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Volume 20 | Issue 12 “In no other country do so few people produce so much food, to feed so many, at such reasonable prices.” – President Dwight D. Eisenhower

Digging Out by Russell Sonnenberg

For more information about Russell Sonnenberg, see biography on page A1 inside, or visit to see more of his paintings.


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Russell Sonnenberg Russell 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 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. 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.

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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. 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. For more information or to view his works, contact his publisher, Meg’s Art World, either on the web at www. or call toll free at 866-283-6528 for a free brochure. All of his original oil paintings are on display at the Kossuth Agricultural & Motorsports Musuem in Algona, Iowa. The museum hours are currently from 1-4 pm on Sundays and is located at 800 East Fair Street in Algona (just off Hwy. 169). Prints of his works are also available for purchase there.

Volume 20, Issue 12 | December 2013

t features Innovations: New Micro Water Sensor Can Aid Growers.............9 Recovering from the Fury of Atlas......................... 12 What’s New: Equipment............. 4 House Your Future: Protect Your Flock With Year-Round Shelter....................................... 53

tevery month Pathways Through Agriculture........... 10 Keeping the Family Farm in the Family.....................................11


Farm & Ranch Life............................14





Clutter Clearing Choices....................42



In the Barn with Hedgewood..............43









Essays from My Farm House Kitchen.....................44 The Knightro Report..........................46





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AgJunction Announces New Outback MAXTM Virtual Terminal, Application Control, and Autosteer Enhancements AgJunction recently announced a series of software enhancements for its flagship terminal, the Outback MAX.

Existing eDriveX users can upgrade capabilities without having to buy and install a completely new system. GNSS options include RTK, OmniSTAR®, SBAS, and eDif. Outback MAX is available now through Outback Guidance Centers and through AgJunction distributors worldwide. Outback Guidance Centers have received MAX certified training to assist growers with Outback Guidance precision solutions. Visit for more information.

"Our latest MAX software improves machine to cloud connectivity by synchronizing client, farm, field, boundaries, field markers, guidance lines and product data directly between the terminal and AgJunction Cloud Services," said John Lueger, Director of Product Management at AgJunction.


In addition to wireless connectivity, in-cab data management, and an easy-to-navigate control interface, this year's Outback MAX integrated display terminal adds ISOBUS virtual terminal capability for common implement ECUs, enabling a broader range of implement communication and control.

BinMaster Level Controls introduces the new BinMaster RL level sensor designed to provide highly reliable bin level data in challenging environments where dust levels are extremely high.

"We continue to see growing interest among producers and ag-service providers for compatibility with different brands of implements," added Mr. Lueger. "Providing ISO virtual terminal capability with Outback MAX is important for enabling compatibility." MAX owners are able to utilize ISO virtual terminal capability after simply downloading the software from the web, and requesting an authorization code from Outback customer support. Also new for fall 2013 is an enhanced variable rate control feature for dry fertilizer applications. Coupled with the Outback AC110 controller, users can benefit from the advanced mapping engine in the MAX terminal to stack imagery and data layers to visually confirm and log field work. Application kits from AgJunction work with most existing spreader boxes on the market. The Company is also releasing several new features to its eDriveX™ Autosteer System including compatibility with John Deere® R-Series tractors, automated eTurn recognition of field boundaries and headlands, advanced autosteer engagement options, and the ability to generate A-B contour guidance lines. Capable of centimeter-level control and automatic turning at the end of each row, eDriveX users benefit from high accuracy and reduced driver fatigue across multiple field applications.


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New BinMaster RL Provides Reliable, Non-Contact Level Measurement in Bins

The non-contact, continuous level sensor works in powders and solid materials of all types, including very low dielectric materials which until now have been largely incompatible with non-contact devices. The acoustics-based BinMaster RL features a self-cleaning, nonstick surface that does not require routine maintenance or air purge for cleaning. This eliminates manual cleaning of the sensor and frequent climbing of bins, which is a safety hazard. It uses acousticsbased technology at very low frequencies, which allows it to penetrate dust. The acoustic waves won’t reflect off heavy dust or the material surface, which can cause erratic or inaccurate measurements. Plus, it performs consistently when the environment gets extremely dusty, such as during filling or emptying cycles.

“The BinMaster RL is a new alternative for customers who want reliable, non-contact technology in harsh, dusty environments or in problematic low dielectric materials. It’s ideal when facilities want to prevent contamination in environments such as food manufacturing, chemical and pharmaceutical processing,” stated Todd Peterson, VP of sales for BinMaster. “It is also suitable for any operation that wants to eliminate the risk associated with contact devices that might break off and damage equipment in the bottom of a silo, such as a sweep or conveyor.” For more information visit –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

SFP® Increases Mobility with New Website Farmers and dealers are increasingly turning to smartphones and other mobile devices to help them better manage their operations. As a result, information needs to be readily accessible in a user-friendly manner. In order to provide a better mobile experience for their users, SFP® has launched a new mobile website. The new site contains focused content on a mobilefriendly platform, leading to a more user-friendly experience. Users can quickly access product information, search for performance data or view peer testimonials. It also features general agriculture-friendly content such as daily weather and market reports. Two of the main website’s most-used tools, the dealer locator and rate calculators, were also enhanced. These allow farmers to find local dealer contact information and fill out a short form that generates product application rates. “Going mobile was extremely important for our customers,” says Jake Sanders, executive vice president for SFP. “Farmers are on the job 24 hours, seven days a week, and mobility is crucial to their performance. The mobile website provides on-the-go information and a userfriendly experience to help them succeed.”

The BinMaster RL is designed to be easy to program and simple to maintain. A quick-start guide is used to configure the RL directly from a screen on the head of

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the device or alternatively, from a PC. Multiple bins can be connected using a daisy chain to help save on wiring and installation costs. The BinMaster RL outputs a 4-20 analog signal for simple connection to an existing control system or display module. Users can view measurement data for one bin or all bins at once from a PC when the RL is used with MultiVision software.

Nearly 20 percent of unique visitors to currently view the site on a mobile device, and that percentage continues to increase month after month. The mobile site launched on August 15 and is functional on all mobile platforms.

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New DL-66 inch and DL72 inch Heavy Duty Rotary Cutters from Ammbusher

furrow open. A gauge/wiper wheel is located on the primary disk for basic operation. Fertilizer is applied in the space between the disks, eliminating the need for a fertilizer boot which can plug and cause problems, especially in conventionally tilled ground. Because the smaller blade follows the larger blade’s bevel, an aggressive cutting action can also be achieved for no-till conditions, accurately placing fertilizers at the bottom of the furrow where they belong – without spillage.

Ammbusher recently expanded their attachment line with the introduction of the DL-72” heavy-duty brush cutter. The new 2013, DL-72” and the DL-66” (since 2006), are both equipped with a newly designed “American Made” spindle. The “USA” built motor is a direct drive and bidirectional design. The DL Series rotary cutters were built to handle extreme brush conditions. A reinforced front push bar enables the operator to push over trees and cut brush up to 6” in diameter. As you cut, the front chained intake door lifts and allows the tree to enter the blade area. The 1” steel X-blade carrier allows the cutter to mulch and cut at the same time. The 2,100 lb. machine was designed to fit larger skid loaders. Both will handle 22 to 45 gpm (with motor changes) and are used in the forestry, right-of-way and land clearing service worldwide.

“The new Kubota X-Series is the perfect combination of beauty and brawn,” said Dan Muramoto, Kubota RTV product manager. “We have raised the bar on styling, ergonomics, comfort and storage without giving up the durability, ruggedness and reliability that Kubota utility vehicles are known for. We’ve taken a huge leap with feature enhancements for this line, and the powertrain componentry, fit and finish, and quality of materials are arguably best-in-class.” Beyond the enhanced styling and ergonomics, the muscle in the machine is fueled by Kubota-built diesel engines and Variable Hydraulic Transmissions (VHT-X), a powertrain combination that has garnered a world-wide reputation for dependable performance.

“The DL Series is the next level up from the Ammbusher standard-duty cutters,” says Jenny Awad, VP of Sales & Marketing. “We are proud to say that Ammbusher designed and built the first brush cutter of its kind in 1992 and strives to keep American’s working,” she adds. For more information or a dealer near you call 800-432-5955 or visit –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Kubota Debuts All-New, Next Generation RTV X-Series Available at dealerships nationwide in November, Kubota’s powerful new lineup includes the RTV-X900, a comfortable and versatile model for a wide variety of jobs; the RTV-X1120D, a deluxe model that steps up in power and amenities; and the RTV-X1100C, which offers a bestin-class factory-installed, fully-enclosed unibody cab with a powerful heating and air conditioning system.

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Available in classic Kubota Orange or Realtree AP Camo, Kubota’s new line of RTVs is engineered with power and comfort in mind to provide versatile work solutions for a wide range of operator needs. The Kubota RTV-X900 and X1100C replace the RTV900XT and the RTV1100, respectively, and the RTV X1120D is an incremental new model. Kubota will continue to offer the RTV400, RTV500 and RTV1140CPX in 2014. To learn more or to find a Kubota dealer near you, visit –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Dawn Equipment Company Develops a Unique Type of Disk Opener The unique double disk design of the new Cfx fertilizer opener by Dawn Equipment offers a hybrid of performance previously isolated to either single disk or double disk configurations. The best qualities of each option are combined in the Dawn Cfx. While both disks are supported from one side by a concentric roller bearing arrangement, only the primary disk is angled to open a furrow. The smaller secondary disk runs in the direction of travel and acts to hold the |

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The company says the Cfx is the first fertilizer opener to incorporate hydraulic down pressure. They have also developed a revolutionary electronic groundhardness sensor that mounts directly to the Cfx, adding real-time control of your fertilizer opener as well as the Dawn Gfx row cleaners and Dawn Rfx hydraulic planter row unit down pressure. These features combine to accurately match your fertilizer and seed depth placement across a wide variety of changing field conditions. For more information call 815-899-8000 or visit –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Valley Irrigation Announces New VFlex Corner Option Valley® Irrigation introduces a new corner option that is completely customizable to a grower’s field. The company reports the new Valley VFlex Corner™ is now the most versatile corner option in the industry. “The new Valley VFlex Corner has been in development since 2009 and was extensively tested at Valley and in customer fields,” said John Kastl, Equipment Product Manager at Valley Irrigation. “Its flexibility is based on suggestions from growers, and it offers more options than any other corner on the market.” Valley introduced the first corner to the irrigation market in 1974. A Valley corner machine allows growers to irrigate the acres not reached by a traditional center pivot, increasing yields on land the grower already owns. (continued)



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Kubota. “These models can be equipped with numerous ‘Performance-Matched’ attachments so operators have many options to choose from to tackle any chore with ease.”

The new VFlex Corner features an 8000 series span and an improved steerable drive unit structure for industryleading strength and durability. The VFlex also includes a wider track-and-roller cradle that can be easily serviced with standard hand tools.

