Meanwhile back at the ranch…

A crop duster spraying on Pullen Angus Ranch along US Highway 287. (Photo by Rayford Pullen)

By Rayford Pullen

Spring is in the air and so are the weeds.

Before we get into weed control, I wanted to report on the results of the calves born out of our heifers from our herd sire “Lone Star Ten-Fold.” Of the 35 calves born, with the exception of one born on the due date and one born the day after, all the calves were born before the due date, assuming a 283 gestation. Birth weights of calves did not seem to be influenced by coming early but all birth weights with the exception of two were good. Although the largest ones were born unassisted and their dams were average in size when compared to the others. We’re glad to get that behind us and move on to other chores.

Why does spraying and killing weeds result in more grass? The answer is “spraying weeds allows maximum sunlight to contact the desired grass’s leaves.” As mentioned in earlier articles, plants, whether they are desirable or not, do not grow much in the shade, and while you may not have weeds in your home lawn, just look around, and if you have trees, the weakest grass will be under them. Although they have all the water and fertilizer they need, the one missing ingredient is sunlight.

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