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Prospective Plantings report looming larger

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Ahead of the USDA Prospective Plantings Report, we have estimates of large increases in corn acres and significant decreases in soybean acres.

Some things do get better with time: home heating

Thursday, March 24, 2011

As a long, cold winter finally winds down, I was thinking about how comfortable most of us are in our homes with modem heating plants, thermo pane windows, and fully insulated walls and ceilings. Even though fuel costs have gone up, and will probably continue to climb, all we really have to do when we’re […]

Planning saves soil during timbering

Thursday, March 24, 2011

If you sold timber and the company’s poor management practices led to soil erosion and stream sedimentation, you’d probably have some choice words for the person responsible. However, you’d be talking to yourself. When woodland owners sell timber, their legal responsibility for preventing water pollution doesn’t automatically pass to the logger harvesting the trees. Under […]

Look beyond U.S. borders for reason in the uptick in dairy markets

Thursday, March 24, 2011

No quicker did we forecast a drop in milk prices in early January, than the price of all dairy products shot through the roof. The funny thing is that nobody had anticipated this price surge — not the USDA, not the futures market, not even yours truly. So why were so many people so blatantly […]

Real ag agenda seems to be football and pheasants

Thursday, March 24, 2011

In Congress, the House aggies aren’t exactly tied up with policy debates to address, say, today’s soaring food prices, the nation’s perilously thin food stocks or a dysfunctional federal dairy policy.

Wash day? We have it way too easy!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

My grandmother once told me that my generation had no idea what real housework consisted of, especially when it came to wash day. She was always appalled when young people had the nerve to complain about how much laundry they had to do, saying, “If they had to work at it like we did, they […]

Nest boxes are simple — don’t complicate things

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The first day of spring always reminds me that it’s nest box season. It’s time to build and place a few more nest boxes for my favorite birds — the cavity-nesters. This group includes bluebirds, chickadees, titmice, house wrens, tree swallows, screech-owls, kestrels and wood ducks. Most people love bluebirds, but they nest only in […]

Loans available for socially disadvantaged and beginning farmers

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Hello friends, The Farm Service Agency has loan programs to assist beginning farmers and/or members of socially disadvantaged groups to finance agricultural enterprises. Under these designated farm loan programs, FSA can provide financing to eligible applicants through either direct or guaranteed loans. While all qualified producers are eligible to apply for these loan programs, FSA […]

Avoid undesirable plants and improve forages with pasture management

Thursday, March 24, 2011

We are at my favorite time of the year. Grass is starting to grow. Depending how far south you live, some have already started to graze pastures. On my farm, the spring calving cows have been on stockpiled fescue for about three weeks on high ground, avoiding most of the mud, but this weekend I […]

House hunting for dummies

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Does there exist a blog, website, or even random street corner where people can meet to poke merciless fun at the people featured on HGTV’s House Hunters? If not, there should be. They’d get a million visits per day. According to the HGTV (Home and Garden Channel) promo “House Hunters focuses on the emotional experience […]


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