Thanks for encouraging words! Raising teenagers is much like improving soil function.....with the right mindset, careful planning, a small dose of luck, and an OVERDOSE of patience.....a well balanced end goal can be achieved for both parties. I watched this am from the window as a tow-truck loaded her totaled car....she was rear-ended a couple weeks ago as the lead car in a 3 car accident.....checked out fine medically (vitals and x-ray).....but tightness in her neck prevented early top performance at nationals....a team parent is a chiropractor and after a quick adjustment she was near top of her game the last 2 days. The point of this is simple....put your damned texting device in the console and close the lid on it while driving....it only takes a few seconds of lapsed attention to bring chaos to other peoples lives! Maybe someday automakers will come up with an ingenious plan which disables text and email on the drivers phone when gear is out of Park!
Enjoyed conversation in another thread about repeatedly spraying persistent weeds. And had a short consult today about weeds in fields under dual rotation (summer mix then winter mix each year) and a fellow wanting to reduce farm herbicide use. You may get few weeds with repeated non-selective herbicide spraying, but what you will lose is presence of soil fungi which depend upon a living green plant for their effect on soil properties of water infiltration, water holding capacity, nutrient cycling, minimizing nutrient leaching, alleviating compaction, and aggregating soil etc.....and you will not gain the knowledge of managing plant communities for what you want.
Weeds (like cover crops) can be broken into 4 classes of plants....cool season broadleaf, cool season grass, warm season broadleaf, and warm season grass. Each of those plant classes 'in over-abundance' can cause a planted crop 'yield reduction'......but it is more likely that only ONE of those plant classes over the long term is responsible for the majority of poor stands or poor yields. The only way to figure that out is to 'quit spraying non-selective herbicides' and 'plant/observe'. The highest probability of poor stand or yield failure of planted annuals are when 1) a warm season mix is planted into non-dormant warm season perennial grass and 2) when a cool season mix is planted into non-dormant cool season perennial grass. Perennial grassy weeds respond favorably in persistence under fully covered soil with infrequent disturbance. While broadleaf weed numbers are easily suppressed by fully thatch covered soil with dense living plants over that....and broadleaf weed seed set minimized by timely mowing. Limiting herbicide use in annual rotation systems to suppress only perennial grasses can cut herbicide need markedly and favor long term annual yields with fewer emergence/yield issues....and broad leafed plants remain unscathed to carry on soil function until the annual grasses you plant become established and fill the void o the perennial.
Doesn't it make the most sense to target the most problematic weed class and manage against it infrequently with selective herbicide requiring less labor and time? Do you burn range land every year to suppress woody encroachment?.....or do you burn infrequently to allow the plants/soil to fully recover while at the same time suppressing overt brush encroachment? Would you wipe out all your pasture legumes just to spray non-dense pasture broadleaf weeds? Those examples and principles are all similar!
This video will help you sort out some of these details which the majority of 'wildlife biologists' rarely consider and address (admit) publically!
NDGLC WINTER CONFERENCE #2
As you manage your landscape, remain unbiased in your observations and the most effective management,
Yikes. Lot less mileage but I just transported my tractor and once home realized I had TWO bad tires. Got to check more carefully
D, with all the bad luck you've had recently you need go in a room and lock the door. Hope things change. Been really dry here since first hay mowing by farmers. They are really moving cattle around to keep in fresh pasture. Second mowing will be poor I suspect.