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"There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle" - Albert Einstein

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Russell Sonnenberg


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ussell Sonnenberg is the artist behind The Yesteryear Collection, a series of 50 tractor prints. His works have been very popular with tractor enthusiasts. What fascinates these collectors about Russell Sonnenberg art is his brilliant ability to capture the essence of nostalgia and bring it back to the viewers’ memory in vivid detail. “Oh I remember,” is a common phrase that people often use when admiring one of his pictures. Russell grew up in Kossuth County in Iowa about 26 miles northeast of Algona. He had been quoted as saying, “I grew up in the horse and buggy days.” He began painting as a child mainly due his Mother’s encouragement. Of course, his life on the farm heavily influenced his work a lot. In his younger days, he worked as a tractor mechanic at an Allis Chalmer dealership. His fascination with Allis Chalmers is evident in the number of paintings he has done of that specific brand. Over the past 42 years, he had painted various nostalgic country and farm scenes. At the suggestion of his lifelong wife Audrey, “paint what you know” he returned to painting tractors.

Russell has painted many different models trying to make sure that nobody gets left out. Many artists will focus on John Deere and International. Russell paints models of Allis Chalmers, Minneapolis Moline, Ford, Oliver, Massey-Harris, and Case to round out the strong blend of collectible tractors. Russell paints for the sheer enjoyment of the craft usually during the long winter months in the basement of his home in Forest City, Iowa. He does not paint in the summer as he is usually too busy with other activities. Each of his paintings has a unique story to tell. He will be releasing four new prints this summer. The stars of his paintings are, of course, the tractors. Russell Sonnenberg's original oil paintings are on display at the Kossuth Agricultural & Motorsports Musuem in Algona, Iowa. The museum hours are currently from 1 - 4 p.m. on Sundays, and the museum is located at 800 East Fair Street in Algona (just off Hwy 169). Prints of his works are also available for purchase at the museum.

Russell enjoys feeling close to nature and purposely puts a bur oak in the left side of his paintings. He has always felt that tree had its own character and enjoys using it as a trademark that makes his work distinguishable from all other artists.

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Estate Planning Equals Goal Setting.................................. 31

Russell never entered art competitions or painted for fame, as so many other modern day artists. He just wanted to paint something that would touch the hearts of tractor collectors and people who have those nostalgic fond memories of the farm life. People love to reflect back on the simpler times of the forties and fifties. With this in mind, and a great deal of research, Russell goes to work on each painting treating it as his newest masterpiece. A great deal of research goes into each painting to make sure that it is historically accurate. In order to pay very close attention to the mechanical detail of the various tractor models, he uses his camera to take photographs. Russell said, “I take a picture of this part and then that part, plus I make sure that I take the pictures at the angle I want so I can use them for reference. Also, I like to take photos at 2:00 in the afternoon because then the shadows aren’t weird and the sun isn’t as harsh as it is at noon. I also like to have owner’s manuals (as a reference).” Each painting requires about 150 hours of painting time, plus about 100 hours of research. He says each time he has timed himself, it comes up to be about the same for each painting.

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For more information or to view his works, contact his publisher, Meg’s Art World, either on the web at or call toll free at 866-283-6528 for a free brochure.

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Case IH Introduces Tier 4 B/Final Puma Models The Case IH Puma® series tractors are known for their maneuverability and dependability for livestock producers, mixed-farm enterprises and row crop farms. Case IH is excited to introduce six new models to the lineup. “The 2014 Tier 4 B/Final Puma model tractors now offer more power than ever before, in addition to an enhanced cab that was first introduced in late-model Tier 4 A Puma tractors,” says Dave Bogan, Case IH Marketing Manager for Puma and Maxxum® tractors. “These tractors were designed to increase operator efficiency and provide intuitive use in a comfortable cab environment.” The new models offered are the 150, 165, 185, 200, 220 and 240 – allowing producers to choose the right horsepower to fit their needs. Up to 25 additional horsepower can be utilized when constant hydraulic flow is required during high travel speeds or mobile power take-off (PTO) operation. All of that extra power does not mean using more fuel. Case IH Puma tractors are outfitted with the patented Case IH Tier 4 B/Final Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) solution offering class-leading horsepower and efficiency from a 6.7-L engine. Case IH FPT engines are a leader in SCR technology and lead the industry with proven power and simplicity.

New cab features that were first introduced in the Tier 4 A Puma tractors will continue to be available in the Tier 4 B/Final tractors. These enhancements are a new headliner with improved air conditioning controls, heated front and rear window options, a deluxe radio with optional Bluetooth and high-performance speakers, and much more. The ergonomic MultiControl armrest and MultiFunction handle have been updated, allowing 85 percent of the major operating functions at the operator’s fingertips to be easier to reach than ever.


“Case IH Puma tractors now not only provide long-term durability and outstanding fuel efficiency, but they will also make your days in the field much easier with the comfortable cab,” says Bogan. For more information visit ______________________________________

Landoll Unveils Redesigned Model 5211 Grain Drill The Landoll Model 5211 was already the only grain drill in its category with Pneumatic Down Pressure on the openers. However, for 2014, the 5211 has even more unique features that set it apart in the industry. Among them is the option for three boxes on four different models that range from 10 to 20 feet in width for seeding large acreage fields with any combination of seed, fertilizer and or grass seed. With the increased interest in cover crops, this multi-purpose drill really fills a niche. Available with the standard 3-point hitch, optional pull hitch or coulter cart, the 5211 is capable of no-till, mintill and conventional seeding. Other features that give the 5211 exceptional versatility include large-diameter 15.8-inch blades on double disc openers; standard “soil control” strips that eliminate the need for aftermarket seed firmers, and swivel-type press wheels. “The 5211 also utilizes our externally fluted seed meter with its wider openings, which allows the producer to control seed population though both opening size and speed,” explains Jamie Meier, Ag Manager at Landoll. “The other benefit is that this new meter gives producers a wider range of seed sizes and the ability to plant higher plant populations. It offers improved performance with small seeds like alfalfa, while also doing a better job with large seeds like soybeans and other specialty crops,” he adds, noting that a gauge and threaded seed shaft adjustment provide precise seed rate. “A final benefit of the new meter is that it is easier to clean out. Of course, with the new option of up to three boxes, a producer can also plant something like a blend of alfalfa and grass in one pass, or plant alfalfa and a ‘nurse crop’ at the same time.” Meier says the Model 5211 redesign also incorporates a Loup Monitor System, which includes a population monitor, bin level sensor and an acremeter, as standard equipment. “As a result, the operator can now review field acres, total acres covered, seed bin level, etc. from the tractor seat,” he adds. “Plus, we have added LED safety-lights as standard equipment on all models for better nighttime visibility.

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“All main seed boxes now feature a ‘V’ bottom, as well, which means there are no seed tents to interfere with clean-out,” Meier adds, pointing out a 3.25-bushel-perfoot capacity. “Still, the best feature of the 5211 grain drills is one you’ll find on all Landoll grain drills, old or new. That is Landoll’s unique pneumatic down-pressure spring that provides 120 to 400 pounds of down pressure for consistent seed placement, no matter the soil conditions.” Call 785-738-6613 or visit to learn more. ______________________________________

Case IH Introduces True-Tandem 335 VT for Rugged Durability in the Toughest Conditions In spring 2015, Case IH customers will get to use the newly introduced True-Tandem™ 335 VT for spring tillage. The 335 VT builds on the heritage of the successful True-Tandem 330 Turbo with added features designed to allow the user to take more control of their operation and reduce maintenance. “The True-Tandem 330 Turbo is an innovative workhorse, proven over many years and millions of acres,” says Tim Nix, Case IH tillage marketing manager. “We just made the best even better for growers working in heavy residue, uneven fields and rocky conditions.” The 335 VT will be available in five different working widths: 22 feet, 25 feet, 28 feet, 31 feet and 34 feet. Like the 330, the new 335 VT is a fast, efficient machine. It can cover a lot of acres in a short time in spring or fall and sets producers up for maximum yield potential in their next crop by providing the same excellent agronomic advantages in their field. The shallow-concavity fluted blades cut residue and put it in contact with the soil so that it breaks down more quickly. A double rolling basket option is available on the 335

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VT to further condition the soil. The rear baskets use the patented Case IH double-edge bar. The 335 VT sizes clods and better levels the soil to improve yield potential. “These machines promote ideal conditions for optimal seed emergence,” says Nix. “They size and mix heavy residue and place it in contact with the soil, and provide a nice, level seedbed.”

