Sourwood tree farm harvest adventures

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    Not to be confusing with Flamestead thread, I will give mine a slightly different title, so both can be enjoyed.

    yesterday, brother and I spent several hours in the woods with our consultant. We surveyed and marked about 5 acres. Picking out leaners, culls, and all types of maples. We also took note of all the young beech and poplar that needs killed.

    double trees are all going out too. Some like to leave one, but they can be unstable, potentially harming good veneer, and going to waste

    we have several living ash, of marketable size. We are culling all of the smaller ones too. 404E2EC4-D4D3-4525-A42F-98708228268C.jpeg 50D59297-9E45-44D4-B94F-EDC3A2ADA5FB.jpeg
     
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    This is our champion Sourwood tree- the largest known in Indiana. This section is known as the “Sourwood Glen” in the natural resources records as a special place. It has been marked as off limits to human activity to ensure men or equipment don’t come through.

    It is under some attack, but we are monitoring it, and looking for its replacement should it succumb to nature.



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    Uh oh, I don't like the looks of the pecker holes in that tree. What bugs got in there?
     
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    2CD94121-75D9-46A2-BAB3-D6D8578F102D.jpeg Boots was with us. He never let a hole under a ledge, or a tree cavity pass without a proper inspection. He is part beagle, so his yowl inside this tree was a treat.

    Boots is the partner of our consultant. Good company

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    Ha, dog's having more fun than you lol. Gotta watch trees like that around here, I've found sick coon in more than one hole like that. Usually distemper. Not good for the mutt if they're not paying attention.
     
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    not sure, but there is no word of a particular beetle or borer going after them
     
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    No photo now, but we are also clear cutting a pine tree stand that my grandfather planted in the mid fifties. that was a big thing to reforest old corn fields from the animal drawn plow days. Trouble getting them harvested, as many buyers have no interest in pine here.

    A lot of pine was planted because hardwood seedlings were just not available. Many areas are now being clear cut with the natural regeneration taking place.
     
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    Brother dragged this out of the woods. There were hillside coal mining places on the property back who knows when. Coal is on the surface in some spots now.

    Anyone able to date the era this wagon may have been?


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    I'm no expert, but judging by the hardware & metal work I'd say early 1900's. Axle shaft & bolt heads are reminiscent of what was used on early cars, think model A or T era.
     
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    Dad’s tree girdling for TSI many moons ago on white oak

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    Inventory is out for bids. Now fingers are crossed for a strong market

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    Not much to update, other than a text saying there is strong interest in bidding.
     
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    Interesting process. Hope you get a fair price. Will you be creating firewood out of the leftovers? Lots of it!:cool:
     
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    Does it produce seeds? You could propagate some and plant several replacements.
     
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    moresnow We probably will not. We don’t burn much wood there. The fireplace doesn’t draft right. We may let a hoarder come on and get at it though.

    SimonHS I am not sure, but there is a glen of them in this area. None of them are very big though.
     
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    We accepted our bid. The company that will be logging the adjacent land gave a few thousand more than the rest, given machinery will be right there.

    We plan to make some capital purchases before the year is out, to offset the taxman
     
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    Ooooh! New equipment???
     
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    maybe a tractor, but main objective is to replace our worn down shop. Roof sinking, and just tired.

    we plan to use the existing slab and erect a pole building, and add a guest room above, that will overlook the lake. My brothers and I use to sleep there back in the mid 1960’s when it and wee were much younger.
    Adding a nice dock to walk out deep to fish and dive from is in order too.
     
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    Sounds like an excellent use of the funds. Put back into the land per say.:yes:
     
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    Received down payment on the timber. Scramble to make some capital purchases.

    No dealership in my part of the State has inventory, or any prediction on when future deliveries will be made.

    Next country over posted this on their FB page. Called them and I guess they cannot tell who is legit, and who is a bull squirter . Agreed to put it down as sold and will pick it up Monday.

    2015 with 175 hours. My ‘15 Mule 4010 has 450 hours on it, so I have a good reference for the minimal use this one has had. The 4010 is a bit wider and a problem squeezing between some of the trees. This will be handy for TSI. work.

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