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Around the Farm – A “Normal” Year of Farming

This article was going to be on what a normal year in farming looks like but as I sat here staring at the blank screen for what seemed to be an eternity I came to the conclusion that there is no “normal” in farming – at least not here of ...read more

Around the Farm – One Day at a Time

Raise your hand if you love constant change, living on the edge and a wild sense of chaos. Anyone? Well, congratulations then! 2020 is the year for you! But if you’re like me (raising hand here) and crave routine, stability and a sense of normalcy, I think it’s safe to say this year ...read more

Around the Farm – What Bugs Farmers?

Since I’ve been writing for CONNECTIONS we’ve talked about various aspects of farming. We’ve covered planting, tillage, harvest and technology, amongst other things. But let’s shift our attention to a factor that doesn’t get as much attention – pests, and specifically for this article, corn rootworm beetles. Rootworm beetles are a ...read more

Around the Farm – Holy Cow, I Mean Steer

“I’m okay with it if we get a cow. Or two.” I’ll never forget uttering the words to my husband, Ryan. I was completely surprised to hear that string of words leaving my mouth. For those of you who were raised on a farm, you probably would have said steer, heifer, or ...read more

Around the Farm – Drones Help with Replant Decisions

Farmers go hard. They work around the clock to ensure their crop gets in the ground. But as you well know, weather is a factor and if there’s a large amount of rain the planter will need to be parked until the ground dries back up. Such was the case this ...read more

Around the Farm – Well, Well, Here We Are

I’ve gotta say, the last time I thought about Corona was back in my college bars when we thought we were drinking “fancy” beer. And now, here we are with everyone, and I mean everyone feeling the disruptive and life changing effects the pandemic COVID-19 has brought to our lives. As I ...read more

Around the Farm – Harness Up

Ever since I was a kid I was taught about grain bin safety. I was warned of how dangerous it is to climb inside and walk around while grain is stored. Today working with grain bins is a regular part of what I do as a farmer but the words of caution preached ...read more

Around the Farm – Steering Forward

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” Dr. Seuss Raise your hand if you’re a parent! If you are, I’m certain people have told you, as they did me, that your kids will grow up faster than you ...read more

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