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I mentioned in the spring that my big farmer neighbor volunteered to leave an unplanted strip of land between his property and mine.  This reduced the chances of his chemicals reaching my property.  Today I found this 30ft strip following our property boundary.  No, it does not eliminate chemicals reaching my property, but it is an impressive gesture.
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Its a great start, and he may well be aware of the need to do things differently.
May be spend time with him and just chat for a while.
Cigars and beer may help!
 
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Yes, we are good neighbors.   He knew what I was up to without me telling him.  He has a realistic challenge for person who farms, at least, a thousand acres.  He needs to make a profit and compete against other farmers.  He wants to make a minimum negative impact on the environment while accomplishing those goals.  Obviously, if his operation does not stay in business, someone else will buy it, and they will probably be less concerned about the environment.

Yes, I keep as few cases of beer in my basement at all times.  Oh, yea ...you are from Australia .....  make that a few cases of flavored barley water.
 
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Out of curiosity, I assume the shorter plants belong to your neighbor and the taller ones are your plants.

What are your yellow-flowered plants?  What does your neighbor grow?

 
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Looks like soy beans on one side, golden rod on the other. I'm wondering why the empty strip is so completely empty. Was it previously sprayed and hasn't recovered at all?
 
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Yes, the neighbor is growing soy beans this year ....the shorter plants.  God only knows what all I have in the field.
 
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Hi Mark,

Unknown.  My guess is has been hit a couple of times with maybe a rototiller. The soil is chopped up unusually fine. The deer walking through sink in at least a foot. Some kind of grass seems to be planted.  I assume it is some shorter cover grass.  He has an ulterior motive .... but not enough to account for the 30 ft swath by my property.  In general terms, his house is at one end of things and his farming business, equipment, etc is at the other end. By road, maybe 2 miles away. He has several kids . I suspect the unplanted area is a safe route for his kids to take 4 wheelers, golf carts, etc.   But I noticed this safe route seems to become more narrow as it gets past my property.
 
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