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FSA Andy for Nov. 12, 2009

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Hello Again! I know you have been working hard to finish harvesting, but now is the time to plan ahead concerning your 2010 crops. At your local FSA office, you can buy an insurance policy on any of your perennial crops that are not insurable by Federal Crop Insurance. This program is called the Noninsured […]

Now is the time to plan for 2010

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Now that the time has changed, my thought process has changed to planning for the winter and into next year. I went into a mild panic last weekend when I was feeding thinking I would need a lot more hay than I have. When I went into the house and wrote it down, I realized […]

Pause to honor, and thank, veterans

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Every Veterans Day should be a massive event, a day of total reverence and celebration for those who have given so much for so many.

Only the land lasts forever

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The final Saturday in October swept me three hours south for lunch with my parents and nearly-new grandniece and, later that Halloween afternoon, backwards about 40 years for visits with some ghosts on the farm of my youth. It began as an afternoon drive from my parents’ home in town to the Bottoms, that black […]

Let me know why compulsory national service is a bad idea

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Writer and historian Wallace Stegner called our national parks “the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than at our worst.” That was the message of the recent Ken Burns series that aired on PBS (www.pbs.org/nationalparks), and I couldn’t agree more. Watching this 12-hour documentary brought […]

I’m the boss of me, the slacker

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The best thing about the writing life is, of course, the commute — mainly that there isn’t one. I work from home. I can, if I choose, work in my bathrobe. The only problem with “being my own boss” so to speak is that I have such a close, personal relationship with my employee (also […]

The law of averages and cheap food

Friday, November 6, 2009

Our most basic need is food — we can’t alive without it — and we want to spend less money to buy it.

Slow crop harvest, but a fast market

Thursday, November 5, 2009

December corn futures gained 9 cents in the last five minutes of trade Monday. Traders seemed to be reacting to fears of lack of harvest progress. USDA released new harvest numbers after the close that seemed to confirm the bullishness. December futures had a 24-cent range from high to low Monday. We had a spike […]

Hazard A Guess: Week of Nov. 5, 2009

Thursday, November 5, 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).

Deermice link plants to predators

Thursday, November 5, 2009

When I checked my nest boxes this week, about half were still occupied — by mice. When I gently probed the mass of dried leaves with a stick, it was only a moment before I had a mouse running down my leg. Deermice and white-footed mice commonly use nest boxes intended for cavity-nesting birds, and […]

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