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Day 11: Change

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in 30 Days, Blog | Comments Off

It’s Day 11 of my blogging challenge, and this one is about change.  I have learned that we must constantly learn, grow, adapt, and change in our business.  It may appear that a farmer simply plants, harvest, tills, feeds cattle, bales hay, etc.  However, the way we do these things changes every season or even day.  We try different methods of tilling, cattle feed rations, seed, and more, all in an attempt to find the best way of doing that particular task. We had a great conversation about trying new things, success, failure, and...

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Day 8: What do we do after harvest?

Posted by on Nov 8, 2014 in 30 Days, Blog | Comments Off

Since I’ve been back farming, I’ve been asked numerous times about what we do after harvest.  Harvest took about 7 weeks this year.  We were all hands on deck at that time, running the combine, grain carts, trucking, and still feeding the cattle.  We do have a bit of a breather now that harvest is over.  The end of harvest is really the beginning of the next crop year.  In terms of crops, we are starting to make seed decisions, working on tillage equipment, doing fall tillage work, and deciding our mix of crops and fertilizer for...

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Day 7: The Farmer Wave

Posted by on Nov 8, 2014 in 30 Days, Blog | Comments Off

It’s Day 7 of my blogging challenge, and I’m back from my one day hiatus in which I shared Lydia’s blog.  I saw this cute video on Facebook yesterday about the Farmer Wave.  I never noticed the farmer wave growing up, or when I lived in Iowa.  I lived in cities until I moved back here.  City people never do the farmer wave.  I drove through rural communities in Iowa, but I suspect I never received a farmer wave because I was driving a Toyota Camry. I give and receive the farmer wave every day here now that I’m farming....

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Day 5: Always carry toilet paper

Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in 30 Days, Blog | Comments Off

It’s Day 5 of my blogging challenge, and this post is a doozy.  Lydia asked me if I was going to blog about it, and bear with me as I try to put it eloquently.  In my initial post, I spoke of how I have learned some things the hard way.  This particular post is about something I learned not only the hard way, but the painful way. Ready to read about it?  Let’s get started… Last night, I was watching TV before bed as usual.  I went to bed, and felt horrible pains in entire lower stomach and bowel area.  I couldn’t get...

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Day 4: Election Day

Posted by on Nov 5, 2014 in 30 Days, Blog | Comments Off

It’s Day 4 of my 30 day blogging challenge of what I’ve learned since I started farming, and it happens to be Election Day!  I had something else in mind for this blog, but Election Day gave me a different inspiration.  I’m varying a bit from the “what I’ve learned from farming” topic, with this post discussing “what I’ve learned from being back in the farming community.” I voted today.  It was the first time I voted personally in Greene County.  I voted absentee here when at UIUC, and...

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