Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Fescue Season

When you live where I live, we're not so much concerned with what the date is, as we are what season it is. I mean, there's garden season, fescue season, hay season. Well, right now at our house, its fescue season.

We combine fescue seed. Fescue seed is a tiny little seed that is used to sow grass around houses and along new highways, anywhere you want grass to grow fairly quickly. While the economy was booming (think back a few years) fescue was a great cash crop for us because there were so many new houses being built across the U.S. and so many new highway projects that the demand for fescue seed was unbelievable. And, according to the laws of supply and demand, the price just kept going up and up and up. But, with the current recession the demand for fescue seed has plummeted and, so has the price per pound. But when you farm you take what you can get from the land, whatever it is, however much it is. So this season of the year there's alot of THIS going on at my house.

And this.

And this.

You see, farm equipment breaks down . . . a lot. Especially equipment that sits about 50 or 51 weeks out of the year. So you have to grease everything up, and readjust the belts, and change the spark plugs, so those few days of the year when the days are hot, and the moisture content is acceptable and the moon is in the seventh house and Jupiter aligns with Mars (name that song!) you are ready to roll.

So hopefully, for the next few days, Billy Paul and Cole will be rollin' rollin' rollin' combining fescue seed. A heavy rain storm or wind will knock the seed out of the head and then fescue season is done. Until next year that is.

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