2020: Election year meets the funk

We can all agree that 2020 has been quite the year. I think for the rest of my life, whenever I look back on the year 2020, I will always…

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Leave it be

When you were on your tractor last summer mowing the roadside, you may have noticed a bobwhite quail run across the road, and you might have been excited to see…

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Pruning trees and shrubs in the fall

Though light pruning and removal of dead wood are fine this time of year, more severe pruning should be left until spring. Consider pruning to be “light” if 10 percent…

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How to dispose of medications properly

A recent report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that 44 percent of men and 57 percent of women older than 65 years take five or…

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Cull cows, market cows

“A Rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Shakespeare had the right idea; a name is just a name. The current thought is we should call cull cows…

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Managing forages in the early fall

Feed costs make up a big part of the cow-calf budget, making them a focal point of most producers. Forage management now could help keep at least some of those…

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September is Food Safety Education Month

September is widely known as Food Safety Education Month. Knowing a little something about protecting yourself from foodborne illness is essential all the time. We eat food every day, so…

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Familiar scam circulating area

I would like to inform residents of a familiar scam that is circulating our area-only this time, there is a modification to it. Residents have been contacted by phone and…

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Minister Speaks: Serving my neighbor from the booth

Often we hear a couple phrases which are probably more harmful than helpful. One is “the two things you shouldn’t ever talk about are religion and politics,” which I firmly…

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Management tips for horse pasture in the fall

Fall is the season when most horse owners should think of how they can improve their horse pastures for the coming year. Some pastures might have been managed well and…

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Be careful during harvest time

I would like to remind everyone that harvest time is here and we need to make sure to drive accordingly. A lot of the farm machinery takes up much of…

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Rice and its many varieties

What do Toyota and Honda have in common with rice? They are named after the grain. Toyota’s name can be broken down to “toyo,” meaning “abundant,” and “da,” meaning “rice…

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Harvest safety

Harvest has begun and will soon be in full swing. It’s an awesome time of year, and potentially dangerous time as well. Fortunately, a few preventative steps might help. I…

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Calculated risks

These days, we are in a quandary – do you hold a public meeting or not? When we are trying to distribute some educational information that might help people with…

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End of summer cleaning

Want a great start to next summer? Spend time now returning warm weather gear to its best possible state before you store it. Here are recommendations from the American Cleaning…

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