Soil Health Winter Reading

Discussion in 'Food Plots for Wildlife' started by dogghr, Jan 25, 2020.

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    Thanks for the links!
     
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    I can't believe that debate is still going on about glyphosate. So long as everyone is focused on the actual product and not the downstream physics after the product is applied, they'll never find the answer.

    It's quite simple. Go back to the community analogy I always use. If you lose diversity, you lose your ability to produce all the things that keep your soil community alive. You kill the defense department, the fire department, the highway department, the grocery store, the clinic, the bakery, the welder, the fuel supplier, the water plant, the lumberyard, the hardware store, even the lawyers and realtors. You have to have diverse plants to provide diverse services:

    Who's gonna make P from rock?
    Who's gonna make K from rock?
    Who's gonna make B, S, N, and C from OM?
    Who's gonna make liquid carbon in the cool or hot season to feed the AMF?
    Who's gonna make pollen to feed the air force pilots?
    Who's got each shift producing glomalin all season long?
    Who's gonna make the fibrous roots that keep open soil channels?
    Who's gonna make the fine roots that keep the surface friable and absorptive?
    Who's gonna make manganese to trade for iron from the dandelions?
    Who's gonna fill in when it gets hot?
    Who's gonna fill in when we flood?

    When everyone has been killed off, and all we send in to feed the survivors is coke, chips, and smokes, the community ain't gonna fare well.
     
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    Regarding this statement ........
    Trees are an important element on your farm that might not get enough attention.

    Gabe says .....


    "My wife and I have planted over 20,000 trees since we bought the farm in 1991. We planted mostly pines and ash trees. I wish now that I had had the foresight to plant fruit and nut trees. They would be providing wind protection while providing us with a saleable product. On the northern plains you can go for miles without seeing trees. When we had 100 inches of snow by Christmas in 2016, big drifts formed by the trees."
    The man is a "habitater!"
     
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    I read all 3 articles about the after effects of using glyphosate. Reading articles on the dangers of glyphosate or lack thereof is very similar to listening to testimony from the current impeachment hearings, depending which side you listen to, you get the impression that the two sides are from different planets.
     
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    I think of it a lot like using fire to get rid of mold in your house. Burn it to the ground, no more mold.
     
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    Or like using a hatchet to take a fly off of a friend's forehead?
     
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    Some of us are familiar with managing cattle or sheep and perhaps can relate more easily to this thinking. But try to think outside the box and how similar management of food plots can result in better plant production by way of healthier soils which promote that growth and indirectly passing to the deer we manage more viable and usable nutrients especially for fawns, pregnant does, and even buck antler improvement.
    It is sometimes easier to see results on less perfect soils like mine then it is in prime , deep , fertile soils. Think how changes in management affects water retention in drought or monsoon and planning accordingly without the need to weekly do a rain dance praying for rain to save your planting. I used to often quote an old farmer saying " we are always only 7 days from a drought". Proper soil management and vision can change that perspective. Maybe you don't have a cattle option, or maybe you do. Maybe review the Buffalo Plot thread. Its still working. Enjoy. Winter is winding down in a month.
     
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    Maybe I should apply for a grant?? My 5+ yo notill rotational plantings looked pretty good today for mid Feb. I only need half a mil!!
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    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
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    You come fix my soil health I give you free deer hunting that's worth a million dollars to me.
     
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    Thought you guys might need a love story today. Happy Valentines Day! Lol
     
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