For more information visit “We did a lot of work to make sure the VFlex is the most durable, reliable, longest-lasting, and easy-to-maintain corner available,” Kastl said. “It also offers growers tremendous flexibility, so they can tailor it to a specific field’s needs.” The VFlex Corner maintains the same simple and reliable start-stop controls of the Valley Corner, but offers extensive options to fit each grower’s requirements. Customizable options include: • • • • • •

Three corner length choices Mechanical or electronic sprinkler sequencing Fixed or swiveling water inlets Single or dual steering gearboxes Wire or GPS Guidance Trailing or leading orientation


Unverferth Introduces UHarvest Data Management Solution an affordable on-farm solution to quickly and accurately measure the dry matter and moisture content of both inbound and stored feed," said Klubertanz. Livestock producers and nutritionists can utilize the information gathered by the Moisture Tracker to provide more consistent rations with the goal of improving productivity, herd health, and profitability. For more information visit –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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Digi-Star Introduces HandHeld Moisture TrackerTM Digi-Star is proud to introduce the Moisture Tracker at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisc. The Moisture Tracker is a hand-held, Near-Infra-Red (NIR) scanning device, which rapidly measures the dry matter and moisture content of animal feeds.

Kubota Tractor Corporation has introduced the B50 Series, a new line of factory-integrated-cab tractors. Available now at dealerships nationwide, the new series includes the B2650 ROPS and B3350 HSDC Cab models, boasting 19.5 and 27 PTO horsepower, respectively. The Kubota B50 Series offers class-leading luxury and comfort with a spacious, virtually dust-tight cab, user-friendly control layout, and clean-emission Tier 4 compliant diesel engines. “The Kubota B50 Series features the first tractors in their class with an integrated factory cab that is quiet, roomy, and sealed to make operation comfortable during any season,” said Paul Williams, senior product manager for

“Digi-Star provides producers with tools that make their jobs easier and profitability more achievable. The Moisture Tracker is a prime example of Digi-Star's commitment to developing easy-to-use precision technology,” says Kevin Klubertanz, General Manager of Digi-Star.

The UHarvest system offers easy installation on any grain cart equipped with scales. Its ECU attaches to the grain cart and connects to the scale load-cells. The processor plugs into the existing tractor ISOBUS connection and is ready to operate. For tablet operation, the UHarvest processor’s built-in WiFi signal provides a reliable and secure connection. This closed-system Wi-Fi also provides connectivity for allowing others within a 400 foot radius of the processor to view the grain cart’s information via passwordprotected access using a tablet computer or smartphone.

Harvest data can be downloaded from either the processor’s USB port to a thumb drive or uploaded with a few touches to a secure Raven Slingshot® web-based server when using a tablet with a data plan. This securely stored information can then be used for reporting and

"The Moisture Tracker is the first device on the market that provides livestock producers and nutritionists with

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Grain carts equipped with load cells are the traditional way to accumulate harvest data. The Unverferth UHarvest data management system, powered by Raven Industries, combines software that allows the user to easily track and analyze as much harvest data as needed with state-of-theart touchscreen operation. The touch-screen interface offers a quick and convenient way to track the standard grower, farm and field information as well as crop, variety, truck identification and destination of every bushel that moves through the grain cart. The UHarvest system’s AccuSave technology also features a drivetrain sensor attached to the cart for automatically recording each load for data accuracy without the need for operator intervention.

The UHarvest software also provides a combine verify mode for calibrating the combine’s yield monitor in real time and a hitch weight management feature for helping the combine and grain cart drivers keep the cart’s contents evenly distributed.

The Moisture Tracker provides livestock producers with near instantaneous, accurate dry matter and moisture readings which enable livestock producers to quickly react to changes in dry matter thus ensuring that the ration delivered matches the ration calculated.


Unverferth Manufacturing Company, Inc., announces the introduction of the UHarvest™ data management system, the first-ever solution for collecting and managing grain cart weight data using the tractor’s ISOBUS terminal or a touch-screen tablet.

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Commercial grade at an affordable price

sharing with landlords, farm managers, agronomic advisors, crop insurance agents or others.

Curtis Cabs for the Gator XUV/HPX line up are made in America from all steel construction and provide durability, mounting directly to the vehicles' factory OPS in about three hours. Priced about 20% less than all-glass cabs, the Curtis Cab has tight seal doors that won’t shatter and can be removed in under a minute.

UHarvest system options include AccuLoad for automatically loading a predetermined amount of grain into semis or wagons and Moisture Sense technology for automatically storing and converting each load to dry bushels.

Superior ventilation

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Purina Animal Nutrition introduces Accuration® Block Purina Animal Nutrition introduces Accuration® Block, a new balanced supplement for beef cows. The supplement is formulated to help cows maintain ideal body condition scores (BCS) by providing the nutrients cattle need to complement available forage. “The Accuration Block is a new self-fed supplement that producers can use to complement their forages and promote consistent BCS throughout the year,” says Mike Berg, marketing manager lactating livestock for Purina Animal Nutrition. ®

The Accuration® Block incorporates Intake Modifying Technology®, a proprietary technology developed by Purina Animal Nutrition. This technology encourages snack eating throughout the day, which supports rumen efficiency, helps address nutrient waste and aids in forage digestion. Research shows that supplying the energy and protein supplement to the cow herd free-choice helps cows to meet the optimum BCS of 5.5 to 6. Research trials at the Purina Animal Nutrition Center in Gray Summit, Mo.[1] showed cows ate 0.7 pounds less per head per day on average than a previous product. The Accuration® Block was further proven through feeding demonstrations in six different states with 14 groups of cattle on a wide variety of forages. This resulting research demonstrated that Accuration® Block intake will vary depending on forage conditions (supplement consumption of 0.25 to 3.5 pounds per head per day),[1] and confirmed that cattle will consume nutrients based on individual needs to help maintain a consistent BCS. “Cows with more consistent BCS are better suited to perform short term and long-term,” Berg says. “These cows have potential for improved conception rates, calf performance, weaning weights and performance

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of the next generation heifers. This has been shown in commercial herds that have implemented the Purina® Sustained® Nutrition 12-month Cow Care Program.” The Accuration® Block is available in different sizes and forms to fit the needs of the cattle producer, including: 200 pound block, 200 pound plastic tub, 500 pound block and an NB version in a 200 pound plastic tub. For more information on the Accuration® Block and to order the product, contact your local Purina Animal Nutrition representative, call 800-227-8941 or visit [1] The Accuration® block was tested against consumption levels of Sup-R-Block® 2HL in three trials and intakes were measured in 14 groups of cattle on pasture of varying breeds in the states of Missouri, Texas, Illinois, South Carolina, Kentucky, Iowa and Colorado from as early as August 2012 to as late as April 2013. Pasture or animal locations’ complementing nutrition included various feedstuffs depending on location including: short grass, grass hay, alfalfa/ oat hay, corn silage, free-choice hay, corn stalks, fescue pasture, fescue/ brome hay, dormant pasture with coastal Bermuda grass hay. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Introducing a New Curtis Cab System for Gator HPX/XUV Utility Vehicle Series

The Curtis Cab offers superior ventilation with the use of wide, dual sliding windows in both the doors and rear panel, providing maximum airflow from all angles. This flexible flow-through ventilation eliminates any “greenhouse” effect to driver and passenger, keeping the interior of the cab more comfortable in all seasons. Its durable, venting glass windshield is manufactured with double-strength reinforced laminated glass and meets industry safety regulations. The laminated windshield offers a locking, venting position and includes a heavyduty 12V wiper.

Cab customization Innovative options for the new cab include a tuck-away heater that is discreetly mounted to provide more legroom, protecting the passenger’s knees in off-road riding environments and provides multidirectional airflow and flexible outlet options including defrost. A full range of LED safety strobe and work lights, mirrors and snow and ice equipment may be purchased separately.

Innovation and customer support Supporting our OEM partners, dealers and their customers and users around the world with innovative products is a keen focus at Curtis, according to Michael Alexander, Vice President of Marketing and Sales. "Our increased investment in innovative designs and quality systems is now progressing into a global network that meets our customer’s needs for affordable commercial grade products," he said. "We have also invested in our commercial organization, reorganized and added Business Development Managers and dealer support programs to better serve our quality-conscious customers." For more information visit

Product innovation resulting in a feature packed cab, lower price tag. Curtis Industries has introduced a new commercial grade Cab System for John Deere Gator XUV and HPX models. This all steel cab enclosure fits 2013 and prior year models and provides all-season protection. All Curtis Cabs provide all-weather solutions to owners' needs for better ventilation, flexibility, strength, and long lasting value. |

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Hay Baby Makes Moving Bales Simple Without a Tractor

Kelly Diamond Disc Harrows Are Versatile Addition to Modern Farming Operations

For farmers who struggle with moving round bales quickly, without creating deep ruts in their fields, the Hay Baby provides the solution.

A popular choice in Australia because of its reliability, strength and practicality, the Kelly Diamond Disc chain harrow has been brought to the US, so American farmers can enjoy the same benefits.

Lonnie and Betty Fast of Fast Hay Movers created the Hay Baby when they were working their own 50-acre farm and found moving round bales to not only be difficult, but also to be damaging to the land. Lonnie fast needed a way to move hay quickly, without the ruts created by the tractor. Thus the Hay Baby was born. The Hay Baby connects to four-wheel-drive ATVs and UTVs that are 400cc or above and can move 4x4 and 4x5 hay bales without damaging the ground. The Hay Baby is designed to be a universal tool that most farmers can use. All that is needed is a ball hitch or factory receiver to install the Hay Baby. Small operations won’t have to worry about storage either, as the Hay Baby is compact and easily stored.

The Kelly Diamond Disc chain harrow is a stubble management tool. It works to prepare the seed bed, control weeds and shallow tillage. It also helps with herbicide and manure incorporation, seed incorporation, leveling and surface drying and warming.

Terry J. Woodside, a farmer from Fairmont, West Virginia, has used the Hay Baby successfully. He says, “Now with the Hay Baby I move my bales form field to storage and from storage to feeders faster and easier than ever. I will never move hay bales any other way!” To learn more about the Hay Baby, visit or call 304-282-1210.


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Adding wheat to the corn/soybean rotation is now much easier with the Seed Right disc. The Seed Right disc eliminates the need to add a drill to the machine shed. Farmers can now plant wheat in 15-inch rows using a Kinze planter with a soybean plate without fear of the small-seeded wheat from leaking out of the plate in each planter row unit.

Kelly Harrows will be offering chain harrows in sizes from 30 feet to 60 feet. These work well for soybean, corn and wheat stubble. When asked about the product, a Kelly Diamond Disc spokesperson said, "These harrows are so efficient and versatile, we're certain all farmers will find a place for them. They easily replace the tandem disc, field cultivator and spice harrow." The superior design of Kelly Diamond Disc harrows means consistent shallow tillage at 1.5 to 2 inches. The durable chains fill ruts and level fields at the same time. By rolling down stubble, they cause it to fracture and split, so it weathers better. This also encourages better microbial breakdown.

Using the Hay Baby is simple as well. About operating the device, Lonnie Fast says, “all the transporters are operated from the driver’s seat by a button, quick and easy.” Because the Hay Baby is a non-pivoting device, farmers can back into small spaces easier as well. The wide wheelbases make maneuvering on steep grades simple, and the majority of the load is placed on the vehicle’s suspension to help manage it well.

Add Wheat to Crop Rotation Easily with Seed Right

Kelly Diamond Disc harrows have flotation built in to the system. They create no downward force on the chains, so they can transverse any field your tractor can. “If your tractor can cross the field, so can the Kelly Diamond Harrow," said a company spokesperson.

