Every fall I hear about a big buck someone has been tracking and watching for weeks. But when the gun season arrives, that big buck vanishes, only to reappear a few weeks later. Are deer really that smart? Deer intelligence Keen senses of smell, vision, and hearing have a lot to do with deer “intelligence.” […]
Over the river and through the wood to Grandmother’s house we go! It’s a refrain as old as the hills — or at least as old as the holidays. What is far less worthy of sing-along, but just as common, is the well roasted chestnut of holiday discord: where — and with whom — to […]
Although I’m sure it’s been the source of family feuds, nothing brings people together like food. Cheese diplomacy and other dairy news tidbits.
The EPA is proposing a cut in what we refer to as the “ethanol mandate.” Although this is still a proposal, it hit the market like law.
Turkeys and deer must prepare for winter before it gets here.
I can give you advice. Your friends can show you what’s working on their ranch. You can read articles and learn from your local team of experts — Extension specialists, veterinarians, nutritionists and so on. But when it comes down to it, you’re the one who needs to make the decisions. You have to determine […]
What is it about American agriculture that inspires farm and ranch groups to not trust American consumers? What do we fear?
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has determined there are a number of potential concerns.
Hello Again,FSA county committees play a vital and relevant role in delivering important farm programs. Your participation in the election process will result in a robust county committee system for all producers. The election of agricultural producers to Farm Service Agency county committees is important to all farmers and ranchers, whether beginning or long-established with […]
Dairymen can’t make a profitable year based on one-day’s sales, like Black Friday retailers. Being profitable requires you to be in the top 20 percent of dairy farms. Being “average” is accepting lower profitability or even sometimes at being unprofitable.
By Morgan Schmidt Feng, filmmaker When I first met Nancy Prebilich and her sister Cindy in northern California at their ranch, I was immediately inspired by their story because it reminded me so much of my mom. When I was a kid, my mom would tell me stories about her mother and her grandparents and what […]
Sometimes wildlife seems as curious about people as we are about them. I often spot deer watching me from the edge of the woods. When I see a fox, it’s usually watching me from a thicket of dense vegetation. Once I was fishing and, between catching fish and watching a belted kingfisher patrol up and […]
Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success. — Henry Ford There is a certain beauty in a Midwestern autumn afternoon. The light is golden and the air is brisk, but not yet bitter. We cherish those days. This is not one of them. This day is leaden. The air […]
I’ve been reading about how people traveled long distances during the early decades of the 19th century before the development of the railroads.
In a recent television interview, famed Wall Street investor Warren Buffett characterized the October federal government shut-down as “totally irresponsible” and said the failure of leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives to raise the nation’s debt ceiling until moments before possible default was “just plain stupid.” Unlike most stock market billionaires, Buffett wasn’t talking […]
Before leaving for North Dakota to hunt ducks on expansive Devil’s Lake, one of the nation’s premier waterfowl spots, I had wished for low gas prices, good weather, and a few other uncontrollable verbs. What I always dread are statements too often heard such as “you should have been here last week” and “the birds […]
It is always difficult at best to forecast prices more than a couple of months ahead, but judging on current Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) cash and futures prices, dairymen should be enjoying a pleasant pre-Christmas season.
I knew I could count on one thing for sure. I would not be opening a gift of anything resembling a Creepy Crawlers laboratory.
Hello friends, With harvest hopefully winding down for most of us, it is time begin putting the final plans into motion for actions over the winter months.Whether it is marketing grain, feeding livestock, milking cows or buying fertilizer and seed for next year, it is always good to have a plan. If your household is […]
The corn yields are surprising, and staying huge as the harvest goes on. Everyone’s waiting for USDA’s report Nov. 8.