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Weed Warriors

Posted Friday, February 1, 2008, at 8:19 AM

The Grim Weeder
One thing we've discovered is this is the perfect time of year to chop dead weeds around the farm. With the freezing temperatures, our weed whip has been clearing pretty good sized patches of weeds and brush at a time, and we've been burning large quantities of the dead stuff a little at a time in a 55 gallon barrel.

We've decided we're in a long term war against weeds on the farm. We're winning the battle at the moment, but the opposing army's logistics are not organized, and won't be until Spring. With thawing temperatures, I'm afraid the devils will attack in full force, and our only advantage may be the fact that we've beaten back last years "defenders" of this upcoming years crop.

We're also discovering what our farming neighbor meant when he asked if we had a metal detector. As we hack through the weeds, we've come across angle iron, partially buried fencing and wire, and at least a hundred old 3 pound coffee cans with both ends cut out. I have no idea yet as to the purpose of the cans, but I hope someone will give me their ideas.

So for now, the Grim Weeder is winning the battle...sure hope he can win the war of the weeds.

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O.K. you are a weed warior. So what. Why not talk about our failing economy. Are you asleep? What do you think about the MBIA an AMBAC crisis, let alone the issue of the 180 trillion dollar derivative senerio ? Pull your head out kiddo. We are in a crisis and all you can post about is idiotic issues.

-- Posted by oldfarmer on Fri, Feb 1, 2008, at 3:32 PM

To: Old Farmer

From: A real old Farmer

We have dozens of satellite and cable channels, all the broadcast networks, every big city daily a few dozen NEWS and commentary magazines to remind us the world is in sorry shape.

The Gazette has its new City Slicker to remind us life goes on and even an Old Fart like the City Slicker can poke fun at himself.

Get off your cantankerous rear, gas up the weed whacker and go do something useful -- Join the war on weeds, you aen't going to seriously impact anything else.

-- Posted by bigsurmac on Fri, Feb 1, 2008, at 4:32 PM

Well, City Slicker - maybe you've just met your first rude and obnoxious country folk. On behalf of all of us other country people, let me apologize and let you know how much I enjoy your insight on the way of life we all take for granted.

-- Posted by cowgurl1 on Fri, Feb 1, 2008, at 6:09 PM

To: The City Slickers

Ignore the comments made by "Old Farmer". I really enjoy reading the blogs you post and the other folks listed on the McCook Gazzette. I envy you and hope to one-day get a chance to move from the "big city", Denver and out to McCook area. Every chance I get, I come out there. The people and the area is great. The posting from Old Farmer does not change my opinion.

-- Posted by NebraskaLand on Fri, Feb 1, 2008, at 7:13 PM

To all but the "Old Farmer", thanks for your words of encouragement and support. Margie and I couldn't be happier with our decision to move to Nebraska!

To "Old Farmer"...

First, thank you for spending the time to read my blog! I'd appologize to you if I felt I needed to, and I'd pull my head out of the sand if it was there, but neither is the case.

I don't get paid to write for the Gazette and do it for fun and to share an outsiders point of view of moving from the city to the country. Nothing more, nothing less. I'm not the least bit qualified to report on the economy, global warming, or immigration, though I've read hundreds of articles on the topics.

Your statement "We are in a crisis and all you can post about is idiotic issues" is pretty much correct! However, that's my story, and I plan on sticking to it.

-- Posted by Brian Hoag on Sat, Feb 2, 2008, at 9:24 AM

Coffee cans = tender tomato protection! Goats are the best weed eaters around! You may want to consider talking with Chad Taylor of the Nebraska G&P about the benefits of a 'burn' for your weed problems.

-- Posted by Andela Taylor on Fri, Feb 22, 2008, at 4:57 PM

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