The Seed Right disc was developed by farmer Larry Hak. As a farmer, Hak understood the challenges of adding a small seed crop, like wheat, and cover crops, like turnips and radishes, to the corn and soybean operation. While this type of rotation added more income generating possibilities and increases soil preservation, it typically required the addition of a drill. Now, with the Seed Right seed plates, farmers can use their Kinze planters to plant wheat. Seed Right also offers the producer more control over seed placement. According to Hak, "Planting wheat with a Kinze planter in 15-inch rows gives you, the producer, more control of seed spacing and seed depth than with a drill. Plants emerge faster and have less competition between sunlight and moisture." For more information about Seed Right, call 419-749-4021 or visit

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New Micro Water Sensor Can Aid Growers Crop growers, wine grape and other fruit growers, food processors and even concrete makers all benefit from water sensors for accurate, steady and numerous moisture readings. But current sensors are large, may cost thousands of dollars and often must be read manually. Now, Cornell University researchers have developed a microfluidic water sensor within a fingertip-sized silicon chip that is a hundred times more sensitive than current devices. The researchers are now completing soil tests and will soon test their design in plants, embedding their “lab on a chip” in the stems of grape vines, for example. They hope to mass produce the sensors for as little as $5 each. In soil or when inserted into a plant stem, the chip is fitted with wires that can be hooked up to a card for wireless data transmission or is compatible with existing data-loggers. Chips may be left in place for years, though they may break in freezing temperatures. Such inexpensive and accurate sensors can be strategically spaced in plants and soil for accurate measurements in agricultural fields. For example, sophisticated vintners use precise irrigation to put regulated water stress on grapevines to create just the right grape composition for a premium cabernet or a chardonnay wine. While growers can use the sensors to monitor water in soils for their crops, civil engineers can embed these chips in concrete to determine optimal moisture levels as the concrete cures. “One of our goals is to try and develop something that is not only a great improvement, but also much cheaper for growers and others to use,” said Alan Lakso, professor of horticulture, who has been working on water sensing for 20 years.

land, based on target goals,” said Vinay Pagay, who helped develop the chip as a doctoral student in Lakso’s lab.

The sensors make use of microfluidic technology – developed by Abraham Stroock, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering – that

Ernest and Julio Gallo Winery and Welch’s juice company have already expressed interest in the sensors. And Cornell civil engineer Ken Hover has started working with Pagay and Lakso on using the sensors in concrete.

places a tiny cavity inside the chip. The cavity is filled with water, and then the chip may be inserted in a plant stem or in the soil where it, through a nanoporous membrane, exchanges moisture with its environment and maintains an equilibrium pressure that the chip measures.

The researchers seek to understand how values gathered from sensors inside a plant and in soils relate to plant growth and function, so that growers can

Using chips embedded in plants or spaced across soil and linked wirelessly to computers, for example, growers may “control the precise moisture of blocks of

The Cornell Center for Technology Enterprise and Commercialization is

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translate sensor values and optimize management.

handling the intellectual property rights and patents.

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Pathways Through Agriculture by Kayla Degner

Getting a Head Start in Leadership: FFA I was in FFA for 4 years throughout high school and am still an out of high school member today. FFA taught me a lot and I credit much of my leadership experience to the beneficial program. I also feel FFA helped me learn more about my passion for agriculture. My agriculture teachers and FFA advisors were Brian Lantz and Matt Carlson. I was lucky enough to go back to my high school agriculture classroom and talk with my two favorite FFA advisors!

Q: What is your opinion on getting involved in FFA? B.L.: When getting involved in FFA, students have an opportunity to perform. That can range from shop class or participating in a contest. I believe FFA is able to show a student what they are capable of doing. I also believe that students that participate in FFA are head and shoulders above other students that do not buy into the program. All in all, there are an abundance of opportunities that allows students to advance to the next level. I have a real joy seeing kids get excited about agriculture. M.C.: I think participating in FFA will allow you to learn things that you will remember for the rest of your life. FFA allows you to participate in things “outside of the classroom”, a lot of real life situations. I also think FFA is a huge team working together that all have an interest in agriculture.

Q: What is the favorite thing about your job? B.L.: The favorite thing about my job is helping kids be successful. When I do that, I know I have done my job. I also enjoy seeing students participate in SAE’s or supervised agricultural experiences, because it increases responsibility for later in life. M.C.: Being able to work with students and taking part in the new advances in agriculture is some of the favorite things I enjoy in my job. Throughout my FFA experience, I participated in many contests, classes and events. My career development events included Conduct of Meetings, Parliamentary Procedure, and Public Speaking. My senior year I applied for my Iowa Degree and was also awarded a Star Over Iowa Award in agricultural production. In 2012, 24 individuals were selected out of about 600 applicants for having outstanding Iowa Degree applications, also known as the Stars Over Iowa. My SAE for this award included raising cattle and sheep. I was an FFA chapter officer for two years, secretary my junior year and president my senior year of 136 members. I thoroughly enjoyed everything I did and cannot express how important this organization can be for students!

Left to right: Matt Carlson (FFA Advisor), Brian Lantz (FFA Advisor), Dennis Degner, Kayla Degner, Julie Degner, Jeff Kruse (Superintendent) and Earl Trachsel (High School Principal). This photo was taken at the 2012 State FFA Leadership Conference in Ames, IA where Kayla received her Iowa Degree and STAR Over Iowa Award.

Even after high school, there are numerous scholarships available and organizations in college that are much like FFA. I think the greatest thing I took away from this experience, was my ability to do what I set my mind to. I was able to meet a lot of people while growing closer to the people I shared the love of FFA with. If you are given this opportunity, make sure and try it out.

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Dear Michael: We’ve had a son farming with us for the past fourteen years. When he started, our operation total didn’t amount to a million dollars, but that was a big farm back then. Since he started working with us, we’ve added more land, we’ve added more machinery and our operation is now close to four million dollars. We didn’t pay our son much when he started, but now he owns some of his own land and equipment and he’s getting close to a million dollars net worth. Imagine being thirty-five years old and worth that kind of money already? It makes your head swim. Our problem is we are trying to do an estate plan and trying to decide how much should go to him and how much should go to our other four children without causing a lot of bad feelings. We’ve already heard other kids saying “I’ll never be worth as much as him [the farming son] no matter how long I live” so we know things will get a little contentious when we die. Is there a place where we can turn to figure out what the value of having our son come back and farm with us has been to us – and what he should be rewarded for doing? We’d like something to show our other children so they can understand what he has meant towards making our farm grow in size and scope? Signed... Looking For Answers

Dear Looking For Answers: As you can imagine, I get asked this question a lot. Over the years, I’ve struggled with an answer to this question and how to go about quantifying exactly what it meant to you and your estate to have your child come back and work with you. In many cases, the child coming back allowed you to expand your operation by adding more land, or by purchasing more equipment. In some cases, the child coming back has come back with education and technology expertise that has allowed you to make more profit per acre – thereby helping you pay for these purchases in a shorter time span. If it hadn’t been for the farming child, your estate wouldn’t

The Booklet of Answers for the Farming/Non-Farming Child Dilemma be the size it is today and his/her contributions should be recognized when dividing the estate. On the other hand, there are children who’ve come back to the farm who are worth more than their parents are now. No one believes they started from scratch and got to this net worth without Dad and Mom helping on one way or another. This might be helping with down payments, free use of machinery, or small loans on the side or even just helping with the labor involved – although most of the time we find this is just a trade-off on labor on the home place. Whatever the case, most kids don’t get out of college and become worth a million dollars within fifteen years. Your other non-farm children will never be worth this amount. So, somewhere betwixt and between lies the answer, yes? As I thought about this, I decided the best method for helping farmers help themselves is to do a self-help booklet at home that helps them decide what the farming child has coming and what should go to the non-farming child(ren). The booklet is fairly easy to work with. It starts with the assets you had when before your farming child came on board. You’ll have to remember what acres you had, what the value of the machinery you had back then (best guess) and what other values you had in your business. You would use the value of the acres today of the acres you had back then, as one might think that you would still have these acres whether or not your farming child came back or not. On the other hand, there is a little section there that states ‘You know, our farming child helped us produce more on those acres and he deserves some piece of the original farm, as well’. That’s up to you.

per year he worked there. In this case, we’d take the three percent times fourteen years to get forty-two percent assets to go to Jr. of assets added since s/he came on board. That’s his or hers – s/he earned this share for all of the above reasons. Now we’ve got a number to work with. Something you can look at and see and show to your other children and explain why you feel he’s earned this portion of the farm assets. There is a following section that might subtract from this number. This section states Jr’.s assets are worth X amount and you helped him by loaning him money, machinery, or other aid in order for him to acquire these assets. Some parents will put fifty percent, and other parents will put five percent or nothing at all. This number is then subtracted from the total value Jr. has earned from your farm due to your helping him – unless, of course, you helped the other children just as much through their lives. Then it’s a moot point. In any case, I’ll try and explain more about this booklet in further issues. It’s not hard, but it helps to have it explained to you. If you’d like a copy, please call 800-373-4078 or send me an email at and we’ll either send you a copy or email you a copy. Once you have that in your hand, you can go about the business of what’s fair and what’s equitable to everyone – farming and non-farming children. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Do you have questions about estate planning? Need to know more about how you can “Keep the Family Farm in the Family”? Email questions to Michael Baron at or call him at 800-373-4078.

The second part gets into how you’ve expanded from the time Jr. came back to the farm. For some of you, you never would have added those acres if you didn’t Jr.’s cheap labor to make the payments on that land, or you wouldn’t have had the technology, or whatever reason that Jr. added to the farming business that allowed you to add those additional values.

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family for almost a century. It has seen its share of weather storms, but none with the devastation produced by the October 4th storm. _ arry and Robin Reinhold are the third generation to ranch and farm the land L settled by his grandparents. They and their six children live in the house that has been the home for each generation. “_They named it The Lonetree Ranch,” said Reinhold. “There was one lone Cottonwood tree on their land.” _ he ranch spans 4,250 acres of western South Dakota land, twenty miles north T of Rapid City and twenty miles west of Sturgis. Those are the closest towns. Approximately 350 acres is planted to wheat. “_ The cattle are the Hereford breed,” said Reinhold. “They have proven their hardiness for our changeable weather, winter cold, summer heat and do well on grass. We also breed and raise American Quarter Horses. They are broke to be dependable cattle horses and can be trusted with children.” _hat is mighty important to the Reinholds. In addition to their ranching T livelihood, they own and operate Rainbow Bible Camp. Thoughout the summer months children spend a week at the ranch, riding horses, ranching, experiencing life away from today's technology. There is time for Bible lessons and the wide open spaces provide opportunity for meditation. “_ Last summer kids from nineteen states spanning San Deigo CA to Newtown, CT took part in Rainbow Bible camp activities. We need to be able to have confidence in our horses for the many different riders.” At least twenty of those horses died in the storm. Their monetary value is between $5,000 and $10,000; their proven abilities priceless. _ hose first days in October, Reinhold was sowing winter wheat. The temperature T was 85 degrees. By necessity, we keep a pretty close eye on the weather, he said. “My wife, Robin is a trained weather reporter.” A10

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“We knew a winter storm was coming,” he said. “We moved the cattle to shelter and put the horses by the barn. It is what we always do when adverse weather is predicted. It has always been sufficient before.” I_ t started raining Thursday night, when Reinhold woke the next morning at 5:30, it was still raining; but soon turned to snow. Chores were done that day. Saturday morning it was still snowing. The storm left behind 24 inches of snow with huge ten foot drifts. “_ Electricity went out on Thursday,” said Reinhold. “We moved from our house to the Rainbow Camp building, there we had heat and water due to a gravity flow system. The electricity was off until Wednesday, so we had no contact with rest of the world.” _ y Saturday evening, the Reinholds knew they had some losses, but as the days B unfolded, the extent of the devastation became evident. Over 90 head of horses and a dozen head of cattle perished in the blizzard. Other ranchers sustained losses too. “I can tell you story after story,” said Larry Reinhold. “Of young couples just getting started. One family had invested all they had to purchase 85 cows, now they have just 13 cows left. This kind of loss is hard to comprehend. A young couple were building up a Red Angus cow herd, they are going to have to start over.”