The 335 VT features new wave blades made from metal quarried from iron ore mines, which are 30 percent stronger and last up to 20 percent longer than other blades. The blades also are much more resistant to rocks. Several new features on the 335 VT are designed to provide less downtime and more durability. New basket assemblies have greaseless bearings, and the 335 VT is equipped with LED lighting for better nighttime visibility. Transport is simplified with positive tongue weight from the additional frame length and a new hitch. For more information visit ______________________________________

Versatile Launches New Self-Propelled Sprayers

remaining sprayer functions. A hand accelerator and foot accelerator have been introduced for comfortable control while in the field. Cruise control is standard and allows the operator to concentrate on sprayer functions while in motion.

Versatile Design The SX240 and SX280 were developed, designed and will be manufactured at the Versatile facility in Willmar, MN. These new sprayers feature the Versatile design language introduced on the tractor product lines, with a sloped hood for industry-leading forward visibility. A new front-entry ladder and walkway were developed with input from customers that want the best access to the machine. The front-folding ladder quickly lifts up and out of the way with the parking brake it turned off.

The new sprayers are powered by a Cummins QSB6.7L and will meet interim Tier 4 emissions requirements. The 240 horsepower in the SX240 is mated to an Allison 2500 5-speed automatic transmission. The SX280 features 280 horsepower and is mated to an Allison 3000 5-speed automatic transmission. Both machines features MaxTorque rear-wheel drive with a locking differential designed to handle the toughest terrain while maintaining and industry-leading level of fuel efficiency. The axles are adjustable, mechanically or hydraulically, from 120” to 152” wheel track. For ease of service, the hood is mounted on a parallel linkage and lifts up and away from the machine for unlimited access to the engine and critical components. For more information visit

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Two tank options are available, both designed for the new Versatile sprayer. The 1200 gallon stainless steel tank includes an integrated 120 gallon rinse tank and is an updated version of the proven design used on the outgoing SX275. New for this year is a 1000 polyurethane tank that was developed specifically for the SX240 and SX280. This tank has been designed to handle the rigorous demands of various terrain, with rails molded right into the tank to ensure it stays firmly in place for the life of the machine. A 100 gallon rinse tank has been incorporated to the overall tank design to maximize space and efficiency.

AFS AccuControl and AccuGuide Updated to Help Farmers Improve Performance

Industry-Leading Fill Station After much research and development and feedback from customers, Versatile designed a simplified fill station using well-labeled and simplified controls. Control valves are oriented so that all handles are in the “up” position when the machine is ready for the field, a quick glance indicator for the operator. The overall plumbing on the machine is designed to be easy to service.

Versatile introduced a new line of self-propelled sprayers at Commodity Classic. Available in two models, the SX240 and SX280 represent an evolution on the current sprayer design and will replace the SX275. These new sprayers, recently unveiled to North American dealers, will be available for spring 2014.

Operator Environment: Biggest And Best The SX240 and SX280 have the largest cab in the sprayer industry. The Versatile HQ cab, the largest cab in the tractor segment, will now enable sprayer operators to enjoy unparalleled visibility and comfort. The new console and seat-mounted controls have been designed to be intuitive and easy to understand. Foot controls operate the master sprayer control and available autosteer while fingertip controls operate the MAY 2014


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To enhance producers’ ability to save on input costs and potentially grow yields, Case IH is further enhancing its AFS® precision farming offering. New in 2014, Case IH AFS AccuControl rate controller technology will now interface with the rate controllers on Case IH NutriTiller applicators and third-party anhydrous ammonia applicators. Using only the AFS Pro 700 control center in the cab, operators can vary the rate on a single product and control up to 48 sections manually or based upon prescription maps. Operators also can map and record rates applied in each field, each season. AFS AccuControl also can interface with multiple brands of planters for seed and liquid fertilizer control, sprayers and strip-till applicators. Producers can put seed, fertilizer and other inputs exactly where they want them with only the touch of a button. This user interface is customizable. Using a time-saving technology called xFill™, producers can continue running for up to 20 minutes if there is a signal interruption with their RTK guidance signal. With just a few buttons, the operator can set the AccuGuide™ system to automatically switch to xFill when RTK signal is interrupted. Using the last known location in the field and current guidance lines, xFill steps in to keep the RTK in fixed mode while maintaining a high level of accuracy. The technology increases in-field runtime and further adds continued... andl ivest ockdirect A3

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to the reliability of the Case IH AFS 372 GNSS receiver. It allows for seamless switching and smooth transitions when switching between xFill and RTK once the connection has been restored.

The Interchanger is designed for use with traditional rubber press wheels and cast-spike closing wheels. It is compatible with wheel assemblies that bolt through the bearing and are less than 15 inches in diameter. Yetter is also introducing an efficient Closing Wheel Mount Holder. “Farmers often have to store their second set of wheels in a truck bed and make the drive to the shop to change to different wheels,” said Don. “The Closing Wheel Mount Holder mounts on each row unit, allowing for quick changes when conditions dictate.” The 6200 Interchanger offers kits for John Deere, Kinze, and White planters. The Interchanger and Closing Wheel Mount Holder are currently sold separately. For more information visit ______________________________________

Current and new AFS 372 receiver users can access the xFill reliability upgrade through their AFS Pro700 control center display. New Case IH receivers come equipped with the technology, and current owners can receive the update through a software upgrade. For more information visit ______________________________________

Yetter 6200 Interchanger Cuts Time Needed to Adapt to Changing Conditions New tool makes switching planter wheels less labor intensive and much quicker. The pressure is always on to plant effectively and efficiently. Because Yetter Farm Equipment knows the importance of hitting what are often narrow planting windows, the company is offering a new time-saving tool. The 6200 Interchanger is a replacement piece for each closing wheel nut on the tail wheel assembly. Its unique design secures wheels in place yet requires only an electric impact wrench or ratchet to loosen wheels when it’s time to make a change due to field conditions. “Our block-threaded holder replaces the existing nut so you don’t need a second wrench when taking wheels on and off,” explained Product Specialist Don Bunnell of Yetter. “With a traditional assembly, it’s not zip, zip and done. Changing a wheel is a pretty time-consuming task. The Interchanger gives you the flexibility to quickly adapt to changes in spring planting conditions.” A4

BinMaster Introduces Adjustable Rotary for High Level Detection

BinMaster’s advanced MAXIMA+ rotary level indicator features a complete fail-safe system that alerts to the loss of power, failure of the motor, or failure of the electronics. A red LED indicator light on the top of the unit indicates its status, providing for quick visual monitoring of the unit. In applications where the status and performance of the rotary is critical, the MAXIMA+ provides reliability and immediate notification to prevent overfilling when used as a high level indicator. For more information visit ______________________________________

May Wes Expands Offerings for Row Crop Tractors In response to a growing demand for no till and strip till stalk leveling solutions, May Wes is pleased to announce the release of their latest Tractor Stalk Stomper design for Case IH Magnum tractor models 235, 260, 290, 315, 340 and 370. This addition joins May Wes’s existing Tractor Stalk Stomper line- up that includes:

BinMaster introduces a new adjustable rotary level indicator for use as a high level indicator in bins, tanks and silos. This top-mounted rotary features an adjustable coupling that can be moved up and down the length of a rigid shaft extension which allows the rotary to be adjusted to accommodate differing levels. The coupling can be adjusted from 6” to 72” dependent on the length of the rigid extension. Changing the desired high level alert in the vessel can occur when material levels are adjusted seasonally or when the material in the bin is alternated and a different level of inventory is desired. The ability to adjust the coupling allows managers to easily make changes to the high level alert without entering the bin, changing out, or replacing the device. “The new adjustable rotary was developed by BinMaster to allow the customer more flexibility in inventory management,” stated Todd Peterson, vice president of sales for BinMaster. “Instead of purchasing an additional rotary at a new length, the adjustable rotary can simply be lengthened or shortened to the desired high level alert level.”

Case IH Steiger Series (2012 and later, all models)

Case IH Quadtrac Series (2012 and later, all models)

Case IH Steiger Quadtrac Series (2011 and earlier, models 485 and 535)

Challenger 700 & 800 Series (all track models)

John Deere 8000/8R/8RT Series (all models)

John Deere 9020 and 9030 Series (all models)

New Holland T9 Series (with SmartTrax, models T9.615 and T9.670)

May Wes’s Tractor Stalk Stomper product works off existing tractor hydraulics and is more robust and versatile as compared to other product alternatives. The Tractor Stalk Stomper is designed for quick assembly and installation because there is no drilling or welding required and is built around a standard 4” X 4” tool bar. The kitted options comprise variations of shoe quantities and widths (available in 14”, 24”, 32”, and 38”). For more information visit

The adjustable rotary feature is available for both the BMRX and MAXIMA+ rotary power pacs. These point level indicators feature rugged construction and a simple, dependable design, including a screw-off cover for easy access to internal components and dual conduit entrances to simplify wiring. Standard features include a switch selectable, high/low fail-safe to alert to power loss and a de-energizing motor for extended operational life. BinMaster offers a large selection of paddles suitable for use with any material, which are all compatible with the adjustable rotary level indicator.

