Monthly archive for July2013

Meet a farmer: Beezer

Meet a farmer: Beezer

Brian, B, Beezer – the childhood moniker may have stuck, but this kind young farmer is every bit of a responsible adult, raising hogs in his own two 2400 head barns in northwest Iowa. He owns and farms his own 80 acres, cares for his…

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In which I learn about crops in Canada

In which I learn about crops in Canada

So this is what oats look like.  Don’t think I’ve ever seen them up close. Oats grow best in cool, wet summers, which disqualifies the part of Kansas I grew up in.  But there’s a whole lot of oats growin’ here in Manitoba. And beans!  There’s…

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Checking on the corn

Checking on the corn

The corn is a’tasseling in Iowa. So I wandered into a field last week to check it out.  Hi! Most field corn stalks have just one ear per stalk, but this one had two. Each of those strands of silk can become a kernel of…

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All things bright and beautiful

All things bright and beautiful

Fairly certain country roads in South Dakota today is what the lyricist was talking about with the bright and the beautiful. I love rural America.

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When pigs take a picture

When pigs take a picture

Chad and I are off to Canada early this morning. We’ll be up at Crystal Spring for a week, (hopefully) creating solutions to a few problems. I’ll report back soon. Until then, here’s this lovely couple, who I imagine are having a dialogue very much…

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Strawberries: Organic vs. Walmart

Strawberries:  Organic vs. Walmart

A version of this post first appeared on Anna’s personal blog, teamwastell.com. Thanks to their convenient location, low prices and price matching policy, we do the bulk of our grocery shopping at Walmart.  Also, I find that I do way less impulse shopping at Walmart…

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Everybody poops

Everybody poops

And, now I’ve got your attention.  Yes, everybody poops, even pigs.  While it’s definitely smelly, hog manure is really valuable as fertilizer for farmers. It gets pumped out of the pit once or twice a year and spread on fields with a tank called a…

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NPIC reports

NPIC reports

I blogged for Swineweb.com while Chad and I were at the National Pork Industry Conference this week. Read my reports here: NPIC Preview NPIC Day 1 NPIC Day 2 NPIC Day 3

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Sweating like a pig

Sweating like a pig

Nope. Not even a little bit. Because, see, pigs don’t sweat. That’s why the traditional roll in the mud feels so good for a pig – the water evaporates off the pig like sweat off a person, cooling them down. But in a hot midwestern…

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Ride Along Report

Ride Along Report

I seriously don’t know how people even did early mornings before travel mugs or Starbucks.  Early mornings, we are not friends.  Iced coffee, I love you. The sky was incredible as we headed east across Iowa. Zero filter or touch ups on this one. This…

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