The daily grind of a southern Minnesota Dairy Farm. My husband Jonathan and I run a 200 cow dairy in partnership with his father, and his additional 100 cows. We have a traditional family dairy. We love our job, it may be hard but it's very rewarding.
Monday, April 16, 2012
Tulips and alfalfa are confused....
On eof the many tulips I have, wondering is it winter or summer in MN?
Boy does this weather in MN have my plants, flowers & veggies confused! Not to mention the poor cows. Just yesterday afternoon we were dodging thunderstorms in a humid 70 degree haze. Today we are talking about snow, wind chills, and oh yeah....FROST! Last week we endured a low overnight of 19. That's not only harmful to my precious flowers....but also to our alfalfa. It's scary to think what this next cool night might bring. Last week's frost nipped the tops of all of our previously georgious alfalfa plants. Most appear to have survived, but they are most definitely stunted. Tonight's weather is going to put some already stressed out alfalfa plants at greater risk for more damage and even possibly death! Our alfalfa crop is critical. Healthy plants, harvested correctly, will make healthy feed for our cows...thereby growing healthy cows ;) So, we are praying with fingers crossed that by the end of the week our dear alfalfa field will have survived the cool weather and resumed their path to an early harvest in May.