Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Remember the trepidation of having to climb up the ladder to the dark hay mow very early in the morning after having stayed up late watching a scary movie the night before? It's been years and years ago, but I still feel that tingling in the toes and chills up my spine just thinking about it! Scary story.

She is Winnie. And she is Ori and Little Sister, and she is Pelly and Polly and Duchess, and she is Sally and Spotty, and she is Missy and Shamrock and Olivia, and she is Maggie and Barney and Brud.

On the southern Illinois farm of my youth, the beginning of summer marked the kick-off of a season of great food.

I can understand how the recent heat wave might have caught the corner store unawares in the frozen treat ordering department.

Are you wondering how much to invest in fertilizer this year? We will soon be approaching the period of the forage growing season critical for stockpiling pastures.

I telephoned. "I'll be out to get some more flowers ... No Dad, I don't need any of the yellow old-fashioned roses or purple iris," I explained, "I just need to get some more tiny violets.

Life is made up of a million and one ordinary days, but into this mix are sprinkled some truly momentous moments, usually spread out with wonderful harmony and the balance of time.

Newton's Third Law of Motion, "For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction," has direct application to the physics of farm bills.

If you can read this, I have survived to write it and (blessedly) not been killed in a tragic multi-car pileup in the carpool lane.

Storing hay, after production, has a cost to the farm operator in terms of time, effort and machinery required to move bales from production areas to storage areas and then to feeding areas.
Get 4 Weeks of Farm and Dairy Home Delivered Sign Up for your FREE Trial
Hello. Add your message here.