Sunday, 7 July 2013
Day 20 Staying Local
This morning I headed down to Kendrick, the local town to have a look around at some of the shops and business that are present. Rhonda Blair, Roberts wife drove and let me loose around the town! There were lots of activity for a small town, population just over 300, with a public pool, a couple of bars, a hair salon, antique shops, fire station and a grocery shop. I got chatting to the butcher in the grocery store who was telling me about the lack of good quality lamb available and how people here go hunting and butcher their own White Tailed Deer and Elk. The wildlife here belongs to the people so as long as you have permission to go on the landowners property, and the game is in season it's fine to go hunting.
I stopped off at the local garage, which is for sale, to look at the vary array of slowly rusting vehicles, spare parts and the old bits of farm machinery. The scene could have very easily been set in the 1970's.
Later in the day I headed out with Robert, Dillon and Logan to the Dworshak Dam which was constructed over 4 years around 1973. The dam produces hydro electric power and helps reduce winter snow melt causing flooding and is the biggest one in the western hemisphere that is flat. 6,600,000 cubic yards of concrete were used in the making of the dam, with crushers crushing 2,000T/hr. It was a serious project.
After visiting the tourist attraction and learning about the Potlatch Log drive, which started in 1928 and finished with the construction if the dam, we headed back to the farm to have a look around the crops. We found some lady bugs hard at work in spring wheat, searching for aphids. There is a chance that some extra fertiliser will be applied using an aeroplane so an insecticide might be included for aphid control, depending on threshold numbers being reached. The wheat was looking really well, with very little disease. We looked at some of the variety trials that Robert has planted and looked in on some Garbanzo (Chickpeas) beans, a crop I know little about.
The sunshine and temperatures have been perfiect for grain filling here and with moisture 10 days ago, things look very nicely set up for a good harvest on the spring crops this year. Time will tell and let's hope the hail storms keep away so that these crops can reach their full potential.