We had a pretty good trip to the farm. I didn't even bring a bow with me because I had too much work to get done.
I met with a private lands biologist with Kentucky F&W. He was extremely helpful and knowledgeable getting me caught up on the different trees, shrubs, and grasses in Kentucky. We went over options for the property. I think I've settled on putting a good portion of my fields into pollinator plantings. After meeting with him and sprayer to get a quote on killing the fields, I went to the FSA office to get a farm number and then to the NRCS office to let them know I would be interested in enrolling in EQIP pollinator plantings and a Forest Management Plan to open up some canopy for the more beneficial wildlife trees like oaks, persimmon, and beech.
Since I wasn't sure what the rain was going to do, I went with Rye at 200 lbs/acre and threw in some mustard for us to eat as well as putting some nitrogen and sulfur into the soil when it decomposes. I had it hayed right when we were there, so it was setup just ok but not great for a throw and mow scenario.
I also ran a push lawn mower over part of my permanent firebreaks and seeded that with rye as well.
Found several LARGE persimmons scattered along the edges of the fields. Pretty good crop this year.
This one has to be close to 60 feet tall. I'm standing about 15 foot above it's base here.
Not a great pic, but you can make out all the clusters of persimmons high in the top branches.
Doing an experiment with standing vs mowed thatch on winter rye.
My youngest helping with the bottom of the bags of seed.