Homestead Update

2 Aug

It’s been a rough week at work, the insects are needing to be sprayed everywhere and the farmers are not happy, especially since the prices of all the crops have taken a severe tumble downward the past few weeks.

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Most of the cotton fields are starting to have a few bolls so I can see the end is in sight for this season.

 

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I saw this tractor in one of the fields I check, and it reminded me to put my 15 gallon tank on my ATV and spray Roundup around the fences on the homestead to keep the Poison Ivy killed back. You will notice the bar on the front of the tractor has three old automobile seats mounted on it as well as umbrellas for shade. Three men (or women) sit in the seats as the tractor drives through the field and the each hold a spray wand in their hands to spot spray pigweeds as the tractor moves slowly through the field. I have to believe this is a violation of so many OSHA regulations I don’t even want to think about it. Five years ago, you never saw these rigs anywhere because Roundup killed everything in sight. But now we have the scourge of Palmer Amaranth (pigweed) which Roundup won’t kill, thus the resurgence of spot sprayers and chopping crews.

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I found a couple of pieces of Indian artifacts and a marble in the same spot. It is not unusual to find Indian artifacts and modern artifacts in the same spot because people lived in these same sites for the same reason. The Indians were here long ago, and as they looked for places to live, they had a list of needs to fulfill to find a good site. First, they preferred to be by a running body of water such as a river or creek. The creeks provided them with water for drinking, cooking, and washing. It also held aquatic creatures for food such as fish, frogs, turtles, etc. These creeks also attracted game such as deer, rabbits, squirrels, birds, etc. which was a necessary source of food. As an added feature, if they could find an open and elevated area, preferably with a sandy soil, it was even more desirable.  Being elevated kept water from standing after a rain, and the open area helped provide a breeze to cool them off and keep the bugs away. Remember, they had no electricity for fans or AC and no insect repellant. When the white settlers came along and the Indians were killed off or forced out, the settlers recognized these places as a desirable spot to build a homestead for the same reasons the Indians lived in those sites. You could have someone living on the same location for 200 years or more, thus the mixture of relics from two different cultures. That ends your history lesson for today, keep prepping everyone!

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