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Bring on the winter season

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Fall’s first frost — usually a mid-October event in my adopted central Illinois — waited until the last possible monthly moment — deep into Halloween night — to finally show winter’s white face.

Tips on managing manure in winter

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Cold weather is quickly approaching and with it brings manure management concerns.

Ween smart, reduce livestock stress

Thursday, November 13, 2014

It has been said many times that the most economical way to raise cattle is in a forage system.

The dreaded parlor stove makes its return again

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Folks in the latter half of the 19th century went through an unpleasant ritual along about this time of year, or probably a little earlier in Northern climes, called “putting up the parlor stove.”

Farm boys always know where their dad is

Thursday, November 13, 2014

When you’re looking for dad, ask your farm boy.

The great leggings war

Thursday, November 13, 2014

This conversation is about knit pants. Let me repeat that: knit pants.

Ask FSA Andy about FSA county committees elections

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Well the national election is over and you probably thought that all the advertisements and articles about elections were over!

USDA reports yield just a murmur on grain markets

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

With the big grain crops, prices do not have a good reason to improve. There are hard decisions ahead for farmers.

Fermentation, the other preservation

Friday, November 7, 2014

Fermentation is a growing trend for producing safe, easy and healthy foods and beverages.

Take time to know your feed costs

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Milk prices are still phenomenal and feed prices are far below what you were paying last year. So what am I fretting about?

Turkey’s eyes are key to staying alive in wilderness

Thursday, November 6, 2014

It should surprise no experienced hunter or birder that wild turkeys have incredible eyesight.

Endless politics of GMOs in the USA

Thursday, November 6, 2014

It’s tough being a genetically modified organism in election season because no election passes without someone or some state slamming you for being, well, you.

Playing ping-pong between grandpas

Thursday, November 6, 2014

It is well past time to put away the simple clothing of summer and early fall and reach for the gloves and hats and down-filled coats.

Utilizing cover crops in our fields

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Cover crops have been around for many years in some areas; however it is rather new to others.

Ask FSA Andy about the Dairy Margin Protection Program

Thursday, November 6, 2014

FSA has teamed up with OSU Extension to educate dairy producers on the new milk program called the Dairy Margin Protection Program, MPP-Dairy.

In sickness and in health, consider others

Thursday, November 6, 2014

When you’re not feeling well, use some common sense.

Work is reward for full-time Colorado outfitter

Thursday, November 6, 2014

“Don’t let your son grow up to be a cowboy,” may be wishful lyrics to a three-cord country song, and it may be a string of notes that Jon Sund’s parents danced to. But in the end, that’s exactly what Sund grew up to be, and he couldn’t be happier.

Market monitor: Harvest pressure hurting grain prices

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The combination of a big harvest, falling storage space and the export market are impacting the price of corn and soybeans.

Ripen green tomatoes indoors

Friday, October 31, 2014

The almanac warns frost is overdue. Vegetable growers are harvesting those last few warm weather crops before it’s too late.

Mast of all kinds is a critical wildlife food

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Last week a caller to my radio show asked that I explain the word “mast.” “I’ve often heard you use the term, but I’m not sure exactly what it means,” she said. It’s a great question, especially at this time of year.

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