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t recovering from the Blizzard Reinhold's father and other old-timers have endured the storm of 1949, those of the sixties, but none have produced the livestock loss as this one has.

Animal Industry Board. Susan Reenders, DVM, Staff Veterinarian said 9129 Cattle, 348 Sheep and 186 Horses deaths have been reported.

“The cattle still had their summer coats on, remember it was still 85 degrees just days before the snow flew,” said Reinhold. “It was early in the season, it was heavy, wet snow with great accumulation, and the wind was ferocious.”

Mike Traxinger, South Dakota Farmer's Union Legislative Director is encouraging those who want to help to contribute financially to the Rancher's Relief Fund.

Livestock is the major industry of South Dakota, producing some of the best beef in the nation. To lose thousands of cattle in one storm will have an impact for years to come, he said. What happens in the country affects the main streets of our towns. Ranchers are still in shock. It is difficult to assess the total financial loss as the surviving cattle are no longer in perfect condition. Pneumonia is a problem. Then there is the emotional anguish that comes with seeing the massive death loss.

“It was established by the Black Hills Area Community Fund Association,” said Traxinger. “But it will be adminstered by the SD Cattlemen's Association, SD Stockgrowers Association and the SD Sheep Growers. “Monetary donations are best at this time,” he said. “It is the time of the year, that ranchers sell. They use that money to pay living expenses and pay down on bank notes. Now their income is gone.” Traxinger said the three organizations were providing excellent leadership, mobilizing efforts with support and information.

“Ranchers care about their cattle,” said Reinhold. “They put their lives on the line all the time. This storm came in like tsunami. The judgmental attitude that we are hearing for many, just shows their ignorance.”

“A lot of producers thought they had their cattle in a good place with plenty of bedding,” said Traxinger. “One sheep producer lost all his sheep when the building collapsed on them.”

Reinhold is doing what he always does in the storms of life that seek to overwhelm. He looks to God for strength and help.

The ranchers did the best they could, he said. So many different factors were involved. The storm delivered a more powerful punch than predicted. Forty plus inches of snow fell in some places in the Black Hills, with wind speeds over seventy miles per hour.

“By the Lord's grace we will keep going,” said Reinhold. “Agriculture's tradition is a can-do attitude,” He hopes to be an encourager and help to others who have suffered. Already he has been heartened by telephone calls from former Rainbow Bible Camp attendees. He looks for practical ways to assist these young families. “Cattle numbers are low, and the cattle price is high,” said Reinhold. “That makes it extremely difficult to rebuild cattle herds. But there are other opportunities to show that you care.” As of 11:30, October 22, 111 ranchers had reported their losses to the South Dakota

Molly Reinhold, age 17, looks for survivors.

In addition to being the largest snowfall ever in October, it also hit at the very beginning of the month.

Waiting for help.

“South Dakota will recover at the end of the day,” said Traxinger. “Support is coming from the local communities and elsewhere.” Three information meetings were held in late October. These gatherings are a joint effort by SD Cattlemen’s Association, SD Farm Bureau, SD Farmers Union, and SD Stockgrowers Association with the support of other industry groups and local businesses.

To donate to the Rancher Relief Fund visit and search “Rancher Relief Fund”. Donors can also mail checks to Black Hills Community Area Foundation/ SD Rancher Relief Fund made out to the “Rancher Relief Fund”, address: P.O. Box 231, Rapid City, South Dakota, 57709. December 2013 |

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Farmers’ Understanding of Themselves Can Be a Challenge Recently, a 43 year old male farmer, “Dan,” told me he was furious because his wife purchased a Breathalyzer to detect if he had been drinking. He was so angry he could hardly talk. He denied consuming alcohol. His wife complained to me earlier that her husband was “out-of-touch” two out of every three evenings for the past year when she came home from her job around 8:00 p.m. and Dan usually smelled of alcohol. She often found him asleep on the floor of their bedroom or most any place in the house. When “Darla” tried to awaken Dan, he often could barely manage to say “Hi,” and slunk back into stupor. Darla said Dan occasionally stumbled down the stairs in their home and said things that didn’t make sense, like “I decided to sell the farm today.” She purchased a Breathalyzer to objectively determine if Dan’s claims of not drinking were accurate. Typically, their two children, ages four and six, were running around the house when Darla arrived home, or they were trying to make sandwiches and heat soup for supper. Dan usually picked up the kids around 6:00 p.m. from daycare after completing farm work, except during the busy seasons. He seldom ate supper with his family lately because he was sleeping when Darla arrived home. The couple fought about the Breathalyzer for several weeks and nothing has changed between them as they draw closer to a showdown. There is also “Jeff,” a professional carpenter and farmer who is involved in an extramarital affair with his best male friend’s wife, “Ann.” Jeff ’s wife, “Beth,” suspects something but wants to believe his claims that he and Ann are just friends. Beth insisted Jeff consult me. Jeff says Beth often makes up excuses for her lack of interest in physical intimacy with him. He said he loves Beth but he can’t stop his affair with Ann because they meet each other’s needs. “It’s as much Ann’s fault as mine,” Jeff says. Jeff said he and Ann will probably continue their affair until they get caught. Then he doesn‘t know what will happen. He doesn’t want to have to sell part of the farm if he and his wife get a divorce and split their property. They also have two teenage children.

Both men are setting themselves up to lose what they most want: loving relationships with spouses, their families’ respect, and–unlike persons in other professions–the land they strive to farm. Both men care deeply about their farms and farming heritage. They are not managing their behavior smartly. What can be done to fix their problems? Let’s begin by noting that when we don’t have the right answers ourselves, we need to bring more input into consideration and heed the advice of other trusted persons while our judgment is uncertain. Dan and Jeff consulted me, both upon their wives’ requests. Well, that didn’t work. Both farmers needed to choose whom they want for outside advice. If the men don’t want to consult me, they should approach other objective and credible persons, such as pastors, professionals in or outside their communities whom they consider wise, and not family or friends. They also need to conduct soul-searching, with meditation and prayer. Dan and Jeff should open themselves to the possibility of changing their behaviors, which in both of their situations, are under their control. They need help making choices that are honest and fair for all who are affected and learning healthy behavior management styles. Regular readers of this column know I often say our biggest problem is managing ourselves effectively.

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.

These situations are real but I changed the persons’ names and identifying characteristics to protect their confidentiality. What is wrong? Both farm men have several features in common. They are in denial that they are the cause of their problems and are lying to themselves and others. They will both likely “get caught” at some point in the near future. Both could jeopardize their farming careers, something neither wants. Ironically, Dan is drinking partly because of farming pressures and Darla is trying to augment their finances by working off the farm and to obtain health insurance for the family. Dan is increasing his chances of a farming mishap if he consumes alcohol while engaged in farm work or is hung over the next morning. Dan is also putting himself at risk for improper supervision of his young children and the loss of his spouse and any child custody if he and Darla separate. Jeff works as a carpenter to help pay for the farm both he and Beth are purchasing from Jeff ’s aging parents. But if he and his wife end up divorcing and have to split their property, Jeff will lose half the farm and will not have enough land to justify keeping his farm equipment, as well as to incur his parents’ disappointment. A12

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The old ranch house takes on a bit of a Christmas look this time of year with the addition of a string of white lights and some cut cedar and pine branches wired to the porch railing. If I have the time and energy, I just may tie a big red bow on the back door.

Disposable income is that money you have left after paying the monthly bills: Rent, utilities, food, gas, etc. If you figure you have $100 disposable income left each month, you are spending over $800 on Christmas and that is if you go ‘cash’. A whole lot of folks use those handy dandy credit cards, and overspend! I learned many years ago that I couldn’t afford the expensive stuff and had to make things myself. I’ve learned to sew, bake a fairly decent loaf of bread, cake or pie and make do with whatever is on hand.

Country folks around here use ‘the back door’ knowing there are rugs and mats available for snowy boots and overshoes and sturdy hooks for hanging coveralls to drip-dry after a morning of chores. One of our neighborhood rituals in the wintertime is sitting at the old round wooden kitchen table where the coffee and cookies are, or some other holiday goodie is waiting! Home-baked gingerbread men hang from a length of brown grocery twine over the kitchen and dining room windows, sending their ginger scent through the house. Some are decorated and some are plain, the product of a ‘kid project’ on a snowy December Saturday afternoon. They look homey and the birds love them after Christmas. (They get too hard and can’t even be used as ‘dunkers’ after hanging around for a month.) The Christmas tree was cut from a thicket in the pasture, and sends it’s cedar scent through every nook and cranny of this old house. The decorations are old; many are homemade by my children over the years at school. Each one contains a wonderful memory. I guess you could call our Christmas decorating eclectic. It’s never had a single theme, like so many of the showplace homes on display every year. And most of the gifts under the tree are homemade and handmade with love, instead of money. The handmade nativity set is in its usual spot on the shelf in the living room. Made of ceramic, it’s survived many small hands in its 40-plus years. The barn was homemade by an uncle of my husband and the setting up of the Nativity is a part of every Christmas my children have celebrated here. On one of the benches in the dining room sit several baskets and decorated boxes of A14

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If you really look at the stuff in the fancy catalogs, sometimes it’s a tiny little jar of jam in a box full of ‘Easter grass’. I’m not going to spend my hard earned money that way so I’ve learned to use yard sale baskets, pretty tins, canning jars and other containers to fill with my own cookies, jams, and other homemade treats. And, they look just as good as the fancy stuff and cost a lot less! I can buy a bar of white bark candy and a bag of mini pretzels and make my own version of candy-dipped pretzels for under $5, including the container! I’ll take a canning jar of homemade salsa and a bag of chips and box it up in some shredded comic strip pages. Looks good and costs little.

homemade jams and jellies and perhaps a plate of Christmas candy or cookies made with the help of small hands. These will be shared with neighbors and friends throughout the month as folks come and go. Most of the talk is of the old year just past. Thankfulness for all of the moisture we received after many years of drought and the gratefulness for a good hay crop this past year, and much discussion about the great blizzard in early October that decimated so many of the cattle herds of our neighbors and friends. Some have said it will be spring before the final count can be tallied up because some of the snow banks are so deep since the rain fell first. But ranchers are a determined lot; they do what they do for love of the land and their ‘critters’, and most will survive. When the church bells ring across the land on Christmas Eve, we will be grateful for the year past and hopeful for the New Year to come. Merry Christmas, from our house to yours. Until next month...

