Saturday, October 13, 2012
These furry mice are field voles. Jack said I can't believe the damage you get to tile and all those trees your neighbor boys are cutting out! I said there is no perfect farming system and notill has its challenges. Mine are weeds, voles and notill trees. They are a pain but I will trade them for tillage, erosion and soil destruction.
This time we cut out broken tile and laid it over the holes and filled the holes with some number four's or one inch plus stone. This will make it more challenging for them to bury corn kernals in my tile system. It won't stop them but maybe it will slow them down.
I need to post a picture of my notill tree leaves. I don't know kind of tree it is. I have been calling it sumac bushes but I looked up sumac and it is not the common Staghorn Sumac found in Ohio. I did find this guide useful for identifying native Ohio plants. Maybe you can help me identify the bushes growing in my notill field at the house if I post a picture.
I think just about every combine available was in a field somewhere around here yesterday. Some farmers are just starting, more are about half finished but I imagine a few are wrapping up harvest like my friend in Illinois did yesterday. He was very happy a neighbor showed up with his 3 trucks to help him finish his soybean harvest. Some farmers are reporting better soybean yields than their corn numbers! I am thankful we don't have that here.
I was riding a friends combine yesterday and where he had no Marestail problem the yield monitor was sitting at 60 bushels. As soon as he hit a Marestail patch the monitor went to 50 bushels. At today's price that is 150 dollars per acre less soybeans. I think that would have paid for a different soybean strategy, don't you? Liberty Link beans are more expensive to raise on the chemical side but they don't cost $150 more per acre!
It's another beautiful day in Ohio but the weather is changing this weekend so I better get to work. Govenor Romney is coming to Lebanon today nearby but I don't think I will mess with his political rally.
Have a great weekend.