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Living on the cheap edge

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The nice thing about being a publicly acknowledged “Cheapo” (I prefer the term “thrifty” by the way) is that people are impressed (or repulsed, could go either way) with how well you score bargains. I have long admitted that our home is furnished almost entirely in “early auction.” It pains me to pay full retail […]

The way it was in the spring of 1939

Thursday, March 13, 2014

In March 1939, I was still five months away from my sixth birthday and one more from my first year in a one-room country school (no kindergarten or preschool in those days). My folks may have read the March issue of Farm Journal, but even if they didn’t, I have a copy in front of […]

March hunting opportunities for deer sheds, coyotes

Thursday, March 13, 2014

According to experienced shed hunters both antlers are often dropped within yards of each other and pairs of antlers can match up with antlers from the same animal year after year.

Farm names live on long after owners

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Farmers pay homage to generations of the past.

As federal policies change, make sure you’re still eligible

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Hello again! Planning ahead used to be in my vocabulary, but that was before I had children. Now I feel like I fly by the seat of my pants and I only plan one day at a time and that is usually done the night before, as I drift off to sleep. I have noticed […]

So your farm is sustainable? Prove it!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Just thinking or saying you’re sustainable isn’t good enough.

Bull grain market runs into a fence

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Both the bull action and the bear action in recent grain markets come from the Russian Bear.

Expect more fish kills after this winter

Friday, March 7, 2014

Is this year’s winter weather setting ponds up for massive fish kills? The answer is probably yes. Most ponds could be subject to possible fish kills later this year, attributed to prime conditions brought about by this winter’s extreme weather. The disaster recipe for a fish kill in a pond starts with sustained periods of […]

Cowboy Jon Sund is living his dream

Thursday, March 6, 2014

By Mike Tontimonia A real cowboy is more comfortable glued to a saddle than a recliner. He pays little attention to the time — more to the task at hand. Lunch might be a smashed sandwich pulled from a jacket pocket and a drink might be what’s left from yesterday. That is if there is […]

Some practice with the English steam engines

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Hello again steam enthusiasts. I have been taking advantage of the cold snowy weather to sort out some of the papers and magazines in my back room and came across my copy of the fifth edition Traction Engine Register, from 1987. It was compiled by John B. True, edited by Brian Johnson and published by […]

Cowboy Jon Sund is living his dream

Thursday, March 6, 2014

A real cowboy is more comfortable glued to a saddle than a recliner. He pays little attention to the time — more to the task at hand. Lunch might be a smashed sandwich pulled from a jacket pocket and a drink might be what’s left from yesterday. That is if there is a lunch at […]

Getting ready for birding in the spring season

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Last week I did my best to think spring by suggesting that it was time to put up a few nest boxes for cavity-nesting birds such as eastern bluebirds, tufted titmice, Carolina wrens, and chickadees. This week it’s time for the next step despite a forecast for more severe winter weather. It will warm up […]

I need more wood for the stove, but…

Thursday, March 6, 2014

The tall, mostly dead red oak on the eastern edge of the farmette still stands this late, long winter, saved mostly by this late, long winter. The majestic, strong-armed tree, my age or a little more, had a date with the saw and maul as soon as the weather turned cold. Deep snow and face-cracking […]

Moving mountains

Thursday, March 6, 2014

It started, as natural disasters often do, completely without warning. Mr. Wonderful and I were enjoying a relaxing weekend morning coffee and chatting about all manner of things in that scattershot way married people have. “We need more cat food, hey did you drop off/pick up/pay that?” “How about that crazy friend on Facebook?” Somehow […]

Getting ready for birding in the spring season

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Last week I did my best to think spring by suggesting that it was time to put up a few nest boxes for cavity-nesting birds such as eastern bluebirds, tufted titmice, Carolina wrens, and chickadees. This week it’s time for the next step despite a forecast for more severe winter weather. It will warm up […]

Moving mountains

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

It started, as natural disasters often do, completely without warning. Mr. Wonderful and I were enjoying a relaxing weekend morning coffee and chatting about all manner of things in that scattershot way married people have. “We need more cat food, hey did you drop off/pick up/pay that?” “How about that crazy friend on Facebook?” Somehow […]

Deering — a forgotten farm equipment dealership

Saturday, March 1, 2014

The two Whinery brothers sold Deering farm equipment and other farm supplies, as well as builder’s supplies and, in 1915, made the decision to incorporate the business as a stockholder-owned company, probably to raise money to expand the business.

Starting a farm: Looking for land

Friday, February 28, 2014

The high price of farmland is the most common complaint of new farmers, and with good reason; both crop and pasture land is selling at an all-time high.

Bump in grain prices becoming a rally

Friday, February 28, 2014

All three major commodities on the Chicago Board of Trade have shown signs of an uptrend for a few weeks.

Showering with unsolicited advice

Friday, February 28, 2014

At the risk of sounding obnoxious, I think Mr. Wonderful and I have raised — to this point anyway — two good kids. The ones that are kind, giving, gracious, look out for others. I’m proud of that. I flatter myself that people want to know how we have managed through cleverness, parenting skill, and […]

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