February Frost Seeding

Certainly, it’s time to get any frost-seeding done!

In February, the land “usually” is not frozen that deeply, whenever, and therefore makes it fun to build or repair fence. Discussions drive into the ground quite very well and you would not have to struggle the maximum amount of vegetation adding up wire.

My spouse and i find this to be a good a chance to spend verifying fence lines, clipping limbs back as needed and finish sawing up any trees or hands or legs that fell during summer storms. Of which is apparently a job that never quite gets finished. My spouse and i also find that this can be a good time, only can drive myself to do it, to lower and remove any woody and or briars from wall rows. Completing this task makes it a whole lot better to gain control of them once the growing season is here. In case the dead growth is removed, it is a lot better to tackle any new shoots later.

That is also the time frame for frost-seeding clover upon fields that want it. If you paid attention during the last season, you should really know what grounds are lacking sufficient legume. I like to see at least thirty pct of the stand up being legumes. Dried beans, such as clover, raise the quality of a pasture and can also fix nitrogen to ensure that the lawn component of the pasture. When fertilizer is expensive, you want as much natural nitrogen produced as you can.

Red and white clover the two are reasonably easy to frost-seed this time of year and generally which is least expensive way to improve dried beans in the meadow. It is simply the process of broadcasting the legume seed onto the soil’s surface during the winter heavy months. I usually the ideal time is somewhere between Christmas and Valentine’s Day, but it may be usually a little bit longer than that.

Occasionally in the southern part of the express our company is a little more limited most abundant in ideal conditions to truly “frost” seed – that is not the case this season. Ice seeding depends on the freezing-thawing action of the soil, which is honeycombing of the soil’s surface with ice deposits. This causes the soil’s surface to expand and agreement, thus allowing the small seed to discover a route into the ground. It is important that the seed have good seed-to-soil contact.

Any time I genuinely have my choosing, I can wait until there is a light snow on the ground and then do the seeding. The snow will serve two good purposes. One, it helps “catch” the seeds and transport it to the surface and two, it serves as a great marker for the tractor or ATV.

It is best to put together if you determine to frost-seed. A person might have wanted to graze the meadow down a little shorter than normal to reduce competitors and help that seed find it is way to the soil easier. In the event the field is being stockpiled, you can either hang on until after it is grazed or broadcast it really preceding to grazing and let the seedling be “hoofed” in. When there is too much cover then it makes it hard for the seeds to reach the soil and also helps it be less likely to thrive.

I actually usually recommend a bit higher seeding rates for frost seeding than for regular seeding. White clovers can be seeded at 1-1. 5 lbs. per desagradable, remembering that it is a smaller seed than red clover and will be around extended. You can get it on too thick and sure, I am aware, it’s hard to seed that small amount! I have found that blending it with another seed as the flagship is good. A little Cola or any soda pop pop (whichever you might have on hand, although not diet in any case) mixed in with it to acquire a little sticking action proceeding also really helps. You can also mix the seeds within fertilizer or some pelletized lime green, but spread immediately – don’t let it sit, especially with much nitrogen. Red clover should be seeded at 6-8 lbs. each acre; birdsfoot trefoil at 5 pounds. per acre and common lespedeza with hulled seed at 9 lbs. each acre.

All dried beans should be inoculated with the proper inoculants (rhizobia) for your types to insure proper bacteria, good germination and growth. Layered seed, when available, can solve a lot of problems including seed size, the inoculants it will even help the ph level for the plant. Coated seed should be used the same year that it is purchased, mainly due to the inoculant : it has a shorter storage life.

I do believe the primary details for a successful frost seeding of legumes are grazing the pasture down before seeding to lower the amount of litter and spring competition, seeding during freezing and thawing conditions to help move the seed into the soil, and then keeping the lawn growth under control during early early spring to give the seedlings plenty of sun and a fighting opportunity to endure.

Should you choose plan to do any frost-seeding or any seeding within the next few a few months, it might be a smart idea to check with your seed seller and get your order in. Many species are in short supply and prices have increased in a great deal of cases also. Multiple bad creation years in a row on the west coast where nearly all of it is grown, along with pumpiing, higher packaging expenditures and more costly shipping are the primary reasons. Knowing where you need to add more dried beans and only adding where needed this season may be important to your wallet.

