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DECEMBER 2013 Volume 15 | Issue 12

"It's not what they take away from you that counts. It's what you do with what you have left.." – Hubert Humphrey

‘To Grandma's House We Go’ by Jan Perdew


For more information about Jan Perdew, see her biography on page A1 inside.

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Jan Perdew



Volume 15, Issue 12 | December 2013

Jan Perdew started painting nearly 38 years ago when she took basic art classes at the high school in Greenfield, Iowa, near where she grew up in rural Adair County. This was the only formal training that was to be the start of this artist's career. Times were simpler, less stressed, and kinds of cars could easily be recognized as they traveled down the roads. Muscle cars of the late 50’s,60’s, and early 70's ruled the roads. These were the days and activities that her children can barely imagine. In the years that followed she has created well over 100 originals on canvas and items ranging from saw blades to a Model A show pickup tailgate, a hog feeder to bedpans, and “just about anything that will hold still long enough”. This is why Jan calls herself a “genuine recycler” since she can turn most any unused item into a work of art. Her artwork is primarily landscapes of farm country featuring farm life and wildlife from the area she grew up. Jan likes to complete a project as soon as she can after starting it, calling herself "an impatient artist" as she always seems to have another idea urgently wanting to be worked on. Her love of oil painting has never died, although at times had to slow down a bit, but she still managed to keep the paintbrushes going. From 1987-1998, Jan Perdew took her work on the road as part of the Silver Dollar City Craft Guild, a traveling showcase of crafters promoting Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO, until the group disbanded. This is a time in her life she takes great pride in. Participating in these shows was not

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open to the general crafters; the shows were strictly juried for membership in the guild. During this time her 3 children, Monte, Ashley, and Krystal, grew up working and learning at the craft shows with their mother. Thus giving the children some very useful training experience helping to prepare them for the working world. Jan finds release from life's pressures when working on her creations, losing herself in the memories of those “Seasons Remembered” days. As the scene takes shape in her mind, she makes a rough sketch on paper to get the concept down and start working out the details of what cars and activities will be featured in the scene. Spending numerous hours searching for just the right photo of the car to make sure the details are right. The public does not miss this as they comment that each time they look at the painting, they see something in the scene they did not see before. "Wow, look there is my old car!" and "I was there and did that!" are commonly heard as someone looks at her work. Jan does not limit her painting to cars, she also paints dogs, tractors, wildlife, farms and much more from photos or her own imagination. For Jan each creation is a work of love and is meant to bring back fond memories of those times and “Seasons Remembered”. For more information or to view Jan Perdew’s works, contact her publisher, Meg’s Art World, either on the web at or call toll free at 866283-6528 for a free brochure.


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What's New: Equipment..... 4

every month» Keeping the Family Farm in the Family......................11 Farm & Ranch Life.....................23 Pathways Through Agriculture.................................. 12 Pennywise.................................. 24 Essays from My Farm House Kitchen............ 22 Clutter Clearing Choices............. 26




The KNIGHTRO REPORT............. 28








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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. "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. "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.


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. _____________________________________

new BinMaster RL Provides Reliable, non-Contact Level Measurement in Bins 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. 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, non-stick 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 acoustics-based 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 user-friendly 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 DL-72 inch Heavy Duty Rotary Cutters from Ammbusher

centric 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 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.

offers a best-in-class factory-installed, fully-enclosed unibody cab with a powerful heating and air conditioning system.

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 2,100lb 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 (VHTX), 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 800432-5955 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 D E C E MB ER 2013

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 company says the Cfx is the first fertilizer opener to incorporate hydraulic down pressure. They have also developed a revolutionary electronic ground-hardness 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 www. _____________________________________

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 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.

“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.”

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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.

moisture readings which enable livestock producers to quickly react to changes in dry matter thus ensuring that the ration delivered matches the ration calculated.

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

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“We did a lot of work to make sure the VFlex is the most durable, reliable, longest-lasting, and easy-tomaintain 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 "The Moisture Tracker is the first device on the market that provides livestock producers and nutritionists with 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 _____________________________________

Kubota Unveils new B50 series tractors with Factory-Integrated Cabs For more information visit _____________________________________

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.

“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 Moisture Tracker provides livestock producers with near instantaneous, accurate dry matter and


“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 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.”

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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. 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-the-art 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 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 password-protected access using a tablet computer or smartphone. 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.

