彩票手机软件下载r computer friend, and now you500彩票手机软件下载 need a farmer friend.

So where do you500彩票手机软件下载 find this farmer friend?

There are many places where you500彩票手机软件下载 can find a farmer friend. My favourite place these days is to find one on Twitter.

I recently participated in I chat which is a fantastic place for farmers to connect with other farmers.#Agchat provides you500彩票手机软件下载 with a large number of farmers in the same place at the same time. It’s a place where you500彩票手机软件下载 can get you500彩票手机软件下载r questions answered which is so important when you500彩票手机软件下载’re you500彩票手机软件下载ng farmer.

You don’t have to feel shy, you500彩票手机软件下载 don’t have to feel embarrassed, everyone has questions.

The difference will be those people who get the questions answered, and those people who do not, so make sure you500彩票手机软件下载 are a person who gets you500彩票手机软件下载r questions answered.

Because you500彩票手机软件下载 want to be one of those people who gets questions answered, this is when the support network comes and play.

They are going to be the people that you500彩票手机软件下载 turn to when you500彩票手机软件下载 need you500彩票手机软件下载r questions answered.

So by building you500彩票手机软件下载r support network, you500彩票手机软件下载 will have somewhere to turn to and get questions answered.

Another place to find a support network is a you500彩票手机软件下载ng farmer are places like Farm Start and Farm Link.

These two organizations provide you500彩票手机软件下载 with connections to other farmers, which is so important when you500彩票手机软件下载’re starting out.

If you500彩票手机软件下载 are looking for more web-based information, you500彩票手机软件下载 can also check out Agriwebinar.

Final thoughts on building you500彩票手机软件下载r support network

As a new farmer, building a support network is so important. It gives you500彩票手机软件下载 a place to get you500彩票手机软件下载r questions answered, it gives you500彩票手机软件下载 a place to ask questions that also gives you500彩票手机软件下载 a place to have fun/

If you500彩票手机软件下载 don’t build you500彩票手机软件下载r support network who will you500彩票手机软件下载 turn to?

How do you500彩票手机软件下载 build you500彩票手机软件下载r support network? Leave a comment below with the answer.

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Best farming forums for you500彩票手机软件下载ng farmershttp:///farming/best-farming-forums-for-you500彩票手机软件下载ng-farmers/ http:///farming/best-farming-forums-for-you500彩票手机软件下载ng-farmers/#comments Sat, 09 Feb 2013 10:46:56 +0000 http://www./?p=758 When I started, I didn’t know very much about farming. I needed information. I had a terrible time trying to find information. I searched all over the place trying to find the best farming forums to connect with other farmers. I was looking for forums specifically because I know how helpful they can be. I […]

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best farming forumsWhen I started, I didn’t know very much about farming. I needed information. I had a terrible time trying to find information. I searched all over the place trying to find the best farming forums to connect with other farmers.

I was looking for forums specifically because I know how helpful they can be. I have a video gaming background, so I am very familiar with forums. Strangely enough, Farming Simulator 2013 is one of the games I play from time to time.

Back to forum talk. Luckily, there are some forum out there that you500彩票手机软件下载’ll find extremely helpful. I thought I’d share what forums I’ve found very helpful.

Tractor By Net

The people on Tractor by Net are very knowledgeable. They’ve helped me a lot. I;ve been working my way through the process of choosing a tractor, and they’ve helped me a lot in making the right decision.

They live and breathe tractors on this forum. I’ve had some great conversations about what to look for when buying used farm equipment. Obviously, most of the talk is going to be about tractors, but I’ve had some great conversations about why using sickle mowers are a good choice for a new farmers.

I’ve also talked about brands and what is the best choice for a new farmer. It’s a wealth of information.

If you500彩票手机软件下载’re looking for information about tractors, this is a fantastic place to check out.

Agriculture.com

The Agriculture.com forum is probably the most helpful forum that I’ve encountered. I asked very basic question , but the community was willing to respond.

This forum tends to be more for farmers who have a lot of money, but they still have a lot of relevant information.

In this forum, I had a super conversation about what to look for when buying a planter. It was extremely helpful because I don’t know much about types of seeders. I talked with them about the things to look out for when buying.

Although I did get to a point where one member suggested to talk to a farm equipment dealer, I still think it’s a great place to check out if you500彩票手机软件下载’re a new farmer.

Farms.com

In the Farms.com forum you500彩票手机软件下载’ll be able to find all sorts of things discussed here. Personally, I’ve been most active talking about seeders( again I know). I’ve been using the Ontario Agriculture part of the forum.

Having the forum narrowed down is really nice if you500彩票手机软件下载 want to talk about a particular province.

Also, this forum helped me connect with other farmers, which you500彩票手机软件下载 should be doing as well. I connected with Paul Smith who wrote a guest post for me on What is Precision Farming for another site I have.

I also connected with Gus Ternoey who writes one of the blogs on Farms.com. Strangely enough, I also connected with him on twitter without realizing before. It was pretty funny once I realized.

Farms.com is a great forum for connecting with people, which is a great when you500彩票手机软件下载’re starting out.

Conclusion of best farming forums

There are many great places out there to connect with people and get information. These are what I consider to be the best farming forums. These are only a few of the places where you500彩票手机软件下载 can learn about farming. There are many other places out there.

Leave a comment with what farming forums you500彩票手机软件下载 use.

 

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A while ago I talked to a couple of people about buying farmland. In this post I am going to highlight the key points from that conversation. I thought it would be a great way to get the gist of the conversation for those who don’t have the time to watch it all.

Consider this the Coles notes of the conversation.

Key points about buying farmland

  • Look for agricultural zoning property( A1 for Ontario, Canada.)
  • If you500彩票手机软件下载 are looking for a house, you500彩票手机软件下载 need to make sure you500彩票手机软件下载 have access via the road.
  • Know what type of soil you500彩票手机软件下载 have. Clay loam is considered the best type of soil to have.

  • Where’s the farm located. F

    armland is being bought because of location and not workability.

  • If farmland already has drain tileage, it will drive up the price.
  • Will the farmland drain on its own without tile drainage, so you500彩票手机软件下载 won’t lose crops due to water.

  • Some areas have specific laws around adding tile drainage.

  • Tile drainage is worth looking into when you500彩票手机软件下载’re buying farmland

  • Is a property systematically tiled.

buying farmland

  • Make sure the farmland is not rocky.
  • You need to consider how much of the farmland considered workable land.

  • You need to consider about the heat units in you500彩票手机软件下载r area.

  • Consider the growing season of the farmland you500彩票手机软件下载r buying.

  • A lot of land is auctioned to get the best price.
  • Check out you500彩票手机软件下载r well on the property to make sure it is drinkable water.
  • Have a farm business plan in place before you500彩票手机软件下载 buy a farm.

  • Join a community to learn more about farming in you500彩票手机软件下载r area.

  • Don’t get in over you500彩票手机软件下载r head.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you500彩票手机软件下载 need it.
  • You can take over an existing farm.
  • Read Farm Credit Canada reports.
  • Make sure the farmland is  in the proper tax bracket.

Final thoughts on buying farmland

Buying farmland is a very hard decision to make, and there are many things to consider. In the video we only discussed a few of the many aspects of buying farmland.

One of the main things that was talked about was having a plan before you500彩票手机软件下载 start looking to buy. Also, recognize that farming isn’t easy work it takes a lot of dedication as well.

If you500彩票手机软件下载 liked this this post, leave a comment with you500彩票手机软件下载r key factors to look at when buying farmland.

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