#RangelandWednesday: Covering Ground

This week started off similar to last. I finished spraying across HWY 16 on June 8 and moved on to fields #12 and #14 towards the middle of the day on June 9. 

Spraying across the highway was the most difficult patch I have done, and I will have to come back to this area on a later date to see the progress and effectiveness of my application. For this land next to the highway, I mostly used the backpack sprayer—due to the amount of steep terrain. However, I was able to use the ATV sprayer along the irrigation ditches.

Steep areas like this can be difficult to spray.

On June 9, fields #12 and #14 were much easier patches to spray because the fields are flat and very similar to the fields Larry and I sprayed the first week. This task was a great “break” from spraying on foothills and small canyons—which is seriously the most difficult task I have done in a longtime!

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Flat ground is easier to cover.

Towards the middle of the week, spraying was off-and-on due to high winds and our moving further into the pastures east of the highway. The pastures extend for a couple of miles and the chemical being used cannot be out in the sun for more than an hour, or it will lose its effectiveness.

While the wind was picking up, Larry showed me how to do fly rubs and more surrounding how he operates his cattle ranch. On Friday, I ended the day by spraying the tree line near the front end of the south pasture, and I intend to finish this stretch on Monday, June 15.

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