Harvest season is one of the busiest
times of year at Zink Farms. We concentrate on three
crops: wheat - corn - soybeans. Our goal is to
harvest fields with high yields and good quality.
With everything going well, and the
weather being supportive, all crops should be harvested by
Thanksgiving (before December 1st).
In an ideal situation, our spring wheat
should be planted by the end of April to the first of May
(as soon as we can get into the fields) and harvested toward
the end of August.
Our corn should be in the ground by May
20th and harvested by the end of October into the first part
Soybeans, the third crop that we
currently plant, should be in the ground by May 10th and
normally harvested in October after a hard frost.
You can imagine the intense
satisfaction that we feel when all of our crops are in and
we have time to evaluate our efforts and start planning for
the next planting season.
Although North Dakota's winters are
extremely cold, we, along with local farmers, actually look
forward to that dormant time of year when we can take some
time off from the non-stop physical activity that
encompasses our lives from Spring thaw through harvest time.
Although we won't actually get back
into the fields till the weather allows us in April or May,
we at Zink Farms have already begun training the young men
who come to us as trainees from all over the world. We
look forward to their arrival in February and enjoy
familiarizing them with Zink Farms, our operating standards,
and our knowledge of farming.
It is truly a pleasure to be able to
pass on our knowledge of working with the earth and the
unique ingredients that each crop
needs to thrive.
Note: Most of the photos
on our website were taken by trainees who have come back to
Zink Farms year after year. We want to thank them for
their contribution to our website and to our lives here at