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Online glenn57

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That wild parsnips kinda looks like dill???
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The flower and head does, yes, but the plant looks like a parsnip.

https://www.mda.state.mn.us/plants/pestmanagement/weedcontrol/noxiouslist/wildparsnip

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Was going to look it up to verify and that is what it is.  Thanks for posting Dotch.  These are only a foot tall and I think there are 6 of them. 

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And the insidious thing about the toxin, once it gets into your skin, it can reactivate years later with exposure to sunlight.

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there seemsto be areas up north with lotz of it. i know we have some in the ditch where we turn in to the cabin road!!!!!!!!!1
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Lately I'm learnin' that so many yearnings are never to be

The scurs rain dancing practice paid off and with the Weather Eye predicting rainfall, it was a slam dunk. Are we due for more precip or are we back to waiting our turn again? Starting Wednesday, sunny with highs in the low 80s with lows in the upper 50s. Thursday, mostly sunny with a slight chance of an evening shower or thunderstorm. Highs in the mid-70s with lows in the upper 50s. Partly sunny on Friday with a modest chance of rain. Highs in the mid-70s with lows in the low 60s. Saturday, partly sunny with highs in the low 80s and lows in the low 60s. Partly sunny on Sunday with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 70s with lows in the low 60s. Monday, mostly sunny with a modest chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 70s with lows in the low 60s. Mostly sunny Tuesday with highs in the upper 70s with lows in the upper 50s. The Full Moon for the month is on the 11th. On the a5th, we dip below 14 hours of daylight for the first time since April 26th. The normal high for August 15th is 79 and the normal low is 59. The scurs are on hiatus from dancing and will spend evenings on their blankie, watching the Perseid Meteor showers from August 9th 13th.
 
August 11th ushers in the Full Moon for the month and is generally known as the Full Sturgeon Moon. This was the month the fishing tribes were able to catch these large fish in the Great Lakes as well as other large bodies of water. This would exclude the Le Sueur River and Boot Creek. It is also sometimes called the Red Moon for the hazy conditions causing to the moon to be red when it rises. Other names include the Green Corn Moon or the Grain Moon. The Ojibwe called it the Full Berry Moon as blueberries and huckleberries were ripe during this month. The Sioux knew it as the Moon when Cherries turn Black or the Moon when Geese shed their Feathers. At the ranch, it's known as the Full String Bean Moon as the greed pods occupy much of the refrigerator and counter space.
 
This past week marked a major tipping point in our growing season as we received some of the most timely yet gentle rain of the growing season. After the rain back in July that was truly amazing, we were suddenly back in the market for more. Indeed, when the forecast was calling for rain over the weekend I was in the believe it when I see it camp. Too many times weve seen significant precipitation forecast several days in advance only to have our hopes dashed by a much-diminished amount the closer we get to it occurring. Not this time. 1 2+ was what was forecast by the NWS, they stuck with it and thats about what most got. Is it enough to finish the crop? Possibly, with some timely, slight additional precip and of course depending on what the temperatures do. That has been one of the unique things about this growing season. Sure, its been warm, but the warm stretches have been of relatively short duration, allowing us to make the most of what has sometimes been touch and go precipitation-wise.
 
As mentioned above, the string beans at the ranch have gone crazy. Every 3 4 days, one can count on a gallon bag of string beans per row and there are four rows. After the July rains they built a tremendous factory with which to produce pods. Theyre planted in 30 rows and the rows have been closed for quite some time. It used to be that sweet corn provided a benchmark for field corn yields. Im not so sure these beans wont have some correlation to soybean yields as well. Both crops look tremendous. Tomatoes are coming and the first BLT of the season was consumed at the ranch this past week. It was delicious and tasted like another one. Anthracnose has slowed the cucumbers somewhat, but they seem to have shrugged it off somewhat, surprising me with another dozen large specimens Monday night.
 
Weed control was looking good in the garden up until this last rain. Suddenly the tiny pigweed and purslane sprang to life, creating an annoyance that will need to be dealt with harshly. The sheep will likely come into play. Some of the weeds can be hoed or pulled and tossed over the fence. Its become routine when the ewes see me in the garden, they come over to investigate as there are likely to be weeds and/or vegetables heading their way. It is almost gross to watch them eat the juicy purslane. This weed seems to be on the increase not only in gardens but is becoming more common in farm fields. It apparently figured out the Round Up Ready system, being capable of germinating later in the season like waterhemp. It does well especially on headlands and in open areas of the soybean canopy. It also has very tiny seeds, capable of germinating from shallow soil depths with scant precipitation. Unlike waterhemp, its not terribly competitive unless it becomes very thick. While I prided myself on my moisture conserving efforts by using only light hoeing in the garden, the purslane found a way around it. The garden was nearly weed free two weeks ago. Now it needs to dry up some so I can get after it again.
 
Another Freeborn Co. Fair is in the books. With Mrs. Cheviot gone to help man Floral Hall there, I was left to my own devices. My devices included things like hoes, sprayers, rakes, buckets and bags. In between and after my toils, there was always the issue of what to eat. Fortunately there is the Auntie Mar Mar factor. As luck would have it, there was a lot of overflow from her baking entries at the fair so they were there on the counter for the eating. Funny how when you know its there, you tend to pick away at it more frequently. As of this writing there were only a few things rattling around in the bottom of the foil pan. Before I know it, itll be gone. Maybe Mar Mar can be convinced to enter baked goods for the Steele Co. Fair. Guessing not.

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Purslane.  Looked it up.  That is what I have a lot of in the garden this year.  I pull it up when watering. 

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Ya there were some a while back advocating eating purslane, touting its nutritional value & taste so I tried some one time. The sheep can keep eating it. Pretty sure it would make glenn's list... :puke:
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I read where it's poisonous and where it's edible!!    say what?????????????   no thanks!!!! 
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