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April 2009 Blog Posts (39)

Frenzy & Freakout Over Flu

Media outlets around the globe have been in a frenzy spreading fear about the flu, now known as H1N1. Pandemic is the best way to describe it – and I’m not talking about the sickness, but the sensationalism surrounding the mutated virus. May I suggest a perspective check?

More than 500,000 people around the world die annually from the common seasonal flu.

You cannot get this virus from pork or pigs, contrary to misperceptions formed around the original name, swine flu. Get the… Continue

Added by Michele Payn-Knoper on April 30, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Well it rained us out again Tuesday

Back to more office work and making sure things are ready to go when it dries up again. I am currently working on building a webpage for our local farm bureau not much else to do on a rainy April 30th. Just trying to find new ways to tell our stories as farmer's so that we don't get regulated out of business by folks who don't know our business.

Added by george on April 30, 2009 at 11:40am — No Comments

Farmers talk about smart phones

This morning, I worked up an item on my personal blog, Insideag, based mainly on comments from one our Farmers for the Future members, Michael Lewis, a young farmer who really seems to be using new communications technology well.

Jeff Caldwell had started the… Continue

Added by John Walter on April 30, 2009 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

how much fertilizer to put on dryland wheat

i am from western oklahoma raising no'till dryland wheat. I am wondering what types of practices other places use as far as putting fertilizer on winter wheat. I would also like to know the different practices people use. I am currently running 1560 jd drills on 7.5 spacing with pro-germ starter fertilizer which is 9 34 9 at 6 gpa. We have had less than 2 inches of rain since october. Our wheat looks horrible as you can imagine. I topdressed with 125 # of dry 46 0 0. How much fertilizer can… Continue

Added by pooboynotiller on April 29, 2009 at 9:08pm — 5 Comments

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Ronald Tagliapietra

> Senior Vice President

> Michels Corporation

> 817 West Main Street

> PO Box 128

> Brownsville , WI 53006

> (920) 583-3132 Office

> (414) 333-6260 Mobile

> (920) 583-3429 Fax




> April 17, 2009


> The White House

> 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

> Washington , DC… Continue

Added by Brian Wood on April 29, 2009 at 7:22pm — 12 Comments

Equipment for sale!! 1969 Greatdane Tanker

1969 Greatdane tanker for sale!!! 8,750 Gallons MC306 Single Compartment. Tires & Brakes & lights are road ready!

Added by Lora Lynn on April 29, 2009 at 6:28pm — No Comments

April 28th

April 28rd

I spent a good chunk of the day hauling seed beans. I ended with 6 MB’s to my dad’s shed before heading home. It was way to wet to be doing much else, and worked out quite well. I finished assembling my new generator and headed home to mow my yard.

I finished the ‘spring stick clean-up’, sharpened the blades on my mower and away I went. Finished mowing and sowed a bunch of grass in spots that needed it…..might have a decent yard this year! I know Melis will be… Continue

Added by Brady Smith on April 28, 2009 at 9:33pm — 1 Comment

A very true statement

"In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks."

--John Muir

Added by Michael on April 28, 2009 at 4:17pm — 1 Comment

2009 A Year for the Books.

I am new to this whole blog thing but I thought I would give it a try. I titled it a year for the books because I can already see the way the year has started it will not be a "normal" year.

A little background about our farming operation, my dad Carl started farming in 1964. My brother and I have tried to take over most of physical labor end of the farm as dad is 77 years old now and wears out pretty quick. But my dad works 7 days a week, it keeps him young. We farm 1200 ac of row… Continue

Added by Shane on April 28, 2009 at 2:00pm — 5 Comments

K2 Y1 99.5% complete on corn, and a rookies disaster.