February is one of my biggest reading months of the year. Today don’t get myself wrong, I read a little virtually every day, but some months just provide themselves as being more primed for reading than others. I tend to take more time reading during the winter time and may easily find myself getting rid of program time. At this time there are usually several books and periodicals covering the small table by my easy chair which I find to be the best way to maintain to date with all the latest in grazing management. My spouse and i can stay conscious a long time reading, but My spouse and i can’t stay conscious more than twenty minutes into a TV show and quite often hear my partner say, “you conscious? ” I do believe it is merely the subject subject.

The way we now receive information and news has sprinted fast in advance into almost instant information here at our fingertips. The main problem with this growing and huge amount of accessible information is, “what can you trust? ” I find myself spending time explaining why something that was on the internet somewhere in addition in the united kingdom or world, won’t work here. Because it was successful in Fresh Zealand, doesn’t signify it will work the same here! You must consider soils, climate and a number of other things.

Public media can be “interesting” you just read, but it is harder to decipher or separate out filler or bovine muck from truthfully. In the event something is printed out in a guide or magazine it are at least a little more probably trusted, but not always. I generally read material from well-known authors that I know have done the walk and also the research. When it is guaranteed with a white paper, it is normally more persuasive and believable. Though I actually do read quite a few of the people research papers, an at the book based on that information is usually an improved read and certainly more relaxing.

I usually encourage producers to keep learning – reading, observing, and inquiring why to both positive and negative things. Inquisitive heads want to know – just always remember to validate the source and take it all with a materials of salt!

Keep in mind, it isn’t really about maximizing a grazing event, but maximizing a grazing season! Keep on grazing!

Telling the Bull goodbye

A few weeks ago, we decided to part ways with our bull. We have had him for almost a year now and he just got done breeding all our ladies. I don’t normally sell bulls this fast, but this year it dosent make any sense to hold onto him till next fall breeding cycle.

Ultimately, we decided to sell the bull for several reasons. Our bull has gotten a little more aggressive over the last few months. Aggressive bulls are hard on our fences. In the last two months he has busted the fence a couple different times. One night, we got home to find him close to the house because he had busted loose. It’s scary trying to catch a bull at night when you can’t see what you’re doing, and the bull weighs about 2000 pounds.

Another reason we needed to see the bull go is because he has gotten so big that he runs the risk of hurting our cows during breeding. At this point he actually runs the risk of breaking our cows’ backs, hips, and back legs. He is so heavy and the cows are not big enough to handle his weight. He can actually push the cows down into the ground when breeding that it breaks bones. With his weight, he also runs the risk of hurting himself while breeding. He also can break his penis or rip the sheath when breeding a cow too small.

Since deciding to sell him I have thought about what direction we would like to go next fall with bull choices. I really like the way Brahma bulls crossed over angus cows look and how well they handle the heat and grow. I also have been thinking about going with a Hereford bull to give lots of growth to my calves and also make the more desirable white face black cows.

There is one final option I have thought on: renting one of the above bulls. The cost for me to buy a bull is around $2000-$4000 every 4-6 years as I would want to sell before they get too big to breed. Rent would only cost me around $500-$700 a year and I would only have to feed the bull for 90 days instead of 365 days.

One thing is for sure what ever choice we do decide we will get the best genetics we can afford so we can have the best calves possible.

The Slow Down

Winter brings a slow time of year. While there are animals to feed, and some chores outside to take care of, that typically only takes a few minutes of each day to complete. This leaves me with the task of trying to find other ways to occupy my time, including indoor chores.

In June, we are expecting our first child. With this adventure getting closer each day, I have been tasked with cleaning out our upstairs bedrooms to make space for the baby.

Over the years, the two upstairs rooms have become storage space for my grandparent’s collections. Both of them have several collections upstairs, and it has not been an easy task sorting through all of it. The main reason this is such a difficult task is because of the sheer amount of stuff that there is to go through. On top of Grandpa’s gun and fishing lure collections, there are also collections of antique dishes and other stuff that has been in boxes untouched for years. The task of going through all of these items has been especially hard on Grandma, as she has a hard time letting go of some of Grandpa’s things.

Despite the setbacks, we have made progress. One of the bedrooms is almost ready to go. That bedroom will become the office. We have successfully moved the roll top desk upstairs, and have a couple more things to move out before we get all the office space set up.

The other bedroom will, of course, be the baby’s bedroom. We have already started accumulating some of the bigger baby items needed. Tiffanie has also began collecting some of the smaller items, a pack of receiving blankets here, some bottles there. We are ready to have the room cleaned out so that we can start setting things up for the baby.

While it does make me sad to go through some of Grandpa’s things and ultimately throw it away, we are ready for this next chapter to begin.