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    C-175 puller
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    Lawn Ranger

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    Rockvale, TN
  • Occupation
    Agricultural Extension Agent, The University of TN Extension
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    Garden tractor pulling, classic lawn and garden equipment and tools

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  1. County Agent

    Nicknames for your pulling tractors

    I have a C-175 I call The Lawn Jockey.
  2. County Agent

    Milky spore powder

    As I read the literature,milky spore only has activity against certain harmful species such as Japanese beetles, but no activity against beneficials such as earthworms. I don't think it's advertised to control all undesirable critters such as slugs or wire worms.
  3. County Agent

    Local Gardening

    Horse manure is a good soil amendment. Also, growing what's called a green manure crop such as crimson clover or vetch and wheat can be very beneficial. A green manure crop is plowed into the garden in late winter or early spring and all of the plant residue adds a lot of organic matter plus legumes such as crimson clover and vetch supply slow release nitrogen. Again, good luck in improving your garden soil. You can really improve it over time.
  4. County Agent

    Local Gardening

    Steve, if your goal is to improve the tilth of your garden soil, increase organic matter content and increase natural fertility, you might consider the use of a green manure crop this fall and winter in addition to adding compost. The agricultural agent at your nearest Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension office can suggest good green manure crops that are suitable for your area. Good luck! You can seldom go wrong by adding organic matter be it compost, aged livestock manures, etc. to your garden.
  5. County Agent

    Advice on getting a puller to hook up

    Thanks Jim. I have been running between 5-6 pounds of air pressure.
  6. County Agent

    Advice on getting a puller to hook up

    Thanks for the advice Deere Hunter! Most of my weight is hanging on a belly bar just in front of the rear tires and some under the seat.
  7. County Agent

    Advice on getting a puller to hook up

    Weight limit is 1050 pounds, max hitch height is 13 inches. Thanks for replying!
  8. County Agent

    Advice on getting a puller to hook up

    I have a C-175 puller. It has a fresh Kohler KT-17 ( rebuilt in March), adjustable hitch, wheelie bars, and front weight bar. It currently has 26 X 12 x 12 Cepek Giant Pullers on aluminum wheels in the back. My frustration is, I can't seem to get the tractor to hook up. I always spin out/lose traction on the rear wheels without ever really pulling the motor down at all. Depending on track moisture, I can get from 125 to 195 feet and then spin out. I pull in 1st gear high range. Any suggestions as to how I can improve my distance? Thanks for "listening"!
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    It sure looks like a cicada killer. As you have experienced,they will fly pretty close and invade your personal space, but seldom will sting. About the only time they will sting is when you "make" them, such as one getting in your clothing and you accidentally mash it. But, I agree with you, they sure look ferocious.
  10. County Agent

    Points saver or Points slayer?????

    I use a Point Saver along with the Dual Super coil from Kirk's on my C-175 puller. It's a great combination and allows for easy timing changes if you ever want to advance the timing slightly..
  11. County Agent

    Weeds on Lawn....

    Commando1, are you talking about the use of corn gluten meal as a pre emergent herbicide in the spring? Corn meal isn't the same as corn gluten meal. Corn gluten meal has been shown to have some preventative qualities against the germination of some annual weed seeds if applied prior to seed germination, but research has shown it to be fairly limited as to the number of weeds it will prevent. It has no control qualities against established perennial weeds coming back from an established root mass, bulb, or rhizome. A solution made by soaking corn meal in water for some period of time and then straining the meal out and spraying the liquid on plants is thought by some to have disease control qualities somewhat like a fungicide, but I haven't seen any replicated research to verify it. That's the only thing I've seen corn meal used for pertaining to pests of plants. The weed control with corn meal is new twist ( for me anyway).
  12. County Agent

    Weeds on Lawn....

    Take a sample to your nearest cooperative extension service office for help with identification and control recommendations. If they can't identify it for you, I expect they have access to a weed specialist in their system who can identify it.
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    I realize this is a relatively old post, but I haven't checked the gardening section in awhile, thus I've just now seen your post regarding the crabapple and lilac trees. I see that you're growing trees in ND and I'm certain the growing conditions there are vastly different than they are here in TN, but I've never seen healthy trees exhibit the twisted, distorted foliage growth shown in your images solely from a nutrient deficiency caused by failure to fertilize them one year. As trees use leaves as light receptors to capture the sunlight needed for photosynthesis which produces the energy used by the plant to live, a typical response of trees suffering from any sort of stress caused by an energy deficiency is to generate as much leaf tissue as possible in order to capture the maximum sunlight possible to, in turn, increase the rate of photosynthesis. Typically a tree that grows well the previous year will have stored enough energy in the root system to produce a normal spring flush of leaves the following year. Did the iron and foliar drench you mentioned correct their appearance ? What was the composition of the foliar drench you used,( if you don't mind revealing your recipe)?
  14. County Agent

    Radish ID

    It looks like a radish that has been allowed to grow to maturity and reach the reproductive (bloom) phase of it's life cycle.
  15. County Agent

    Tomato leaf blight

    There are two different tomato leaf blights that are common, early blight and late blight. Both are caused by fungi. Early blight is the one that we see most frequently in middle TN. The classic symptom of early blight is the development of target-like necrotic lesions on the upper surface of foliage. It begins on the lower leaves first and will progress up the plant over time if nothing is done to protect uninfected tissue. The lesions are simply areas or spots of dead (brown) leaf tissue that somewhat resemble a bullseye target with concentric rings ( you have to use a bit of imagination sometimes to see the bullseye resemblance). As the disease continues to develop, the infected leaves will become chlorotic as chlorophyll production is reduced and entire leaves will brown up and shrivel. As the disease is fungal, it tends to develop when weather conditions favor fungal growth, such as fairly high humidity and some free water on the leaves such as from dew or overhead irrigation applied shortly before sundown. A number of fungicides will protect uninfected foliage and halt the spread of the disease or at least slow it the point that plant decline is gradual and a tomato crop can still be made. Fungicides don't really cure the disease (once a leaf shows the fungal lesions, it won't recover and appear healthy again), but they can do a fine job of protecting uninfected tissue. The key to getting the benefit from fungicides is to begin making applications prior to or just at the first sign of symptoms and follow the treatment interval specified on the product label. A fungicide that many gardeners use in my area is chlorothalonil which is a common fungicide used in numerous brands such as Daconil. Contact the Extension office operated by your state land grant university which serves your county for information regarding vegetable disease control that is effective in your location.