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Get Finer Mulch for Ground Cover with St. George Company’s New Much Head

will substantially reduce turnaround time for order processing and in most cases, significantly reduce freight costs. The new Ohio location will also serve as a “freight free” pickup location. Future plans the company has for the new location include manufacturing of trailers. Air-tow Trailer is the world’s only ground-level loading trailer with full air suspension.

St. George Company has introduced a new mulch head series that delivers a finer mulch for excellent ground cover. As part of the Seven E Series mulchers, the new mulch head has a close ratio carbine hammer configuration to deliver Class 1 mulch without excessive wear on the internal beater bars. The mulchers are designed to attach to hydraulic excavators. When asked about the benefits of the new mulcher head design, a company spokesperson said, “Class 1 mulch is excellent for ground cover because it returns to nature more quickly than other mulch classes.” The Seven E Series mulchers have external load main bearings and a fully enclosed steel body with hydraulic operated gate. The 20 mm thick Hardox steel skid pads improve the productive life of the mulcher, even when conditions are rugged. The fact that the mulcher uses a close ratio carbide hammer with replaceable internal beater bars means the hammers last a long time and require less horse power to operate than other mulchers that create Class 1 mulch.

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New Additions Give JCB Loadall Range Industry Best Coverage

pads as standard equipment for added stability and control. These new models are the EDGE BH509B, BH511B, and BH611B and join the BH485 model with the 180 degree boom pivot rotation. The digging depths of the new backhoes range from 9’8” to 11’1”, and digging forces from 5676 to 6200 lb. Five new EDGE excavator-style Buckets are also available for these new Backhoes, and more easily accept a quick coupler for trouble-free hookup. The new EDGE Buckets come in 12”, 16”, 18”, 24” and 36” sizes with capacities ranging from 1.25 cubic foot to 4.05 cubic foot capacities for any size excavating job. These new EDGE Backhoes and Buckets will give you the power to handle excavation jobs such as digging utility trenches or septic tanks without the necessity of bringing another large piece of equipment to the site.

JCB has strengthened its range with improvements of the industry leading Agri Loadall range and the introduction of the new range topping 560-80 Agri Plus. The new 12,000 lb. lift capacity to 26ft. 7 in. lift height Loadall 560-80 Agri builds on the resounding success of JCB’s existing repeat loading cycle champion (the 550-80 Agri) with a further increase in lift capacity. Meanwhile, the latest version of the 527-58 Agri is now powered by JCB’s advanced Ecomax Tier 4 Interim (T4i) engine, while Agri variants of other Loadalls get a host of improvements which make them even more productive.

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The Seven E Series mulchers come in four different models to fit hydraulic excavators from 5 to 40 tons. Mulcher widths are available in three to six feet and the mulcher can handle wood materials up to 10 inches in diameter. Call 800-461-4299 or visit ______________________________________

New EDGE Backhoes and Buckets Three NEW EDGE Backhoe models feature a new mono-block style valve with higher rated spool seals to prevent valve leakage from high back pressure. These new models also now feature Grouser-style stabilizer MAY 2014

Airtow Trailers Announces Expansion With Ohio Location Airtow Trailers has proudly served a loyal customer base from their Southern California manufacturing facility. In order to serve a broader customer base, a brand new Ohio location has been established. “We recognized that we were missing out on a huge market of hard-working people that needed the superior quality of Airtow’s hydraulic-lift trailer, but couldn’t justify tacking on the additional freight costs to have it shipped from the West coast,” stated a company spokesperson. At present, the new Ohio location is a distribution warehouse setup as a ship out point to midwest, southern and east coast based customers. In some cases, this

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JCB Agriculture General Manager, Ray Bingley said: “JCB now has a Loadall range which covers the entire spectrum of modern agricultural needs. As well as the introduction of the 560-80, we have also taken the opportunity to upgrade our current products, making them more productive and efficient. From the 526-56 through to the 560-80, we have a range to meet every farmer’s needs.” For more information visit andl ivest ockdirect A5

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Michelin North America to Introduce New AgriBib® Tractor Tire in 2014 Taller-Sized Tire Designed for Larger Tractors to Handle Bigger Loads. Responding to meet changing market needs, Michelin North America is introducing an extension of its popular AgriBib tire lineup later this year. The new MICHELIN® AgriBib® 480 95 R50 model is a taller-sized, rear fitment tire designed primarily for larger, front-wheel assist tractors to handle bigger loads. It also can be used in a row-crop application on large, four-wheel drive machines. James Crouch, farm segment marketing manager for Michelin North America, said the MICHELIN AgriBib 480 95 R50 model features improved ride quality compared to competitive products, long lasting tread, better traction and impressive clean-out.

Unveils New Rugged, Customer-Requested Features and Options

BioSafe Systems Adds Adjuvant, HOLDit, to Product Line

The new features and options on 2014 Featherlite® Trailers all have one thing in common: they were suggested by customers. “We have a pretty knowledgeable customer base,” Justin Queensland, Featherlite National Sales Manager, said. “When they say they want something, it’s a good idea to listen.” The result is new, rugged features and options that add value without adding price.

HOLDit is an effective, easy-to-use product for drift retardation and deposition improvement in spraying operations. The unique polymer formulation of HOLDit actually locks in the active ingredient, allowing the combination to increase the residual of bacterial and fungal controls for plant pathogens. HOLDit’s ability to attach to the active ingredient in BioSafe Systems’ products and allow it to stick to the intended target will effectively improve deposition and allow for an increased level of product efficacy.

“We think farmers and ranchers will be drawn to the new beefier drop-down gate on gooseneck livestock trailers,” Queensland said. “The design was inspired by the tailgates of pickup trucks and features a convenient, one-handed tailgate latch.” The new feature, standard on the Model 8127, lays flat against the drop wall, and the open top beam makes it easy to clean. It is also an option on the Model 8117. Featherlite has also made a thicker 4” dock bumper on the back of its popular Models 8117 and 8107 livestock trailers standard. This gives farmers and ranchers improved shock absorption when backing up to gates. In addition to the thicker dock bumper, the Model 8117 also now comes with a standard aluminum floor. “Its durability really stands up to the wear and tear dealt out by both livestock and the elements,” Queensland said. Featherlite has also introduced a new livestock trailer option—12v LED dome lights. These lights provide more illumination and are more energy efficient than standard lights. This option joins several other popular Featherlite livestock trailer options farmers and ranchers can add to their trailers. These include “Step Safe” gates, rear ramp packages and the versatile pen system that allows trailer owners to easily transport smaller livestock. New features and options for semi stock trailers

Michelin will partner with John Deere and Case New Holland on the launch into the North American market, which is expected to take place in the fourth quarter of 2014. The new model will initially be available on new equipment purchases, and shortly thereafter as a replacement tire. For more information visit

Featherlite semi stock trailers have also received new features and options. New vents on the Model 8261 semi stock hauler are front mounted to give customers greater convenience. On top, the new translucent semi stock trailer allows more natural light to enter the trailer, helping to keep livestock calmer during transport. These new features and options will be arriving on dealer lots this spring. Contact your nearest Featherlite dealership or visit, or call 800-8001230.

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HOLDit improves the performance of BioSafe Systems’ activated peroxygen and product formulations by creating a residual for increased contact and kill time. It also reduces the amount of drift and off-target deposition of spray solutions buy making the spray particles less susceptible to wind drift. HOLDit is compatible with OxiDate 2.0, OxiPhos, SaniDate 12.0 and AXXE. For more information call 888-273-3088 or visit www. ______________________________________

ProManPTO Introduces 60” Hydraulic Power Broom Implement For Both ATVs and UTVs The ProManPTO power broom adjusts up to 25 degrees left or right which provides a 55” angled working width or a full 60” width when positioned straight ahead. This attachment is perfect for cleaning debris, sweeping pavement, light snow removal, dethatching lawns or removing leaves. The Hydraulic broom is powered by ProManPTO’s bolt-on hydraulic PTO system. This allows for smooth and quiet operation as well as eliminating the sprockets, chain drive, and maintenance normally associated with gasoline engine powered brooms. The Hydraulic Broom is another addition to ProManPTO’s growing stable of work implements and tools. These include rough cut and finish cut mowers, a high-powered leaf and debris blower, a bi-directional log splitter, chain saws, pole pruners, fire pumps and more. The ProManPTO Hydraulic Power Take Off Systems are currently available for a number of different utility vehicles including Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha ATVs and Polaris UTVs. For more information visit www.

