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What Agriculture Means To Me

Happy National Ag Day! Have you ever sat down to think about where you’d be without agriculture? I haven’t, and this is an especially important day to do so. In college, we celebrated by hosting Ag Day on the Quad, offering a peek into the world of agriculture to our classmates wondering why there were two giant tractors sitting in front of Schroeder Hall. Another year, I had the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. with the Ag Future of America…

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Loaded Potato Soup

Hungry for soup but want something more filling? Try this loaded potato soup! I’ve been looking for the *perfect* potato soup recipe with the right ratio of potato:bacon:spice and finally decided to just make up my own. After weeks of potato soup for lunch, I think I’ve finally perfected the recipe and am excited to share it here- both for you to try and for me to remember the recipe. 🙂 Loaded Potato Soup Ingredients: ~2 lbs. baking potatoes (I…

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Classic Apple Pie

Happy National Pie Day! What’s a better way to celebrate than with the classic apple pie? I had every intention of turning out a couple of pies last night and taking them to work as a Monday treat for National Pie Day. Yeah, that didn’t exactly happen. As it turns out, pie making isn’t exactly like riding a bike for me. Sure, any pie I make is tasty (if I do say so myself), but my top crust laying and…

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Don’t Waste Your Time Sticking Around the Farm

I mean exactly what you just read in the title: Don’t waste your time sticking around the family farm. Do you really want to deal with the low commodity prices, working seven days per week (especially true if you throw some livestock in there) with pay entirely dependent on the markets, and the inevitable family arguments? If you’re around my age, you’re still trying to figure out what you want to do with life. You’ve gotten the basics down in…

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The Country Christmas Connection

Last month, in the midst of the chaos that was year-end projects at work, finals season for school, and packing for the AgChat Cultivate & Connect Conference in Kansas City, I had the awesome opportunity to connect with other ag bloggers through The Country Christmas Connection. I was sooo excited when I found out that I was the Secret Blogger for Hannah Neuenschwander of Texan Meets Midwest. We “met” via Twitter about a year ago as #AgChat participants and I…

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Kathy’s Coffeecake

For as long as I can remember, my mom has made coffeecakes and given them to everyone [friends, family, neighbors, teachers, the school bus driver, her hairdresser, the mailman and newspaper guy…] as a Christmas morning treat. And everyone loves them. The coffeecake doesn’t last until Christmas morning in most households and some even go as far as measuring it to make sure everyone’s share is equal so no one sneaks an extra piece when no one is looking. It’s…

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Tomayto, Tomahto

Has the Hunt’s “no GMOs in sight” tomato field campaign/subsequent response blown up anyone else’s newsfeed this week? All any of this really is anymore is a marketing tactic (and it’s driving me nuts, too).   But I stopped to think this time (to keep myself in check before I blew up on anyone– call it an early new year’s resolution). There used to be GM tomatoes on the market (not anymore) and that there are other ingredients that *could* be…

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Side-Dressing Corn

It’s now been about six weeks since the corn was planted. Last weekend (May 21 and 22), the farmers side-dressed most of the corn on the farm (I say most because they had issues with a hydraulic line and had to repair that before they were able to finish last week 😉 ).…

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What’s A Refuge Crop?

Remember that post I wrote a few weeks ago about why we were planting pink soybean seeds? Here’s some of the “blue” corn we planted. The blue color simply comes from the seed treatment we use on our corn seed, which protects the seed from diseases for a short time, giving the seed enough time to germinate and get a good start.…

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What Happens During Planting?

Planting is one of the busiest and most important times of the year for a farmer. It’s the start to a new growing season and holds promise for a good year. Believe it or not, most of the decisions for a crop are made before and during planting, starting as early as before last year’s harvest. The yield potential for most crops is determined at planting (barring any significant weather or pest interference), so it’s really important that a farmer…

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