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Exploring the humble beginnings of the M1 rifle

Thursday, June 19, 2014

By SAM MOORE With this month being the 70th anniversary of the Allied landings in Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944, it might be an appropriate time to look at the U.S. infantry weapon that played a significant role in winning that war, the US rifle, caliber-.30, M1, sometimes called the Garand, but most often […]

The natural order of things

Thursday, June 19, 2014

So … once again nature proves it is not to be trusted. As a person once proudly self-described as “indoorsy,” I have tried to be, if not one, then at least not “at war” with nature. I have come to like camping (in a camper, of course), love boating, and can even enjoy sitting on […]

Ask FSA by FSA Andy: Check in and report all of your crops

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Hello Again! Reporting your crop acres to the Farm Service Agency (FSA) Office each year is one of the best financial decisions you can make for your farming operation. For most farmers, reporting crop acres is habit or tradition, however, if you don’t report your acres or have recently obtained a farm or the management […]

Who will be big meat’s next fat hog?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Two of the world’s biggest meatpackers, Tyson Foods and JBS SA, are in a bare-knuckled, checkbook throw-down over who will own Hillshire Brands, the Chicago-based maker of branded processed meats and packaged food. Whichever firm wins this brawl will matter less to Tyson and JBS than to you or me because it will enable one […]

Is your cow herd above average?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

In some ways, my cowherd is average. In other ways it is above and in still others, below. Those things are true of each cow in my herd, too. That’s all part of what “average” means. Comparing each cow Usually this involves numbers like weaning weights, pregnancy percentages or carcass values of progeny. Add them […]

Enjoy your kids, time goes quick

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Life, it has been said, is a series of dress rehearsals. If you keep working on it, one day you will be ready for the real show. Parenting seems to fit this bill in every possible way. First, the banner is raised, announcing two happy people are about to become parents. My grandmother whispered to […]

Senecaville Hatchery will host open house June 28

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Ever wonder where that walleye or channel cat came from? Was it born in a hatchery in Ohio or another state?

Rainy days had their charm

Thursday, June 19, 2014

On the big southern Illinois dairy farm of my youth, a rainy June day was a treat almost as great as homemade ice cream.

Native plants produce many options

Thursday, June 19, 2014

I often get questions about what the name of a particular plant is. Sometimes I know it right off the top of my head, sometimes I mull it over for a while and reach back into that part of my mind filled with cobwebs and pull out the answer, or too often I do not […]

Commentary: Will activists’ drones spy on farms?

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

An activist wants to use drones to take aerial photographs of “factory farms,” or as he puts it, “to expose what some corporations want to keep hidden.”

Market outlook: Great weather, slipping grain prices

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Prices continue to slip lower on the Chicago Board of Trade as the traders get the impression that the weather is perfect and that we will have a record crop. At this point, the traders are right. The crops got planted, although Ohio still has 9 percent to go, 2 percent behind the five-year average. […]

A Father’s Day turkey dinner fit for a lady

Thursday, June 12, 2014

By MIKE TONTIMONIA Father’s Day in this house is usually minus Dad due to an annual Canadian fishing trip that always seems to happen over the Father’s Day weekend. But since most of the weeklong outing participants are fathers and sons, we continue to recognize our family roles in various ways, including a search of […]

Beaver tales: Leaving an ecological impact

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Though large and common, beavers are seldom seen unless you know where to look. The best time to see beavers is at dusk on a summer evening. And the best place is on quiet water from a kayak or canoe. Float quietly! Wildlife usually ignores me when I glide silently and low on the water. […]

Hard work and values

Thursday, June 12, 2014

I am at that crux of life where my children need me to be ever more vigilant. It is my contention that teens require almost as much if not more hands-on parenting as toddlers.

Aerial planting makes cover crops more interesting and practical

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Cover crops are an old topic, but the benefits are worth repeating.

Wise scheme helped dad sell a tractor

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Farming in the early 1950s, my father pushed to the verge of working himself to collapse. Holding down a full-time job as a tractor and farm implement salesman, he would return home to farm the rented ground late into the night that he hoped to one day own. About a year ago, my sister shared […]

The big news in the corn market comes from China: Corn rejected

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

China has rejected some U.S. corn, not elevators/processors warning farmers: We will not be accepting “grain containing unapproved GMO traits, including Agrisure Viptera (MIR-162) and Duracade.”

Battling the phobia of GMOs

Monday, June 9, 2014

The opposition to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is mounting another charge, this time through various state ballots designed to put into law the mandatory labeling of GMO-derived ingredients in food.

Eye can see clearly now

Thursday, June 5, 2014

So I spent Memorial Day in the emergency department, as you do. Well maybe not as YOU do. You probably make good choices. I make bad choices, which is how I end up there. I ended up there lying on my back, staring at the ceiling and blinking while a nice man pointed a variety […]

Did you plant after June 5? Call FSA

Thursday, June 5, 2014

As I worked in the hayfield this last weekend, counting the small squares as they went off the back of the baler, I once again realized how blessed I was to be a farmer and to be involved in agriculture in general.

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