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Multiflora Rose

History of multiflora rose from the Missouri Department of Conservation website:

“Multiflora rose was originally introduced to the East Coast from Japan in 1886 as rootstock for cultivated roses. In the 1930s the U.S. Soil Conservation Service advocated use of multiflora rose in soil erosion control. Experimental plantings were conducted in Missouri and Illinois, and as recently as the late 1960s, many state conservation departments were distributing rooted cuttings to landowners. It was planted in the Midwest for living fences and soil conservation. Managers recognized that plantings of this thorny, bushy shrub provided excellent escape cover and a source of winter food for wildlife. The species soon spread and became a serious invader of agricultural lands, pastures, and natural communities from the Midwest to the East Coast.”

The trunk can be as wide as 8 inches diameter and the bush can exceed 15 feet.  They are extremely hard to control and viciously difficult to handle because of the length of canes and that they are covered with thorns.  Millions of dollars are spent in time in mechanical and chemical control of these government-introduced, non-native, invasive shrubs.

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Thankfully, most of our multiflora rose bushes are not as huge as this one in view of Brook Road.  I estimate the highest canes of this bush to be nearly 20 feet!  We, along with every farmer and rancher in Missouri battle these things year round.  I’m certain they would take over the world if left unchecked!

 

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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