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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.

Grapevines are aggressive, but are not deadly

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Lesson learned: Grapevines are important to the ecosystem.

Paint fades, but healthy soil does not

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Take a little time and a little money and take a good look at the fertility level of your fields. When was the last time you pulled a soil test for that corner pasture that you can only graze for a few days a month cause there’s not much grass? For that matter, when’s the last time you sampled your best field?

The tractor and engine show season is starting

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Well I got a few good comments on the two articles I did featuring two British companies, namely Garretts and Wallis and Steevens and I hope you all enjoyed them. Attend a show Now our own season is starting and we hope you are all making plans to visit your favorite shows or perhaps to […]

The best stories always include a dog

Thursday, June 5, 2014

“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring — it was peace.”

A monopoly in the flour industry?

Thursday, June 5, 2014

The deal, which joins two of the top three flour millers in the nation, marries ConAgra Mill’s 21 mills with the 20 operated by Horizon Milling, an existing joint venture between Cargill and CHS.

Grain prices fall as seed hits the ground

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The planting reality is that we caught up this week in good weather, and if the sun shines and we get a little rain on time, we will continue to expect big crops.

Be the change… A farmer’s pep talk!

Friday, May 30, 2014

By CATHY BERG As I sit here today in my office watching the trees sway in the wind, and admiring the beautiful hostas, iris’s and bleeding hearts growing outside my office window, I think of how much the world has changed. Public perception Public perception and our beliefs appear to now be more influenced by […]

Learning farm ropes can be shocking

Thursday, May 29, 2014

It made me stand up a little taller when my dad said to me one morning in the milking parlor, “I just couldn’t farm without you. You do good work.”

Caterpillars, forest birds and trees … how they fit

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Let’s examine how small songbirds such as warblers, vireos and flycatchers act as keystone species in forest ecosystems.

Planning to not make plans at all

Thursday, May 29, 2014

I’m packing the camper — or at least supposed to be. What I’m actually doing is writing about packing the camper. Procrastination — it’s an art form. I love camping. I love having a camper and I love everything about “getting away from it all.” What I don’t love is planning. At all. Yesterday I […]

Walleye lessons still hold true over 20 years later

Thursday, May 29, 2014

In the mid-1980s, Lake Erie’s declared title of Walleye Capital of the World was already well established and undisputable. Those were times when the accepted method of walleye fishing was drift fishing and casting to the fish. The waters of Erie’s shallow western basin, a body of water stretching from Toledo to the islands, contained […]

Touching the electric fence

Thursday, May 29, 2014

American humorist Will Rogers once noted that he “wasn’t a member of any organized political party” because “I am a Democrat.” The crack is dead-on funny because it’s bulls-eye true. Just ask any Democrat.

Done planting? Keep good records just in case

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Producers should record all pertinent information of natural disaster consequences, including as much documentation as possible to substantiate your claim.

First 24 hours critical for calf colostrum

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Colostrum, the first milk given by the dam (mother), is packed with antibodies that act as a passive immune system until the calf’s immune system produces antibodies itself. But you have only a 24-hour window to get that colostrum in the calf.

Reduce waste when feeding, storing hay

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Hay handling tips that can keep your supply in good shape.

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