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Growing a little fuel

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by fuelfarmer, Apr 20, 2013.

  1. fuelfarmer

    fuelfarmer Burning Hunk

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    Winter canola crop blooming in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. I never get tired of seeing the yellow flowers. Not exactly wood burning related, but there is a wood burner in the background of a few photos.

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  2. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    Dang, Thats pretty.

    I am assuming canola grown for its oil and used for bio fuel.
  3. osagebow

    osagebow Minister of Fire

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    Beautiful crop you have there, fuel! Is that Signal Knob? I'm down the ridge on Short Mountain near Mount Jackson.
  4. fuelfarmer

    fuelfarmer Burning Hunk

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    I am not sure where Signal Knob is located, but it could be a few ridges north from the "Peak". You are not to far away.
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    Haven't seen those walking irrigation rigs since back in West Texas.

    Nice looking crop.
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    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    Screw you and your green and your spring.

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    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    Wish my bees where hanging out there for a month.
  8. osagebow

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    whoops -wrong end. Signal Knob is up north by Strausburg. Part of a chain of signal towers that connected Winchester to Richmond in the civil war.
    Always wondered - Is canola the same species that often shows up now in all the unplowed fields? I know there are a ton of Brassicas out there.
  9. fuelfarmer

    fuelfarmer Burning Hunk

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    We call the yellow plant that grows in a lot of fields "wild mustard". In the same family, but not canola.
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    lukem Minister of Fire

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    Interesting. I had no idea what canola looked like. Do you harvest that with a regular grain head?
  11. fuelfarmer

    fuelfarmer Burning Hunk

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    We normally swath the crop and let it dry in a windrow, but it can be cut with a grain head.

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    Hey I've seen that ultralight! Wow takes some canol-jes to fly that ;lol
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    fuelfarmer Burning Hunk

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    When we lived in Fairfax, we used to have a weekend place on the South Fork of the Shenandoah between Luray & Front Royal (and my daughter went to JMU in Harrisonburg). That valley is a drop-dead gorgeous place that just oozes agricultural activity. I always loved it out there (of course, compared to being in Fairfax, damn near anyplace would be a relief ;lol).
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    Harrisonburg is an awesome town! (Regardless of that party a few years back that got out of hand..) never had a problem with any kids there. Great food scene, had an awesome brewpub for years, too. Gotta go paddle the south fork again soon.

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