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Natural Decorating Look to nature for part of your decorating this year. The possibilities are endless and don’t cost much; just a little time for gathering the material. Pine boughs with cones still attached, cedar or juniper branches with their dark blue and silver berries peeking out from the needles, bittersweet vines with their bright orange berries popped open to look like flowers after frost time can be found and gathered early in the month of December, or even earlier, depending on where you live. Swags and wreaths can be made from wraps of old wire and hung on a door, gate or even a fencepost near the gate. After the season, put the inside decorations outside for the winter birds to enjoy. The overwintering robins love the cedar and juniper berries and pinecones can be dotted with some peanut butter and some sunflower seeds rolled through it makes a ‘birdie feast’.

Nature’s Gift Ideas If some of your friends or relatives have fireplaces or wood stoves, so they need ‘fire starters’. These can be made from pinecones. Just melt some old candles or even crayons and dip part of the cone in the melted wax and let dry. A big recycled basket of waxed cones decorated with a bow is inexpensive, but much appreciated. (I’ve seen these in [continues page A15]

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Wednesday, November 13 | 80± Acres, Hardin County, Iowa, L-1300918 • Jeff Obrecht, Agent/Auctioneer at (641) 648-5065

Thursday, November 21 | 158.8± Acres, Greene County, Iowa, L-1400018 • Ken Schmitt, AFM/Agent at (515) 386-5320

Thursday, November 14 | 158.67± Acres, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, L-1400037 • Jim Fitzgerald, Agent at (712) 335-3371

Thursday, November 21 | 198± Acres, Webster County, Iowa, L-1400041 • Ken Schmitt AFM/Agent at (515) 386-5320

Saturday, November 16 | 314± Acres, Jasper County, Iowa, L-1300917 • John and Kathy Van Zee, Agent at (641) 521-0151

Friday, November 22 | 83± Acres, Hancock County, Iowa, L-1400034 • Jeff Obrecht Agent/Auctioneer at (641) 648-5065

Monday, November 18 | 80± Acres, O’Brien County, Iowa, L-1400016 • Rod Good, AFM/Agent at (515) 250-1119 or Scott Louscher, AFM/Agent at (712) 540-1184

Monday, November 25 | 142± Acres, Clinton County, Iowa, L-1400033 • Larry Greiner AFM/Agent (319) 351-1066 or Jeff Obrecht Agent/Auctioneer at (641) 648-5065

Tuesday, November 19 | 59.1± Acres, Hancock County, Iowa, A-15316 • Doug Bergemann, AFM/Agent at (507) 434-7985

Monday, November 25 | 203± Acres, Benton County, Iowa, L-1400035 • Jeff Obrecht Agent/Auctioneer at (641) 648-5065

For information about these auctions or any of FNC’s quality services, contact:

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• Unique blade cuts 1" to 24" diameter trees and brush • Rotates 180° to prune or cut downed trees • S5 tooling steel cutting blade with Kodiak carbide replaceable teeth • Electrical interface "Plug & Play" allows use of OEM controls on most machines



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THE NEXT EVOLUTION IN GEHL SKID LOADERS HAS ARRIVED! Building its first skid loader in 1973, Gehl has spent the last four decades enhancing their design. The all-new R Series Skid Loaders combine the reliability and features the industry has come to expect from Gehl with an all-new cab-forward design, emissions certified Tier IV engines and increased auxiliary hydraulic performance.

December 2013

Grain Handling Equipment & Dust Collection Systems Our goal is to continue engineering innovative solutions to make Grain Handling more efficient and profitable for your operation. > > > > > > > >

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Ag Tanks The EPA mandates a SPCC plan for any petroleum installations of more than 1320 total gallons. Double wall tanks or Containment Systems meet all the specifications needed.

Tanks We manufacture horizontal and vertical double wall, portable fuel, pickup, fertilizer and water tanks in standard sizes as well as to your custom specification.

Containment Systems Custom sized galvanized containment systems for any quantity and size of fuel tanks. Containments available in Round, Oval, Square, & Rectangle.

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Ritchie manufactures a complete line of livestock watering products with the highest specifications in the industry. From a single horse Stall Fount to a fountain that waters up to 500 head, Ritchie fountains are top quality. Plus, every Ritchie fountain is backed by our 10 year limited warranty. For more information visit us online at:

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Serving IA, NE

Serving IA, NE, ND, SD

The Meteor for 40-60 hp compact loader mount tractors. Uses a self contained hydraulic power pack to produce 30 GPM at 2500 PSI from the tractors PTO. Available in 66”, 76”, and 86” widths.

Visit to see the Meteor for compact loader tractors in action.


STOP Beating N Model Pull Spreader Available in 5 and 6 Ton Capacities

Simple design and durable construction describe Simonsen Pull Spreaders. Feature for Feature there is no better value. Features like all steel constuction, a 50' spread width, the floating tandem suspension, gearbox reduction drive of the conveyor apron, and stainless steel in all critical corrosion areas make Simonsen pull spreaders worth a little more.

Specifications: • Stainless Steel in all critical corrosion areas. • Wide 12" Conveyor Apron. • Stainless Steel Shafts. You have fewer maintenance problems. • Walking Tandem Suspension keeps equal weight on all 4 tires regardless of the terrain. • Single 24" dished distributor fan driven by the tractor pto for accurate 50' spread pattern. • Tested for accuracy, calibrated and field proven. • Gearbox Reduction Drive. Works in tandem with the conveyor apron to deliver a steady flow of material onto the fan.

Yourself Up in the Field!

SMC Pull Spreader Available in 5, 6 and 8 Ton Capacities

Simonsen SMC Series, Hard Working, Accurate Spreaders at a lower cost. With 3 models to choose from you will always be assured that the Simonsen SMC series can grow with your needs. Choose between the 5, 6 or 8 ton models. Like all Simonsen Spreaders, the SMC Series is designed around the same Simonsen Quality, Dependability and Durability you've come to expect.

Specifications: • Walking tandem suspension for better weight distribution. • Larger flotation tires than competitors. • Stainless steel construction in critical corrosion areas. • Heavy guage 7" wide apron chain. • Simple chain and sprocket ground wheel drive system. • Tested for accuracy, calibrated and field proven. • Single 24" dished distributor fan with flow control valve for accurate 50' spread pattern. • Many options available to customize units to your specific needs.

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Our all new "Air Ride Cab" kit will make those long hours in the field much easier to take! If you own a John Deere 8000, 8010, 8020, or 8030 tractor, this brand new comfort system is the perfect add-on kit for you! The kit fits both track and wheel tractors and comes with complete instructions to install it yourself. Also available for Quad Track Steiger.

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BACKING PLATE ALLOWS YOU TO PLANT MULTIPLE SEEDS We have found that planting wheat with a KINZE planter in 15" rows gives you, the producer, more control of seed spacing and seed depth than with a drill. Plants will emerge faster and have less competition between sunlight and moisture. By planting in 15" rows approximately 3/4 of the seeds per acre are needed to produce comparable yield as a drill giving you, the producer, more profit per acre at harvest.

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Yes, weeds and disease are concern in wheat, but with 15" spacer between rows less damage is done during chemical and fertilizer application. Less disease pressure occurs by allowing more air to flow between rows making mildew less of a factor.

Disks are available through local KINZE Dealers Plates may also be purchased direct. 速

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2040 Mahogany St. Mora, MN 55051 320-679-2981

The accurate, dependable way to increase your profits while reducing your weighing time.

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Unit capacity: 60 cow/calf pairs 140 head at 850 lbs

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We also have sound walls and MSEW, precast manhole, and other specialty items.



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Precision Manufacturing, Inc.


TREE & BRUSH Commercial

PROBLEMS Since 1992


• Maximum Cut between 9"and12' • Smooth Cut • Power Rotation

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This new technology works with a rotation counter on your grain cart and is fully automated to record and store field weights. Data is transferred by USB flash drive to your computer.

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BADRICK’S SERVICE & SALES 48600 Hwy. 64 Miles, IA 52064 563-682-7511

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with our children during the holidays preparing for all those Christmas programs, pageants, plays, musicals, etc. Many times, their own ‘home time’ is very shortened.


specialty stores starting at $35 and up!). Spice mats are wonderful gifts too, and they are easy and inexpensive to make. You need some whole allspice, a cinnamon stick or two and a handful of whole cloves, and a bag of cheap rice. Break up the spices with a hammer and mix with 1 cup of the rice. Cut two 8” squares of fabric and one of something soft, like a scrap of quilt batting or a piece of an old blanket. Put the two pieces of fabric (wrong sides together) and lay the other soft piece on top. Stitch on three sides by hand or machine and turn right side out. Divide the square into three parts and stitch through all the layers, making three small pockets. Fill the pockets with the spice/rice mix, and then stitch the opening shut. Used as a hot mat under a teapot or casserole dish, a sweet and spicy scent will fill the air. Fun, and easy to make.

Sunflower Wreath Purchase a straw wreath. (I found several at a yard sale for a just quarter apiece.) Decorate these with odds and ends of silk flowers. I asked a neighbor who had a sunflower field if I could cut a few of the heads before they combined. He gave me permission and I got enough to wire a head in the center of each of the wreaths. These were given to friends and family who are avid birdwatchers and have feeders located near windows. A big hit, and fairly inexpensive to make. (Tip submitted by AC, IA)

Senior Citizen Gift Ideas These ideas will work for those who still live in their own homes, or perhaps senior apartments or assisted living/nursing homes: A lightweight throw of flannel or fleece for cold knees or for a snooze. A small basket of cookies, fresh or dried fruits, or a little treat of a favorite candy. (My grandpa loved colored lifesavers because he could pass them out to the young ones.) A subscription for a favorite magazine or newspaper A book or roll of stamps and a box of assorted greeting cards. (Many of our older folks still enjoy writing and receiving mail, but on fixed incomes, stamps and cards are not in the budget.) A placemat for the center of a table or desk made from fabric, or arrange pictures of family members on a piece of cardstock or poster board and laminate it or cover with the clear adhesive paper A ‘care basket’ of a new toothbrush, toothpaste and mouth rinse, a special shampoo or conditioner, body and hand lotions and bath or body powders. (Nursing homes especially recommend the smaller sized bottles because of limited storage). And, please remember to go visit! The greatest gift you can give an older person is your TIME! They spend many lonely hours with nothing but memories of the past. Don’t be ‘TOO BUSY’; You too will get old someday and wish for someone to give you a cheery “Hello, how ya doing?” (Ideas submitted by MBW, NE)

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I asked several of the teachers what they and their families would like from the students. And the answers are as follows: Food items they can serve to guests in their own homes Holiday breads; banana bread, cranberry bread, etc. Cookies, any kind. If they also have children, they really appreciate the decorated cookies. Coffee cakes, homemade jams and jellies, cinnamon rolls or homemade candy. A pan of fudge perhaps? One teacher who has several very young children told me that a friend made up some sugar cookies, left them plain and brought a jar of frosting and some colored sprinkles so she could spend a little time decorating cookies with her kids without the mess of frosting making and cookie baking! Another shared that a neighbor of hers brought supper to their home twice during a very busy pre-Christmas week: Homemade lasagna one evening, and fresh baked pizza another evening when they had only 30 minutes to eat before going to a program. Teachers always appreciate hand lotion and pretty soaps. A couple of them said they also enjoy a box of assorted cards to give to their students on special occasions. Personally, I always bake holiday gift goodies weeks ahead of time. Stretches out the expense over several weeks and I don’t get frustrated trying to get everything done at the last minute.

