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Sericea Lespedeza and woody brush control? The Nature Conservancy and Bass Brothers Cattle company now own the old Chapman-Barnard ranch east of me and they have been burning this past week. I’m interested to see the results because aerial spraying is only giving a short term control around here. They say the seed can lay dormant in the ground for up to 15 years.


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Sericea Lespedeza and woody brush control? The Nature Conservancy and Bass Brothers Cattle company now own the old Chapman-Barnard ranch east of me and they have been burning this past week. I’m interested to see the results because aerial spraying is only giving a short term control around here. They say the seed can lay dormant in the ground for up to 15 years.


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Kansas State extension has been recommending fall burns for a minimum of 3 years to fight lespedezia. We're fighting it in the flint hills.

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Sericea Lespedeza and woody brush control? The Nature Conservancy and Bass Brothers Cattle company now own the old Chapman-Barnard ranch east of me and they have been burning this past week. I’m interested to see the results because aerial spraying is only giving a short term control around here. They say the seed can lay dormant in the ground for up to 15 years.


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Yep. I am tired of spraying all the dang time for it. Presettlement fires occurred in the summer every 3 to 5 years. This is basically a test plot for me. I know where the sericea was, so I am going to see what happens.

Here is a recent article on some ranches around here bucking the traditional way folks do things. It talks about late summer burns.

 

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I can’t call it a weed anymore. It’s a prairie virus! GRDA planted it all up and down the lakes and river systems for erosion control. A state east of me they bale it for hay. It blows my mind that some land owners won’t even try a little to control it. There are 2 good cost share programs going on here through the Soil Conservation Board and the EQUIP. It doesn’t take but a hour to fill out the paperwork.


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I can’t call it a weed anymore. It’s a prairie virus! GRDA planted it all up and down the lakes and river systems for erosion control. A state east of me they bale it for hay. It blows my mind that some land owners won’t even try a little to control it. There are 2 good cost share programs going on here through the Soil Conservation Board and the EQUIP. It doesn’t take but a hour to fill out the paperwork.


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I remember an uncle proudly showing off a field of it- combination grazing and wildlife food. I guess it's good quail habitat but too much of a good thing isn't good either.
 

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Smoothing out more area enough to run a finish mower over. Probably going to take another tilling and raking. Attaching my drag to my rake is a pretty good combination.

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It must be Monday. A neighbor asked if I would take his golf cart to the repair shop which I agreed to do. Check the small utility trailer and found a tire flat. I'm pretty sure it's a bad valve stem so just put a spare on. Evidently while changing the wheel, I loosened the hubcap (through the cap grease fitting) because when I got home it was missing.

I wasn't just me that was having a Monday. At the shop, one employee went to move their tow truck and asked the owner where the cab key was. Answer- there was no door key- who locked the doors?

When we left, they were fishing through the window to unlock the door to the rollback. . .
 

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I can’t call it a weed anymore. It’s a prairie virus! GRDA planted it all up and down the lakes and river systems for erosion control. A state east of me they bale it for hay. It blows my mind that some land owners won’t even try a little to control it. There are 2 good cost share programs going on here through the Soil Conservation Board and the EQUIP. It doesn’t take but a hour to fill out the paperwork.


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Its a requirement to do something here. Its considered a Noxious weed. However the neighbor to the west never sprays for it. The Federal govt doesn't treat it either. So every time the lake comes up I get a new crop of seed and Johnson grass. I've just resigned myself to the fact I will never rid myself of it. Big pasture to my NW is chocker block full of it. 100s of acres worth. They pulled the cattle saturday so I expect to see either a burn, or a plane flying on chemicals.
 

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Took down barrier between adults and babies in the birdhouse. Also added 2 more inches of sand into the sandbox. That's their favorite spot.
Was expecting adults to be disgruntled but They all had a good time
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Day 1 of framing yesterday with good results, good friends and good beer. One more day and then roofing goes on. Old guys rock! View attachment 802267
Day 3 of building , Buddies and beer. Roof sheathing almost complete. Roofing comes next. Lost one of our volunteers yesterday to something more important to him...................College football
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Property Building Wood House Window ! Old guys rock.
 

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The dog & I mowed about 45 acres with the 4440 & a R15.

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Vert very clean old 4440. Awesome !!!
What a beautiful machine.

I grew up running one just like it .
It is just crazy what a clean 4440 cost now days .
The low hour say under 2000 hours super clean condition machines are bringing more then we paid new for them 40 years ago.
That generation 40/50/55/60 are legendary Deere tractors ,
 
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