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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Morning Fog

Fog made for some scenic beauty this morning.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Fall Colors

Fall Colors are looking good and warm weather is in the forecast.  Enjoy the weekend.

 The tree is loaded with Persimmons, but they are not ripe yet.  Even a soft one on the ground had a pucker factor.

Sassafras in full color

Looking down the street

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Hedge Apples

I picked up Hedge Apples (fruit of Osage Orange) to use for insect repellant in my basement.  They are said to be poisonous, but I have seen squirrels rip them open to get the seeds.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Cover Crop Looking Good

The Annual Ryegrass cover crop below was planted in Mid-September.  Seed was incorporated by Turbo-Till.  It looks very good.  Nearby fields planted around October 1 are not quite this far along.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Getting Ready to Sow Wheat

Today I was sampling a field that was being prepared for wheat sowing with a Turbo-Till verticle tillage tool.  Wheat will be sowed tomorrow. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Comments Illinois Weather and Crop Report

Illinois Weather and Crop report shows 43% of corn harvested and 37% of soybeans harvested.  In our area, WSW, 54% of corn harvested and 34% of soybeans harvest.  We were in Christian, Fayette, and Montgomery County today.  The 54% and 34% seem to fit. There were lots of combines in the field today and they started early.  We had very little dew today.  At this point people are switching to soybeans.  We did see one wheat field that was emerged, but most who want to plant wheat will be trying to get that done this week along with  lots of harvesting. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Should Consumers be able to Buy Raw Milk?

The Sunday Post-Dispatch wrote and article entitled "Raw Milk Debate Heating Up".  Dairy is not my expertise, but it is about agriculture.  The story goes into some of politics of the debate.  Regulators would like to regulate, but producers and consumers say that regulations would make the sale of raw milk by small producers nearly impossible.  When it comes to food, my opinion in general is that people should be able use any food product they want whether 64 ounce cola's or raw milk, or a lot of things in between.  The health benefits of raw milk may outweigh the risk of illness.  People who have an opinion will need to be active with their state representatives to preserve the right to buy raw milk.