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Armed and maybe dangerous

Thursday, January 21, 2010

It was the men with guns at the door that convinced me more than anything else that I wasn’t living in the suburbs anymore. Thirteen years ago, I faced my first morning alone in my “new” old house by way of crouching low by the door, peering up over the windowsill, as three strange men […]

Feed them right: Proper nutrition vital for beef cows during winter months

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Feeding beef cattle during the winter can be a challenging experience if being profitable is one of your goals. Proper nutrition is a key component for a successful cow/calf operation. Cows go through many physiological changes during a year. The winter/early spring feeding period is one of the most critical times to provide adequate nutrition […]

Count your blessings even on worst days

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Be kind by living responsibly and doing right. — Anonymous   While at work Tuesday, I suddenly had a chill and an overwhelming feeling that something was not quite right. We had a bit of a break in the busy schedule and I asked my boss if I could step out to make a phone […]

And this little piggy squealed …

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Roosters crow, cows moo and pigs squeal. To be more precise, proud roosters crow, contented cows moo and, contrary to popular folklore, scared pigs — not happy ones — squeal. In fact, the more scared the pig, the louder the squeal. This simple piece of farm knowledge was confirmed, again, in a squeal-packed, Jan. 5 […]

Where exactly did the word ‘tractor’ come from?

Thursday, January 21, 2010

In his comprehensive book about building Hart-Parr and Oliver tractors at Charles City, Iowa, John D. Culbertson wrote the following under the heading “1906”: “One day while writing advertising copy, the sales manager W. H. Williams was struggling with the cumbersome “gasoline traction engine” words when a new word ‘tractor’ flashed into his mind — […]

Hazard A Guess: Week of Jan. 14, 2010

Thursday, January 14, 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).

Can we bridge the great farm philosophy divide?

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Now is the time for agriculture to communicate its advantages, as well as re-evaluate its traditions.

Our first good deed of 2010 on New Year’s Day

Thursday, January 14, 2010

On the afternoon of the first day of January, my wife and I scrambled to get a few outdoor chores finished before the snow arrived. The temperature had already dropped into the low 20s, so we were anxious to get things done. As I carried garbage to the compost pile, I noticed that our small […]

Still hot stuff after all these years

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Though not as young as she once was, she still prepares up to three meals a day (and snacks!) without complaint. She manages mountains of holiday cooking as well, rising early to make cinnamon rolls before moving effortlessly to roast turkey and ham. Year-round she is always up for a quick batch of cookies, and […]

Iowa ag titans clash over Leopold Center leader

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Iowa’s Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture starts 2010 embroiled in controversy over its next director.

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