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

Commercial grade at an affordable price 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. Availability of the new system is slated for 2014. For more information visit _____________________________________

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. D E C E MB ER 2013

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“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 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-RBlock® 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 heavy-duty 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 For farmers who struggle with moving round bales quickly, without creating deep ruts in their fields, the Hay Baby provides the solution. 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.

Kelly Diamond Disc Harrows Are Versatile Addition to Modern Farming operations

Add Wheat to Crop Rotation easily with seed Right

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.

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."

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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!”

Adding wheat to the corn/soybean rotation is now much easier with the Seed Right disc.

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."

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.

For more information about Seed Right, call 419-7494021 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

based on target goals,” said Vinay Pagay, who helped develop the chip as a doctoral

Lakso, professor of horticulture, who has been working on water sensing for 20

student in Lakso’s lab.


Ernest and Julio Gallo Winery and Welch’s juice company have already expressed

The sensors make use of microfluidic technology – developed by Abraham Stroock,

interest in the sensors. And Cornell civil engineer Ken Hover has started working

associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering – that places a tiny

with Pagay and Lakso on using the sensors in concrete.

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

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 translate sensor

that the chip measures.

values and optimize management.

Using chips embedded in plants or spaced across soil and linked wirelessly to

The Cornell Center for Technology Enterprise and Commercialization is handling

computers, for example, growers may “control the precise moisture of blocks of land,

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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." 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.

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.

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The Booklet of Answers for the Farming/Non-Farming Child Dilemma 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.

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.

This might be land, it might be machinery, it might be putting up buildings or storage sheds, granaries, putting in tiling, fencing, etc. etc. Next is the subjective part. We take the number of years that Jr. has been working with you on the farm and multiply it by a factor you feel is fair.

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.

For example, in your case, Jr. has been there fourteen years and he should get three percent of the total value 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.

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?

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.

– 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 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 D E C E MB ER 2013

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. The second part gets into how you've expanded from the

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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. andl ivest ockdirect A9

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Q: What is your opinion on getting involved in FFA? B.L. Answer: 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.

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The Most Dangerous Weed of all Invading the Countryside Living 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?


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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! The ‘weed’ of today in not the same weed of the seventies. It is much stronger, thus much more addictive. The THC, the primary psychoactive ingredient in the cannabis plant once was two percent, but now can be as high as forty percent. There are 400 known chemicals in marijuana – a single joint (marijuana cigarette) contains four times as much cancer-causing tar as a filtered cigarette. And perhaps the greatest tragedy of all is the fact that the I.Q. of babies born to mothers who have ‘used’ while pregnant can be reduced. It takes a lot of self-control, wisdom, intellect to be successful at any job, especially farming. In our rural areas, we need to be alert to this ‘invader’ that can destroy the potential of the people we intend to turn our farms over to in the future. ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­———————————————————— Renae B. Vander Schaaf, freelance writer, lives on a real working farm in northwest Iowa, and authored a book titled "A Place Of Refuge". To Contact Renae B. Vander Schaaf, please email her at


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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. much Ann’s fault as mine,” Jeff says.

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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. 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. Both men are setting themselves up to lose what they most want: loving relationships with spouses, their families’ respect, and–unlike persons in other

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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 soulsearching, 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 effective ly. _______________________________________________________ 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. Email Dr. Rosmann at, or visit his website at You can call him at his office in Harlan, Iowa at 712-235-6100.

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Christmas, and the Challenges of the New Year 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. 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.)

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 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 folk’s 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.

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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

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strip pages. Looks good and costs little.

More and more folks seem to think that with more money and less time, they need to go ‘all out’ at Christmas, and if a kid says ‘I want’, they get. Advertisers work hard to convince the kids they need said toy and that the parents are lousy if they don’t buy everything their little darling wants.

I’ve been known to mix up some dried beans of various kinds and attach a recipe for ‘blizzard soup’. Again, packed in shredded comic strip pages (the colored ones) it looks like the ‘spendy’ ones for very little cash outlay. You know your own family and what they really need, versus what they want. You can plan accordingly, and within your budget.

Studies have been done over many years showing that Americans spend up to 70% of their disposable income for the year in the 30-day time slot between Thanksgiving and Christmas. 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. 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 A14

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,

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but much appreciated. (I’ve seen these in 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)

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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.)

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!

- A subscription for a favorite magazine or newspaper

Another shared that a neighbor of hers brought supper to their home twice during a very busy preChristmas week: Homemade lasagna one evening, and fresh baked pizza another evening when they had only 30 minutes to eat before going to a program.

