Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Everyone wants to know "What is that thingy?"

Everyone's asking "What on earth IS that thingy Junior drove in the ditch?"

Is it an a airplane?

Is it a Canadian version of a Monster Truck?

Or perhaps Junior is the equivalent of a modern day Leonardo Davinci and has invented a brand new way of transportation that will soon be taking the world by storm.....Well, he is a bit of a Renaissance man, good with a violin or a wrench, whatever is necessary in the moment

but no......this is what we call in the biz a SPRA COUPE.It's main purpose on this farm is for the complete irradication of the nasty beast that stalks every chrysanthemum grower in the world.....WHITE RUST!

We had a bought of chrysanthemum WR a few years ago. I really hate to say the word out loud as it gives me the willies just thinking about it.......and I'm afraid of what government angencies may be watching my blog for references to this rotten pest. It's a completely harmless spore that loves to live on Chrysanthemums and our government has banned it's existence. All growers found harboring this fugitive will be punished.

We lost a large portion of our out door mum crop a few years ago and were force by government law to deep bury 1/2 of our 15 acre field.

It took us many agonizing weeks to dump the crop. We all had to wear ugly white suits while we did it.

After that terrible episode, we realized that we had to come up with a very strict protocol to keep our crop from ever becoming infected again. Here are a few of the things we have to do around here to keep from getting WR.......First, we spray with the SPRA COUPE.Then, after a number of days, we spray again......and again........The sprayer is just tall enough to drive above the plants and ensure that all the leaves get a nice even covering of a fungicide (like the kind you use for Athlete Foot? I don't know. I'm not the grower). This contraption is actually built to spray field berries. So far, so good. No WR has returned since we started using the General Lee.

There are a few other things we need to do besides spraying.......we have to be very clean.

Clothes need to be washed every day.Everyone working in the crop must dip their feet in a foot bath to avoid cross contamination. Hand washing is also a must.We even need to spray down the wheels after every treatment, to make sure nothing gets missed. Last, but not least, we need to regulate who comes and goes in the field to avoid any unwanted spores entering on the shoes of "lookey loo's".

So, there you have it, this is a very important piece of machinery on the farm. In Junior's defence, it is a bit tricky to drive over the ditch on those narrow boards since you are sitting above the wheels. You need to guesswhere the tires are. I guess that's the problem......I've never driven the General Lee......I've got to get my pilots licence before I'm allowed to driver her.

Don't really want to, though. I'm pretty sure I'd get myself in this position fairly often :)


5 Responses to “Everyone wants to know "What is that thingy?"”

antigoni said...

Your work is so hard. You have to do so many things to prevent a damage of your plants! But i think the outcome really vindicate you.
Everything look great and healthy.

Harmony said...

hi dear!yaeh i too think that u did a very tough job!well best of luck!oh i like Your Angels wedding video too!take care!

Joyce said...

Wow this was a very interesting piece. I enjoyed it! I didn't realize how much work goes into the plants before we see them in the shops.
Do you your plants to the Chicago, IL area? Makes want to make sure I get one of your plants for all the hard work.

Again thanks for the great info.

Enjoy your day!

Rosa said...

I can just see you in the cab of the General Lee! You'd be whipping around those fields at top speed in no time! LOL

Brenda@View From The Pines said...

Who knew what all you have to go through to grow such vast amounts of flowers! Well, I too wondered what that huge monster of a thing was. It's still ugly. Sorry, you know my honesty compulsion.