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By Billy Joe Fudge, Retired District Forester
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I learned of the the Chattin Chowning Method when I queried him about the bag of salt setting on his bushhog.
After he would mow over the top of one, he would get off the tractor and grab a handful of salt and put it on top of the cut thistle stem.
He explained that it was a natural way to control the invader which would kill even the grass in that little three inch by three inch area but as soon as the salt was diluted in the soil that little spot would recover.
Additionally, in the pasture fields the cows would find the salt at a later date and lick the ground clean therefore minimizing the temporary kill back of the salt.
And of course, it worked. I miss men like Chattin who were members of that last generation of farmers who were so dedicated to the land. They were such hard workers, so full of wisdom and so community minded. -Billy Joe Fudge
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