The PLAN to combat Canada Thistles is to cut and bale them as hay for the grass fed beef. Once baled, the land will be worked (two-way disc) and calcium* will be sprayed on the land. Calcium softens the soil and changes the chemistry with the idea to make an environment where thistles simply do not want to grow. Mechanical methods might rid the area of thistles for a short period of time, but it doesn't change anything in the soil.
Stay tuned to see how this works!
* GSR Dormant Calcium supplied by Back To Your Roots Soil Solutions Inc, Shellbrook, Saskatchewan
Rusk Ranch is located near the middle of Canada in the Swan River Valley agricultural belt. The acreage is surrounded by conventional chemical farms. It is hoped that this adventure will de-risk other farms towards environmentally sound farming practices that produce healthy nutrient dense corps!