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    Got my EMR licence renewed today. All I had to do was call the State, tell them some information and then my licence was linked to my personal login. 30 bucks via credit card and I am good for 2 more years. Kinds sucks that I had to renew it actually, but by the time I finish this EMT class I would have been unlicensed for a month and a half. Did not want to sit out any ambulance runs.....so thirty bucks for a month an a half it was. It will probably take over a month once I submit my EMT licence to get going.
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    Yeah, it was a bitch when color tv came out.:P But you are right. Some folks have never known a UK that was not in the EU. Has to be a bit worrisome. Hope everything turns out well for our friends across the pond.
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    Holy moly. I can make the Vulcan hand sign with my left hand......thats about as good as it gets for me!
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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-39431428 Holy moly! I am not sure why you guys are worried for us with Trump.......... I would be scared as hell!
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    I planted phacelia on 500 acres Stig. What I think they are finding is that a whole load of nitrogen just sitting around is vulnerable to disappearing. Dave, I guess they are working on better tests for producers like me. We use a lot of alfalfa Steve. Mostly in long term, diverse rotations.
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    Maybe the answer is to plant more diverse mixes. The yellow clover, or your father's vetch is planted as a mono culture, and high nitrogen, low carbon. It is only supplying one kind of bug what it wants. Plants like flax and wheat are high carbon, low nitrogen, just the opposite. But in a mono culture it is only really working for one side of the house. I do know that oats are an excellent nitrogen scavenger, and an excellent nitrogen storing plant. Plus they are a good soil builder. Maybe the wild oats were really thick in his orchard because of an excess of nitrogen in the soil. They went to work naturally because the soil biology was out of whack. Maybe if there had been some high carbon grasses planted along with the vetch the oats might not have become a problem? Or maybe walnut trees need lots of nitrogen and wild oats are just evil....which they are. Just spit balling here!
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    Do walnut trees like nitrogen? I dont know anything about trees, I only have the one. What kind of management do they need? Vetch is a prolific supplier of nitrogen, as I understand it. I guess a very thick crop of vetch left growing in the ground for a long time can actually fix enough nitrogen to damage other seedlings. Can you utilize animals to graze the vetch around a walnut tree, or is that impractical? I guess the down side to the yellow clover is that the bacteria that are working on the plant material are fed too much, too quickly. Everything gets out of whack. The carbon/nitrogen ratio of legumes is very low....very easily broken down....perhaps too easily. Again, I dont know for sure I have read you last sentence several times, but I cant figure it out.....why it would only be temporary. Have to think on that some more. Part of what I dont understand is that conventional soil tests find soils that are high in organic matter to be often deficient in nitrogen. Those same soils can raise crops with adequate protein though. There must be something else going on here. Like soils high in "N" are often low in organic matter, and soils high in organic matter are often low on "N". Maybe the added synthetic fertilizer,, or maybe even fixed natural "N" is actually a detriment to the soils because it throws the biological balance out of whack? Carbon/Nitrogen ratios? Some bugs eat carbon, some eat nitrogen.... Too many questions in my head!
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    Are those towing tabs welded in one pass? Welded on the surface or are they set back into slots?
