Category Archives: Forages

Fields of grass

With Lee’s tractor on holiday our fields are now officially out of control. Some of the grass is taller then me and I’m no shorty. Most of the grass is seeding out and it’s really quite beautiful. The fields have … Continue reading

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That time of year

It’s that time of year when Oregon weather is playing dice with our fruit trees. We’ll have a few 40°F nights, and then a few 34°F nights. One night it dropped to 33°F just to keep us guessing. One of … Continue reading

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Winning the war on grass

As the rain continued to fall from May into June and the garden choked from slugs and weeds, the grass grew on unfettered. If we had livestock, this would be a great thing. Livestock are your insurance against a bad … Continue reading

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Forage & Pasture Management: Class 4

This is the fourth of a ten part series of posts chronicling core concepts from a class we are taking. Further details and links to walk through the series can be found on the class 1 post. Class started with … Continue reading

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Tansy Ragwort: A success story

Kudzu, Japanese Beetles, Asian Longhorned Beetles, Zebra Mussels, Asian Carp, Varroa Mites. This is of course but a short list of invasive species. All of these were brought to the U.S., either by accident or intent, where they found ecosystems … Continue reading

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Forage & Pasture Management: Class 3

This is the third of a ten part series of posts chronicling core concepts from a class we are taking. Further details and links to walk through the series can be found on the class 1 post. Grass Identification The … Continue reading

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Forage & Pasture Management: Class 2

This is the second of a ten part series of posts chronicling core concepts from a class we are taking. Further details and links to walk through the series can be found on the class 1 post. Soil Acidity (pH) … Continue reading

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Forage & Pasture Management: Class 1

“You put animals on a field. The grass grows. They eat it. What’s there to manage?” Well, quite a lot, actually. I’ve been interested in management intensive grazing ever since I read Gene Logsdon’s inspiring book All Flesh Is Grass. … Continue reading

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