View from the Hill
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 15:54Oh, what a difference a year makes! About this time last year, farmers were gearing up for a record breaking, early harvest. Contrast that with the current reality: Some wheat is still heading out.
Looking ahead—about six weeks, give or take—and harvest may have begun in June, but it may not be finished before the month’s end.
For this area, the change in the weather pattern may be a good thing. Last year, on our farm, I registered about 4 inches of moisture from the first of the year...
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 12:42Spring 2013 is off to an interesting start. Though it may not be one for the record books, it has been a period of incredible contrasts, of good experiences and not so good ones, memories I may not soon forget, and some that I would like to forget.
First, who knew that after experiencing one of the driest summers in recent history, that today we are hoping for a little dry weather so we can complete planting this year’s corn crop?
The two or three days the first week of April, in some areas, is the only window where ground temperatures and relatively dry soil were conducive to getting out there and putting seed into the ground.
On the national scene, who knew we would witness more incredible displays of violence and...
Tuesday, 26 February 2013 11:50It’s early Monday morning. The day’s news is all about the coming snowstorm. According to The Weather Channel, this is winter storm “Rocky.” Let’s hope it lives up to its name and delivers a knock-out blow to the drought.
Since when did someone decide to name all weather events, including snowstorms? I guess it shows how much attention I pay to the folks who make such decisions.
I can imagine, as every little thunder cloud wanders by, somebody in never-never land comes up with a name for it.
“Oh, look! I see cloud bank Ivan! He’s even running into cold air mass, I’da Know! And they are spawning a bunch of little ones, Hughie, Louie and Dooey!”
OK, now. Back to reality, please.... There’s one problem with going...
Tuesday, 22 January 2013 14:20ow was your trip to Canada? Eh?”
Fine, thanks for asking.
Actually, I rarely received a greeting or any statement from a Canadian that ended with “Eh?” This was my second trip in six years to our neighbors to the north. It was like I was still in the United States, if one doesn’t count the obvious changes like the metric system.
My earlier trip was to visit with Canadian wheat farmers attending their annual winter meetings of the Canadian Wheat Growers. At the time, the Canadian Wheat Board held an absolute monopoly on the sale of all classes of wheat grown within the Canadian border.
Debate over whether they should eliminate or continue the monopoly was already heating up, with farmers voicing opinions for or against moving...
Monday, 24 December 2012 14:57“Christmas time is here, happiness and cheer....” —“A Charlie Brown Christmas”
Reflections of past Christmases come easy as Dec. 25 approaches. I have many fond memories of those bygone days.
Nothing compares to the present, however. The anticipated arrival of family lifts the spirits of everyone as we prepare for that delightful moment. I especially look forward to the first visit around the table, a beverage in hand, and once again, grandchildren are capturing our attention as they fill the house with their energetic, youthful laughter.
According to the weatherman, we have a slight chance that on Christmas Day we will have snow. Can it get much better than that?
In one segment of the video, “A Charlie Brown...
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