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Around the Farm – Till Next Time

With the combine parked and the grain in storage it’s time for us to get down to business with our “fall” tillage…despite the fact that it’s January. Tillage, in general, is the process of preparing soil for the upcoming planting season and is also used to incorporate fertilizer into the ground. There ...read more

Around the Farm – Finding Joy this Season

Call me selfish, but the holiday season is one of my favorite times here on our farm. And trust me, it’s not just about the boxes of gifts underneath the Christmas tree. The corn and beans are harvested (this year, just barely) but that’s a story for another day. We’ve worked our ...read more

Around the Farm – If At First You Don’t Succeed…

...dry, dry a grain. With the extreme delay in this year’s planting season it is important to cover an ever-present issue and one that is even more crucial this year. It’s an issue that can keep farmers from getting in the field with their combine, cause grain in storage to spoil ...read more

Around the Farm – Gearing up for Meals on Wheels

This time of year is filled with bustling schedules. From back to school routines and filled up sporting schedules to the start of the fall harvest season, this is the time of year when it’s go, go, go time. So it only makes sense that with all this activity, on the ...read more

Around the Farm – Critical Year for GDUs

Getting seed in the ground is only the beginning of the battle to growing a good crop. Farmers didn’t stand a chance against the monsoonariffic (yeah, I made it up) wrath of Mother Nature this spring. But now the looming thought that incessantly occupies farmers’ minds is weather – or ...read more

Around the Farm – Our Front Porch

Maybe it’s part of getting older, but I seem to be extra sentimental these days. And summertime, well, it seems to be the perfect season to reflect on old memories and create new ones, too. Let me explain. I love our porch. LOVE it. But, I’ve got to say, our front porch ...read more

Around the Farm – A Spring that Un-Sprung Farmers

Every year around mid-April farmers start itching to get their fields planted, but ideal conditions must exist in order to do so. A wise man once told my father that if he goes out to a field, drops his drawers, sits on the dirt and doesn’t have the urge to jump ...read more

Around the Farm – Planting Patience

Years ago, my mom received a coffee mug as a gift. All the adults hooted and hollered over it like it was the funniest thing ever. On it, it read, “God, grant me patience and I want it right now!” As a kid without a care in the world, I didn’t ...read more

Around the Farm – Multi-Hybrid Planting with Seed Prescriptions

Although the fundamentals to planting have generally stayed the same from when my grandfather farmed to now, a lot of things have changed – or progressed, as technology has. One of the bigger developments in the modern age of farming has been the ability to plant more than one crop ...read more

Around the Farm – Roses & Thorns

Did you know farmers account for less than two percent of the American population? We’re a minority and we’re getting smaller, not larger, and with that come some challenges. When my oldest kids were younger (they’re now in high school) we’d play a game called “Roses and Thorns” during our evening ...read more