M Smythe

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Joe Hallmark wrote:Figured it was time for an update. We have experienced rain like I haven’t seen in my area. 90% of topsoil is washed away along with seed (2x). With the last flooding rain I even lost a lot of the subsoil and it is straight rock.

Even in the areas with less slope not a lot of the new grass is coming up very much with is very discouraging considering I doubled or tripled the recommended seed rate hoping to get a thick stand quickly.

On to the thistles. I pulled them up with about 15hrs worth of work. In the non pasture areas I cut them down to remove seed heads and left the root to hopefully help the soil.

I have not been able to get soil samples as of yet but it’s on the agenda when I return from work.

I’m at a loss of what to do in the areas where the subsoil is gone as there’s no dirt to even try to rehab. I make compost but nowhere near the amount to make a dent in a field.

Any suggestions or encouragement most definitely welcome.



Use dexters or similar on thistle. My dexters grubbed them out of my hay fields last year. It's much easier on your back and time.
2 months ago
Unfortunately, this is going to get ugly pretty fast. Many vegetables and most grains require high fertilizer inputs for high production, and there are few ways to quickly remedy the situation.
2 months ago
Since you're in the Williamette, you're blessed with a lot of options. Take a look at ryegrasses, clover, and leave the weeds like dandelions in. They add extra minerals for your animals.
9 months ago