|Pasture burning is a spring time ritual in the Flint Hills of Kansas. Fire is a great grass management tool to control weeds, burn off old dead grass and kill woody shrubs and cedar trees--which cattle can't eat and can choke out the native grass.
|Yesterday afternoon, we contacted the neighbors and the police department to alert them that we would be burning a pasture. In addition, we checked the smoke modeling online to make sure the smoke would dissipate before reaching a metropolitan area.
|We burn the pasture to remove the old dead grass, and new grass begins to regrow within hours! By burning at the time that the woody shrubs are just beginning to bud, it controls the invasive shrubs and trees that would kill out the grasses.
|This is only about 100 acres, but some pastures may be 1,000s of acres burning at the same time.
|The fire boss (my husband) oversees the burning operation. Burning takes a lot of organization, equipment and then finally nerve! But it is a necessary job in the Flint Hills.