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    WHAT'S LOOKING GOOD IN AUGUST 2019

    Yes, LOL, that old barn is at least 70 years old that we know of and has survived 2 hurricanes that produced near 100 mph winds even here located 100 miles from the coast of Texas. We have about 25 head of cows and sell off the calves every September. I really enjoy ranching about as much as...
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    WHAT'S LOOKING GOOD IN AUGUST 2019

    Yes, I just moved them up close to the house and near where they will be fed to the cows this winter. We sell enough to make my effective cost for the hay to be "0".
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    WHAT'S LOOKING GOOD IN AUGUST 2019

    Thanks. In East Texas, we use a lot of Bermuda and Bahia grasses. That field is Pensacola Bahia. It is bottom-land and gets creek overflow two or three times a year and so it is all natural fertilization. It produces so much hay, I only cut it once a year and that coupled with no grazing and...
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    Need help with my puny vegetables

    You seem to be having problems with the Brassica family plants. I think I would look to the soil for possible cause. The Brassica family likes a ph of 5.5 to 6.5. Check that first. The Brassicas like lots of N2 readily available to them so that also could be a factor. Also, you should most...
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    Cover crop suggestions

    Buckwheat is an excellent choice...but it will succumb to the first frost, however. The clovers, vetch, oats etc should survive much longer. Instead of rye grass, recommend you go with cereal rye e.g. Elbon rye as it has excellent nematode deterrent properties. Has worked for me for many...
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    WHAT'S LOOKING GOOD IN AUGUST 2019

    Anyone that ranches knows that its mainly about growing the best nutritious grass that the cows can then turn into quality beef. This year we had excellent rains here in East Texas and averaged 6 rolls to the acre of quality hay. After the rains this year, this bottom-land only needs the Texas...
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    Prep for a root knot nematode battle.......

    Absolutely correct, sir!
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    Prep for a root knot nematode battle.......

    LOL, guilty as charged! 200 pounds of onions, 200 pounds of potatoes, 35 quarts of tomatoes, 20 quarts of pickled okra, 20 quarts of beets, 20 quarts of picked okra, 45 dozen ears of corn, tons of all kinds of beans, countless cucumbers, melons, carrots, broc, brussels, cabbage, etc. etc...
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    What did you do in your garden today?

    Here's a followup photo of the results of the pea shredding I posted about above. The peas have germinated(second generation) and are growing quickly. I'll probably shred again in early Sept. and then one last time in Nov. The corn that was growing to the right of the peas has now been tilled...
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    Had a seemingly healthy, BIG stalked....

    What is easier than throwing out some rye seeds? Even an old fart like me can do that. Far easier than sterilization. Not even close. What is easier than mowing down the rye prior to tilling? Again far easier than sterilization. Yes it needs to be tilled into the soil....but then most...
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    Prep for a root knot nematode battle.......

    I don't know what a "farmer volume" member is.....but I use Elbon rye every year and have done so over 30 years. Works perfectly especially when used in conjunction with legumes. I heartedly recommend the use of Elbon as a cover crop over soil sterilization. Especially so for someone who has...
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    Had a seemingly healthy, BIG stalked....

    What happened to sterilization? LOL, good to see someone stepping up to Elbon rye. It works on nematodes plus has great soil building properties, especially when used with accompanying legumes (s). Works for me!
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    Brocs and cabbage

    Too early for me in East Texas. I'll be looking at third week of September at the earliest.
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    How do I know when my onions have cured?

    In curing for storage you want to reduce moisture content as low as you can. I do this by withholding water a few days before harvest and then pulling the onions and letting them dry in the sun for a couple of days. After drying, I use scissors to remove all but about 1 inch of the tops. Yours...
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    What to plant in the fall garden?

    Warm soil temps are difficult to start them in...usually start mine in Nov. and yes they like full sun but can tolerate a little less than full.
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