December 9, 2019

Farmers are always thinking about those pesky weeds…even in December.

Dr. Aaron Hager with the Department of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois spoke to local farmers last week during the annual BCS chemical meeting at Arrowsmith. He noted Illinois is a leader...

December 2, 2019

After a long, difficult farming season, it was a relief to get out and enjoy nature recently.

The fact that I got a deer during the first firearm season in November made the experience even more enjoyable. I didn't even have to work for getting the buck as I saw him rig...

November 25, 2019

With another farming season in the rear-view mirror, we have plenty to be thankful for during this Thanksgiving week.

I hope you enjoy this year’s list of reasons I am thankful.

  • We aren’t still combining at the end of November.

  • The harvest wasn’t as horrible as...

November 18, 2019

Caffeine has been powering our farming operation for years.

In fact, coffee is usually one of my major food groups each spring and fall, along with sweets. There is no such thing as “use sparingly” around here. How else would I get through an extremely late and interest...

November 4, 2019

Shorter days are here and winter isn’t far off. In fact, it feels like winter is already here with last week’s crazy weather.

I actually don’t mind the shorter days. It is light earlier in the morning and dark earlier at night, which means I can get to sleep much easier...

October 28, 2019

The finish line is a tad blurry but I think I can barely see it over the hill for harvest 2019.

We are all ready to put this season to bed. Ever since spring, we have been battling unpredictable weather, low commodity prices and trade uncertainty. Add to that the daily...

October 21, 2019

Isn’t it funny how a grass lane leading to the back 80 can bring back so many memories?

As I was driving the tractor and auger wagon up this lane last week, I suddenly went back in time to my childhood. I was sitting in the driver’s seat of a small four-speed Ford Escor...

October 14, 2019

After a long wait, the flurry of harvest activity is underway around here.

The pre-harvest jitters are a thing of the past as we started our 2019 season by combining corn and just last week, we started soybeans. All of the equipment seems to be running well and the seas...

October 7, 2019

Corn and soybean prices may have ended September on a positive note, but how can we keep this market momentum going throughout the harvest season?

I spoke with Wayne Nelson of L&M Commodities last week and he believes a number of things must fall into place to keep pric...

September 30, 2019

In what seems to be an always connected world we live in, there are places in rural America that are struggling to even get a decent online signal.

We all know agriculture is a place where we depend on technology for grain and fuel monitoring systems, planting assistanc...

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