2016 Corn Planting

05 Jul
2015-Corn-Planting

Silver Reef is no stranger to corn. On our land, we plant both grain corn and corn silage. Although they sound similar, when it comes to harvesting their processes are quite different.  Grain corn must grow until the seed has reached dent stage; basically, it has to reach full maturity. Silver Reef has decided to […]

2016 Manure Plan

23 Jun
Manure-Spreading

Manure is crucial in farming. Without it, the soil simply does not have enough nutrients to grow a successful crop. Usually, to determine how much manure is needed on a given piece of land, core samples are taken from each individual field after the previous crop has been harvested. Samples are then sent to the […]

Rohrbacker: A Brief History

16 Jun
Rohrbacker-Historical-Aerial-(Web-Format)

While there will be various blog postings to come on what Silver Reef has done and will do with the Rohrbacker property, the land itself has such a rich history that it wouldn’t be right if we didn’t share it. Encompassing 160 acres, the land was first homesteaded by the Rohrbacker family. The property is […]

Compaction

30 Jun
Nutrient dense soil fertilized with organic milk cow manure

Spring showers bring May flowers… and planting season.  Unfortunately, 2015 brought a bit more spring rains that we originally expected.  The Northern Colorado region experienced about 7 inches of rain during the month of May, our ideal planting time.  This is almost three times the amount that is expected in previous years.  The added rains […]

Winter Wheat Harvest 2014

18 Dec

Harvest is one of the most important times of the year.  Everything that we do leads up to this moment.  A farmer plows, plants and nurtures his crop with harvest in mind.   Harvest is where we learn about our yields, what we did right and what we did wrong, and then how we can continue […]

Knee High by the Fourth of July

17 Jul
Knee High by the Fourth of July

This catchy phrase is actually quite useful.  In previous decades, the height of the corn would suggest the degree of crop success.  Ideally, corn would be chest-high by the Fourth, but if the corn was not at least knee-high on the nation’s birthday  it meant the crop was struggling and may not be ready in […]

Organics & Wildlife Biodiversity

16 May
Pond with Ducks

Just like humans, wildlife needs a place to call home.  A place that encourages health, safety and longevity.  Urban sprawl has begun to dramatically impact the habitats and lifestyles of wildlife.  This is apparent in news programs that have identified bears, coyotes and other predators invading the suburbs to seek food and shelter; raccoons begin […]