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An Early Spring here in Oregon

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While the rest of the country seems to be under feet of snow, worrying about where they are going to put it all.  Here in Oregon I don't think it could be more of the opposite.  It's been sunny, warm, with a little rain here and there.  Although we are dryer than most years, I think the only thing that makes me nervous is that Oregon tends to catch up when it comes to rainfall.  So once it starts, I'm a little worried it's not going to stop.




Even with the sun, this field of cabbage has a few wet spots to get caught in.  So it isn't all smiles, rainbows and puppy dogs here.


While we can we are farming away!  We have planting spring wheat, fertilized the grass seed, and cabbage.  We are spraying for broadleaf weeds and a few grassy weeds.  We are trying to wrap up winter projects like pruning, working on equipment and fixing all the things we broke last year.  All while the sun shines and tells us to get out there and get ready to plant peas and radish, and hope the rain doesn't make it impossible to plant beans later in the spring.


So while everyone else is looking out their window to snow, snow, snow...just rest assured that we are going to have plenty of perennial ryegrass seed for you to overseed your lawn with this spring when the big melt comes along!!

About the Author
Brenda Frketich is a third generation farmer from St. Paul, Oregon. She has been farming full time since 2006 and currently manages her family's 1000 acre farm. They raise grass seed, hazelnuts, crimson clover, wheat, vegetable seeds and peas. She grew up on the farm but never thought that farming was what would be her future. She left her small town to Los Angeles to get a degree in Business. But after years of city living she realized farming was in her blood. Brenda is very involved in many parts of her industry and community. She is a volunteer Firefighter and EMT in her small town. She is involved in Farm Bureau, is a Clover Commissioner, and always tries to find new ways to bridge the gap between her urban neighbors and her rural life of farming. One of the ways she does this is through this blog, and also her personal blog, Brenda is married to Matt Frketich who has also recently started farming with her. They also have a son, Hoot, and old hunting dog, Diesel and farm dog Yukon.