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Getting ready for winter

We finished up the sawmill job with another 380 board feet. It was a short day. All told we did about 2000 bf for the farmer.
While we were there, many folks stopped by to see Hoot, the farmer. Although he has over 700 acres, folks always know where to find him. One man came with bags and bags of leaves that he started to dump in the woods. Seeing opportunity, I intercepted and we took the bagged leaves home with us.

At home we spent some time tilling composted goat bedding, poultry bedding and the bagged leaves into the garden.

We also had a bonfire to burn the bindweed I pulled out of the garden as well as some corn stalks that developed smut this year. Ustilago maydis or corn smut is a fungus that grows primarily in sweet corn; infected kernels grow large and oddly shaped, turning grey or black as they fill with spores. While I prefer to destroy corn that is infected with this fugus, in Mexico, it’s huitlacoche (wheat-lah-KOH-chay), and a delicacy to be savored.

OP corn is more susceptible to smut, which overwinters in the soil, than hybrid varieties. And guess what I grew? Country Gentleman, an OP variety. I guess next year I will stick to hybrids. Another method to prevent smut from infecting corn is crop rotation. I do this anyway. Here is more information on corn smut from the Virgina Cooperative Extension.

tractor

Tilling the garden
corn smut

Corn Smut or huitlacoche

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