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    DMc replied to a thread Swedish sectional ladders in Gear Forum
    Elecio, you would be wise to follow this most excellent advice.
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    If I'm not mistaken, Sean is also talking about one handing a top handle saw while trimming. A naturally good grip on the saw in that situation is way better than trying to squeeze it to death on top of holding it out and away from your body.
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    DMc replied to a thread TreeStuff inventory? in Gear Forum
    IMHO, address this and all the other talk and BS will fade away. The reasons behind the out-of-stocks do not matter, only that they not continue.
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    Brian, if you can't find a single 4 belt it might be worth trying two twin belts.
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    DMc replied to a thread TreeStuff inventory? in Gear Forum
    Yes, the Ibuki has an excellent blade. Both fast and smooth.
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    DMc replied to a thread In The News... in Odds and Ends
    It is a business and as such follows the money. Being a reporter may have been a profession at one time but that time, for most, is past. A lot of finger pointing on this topic as in many others. The reality though, is we get what we have asked for. Not what we talk about, but what we actually do. Think about it. It has always been so, the masses have the power and give it away for security, comfort and a perceived increase in freedom.
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    DMc replied to a thread TreeStuff inventory? in Gear Forum
    Well, I disagree. Tools and the techniques needed to use them for climbing are completely disconnected from the personal religious beliefs of an author. By limiting who you are willing to learn from you restrict your own resources and could miss something of great importance. A climber needs self-confidence, use that to sift through what you learn and apply what is useful to you.
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    I have been using the ArbPro EVO 2, which also has the knee ascender loops, for over a year now and it has lots of life left. It has excellent grip in the trees and is comfortable enough to wear all the time but if you do, the soft sole will wear down fast. Unfortunately for you, they seem to be a warm boot so might not be the best for your locale.
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    DMc replied to a thread TreeStuff inventory? in Gear Forum
    Stig, history is absolutely filled with people that were mentally wacko but also had brilliant ideas or inventions. Where do you draw the line in what you are willing to learn?
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    3 Weeks Ago
    If you walk onto a property and recommend that a tree needs to have some dead wood removed or some weight needs to be taken out of the canopy, would you not give a bid due to ethics or a perceived conflict of interest?
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    Killer deal, I'll take it, Eric.
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    DMc replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Good to hear you are OK, Jim. Those damn wagons can be tricky buggers.
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    DMc replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    ^?
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    I can see the pictures on my iPhone.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Lucky me, ha! Well, i am using a tablet at the moment will switch to a laptop later and see if that works.
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    If there are pictures here, I am not seeing them.
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    DMc replied to a thread hinge du jour in Tree Felling and Rigging
    Should respect and courtesy be obligate only to others?
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    Bob, Sylvia, and yet again. I would promise this is the last question or comment, but since you know me...:D An assumption that we have made is that the trees are identical. But are they? The differences in the two sites are strikingly similar throughout those areas. So I will ask, maybe the obvious, but in an effort to rule out a potential contributing factor. Were these trees bought from the same source, the same hybrid/cultivar, the same rootstock, scion? A question that has little to do with anything....these trees were planted for timber production?
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    11-08-2017
    Bob, Sylvia again. What soil series are we looking at here? Without having an address or GPS coordinates, I am guessing at the sites and the soils vary tremendously there side-by-side. It just depends on where the orchards are situated. I am seeing some soils with hydric conditions and some not. Some saying "severely eroded", densic materials at varying depths but still within tree rooting zones, moderately well-drained to poorly drained, some argillic horizons with gleying and some without. Differences in water-holding capacity, etc., etc.
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    11-08-2017
    Bob, Sylvia here again. We know in arboriculture to look well into the past for issues that might affect future performance. Since management has been "identical" since planting and the earlier planting is not performing up to the more recent, then something is different. A common mantra in virtually every class or lecture I attend is "look deeper, look farther". How was the corn-soy managed? Was it with chemical burn-down? I have heard some very interesting/disturbing facts coming out re affects on crops planted after use of herbicides when they don't possess the "resistance". I keep thinking about the potential for a plow pan. If they just ripped the rows where the trees were to be planted, the plow plan could still exist on either side. I wonder what their initial growth rate was. And give my best to Nancy as well!!
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    11-06-2017
    Hey, Bob, Sylvia here. Have been wrapped up in getting to TCI EXPO so couldn't respond earlier. However, I think your thoughts on the microbes could be part of the answer, as this would be a classical response from pastureland transformed to agriculture stimulating the release of the nutrients. Another thing is the microbes in the soil might have been more "in-tuned" with long-lived woody perennials already as opposed to the corn-soy specific microbes. One other thing that pops to mind is the cultural practices prior to planting. You don't say whether the corn-soy was conventional ag or for how long it had been in that rotation. But if conventional ag, using tillage, there could well be a plow plan under those trees. Whereas the bulldozed osage orange and roses, which had not undergone years of tillage (if that is the case), could have much less compaction; in addition, ripping trees and stumps out of the ground has a nice tendency to open up the soil. Just some thoughts.
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