- 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)

GIFTS FOR TEACHERS I have two sisters that are teachers as well as several friends that have taught since their college days, years ago. Folks forget that teachers spend untold extra hours 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. 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

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 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…

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.

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. 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.

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

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.

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



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to examine the pros and cons of both types of construction Thanks for spending a little

concrete floors, feed bunks and fountains. One of the main

to determine how each would fit into your production plan.

time with us today. We’ll see you next time at “In the Barn


reasons is an expanding body of research pointing to the fact that providing shelter can improve feed efficiency and rate of gain, helping get cattle to market cheaper and faster – without compromising meat quality. A side benefit is the ability to design gating that makes it easier and safer to work or load cattle – an important improvement for both the animals and the people involved.

About Kelly and Leah Daniels:

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


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

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

They want to know about which things are best for their operation, what’s new out there, how different brands compare, how they can save money on input costs, and so on. And they appreciate having someone knowledgeable and down-to-earth to talk over options with. That’s why we formed Hedgewood as an independent company, so we can help customers learn about all their equipment choices and choose the gates, feeders and other products that will make their job easier and maybe even save money through efficiencies. At Hedgewood, our recommendations are based on having actually used many different types of equipment in production situations, rather than on how much profit we can make from one brand or another. If it’s right for the farmer, it’s right for Hedgewood. The work that U.S. farmers do helps people around the world live healthier and safer lives than ever before. We feel blessed to be able to work in agriculture every day and to be able to use our skills in keeping agriculture strong. – Kelly and Leah

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“PROFITS GROW WITH KNIGHTRO” –Ken E. Knight Knightro Sessions | Mending Fences and Tending Senses

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.

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.

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?

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.)

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.

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.

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,

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.

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

phone 715-262-8480, fax 715-262-8480, e-mail; or

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Afraid of the dark

Pony Tales

A little boy was afraid of the dark. One night his mother told him to go out to the back porch and bring her the broom. “But Mama,” the little boy said, “I don’t want to go out there. It’s dark.”


The mother smiled reassuringly. “You don’t have to be afraid of the dark,” she said. “God is out there. He’ll look after you and protect you.” The little boy looked at his mother skeptically. “Are you sure He’s out there?”

The Venison Doesn't Fall Far From the Tree: Father and Son Defy All Odds

“I promise. He is everywhere, and He is always ready to help you when you need Him,” she said.

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.

The little boy thought about that for a minute and then

We’re a pretty close-knit group; where everybody knows one another, 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.

went to the back door and opened it a crack. Peering out into the darkness, he called,

Everyone was out taking pictures and scheming up a plan to further implicate g as the villain of the neighborhood, for they knew, by association, my involvement in my sons-in-laws deer processing enterprise. They were already dragging out the Christmas lights and extension cords to decorate my newfound 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. 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, for they knew that 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, for which we share a common yard and this beautiful big 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.

“God? If you’re out there, would you please hand me the broom?”

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Confidence gap overtakes the generation gap Young people seem to be relentlessly optimistic these days, even as their elders worry about their future. A Pew Research Center study of young people between 18 and 34 this year found that 88 percent believe they have sufficient money, or the capacity to earn it, to meet their long-term financial goals. Even among millennials without jobs, 75 percent expect a rosy financial future. Their parents are a little less sanguine. The study found that 54 percent of those over 55 believe their children will be less well off than their parents. andl ivest ockdirect A1 9


Take a visual approach to solving problems


Wrestling with a problem isn’t always the best way to generate a creative solution. A better approach is often to step back and quietly visualize the answer you’re looking for. Follow these steps:

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• Focus on what you want. This sounds easy, but keeping your mind free of obstacles and distractions can be difficult. Try to clear your thoughts of everything but the outcome you need. Don’t fight negative thoughts—just let them flow out of your brain so you can concentrate on the positive.




• Make a movie in your mind. We tend to see things in pictures more strongly than we can visualize abstract concepts like numbers and theories. Think of your problem in visual terms and try looking at it—and your solutions—from different angles. Bring your senses into play: Imagine what your idea would feel like, sound like, or even smell like.

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• Take your time. The solution may not come all at once. Give yourself time to get used to the process so you’re not forcing ideas too hard. With practice, you’ll learn how to quickly relax your mind and let it explore problems and situations without effort.



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