Time of the Season: Winter Wheat in Early Spring

After a few seemingly endless months of winter on the Great Plains, the sight of green on the landscape is a beacon of hope that warmer days are just around the corner.

Although a few cool season weeds in my yard almost sneak past my attention undetected, it’s tough to ignore an entire field of winter wheat greening up. It seems to take at least another month for the rest of the countryside to come back to life.


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How Farmers Buy Seed

One of the first signs of spring is the arrival of a garden catalog in the mailbox. Fantasizing about picking crisp green cucumbers on a warm summer evening is the perfect antidote to a cold, windy day.

Mr. Corn Farmer often reminds me that he’s a bigger and better gardener than I am. It’s true, but selecting seed for our farm is no fantasy. It’s serious stuff.


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Going Green

“Going Green” on a farm isn’t limited to John Deere tractors.  Let’s think about sustainability.

We could say that sustainability encompasses how humans live, how industry and agriculture function, and how ecosystems are affected by this activity.

I realize this is a vast oversimplification, but the main idea is that we replenish any resources that we use, and that we do not cause damage to planet Earth.  This challenge is amplified by a rapidly increasing world population.

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