“Hurry up! Grab the crayons and I’ll get the scissors!” This was my “order from headquarters” from an older sister when we were kids and Christmas was drawing near. After asking permission, we would take the scissors to an old Sears or Montgomery Ward catalog and begin clipping out pictures of everything our little hearts […]
Victory red, jet black leather interior, spoiler, sunroof and looked almost as sharp as the day it rolled of the showroom floor and into Mr. Wonderful’s waiting arms five years ago. That’s 900, 1500, er, a whole bunch of days. I’m not good at math but let’s say “a while.” In all that time the […]
Nothing gets birders more excited than widespread reports of unusual birds. They jump in their cars, drive hundreds of miles, and hope to spot a “life bird.” Sometimes they are successful; sometimes they are not. It’s all part of the thrill of birding. Reports of snowy owls Right now much of the northern U.S. is […]
The weekly hometown newspaper recently brought news of a family friend’s death. The friend, a dairy farmer, had lived a long, good life and was a respected member of his church, community and profession. My family’s connection, outside of cows and kids, was business: He, my father and a few dozen farmers in neighboring southern […]
Despite the fact that it is a bit more expensive to plant novel endophyte fescue seed, you can offset the cost of establishing novel endophyte fescue by increasing livestock efficiency.
Hello again: If you are awaiting my deer hunting story, I will not deprive you. I was on my very first deer hunting expedition on opening day of gun season. Now if you wonder how a 50-year-old woman gets roped into this, I will share. My husband got drafted into working Monday, so my 10-year-old […]
SORROW “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted” [Matthew 5:4]. I have met many wonderful people in my life; however, I have never met a person who enjoyed sorrow. We all do our best to avoid it. Sorrow can do one of two things: It can make you bitter or it can […]
Grain market traders got evened up ahead of today’s USDA report.
It’s easy to say someone else should do the education, and Extension, Farm Bureau, private industry and others do so, but it means even more when the public can hear a farmer describe what he or she does.
Big Ag — John Deere, Dow, Monsanto, Pioneer, and Syngenta — are “on the verge of going ‘all in’” on big data collection, analysis and operational planning.
The holiday season is upon us now, and many people will entertain family and friends in their homes. With much company comes much noise. It’s always a joy to have company and fellowship one with another; however, as much as we enjoy it sometimes, we are ready to enjoy quietness. Sometimes I enjoy going to […]
Hello again, I am sure most of you are reading this as your fingers are thawing and you are drinking your second cup of hot chocolate between deer hunting drives. As the wife and mother of a deer hunter, I feel very mixed over this week of hunting season. I am proud of my men; […]
Farming with the littlest farmer yields some dandy bonuses that glitter more than gold coins from a banker’s vault. My nephew and wife were invited to a local wedding reception for a life-long friend who works as a hunting guide in Alaska, where he met and married his bride. I was happy to be asked […]
Someone shanghaied my gravy boats. In the wee hours of Thanksgiving morn there must have been a wee gravy mutiny, because I realized I couldn’t find a single one. I had a very small crisis (on league with a hang nail). Ladles (I have six) are for savages. I need my gravy boats. Frankly, I […]
Last week, I wrote about Ralph Kohler, a lifelong waterfowl hunter who continues to host paying guests at his Missouri River pit blinds, something he’s done for 70 years. Arriving each day, groups of Kohler hunters meet well before daylight in a plain Jane, wood floor and make-your-hair stand-up coffee kind of restaurant, in downtown […]
I hope you don’t get tired of the old stories I resurrect — I find them fascinating and hope you do too, plus I enjoy passing along these long forgotten experiences to a new crop of readers. In the November 1916 issue of Gas Power magazine, published in St. Joseph, Mich., appeared this little story […]
The new EPA scientific integrity czar has spent a lifetime espousing the separation of politics and science-based policy. And she’s coming into an agency with what some would argue a predisposition for regulatory overreach and a politicization of the regulatory process.
Once again we can talk about the harvest low, except that we have to worry that the actual low is not in, and may not be seen until anticipation of the January Inventory Report by USDA.
I think that some of life’s best moments happen underground. So many of us have fond memories of memorable moments spent in the church basement. The celebration of birth, life, death (or just the feeling of death by committee) and democracy carried out in an environment redolent of a pleasant mustiness and Pine-Sol© mixed with […]
It’s hard to believe we’ve nearly reached the end of November! The leaves are falling, grain harvest is nearing completion, and it’s time to give some consideration to your pastures as we head into the cold winter months. Pastures provide an excellent source of feed for livestock and they must be managed for optimum quality […]