These pictures aren’t of our fields. You’ve seen photos of Daddy and Anna repairing soil on terraces. I’ve shared our rye grass project. But this isn’t something we do on our farm; these pics are of a neighbor’s field.
You likely know that terraces are mounds of dirt shaped like the hill designed to stop soil from washing down a field and into streams. You can see in the photographs how this farmer is actually growing hay in strips where the terraces are– right in the middle of his corn field!
The hay is actually bromegrass, which means our friend had to buy the seed and plant it where he wanted it to grow. Bromegrass grows well in drought–making this farmer look smart at the moment! It also has a strong root system that makes it a good choice to hold the soil in place for erosion control.
By doing this, the farmer gets hay for his cattle to eat in the winter and protects the land at the same time!