Saturday, January 21, 2017

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.

This spring at our house, we've sampled a couple packages of shipped-in strawberries. They garnish a pretty plate, aren't bad on cereal , but we're still waiting for strawberries fresh from our local patches.

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.

Dear Annette, You're done. No more high school. No more bells, study halls or varsity volleyball. No more sock hops, pep rallies or lunchroom drama.

Traveling newsman Charles Kuralt once described the farmers of this nation as one of the most stubborn breeds of man alive, and I have never forgotten it.
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