Starting off on the positive side all of the corn in less than two days. The 10 day forecast is wet starting sometime tonight. My farming by proxy making the need to get the crop in even more accute. I need to get back to my day job. That kind of speed comes at a cost. In my case a huge rookie mistake

Among the many things on my punch list to check was the row marker spread. I did stop and do this yesterday when we first started. All was well, 30 inch row. I never dreamed that the… Continue

Added by K2 on April 27, 2009 at 10:17pm — 1 Comment

End of March - April 27th

End of March – April 27th

It has been an incredibly hectic spring thus far with many events going on in our life. April started with our hired hand getting killed in a car accident. He was a hard working kid that would dig a ditch with a spoon if you asked him too. He stayed at the local watering hole a little too late one night and rolled his vehicle on his way home. He passed away at the hospital. It was a tragic event and I pray for Matt and his family.

My new Dodge… Continue

Added by Brady Smith on April 27, 2009 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Heading Out

I am off to the vets office. Time to get all the usual dog and cat supplies. Maybe I should have checked with Rural King first. I think something has nibbled a few of my garden plants. I don't have much room where I live right now, so the garden space is what it is. I am out in the county, so it could have been anything nibbling. It is a great day, but I heard we have a chance for bad weather, ugh, and tornados, yuck, so I will be checking weather while on campus this afternoon. I am working on… Continue

Added by Peridot on April 27, 2009 at 7:56am — No Comments

K2 Y1 DAY 1 Corn Planting

Waiting for the sun to come up so I can see how things look in the morning light. Yesterday was quite an adventure. It started when I went to fill the planter with 28%. Though I had water tested everything, we sprang some leaks right out of the blocks. I had to gravity flow the first fill on to the planter and bypass the pump.

Dad and I went to the field together to get things calibrated. First we worked on population. We spent quite a bit of time digging in the dirt checking each row. The… Continue

Added by K2 on April 27, 2009 at 5:27am — 2 Comments

K2 Y1 planting progress

Just a little over 50% on corn as of tonight. Melted a hole in my poly nurse tank loading N in the dark. Thankfully it was almost empty. Dad kept telling me it was time to quit at dusk. Time to go to bed. We will need some luck to finish tomorrow. Rain predicted Monday night forward.

Good night all,


Added by K2 on April 26, 2009 at 10:28pm — No Comments

Rain, Rain, Go Away

It has been raining on again, off again since Friday night which is going to keep us out of the field for the week. It has been nice to have a couple days to get in some sleep and recharge for the rest of spring, but a week is more than we ever wanted. The rain can stop any time now.

Hope field work is going better for all of you.

Added by Ian & Val Plagge on April 26, 2009 at 10:24pm — 1 Comment

Raining again!

Well I haven't been out to check the rain guage yet this morning, but just by looking out the window I'd say we got a couple of inches between yesterday and last night. Luckily, we haven't planted any corn yet, but there are a few guys around here that were well underway. Oh well, guess God just wants us to wait a little longer.

Keep on Farming.

Added by Jeramie on April 26, 2009 at 7:41am — 2 Comments

K2 Y1 a good run on the list

The sun was up and so was I. No alarm clock needed here. Their was frost on the ground in spots this morning. Dad is struggling to keep the cow herd on good grass. Tomorrow is supposed to have a high temp of 83 degrees. That should help warm things up and dry them out.

I started the day mounting the GPS unit in the tractor and then drove down to the other farm to hook onto the planter. Im like a college student with my nose in the planter manual. I was able to set population and 28% rates… Continue

Added by K2 on April 23, 2009 at 9:45pm — No Comments

Soybeans rocket higher

Soybeans are leading everything higher this morning, at the CBOT. See floor report at

Mike Mc

Added by MikeMcGinnis on April 23, 2009 at 9:59am — No Comments

K2 Y1- a prep day

It was after midnight before we got back to the farm from the airport last night. Dad and I still managed to talk for an hour in the kitchen before calling it a night. Just as suspected I popped up at first light ready to go. The farm is energizing that way.

Worked on installing GPS parallel guidance. We went the low end route with a Trimble 250 but it's price point and pay back is good for our size. The unit came with a Beta version of the software that shut itself down soon after… Continue

Added by K2 on April 22, 2009 at 8:14pm — 1 Comment

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