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To Burn or Not to Burn…

🕔16:19, 1.May 2017

As I read about the massive wildfires that burned across the high plains back in March of this year, I thought about the part that burning has played in agriculture since very early times.  My research brought me to different

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Weathering the Times

🕔13:31, 3.Apr 2017

What image comes to mind when you picture a weathervane?  I would expect that most of you see the directional arrows indicating north, south, east and west, topped with something ornate perched on an arrow.  This upper piece of the

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Farming: Where It’s Been and Where It’s Going

🕔10:08, 22.Feb 2017

  Al Kluis , writing for Successful Farming, reminds everyone that in order to move forward in agriculture, you need to look back and learn from the ups and downs.  Here’s a recap of the last five decades: 1970s: Farm prices

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Corporate Farming of Yesteryear

🕔10:31, 19.Oct 2016

Oftentimes the misfortune of one becomes the good fortune of another.  This was the case for Northern Pacific Railroad, whose charter was signed by President Abraham Lincoln in July of 1864.  Economic conditions forced the company into bankruptcy in 1873,

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“Useful, With a Pleasant Degree of Humor”

🕔09:20, 21.Sep 2016

This is the mantra that the Farmer’s Almanac has held on to since 1792.  Even though its focus is on farmers, this magazine has provided a wealth of information for people who hold many different jobs in our society…tide tables, sunrise

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Don’t Love Your Old Tractor to Death

🕔11:40, 13.Apr 2016

Some of my fondest memories from growing up on the farm involve an old John Deere “B” tractor.  That was the first tractor I ever learned to drive and I to this day can remember the “tricycle” style front wheels,

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The Harvest Brigade

🕔11:39, 28.Oct 2015

How many of you know where the term “combine” comes from?  I have to admit that I have never given it much thought in all the years I’ve been around farming, but this origin makes perfect sense:  “combine” was born

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Dassel – Where Minnesota’s Seed Corn Began! Updated

🕔17:19, 28.Sep 2015

How many of you knew that back in the late 1800s, Minnesota was considered too cold to grow corn?  Well by the late 1930’s, farmers from Dassel, MN and a corn seed variety call Minnesota 13 played a major role

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An Event You Shouldn’t Miss Updated

🕔10:17, 9.Sep 2015

The Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion in Rollag, MN has been a part of my  life for as long as I can remember.  I read somewhere that you should never look back except to see how far you’ve come, and experiencing yesteryear’s

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