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August 21, 2017

Don’t Soil the Soil

The soil tells a story, and if you read it carefully, your signature on the land becomes clear.

July 28, 2017

Grass Talk

Right now the Chico is in the prime of growing season. We had plentiful moisture in the spring and we are just now entering the wet season. This week a storm came through dumping 3 inches across the Holmes and Wolf pastures. Combined with warm temperatures in the nineties, the grass is going crazy.

This weather is bread and butter for short-grass prairie like the Chico. The dominant species for the Chico is blue grama grass. It’s a

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April 13, 2017

Chasing the Green

This spring feels like it’s pregnant. As if it is about to burst out unchecked as a living being.

June 20, 2016

Grass

While out checking fence with Thor and Tate, I noticed this grass that looked different than the others. It’s known as Squirrel tail, a cousin to Fox tail. Squirrel tail grows in the drier upland pastures whereas Fox tail grows in the wetter areas around creeks and ponds. Fox tail has a more bushy seed head unlike Squirrel tail which has longer, more flowing seed tails. Squirrel tail is a great indicator species to help assess rangeland health. Duke and I have been talking

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September 26, 2015

Late Summer Blooms

A series of images showing the change in season from summer to fall.

January 31, 2014

The Deepest Stirrings of Spring

February is almost here, a mixed bag for us. In it hides the “deepest stirrings of spring” as Emma, our intern from Great Britain (who is sadly leaving tomorrow) put it so well. Normally it is full of bright clear skys, cold mornings and warmish days. You begin feeling a difference: the animals behaving a little different, bits of fur hanging on bushes, the tiniest bits of green.

I should say perhaps not a difference, but a hint of it. With this change, always comes the building

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January 24, 2014

A Taste of Real Winter

Compared to our brethren over at the Medano-Zapata we live in banana land over here at the Chico. It is part of what makes this such excellent cattle country. By stewarding our grass resources we can graze year round. This is often true at the Zapata, but not as reliably as here. The only hay involved in the operation is a little in reserve for blizzard insurance, a few bales to feed to calves during weaning, some for feeding horses that need to be

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August 30, 2011

Land Monitoring Workshop

Last week Charley Orchard from Land EKG came out to our sister ranch, Chico Basin, to teach a workshop on monitoring land health.

Charley’s system is recognized by most major agencies like the BLM and Forest Service as an acceptable, accurate and reputable method for measuring land health. Land EKG is comparable to a regular EKG, the machine they hook you up to in a hospital to monitor your heart and make sure you don’t flat-line (i.e. die), and is a system that

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