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Around the Farm – Harvest Requires Teamwork

If I could choose one word to describe harvest this year I think I would choose “teamwork.” This year I really relied on a team of people to get harvest finished, especially since I have another job off the farm. I could make a list of several people that helped out ...read more

Green Thumb – Growing Garlic

Want to get a head start on planting your vegetable garden for next year? Then garlic is the plant for you! Garlic (Allium sativum) has been grown for thousands of years as both food and medicine. It has a long growing season which may seem daunting. Fortunately, it is relatively easy ...read more

Around the Farm – Harvest is Coming

September is always one of the more hectic times of the year here on our farm. We spend most of the month trying to get ready for harvest, which for us means repairing our combine, preparing the strip-till bar, ordering seed and fertilizer and getting the grain elevator cleaned out ...read more

Green Thumb – Zinnias

I’m sentimental about zinnias. They are the first flowers I ever grew as a child. My dad dug up a small plot on the south side of our house and showed me how to plant the seeds. I watered them with a sprinkling can. They sprouted fast, grew tall, and ...read more

Around the Farm – Back to School on the Farm

It’s that time of year when students go back to school to learn and prepare for their future. This time of year reminds me of all the schooling I have had, and has me wishing that more of that education involved agriculture. Everything I learned about agriculture I learned outside of the ...read more

Around the Farm – Crop Scouting & More

If you stop by our farm during the summer, you’re likely to find a flurry of different activities going on during any given day. We planted a little bit late this year due to the cool, wet weather so now we have to play catchup on a lot of the ...read more

Green Thumb – Happy Houseplants

Keeping houseplants is a source of satisfaction for many. But when plants are not thriving it can be concerning and confusing. As soon as a leaf yellows or develops a brown spot, many reach for fertilizer or household pesticides, neither of which is an appropriate first response. Yellowing, brown edges, leaf spots ...read more

Green Thumb – Bearded Iris

Irises are easy to grow, long-lived, and relatively carefree perennials, making them some of the most popular flowers in gardens. They can also be found in a variety of colors, ranging from pink, purple, yellow, peach, green, white, tan, bronze, to almost black, and bi-color. The American Iris Society divides irises ...read more

Around the Farm – Barn Memories

One of my favorite things about my childhood is growing up on our family farm. I have so many sweet memories, some of which include our large red barn that was used to house our pigs. Growing up, my dad raised hogs from farrow-to-finish (from birth to market weight) and ...read more

Green Thumb – The Sweet Story of Strawberry Success

Nothing beats the taste of strawberries ripened to perfection in your backyard. Strawberry cultivars are separated into three distinct plant types based on their response to photoperiod (hours of sunlight received per day): June-bearing, ever-bearers, and day-neutrals. Strawberry plants tolerate many soil types but often do well on light-sandy soil with high ...read more