Several hundred yards later, the fencerow
ended at the woods.
To do so we created a rasterized habitat mask with 10 m cell spacing that calculated the distance (m) from each cell centroid to the nearest abrupt habitat edge--either along the woodlot-field edge or wooded fencerow
, with increasing positive values for distance into matrix or patch habitats.
I knew I could use the fencerow
to help close the distance, so I threw a sawgrass ghillie top on and covered the first 100 yards quickly.
A&L Biologicals, an agro-ecology research lab focused on plant productivity and reducing cost and ecological impact, formed a team to study why fencerow
farming is so successful.
There isn't a foot, a furlong, or a fencerow
of English water that hasn't been tramped on, slept on or seduced by a famous precedent.
With the single bag approach, it's less time filling the planter, and we can plant fencerow
the hogs made nests in the fencerow
underbrush, grew tusked and fierce--
Many local guides like to toss jigs with soft-plastic trailers and worms of all sizes around the needlegrass clumps, banana bushes and the occasional fencerow
that can be found around some of the canals and adjacent shallows.
Iowa has been the epitome of productionist practices, all-out assaults in which farmers plant "from fencerow
," using plentiful chemical fertilizers to maximize crop yields, a technique that results in adverse environmental effects.
The closest ones grow along Powerline Road, beginning at the end of our little orchard and proceeding south, long determined vines twining high into the trees along the fencerow
and snaking across the ditch and toward the road.
"Get big or get out," Dwight Eisenhower's secretary of agriculture told American farmers--a directive updated to "bigger" by Earl Butz, the infamous Nixon agriculture secretary who instructed farmers to abandon crop rotation and plant "from fencerow
So I went down toward the creek, and as I turned the corner by the barnyard I saw him down below, moving along a fencerow
. Two sheep dogs were with him, the great-great-great-grandchildren of the pair I had known as a boy.