|They knock over and destroy ten times as much as they eat. There are a bunch of corn stalks stomped down flat all through the patch.|
|A few ears are starting to dry down. I picked a couple to dry for seed just-in-case.|
Read as much, or as little, into the relationship between soda pop and future appetite as you want.
Purple pole beans
|As always, you can click to embiggen.|
|Two of the eight approach grafts I made on July 28 are showing signs of life. Apple leaves are in upper left corner and are frosty green in color.|
Apple squisher to extract seeds
This is pretty high tech so you might want to take notes.
|Left over scrap lumber from building Kubota's loft. Bottom piece (reddish) is a 36 inch long piece of Douglas fir 2-by-6. Top piece is a 2-by-4.|
|An old hinge.|
|An old screen door handle.|
|And a screw run into the base to prevent over-travel of the top piece. The goal is to crush the fruit, not smash the seeds.|
When our sweet corn was being ravaged, I asked my (now 97 1/2 year old) farmer neighbor what I ought to do. He suggested putting out "fly bait" on an old metal pan.ReplyDelete
It turned out that the varmints were skunks. Don't let your pets get out there, though.
Nearly every feed store and elevator has an old guy or three who will give you that shifty-eyed look and beckon you in close. And they will tell you pretty much the same thing.Delete
As you alluded to, the heartburn with poisons is that they are not very selective. Another issue is the impact they have on carrion eaters and on opportunistic predators. Most folks won't miss a few coyotes
However, knocking off raptors is not only counter productive (talking about poisoning rodents) but the Federal folks take a pretty dim view of the act as well.
Like most things in life, it is a balancing act. Yes, it is a crime to go "off label" with poison. It is also against the law to drive one mile per hour over the speed limit.
Be an adult. Be responsible. Research. Pay attention. Do what you have to do but be as smart and as small-footprint as you can.