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- December 6, 2015 at 3:00 pm #86700Brad JohnsonParticipant
We are experiencing a mild and wet late fall here in central VT. The ground is wet and conditions are similar to mud season. We really need some cold weather to get the soil frozen. Our landing is really slick and horses are struggling with the footing, though it is not bad in the woods. We are using the team to hot yard and then forwarding with the tractor down to the landing. Let’s hope for some cold…
-BradDecember 8, 2015 at 8:22 am #86719Rick AlgerParticipant
Same here in NH. My wood road and yard is too boggy to even think about trucking.December 8, 2015 at 10:52 am #86720LongViewFarmParticipant
Frozen in the morning, muddy by noon, and that’s just the barn yard. It’s a great place to sprain an ankle in the morning. I imagine high impact areas like your landings are much worse. I hope it gets cold for you soon.December 8, 2015 at 9:03 pm #86725Mark CowdreyParticipant
I dread thinking of plowing a foot of snow off this mush. Tonight looks like it will drop down around here so hoping to yard some firewood here in the early AM. Hope I can remember how to harness my horses….:).
Hang in there brad. BTW, who’s we?
Finally dawned on me to offer gift certificates for sleigh rides. I’ve sold 3. Hopefully that will take the curse off the poor sledding it looks like we will have for Christmas.
Using the warm weather to get to projects I haven’t gotten to. Working on an insulated stock tank that I intend ot put in the fence line of my winter cattle turnout and my upper dooryard. The idea is to have access for the cattle but also be able to walk the horses up to it so I am only heating one tank and (finally) dispensing w buckets. My right shoulder is pretty excited about that prospect. Of course I still have plenty of time since the unheated ones are not frozen solid yet.
Have had a few calls for arches, hope to get to making a batch in the next couple weeks.
Looking forward to cutting a tree with the grandkids this weekend. It will be a first for them and I am looking forward to it.
It may be warm and weird but, thankfully, I can still find blessings to count.
MarkDecember 10, 2015 at 12:10 pm #86729dominiquer60Moderator
It is drier down here in southern New England. The woods would be great to work in, dry enough, swamps are low, weather nice, and Sam has 3 jobs he could be working on. Unfortunately he blew a tire on the International on Oct 1 and it is taking for ever to get the front end fixed between the insurance agency and the repair shop. We have been tackling a bunch of fair weather jobs instead, a bunch of bulldozer work, replacing piggery cupolas, cleaning our barn lots, fixing fence. There is never a lack of things to do, but what a great fall to loose being in the woods. Thankfully there has be a token amount to clean up in our lot, but only a day here or there with the horses.December 10, 2015 at 5:10 pm #86731BaystatetomParticipant
I have a muddy mess in western Mass. too! The woods is okay but even after taking a couple of weeks off from logging I got my trailer stuck on my landing today. I have plenty of forestry work to do while I wait for cold weather but I really just want to ox log! I’ll work on a management plan tomorrow and maybe just start stacking logs up on my main trails down in the woods for later extraction.
Stay safe out there everybody!
~TomDecember 10, 2015 at 5:12 pm #86732Does’ LeapParticipant
Not too wet up here in northern Vermont. I have been working in the woods for the past few weeks and the conditions are great. I am loving this weather and taking advantage of it. Last winter was brutal up here and this is a nice reprieve.
Hope it dries out for you Brad.
GeorgeDecember 11, 2015 at 1:24 pm #86737dlskidmoreParticipant
Dry here in western NY. We’ve had a few rains, but not more than the soil can handle. Grass taking a bit of a beating in high traffic areas with no snow to protect it and not enough sun to grow much.
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