Been a while…
Still kicking at the Triple C. Turkey season came n went with 1 bird killed at the farm. Logging operation is wide open. 60 acres of 32 yr old loblolly clear cut. Will probably let this land lay for a year then do an aerial spray in fall of '23, followed by planting of improved loblolly.
On the other side of the farm we're having 110 acre stand of 22 yr old loblolly thinned for the 2nd time. The stand to the right of the equipment is thinned. The stand to the left of equipment is not thinned. You can see the difference in stand density between the two. 2nd thinning leaves a basal area of between 50 and 60 or approximately 80 trees standing per acre. From now until final harvest, this will become a wildlife magnet with so much sunlight hitting the floor.
Post thinning. We will run fire thru this next spring to set back the hardwood stems and promote forbs.
Meanwhile...on other parts of the farm, 6 acres of various grains are seeding out in our largest field. Will let this go untouched until fall and replant with a fall mix of grains n brassicas. Fields are full of white clover beneath all the grains.
Plenty of pears this year.
Beavers continue to do what they do in the wetlands.
Meanwhile...back at the new homestead, I needed a barn. 40x26 with two 14' lean-to's.
Brooks graded the barn pad and then brought his excavator over and ran a water line from well to barn.
Enjoying the flex wing.
Needed a SxS for the new place. Ordered a JD but finally got tired of waiting. Bought a Yanmar Brahma diesel. Very similar to the Polaris diesel we've run at the farm for the past 10 years. Had it about 2 months and so far I like it a lot. Power steering, automotive glass instead of poly. Wiper, turn signals, 4WD and locking differential. 2K towing and 1K cargo box. Cargo box is steel. Only downside so far is turning radius sux.
Even found time to catch supper in the river this past Saturday. Served striper tacos for dinner Sunday night.