Sunday, August 2, 2009
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Deciding that the russets could wait in the ground for a couple more days, and since our friendly neighbors couldn’t make it over for fresh-picked veggies as we’d planned, I took advantage of the free time and went in search of field burnings to photograph.
Readers may remember me writing that this will be the last year for much of the burning, as legislation has been passed banning the practice for all but a single variety of grass seed. How this new law will effect the grass seed farmers remains to be seen, yet, it couldn’t get much worse for them as this article makes clear. Hay prices are through the roof, so perhaps some will transition over, or perhaps to wheat. With the rising costs associated with farming, glutted markets are a farmer’s enemy; yet, it is often of their own making as they jump on a bandwagon a year late or as a last resort. Just ask the Christmas tree growers who are getting two dollars for a tree that will retail at $80, and like them, I am already seeing grass fields being plowed under.
So, it turns out that I am documenting a dying niche.
Note: Neglected to link the article first time around. It was late.
Posted by bastinptc at 10:52 PM