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What is a Milk Run?

Shabbat Shalom!

Enter Wonderland

If you’re reading this page, you’ve likely seen at least one of the “Milk Runs” posted on the blog, and more than likely you’ve wondered at the name.  Each post contains a description of the purpose of the series, in that they are regular posts designed to provide short, clear teachings from the Bible and an application for Christians.  But why are they called milk runs?

The answer can be seen in  1 Peter.

For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. … Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.

1 Peter 1:23; 2:2-3

Throughout the New Testament, we see an image of Christians that receive new life, being born again in the Spirit through faith…

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Cows on the Annuals

It’s been a rather busy and momentous month, so i’m way behind on reporting on the annuals for grazing and pasture improvement project.  Here are photos of growth at 60 days.  Turned the cows in on August 1, 2017.  Yah willing, my final report will be coming soon.  It will take some number crunching and analysis, so will be several days, but i’m ready to put paid to this project.

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Comparison of untilled along fence with worked and planted soil.

 

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This is the most ground cover this paddock has ever produced in my lifetime!

 

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Nice crop of yellow foxtail – cattle ate it literally to the ground.  They loved it!

 

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This is volunteer yellow foxtail as identified by our county extension agent.  Despite being a ‘weed’, this forage is exceptionally palatable with excellent nutritional value. 
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In some places, my soil is so poor, that this is all that has grown for 60 days.  We’ve had excellent rainfall amounts.

 

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Sunflowers, buckwheat, and quite a mix, but very short for 60 days of growth.  However, where this is growing, there doesn’t seem to be any ironweed growing.  Another plus.

 

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Weak soil readily visible in this photo.  How can soil be so abused?!  Was it always like this?  or did this happen because of decades of row cropping back in the mid 1900’s?

 

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Where there is no tillage, Kansas (lanceleaf) ragweed is making its annual appearance.  In the background, one can see the skips in seeding.  This is due to the pneumatic seeder getting plugged far too often.

 

 

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Cows and calves grazing annuals.  in the middle of the photo, one can see where i didn’t till because of a small ditch.  I was concerned about erosion, but that wasn’t an issue this year.  Wishing i had tilled right on through them. Live and learn.

 

 

30 Day Checkup

Time for an update on the annuals.  It’s now been 33 days since planting on the 26th of May and it’s been terribly dry until just now.

The soil had some moisture in it when i tilled the 18 acres the first go on 18-19 May, but then we received a rain (4/10s) which delayed the second tillage until 25 May, at which time my husband seeded the hills right behind the second tillage so we could wrap up this project for the first stage.

Then weather set in hot, dry, sunny, and windy.  Some of the seeds germinated and some even sprouted and grew.  If we didn’t get a rain soon, those brave spindly plants would soon wither and die.

At last, over the course of 14-15-16 June, we received 1.5 inches of rain and temps cooled just a little bit – a breather for plants, soil, animals, and man.

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What a difference a 1.5 rain made – this was taken four days after the rain, but the soil is good here.
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This photo is taken immediately to the east of the previous photo and at the same moment.  Growth exhibited on 20 June, four days after that 1.5 inch rain.  What a difference soil quality makes!

Rainfall has been scarce until 28-29-June, when a gully washer of 7 inches fell in a bit over 24 hours.  Thankfully, not much soil moved because i was careful to leave grass strips and there was still some dead plant material.  Ideally, there would have been new root growth to help, but the previous dry weather compounded by my poor soil restricted growth tremendously.

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Taken day after the two days of 7 inches of rain.

 

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Thilled to see so many lespedeza seedlings.
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Mystery – why is one sunflower so green and healthy and this one right next to it yellow and sickly?  Why did i photograph my shoe?!
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A very little soil movement can be seen in this photo although it is on a slight slope.  Can you believe that this is 33 days growth?  My clay hills are pretty dead which is the reason for trying to bring them alive by building organic matter and eliminating toxic endophyte fescue.
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This shows some definite soil movement after a 7 inch rain, but it didn’t move very far.  Encouraging!

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So, bring on the next 30 day!  With that 7 inch rain and little of it running off, there should be a massive increase in forage growth.  Excited!

Cheers and Shabbat Shalom!

tauna