The Fall Rye seeded last year did so well, we decided to seed another 40 acres, hoping to control weeds, and achieve a decent yield.
Took four beautiful hot (30°C) days to get the rye in the bin, dry at 12% moisture. There were very few weeds, and the yield was excellent.
Inspecting the fall rye field gave me goose bumps! NO visible colonies of weeds! Apparently, fall rye has an ability to discourage the growth of weeds. Looks like it works. Last year, Canada Thistle was a problem in this field, this year, seems Canada Thistle can't compete (the rye is 4-5 feet tall). Looking forward to harvest!
140 Acres of barley seeded.
Rusk Ranch is located near the middle of Canada in the Swan River Valley agricultural belt. The acreage is surrounded by conventional chemical farms. It is hoped that this adventure will de-risk other farms towards environmentally sound farming practices that produce healthy nutrient dense corps!