Thursday, April 22, 2004
This spring, board members Brett Barnhart, Don Barnhart, and Scott Reifsteck planted 15 acres on the west side of the prairie project. This brings the total planted size to 68 acres of planted prairie, putting the project well ahead of the 15 year planted phase-in of prairie plantings. The land remaining in crops will be corn this year, which poses a challenge to planting next year as corn stubble is more difficult to plant in then bean stubble.
"We found that planting in the early morning hours while the ground was still frozen had its benefits", said board member Brett Barnhart. "When the ground thaws out, the drill tends to clog up more often, which really slows down the process.
We planted in the frosted ground purely unintentional, as the morning was the only time I could get out there, but it turned into a real benefit. Definitely something to keep in mind for next year."