What you see rolling across the field like smoke is really pollen. This is a field of brome-- a cool season grass that we cut for hay for the cattle to eat in the winter. It is pollinating right now and that is a good thing, because before we cut the grass, we harvest the seed. Other farmers who want to plant a field of brome can buy the seed from a company, and where does the company get it? Other farmers, of course!
So watching the brome pollinate is actually somewhat exciting--at least for a farmer on a late spring day in Kansas! Enjoy the birds calling, the breeze blowing and the brome smoking!
Somewhat less exciting if you were a farm kid with a grass pollen allergy, living in the middle of the Willamette Valley of Oregon, the Grass Seed Capitol of the World!ReplyDelete