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VersaDeck by LAFORGE, Moisture TrackerTM by DigiStar Receive AE50 Awards The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) presented Digi-Star, creator of the Moisture Tracker™ and LAFORGE, developer of the VersaDeck™ with AE50 awards. Both products were featured in the January/February 2014 special AE50 issue of ASABE’s magazine Resource: Engineering & Technology for a Sustainable World. The Moisture Tracker has been deemed one of the year's most innovative designs in engineering products or systems for the food and agriculture industries. Product Development Manager Chris Horton accepted the award during the ASABE Agricultural Equipment Technology Conference.

Superior Manufacturing Backs Bin Roofs With Industry's Only Lifetime Warranty

Schneider Selling Used Fleet Trailers to Make Way for New Equipment

Superior offers the industry’s only lifetime warranty on hopper and farm bin roofs. Superior manufactures its roofs to withstand wind gusts of up to 90 mph and snow loads of up to 37-pounds per square foot. The lifetime warranty covers the cost of materials in replacing a Superior bin roof in the unlikely event that one is severely damaged.

Trailers offered by Schneider are well-maintained 1999-2004 model-year 53-foot dry vans. Prices range from $4,000-$8,000, and all trailers for sale have been maintained to Schneider’s high standards. The company’s used fleet equipment inventory can be viewed online at

Horton said, "The Moisture Tracker is the type of product that allows producers to make small daily adjustments that have a large long term impact on livestock productivity." Lars Paulsson, Vice President and General Manager of LAFORGE SYSTEMS, INC. made this statement about the VersaDeck™: "We are pleased to receive this award for a product that can be of great use for so many different types of farming operations. It can be a carrier, a portable shop, a work platform, or a large loader bucket."

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Schneider, one of the nation’s largest trucking companies and home to one of the industry’s largest selections of used fleet equipment, announced today that it will add 5,700 trailers to its offering of used equipment for sale. The truckload carrier plans to invest in more new equipment this year, making now the right time for its used trailers to find new homes. Over 400 used trailers are immediately available, and additional trailers will be added to Schneider’s inventory monthly throughout the year.

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Widows & Infants Village Added to Global Compassion Network Community in Haiti New village joins orphanages, school housed in Sukup-built Safe T Homes® Volunteers and mission workers from Iowa have completed the first of 10 homes near Les Cayes, Haiti, at site selected by Global Compassion Network as the location for the James 1:27 Widows & Infants Village, the newest addition to the non-profit disaster relief organization’s permanent community in Haiti.

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“When we learned of the hardship being endured by widows in Haiti and the plight of infants orphaned or abandoned at already-struggling hospitals, we were While the Haitian community is located at a permanent inspired to add a village that would serve the needs of site purchased for this purpose, Global Compassion Netboth groups, says Ken DeYoung, an Iowa farmer who work also relies upon Safe T Homes for temporary shelfounded Global Compassion Network after volunteering ter when responding to humanitarian disasters, includto fly medical supplies to Haiti in the wake of the devastating 2010 earthquake and tsunami. Responding to the needs of widows without families and infants abandoned “In addition to providing for at hospitals in Haiti, Global Compassion Network volunteers from Iowa assist the basic physical human local workers in building the second of 10 Safe-T Homes at the new James need for safe, secure shel1:27 Widows & Infants Village near Les Cayes, Haiti. The village is named for ter, this project supports the James 1:27, the Bible verse which instructs Christians to care for widows and psychological and spiritual infants: “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit human need for a sense of the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted purpose, as widows who are from the world.” without family nurture atrisk babies who so desperately need mothers,” DeYoung explains.

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Global Compassion Network volunteers from the Algona, Iowa, First United Methodist Church, along with mission workers from Laborers for Christ and local Haitians, have completed the first two village homes and are planning to erect a full complement of 10, the number of Safe T Homes that can be shipped in a single cargo container.

A Community of Care The James 1:27 Widows & Infants Village joins Global Compassion Network projects already completed and operating in Haiti, including the: • Consolation Center, an orphanage for girls housing 54 residents; • Center of Help, a second orphanage serving 32 boys and girls; • Centre Educatif le Reconfort School; • Medical Center; and • Community Center. “Just imagine widows feeling useful and finding a place of purpose helping care for these precious preemies and tiny babies left without family support,” says Les DeRoos, an Iowa missionary with Laborers With Christ, who assists Global Compassion Network in Haiti. “Nearest to the heart of God and pure religion is to care for the orphan and the widow.”

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Celebrate National Hamburger Month With a 600 Pound Hamburger May is National Hamburger Month. Who knew that a specific month had been dedicated to honor the popular hamburger? There are more hamburgers eaten every year in America than any other food. So it only stands to reason that such a distinction be so honored to kick off the grilling season.

healthier alternative. My response is this: “So is eating shoe leather, but what about the taste and satiety value?”

Nagreen began selling his World-famous hamburger at age 15 at the first Seymour fair in 1885, and later at the Brown County and Outagamie County fairs. At that time he was doing meatballs on a stick and decided to flatten them out and put them between two pieces of bread, so people could walk around the fair eating the hamburger.

When selecting hamburger, don’t always go for the leanest, most expensive. It will destroy the experience of good outdoor cooking. Select the cheapest, fattiest burger you can find and control the fat content with the sizzle. Turn up the heat, flip quickly and sear in those rich savory juices. Any excess fat will have been cooked out of the burger, while at the same time retaining an unbelievable, scrumptious flavor.

To celebrate and honor this special occasion there will be several gala affairs featuring the burger — from communities to private backyard parties, grills will be fired up across the USA. Perhaps you’re looking for something special that your community or organization can do to get in on the action. If so I would like to introduce you to a convertible oven/ grill that is big enough to cook a 600 lb. hamburger, bun and all — that will feed approximately 2000 people.

How times have changed! Some hundred plus years later we walk around the fair eating everything on a stick.

This is one of a kind oven/grill that was “special ordered” by the Prescott Lions Club to use as a fundraiser and marketing tool. It is valued at approximately $10,000, and is sanctioned by the local Lions club to travel anywhere in the USA. For more particulars regarding the use of this oven/grill contact the Prescott Lions Club at Though the original oven idea was designed and built to bake a 12' apple pie, the prospects of cooking a “giant burger” inspired the group to send the oven back to the Lion Factory for a conversion makeover to a grill. The conversion is ideal, as the bun can be made in the oven and the hamburger on the grill. This is a phenomenon that has unlimited potential. Can you imagine the ambiance of a giant burger? The oven/grill is just one of many good ideas that you might employ to celebrate National Hamburger Month. But as livestock producers I think it is important for you to capitalize on this opportunity to promote the beef industry. The following information should help your cause:

The burger was discovered and declared official in 1885 in Seymour, Wisconsin. A guy by the name of Charles Nagreen is credited for the achievement, and will be forever remembered as Hamburger Charlie. State lawmakers have proudly laid claim to Wisconsin as the home of the hamburger. The State assembly recently served up a proclamation where Seymour beat out other competitors such as Athens, TX, and New Haven, CO, for the coveted award of being the hamburger capital of the country.

Inside of Prescott Lions' Oven/Grill designed and built by Randy Kinneman

Though the burger may not be the health food of choice, it has been declared the “All American” food of preference — not only on special occasions, but every day. The burger has probably done more for the livestock industry than any other meat product. The health issue is debatable for another article. The hamburger is always of greatest demand during the grilling season, but remember lean is not always better. Let’s face it, when it comes to ground meat, fat adds flavor. Fat adds flavor to any cut of meat, thus the need for marbling found in the higher quality cuts of meat. But adding fat is particularly important in hamburger, as most hamburgers come from low quality cull cows. This meat contains little or no marbling and would be extremely dry and tasteless if it weren’t for the comingling and mixing of fat trim from higher quality cuts. This stirs up a very controversial subject with me, as the lean fanatics in this country continue to push a lean and

YOUR VOICE IN THE MARKETING PLACE OF YOUR CHOICE — KNIGHTRO SESSIONS MENDING FENCES AND TENDING SENSES Ken E. Knight is the author of the “Knightro Report”, a nationally syndicated livestock-marketing column, which is featured in this publication on a regular basis. Mr. Knight is a graduate of North Dakota State University, with a major BS Degree in Meat and Animal Science and a minor in Communications. In addition to being a professional auctioneer, public speaker and livestock judge, he brings many years of corporate level meat and livestock market management and expertise to the industry for which he now serves as an independent voice of shared knowledge and experience. For more in-depth information regarding the topics that have been touched upon in this report, Knightro conducts livestock marketing seminars on a regular basis. To schedule a seminar, auction, judging, or speaking engagement, please contact Ken Knight, Knightro, 136 Hillridge Ct., Prescott, WI  54021, phone 715-262-8480, fax 715-262-8480, e-mail; or contact the Farm & Livestock Directory, P.O. Box 998, Fort Dodge, IA 50501; email


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The harder we push lean, the faster we turn people away from the meat counter. I respect the claims of fattiness, but not at the expense of destroying the demand for high quality meat–everything in moderation!

