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Hazard A Guess: Week of April 22, 2010

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Each week Farm and Dairy challenges readers to identify a small tool or gadget (or at least ‘hazard a guess’ as to its use).

Parenting or grandparenting loud and proud? Keep at it

Thursday, April 22, 2010

As a veteran sports mom, I have logged more than my fair share of time on the sidelines of various youth sporting events. I love to cheer for the kids — mine and anyone else’s. Game time will generally find me clapping sedately as the action unfolds. I find that “nice hustle!” is an all-purpose […]

Spring brings joy of mowing the lawn

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Why is it that the first mowing after the long winter is such a pleasure — and how is it that by the end of summer the last mowing can’t come too soon? Climbing aboard the dear old John Deere was such a familiar activity yesterday but I didn’t remember being quite so stiff! Winter […]

May Day, pillowcases and mushrooms

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Dancing through the woods, pretending we were gypsies in search of food, my sisters long ago taught me that somewhere around May Day we might stumble upon mushrooms, and a day of play would become an evening for a feast. One particular year, after a very snowy winter followed by a rainy spring, we were […]

Cash flow planning is a good thing

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Cash flow planning. These are three words that typically inspire a response along the lines of “ugh,” “why?” or “never done it, never will.” If anything was ever going to happen to change that response, it would be the $1.50 drop in the Class III price from February to March, or more likely, the need […]

Why not plant a seed for the future?

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Yesterday, I had the good fortune to be working in our small woodland on an absolutely perfect spring day. If I would have sat still long enough, I’m convinced I could have watched the redbud at the edge of our yard flower. It had bare branches in the morning and by afternoon gorgeous purple blooms […]

FSA Andy says farm storage facility policy is changing

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Recent changes have been made to USDA’s Farm Storage Facility Loan Program that provides low-interest financing for producers to build or upgrade farm storage and handling facilities. It has been amended to allow producers to build cold storage facilities to store their fresh fruits and vegetables. Eligibility To be eligible, cold storage facilities must have […]

Goldman sucks air out of grain market

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Grain prices have broken sharply lower the last few days, and the reason given is the effect of the Goldman Sachs fraud charges on the market.

Early visitors this year: Hummingbirds are back

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Bird migration epitomizes spring. But unless you spend a lot of time outdoors with binoculars, or you really know bird songs, the players often pass through unidentified. Hummingbirds Ruby-throated hummingbirds are the exception. Hang a nectar feeder, and you’ll know when they arrive. And thanks to a Web site that maps hummers as they return, […]

A wooden grain drill with a link to Signal, Ohio

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Wilbur George, a friend from near Carrollton, told me he had an old, wooden grain drill that he had bought some years ago at the Rogers sale and used every year to plant a couple of acres of oats for his horses. Local dealer? The stenciling on the hoe-type drill reads, “Missouri Force Feed Grain […]

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