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Managing native prairies and wildlife
  • Managing wildlife habitat

    <p>Pheasants Forever Habitat Teams can help landowners develop and manage their wildlife habitat projects with not only advice but also equipment. Often a mid-range tractor, like New Holland's Boomer(tm) or any of the rugged and affordable New Holland TN series models, a grass seeder (directly behind the tractor) and maybe a mower (front), are all you'll need to create a vibrant, wildlife-abundant landscape.</p>

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • Flail mower

    <p>When creating a wildlife habitat, native grasses and forbs (flower and legume plants) can often be planted or broadcast without any special field preparation. But planting into existing grassland or in fields with a lot of protruding residue may require a pass with a mower prior to seeding. Here a flail mower is employed to mulch last year's corn stalks. This exposes the planting surface while still maintaining sufficient vegetative matter to stabilize the soil. A mid-range New Holland TN75SA provides plenty of horsepower.</p>

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • Sowing native prairie grasses

    <p>After mowing, or in previously cropped fields maintained with weed-killing herbicides where mowing generally isn't necessary, it's time to plant. In this instance, a TN75SA with exclusive SuperSteer(tm) FWD axle pulls a specialized grass drill capable of sowing native prairie grasses or forbs directly into the soil. With a little TLC, it won't be long before this field is an aesthetically pleasing native grassland habitat for a variety of beneficial wildlife.</p>

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • Native grass seed

    <p>Pheasants Forever Habitat Team members Eric Schlender and Ryan Fischer haul bags of native grass seed to their planters. Once in the ground and properly cared for, the seeds become the building blocks of a dynamic and beautiful grassland habitat for native wildlife.</p>

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • Seed spreaders

    <p>Using spin-type seed spreaders mounted to their tractor's three-point hitches, Pheasants Forever habitat specialists Eric Schlender and Ryan Fischer pilot a pair of New Holland TN75SA's across a still-frozen field. Broadcast seeding onto frozen ground produces good seed to soil contact during the thaw-freeze cycle, and is an alternative to waiting until spring to sow with a grass drill.</p>

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
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