The spring of 2018 was very dry. The first rain of the season came on May 24th (one inch or 25 mm). Before working (cultivating) the ground, there was not much volunteer growth (weeds nor last year’s crop). Seeding finished on May 21st. The first rain of the season on May 24th was very timely for the wheat, but also brought the weeds to life. Since both the wheat and the weeds had the same start, the race for dominance was on.
To knock back the weeds and ultimately assist the wheat, we harrowed the fields with diamond harrows on June 17 – 19th when the wheat was about 8 inches high. And it worked ...... even though the wheat was roughed up and set back a bit, the annual weeds definitely suffered, leaving the wheat to grow. The harrowing was followed by a timely rain on June 22nd (2/10 inch or 5 mm).
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!