When our son landed his first job out of college, he had worked for this company nearly a year before he invited his Dad and me to visit the office for lunch one day. I had heard many stories about his supervisor, Clayton. I was anxious to meet this man who was intelligent and hard-working, […]
From the baking but breezy rest stop in the middle of California’s Mojave Desert, Interstate 15 disappears into the low mountains southwest toward Los Angeles and northeast towards Las Vegas. The desert is huge, brown and desolate. The highway is flat, gray and jammed with cars roaring both directions at 70 miles an hour. California […]
Hello Again! FSA was among several local government agencies closed during the furlough. Some producers have contacted FSA concerned about various issues that should have been completed during the shut-down. At this time only a few details have been provided from the FSA State Office. Since government agencies do not plan for such events, start […]
It should not surprise us that rainy weather has delayed harvest. It delayed planting, and cool weather did not allow the crop to catch up. So, here we are, absent government reports as USDA is catching up from the shutdown, and guessing just what has been harvested. Whatever it is, it is not enough. Making […]
When morning low temperatures dip into the 30s, I know it’s time to get serious about filling my bird feeders. Here’s a guide matching desirable birds to specific foods and feeders. The single food that attracts the greatest variety of feeder birds is sunflower seed in tube or hopper feeders. Black-oil sunflower is appealing because […]
I’m not going to get any smarter — ever. I know this because I went ahead and picked at the wallpaper. That is always a bad idea. There is never a moment when you peel off a little bit of wallpaper and that improves a situation is there? Any rookie knows this. You don’t “just” […]
Electronics and technology have changed the way sportsmen do things. Anglers used to find fish by fishing for them. Of course using visible cues at known fish hangouts helped fishermen, in the hunt and so did good old fashion experience. If you caught fish near Smith’s boat dock or the around the rock pile by […]
On a sparkling fall day a week before the first FarmAid concert at the University of Illinois, I drove the back roads to Champaign to pick up two press passes for the lovely Catherine and me. It was mid-September, 1985, and the brown corn and yellowing soybeans rattled and rippled in a soothing breeze against […]
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing. — 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17 Most of us have learned when we work, we work, but when we pray, God works. Prayer is powerful. When we pray, the divine power of God is released. The power in prayer is God’s power, which is activated by prayer. “Prayer is not eloquence but […]
There are two reasons to keep up-to-speed on the fast pace of events in what would seem to be the very dull world of potash. The first reason is that the key players in this once-tightly controlled market continue to lose their grip on it. According to analysts, prices for this key fertilizer will continue […]
I remember one of the first times I learned about silage leachate and how toxic it can be to aquatic life. Luckily, my first experience wasn’t looking at a bunch of dead rotting fish trying to get out of their polluted homes. I was simply reading about it, and talking about conservation practices to help […]
Back in the early part of the 20th century gasoline and oil tractors were few and far between. The big heavy monsters that existed at the time were more likely to be found in the vast prairies of the northern plains states, where they were used for breaking the virgin sod, than in the corn […]
His story almost ended before it had a chance to begin. There is a small black and white photograph that served as a reminder, tucked in to the oldest photo albums of the many that were created over a happy life. In this picture, a very simple-looking, bare-bones tractor lies tipped over, lying in water. […]
There is a four letter word that has wreaked more havoc and cost me more money than any other word in the English language. That word is “just.” It’s not a swear word, but it probably should be. “Just looking.” “Just going to see what we might get into here.” “Just going to be a […]
If your backyard plans include adding new plants for next year, get a head start this fall. Just be sure to get started before the ground freezes.
The grain harvest delay has been the excuse needed to see prices perk up a little.
Mr. Wonderful refers to most teenage boys with designs on his daughter (aka all of them) as “the one with the hands.” He further categorizes them as “the other one with the hands.”
The year I turned 12 I got my first hunting license. It was my first chance to hunt ring-necked pheasants. My father brought birds home every fall, and I wanted to join the hunt. My dad taught me to shoot with a used, single shot, 12-gauge shotgun. It was a lot of gun for a […]
Mike shares his experience hunting with dogs.
So just what was Congress, and especially the U.S. House of Representatives, doing when it entered the final week of its high-speed game of chicken with the White House and three out of four Americans who said loudly and clearly they did not want a government shutdown? Politics One part of the answer, the political […]