More Tales From the Farm

by admin | November 12, 2021 6:57 am

More tales from the farm, which is a project with no perceived end.

It was my job to pull up the bent T-posts, hog wire and barbed wire, all covered in debris after the flooding. We plan to move a donkey into this roughly one-acre lot, now that this particular fence is fixed, and can’t risk him getting tangled up in the wire. So on Sunday afternoon, I fired up the tractor and chugged down there. About 50 feet lay buried under leaves, dirt and debris. I tied a thick tow rope behind the bucket and began working, slowly extricating the T-posts, hog wire and barbed w

ire by raising the bucket and putting the tractor in reverse. It usually took several tries to extricate the bent, rusted T-posts from the ground, the tow rope slipping off and having to be retied.

That was my Sunday workout, hopping on and off the tractor, tying rope, using bolt cutters to cut the wire and rolling it all up to eventually go to the metal salvage yard. It was tedious and satisfying at the same time.

The deer are safe from us on our 57 acres. We are working on a wildlife management plan with help from a state biologist. We will plant food plots and build nest boxes for owls and other birds, leave some dead trees standing as snag for birds. I took a photo of one recently that was riddled with woodpecker holes. We hope to lure ducks to the small natural pond in the woods, where we have seen a blue heron alight.

The only critters we are working to, if not eradicate, at least control are feral hogs. For now, the hogs have retreated to the back of the property.

Then I thought of something, got back on the tractor and started it up. I pushed the front-end bucket hard into the ground, lifting the front wheels out of the rut so they dangled in the air, pushed down on the reverse pedal and managed to extricate the tractor from the rut with the rear wheels only. Cool! A new tractor trick.

I’m slowly learning.


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