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Dropping temperatures will mean hungry birds

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Weather forecasters are calling for overnight low temperatures to dip into the 30s this week, so it’s time to pull out the bird feeders and stock up on some seed. Here are some tips to keep in mind when shopping for food for wild birds. Sunflower seeds attract the greatest variety of feeder birds. Black-oil […]

Universities can’t serve two interests

Thursday, October 14, 2010

A September piece in The Economist, the esteemed English business and political weekly, makes the bold statement that “America’s universities lost their way badly in the era of easy money. If they do not find it again, they may go the way of GM,” the global automotive giant that became a global lemon in less […]

Fall harvest is a time to act safely

Thursday, October 14, 2010

As the harvest season is well under way, it is a good time for a safety reminder. Whether the reminder comes from a co-worker, spouse, parent or child, it is important to make the effort to work safely. The few minutes you might save now by taking an unsafe shortcut, may end up costing you […]

The best ride you’ll ever have

Thursday, October 14, 2010

I applaud the advances in science and medicine that make childbearing so much less likely to result in death. I also suspect that all those advances are sometimes guilty of scaring the wits out of expectant parents unnecessarily. Tests Early ultrasounds scored you a fuzzy black and white image that would assure you that you […]

USDA report blows corn tops

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Is grain market on a report-induced, blow-off high, or has the report just set off another leg of the rally?

Take stock of your fields What forage do you have available?

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

With summer grazing giving way for fall and winter management over the next few weeks, it is time to take inventory of the forage available for your livestock. Along with the forage, the ability to access clean water is more important than usual this year. Available forage includes the grasses and legumes currently in your […]

Life’s wish: family, love and happiness

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

“Candles flickering on a cake, this does not a marriage make.” — Anonymous

Ask FSA Andy by FSA Andy

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Hello Again! The Farm Service Agency (FSA) has added a new conservation loan program that provides farmers with the credit necessary to implement conservation measures on their land. This loan program is in partnership with the Natural Resources and Conservation Service to provide upfront funding to implement conservation practices. The goal of the FSA conservation […]

Long cattle life comes with a cost

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The oldest cow on record died in Ireland in 1993 at the age of 49, having been born on St. Patrick’s Day 1944 in Kerry and producing 39 calves over time. So she missed a few years — big deal. She was in a herd that allowed for maximum longevity. Cow’s life span Typically, cows […]

Redoximorphic what?? Soil judging is more than collection

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Do you all know what type of soil is beneath your feet? Do you know if it’s well drained, primarily silt loam, depth to the water table, etc…? These are all things that should be taken into consideration before roads are constructed, houses are built, or most anything. Soil is the foundation of all that […]

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