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FSA Andy for Oct. 22, 2009

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Hello, friends! October is always one of the most active months of the year around my house. Routines are being set for school, fall sports are getting into high gear and, of course, the combines are in the field. We try to take a little time out each year to go on one of the […]

Don’t know much ’bout economics

Thursday, October 22, 2009

In the transition from farm boy to student to journalist, I skated and stumbled through several academic departments at the Big U. For example, at the height of Watergate scandal in the early 1970s, I studied political science. A visit home during fall harvest that year, however, cured me of that silliness; I missed the […]

The “I don’t mean to be mean” girls

Thursday, October 22, 2009

There is a point in life when you realize that you never do, in fact, outgrow high school. Worse, you never really get over junior high. We sent the baby off to “middle school” this year. In my day, middle school (AKA junior high) didn’t start until seventh grade. Today it starts in fifth grade. […]

Hazard A Guess: Week of Oct. 22, 2009

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Each week Farm and Dairy challenges readers to identify a small tool or gadget (or at least ‘hazard a guess’ as to its use).

Sustainability + farm productivity = future

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

When it comes to farming, why don’t we see more sentences with the words “sustainable” and “productivity” in them? They are the only things that will keep food on all our tables.

Folklore is wrong: Woolly bears can’t tell future

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The parade has begun. Yesterday I counted six as I walked from the house to the garage. This morning I spotted another handful crossing the road as I walked to the mail box. Woolly bears are on the move. Seasons changing Woolly bears are just one of many reliable signs of seasonal change that begin […]

Hazard A Guess: Week of Oct. 15, 2009

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Each week Farm and Dairy challenges readers to identify a small tool or gadget (or at least ‘hazard a guess’ as to its use).

Fall’s backdrop makes all the farm chores worth doing

Thursday, October 15, 2009

“Throwing down hay from the highest point of the south mow, I was drawn to the west corner by the tiniest of sounds. Nestled in a tiny bowl of hay, I found a litter of colorful kittens. I watched them stretch and yawn and remember why it is worth the hard work of farming just […]

The truth about rock-and-roll

Thursday, October 15, 2009

On the sunny, first Sunday of October, Willie Nelson, 76; Neil Young, 63; John Mellencamp, three days shy of 58, and Dave Matthews, 42, brought their Farm Aid road show, now 24, to west St. Louis. Having interviewed the three Farm Aid founders at the inaugural 1985 concert in Champaign, Ill., (Matthews joined the effort […]

Plan ahead for winter feeding

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Winter is here, are you ready? The single largest expense of keeping livestock is winter-feeding costs. Livestock owners can reduce and minimize the cost with a little planning. It sounds strange, but feeding low quality hay now might be a good strategy to reduce winter-feed costs. The reason to feed poor quality hay now is […]

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