Reusable Wrappings Aside from saving last year’s Christmas wrap, I do what my aunts learned to do during the Depression. I iron it flat and use it over and over again. Gift-wrap can be expensive, and is something that is often tossed aside and unnecessarily sent to the trash. If someone is a stitcher, wrap their gift in a piece of fabric. Use lace or other fancy trims in place of ribbon (or use the real ribbon used for stitching) Make a pillowcase from fabric of choice and wrap the gift in the pillowcase. Kids love these bags for storage, carrying the favorite toys from place to place, etc. Line a canvas grocery bag with print fabric trimmed out with ribbons. It makes a neat shopping bag. Decorate a heavy storage box so it can be reused again once the gift is removed.

Homemade Stickers For Kids Cut out pretty pictures from seed catalogs, magazines with colored pictures of cars, dogs, cats, etc. or farm magazines with their machinery and animals. Mix together two parts white glue (like Elmer’s) and one part white vinegar. Paint this on the backsides of your cut out pictures. Let dry completely and package in a small box or an envelope and give to the child. I like to give a package of plain, white typing paper with something like this with instructions that the stickers are to be pasted ONLY to the paper. This eliminates the kids putting stickers on the good furniture, the refrigerator or the dog. (Tip submitted by ET, TX)

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Thanksgiving Opinion: Don’t Overstuff Your Turkey OR Your Home Yum! I like turkey stuffing, especially when it is aromatic, savory, and still light and fluffy. Overstuffing a turkey can create a dense unpalatable glob of goo that just isn’t appealing. Hidden household clutter can be the same way – an unpalatable glob of goo. The overstuffed turkey may still look great, and the overstuffed home isn’t always visible to the casual glance. I know. I have gotten pretty skilled at eliminating surface clutter—you know, the stuff on counters, tables, floors, and other horizontal surfaces out in the open. I have even learned to pick up after myself. I return left out items to their designated containment spots, yet there is still a problem. The real problem is the hidden clutter crammed in drawers, cupboards, cabinets, closets, under beds, on basement shelves, tucked away in boxes, out in the garage… My list goes on and on. I have hoarded, tucked away, and hung onto stuff “just in case” or “because I paid good money for it” for a long time. Many of us are blessed with this problem of suffering from too much good fortune. Though an excess of material goods may initially feel comforting, all this hidden clutter weighs on my soul. You don’t see it when you come over to my house. You don’t know it is there, but I do. And it costs me—big time. It costs me money to buy all that stuff. It costs me time and energy as I work to pay for it. It costs me time and effort to find it, move it around, maintain it, clean it, and store it. Most important, it weighs heavily on my brain—hidden piles of unmade decisions hanging around waiting for me to deal with them “some day.” Clutter may be easy, but it is rarely cheap. It is easy in our society to acquire clutter in the first place, but it is not cheap to own it, justify it, store it, and maintain it. Should I buy a bigger home so my house isn’t so overstuffed? After all, a bigger turkey holds more stuffing. Sure! That’s what I need—a larger mortgage payment to contain even bigger piles of clutter. Maybe a bigger home would even have “extra” storage space to tempt me to do more shopping for additional stuff that I still don’t really need. Think of household clutter like obesity. I read somewhere that over seventy percent of us could


stand to lose at least some weight. I know from personal experience that it is no fun to drag extra weight around and stuff it in larger clothes. Weight doesn’t feel good. It doesn’t look good. It even makes me tired. So, would more home be the answer? Or, could I reduce my clutter to fit my home? Could I somehow survive on less? Would I be happy? So far, the answer is yes! I have begun the weeding out process, and I am starting to discover the rewards. Less work to pay for extra stuff, and less time and energy to take care of extra stuff gives me more time for my personal priorities. Just like wearing smaller clothes, having less stuff feels better and looks better.


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Interestingly enough, owning less stuff gives me greater enjoyment from the possessions that I keep. I can find, focus on, and appreciate the “toys” we already own. I enjoy the breathing room and the peace and order from having less. It is fun to open closets, drawers, and cupboards that are as calm on the inside as they are on the outside. I like having extra energy and extra space to embark on the little projects I have been meaning to get to “some day.” I am learning that lasting contentment can only come from within, not from another trip to the mall. I am not there yet. I may never get “there,” but I am enjoying the process. Clutter clearing choices are part of a journey not a destination. I find more contentment when I focus my attention on the many things I already have rather than on all the things I sometimes think I want. Is there a better time than Thanksgiving to think about gratitude and stuffing? As my home loses it’s stuffing, I get better at gratitude. I become more content with what I already have–material stuff and nonmaterial stuff like family and friends. Remember to be grateful, and don’t get overstuffed this Thanksgiving.

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Q & A Beef Barns: What’s Right For Your Operation?


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 interest-

Life is a highway and it sure feels like we’re speeding down Interstate 2013 these days, pulling over only to fuel up, rest a bit, make any necessary repairs and head back out again. Seems like the exits marked “Projects to Finish” and “Unexpected Issues” are plentiful, but the signs for exits named “Reconnect with Friends” and “Take a Vacation” are few and far between. Not to complain, though. We’ve had a great first year here at Hedgewood, having completed new building projects in three states and helped lots of farmers improve their existing livestock facilities, sometimes in ways they didn’t know were possible. It’s a road we’re happy to be on and, as we merge onto Interstate 2014,

we look forward with excitement to the opportunities and challenges awaiting us down the road. Most likely, you’re also mapping out plans for 2014 – either on paper or in your head – and starting to put into motion all those projects you planned to do “next year.” As you’re thinking about ways to update barns, beautify your property or, if a new facility is in your future, we hope you’ll consider calling upon Hedgewood to help you navigate. Remember, if you have a question you’d like Hedgewood to take a swing at, please drop a line to the editor of this fine publication and we’ll do our best to answer it for you.

ing: Farmers like to ask a lot of questions. They want to know about which things are best for their operation, what’s new out there, how different brands compare, how


I’m seeing a lot of talk about beef barns. How can I know if it’s something I should consider for my feed lot?


That’s right, slats and shelters aren’t just for pigs these

How will I – OK, my banker – know whether a new beef barn will cash flow?


When a farmer is interested in moving cattle under shelter, we work with our trusted team of

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bunks and fountains. One of the main reasons is an expanding

to estimate construction costs; determine which equipment

body of research pointing to the fact that providing shelter

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can improve feed efficiency and rate of gain, helping get

about environmental management requirements; and help

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you calculate the monetary value of manure you’re now able

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meat quality. A side benefit is the ability to design gating that

to capture. Also, like the pork production model, some beef

wood as an independent com-

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producers are now seeking contract growers to feed out their

pany, so we can help customers

improvement for both the animals and the people involved.

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cattle but don’t want to invest in ownership of a herd.

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iving on a farm is one of the most idyllic lifestyles. Farm families get to see the sun rise and set each day while they are working, growing food to keep tables full. So I was caught completely off guard recently when a visiting cousin from Florida, who is a doctor, asked why is it that rural America youth has a higher percentage of alcohol and drug usage compared to the rest of America? Recently, we had the privilege of listening to Dr. Christian Thurstone, Medical Director of the Substance Abuse Treatment, Education, and Prevention Program at Denver Health and Hospital Authority. Dr. Thurstone has witnessed the devastation ‘legal’ marijuana has created in Colorado. Marijuana advertisers design campaigns that target young people, which is especially shameful because young people suffer the most negative consequences. Research shows our brains continue to develop until we are in our mid-twenties; specifically, the prefrontal cortex, the part that does the reasoning and organizing. And substance abuse at an early age can prevent the brain from fully reaching its intellectual potential. Now that’s a scary thought – I have always counted on my children to have more sagacious output than I’ve ever had. The modern world is complex, and I’m hoping to lean on them as these senior moments increase!

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Tainted Venison Can Spoil The Hunt Venison is so much a member of the red meat group that it is nearly impossible to come upon the deer hunting season without comment; especially about those that have such a passion for the sport. To take it to the next level of red meat production seems only natural–as natural as nature’s own unbounded creation of beauty. Is there anything more beautiful than that of deer grazing in lush green fields, protected by the sanctuary of a thickly wooded refuge? However, we also know that when man intercedes, the intent of creation also becomes tainted. Such is the case when a deer hunter wakes up to a brisk cool morning, with a spring in his step and a loaded muzzle in his hand. It’s the kind of unbridled caution that can turn the best of times and intentions into a disaster for many. With the deer-hunting season about to open, it seems appropriate to raise the awareness level of the health risks involved in eating uninspected meat, or meat that is processed by a novice. Unfortunately, this describes the processing of most venison–thus the reasons for finding lead in the meat, as well as other adulterations and health issues. Deer that is properly dressed and processed will be free of all foreign material; utilization of every cut will be maximized and upgraded for value. Scrutiny for health issues, such as Chronic Wasting Disease (CWT) and other abnormalities will be observed and dealt with in a responsible

manner. Tissues directly associated with CWD, inclusive of brain, spine, and other affected areas of the carcass will be completely destroyed. A trained eye and a preciosity for cleanliness and sanitation should be the norm for all venison processors. This is simply a statement of caution to make you aware of taking every precaution to keep it clean, keep it dry, keep it cold, and keep it healthy. To turn a prejudiced eye translates into a huge risk factor when you consider the average novice has no training in the skills of recognizing potential disease carrying characteristics, or proper meat processing procedures. These are disconcerting issues, for which marry ignore. But Chronic Wasting Disease may be the wake-up-call that will give venison its due-diligence. CWD is a fatal brain disease that is found to be spreading in deer and elk across this entire country. Although experts say there is no scientific evidence the disease can infect humans, the World Health Organization advices people not to eat any part of a deer with evidence of the disease. In spite of this presumptuous evidence, hunters are demanding to know whether the deer they kill this fall will have the disease. Unfortunately, testing is the only way to find out. But, be aware that affected animals will appear sickly–thin, weak, emaciated–a fact that doesn’t go unnoticed with a reputable processor. This information is not intended to raise unfounded fear; rather, it is to inform you about the health risks of red meat when due-diligence is ignored, and to further embrace and support the Federal Meat Inspection Program. It points out that this program is vital to the welfare of the meat industry, or it would go untamed, suffering the ramifications of venison, which at best is indisputably unsettling. Not a pretty picture, but it is an issue that I’ve been concerned about for many years. Back in my college years at North Dakota State University I can remember venison being processed that was genuinely unfit for human consumption. I worked my way through college working for the Meat and Animal Science Department in various capacities. But, the most profitable venue was that of

processing deer. In a good long evening I could process four deer at a rate of $25.00 per head. An income of $100.00 per day was unthinkable back in those days. (I always enjoyed the false sense of being rich for at least a few weeks out of the year.) After being married for 50 plus years, I now realize that it conjured up other false feelings. Living in a trailer house located on campus, just a few blocks from the meat lab, gave my wife an accessible view to see when the lab lights were turned off. She always mention that this was how she knew when to expect me home. I thought she was just anxious to see me, little did I know it was all about the money.