To better understand ground beef labels, remember that the U.S. Department of Agriculture says that lean burger must contain 10 grams of fat (4 1/2 grams saturated) or less per 4-ounce serving. For extra-lean the standard is 5 grams of fat (2 grams saturated) or less per serving. But don’t be misled by those labels. Neither meets the definition of a low-fat food, which is 3 grams of fat or less per serving. You simply have to decide if low fat is your goal, or is it eating good? Fat percentages can also be misleading. Ground beef labeled 90 percent lean sounds low in fat, but actually packs more than 11 grams of fat per serving. And 95 percent lean has 6 grams per serving. Appearance doesn’t help either. An absence of white flecks (marbling) doesn’t mean ground meat is low in fat, especially in red meat, where most of the fat is hidden in the muscle tissue. Again, your criteria for purchasing good tasting hamburger should be the inexpensive package, as the pricier option in this case doesn’t mean it will taste better. You really can have it both ways, getting more flavor and less cost by simply cooking off the excess fat. The browning process will cook off the excess fat. This also enhances appearance and according to a recent study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, this will reduce the fat content by as much as half. (So, don’t just take my word for it, the ‘diet folks’ are actually on my side!) Grilling is the social barometer of neighborhood fence climbing and patio get-togethers. It’s hard to stay away from the aroma of a barbecue or the relaxed atmosphere of friends and family gatherings. But nothing can ruin a good time more than poor meat selection or inappropriate cooking procedures. Temperature and timing are key to a memorable cookout. Where there is smoke, there is fire! Tend to business and watch what you’re doing very closely, as just one flare-up can make the difference between success and failure. A good cook will flip once and avoid burning. The hamburger has become an American icon, so take pride in both preparation and cooking.

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Pony Tales by PONTY Big Pie in the Sky is Made Possible, Thanks to a One-Of-A-Kind Convertible Oven/Grill have to bail me out of something. This time it was my sonin-law Randy Kinneman who listened to my dilemma. He offered to custom design and build an oven.

It was the hand of fate that brought the Prescott Lions together with Herdie Baisden, owner of the Maiden Rock Winery & Cidery. As Herdie hoisted this section of a 12 ft. pie pan in the air, announcing to the world that he would furnish the pan and all the apples for anyone who would bake a 12' apple pie as a fundraiser, the hand of fate went up: The Prescott Lions accepted his challenge with a furor of enthusiasm. The inception of this ever popular Prescott Lions Oven/ Grill seemed like a pie in the sky off-the-wall idea. But nothing could have been further from the truth, as it was a huge success from every respect:

u Conceptual u Profitable u Communal u Promotional After all, how could you not look a gift horse in the mouth? Who could say ‘no’ to such a great idea for a fundraiser? However, little did they know what they were getting into: 600 pounds of apples to peel and prepare a pie this big, and, find an oven big enough to bake it in. But for a Lion there is no challenge too big to tackle. They grabbed the bull by the horns and ran with it. Six months later they were serving 2,000 pieces of apple pie to a crowd that was left wanting more. The ‘crowd’ was

more than 7,000 people, courtesy of Ptacek’s IGA and the Budweiser Clydesdales. It became a community effort, with more apple peelers than there were apples and an oven so new and fancy that it cooked a perfect pie. Cooked to perfection and tasting even better than mom’s was the sentiment being expressed by this overflowing crowd.

Not a small feat to accomplish, but to the amazement of all the Lions, he created something pretty special. This thing was huge, with all the bells and whistles of a module coming off a factory assembly line—lights, windows, heat monitors—all encased in a mass of precision cut metal, designed to bake with the accuracy of a craftsman. Now that it has been further updated to be used as either an oven or a grill, this unique one-of-a-kind oven/grill has drawn the attention of such ideas as a giant pizza, giant cookie, and now, perhaps a giant burger!

A great success, but the oven was by far the biggest challenge. A 12' oven, or even a 6' oven that could bake it in sections was not available. So what does one do when he gets the cart in front of the horse? The commitment had already been made, biting off more than one could chew. Well, as fate would have it, the ‘he’ was ‘me’! A predicament that I’ve found myself in more times than my son-in-laws want to remember, as they seem to always

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Soil is more than just dirt; it a complex combination of mineral particles, plant nutrients and beneficial organisms, including bacteria produced by many forces acting together. It takes years to rebuild top soil and structure necessary for producing the abundant crops we like. In agriculture we know life really does begin with dirt. It is not just the crops grown in the dirt that feed livestock and people. There are billions of products that get their start from the seeds we soon will be planting. Every hard-working auctioneer will remind the crowd that 'land no longer is being made'. And this is so true! With more farm land seeded into wildlife food plots, designated as public areas or placed into city development, there is less land available for farming. The remaining acres are needed to produce


Soil is our lifeblood, and it's fertility contributes a great deal to the success of our farms. We need to remain vigilant at doing the best that we can to protect the life in the dirt beneath us. One would have thought the pictures of the Dust Bowl era would have been enough to convince farmers to remove as many tillage tools from their list of assets as quickly as possible. Instead, the opposite seems to be true. Sometimes there appears to be less concern about responsible farming as there was a generation ago, despite all the education and success stories. Perhaps this could be attributed to less 'farmer-owned' land. Unrestricted private ownership creates pride, and perhaps the land will be circumspectly cared for during the time his name is on the deed. This land is only ours for a time, and we hold it in a trust for the next generation that will also need food and shelter. Conservation, contour farming, minimum till, and crop rotation need to be back into our regime of best farming practices. It may mean devoting time to soil and plant tissue testing, so that we can get the right balance of fertilizer back on our depleted soils. When preserving the heritage of land for future generations becomes a priority, it's possible to find ways to remain profitable and productive – all while protecting the soil. American agriculture really consists of many agricultures. Every acre of land is as unique as the men and women who farm it. But each must realize it is their individual responsibility to leave the land in better shape than when it first became theirs.

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By Kelly and Leah Daniels Kelly and Leah live on an acreage in north central Iowa and work with farmers and clients across the country.

We’ve had the pleasure of working with farmers – mostly livestock producers – for many years and we recently began to notice something interesting: Farmers like to ask a lot of

Keep Your Plates Spinning With Hedgewood’s Five Key Elements Of Livestock Production Remember the guy on the old variety shows who had a bunch of plates spinning on long, thin sticks? You know, the one that with the fast, bouncy theme song that will now be playing in your head for the next few hours? (Sorry ‘bout that.) If you don’t remember it, your parents will.


For the plates to keep going, the guy had to watch everything all They want to know about which things are best for their operation, what’s new out there,

at once and, if one plate began to slow down, he would run over and give the stick just a little tweak to get it back up to speed.

But if one plate started to wobble, it would come tumbling down and wipe out the whole bunch. Livestock production is a lot like that guy with the spinning plates: As a farmer, you have a whole lot of things that have to keep moving and, if you don’t catch a problem in one area, it can pretty quickly get big enough to take out the whole thing. To help our customers “keep their plates spinning,” we use Hedgewood’s Five Key Elements of Livestock Production, a visual tool that enables producers to categorize the essential areas of production; keep an eye on how each is functioning; and, should something begin to wobble, make the necessary adjustments to keep everything working in harmony.

how different brands compare, how they can save money on input costs, and so on. And they appreciate having someone

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knowledgeable and down-toearth to talk over options with. That’s why we formed Hedgewood as an independent company, so we can help customers learn about all their equipment choices and choose the gates, feeders and other products that will make their job

Nutrition – Always feed the best ration for your production type and choose formulations based on sound science. What may look like a great deal on some cheap feed could end up costing you in performance and, in some cases, even impact the health status of your animals. Keep feedstuffs as clean and dry as possible, and protect feed storage areas from disease-carrying rodents and insects.

your operation, an effective manager understands the interaction of all the key elements and, if a problem arises, can adjust one area to make up for deficiencies in another. Management is also the one area that can take down all the rest. A good manager can see all the moving parts, can recognize something that’s beginning to wobble and knows when to tweak those twirling sticks to keep all the plates spinning.

easier and maybe even save money through efficiencies. At Hedgewood, our recommendations are based on having actually used many different types of equipment in production situations, rather than on how much profit we can make from one brand or another. If it’s right for the farmer, it’s right for Hedgewood. The work that U.S. farmers do helps people around the world live healthier and safer lives than ever before. We feel blessed to be able to work in agriculture every day and to be able to use our skills in keeping agriculture strong.

