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Page 9 Hells Canyon Journal December 9, 1998 Continued from page 8 24 hours before it's harvested. Our third crop, which was wetter and gave us more trouble, was a brighter green product. "Appearance is very impor- tant when you're raising a product for people, but not only for people. People pay for hay by the appearance, too. Cows don't buy hay. People buy hay, and people like it when it's pretty. If it's been bleached some by hav- ing dew on it that evaporated several times, then perhaps nutritionally and in terms of it being palatable to the cow it may be virtually the same, but a l erson looks for that bright green color. "There was a lot of carryover from hay to leaf. The same skills were needed to deal with alfalfa for leaf up to the point that we put it through the combine. Which is to say; you have to handle it when there's dew on it or youql shatter it. So what we had going for us is that we knew how to grow the prod- uct, and we had the machin- ery to do it. That's really what made it attractive to.us. We didn't have to reinvent the wheel. "There are a number of Photo by ~ 6aker HIGH MOISTURE CONTENT causes clogging. Here, David Mader works to free wadded leaf and stem from the combine. other products this whole- saler is looking for that would grow here, including St. Johnswort, which is now be- ing grown over in Eagle Val- ley. We are considering plant- ing some more herbs in the spring. The problem is that nearly everything else you grow requires a row crop setup. That adds expense and difficulty. You've got to be able to cultivate it to control weeds. Most of the herbs that you grow are less domesti- cated and the germination rates are really down there - fiRy percent or less. The ger- mination is uneven. The growers over in Richland are running into trouble with St. Johnswort because it has a germination span of almost two months. The germination rates are low on all the herbs. "So we're not really sure how weql venture out beyond alfalfa at this point. Right now, the main plan as far as herbs are concerned is to ex- pand our alfalfa production. The Maders will continue to raise some of their alfalfa for hay. Their business of rais- ing and selling Belgian horses is another venture which is going well for them now. But that is another story. ONE TOUCH* For people who actively manage their diabetes SAVE UPTO *25 P.Jsa and/or $50 TRADE-IN ONE TOUCH* from manufacturers Pick these up at the Clinic while supplies last! SAVE UP TO For people who just want a simple, accurate test result *10 Reu and/or *25 I'iUi H-iN Hours: 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Closed 12:30 - 1:00 p.m. for lunch 742-5023 Elk Viewing Excursions in the Blue Mountains Slated The Rocky Mountain elk is one of the region's most re- vered animals. For thousands of years this rugged creature has migrated from the lush low lands of Baker Valley, and the marshlands of the Grande Ronde Valley, to en- joy the warmer winter cli- mate of Hells Canyon. Native Americans called the elk the "Wapitu", and they figured predominately in spiritual communication with their ancestors. Today, visitors to the Blue Mountains of eastern Oregon can experience a glimpse of this magnificent creature. At the base of the Elkhorn Moun- tain range, near the town of North Powder, the Oregon Department ofFish and Wild- life annually feed about 150 to 200 head of Rocky Moun- tain elk. For the past seven years, the Department has contracted with the Oregon Trail Trolley to offer the only horse-drawn elk viewing ex- cursions in the state. "Typically, we will start our weekend feeding routine, along with the help of a Percheron team of horses named Pat and Mike," said Susan Triplett, co-owner of the Trolley. The elk viewing excursions are available on weekends, beginning December 19, un- less snowfall is mild enough to keep the elk foraging at higher elevations. The fully- narrated rides are one-half hour in length and depart the Anthony Creek feeding site beginning at II a.m. The last ride departs at 2:30 p.m. The cost of the ride is $4 per per- son. "With the addition of the John McKeonon Memorial kiosk and restroom facilities in 1998, and the wheelchair- accessible wagon added in 1997, we can now offer a pleas- ant days' outing to everyone," said Triplett. The feeding site is acces- sible bytakingthe North Pow- der exit offofI-84, and follow- ing the brown"Wildlife View- ing signs approximately seven miles west on River Road. For more information, call the Baker County Visitors Bureau at 1-800-523-1235.