Category Archives: Environment

Farming Smarter with Cover Crops

Last September we seeded our first round of cover crops on roughly 200 acres.  These crops that we will never harvest are probably the most exciting thing on the farm right now for me. What is a Cover Crop A … Continue reading

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Drought then Hail

The Southern part of our county experienced a large hail storm two days ago.  The storm caused some significant damage to crops.  I went for a drive this afternoon so I figured I would drive to the affected area and … Continue reading

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It’s Easy Being Green

Farms tend to accumulate scrap metal over time.  A few times a year we load the dump truck with junk and haul it to the scrap yard where they recycle the metal.  Today we have less junk (almost none actually) … Continue reading

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USDA, CNN Visit Our Farm to Inspect 2012 Drought Damage

About two weeks ago we learned USDA Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Michael Scuse was going to be touring the Midwest surveying the effect of drought and extreme heat across the Corn Belt.  Our farm ended up as a stop … Continue reading

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Drought, Crop Conditions, USDA, and CNN

A quick post to get you readers up to speed.  I’m barely up to speed myself as all this has happened quite quickly.  About two weeks ago we found out USDA Undersecretary Michael Scuse was going to be touring drought … Continue reading

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A Taste Test of Biotech Sweet Corn

You may remember a while back when I wrote a post about biotech sweet corn, and how it could greatly reduce pesticide applications. Thanks to the popularity of that post (which still gets hits almost daily) I was afforded an … Continue reading

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April Sandstorm

In our area once you get North of US 24 soils start to get sandy. The terrain gets a little hilly in places, and the sandiest areas are often the highest. This year we didn’t perform any tillage on our … Continue reading

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