PHOTO GALLERY: Harvesting wheat at Ravenswood farm

Tuesday, July 5, 2011 | 8:17 p.m. CDT
Wayne Watson drives a combine around a wheat field at Ravenswood farm just outside of Boonville on Wednesday. The 42 remaining acres of wheat on the Ravenswood farm took two days to harvest.

Ravenswood farm harvested its 42 acres of wheat Wednesday and Thursday of the past week. Ravenswood had an additional 53 acres of wheat that had to be burned because it grew unevenly because of the harsh winter.

This is Ravenswood's second year to grow wheat for harvest. The farm has been in the Leonard name for six generations, since 1825. It took workers Wayne Watson and George Troupe two days to harvest. 


A combine cuts through a wheat field at Ravenswood farm on Wednesday afternoon. Ravenswood workers had to burn 53 acres of wheat on their farm because it grew unevenly due to the harsh winter.
Wayne Watson uses a combine to harvest wheat on one of the fields at Ravenswood farm outside of Boonville.
The Ravenswood plantation farmhouse was built in 1880 on 2,000 acres of farmland and has been in the Leonard family for six generations. The home remains furnished in original decor from the 1800s and is open for tours Friday through Monday.

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Michael Williams July 5, 2011 | 10:29 p.m.

That's quite a harvest of Queen Anne's Lace....

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Mark Foecking July 6, 2011 | 7:47 a.m.

Actually when Queen Anne's Lace are young, the roots taste just like carrots. At that point pictured, they're pretty tough, though.


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Michael Williams July 6, 2011 | 8:05 a.m.

Mark: Yep, they are tough. But not as tough as pigweed once it matures. I've helped hoe pigweed from large pumpkin patches and it almost takes a friggin' chainsaw.

That wheat field must be rather new. There shouldn't be that much Queen Anne's Lace seed if it's been under continuous cultivation for a few years. Having said that, I will admit that QAL seeds seem to magically appear whenever soil is disturbed.

Spontaneous generation?

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