Grain prices continue to be volatile on the Chicago Board of Trade. Blame current prices swings on traders preparing for the USDA Prospective Plantings Report while looking at private forecasts. Recently corn prices have firmed, while soybeans prices have been sharply lower. This started as a reaction to better South American weather. Brazil was too [...]
Hello Again! The Farm Service Agency is now offering a new microloan program designed to assist small family farms, beginning farmers, and socially disadvantaged farmers with operating credit. The microloan program was developed to better serve the unique financial operating needs of beginning, niche and the smallest of family farm operations. The microloan offers a [...]
I’ve often heard it said that “what goes around comes around” and “there’s nothing new under the sun.” Here’s an example of that, and, while probably not proving those rules, it certainly illustrates that such things do occur. About two months ago, I wrote about the Reeves Octoauto, a strange-looking eight-wheeled car that existed briefly [...]
I have often thought that some of the best stories are the ones that are never told. There are likely many such tales in each one of our family histories, and knowing this makes me wish I could interview the so-called average Joe and spend each day writing someone’s life story. Stories I was thrilled [...]
When I started this series of articles many years ago, I featured the specific properties of various makes of engines in several articles. Since then several good books have been published listing the different engines and showing mostly pictures and brief descriptions of what they built. In many cases a company built several different models. [...]
When you really get down to it, life is made up not of what you “have” to do but what you “get” to do — and that makes all the difference.
If you raise crops, and fertilizer is your biggest expense, then it only makes sense to use it wisely, and following the 4Rs can increase productivity and minimize the environmental impact of continuous cropping.
Ohio Walleye Federation events are open to weekend anglers as well as serious walleye chasers.
Darleen Flaherty of Taylor, Mich., writes, “Several Michigan friends and I spotted robins in various locations in the lower half of Michigan’s lower peninsula in February. “We saw them when the temperature was in the 40s, but then our weather turned colder and snow returned. How do robin’s survive winter conditions? I’ve never seen a [...]
Just because one farmer offers to pay more per acre doesn’t necessarily mean they will care for the land like someone who offers less per acre.