Best Laid Plans

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Big rains aren’t always a good thing. Some of y’all reading this have received already over 30% of your average annual rainfall this month alone. Yikes. If cattle are your main focus, that’s probably not such a bad thing. I’m betting that your ponds have started filling, even if ever so slightly. If crops are […]

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Southern Spotlight: I Love the Smell of 2-4D in the Morning

If you haven’t already, you very soon will be planting what we all hope will be a successful crop. Some of y’all though are already (already!) second-guessing your plans, particularly your plans to spray for weeds. I’ve talked with a lot of you lately, and many producers tell me they don’t know why they’re spraying or that they’re going to wait to spray because there just isn’t much out there in the fields right now.

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Southern Spotlight: It’s Really Dry So…

A lot of you have been talking about the weather this week. And it’s got me a little nervous. Everyone seems to agree that we didn’t have a great winter for refilling the soil profile. And everyone seems to agree that it’s going to be dry this summer. The thing that makes me nervous is what fills in the blank afterward: “It’s really dry so ___________.”

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Go Time

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It’s go time here in north central Kansas. The warm weather might send up some red flags for our nitrogen, but it also sends us into overdrive and leads us to the frenzied thinking that holy crap, I’ve got to get something done with my herbicide!

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Southern Spotlight: Count to Ten

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Those of you who know me know that I am not a patient person. So I can definitely understand some of your frustrations over the past week regarding your wheat crop. Believe me, I am feeling that same I-gotta-get-something-done craziness that spring brings on. But. We all—everyone—just need to calm down a minute. Count to ten like they taught you in school.

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The Big and Small of Nutrient Management

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While I spent part of last week in sunny Mexico, it wasn’t all fun and games.

So, okay—a lot of it was fun and games, but not all.

Truthfully, we did some serious business there too and covered some heavy topics. The keynote speaker addressed the topic of global food need and the potential for a global food shortage…

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The Year Of The Bean

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2015 is the year of the bean…and for good reason. Market analysts are forecasting more bean being grown this year than last in the good old U.S. of A. And you don’t need me or no market analyst to tell you that.

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Southern Spotlight: But I’d Rather Take the Butcher’s Word

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I had to take my daughter to the doctor the other day. The office call was $65 —just to hear that she was okay, too.
I have to admit that I balk at that number. $65 is a lot of money, right? I can imagine many other things I might hope to do with that kind of cash. But. In the end, I was actually quite happy to pay it..

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