– Kelly and Leah

MAY 2014

Environment – To grow and thrive, every species of livestock needs the right environment, no matter which type of production you choose. Outside animals are exposed to extremes in weather, predators, parasites; soil-borne diseases, even dangers from vehicles. Animals under shelter require adequate ventilation to replace stale air with fresh; feed delivery systems that can meet nutritional needs; manure-handling and storage processes; and, depending upon the species, slatted floors or regularly refreshed bedding to prevent excesses of moisture and ammonia. Health – A good relationship with your veterinarian will help you determine which animal health tools and procedures you should rely upon. Develop a good understanding of not only the types of diseases that could harm your livestock, but also of the ways those diseases can get to your farm. A virus doesn’t care whether it rides in with a replacement heifer or sticks to the sole of the boots you were wearing when you stopped by the neighbor’s farm; that little bugger is just looking for a fresh

host so it can snuggle in and replicate its little heart out. Make biosecurity a priority. Genetics – Just as some dogs aren’t the right type to live in high-rise apartments, some farm animals are not the right type for every operation. Genetic selection is an important – but sometimes overlooked – element, playing an essential role in the ongoing success of your operation. With today’s technological advances, genetic selection may represent your best opportunity for herd improvement. Partner with genetic suppliers who can help you identify the best trait package for your production style and who have the expertise to develop custom breeding programs that can move your herd in the right direction, without sacrificing other desirable traits.

Management – Here’s where the rubber hits the road: The success of any livestock operation hinges on good management. Whether you are an owner/manager or you employ a professional to oversee

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(And if you don’t remember this one, ask you parents. It’s the same one you start to hear in your mind when you’ve been riding a tractor – or a Harley – for too long.) andl ivest ockdirect A1 5

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t Keeping the Family Farm in the Family Michael Baron is the owner of Great Plains Diversified Services, Inc. and is a regular contributor to the "Farm And Livestock Directory". Involved in farm estate planning for more than thirty years, Michael Baron is well-versed in farm income taxation, estate taxation, retirement planning, transition planning, oil and gas estate issues, and all other issues facing the family farm, including family dynamics. Presented in a comprehensive, down-to-earth 'question and answer" format, the topics addressed in this column talk about the many aspects of estate planning – and how to 'Keep the Family Farm in the Family'.

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Estate Planning Equals Goal Setting wards those goals. Suddenly, Mom and Dad understand

Dear Michael: We have been talking for years about what we want to put into an estate plan. Our son has been working with us, but he fears he will take on too much debt if he starts taking over our livestock and machinery operation. Even though he is the logical choice, he seems hesitant about what to do in taking on some of this risk. In our day, we didn't have the choice of being hesitant – it was kind of thrust upon us whether we liked it or not and we had to go through a lot of tough years. Now, we can't seem to put our plan together because we just can't tell what he is thinking. What should we do? ~ No Mind-

their estate planning goals, and see all the little day-today decisions they make along the way in life will affect the long-term future of the farm. They hadn't seen it in this light before because they never thought of it in terms of ‘what if I'm not here and I have to write these goals down now?’ (commonly known as a will). Junior, for the first time, sees the order of life, of maturing and aging, and finally of death and understands the day-to-day decisions he makes now will have a huge long-term effect on his own life, his family's life, and his success. Estate planning forces you to put your goals down in writing and it’s really fun to see business with both sides of the equation tracking towards their goals – now that


they finally know what those are. You'll be surprised how quickly Jr. starts making better and better decision on the farm when he knows where he's heading and how he's supposed to get there. Your transition from active to retired, should you live, will

Dear No Mind-Reader:

can go on. If you're not getting knocked on your butt

eventually be made so very much easier and will still

once in a while in small business, you're failing.

reflect the same goals you put into your estate plan.

jumped into the farm operation with two feet. Maybe he

If he won't make decisions, you're going to have to be

Goals aren't set in stone when put into writing and are

is dealing with someone in the upper echelon manage-

brave enough to toss him into the deep end of the pool

subject to changing conditions. However, not putting

ment (Dad and Mom) who is a bit too overbearing and

and let him sink or swim – on a small scale, of course.

goals down in writing, in your estate plan, just makes

he doesn't want to upset the applecart and live a life of

You're going to have to force him to make some deci-

everyone wander around without knowing where they're

disappointing his parent(s). Or, maybe he just doesn't

sions (take on this field and plant what you want, buy

going – and then you get mad at Jr. for not being more

have the aggressive gene.

these cows, etc.)

decisive. Maybe it's not his fault!

If it's the first thing, whoever in upper management who

If he absolutely won't do it, remember five percent of the

is not listening, or shutting off ideas before he gets

people make up the leaders and the other ninety-five

started, ought to learn to let him make a few mistakes.

percent are followers. You can't leave a farm operation

I can think of a few basic reasons why your son hasn't

Oftentimes, parents are overeducated on the right and wrong way to do things – those who've been through the

to a ‘follower’ and expect it to succeed. If he just won't go, maybe you saddled up the wrong pony to take over?

school of hard knocks. Or, maybe they are parents who

The other reason I find a lot of kids are reticent to do

don't want their children to go through the same school

anything is because they don't have a clear picture in

of hard knocks the way they did.

front of them.

No one out there worth his or her salt has ever made one

One of the key elements in estate planning is to write

hundred percent correct decisions throughout their ag-

down what you'd want to see happen in the event of your

ri-business career. Everyone's gambled, lost and then

death(s). Later, when we bring the farming child in, af-

gambled again and won in small business. That is small

ter lengthy discussions with the parents, and we explain

business. Being good and being bad at small business is

it to him, it's usually the first time this child has been

a thing he needs to experience for himself. He has to

shown a direction of where things are headed in his fam-

know one thing: Good times and bad times have one

ily business.

thing in common – neither one last forever.

As surprising as that might seem to you, even more sur-

If you've been preventing him from making some small

prising is normally this is the first time the parents have

decisions, let him go and give it a try. Now is a good time

put these goals down in writing, as well!

to try a few things and if he fails, he fails. The lesson

When you put goals down on paper and both sides of the

learned isn't whether or not he succeeded or failed – it's

equation – parents and child(ren) – see these goals, it

that he can fail, pull himself up out of the mess and he

sets the brain in motion from both sides working to-

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FARM and RANCH LIFE By Dr. Michael R. Rosmann Dr. Michael R. Rosmann brings the perspective of a farmer in “Farm And Ranch Life”. Dr. Rosmann grew up on a mixed grain and livestock farm in Western Iowa where he experienced enjoyable hard work and 4-H, and witnessed the stresses that accompany farming and farm life. Dr. Rosmann developed the first mental health response in Iowa to the Farm Crisis of the 1980s. In 2001, Dr. Rosmann, along with partners in seven states, founded the nonprofit network, AgriWellness Inc. AgriWellness conducted research and provided counseling services to farm people. It became clearer that a specialized field – agricultural behavioral health – was needed to respond to the unique problems experienced by farmers, ranchers and others involved in agriculture.

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Social Media: Progress And Problems Many people have love-hate relationships with their

social media time is not spent on desktop computers,

A recent article about Amish and Mennonite farm peo-

computers and mobile phone devices. Users also ques-

but on smartphones and tablets.

ple indicated that many neither own a computer nor

tion whether social media solve or cause more problems.

Facebook is by far the leader in social engagement, with 114 billion minutes per month in the U.S. alone.


A “Pew Research Internet Project” survey of 2,252

comparison, Twitter commands 5.3 billion minutes per

adults age 18 and older, released on February 11, 2014,


indicated that 72 percent of the persons surveyed said the internet had no impact on their significant relationships like marriage or partnerships. The remainder of the sample said the internet had a major impact (10%) or minor impact (17%).

The total time spent each day on computers and telephone devices is much greater. The average American devotes just over three hours daily to using these electronic devices, according to www.MarketingCharts. Indonesians and Saudi Arabians spend an average of 5.1

Of those who said the internet had an impact on their

hours daily, followed by the Turkish (4.9 hours), Argen-

important relationships, 74 percent said it was positive;

tinians (4.7 hours) and Russians (4.6 hours).

