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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 […]

October brings bittersweet memories

Thursday, October 7, 2010

“If you want a happy ending, it depends on where you stop your story.” — Orson Welles By JUDITH SUTHERLAND Farm and Dairy Columnist The steel gray skies of autumn have most definitely arrived with the turn of the October calendar. The once-green fields of endless soybeans of early September slowly turned golden, and now […]

A pond is not always just a pond

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Since the earliest civilizations, societies have wrestled with a love/hate relationship with the “almighty agua.” We are no exception. In countless ways, we are absolutely dependent on this magical and ever-changing substance. Water fills our cells, flows through our veins and in short, enables us to live. Yet water can also bring us severe hardship, […]

Forensic ornithology is an interesting science

Thursday, October 7, 2010

I made a new friend last weekend at the annual Berkeley Springs (W.Va.) Fall Birding Festival. Marcy Heacker and I spoke to the group on Saturday evening. Marcy works at the Smithsonian Institution’s Division of Birds where she identifies feather fragments as a forensic ornithologist at the Feather Identification Laboratory. Usually her work involves bird […]

The history of the Nixon & Co. of Alliance, Ohio

Thursday, October 7, 2010

The other day my friend, Ed Brenner, asked if I knew anything about a Nixon Co. from Alliance, Ohio. I confessed that I didn’t and Ed told me that he’d recently viewed a large collection of cast iron implement seats, among which was one with “Nixon & Co.” and “Alliance, Ohio,” cast into it. Not […]

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