Tuesday, March 13, 2012

More field burning

This spring we are replanting portions of our CRP fields to better meet the needs of wildlife. With such an established stand of perennial grasses though we can't just inter seed and expect the new seedlings to take off. We must prepare a seed bed first. Burning off the grass removes most of the vegetation so we can plow the fields without clogging up the implements too bad.

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 We touched off a few fields a couple weeks ago and when the wind came up, we ended up burning more than originally planned. In this desert ecosystem, fire is really beneficial for the range but not when you have other projects to work on and can't sit around tending fire lines all day. As much fun as it is to play with fire, we swatted out the lines and went on to different tasks.

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