You may be familiar with the old saying, “If you don’t like the weather in Nebraska, just wait 10 minutes and it will change.”
"We have received basically just sprinkles during all of our chances of rain, and the extreme heat has definitely changed the conditions of the hills a bit."
Right this very minute down on the farm I’m living the life I love. We just wrapped up the Lancaster County Fair with my Fun at the Farm exhibit open to kids of all ages that want to learn and experience a little bit of Nebraska agriculture.
The dryland crops show some signs of stress, but were helped along by a bit of rain – nice gentle showers – last week; definitely an answered prayer.
Four Kansas farmers and ranchers who have dedicated their efforts to conserving the land where they make their living are in the running for the Kansas Leopold Conservation Award.
The heat and wind have taken a toll on our little creek that used to run through our place. It has officially dried up like it did in 2012. The garden hose has gotten longer.
Well, it was one of those weeks. Sometimes life would be a heck of a lot simpler if it just went as planned, but for some reason it doesn’t seem to happen that way.
“The positives of these types of grazing practices are healthier soil and increased diversity with grasses springing up that weren’t there before.”
One of the things I have heard about being a good cowman is the ability to listen to the cattle and let them tell you what needs to be done.
Livestock progress shows and county fair season has begun, and while everyone aspires to bring home that grand champion trophy or belt buckle, no one wants to leave the show carrying a zoonotic disease.
"I love the Fourth of July, and the number one reason is I love the patriotism of people. Why can’t we have that year round?"
"Opening and closing gates was somewhat a solitary endeavor, offering plenty of opportunity for creative thinking."
"Just like in a blizzard, sometimes no matter how prepared you are, Mother Nature just hands a rotten situation out and you try to handle it that best you can."
“Knee high by the Fourth of July” is an old adage for corn growers that I’m sure a number of readers will recall. Here at the Post Farm, our corn should be way past that come firecracker day.
"I realized I had missed the boat the last couple of years, and I was more like my father than I wanted to admit."
"I wasn’t thinking anything was unusual, just assuming he was some guy getting into the cow business who had a California attitude."
When you marry a farmer in the spring, anniversary celebrations in the following years are often subject to the whims of Mother Nature. Over the past 37 years, I have celebrated our May 26 anniversary by sitting in the planter with Hubby while we mudded in the last of the soybeans, brought s…
Heading south of the border for a week. I was asked to represent the Nebraska Cattlemen on a Nebraska Department of Ag trade mission to a country that I will not name yet as I’m hoping to make it back alive. Having the opportunity to learn anything about international agriculture I find so i…
Learning from my previous mistakes is not one of my strong points. I know my family and particularly my wife would agree with this point. I seem to make the same mistakes over and over. I am creative though and find new ways to make the same mistake. This past weekend was a prime example of …
It was another 12 plus hour day of ranch work. Yet, there still seems to be so many things that I ended up putting off until tomorrow or – let’s be realistic – even the following day. Office work is piling up, cattle records need to be updated, I’m still not tagged up, pastures need to be go…
If I’m being honest with you, there’s really nothing in my mind more beautiful or satisfying than turning cows out to summer pasture. These are the days I thank God for the ability to see, and to see in full color. The backdrop of cows grazing the wide open Sandhills is something that always…
I was informed on social media last week to stop acting like an 80-year-old. I was on my soap box – surprisingly there are just a few topics that get me wound up – I know that may be hard to believe. There are two inanimate objects in life I despise – net wrap and balloons.
It’s funny how things can change, but they really don’t. That sentence will make English teachers cringe and everyone else scratch their heads, but it really sums my life up over the past couple of weeks. Not only is it confusing, but it is darned frustrating.
Hi, my name is Jaclyn and I have calving brain. I think this is when everyone repeats back ‘Hi, Jaclyn!’ I tried this the other day on the cows – no response. Calving gives one a number of epiphany moments. I had one last week…
There are some days that are frustrating, and you just can’t do anything about them. Today was one of those days. We are at the time of the year when I am so busy and have so many things to do that, I don’t know which way to turn. That usually means I just spend my whole day spinning in circ…