Springtime brings out the dreaded sage rats (Belding’s ground squirrels) which eat and destroy alfalfa plants. Before our alfalfa gets too tall, we drag the field to level the squirrel’s dirt mounds, but it’s an on-going struggle until they go back into hibernation in late July.
You can see the mounds by the tractor’s wheels that the drag will flatten. The drag also knocks down the old dry alfalfa stalks from last year. It’s amazing how quickly the alfalfa has started to green in the past two weeks. But, if we don’t get any rain in the near future, we’ll be forced to begin irrigation (blah!).