Yesterday I was called out on a job in the Dayton area of Rockingham County, Virginia. This area is intensively farmed with livestock and crops. I was totally amazed at two things: the amount of bare ground and the number of fields farmed up and down the slope of the...
If a one gallon jug filled with water represented all the water in the world the amount of available fresh water would equal just over a tablespoon – less than one half of one percent of the total. The rest is salt water or unavailable such as the fresh water...
October is a good time to kill Tall Fescue. I like killing Tall Fescue because it is perhaps the most invasive non-native plant in North America. In my opinion it is more invasive than Purple loosestrife and Phragmites yet why don’t we hear more about it? Not only is Tall...
Here in the Bay states and across the temperate zone of the world farmers are busy planting cover crops on fields that were used to produce their summer crops such as corn. The purpose of a cover crop is to “cover” or protect the land during the winter so that...
I just came back from a walk along our part of the river. It’s called Middle River and it’s one of the most polluted rivers in Virginia. Just six miles up the river from here is its source – a spring that just bubbles up out of the ground in...
Last night the low temperature in Swoope, Virginia was 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Anything above 70 is considered a “warm” night in these parts of the country. That’s a night when you lay on top of the top of the sheets in your bed and sweat trying to sleep. Farmers have...
Yesterday I went to a farm in Northwest Augusta County to talk to the manager of a farm about fencing his cattle out of the most polluted river in the county – Middle River. The farmer was very receptive and expressed a need to fence them out not only to...
“I have not met a more capable person than Bobby to explain, in understandable terms, the challenges we face in agriculture today and the opportunities before us to rise above them.
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