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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

Green Thumb – A Garden with Good Bones

From April to October, we enjoy our flower gardens. We find their over all visual appearance pleasing. What if all the flowers were removed from the garden? Would our garden areas still be appealing or would they be lacking in form and design? One of the easiest ways to bring a ...read more

Green Thumb – Ask a Master Gardener about Vegetables

“Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if greenvegetables smelled as good as bacon.”  Doug Larson This year, many people are showing an interest in growing their own vegetables. For some, there is comfort in having some control over their food source. For others it has been a search for ...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

Green Thumb – How Does Your Garden Grow

Welcome Spring! It’s time to welcome the spring gardening season. We will explore some of the new garden trends for 2020 and get acquainted with some of the many new plants being offered for our gardens. A quick but important step before we begin is to review notes that we made ...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

Green Thumb – Sensational Shrubs for Your Garden

Between the worlds of large trees and smaller annuals and perennials, we often overlook the beautiful and diverse family of shrubs. These plants are capable of supplying seasonal garden interest from early spring all the way through the winter months. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular shrubs for your home ...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