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    I have another cover crop, regenerative ag meeting tomorrow. I seem to be a required element for anyone's meetings anymore. Some salesmen coming tomorrow. I shall be on high alert for bullshittery! I know this stuff gets boring as hell, but I learned another tid bit yesterday. A common practice in organic farming, and one that I have mentioned before, mentioned that I was skeptical about but did not know why, is to plant yellow clover seed with your wheat seed in the spring. Yellow clover seed does not germinate that first year, it is an every other year deal. Not quite sure why that is, but we do see it out on the prairie. One year or another will be a "clover" year. Damn stuff is everywhere....every other year. Anyway, the idea is to plant a nitrogen fixing crop. It is supposed to provide nitrogen for the crop planted the year after the clover is terminated....plowed down with a heavy disc. Also, it is supposed to increase organic matter in the soil. Makes sense right? Take a crap load of plant flesh and bury it. The problems I have with the practice is that after June 15 the crop is to be terminated. That means that the "cover crop" is no longer covering anything. You just have to summer fallow it the rest of the year. With that you have all the regular problems of moisture loss, high soil temps, decreased soil biology, and erosion....both wind and water. I was visiting with my uncle a while ago and he mentioned that they have not been seeing a protein boost in their organic wheat. He has been organic for 30 years or so and has been doing this yellow clover planting for many years. Nitrogen in the soils, which is fixed by legumes or added with fertilizer, is what really makes protein in your wheat. Low protein wheat is severely discounted. So I asked my NRCS man about it. He explained to me that planting yellow clover or peas with the idea of plowing it down early is actually decreasing the plant available nitrogen in the soil. WAT? I says! Apparently when you plow a crop like that down it causes most of the plant matter to be converted to nitrogen in 20 days. That huge boost in plant matter causes the underground biology to go into over drive converting the biomass into plant available nitrogen. Once that occours other plants and bacteria go into over drive consuming that nitrogen. When they have all of that used up, they turn to other sources of nitrogen in the soil for food. The end result is that you end up with less nitrogen that when you started. The only way to store that nitrogen boost for another cash crop planted in the fall or next spring would be to plant a nitrogen scavenging plant to capture and hold that nitrogen. Something that very few producers do. Another problem with having a crap load of plant available nitrogen just sitting in the soil is that it is also available for leaching and volitization. If no plants are there to hold the nitrogen, it just washes or evaporates away. The solution is a catch crop, like radishes or turnips, or you could leave that crop of clover standing so that it breaks down more slowly. A better idea is to plant a full season, diverse cover crop and leave the damn thing alone.
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    Happy birthday!
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    Not really. It been in the 50's lately. Still plenty of time for a spring storm or two. Saw a meadowlark and a bull snake today and three kildeer yesterday. Spring has sprung I guess.
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    Was out in the coulee today and spied a cute little wafer thin baby bull snake. Just trucking out, no idea where he was going, but no sense in being late.
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    Sounds like a reasonable reaction to some dickwad with a camera. Anything they teach you in that class will be incorrect.
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    You made the news reel?
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    We never let a mangy animal get away, if at all possible. Terrible way to die, mange. If your winter was mild, sometimes they can survive till the next winter.
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    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwis0NzW6PfSAhUoxlQKHT5ABZkQqOcBCB0wAQ&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cbsnews.com%2Fnews%2Fterrorism-in-garland-texas-what-the-fbi-knew-before-the-2015-attack%2F&usg=AFQjCNFwvUN57_C0IptYYDACwvOEw0HKCg&sig2=yP3-IRi7IaF1M6am27h5gg&bvm=bv.150729734,d.cGw Does Lucy have some 'splainin to do?
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    If he made it this long Cory, he will probably make it a while longer.
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    Got a round into a coyote last night about 11. Hit him hard, but maybe a little far back. Found the blood trail this morning and followed it for quite a ways. Knew we were going in the right direction by the drop pattern and what side the grass the blood was on as well as the direction of the grass lay. I have no doubt he expired quickly, just can't find him yet.
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    Heck of a catch Ray!
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    That guy is great. Keep your dick in a vice!
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    Haha! I am not unreasonable all the time you know! I never fly off the handle in real life. Well, not very often. In other news, some kids got high as hell and went mudding in one of my fields. Got stuck and their boss had to pull them out. I have been thinking on that one a while too. Was going to fly off the handle once I heard they were rude and unapologetic to the guy who pulled them out. Laughing at him when he told them to shut the gate behind them. Kids do stoopid shit, I know first hand. We will see how this turns out.
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    That was a tough one. I had to chalk that one up to culture and inexperience. She is an Indian gal....I guess it is quite common for indian kids to address teachers as mom. She was also very excited about this being her first class she has taught. I was pretty diplomatic, expressing to her that I did not like the fact that she was encouraging them to call her as such. After she explained it to me, I believe that she was not encouraging them, it just sorta slips out from kids once in a while. She does have kind of a mommy complex, but after thinking about it some, I dont think that is very uncommon for Natives who spend a lot of time with other peoples children. It is very common for Indian women to raise other people's children....especially the old grandmothers. Its a weird scene, but I guess its okay for now. I explained to my daughter that she was to address her teachers as Mrs or Mr....no exceptions.
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    Jeezlus, this isn't even news is it? Back on topic. They posted a Expulsion Hearing for the school in the local paper. No name given, but the meeting is advertised and open to the public. I should ask the kids if they have a meeting they need to get to this week........
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