Monthly Archives: December 2017

Turkey vultures are an important part of our ecosystem

Most people consider them nasty birds. Some call them disgusting buzzards. I love them and think they are one of the most remarkable birds in our world. They’re large docile birds that clean up roadkill and other carrion littering our … Continue reading

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Spanish moss is a natural fixture in southeastern landscapes

Now that leaves have fallen, Spanish moss has become more noticeable. Long strands of gray hang from trees like tinsel near our abundant swamplands. Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides) isn’t a moss at all. It’s not even from Spain. It’s a … Continue reading

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Modern farmers must possess many skills

Occasionally I hear someone refer to an individual as a dumb farmer. It really irks me. Farmers of today must be on the cutting edge of technology, proficient in math and experienced in marketing. In our area we have farmers … Continue reading

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The fur industry is likely one that will never recover

When I was in high school back in the mid-70s trapping and selling furs was a profitable business. I dabbled in it when I was in high school and college, and I made a little spending money. I also set … Continue reading

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Wait a little longer before pruning most plants

We’ve had a few frosts in eastern North Carolina and fall is definitely here, but pruning some plants now could be harmful to them. We haven’t had a hard freeze yet and many plants could yet have a growth spurt. … Continue reading

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