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Hard work and rewards: Local couple breeds sport horses on the farm in Culpeper | Agriculture

Horses are curious people, he added, and they’ll spin around the interlocking fenced fields with a simple, “Come on, girls,” the horse farmer said as the mares trudged over, their hooves gently cushioned on the grass. Water troughs are moved while a light hose system is activated on a timer.

At night they fence the gravel roads that cross the Greenstone Farm and let the horses graze on the roadsides.

“It’s not as neatly cared for as a lawn mower, but it doesn’t burn fuel, it doesn’t work, and it works pretty well for us,” said Jim Miller. “We mow very little in summer and it’s just a lot easier.”

Trial and Triumph: plus, that view

As part of the most recent visit, the farmer demonstrated the crop failures of armyworms, small caterpillars that the wind brings from Florida. An entire field turned brown almost overnight when a new infestation moved in.

The farmers use an organic insecticide made from naturally occurring bacteria to control the pest and protect the ryegrass that grows close to the ground.

Commenting on Rowe, they are concerned that the army worm is destroying more grazing land this fall: “A lot of people will be growing catch crops this fall, that’s always before the frost date, so put those catch crops in, army worm killing it, crop failures,” he said said.

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