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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

Green Thumb – Pruning Tips for Healthier Shrubs

Most of us take an interest in pruning when we become first-time home owners. In my case I thought it was my duty to maintain the shrubs like the previous owner. After all, cones, boxes and meat-ball spheres were the landscaping shapes we saw down the street. On Saturdays you ...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

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