[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ admin_label=”section” _builder_version=”3.0.47″][et_pb_row admin_label=”row” _builder_version=”3.0.48″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.0.47″ parallax=”off” parallax_method=”on”][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” _builder_version=”3.0.74″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat”]

I hope everyone is having a great summer. The weather has been great, we had an excellent calving season, and everything seems to be coming together nicley on the farm. It has been a very busy summer, so I have opted to combine the June and July updates.

[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.19.3″][et_pb_column type=”1_2″ _builder_version=”3.19.3″ parallax=”off” parallax_method=”on”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.19.3″]We have our summer annuals planted and they are starting to grow. Around the middle of June, we picked rock (although there still seems to be plenty left) and then seeded the field with an Interseeder. The Interseeder allows us to plant the field without tilling it first.  By not having to plow the field, we significantly slow the loss of organic matter in the soil and help increase the soil life (bacteria, fungi, insects, and worms). We also decided to plant a mixture of summer annuals instead of just one. We wanted to get away from the typical mono cropping systems so we decided to plant a mixture of Sorghum, Sudan Grass, Millet, Cow Peas, and Pasja Barassica. The mixture gives the cattle diversity in their diets as well as improving the soil health.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”1_2″ _builder_version=”3.19.3″ parallax=”off” parallax_method=”on”][et_pb_image src=”https://www.pettitpastures.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/image-600×450-e1546809461359.jpg” _builder_version=”3.19.3″][/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.19.3″][et_pb_column type=”1_2″ _builder_version=”3.19.3″ parallax=”off” parallax_method=”on”][et_pb_image src=”https://www.pettitpastures.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/image2-600×450.jpg” _builder_version=”3.19.3″][/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”1_2″ _builder_version=”3.19.3″ parallax=”off” parallax_method=”on”][et_pb_image src=”https://www.pettitpastures.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/image1-600×450.jpg” _builder_version=”3.19.3″][/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.19.3″][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.19.3″ parallax=”off” parallax_method=”on”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.19.3″]The pigs are working hard digging up patches of Buckthorn for us. They are growing so fast I can hardly belive it. They are all over one hundred pounds now!  We are moving them every couple days, as soon as they rip up the pasture they are in. About a day or day and a half before we move them, we throw some clover and grass seed into their pasture and let them stop it into the ground. With all the moisture we have had this summer all the seed has germinated nicley. As of now, the pigs are working out just as we had hoped. We sold out all of our beef for this spring and have a small amount of hamburger available for this summer. We are now taking deposits for fall orders. Two of the pigs are already spoken for, but we still have one available for sale.  If you are interested, send me an email at Pettitpastures@gmail.com.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]