Farmers and ranchers, on the other hand, aren’t in the cheap business.
Hello Again! I guess I have been a little nostalgic lately, since I just celebrated my 25th year with the Farm Service Agency. With this milestone, I also noted that this will be my fifth farm bill I will get to be part of implementing, by explaining it to our local farmers. It amazes me […]
A concussion left Judith Sutherland in pain after her fall this winter.
Today I found myself caught off guard by the weather. This is because I have not gotten any smarter in the lifetime I have lived in the Midwest. Weather Yesterday it was nearly 60 with a light breeze — so comfortable I could gallivant around in a sweater, sans jacket. Today the temperature had dropped […]
Cold winter of 2013-2014 could bring some surprises for fishing season.
“I expect you to do better next time.” Dr. Harry Barr, Ohio State University professor and teacher of Dairy Science 201 — the introductory dairy science class, and my very first dairy class back in 1979 — said it quietly as he laid my first exam face down on the desk in front of me. […]
Devote days with uncomfortable weather conditions to get caught up on farm bookwork and plans for the coming weeks.
When Vladimir Putin sent his nation’s armed, but unmarked, troops into sovereign territory of Ukraine, he became the latest in a long line of Russian Little Big Men to punch Eurasia’s famed breadbasket in the gut. First came the imperial czars, then the revolutionary Bolsheviks and, right behind them and most brutally, Soviet leader Josef […]
Some ongoing tips for successful cover crops.
The nice thing about being a publicly acknowledged “Cheapo” (I prefer the term “thrifty” by the way) is that people are impressed (or repulsed, could go either way) with how well you score bargains. I have long admitted that our home is furnished almost entirely in “early auction.” It pains me to pay full retail […]
In March 1939, I was still five months away from my sixth birthday and one more from my first year in a one-room country school (no kindergarten or preschool in those days). My folks may have read the March issue of Farm Journal, but even if they didn’t, I have a copy in front of […]
According to experienced shed hunters both antlers are often dropped within yards of each other and pairs of antlers can match up with antlers from the same animal year after year.
Farmers pay homage to generations of the past.
Hello again! Planning ahead used to be in my vocabulary, but that was before I had children. Now I feel like I fly by the seat of my pants and I only plan one day at a time and that is usually done the night before, as I drift off to sleep. I have noticed […]
Just thinking or saying you’re sustainable isn’t good enough.
Both the bull action and the bear action in recent grain markets come from the Russian Bear.
Is this year’s winter weather setting ponds up for massive fish kills? The answer is probably yes. Most ponds could be subject to possible fish kills later this year, attributed to prime conditions brought about by this winter’s extreme weather. The disaster recipe for a fish kill in a pond starts with sustained periods of […]
By Mike Tontimonia A real cowboy is more comfortable glued to a saddle than a recliner. He pays little attention to the time — more to the task at hand. Lunch might be a smashed sandwich pulled from a jacket pocket and a drink might be what’s left from yesterday. That is if there is […]
Hello again steam enthusiasts. I have been taking advantage of the cold snowy weather to sort out some of the papers and magazines in my back room and came across my copy of the fifth edition Traction Engine Register, from 1987. It was compiled by John B. True, edited by Brian Johnson and published by […]
A real cowboy is more comfortable glued to a saddle than a recliner. He pays little attention to the time — more to the task at hand. Lunch might be a smashed sandwich pulled from a jacket pocket and a drink might be what’s left from yesterday. That is if there is a lunch at […]