20 percent said the impact was mostly negative and four percent said it was both good and bad. Not surprisingly, younger people were more likely than older social media users to say internet-based communications helped them feel closer and they used various social media devices to resolve disagreements.

people spend the least amount of time each day on social media devices (2.6 hours). Of course, persons who have no–or limited–access to telephones and computers spend little time using these modern devices, but they

What are considered social media varies. People gener-

countries are erecting communication towers or access-

ally agree the social media include internet and cellular

ing satellite systems for conducting social networking.

tions such as email, texting, Facebook, Twitter, and other electronic networks to conduct business and social relationship activities.

These activities are com-

monly referred to as social networking.

gencies and are successful in business and community endeavors. Some of these communities rely on others to conduct certain communications on their behalf. The National Security Agency (NSA) conducts surveillance of telephone contacts, email and other social media exchanges and has generated much controversy. NSA activities and those of other government agencies were stepped up after the 9-11 terrorist attacks on the U.S. but began earlier as ever more people around the world acquired access to social media to carry on their communications.

Of the 24 surveyed countries, French and Japanese

are becoming the exceptions because most “third world”

phone-based applications of interactive communica-

undertake telephone communications except for emer-

Do farmers use the social media? Many popular farm magazines and websites indicate farmers regularly use computers and mobile phones to conduct business and to carry on other activities that save time, maintain relationships with important people and sometimes save

A January 5, 2014 Business Insider report on social me-

lives that are in jeopardy, but no precise usage data are

dia trends says the average American spends 37 minutes


These are necessary activities–although they involve government monitoring–that help protect people from enemy attacks.

Since nearly every opposition group

these days has sufficient sophistication to harm Americans or others considered as enemies, it makes sense to screen the social media for cues of potential danger. Most Americans and others in the free world appreciate NSA surveillance-type methods. But should we have to tolerate unwanted computer cookies that monitor every website and email address we contact or methods which use Global Positioning System (GPS) information from our mobile telephones and motorized vehicles with GPS to track our whereabouts? Both the computer tracking and GPS tracking devices follow our every move and inform others than the NSA

daily on social networking activities; 60 percent of the

who use the information, such as merchandisers. Merchandisers can then send unnecessary advertisements and make telephone calls to anyone whose personal information they acquire. These marketers invade email accounts and search out unlisted cellular telephone numbers at any hour of the day or night from our desktop and laptop computers and our mobile telephones and tablets to make unwanted sales pitches. Most consumers know how to seek information about what they might want to purchase or have interest in. Computer and telephone advertisements are among the most detrimental intrusions into people’s daily lives because they waste time and energy, jam up computers and mobile telephonic devices and cost everyone money. What’s in control—the electronic media or its users? “Do Not Call” lists aren’t working sufficiently. Regulations are needed that protect national security as well as our personal freedoms and which place primary control into the hands of consumers rather than marketers.

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Organization? What’s That? I must confess. I wouldn’t know what organized meant; even if it smacked me ‘up alongside the head'!

budget; in mine, no so much. Living on a ranch means the critters always come first, and their comfort is at the top of the heap. I may need those extra dollars to pay the vet bill when one of the cows needs help birthing a calf. (A healthy calf takes priority over a fancy wire rack in the closet.)

My sewing room is a real good example of my so-called organizing skills, which are, none. Piles of ‘stuff’ heaped everywhere and the closet is stacked high–just like the family room just down the hall. I think I know where everything is, but to anyone foolish enough to go upstairs and take a look themselves, it’s probably a nightmare. Someday, I will find bottom in the mess!

the tax deduction, you need to follow their rules and be sure to get a receipt to file with the taxes.)

YARD SALE Some folks hold yard sales every spring and fall and I’ve learned a few ‘tricks of the trade’ by asking questions. As you sort, take the time to mark a price on each item before you box it up. I've been told this saves so much time in the long run. Sort, mark and box the items as you go and just stack the containers in a storage area or a section of the garage until sale time. All you have to do then is put up the signs, set the tables out and lay out the items to be sold.

KEEP AND USE This is what goes back in the closet or on shelves, if you have them. Stacked boxes work pretty well.

Our great grandmothers had an old rhyme they used to keep on track with household chores:

Wash on Monday,


Iron on Tuesday, Churn on Thursday,

These are the family heirlooms that you may want to pass on to other family members. Pictures of the great-grandparents, a wedding dress, Christening gown, or maybe great-granny’s dishes.

Clean on Friday,


Bake on Saturday.

This is always my biggest pile of ‘stuff’. Old gloves with no mate, shoes with the toes worn out, toys that cannot be fixed, clothing that is beyond redemption (covered with paint, ripped beyond my ability to patch, you get the idea).

Mend on Wednesday,

This rhyme worked pretty well for them. Even the kids knew that Mondays meant hauling water into the house in pails and heating it on the stove. Running water back then meant "run and get it" from the well or cistern out back. With no modern conveniences like electricity or any appliances in homes back then, day to day living was hard work. As I sit here at my table on a cool, early spring day (I wrote this column in mid-March) I've decided to get a few areas of this old house better organized. First on my list of projects is clearing out a closet that has needed a good ‘digging out’ for quite a while now. There are several books and even web sites available to help one get organized, and many of them have some really good ideas on how to control the clutter. I’ve also discovered that many of them are selling fancy wire racks, clear storage bins, spinning hangers for neckties and belts, etc. That’s fine if the expense of these fit your

Using cardboard boxes, I make a list of ‘what's in here’ with a black marker and cover it with some wide tape. Cheap, and easy for me to do. I can get the boxes at the grocery store, and by listing the contents in black marker on the box, I can tell at a glance exactly what's in it. I find it easier to do one section of a closet at a time so I don’t lose track of where I am and what I’m doing. I use the same approach when clearing out dresser drawers, and can usually make pretty good headway in a couple of hours.

UNDECIDED This is for the stuff you are unsure you need to keep or not. I find that if I put it away for a few days or a week or so, I usually end up ‘pitching’ 90% of what I’d saved.

My categories are:

Things like old socks can be cut up for cleaning rags. An old broken laundry basket can cut down and use as a place to put muddy boots or shoes when someone comes into the house as to avoid bringing some ‘barn’ with them. If something can be used or recycled, it goes without saying that it should be; and only items that are truly past any usefulness should be put in a landfill.


Have a ‘cleaning good time’ until next month.

Anything that can be donated to a charity like the Salvation Army, the local CAP office or a church. (If you want


I start by taking everything out of the space, and then sort according to categories.

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Money & Time-Saving Tips from Pennywise:

Kid Stuff: Helpful Hints for Parents The following hints have been sent in by readers and subscribers with young– and maybe not so young children and made sense (cents) to me Save A Sweater Most children over the age of 4 have a piece or two of very ‘special‘ clothing, and when they outgrow it, you would think the world had come to an end. My son had a ‘very favoritest’ sweater given to him by his grandfather when he was 6. He wore it for two years and then hit a growing streak so it no longer fit. My grandmother cut off the sleeves off the sweater, which were way too short, and turned it into a vest. That lasted another year before it had to be retired until the boy's little brother could grow into ‘grampy’s' sweater. Though he was sad when it didn’t fit him anymore, he felt better when he saw his little brother wearing one of his ‘very favoritest things.’ (tip submitted by JS, MT) (I have seen 'sweater jackets' made by splitting the sweater down the front, reinforcing the edges and installing one of those big plastic zippers down the full length of the sweater.)

Color The Kid! A friend told me about a hint shared with her by a neighbor who told her to be sure to dress the little ones in the brightest, boldest colors she can find because it makes it

easier to find the kids in the mall or anywhere else there are large numbers of people. They are truly ‘standouts’! (tip submitted by MW, WA) (This makes sense to me; When my youngest was a toddler he absolutely hated to be carried and didn’t want to hang on to my hand when we went someplace. So, my solution was to use a harness and tether. Some people made fun of me because I had the kid ‘tied up like a dog’, but I knew he was safe with the tether attached to my belt loop, and knew nobody was gonna take him–a big worry for him at the time!)

Baby Powder Stretcher We all know how expensive baby powder is and how quickly the container runs out, especially when the budget is on ZERO. Next time you purchase baby powder, buy a box of plain cornstarch at the same time. Dump both of them into a big bowl along with one cup of baking soda and mix together thoroughly. Both of these extra ingredients are perfectly safe for baby, and will really stretch those ‘baby dollars’. (tip submitted by CJP, MN) (This has been circulated around for many, but sometimes we all need a ‘refresher’ and this is so very simple and easy to do. This hint is even good for grown up folks that use baby powder in their shoes. Next time you buy powder, check the label. You just might have been buying scented cornstarch all along!)

