Last week my family and I kept busy because our local Franklin County Fair was being held. There was only one day last week that between My Farmer and I, we didn't have to be at the fair - We joked around that we can only imagine what are fair schedule will be like when we have kids in 4-H! Overall we had a great time and the weather was great for it. Here is my Top Five Franklin County Fair…Continue
It has been a fast paced week here on the farm. Besides keeping busy with loading hogs and spraying fungicide on our corn, we've also been participating in several things at our local county fair this week.
My "backyard" is starting to show signs of stress due to a lack of rain but yet, I remain optimistic about the crop.…
Added by Ian & Val Plagge on July 20, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments
My Farm Friday post is coming a little later this week, or should I say last week, because My Farmer and I were at the Iowa Farm Bureau's state Young Farmer Advisory Committee's meeting all weekend. This was our last meeting on the state board; we finished our three-year term at the meeting.…
Added by Ian & Val Plagge on July 16, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments
This week on the farm we have been busy hauling corn to the ethanol plant. We also have been busy making sure our hogs stay cool during these high temperatures and triple digit heat indexes. The pigs in our building currently are around 100 pounds, this means we like to keep their houses at 68 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. When the outside temperature is higher than our ideal conditions we have misters or sprinklers automatically turn on to help keep the pigs comfortable. When hogs are…Continue
This week on the farm we finished spraying our soybeans and now have moved onto finishing up several little jobs on the farm. We also have started working on some large projects that have been on the to do list since spring started.
The big thing that has happened this week was that is RAINED!!! Last Friday night we received 2 1/2 inches of rain on our home farm and then on Wednesday night we received an additional 1 1/2 inches. We have been…
Added by Ian & Val Plagge on June 22, 2012 at 10:45am — No Comments
This week on the farm we finished spraying Round-up on corn, as well as side-dressing corn. We also have started spraying our soybeans with Round-up and Assure II herbicide; the Assure II kills grass and volunteer corn. Besides doing all of this field work we have been praying for rain. Things are extremely dry in our area and we'd love a good soak or two!
Despite the lack of rain, the corn and beans keep on growing. …
Happy Friday! This week on the farm we have been spraying different fields, crop and weed scouting, and praying for rain! We haven't had rain for a few weeks now, so we are hoping for a nice rain fall this weekend. It is funny to think how at the beginning of the month we were wishing for the rain to stop because it was slowing down our planting pace. And now we are wanting rain so the crops can grow. Across the Midwest, drought maps indicate dry conditions to even moderate…Continue
This week's Farm Friday is getting out later than I normally like to get it out because things have just simply been busy around here today, and really, this week. We finished planting corn on Monday of this week and then finished planting soybeans last night! It feels good to have everything in the ground. Now that we are done planting, My Farmer has promised to get my garden tilled! I usually have a goal of getting this done by Mother's Day, but the farm comes first. I figure…Continue
Added by Ian & Val Plagge on May 18, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments
I can't believe that it is already Friday! It has been a busy and fast week. We got into the field on Monday night, had a little delay on Tuesday from rain, and have been going steady ever since Wednesday. There is a slight chance of rain tonight, but we're hoping it misses us so we can finish planting our corn. We are about 80% done planting corn and then we'll move onto planting soybeans.…
This week we have been loading in and out several loads of hogs and trying to get some planting done between rains. Due to the rain, we have only been able to be in the field two days this week.
Since spring field work is in full swing this week, I figured I'd start up my Farm Friday segment to give everyone an update on what we are doing on the farm. I'm going to continue to give a Farm Friday update throughout the rest of the growing seasoning and one feature I'm going to do is show photos of the field around our acreage each week. This will give everyone an idea on how the corn is progressing.…
You might wonder how a post can cover Dairy, Sheep, Tootsie Rolls and Ethanol - well, the answer is that earlier today LP and I headed into our local school to help with Ag in the Classroom.
In our area, our Ag in the Classroom program is unique. It is a 501(c)3 organization with three part-time employees who go out to schools in six counties to deliver the programs, develop the curriculum,…
Added by Ian & Val Plagge on February 13, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments
Added by Katy Spears on September 19, 2011 at 10:10pm — No Comments
There’s some exciting news coming out of Canada!
Progressive Dairyman – Canada
First, Progressive Dairyman introduces us to Progressive Dairyman – Canada, a new addition for readers in Canada, scheduled to be published six times in 2011. Targeted to all dairy producers and related industry professionals in Canada, it will follow a similar editorial and ad format to the Progressive Dairyman – U.S. edition.…Continue
Added by Chad Huyser on January 28, 2011 at 2:47pm — No Comments
We’re excited to share news that South Dakota has become home to it’s first robotic dairy. Keloland TV recently featured Stuart Plucker’s farm in, Mechanized Milking.
Visit LelyLife.com for more!
Added by Chad Huyser on January 13, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments
In preparation for the upcoming New Year, we’ve reflected on our “agvocate” New Year’s resolutions, along with how we can better incorporate YouTube into our story-telling efforts.
To bring to a close 2010 and gear up for 2011 (yes, it’s only 2 days away!?), we’d like to send one final inspiration your way and share a video released by…Continue
Last week we talked about New Year’s resolutions, asking:
“What are your ‘agvocate’ New Year’s resolutions?”
Added by Chad Huyser on December 21, 2010 at 11:36am — No Comments
Nathan and Barbara Blesy of Springville, NY, were recently recognized with the New York Farm Bureau Young Farmer Achievement Award at the December 7, 2010, annual meeting. The award recognizes young farmers for their agricultural pursuits and leadership within the community.
For more on this exciting news, visit…Continue
Added by Chad Huyser on December 14, 2010 at 10:15am — No Comments