Hate to break your heart, but I’m not going to sing you Ke$ha’s song. But…
Spring time in Kansas brings one of my favorite things to do on the farm- burning pasture! There’s something about having a controlled fire burning up all the dead grass and watching it spread all over the pasture that is really intriguing to me.
The burning practice catches a lot of flack. But the good out weighs the bad.
- Kills unwanted/dead vegetation.
- Gives new, more nutritious grass a chance to grow.
- Cattle grazing have a healthier diet.
- Not putting chemicals into the ground to achieve same results.
This video will give you a chance to see what it looks like while the grass is burning.
As mentioned in the video, several factors must come into play. A few of these include:
- The wind can’t be too strong, or from the wrong direction.
- You must have enough dead grass to make it worth while. Green grass is too full of moisture and won’t burn.
- You need to have a water supply close by in case the fire starts to go the wrong direction.
- It never hurts to have too many people, rather than not enough, when dealing with fire.
Here is Flinton and Paul, our fire burning crew for the weekend. You can see that they are sitting on rakes. They are used to move the fire along the grass. On the back of Paul’s 4-wheeler is a water tank. Always good, just in case.
I just helped with the very end of burning this weekend because my sister’s prom was Saturday! So I went with my mom and cousin and watched her in the Grand March.
No, I’m not short. She’s just ridiculously tall.
Her and her friends were sure looking Hot and reeeal Dangerous that night! (They think they are really intimidating, and we don’t burst their bubble.)