Author: Brian

My Top Ten Blog Posts of 2015

Another year of blogging and farming gone by already! It was an interesting year that started out too wet, but brought us perfect harvest weather even if the yields weren’t perfect. I’ve been sharing my top ten most viewed posts of 2015 on facebook and twitter so I thought I’d collect them all here in […]

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How Do Farmers Harvest Corn?

On our farm we grow corn for grain. Unlike sweet corn our corn remains in the field until fall when the plant reaches maturity and the grain dries out.  So what kind of equipment do we have to get it out of the field and into our grain bins or off to market? The Combine […]

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#Harvest15 is Live on Periscope!

Hey! Did you know I’m on Periscope? I sure am, and I have unlimited data on my phone! For those that may not know Periscope is a live streaming video service. So this fall I will be broadcasting our harvest activities straight from the field. You can catch my videos and send me questions and […]

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Back to School for the First Time

My wife and I graduated from Purdue in 2002 and 2003. Now in the fall of 2015 we are going back to school for the first time in a long time via our son heading into kindergarten. The idea of school isn’t new to him as he had two full years of preschool, but now […]

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Can Bad Weather be Good for Farmers?

The Bad 2015 is a tough weather year. Excessive rain is currently taking a fairly big toll on our crops. Corn especially. The last two years were very kind to us and brought big harvests. This year has been wet. Really wet. During planting I don’t think we worked the fields more than three straight […]

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Raising the Barn Quilt

We just installed a barn quilt on the barn at our farm. My sister describes the history of the quilt as follows. “In the early1900s, my maternal great-great-grandmother Inez Newton made a quilt using her own variation on the Whig Rose Pattern. Around that same time, a barn was being erected on the ground that […]

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Planting is over. Now what do farmers do?

Our 2015 planting season began on April 24. It ended on May 23. The season seemed longer than one month because I don’t believe we ever got a full week of planting in due to rains and waiting on particular fields to dry out. Some people think grain farmers like us work hard for just […]

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Indiana Small Farm

A small farm is an important part of agriculture.  But I’m not talking about a few acres so much as a few carpets.  Our son, somewhat by default, is really into farming.  He’s five years old and he will tell his great grandpa, granpda, and dad how to operate equipment in the field.  And he will be […]

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Plotting for Profit

It has been said a financial portfolio should be diversified to protect the investment and cast a greater net for profit.  We do something like that on our farm even though on the surface we may not seem very diverse.  Yes we raise corn, soybeans, popcorn, and wheat.  But break it down further to find […]

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Pork Loin on Pit Barrel Cooker

I’m not a chef by any means, but I do love good food.  Actually cooking isn’t really even a hobby of mine, but that may change after eating this pork loin from my new Pit Barrel Cooker.  Our friends have one of these cookers, and after spending Labor Day weekend eating from theirs I put […]

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