Making the money was a bonus, but seeing the deteriorated condition of deer carcasses was enough to turn me away from venison for a good long time. Many would be brought in on the hood of a hot car, warm temperatures, and with the appearance of being eviscerated with pinking shears. As apparently audacious as this now seems, I have since come to realize this presented a potentially hazardous health risk. I hope this has raised your awareness level of properly handling and processing venison. May all of your hunting experiences be approached with a cautious sense of health risk, and a renewed appreciation for those involved in the sport.


By Ponty

The Venison Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree: Father and Son Defy All Odds The shock of seeing a deer hanging in a tree in front of your house, in the otherwise serene neighborhood, for which I live, caused quite a stir among the neighbors. We’re a pretty close-knit group. Everybody knows each other, and take a lot of pride in the exclusive area in which we live. So this scene was totally out of character — even if it was deer hunting season. Everyone was out taking pictures and scheming up a plan to further implicate the villain of the neighborhood, for they knew, by association, my involvement in my sons-inlaws deer processing enterprise. They were already dragging out the Christmas lights and extension cords to decorate my new-found Christmas centerpiece. Little did they suspect that the deer wasn’t even mine. But before they were able to carry out their ill-advised prank, the deer was gone — processed and packaged.

We share a common yard and a big, beautiful tree in front of our houses. My neighbor, Jim Henrich, is handicapped, but has a fetish for the outdoors and hunting. Unknown to any of us, his son Scott had taken him hunting — providing for all the amenities of a memorable hunting experience, including that of the carcass hanging in the tree and being cut-up right there in his own garage. The mystery had been solved and a life lesson for all to be shared will be embodied in our neighborhood forever. The bond between father and son to share such an experience is the epitome of a relationship of love that will ingratiate our neighborhood for as long as folklore will be shared over a cup of coffee or backyard patio chatter. Thank you, Jim and Scott, for embracing a quality of life that has awakened and enriched the lives of those around you.

Then they were certain that someone had dropped it off to be processed, and that I had taken it out to my kids before the dawn of day. What other explanation could there possibly be? They knew I didn’t hunt. So this just had to have been someone, inadvertently, trying to get the deer delivered to Kinneman Bros. Deer Processing. Come to find out it was my neighbor’s deer.

Our neighborhood mystery, hanging in a tree in the front yard.

YOUR VOICE IN THE MARKETING PLACE OF YOUR CHOICE 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.


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Yamaha. The 1st Name in Motorsports.™ *Finance offer subject to credit approval, applies to purchases of new Yamaha Motorcycles, ATVs & Scooters made on a Yamaha Installment Financing loan account from 9/1/13-12/26/13. Min. contract length 24 mos, max. 36 mos. Min. amount financed $5,000. Fixed APR of 3.99%, 5.99%, 6.99% or 12.99% assigned based on credit approval criteria. Monthly payments per $1,000 financed based on 36-mo. term are $29.52 at 3.99% and $33.69 at 12.99%. **Customer Cash offer good on select 2009-2013 models between 9/1/13-12/26/13. Offers good only in the U.S., excluding the state of Hawaii. Dress properly for your ride with a helmet, eye protection, long-sleeved shirt, long pants, gloves and boots. Do not drink and ride. It is illegal and dangerous. Yamaha and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation encourage you to ride safely and respect the environment. For further information regarding the MSF course, please call 1-800-446-9227. ATV models shown are recommended for use only by riders 16 years and older. Raptor 700R recommended for experienced riders only. Yamaha recommends that all ATV riders take an approved training course. For safety and training information, see your dealer or call the ATV Safety Institute at 1-800-887-2887. ATVs can be hazardous to operate. For your safety: Always avoid paved surfaces. Never ride on public roads. Always wear a helmet, eye protection and protective clothing. Never carry passengers. Never engage in stunt riding. Riding and alcohol/drugs don’t mix. Avoid excessive speed. And be particularly careful on difficult terrain. Professional riders depicted on a closed courses. ©2013 Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. All rights reserved. • 9/13

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JACK BOYLE Vermillion, KS 785-382-6848, 785-564-0511 Salvaging combines N5, N7, L, L2, M, F, G, C, CII, all A&E, K Gleaner. 6620, 7720, 8820, 7700, 6600, 4400, 9500, 9600, 3300, 105, 95, 55, JD. 915, 1480, 1460, 1680, 1420, 815 IHC. 860, 760, 750, 510, 410, 300 Massey, 643 JD cornhead parts. We buy salvage combines. 12/13


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New Holland TC29D MFD Tractor w/mower, SN# G037898, nice...$18,500 1984 John Deere 8650 4WD, SN# RW8650H005824, 400 hrs since major overhaul.........................................................$33,000 Case IH 4210 MFD Tractor w/loader, SN# JJE0926231, 2400 hrs............................................................. $21,000 1991 Case IH 9270 4WD 12 speed, SN# JCB0027854.................$48,000 2001 Case IH STX 375 4WD, SN# JEE0098172, good tires........ $139,000 Case IH STX 480 4WD w/excellent tires......................................$215,000 2011 Case IH STX 535 Quad, SN# ZAF122076, 1700 hrs..........$275,000 2008 Case 420 Series III Skid Steer, SN# N8M491582, 1200 hrs, nice, new tires................................................................. $19,900 2008 Case 465 Skid Steer Loader, cab, heat, A/C, radio, 1200 hrs..$45,000 Case 440 CT Track Skid Loader, SN# NAM412235, 1200 hrs...... $51,000


Case IH 4800 26' Field Cultivator w/mulcher, SN# JAG0055356.$6,900 Wilrich 34' Field Cultivator w/mulcher............................................. $2,900 2009 Wilrich Quad X 60' Field Cultivator w/rolling baskets........$48,900 John Deere 985-54' Field Cultivator..............................................$22,500 2005 John Deere 2210-54' Field Cultivator w/ mulcher, SN# N02210X000455.....................................................................$49,500 John Deere 2700 18' Ripper w/3 bar mulcher, SN# X002700, nice...........................................................................$27,900 2010 John Deere 2700 18' Ripper (9 shank), SN# IN02700XKA0012298, excellent............................................$29,000 Sunflower 4511 Disc Ripper, SN# 545110AZ400065X15............$39,500 IHC 700 Hi-Clear 8B Plow................................................................. $9,800 Case IH 6700 Disk Chisel (9 shank), SN# JFH0020763............... $10,900 DMI 730 Ecolotiger w/leads, SN# 525311..................................... $15,000 Case IH 730B Ecolotiger w/cushion gang, SN# JFH0020684, excellent............................................................ $31,500 Case IH 870 - 22' (11 shank) w/o Drag, SN# JFH0043544.........$52,000 Case IH 870 Ecolotiger - 22' (11 Shank) w/o Drag, SN# JFH0043545............................................................................$58,000 Case IH 870 Ecolotiger - 26' (13 Shank) w/o Drag, SN# JFH0043154.............................................................................$62,000 Case IH MRX 690 Ripper (7 shank) SN# JFH003082...................$20,500 2008 Case IH 1250 16R30" Planter, SN# 9YS007400, excellent............................................................................................$89,900

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The SoilPro 513 is Wil-Rich's newest fall tillage tool. The double disc ripper is designed to perform primary surface tillage and fracture subsoil compaction in a single pass, leaving a smooth uniform surface ideal for spring seedbed preparation. The ripper features industry best 28" diameter disc blades and walking tandem axles with large 385/65R x 22.50 wheels and tires on 8 bolt hubs. To meet the needs of any size operation, the SoilPro is available in cutting widths from 12’6” to 26’. With 2 ranks of ripper shanks on 24” or 30” spacing, the SoilPro will deliver the performance required by farmers today and in the future.



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New Information Suggests Anabolic Steroids Regenerate In Aquatic Ecosystems Article in Science magazine by University of Nevada, Reno and University of Iowa shows research results. New regulatory approaches may be needed to assess environmental risks of agricultural growth promoters, and similar human pharmaceuticals, following research that shows a newly found reversion mechanism allows unexpected persistence of the steroidal substances in aquatic environments.

Kolodziej, project leader of a collaborative multi-disciplinary research team that includes the University of Iowa and Truman State, said this newly found mechanism may account for unexplained observations of endocrine disruption in aquatic organisms. “Right now, I’m not alarmed, just concerned and interested in defining the real ecological risks associated with the widespread use of potent steroidal pharmaceuticals,” Kolodziej, who has been studying the effects of these substances on aquatic ecosystems for 12 years, said. “This implies uncertainty with the current environmental risk assessments or ecotoxicology studies used by regulatory agencies, researchers and pharmaceutical companies.” The team used laboratory and field studies to explore the process. They found that the steroid’s chemical compounds, while breaking down as expected in sunlight, never fully disappeared; even in conditions that mimicked surface water, a small percentage of the chemical structure remained after extended sunlight. The remains regenerated themselves at night, in some cases to up to 70 percent of the metabolites initial mass.” “We knew something unique was going on,” David Cwiertny, Kolodziej’s research partner from the University of Iowa, said. “In daylight, it essentially hides in another form, to evade analysis and detection, and then at nighttime it readily transforms back to a state that we can detect.” December 2013

Are You North America’s Next Cold Crew Champion? Show us how you ‘Outwork Them All™ The search is on for the toughest winter workers in the 3rd annual Cintas & Carhartt Cold Crew Contest. We want to see how you “Outwork Them All™.” Cintas launched the campaign in 2011 to recognize individuals in the U.S. and Canada who withstand the toughest winter working conditions. Contestants are encouraged to share their stories and explain why Carhartt, a brand for hardworking people, is essential to their jobs for their chance to win free merchandise and a grand prize trip for two.

Results of the research will be published in an article in the renowned journal Science – the weekly journal of AAAS, the science society – next month and are available immediately online in Science Express. “We investigated trenbolone, an anabolic steroid, and found that the photochemical breakdown isn’t the end of its life cycle,” Ed Kolodziej, co-author of the paper and environmental engineering professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, said. “Our team found that these substances, after a rapid breakdown in sunlight, are capable of a unique transformation in aquatic environments under various temperature and light-cycle scenarios where the process is reversed.”

Cintas & Carhartt Launch 3rd Annual Online Contest to Find the Toughest Cold Weather Workers in North America

Ed Kolodziej is an associate professor and researcher in the University of Nevada, Reno’s College of Science and project leader of a collaborative multi-disciplinary research team that includes the University of Iowa and Truman State. He and his team found a new mechanism where chemicals transform, under certain conditions, to avoid detection, which may account for unexplained observations of endocrine disruption in aquatic organisms. Photo courtesy of University of Nevada, Reno.

The researchers validated the lab results with two experiments in the field – one with water taken from the Iowa River in Iowa City, Iowa and the other from samples taken from a collection pond at a cattle rangeland and research operation in California’s Central Valley run by the University of California, Davis. Trenbolone is a federally approved drug widely used by the beef industry to promote weight gain and to increase feeding efficiency in cattle. The drug, although popular in the bodybuilding and weightlifting communities, and as an athletic performance enhancer, has long been banned for human use, and also is banned for agricultural uses in the E.U. Trenbolone has been considered safe for ecosystems due to its initially rapid degradation, with studies pointing to an environmental half-life of less than a day. Studies have indicated that low concentrations of these endocrine disrupting environmental steroids affect fish, by reducing egg production of females and skewing the sex of some species.

