Posts Tagged ‘Spring Planting’

Soil Erosion and Cover Crops and What we do.

Friday, May 1st, 2009

Galen Weisant plowing down winter cover crop

Galen Weisant plowing down winter cover crop

Plowing down a "green manure" cover cropAt Maize Valley we do all we can to help keep our soil, well our soil. That means we don’t want it in the water or the air. One thing we do is to plant cover crops such as winter rye. We plant that anywhere from late September to early November. The rye helps keep the soil “covered” and helps to reduce both wind and water erosion. Another cool thing it does is build organic matter in the soil and the roots help to keep the soil loose and “airey”. We have also found it helps with weed control.

We try and cover all the fields we can in the fall but especially the ones that are goin to have a fresh marketed vegtable crop growing in them. Some of the rye we also bale in late spring if we are not needing to get the field into production until later in the season. That rye usually ends up in my awesome “Straw Crawl” in the fall for our fall harvest festivals and activities.

We are not a “hug a tree” farm but rather a sustainable agricultural production location that does a diverse array of things. When I say sustain I mean we try and sustain our families first by just doing common sense stuff that preserves our most valuable resource the land. The Vaughan family has been making a living with the land in Marlboro township since the 1800’s and I hope to not drop the ball if ya know what I mean. So we take care of it and use modern technology and old school common sense to make a living with it not off of it.

Quick drive-by video of plow being lifted at the end of the field.

More Spring Planting Work and video

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Tractor seat view from the 4050

Tractor seat view from the 4050

Kay and crew planting some onion seedlings

Kay and crew planting some onion seedlings

Sorry if the “Wine” info” has been a bit lacking as of late but right now we are heavy into our spring planting sorta stuff if Chaa’ know what I mean down on the farm. Yes we are an Ohio Winery and we are working on the grape vines, but right now we have some of the other stuff that makes our Agri-Tourism destination special needing tons of attention!

I was headed up to have a meeting with my new “Maze Master” yesterday (Tell you all about our way cool corn maze later) when I spotted my father-in-law Kay planting Onions so I mashed the breaks on my big ole’ F-350 Super Duty, swung her around like a fine, nimble sports car (well not really) but anyhow I got back and took a few pics and shot another short video. Let me know if you like these little snippets of our spring work on the farm. I try and keep them pretty simple=(boreing?) but I know bunches of folks don’t know what we do on the farm or how we do it so I am throwing it out there. I know one thing people love to come visit us and taste our wines and eat our food entrees’ so these blog posts and videos are the story behind them.

We are a working farm, a muscular agricultural-tourism destination, we are not a reality show but rather actuallity. We do what we do to keep the farm in the family, provide income for ourselves, and enjoy what we think is a way cool way of life. I really don’t make this stuff up. I know all over the web there are tons of people doing stupid stuff just to get on youtube or digg and re-work data to tweet, etc. All I am doing is giving you our story, and when I have time Mamm, the facts, just the facts!