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The pros and cons of Christmas pro shopping

Thursday, December 3, 2009

In life there are two kinds of people: those who start shopping for Christmas Dec. 26 of the previous year, and those who wait until Black Friday (or later) to even think about crossing anything off their holiday shopping list. Many people delight in having their shopping “all done” prior to Thanksgiving. They are at […]

While I can’t do math, I can read

Thursday, December 3, 2009

If you asked unimpeachable sources such as St. Peter or former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee why so many pretty average people often choose journalism for a career over, say, rocket science or particle physics, the simple, one-word answer you’ll likely get is “mathematics.” Please understand, we journalists do arithmetic reasonably well — addition, division, […]

Enterprise Budgets are starting points

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Budgeting helps guide you through your decision making process as you attempt to commit resources to the most profitable enterprises on the farm. Crops or livestock? Corn, soybeans or wheat? We can begin to answer these questions with well thought out budgets that include all revenue and costs. Without some form of budgeting and some […]

The rut from two very different points of view

Thursday, December 3, 2009

The breeding season, commonly called the rut, takes a differential toll on female and male white-tailed deer. Does are fertile only 24 hours every 28 days. If does are not impregnated during that time, they come into estrus again in about 28 days. Bucks, on the other hand, are on call 24/7 from October through […]

Be prepared to deal with the mud

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Well, that time of year is almost upon us. You know what these coming winter months mean — greasy, slimy, aggravating mud. It makes a mess of your tractor, your livestock, and occasionally, you may have to rescue one of your boots from its miry clutches. So how do you handle this part of our […]

Good comes from difficult, trying times

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Some events in life are so incredible that they are emblazoned on the memory like a wonderful keepsake, no souvenirs required. We just recently celebrated such a milestone moment. We were invited to attend a surprise party in honor of Sean Casey’s major league baseball career, as he is stepping down from life as a […]

Remember me? Of course I do, Orlie

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Longtime readers may recall a Thanksgiving column years ago that featured a dinner entree provided by Orlie, the gainfully unemployed younger brother of our farm’s two hired men, Jackie and Howard. How did we end up with three brothers, all bachelors, living together in a provided house on the farm along with their widowed mother? […]

FSA Andy for Nov. 26, 2009

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Hello again, Farming this year has presented many challenges to our hard working and dedicated farmers. I know that one of the big challenges this fall is making ends meet and cash flowing your farm business needs. USDA may be able to help you obtain some quick cash if you own some harvested grain that […]

We can’t be forever 15

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Nothing will knock you out of a navel-gazing haze of self-indulgence over rapidly advancing age — “Wait? What’s that? Another wrinkle?” — quite like staring death in the face. In this case, “the face” was a snapshot, more than 20 years old, of an old high school classmate who never lived to see her 16th […]

Dogs can make life less complicated

Thursday, November 26, 2009

“For the simple things, I am grateful. We complicate our lives to the point of total distraction from that which is most sacred, and that distraction keeps us from experiencing deep gratitude.” – Helen Hooven Santmyer When life gets a little too complicated, I like nothing more than to hang out with my dogs. Channing […]

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