5 Reasons to Join the Cintas & Carhartt Cold Crew 1. Show your stuff. Hard workers don’t always get the recognition they deserve. This is the chance to share how you “Outwork Them All™”! 2. Represent your industry. This is a great, free way to promote your company and represent others in your profession who work as hard as you do. 3. Rally the troops. If you are selected as one of our finalists, your family, friends and coworkers can support you by voting online. They decide who wins, and we will help you promote yourself. 4. Win Carhartt gear. The grand prize winner receives an all-expenses-paid trip for two (to be announced)… and there is also a chance to win Carhartt merchandise to make your tough working conditions more bearable. 5. Cintas & Carhartt on your side. With Carhartt Rental Workwear by Cintas, workers get the styling, durability and rugged performance one expects from Carhartt with the added benefits of laundering, repair and replacement that accompany Cintas rental programs. Businesses can supply Carhartt, a brand that workers recognize and trust, in a cost effective manner, while increasing morale and exuding a professional company image. Last year’s contest spurred hundreds of entries, which were narrowed down to nine finalists from across the United States and Canada. The public voted, and James Tatem, an arborist foreman from Hooksett, New Hampshire was crowned the grand prize winner. In June, he and a guest enjoyed a trip for two to the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, TN.

Entries are being accepted now through February 28, 2014, at which time Cintas and Carhartt will select finalists and begin public voting at the contest website:

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House Your Future: The proper housing, ventilation and bedding can help sheep maintain an ideal body temperature through all seasons. Skipper Carlisle of Hampel Animal Care says that plastic shelters are a top option for sheep producers because of the low investment, yet durable quality of the shelters.

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Sheep require year-round shelter to achieve optimal performance levels. With colder temperatures right around the corner, now is the time to evaluate your housing and shelter system to ensure a healthy and productive flock throughout the winter.


helter is needed for body temperature regulation – helping to keep sheep warm during cold periods and cool when temperatures heat up.

According to research from Purdue University, the normal body temperature of a sheep hovers around 102.3 degrees F, with an ideal range between 100.9 and 103.8 degrees F. This range is known as “the thermoneutral zone” and is vital to maintain. If body temperatures rise above or below this range, a sheep’s metabolism begins to increase from trying to cool down or stay warm. In the winter, the feed provided will then go into heat production rather than building muscle and gaining weight. The team at Calf-Tel, based in Germantown, Wis., has found that providing shelter to sheep can help them maintain this thermoneutral zone through all seasons. To keep sheep comfortable and productive, they encourage shepherds to include Calf-Tel housing systems in their pastures or facilities. “Access to shelter allows sheep to maintain an acceptable temperature range so their bodily functions can run at an acceptable level,” says Skipper Carlisle, regional sales manager with Calf-Tel. “This is especially critical during hot or cold extremes, significant swings in temperature and moisture related events (rain and snow).” Without shelter, a flock’s performance can be negatively affected. “You put an animal’s health at risk if they do not have access to some sort of shelter,” explains Carlisle. “Problems such as heat stress, dehydration, infections and respiratory illnesses may occur if animals do not have shelter to protect them from the elements.” December 2013

Selecting a shelter There are many types of shelter ranging from barns and sheds to metal, wood and plastic hutches. The type of shelter to fit your flock will vary depending on your location, climate and sheep type. Carlisle recommends using a plastic shelter because of their durability, longevity and low maintenance. Additionally, plastic shelters are lightweight and portable, allowing for easy cleaning. Opaque hutches are beneficial because they block out the sun’s rays, keeping animals cool during the hottest times of the year. “Plastic shelters are a great option for sheep producers,” says Carlisle. “They are a much lower investment than building a new barn yet last longer and are more durable than metal and wood shelters.” Space and ventilation When preparing your shelter area, make sure adequate space is provided. Ample space can help prevent injuries from happening and reduce stress levels. A general rule of thumb is to provide 10 to 12 square feet per ewe, 12 to 16 square feet for a ewe with her lambs and 6 to 8 square feet per feeder lamb. In addition to space requirements, proper ventilation is a key factor in shelters. “A common myth among livestock producers is that if you totally enclose animals during cold weather, they will stay warmer and healthier,” notes Carlisle. “While we do want to provide shelter to animals during extreme weather, proper air flow is key to ensuring respiratory health.” A proper ventilation system should provide an accurate |

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amount of fresh air without drafts, maintain a desired temperature and relative humidity level and keep ammonia levels below specified guidelines. Following these guidelines will help to avoid stale air and respiratory diseases, creating a healthy environment for you and your sheep. Preparing for winter Specific to the upcoming winter season, there are a few preparations to take for your flock. Carlisle explains that throughout winter, a shelter entryway should face away from the direction where harsh weather comes from. Typically, this means shelters need to face either the east or west to provide protection from northern winds and snow storms. Additionally, shelters need sufficient bedding. The type of bedding needed will depend on availability and your climate. In areas with cold winters, Carlisle suggests using straw bedding to keep sheep the most comfortable. Shelters should be cleaned and bedded as needed throughout the year. “Shelters only really need to be bedded a handful of times throughout the year,” says Carlisle. “This would include full cleaning and sanitation at least once per year and rebedding 2 to 4 times in the winter.” Having a proper shelter system in place will help to complement your nutrition and management practices, ensuring a healthy and productive flock for years to come. For more information on housing and shelter systems, visit or contact Skipper Carlisle at 806-548-2636. 800-622-8836


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COLOR Ag Shield Mfg.......................B3 Agri-Dry LLC....................... B13 Air Ride Technologies........ B11 AirVac Systems, Inc........... B12 American Foods Group..... B19 Berg Equipment Corp........ B15 Best Livestock Equipment..B22 BROCK............................... B17 Bulk Seed Systems............ B10 Calmer Cornheads.............IFC Cardinal Wireless............... B14 Carlson Wholesale, Inc...... B10 Christianson Systems........B22 Construction Accessories.B14 Cox Mfg. dba Dalton Ag....B20 Crest Precast, Inc............... B15 Custom Made Products.... B13 Egbers Flighting Co...........B23 Emerson Mfg......................B23 Erickson Mfg. Co., Inc........B20 Fair Mfg...............................B20 Farmers National Co............ B6 FarmTek................................. B9 Fast Hay Movers................B23 For Most, Inc....................... B15 Fre-Flo Water...................... B19 GEHL..................................... B8 Gnuse Mfg.......................... B24 Green Acres Unlimited......B22 Greenwell Mfg. .................. IBC GSI.......................................B22 Harms Mfg.......................... B17 HAYBUSTER..................... B12 Heatronics Infrared.............B21 Herbruck Poultry Ranch.....IFC Hi Fold Door Corp.............. B19 Hillsboro Industries............ B16 HLA........................................B3 Holcomb Scrapers, Inc..... B24 Honeyville Metal................... B9 Hoover Diesel Service......... B8 Horst Welding....................... B7 Hotwoods Div. of Protatch.. B24 Hydro Pump Company..... B11 JBM Advantage.................... B7 Joe Mescan Windmill........B21 John Deere........................... B8 Kaler Farms........................B21 KAWASAKI MULE............B23 KAWASAKI TERYX4........B21 Kelderman Mfg., Inc........... B16 KINZE PLANTERS........... B18 Larry Hak............................. B13 Level Welding & Mfg.......... B19 Lever Holdings Inc............. B24 Livestock Steel....................B23 Load Line............................ B15 Lowry Mfg. Co.................... B18 Maljohn Co............................B4 Martin Baggers................... B24 MATHEWS CO.................. B18 May Wes............................... BC McTavish Steelworks............ B7 Meg’s Art World.................. IBC Micro Trak.............................. B5 Mikes Heating Inc............... B24 Minden Machine Shop.......IFC MK Martin............................ B11 Mudsmith LLC.................... B12 No Bull Enterprises LLC....B20 Northland Buildings........... B24 O’Connell Farm Drainage... B9 OK Enterprises................... B24 Osseo Plastics & Supply...B20 P2 Flow................................ B12 Pequea Machine Corp......B20 Performance Medical........B23 Phase-A-Matic...................... B9 Pik Rite.................................B21 Precision Mfg...................... B16 Pro-Stitch Distributing........ B13


Radiator Supply House.....B22 Reman Sales & Service.....B23 Replacement Flighting....... B24 Rosh Construction............. B17 Scale Tec............................. B18 SENTINEL..........................B23 SHIVVERS.........................B21 Shocker Hitch..................... B24 SI FEEDERS......................B23 Sidney Mfg............................ B8 Simonsen Industries.......... B11 SIOUX STEEL LIVESTOCK.. B16 Sooner Scales.................... B14 Sorensen Equipment......... B24 Superior, Inc.......................... B2 Synthetic Resources..........B22 Tattletale Portable Alarm Systems.................. B1 Teslaa Mfg........................... B10 Titan Trailers.......................... B6 TJ Tools................................ B24 TowMart................................. B6 True North Steel.................. B10 TSGC................................... B17 Tubeline.................................B5 VALMETAL......................... B14 Walinga................................ IBC Wingfoot Commercial Tire System........................B4

GENERAL A.L. Doering Spark Plug.A16 Ag Dryer Services...........A22 Ag Industrial, Inc..............A22 All States Ag Parts...........A23 Barron Supply Co............A21 Bejot Feedlots..................A21 Big Tractor Parts..............A23 CAN-AM COMBO..........A21 Cloveridge Converting....A21 E-Tip, Inc...........................A21 EFS Distributing ...............A18 Fehr Cab..........................A22 Gilberts Sale Yard LLC.....A18 Hertz Farm Mgmt.............A15 Hey Machinery Co..........A23 Hydro Service..................A23 J&M MFG. SEED CART.A8 J&M MFG. WAGONS..A21 Johnson Drainage Plows.. A24 KAWASAKI ATV............. A16 KIOTI TRACTOR............ A19 KIOTI UTV........................A15 KUBOTA FULL LINE.....A28 Medi-Dart..........................A18 Morris Grain.....................A22 Neville Construction........A26 North Central Steel..........A21 Pederson’s Agri Service.A23 POLARIS ATV................A28 POLARIS BRUTUS.......A24 Port-A-Hut.......................... A9 Quarry Service, Inc.........A26 Red Horizon Equipment.A24 REINKE............................ A16 Rhino Steel Building Systems..A13 Rick’s Welding................... A8 Ron’s Mfg.........................A24 S&W Welding, Inc............ A19 Schweiss Doors.............. A19 SIOUX STEEL BINS.......A18 SKI-DOO.........................A24 Starwood Rafters.............A13 Stull Feeders.................... A19 T-L IRRIGATION............. A19 Tire Town, Inc...................A23 Topline Steel Buildings....A24 VALLEY.............................A12 Vintage Aerial....................A13 Wisconsin Plastic Drain..A24 YAMAHA ATV.................A22 YAMAHA SNOW............A21 YAMAHA VIKING...........A26 800-622-8836 |

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