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Grain markets hang onto highs

Monday, November 8, 2010

Grain markets continue to confound observers, as new highs keep flowing as combines keep rolling. Corn, soybeans and wheat have all made new highs or returned to the high in the case of wheat. This is happening even as we are finishing harvest, a time normally of declining prices. Take your pick of the reason. […]

Proposed GIPSA rules may be a good thing for packers in future

Sunday, November 7, 2010

If you only quote the Amen Corner, the only reply you’ll ever hear is “Hallelujah!” And so it was in late October when yet another hired preacher of the Meatpacker Gang, a Brooklyn, N.Y., outfit named John Dunham & Associates, claimed proposed rules to bring meatpackers into compliance with the Packers & Stockyards Act will […]

Ask FSA Andy: Sometimes USDA wheels turn exceedingly slow

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Hello Again.“Hurry up and wait.” I can still remember my dad, a World War II Navy veteran, mumbling that phrase whenever he was dealing with government entities. It seems that has always been a common phrase for all branches of the military. A rush to get something accomplished, and then a lull until you can […]

Halloween memories last a lifetime

Thursday, November 4, 2010

“Use it up; wear it out; make it do; do without. Host a harvest party to the harvest moon, use up apples in a bobbing contest for the little ones, serve cider to all. High spirits will carry a community through the hard, lean times.” — Mildred Barrington, 1929 >On the days when I no […]

Forage analysis saves farmers money

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Testing the nutrient value of forage is a valuable tool that can be utilized to balance livestock rations. Guessing the nutrient content of a major feed ingredient such as hay or silage can be costly to livestock producers.

Elusive bull elk gets hunt started

Thursday, November 4, 2010

If there had been a couple rows of letters above his image, the distant bull elk would have illustrated the cover of any respectable outdoor magazine. I had seen the same image more than once in my dreams but this was no sleep time show, this bull was the real deal and he was cruising […]

Remarkably, electric clocks predated home wiring

Thursday, November 4, 2010

If you told most Americans living today that at one time people had to actually wind their clocks and watches by hand, they’d probably raise an eyebrow in disbelief. Electric clocks and battery powered quartz watches are just about all that can be found today, as has been the case for decades. The comforting tick-tock […]

Fencing ideal for averting garden pests

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Fences. They not only make good neighbors, but they also make excellent protectors for your garden or small crop that is less than one acre in size. They work to protect your crop from those pesky vermin like deer, rabbits, groundhogs, raccoons and even your neighbor’s goats. There are many types of fences to choose […]

Preparing meals back in the old days

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Once upon a time — all children’s stories began this way, in our childhood times my sister always labeled “in older days” — there were no McDonald’s, no Wendy’s, no Taco Bells or Burger Kings or even pizzas. Hard to believe, isn’t it, in these times of some kind of restaurant on every corner and […]

Crafting memories

Thursday, November 4, 2010

I grew up with a mother who wasn’t terribly crafty, but come Halloween would dutifully create my Halloween costume with her own two hands. Over my trick-or-treating career she whipped up a black cat, gypsy and hobo using only her cunning and sheer force of will. Nowadays we call these people Martha Stewart, back then […]

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