Adagio Acres added 3 new photos.
Took a walk to see if our oats had sprouted after all the rain, and indeed they have! But oats are not the only thing alive and well...robins found a safe nesting spot between the teeth of the swather...and deer tracks meandering through our field suggest that the tender green oat shoots are tasty too!
Whattdya know...the seagulls like our newly planted oat field too!
Yippeee - the fields are dry enough to start working on! There's a lot of grass, dandelions, thistle, etc. etc. to contend with before we're ready to seed though...the joy and tribulation of organic farming...
Out inspecting the fields, it's still a bit too muddy to start planting but we're awfully sad about it because planting naked oats on 'naked gardening day' would be pretty epic...
Of course, headlines about oats always interest me, but I thought this one might be worth sharing because it highlights a serious problem in the food industry: the ambiguous and vague definition for 'natural' food. When we see something on the shelf that says 'natural', we may presume that this means no herbicides, no pesticides, no GMO's, etc., but this is not generally the case. Organic is the only label that always means that the product has been grown and processed without chemicals or GMOs, and meets a high standard for the environment. Worth a thought anyways...
Testing of the oats found permissible amounts of glyphosate, but plaintiffs say the results are proof of false marketing claims.