My son is in our local 4-H program, and one of his projects included home furnishings. We had an old wood and wicker step stool that had belonged to my grandmother. It’s been up in the garage rafters for a good 30 years or so–dusty, dried out and pretty well forgotten, until he spotted the thing and wanted to restore and paint it. A friend of ours instructed him to clean it up good, sand off any rough spots and then paint it with spray paint, which works great for wicker. He told my son to get a big box from an appliance store and to paint the stool ‘inside the box’. Put the stool in the box and paint one side with the spray paint gun, let it dry and then paint the next side. All the overspray from the paint gun is confined to the box and NOT all over the driveway! This worked out very well and he’s looking forward to displaying his hard work at the 4-H fair. (tip submitted by MJB, NE)

Bug Free Summer Driving Hint Summer really isn't that far away, along with all the bugs warm weather brings us. A reader said if you spray WD-40 on a rag and wipe down the hood, grill and front bumpers of your vehicles after a good spring-cleaning, you can easily wipe away any bugs with a cloth. The WD-40 prevents the dead bugs from sticking like glue to the finish of the vehicle. (tip submitted by MD, IA) ———————————————————— If you have tips or ideas to share, send them to Pennywise, Box 518, Kadoka, SD 57543 or better yet, email Pennywise at pennywise@ Please be sure to mention the "Farm And Livestock Directory" when you respond.

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Equipment Survey: Easier Maintenance is Tops for Livestock Producers, Crop Producers Respect Resale Value When it comes to farm equipment purchases, livestock producers think more about the ease of maintenance, while crop producers think more about the predictability of it, according to a 2014 survey of 800 livestock and crop producers across North America. Producers in the study, sponsored by Case IH, who reported a significant portion of their income as generated from livestock operations say they look for low maintenance and easy-toservice equipment from an innovative manufacturer. Those who reported a significant portion of their income as generated from crop operations also rank innovation near the top of their list, but reliability and resale value rate even higher.

and this concept is not lost on them, which the research proves. Both livestock and crop producers rank an innovative manufacturer as their No. 3 purchase consideration.

Case IH understands that people are important, as it continues to put producers first and keep two-thirds of its employees out in the field working alongside producers every day.

“Investing in the right new technology can be profitable for any operation, but specifically for a livestock operation if it can help cut down on labor costs,” Drollette says. “After all, it boils down to the people: those that are working on your operation and those that are working for your operation.”

“Having access to a supportive, responsive dealership is critical for all producers,” Drollette says. “An operation’s success is dependent on its ability to stay up and running, and equipment plays a crucial role in that.”

Research results show that dealer experience is important, considering that both the crop and livestock producers ranked dealer responsiveness as No. 5 on their list of considerations.

“A big difference between livestock and crop producers when it comes to equipment is usage,” says Ryan Drollette, Farm Management Specialist from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. “Livestock producers run their equipment every single day, while crop producers are running them for longer periods of time during select seasons.” The usage differences mean livestock operators are using their equipment every day and are performing maintenance as needed. Making that daily process simpler and less time consuming for producers can mean higher efficiency for that operation.


Case IH is a global leader in agricultural equipment, committed to collaborating with its customers to develop the most powerful, productive, reliable equipment – designed to meet today’s agricultural challenges. With headquarters in the United States, Case IH has a network of dealers and distributors that operates in over 160 countries. Case IH provides agricultural equipment systems, flexible financial service offerings and parts and service support for professional farmers and commercial operators through a dedicated network of professional dealers and distributors. Productivity enhancing products include tractors; combines and harvesters; hay and forage equipment; tillage tools; planting and seeding systems; sprayers and applicators; sitespecific farming tools and utility vehicles. Case IH is a brand of CNH Industrial N.V.

“Having quick service stations on equipment is key,” says Drollette, a former dairyman himself. “If I can head out to the barn and do my daily maintenance check without having to crawl around the machine, I can get to work that much sooner.” Working out in the field alongside producers, Case IH hay and forage product specialist Brett DeVries says Case IH understands this need. “Case IH talks to customers where they work to identify needs and drive the design of our products, so that we’re giving producers the innovation they need to best meet their needs.”


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clear clutter, organize your home, & reclaim your life by Barbara Tako ­— Motivational Speaker and Author

Clear Out Long-Term Paper Clutter Paper. Paper. Paper. It is probably

Have a stapler handy. I found way too many wads of related papers that were paper clipped together. Shame on me. Paper clips are dangerous. They can fall off. Worse yet, they can snag other unrelated papers that then become lost. Weed out the paper clips and staple related papers together instead. Also, have a staple remover handy too! Go and buy one if you don’t have this as part of your household office supplies.

the Number #1 form of household (and office) clutter for many of us. It is hard to decide where to put paper when it arrives. It is even harder to decide to weed paper out once it has nested in our filing system. Here are tips to get rid of paper clutter based on my own experience. It was time for me to weed out our household files. It was getting harder and harder to wedge additional incoming paperwork into our overflowing file cabinet. I couldn't figure out how four people managed to fill four deep file drawers with routine household paperwork! What happened to clutter clearing? I worked at weeding out our paperwork for several days. I finally had a combined paperwork pile that stood about 18" tall that was ready for the shredder and the recycle bag. I was embarrassed that someone who promotes the "simple life" could come up with that much excess paper, but there was a sense of accomplishment in measuring the stack at the end. And, truth be told, I suspected I was still hanging on to more paper than we really needed. Weeding out paperwork was hard. I was plagued by uncertainty as I held each piece of paper from each file folder in my hands. Would I “need” it again? Was it "safe"

Create a pile for misfiled papers and sort the paper clutter. I found misfiled items. Be ready to resolve a few misfiled papers at the onset, just in case. I also sorted the discarded papers I was ready to toss into two piles-those that needed to be shredded and those that could just get recycled.

to toss it? The decision making process wore me out. Read on to see what I learned. Keep a pad and pencil handy. Jot down the different types of paperwork that you are afraid to toss as you go through your files. Credit card statements? Receipts? Old utility bills? Paycheck stubs? Write your uncertainty down. Take this list to ask your tax person or accountant or call your government tax help phone line when the next tax session rolls around. Take notes on what the expert tells you. You will suffer from less uncertainty next time you weed out your paperwork. It would probably be wise to do this regularly since tax laws change over time.

Work in small increments of time. I personally suggest working for no more than 15 minutes to 1 hour at a crack. Tackle only a few file folders at a time. Also, do this work in your personal prime time if you can. Why? Because it is hard to sit and make decision after decision. As you get tired of it, there is a strong temptation to go too quickly or skip files or wads of paper that you think probably are "good enough." In this case, doing less at a time will add up to getting rid of more paper clutter. Consider going through the whole process twice in a row. What?! Yep, you heard me. After you have gone through each file once, consolidated files, deleted files, and created new ones, you can be more confident about your decision-making. You will find more to weed out if you go through a second round while you are up on this process. I made a 12" stack of papers to recycle the first time and a 6" stack of papers the second time. It was worth the effort, and it went much faster the second time anyway. Shred in the dark. It sounds weird, but shred statements and other paperwork that has personal data on it in the dark or while watching television. Why? If you don't, you may find yourself second-guessing yourself as you slow down to look at what you are trying to get rid of. Trust yourself. You already made the decisions. (If you really do feel the need to double-check everything, be my guest. You are the best judge of your own situation.) Finally, when you are done, reward yourself! Paper clutter really is unmade decisions and you just made a whole bunch of them! When it was all said and done, I found it to be an empowering experience. I now know a lot more about what I have, and I love the "extra" space that now exists between the files. Oh, dear…Have I made future filing easier or have I created the potential for new interests or hobbies to enter my life because I now have file space for them? Either way, you can do this too!

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Barbara Tako is a clutter clearing motivational speaker and author of "Clutter Clearing Choices: Clear Clutter, Organize Your Home, & Reclaim Your Life" (O Books, 2010), a seasonally organized book of clutter clearing tips that readers can pick and choose from to fit their personal style and needs. Sign up for her free monthly clutter clearing tips newsletter at andl ivest ockdirect A2 3

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Directions: The facility is on the North side of I-70. If you're coming from the East, from I-70 West take exit 59. Travel straight as though you are going to get back on to I-70 West, but before the on-ramp you'll see the sign for Laybourne. Turn right. Travel 1/2 mile and the facility will be on your right, we'll be in the covered arena. If you're coming from the West, also take exit 59 off of I-70. At the end of the exit turn Left and cross over I-70, just on the other side of I-70 turn Left, you'll see you're turning as if to get on the on-ramp for I-70 West but there is a sign just prior to the on-ramp for Laybourne Rd. Turn right onto Laybourne and travel 1/2 mile. The facility will be on the right, we'll be in the covered arena. If you use Google Maps, Mapquest, or other GPS, you can use these coordinates as your destination and it will take you right to the location: 39.89550,-83.732216

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