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Bill
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Wind

A few wks. ago we had a big wind storm knocked down a doz. or more trees this was the biggest of the bunch 30" where I cut it at the butt. 14" - 60' from the butt  . Going to be a heavy one on the mill.

 

Slinky Pickle
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I've got a few up here too.  None that size though.  Can't wait to see what it turns into.

r.garrison1
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That is one advantage of being in a snow zone with high winter winds. My summer (when I had time to mill) was one standing dead, and the rest were blow-downs. 

Slinky Pickle
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Bill, how much shake do you get in trees like that?  I've cut up a few blown down firs and they typically end up making great firewood but crappy lumber.  I cut one the other day that literally fell apart on the mill and when I picked up the remainder, the pitch ran out so bad that I thought I had blown a hydraulic hose on by backhoe.

Bill
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Some blow down is like that and I think it is because it's suffering from root rot. This tree will be solid most the trees that blew down this time was because they didn't have deep roots due to bed rock so not much holding power.

r.garrison1
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I have a lot of white fir that seems to die about 20' feet up, and snap there. The wood seems to cut OK, for white fir.

I must have cut three of those this year. I see some other ones that look dead at top. Some I leave as snags for habitat, but it is interesting that one species seems to be all the 20' snags on my place.

 

Bill
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Real heavy wet snow this morning now there's more trees down and plenty of tops broken off a couple trees are leaning right over my house surprise at least they won't fall far if they snap off. Clean-up is never ending this year. 

      I'm not sure about Balsum Rohland but when the fir here dies from the top down it's caused by drought.

wayne busse
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 That's a nice straight tree, looks like it fell in the perfect spot and missed all those other trees.

r.garrison1
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It may be drought. The soil has great drainage, but some of them are close to a spring, so I wonder if it is something else. Wind, maybe? The snow tends toward about 4 to 5 feet, so it is not snow elevation.

Bill
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Just got cleaned up from the wind and we had a very heavy snow storm Thur. now I have over 100 more trees down lots of 20 to 30' tops broke off so in the spring will be a big clean-up operation. 1 landed on my work shop and 2 on the house but appears to be no damage if so it's limited. Sure looks like a war zone all over the property crying.

 For us this is very early snow as a rule shows up in Dec. anything this time of year is no more than an 1 or so and melts the next day. 18" of heavy snow can cause a lot of damage surprisebut the bright side is I'm not about to run out of something to do smiley. Still sure a lot better of that many places with all the turmol going on with storms & floods.

wayne busse
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Here in the mid-west, early wet snow can do a lot damage if the trees still have their leaves. Sorry to hear about all the damage and cleanup work ahead. We are always subject to the raw power of mother nature, and can only cringe and hope to weather the storm. We have been wet and stormy here and farmers can't get their crops out of the field. I'm still getting a few small tree removal jobs, but now the ground is too soft to get the big tractor on turf. Hopefully we'll have a cold winter and frozen ground.

LATHAM FARMS
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carefull what you wish for wayne, i have a feeling we are going to get hammered this year, been to many years with little cold and snow..... im praying for more warm dry weather the corn is still standing at 22% moisture. 

countryboymike
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I am about an hour north of you.  Heavy rain sun late afternoon.  1 1/2 inch here and other farms south had 2 inches.  Friend on U.S. 30 has flat corn from winds.  My corn went to Mansfield today at 22.7%.  Other combine is in the field loaded with soybeans.  To wet to combine now. I will be sending u my excess water.  My water is northern most of the watershed that goes from the Jeromfork of Lake fork of the Mohican river.  Flows to u and then to Muskingum and then to the Ohio.  

 

wayne busse
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 You got off easy, we had 4&1/2" of rain . I won't be able to get a tractor off the driveway until the ground freezes. I'm at the highest point in the county so no flood damage. There are a lot of beans and corn under water down in the bottoms and lots of flooded basements.

countryboymike
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Saw the storm damage from last weekend.  Tornado did touch down and cut a path along north side of U.S.30  and twisted trees.  Missed houses, except for a roof.  It flattened friends corn field and could not pick up with either corn or small grain head on combine.  Insurance adj was out assessing damage.  He will have to mow and bale it and probably turn beef cows in to eat the corn on the ground.  

Like to get into my woods.  Will have to wait till harvest is complete.  

Post Oakie
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Worst here (southwest MO) was the ice storm of '08.  Still lots of broken-off trees and hanging branches (widow makers) just waiting to come down on anyone who is careless enough not to look up when cutting a tree.  Amazing how fast those root balls stand back up when you cut the log from a blow-down.

Baron
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finally see the soybeans coming off and corn also. I hear the dryers running and wouldn’t wan to pay the gas bills.

 

Bill  I wish you well. Sure am envious of you for that big Doug Fir.

Bill
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Thank you Baron . I was out working on some clean up this morning it's a little over whelming with a few hundred trees to deal with .

Baron
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I bet. Understand that we would all help you but since you decided to live way way up there you'll have to muddle through it. wink

Baron
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I bet. Understand that we would all help you but since you decided to live way way up there you'll have to muddle through it. wink

r.garrison1
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Can you FedEx me a log or two? I'll help.

Bill
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I could send who ever wants to help home with a logging truck load smiley.  4 days and don't have an acre done yet which is no surprize but as long as my body holds out all will be well again in a few mons.

Post Oakie
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Winter is coming on pretty soon, isn't it?  How cold does it have to be before you decide you're better off indoors?

Bill
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The 2 things that retire me to my shop are deep snow or 10 below, winters when we only get a couple " of snow I may work in the bush all winter.

Post Oakie
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Bill, somehow, I've got this picture in my head of you working out in below zero weather just wearing jeans & shirt with torn-off sleeves.

Bill
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Here you go Dave a winter with little snow and I still had sleeves on my shirt but it was below freezing the trick is to keep moving smiley

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