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Market Monitor: Rain on plain starts to make grain

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

I laid awake for a long time in the middle of the night, listening to the rain. I am not sure why I do that. It should be a soothing sound to put me to sleep. Memories Maybe I am listening for wind, with a vestigial memory of the night the elevator blew off the […]

Spring brings bluebirds … and flies

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Now the foaming white froth of the perfumed locust blossoms has been spent and honeysuckle has taken over the scent waves. The erratic spring weather with abundant rain — understatement! — has some of us feeling as though we are living in a tropical rain forest. In my pasture, buttercups and grasses are not quite […]

Keys to protecting groundwater

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Water has been endlessly circulating since the earth was formed. Groundwater is a key part of this continuous cycle as water evaporates, forms clouds and returns to the earth as precipitation. Precipitation that soaks into the ground and is stored in underground geological water systems called aquifers is known as groundwater. Springs, lakes, and other […]

A nature lover’s guide to a summer reading list

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Whether your summer leisure time is spent on the beach, in the mountains, or on the back porch, a good book is a great companion. Recommendations Here are a few recent titles that I recommend. The only work of fiction on the list, Anthill: A Novel by E.O. Wilson, (2010, W.W. Norton & Co., $24.95) […]

June was cultivator, not dairy, month

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Yes, of course, June is Dairy Month. And National Ice Tea Month, National Candy Month, National Soul Food Month, National Smile Month and National Turkey Lovers Month. With 100 or so Holsteins on the farm of my youth, however, each year, month, week and day started and ended with dairy, so June by any other […]

Off with their head(phones)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Dear offspring, As we kick off the celebration of summer vacation, I feel it only fair to tell you: We are taking you off life support. All right, not life support, but electronic devices, which to your minds may be the same thing.

Everyone is responsible for land use

Thursday, June 3, 2010

“Who’s responsible?” This is the question many landowners will ask us at some point during their property ownership years. Who allowed this to happen? Why didn’t or doesn’t somebody do something about it? Whether the problem occurs on their property or to an adjacent neighbor’s property, the old axiom screams out, who’s responsible? At our […]

FSA Andy By FSA Andy

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Hello Again! Many farmers count on the Farm Service Agency (FSA) for program guidance and assistance. Now, they have a chance to help us out! FSA is currently seeking election candidates to serve on our local County Committees (COC). Serving on the COC is an excellent way to represent and protect the needs of your […]

‘Take a chill pill’ or find some way to deal with the stress of hectic farm life

Thursday, June 3, 2010

As I was trying to determine a topic for this week’s column, I began thinking as I drove through several different counties that — with all the farm work that seems to be taking place all at once — maybe stress would be a good topic to revisit. Seasonal stress The seasonal stress of trying […]

Making environmentally friendly seafood choices

Thursday, June 3, 2010

My wife and I dine out more often during the summer, especially when we’re on vacation. And for some reason, we favor the seafood part of the menu during warmer weather. And with that choice comes the uncertainty of knowing what meal to select. Seafood types Many types of seafood are overfished, and our meal […]

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