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  • #16
    Originally posted by hotrodelrod View Post
    E, i assume a controlled burn gets rid of unwanted seed heads as well as weeds? Thistle has taken over here. Rather than spray and til, which would put those seeds in the soil, would a burn eliminate all? How do you do a controlled burn?
    Yes you can hear the weed seeds popping as it burns. First thing you need to do is get a permit from the fire marshal to do it. We sprayed the plots to kill all the weeds and a couple weeks later we tilled around the edge to make a fire break. Then we got a propane torch and lit the field in several spots. If you have a decent wind the wind will push the fire and burn the field up quick. Make sure you have plenty of water around in case the fire jumps. We didn't have any issues last year (first time we've ever tried it). Didn't have too much for weeds this year. In fact it may be difficult to burn because of that. We may just bushhog it and till it this time.
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    • #17
      Here is a view of our "killing plot". This one is about 1.75 acres. We planted it in a mix of oats and winter peas. We put a strip of winter greens down the center. We do another plot the same way (1.25 acres) and then another plot (1 acre) in tall tine tubers and oats mixed. This pick is taken from the "killing tree". It's a pretty cool setup for bow hunting.
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      • #18
        Thanks! think I will give it a try.

        Originally posted by Big E View Post
        Yes you can hear the weed seeds popping as it burns. First thing you need to do is get a permit from the fire marshal to do it. We sprayed the plots to kill all the weeds and a couple weeks later we tilled around the edge to make a fire break. Then we got a propane torch and lit the field in several spots. If you have a decent wind the wind will push the fire and burn the field up quick. Make sure you have plenty of water around in case the fire jumps. We didn't have any issues last year (first time we've ever tried it). Didn't have too much for weeds this year. In fact it may be difficult to burn because of that. We may just bushhog it and till it this time.
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        • #19
          Is that this year already?


          Originally posted by Big E View Post
          Here is a view of our "killing plot". This one is about 1.75 acres. We planted it in a mix of oats and winter peas. We put a strip of winter greens down the center. We do another plot the same way (1.25 acres) and then another plot (1 acre) in tall tine tubers and oats mixed. This pick is taken from the "killing tree". It's a pretty cool setup for bow hunting.
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          • #20
            No not this year. That was last year. We have the plots sprayed right now. The land owner is on vacation this week. When he gets back next week we will get started on them. We usually plant the first week of September.
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            • #21
              sprayed mine over the last few days!
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              • #22
                Got the rain I needed. Clover popping up everywhere.

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