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On the Verge of Ragweed Allergy Season

Paddock 18a is located near my corral and therefore is overused.  It seldom has opportunity to get any rest and mercy it sure shows.  This year, i was determined to give it a rest and let something grow.  Typically the succession plant to damaged soil are tough weeds and my experience is no different.  Before the ragweed is pollinating, i thought i’d go have a look.  There is very little palatable undergrowth – these tall weeds – mostly ragweed and cockleburr can out compete nearly anything.

So my plan is to mob graze this 4.5 acres paddock with all my cows (about 150 adult animals and 60 calves) keeping an eye to the volume of tasty forage they need to leave behind, then come in and brush hog the remaining tall stuff before it goes to seed.

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the cows will eat the tops now – not really strip it like they will giant ragweed (which i call horse weed), but the stalk is pretty stiff so it doesn’t knock down very well. hoping to set back enough to let sunlight down into the canopy and let more desirable species get a chance. Next spring, i’ll plan to broadcast oats and try to compete with the ragweed and continue to rest the paddock as appropriate. this paddock has been abused the past 2-3 years and i let it rest for a long time this year – the result of abuse is clearly evident as natural sequence of healing occurs.
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I drove into this paddock to see what is growing. From a distance this didn’t look so tall. I’m think of letting the cows in to mob it as much as they will on a 4.5 acre paddock. I cannot even walk through this. The photo is taken from the relative safety of my a/c Gator. on 14 August 20.

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Check out this short video my friend Greg Judy puts together to help graziers manage their stock and soil.  Greg is an excellent teacher – you might enjoy subscribing to his YouTube channel.

 

 

Early Morning Check

Fought severe allergy after coming in at 1am this morning.  It’s really, really bad out there; the wind seems to be keeping it stirred.  Took two benadryl (so far Zyrtec had been holding, but no longer).  Finally, got to sleep about 3am.

Alarm off at 6:30 – i accidentally hit the snooze, but thank goodness, because i didn’t get up!  Up and out by 6:45am.  Couple of heat detector patches are turned blue, which means heats in the wee hours.  I wrote down the numbers.  Still concerned about the lack of activity.

Set up a poly wire and posts to give them more grazing allotment.

Back in about 7:20a for COFFEE!

Am getting ready to take June to the dentist in Chillicothe, but will check cows just before I leave.

It was SO good to see June smile again!  She had been very self-conscious about her smile because her front teeth were missing (they had broken some weeks earlier).  Now with her new partial in place, she is free to relax, smile, and be herself.  What a blessing.

Checked the cows – one more in standing heat.

The cow riding the cow in standing heat is either coming in or going out of heat.  In this case, the cows is going out.   How do i know?  Because I've been watching them for two days now!
The cow riding the cow in standing heat is either coming in or going out of heat. In this case, the cows is going out. How do i know? Because I’ve been watching them for two days now!

High allergy again with so much wind and heat (87F feels like 93), so i cannot spend long outside before staggering back into the a/c for a couple of hours.  I sure don’t like to hurry the time, but that first frost is always such a relief.

Mostly rested today, signed some paperwork for an EQIP NRCS conservation programme, scanned, and e-mailed the copies back.  Checking the cows every two hours, transplanted three potted mums into the front landscaping, snapped and froze two gallons of green beans, hooked onto the little stock trailer and pulled it up to the seed plant – not sure how it ended up at our house, but that happens, and doing my daily exercises.  Oh, yes,and i took a much needed nap!  heat check 005

Mums in the front yard.  These were purchased as part of fundraiser to decorate for Laclede's Pershing Days last weekend.
Mums in the front yard. These were purchased as part of fundraiser to decorate for Laclede’s Pershing Days last weekend.

Last heat check at 8pm, then get ready for bed.  Grab some shut-eye, the up for check about 1am.

Have a great evening!

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Ragweed and Weather Reign!

This week our area received up to 10 inches of rain in one night! Flood waters raged in the night and next day.   After two days, the waters are starting to recede back to their banks, but a lot is trapped in sloughs, oxbows, and drainage ditches.   ALL of our water gaps are gone – not just mangled – but gone!  The boys and I are leaving for Scotland on Sunday, so I’m thankful that husband Allen and right-hand man, Christian, will be hard at repair and rebuild.  They will have at least two weeks dedicated to repairing and rebuilding the water gaps, interior paddock fences and posts, cutting up trapped logs and trees and removing from culverts and fences. They’ll put up temporary fence up until they can get to all of the perimeter water gaps to keep cattle and sheep from getting out onto the roads and neighbour’s fields.  Many have compared this flash flood to one which occurred in 1946 – yes, this one is worse than the 1993 flooding!

My allergy prick test resulting in.. several grasses, trees, cattle, cats, molds, and, of course , ragweed stood far and away the worst.  After the prick testing, I could take Benadryl which I could not do for these previous five days which has resulted in being trapped in the house and sleeping very little due to such discomfort. Once my appointment was over, Allen (who had thankfully driven me to and from Columbia), took me out to the Olive Garden at which I took two old Benadryls I found in an obscure pocket of my purse. Within a few minutes, relief was on its way, and despite drinking three cups of coffee with lunch,  drowsiness crept in.   Allen took the wheel and within five minutes of leaving the restaurant, I was sawing logs and what seemed like two minutes later I awoke to us pulling into the Orscheln’s parking lot in Brookfield (2 hours actually). We had stopped in to pick up my script for a steroid to help get me caught up. I plan to sleep some more tonight because I feel pretty daggone good now! I won’t start the oral immunotherapy drops until after we return from our month in ragweed free Scotland.  How a healthy person can be so miserable for weeks on end is beyond me!