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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2007 7:59 am 
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Currently my land is leased to an individual for cattle; he had been leasing it prior to me purchasing it , so I continued the lease until I'm ready to take over. This year (more than last year) the pasture is full of woolly croton (goatweed) waist high. The land has never been farmed organically, so from an organic perpective, what benefit does this weed offer the land, or is it just a sign of poor soil? Next, should it be controlled or just let it grow in hopes that it will be minimized with an organic program? It may be 2-3 years before I'll be ready to take over with an organic program. Although, I can do some organic test plots.

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Tom


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2007 10:37 pm 
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I don't know of any use for goat weed except if you
cut it it will build up the humus. I would suggest you
talk to your renter and ask him to cut it before it
seeds - at least 2 or 3 times in late summer and
fall. This would be to prevent seeds for next years
crop.
I have had very good luck getting rid of this very
nasty weed - it stinks and makes you want to
sneeze by using humates (dry and liquid), molasses,
and ocean water with it's 92 trace minerals.
Healthy grass will croud out all weeds and preventing
seed formation should do the trick.
Robert D Bard


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Thanks for the reply. I may do some test plots in hopes that I could convert him to organics. His cattle look bad and the pasture looks worse. He left a message last night saying he would shred the pasture soon. I think he does it once a year. The down side is getting organic materials locally is difficult, but there are a few thing the local feed stores offer that can be adapted to an organic program. Getting him to start composting may be a challenge.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 2:00 am 
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What area do you live?
Molasses is always a good choice if nothing else
available as it has trace minerals. You can find organic
certified molasses if you track it down.
Liquid humate is another good choice and inexpensive
and there is a source in Fort Worth.
Don't worry about being organic certified at this point
becasue your land is dead and any thing can be an
improvement. If you can get tree trimings from the
electric utility, take them. They take time to rot but
they are usually free. I got a free load today. Any
place I have a bare spot I put tree trimings and in a
few monts grass starts to grow where there was
none before. Fall is going to produce leaves from
peoples lawns. This stuff should never be in land fills -
stop and ask if you can have them and dump them
on your land. All kinds of things are available. In
spring lawn clippings are available - dumb for the
property owner to get rid of but a great thing for you.
Robert D Bard


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Sorry for the delayed response--I tried to post Friday and it keep kicking me back to the login page. It seems to be working now.

I live in Omaha Texas. 40 miles away, Sulfur Springs has a few organic suppliers.

I picked up leaves, grass clippings, and a few road kills, and also got a 14' trailer load of hourse manure last year for my compost pile. It got very hot. But I had to undergo back surgery recently, so now I'm not able to do any of that. It's driving me crazy not being out there working my compost pile.

Tom


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