The very wet spring inhibited
some of the grain planting. A few small fields of corn were planted along
quite a bit of beans, but several fields were left fallow as they were
simply too wet to prepare.
But the waterfowl made the best
of it in the established marshes and the many vernal ponds. We have seen
hundreds of ducklings - mallards, woodies, teal, shoveler
and pintail - throughout the farm. In addition, several pairs of Canada geese nested
In the early summer we performed broadleaf control in the grass
strips within the treeline plantings and CRP.
DAYBREAK has nearly 14 miles of habitat treelines
planted with trees and shrubs such as Russian olive, dogwood, plum, wild
rose, cedar and willow.
We also worked with the state ag
department and DNR on biological control of leafy spurge. With nets we
gathered the natural enemy of this plant, the flea beetle, and released
the catch in various stands of spurge around the farm.