Farmer Update from Mark Richter

You may remember our good farmer friend, Mark Richter from his profile in July, 2013.*  Although he’s busy getting ready for the new season, Mark took a few minutes to write to me about what he’s been up to this winter.  Here you go!

Hello!  Hope you are well.  All is well here on the farm.  We are currently working on equipment here, and we have taken our combines to Moscow (Idaho), and are working on them there.  We have been blessed with some good rain lately, it has all been going into the ground, none has run off.  For the most part, temperatures have been above normal, which is making the wheat grow.

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Working on the combine – this is the inside

 

I have been working on what crops are the most equitable to plant, given the (low) commodity prices that we have now.  It appears that the most profitable are chickpeas (garbanzos) and lentils, then malting barley, followed by soft white spring and hard red spring wheat.  Sunflowers and feed barley are just behind those.  Juggling and trying to get some alternative crops rotated into the mix has been challenging.  I purchased a used planter in Minnesota to plant sunflowers and any other crop that needs singulation of seeds.

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New sunflower planter!

I’m more optimistic that this year will bring us more moisture than we saw last year, at least that is what the weatherman seems to think.  The winter wheat looks pretty good right now; barring any sudden winter blasts, we should be looking pretty good.

Crop markets seems to be the most depressing of anything right now.  We hope there is some kind of action that will give these markets a much needed boost.

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On a family hike in N. Central Oregon with grandson, Gavin, son-in-law, Eli, daughter, Claire, and Mark’s wife, Kate

Our daughter, Claire will be married at our house on June 11th, so we will be busy this spring!!

Wishing you and yours all the best, and we hope to see you sometime soon.

Blessings,

Mark

*To read Mark’s farmer profile, or those of any of the farmers and ranchers we have written about, go to the homepage, click on “Meet the Farmers and Ranchers,” then scroll down until you find the profile you’d like.

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