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Hazard A Guess: Week of Oct. 29, 2009

Thursday, October 29, 2009

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

But wait! There’s not more

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Remember when the news was newsworthy? News, of course, is anything you learn that you didn’t know before. Using that definition almost anything is technically “news” if it’s new to you. Researchers at Georgetown University, for example, found that caterpillars can “shoot” their feces a distance of 40 times their body length. See there? News! […]

Blink and it will all be long gone

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Don’t even blink, or everything will be gone. That fire-red inferno of a maple tree now ablaze in the front yard will be naked. That birch tree whose fallen foliage will have already made a golden circular skirt on the still-green grass and its bared white arms will plead for a blanket of snow. Blinding […]

More Astroturf on global warming war

Thursday, October 29, 2009

If the generals and admirals within the concentric walls of the Pentagon — hardly a bastion of greenie weenies — view global warming as a “serious threat to national security,” exactly who does the American Farm Bureau Federation view as the enemy in its latest Astroturf war against climate change legislation? For its part, the […]

FSA Andy for Oct. 29, 2009

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Hello again, friends! Halloween at my house usually brings a pleasant diversion from harvest, or lack of harvest as the case may be. The kids always start planning their Halloween alter-egos several weeks in advance. Of course, there is some parental guidance. “No, you can not be a belly dancer” and “No, you can not […]

Soil quality and pasture management

Thursday, October 29, 2009

A small farm livestock owner recently asked me about the benefit of pasture aeration and the application of fertilizer and lime. To answer the question, I had to do some review of studies that investigated pasture aeration and fertilization. That started me thinking about soil quality, pasture condition and the effect that pasture management might […]

Autumn is a time for reflection

Thursday, October 29, 2009

“We worked in the woods for nearly 10 hours today, falling trees, sawing lumber. I could have worked 10 more. There is something invigorating about work in the deep forest, the type of work of which I never tire.” – Alexander Smalley diary entry, 1880 Autumn is the perfect time for reflection, for a walk […]

Keep your eyes open for several fall visitors

Thursday, October 29, 2009

A day after the first hard frost of the season, a flock of nomadic cedar waxwings appeared in the backyard. I counted 42, but probably missed a few. They were filling their bellies with fruits from a bittersweet thicket. More handsome than beautiful, waxwings always seem immaculately groomed. Only the distinctive crest disrupts the body’s […]

Observations on riding out low dairy prices

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Hello dairy farmers. It has been a long year for our dairy industry. As we inch closer to the December 2008 anniversary of when milk prices took their dive, I find myself thinking as I milk cows each morning about how much longer can many of our dairy operations hold on? These are not pleasant […]

Lessons learned along life’s path

Thursday, October 22, 2009

“There is a little man in that child who has already stood his ground with the stubborn calves in the barn and the pigs in the feed lot, but there is also the heart of a saint, for he has learned to be patient and kind to those that others consider dumb animals.” – Sedonia […]

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