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You Can’t Grow Beans From Cracks in the Ground

By   /  November 26, 2018  /  Pasture Health, Soil  /  2 Comments

Although I was trained in science, I never really made much of a scientist. All that sitting around in the lab, mucking out petri dishes and gathering data, well, I just really couldn’t stand it. What I wanted was to be out in the field, observing nature. And perhaps that’s why I wound up here […]

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Seeking Succession vs Seeking Success

By   /  October 29, 2018  /  Money Matters, Transferring the Farm  /  3 Comments

There’s a lot of talk about “succession” being tossed around in agriculture. It occurred to me that some people might not be quite sure what that term means, especially since we seem to have more than one kind of succession to talk about. Currently, a lot of the talk seems to be centered on business […]

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Should Uncle Sam Bail Us Out of Drought?

By   /  October 8, 2018  /  Consider This  /  4 Comments

It was a very difficult summer. We suffered through more 90-degree days than any year in history. It was just plain hot and dry, the worst season that anyone around here could remember. Oh, that was way back in 2017. 2018, of course, was even worse. Month upon month with no rain. Baking hot days […]

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Slugs for Solving Bio-Film Problems in Floats, Tanks and Pipes

By   /  September 17, 2018  /  Grazing Management, Water  /  Comments Off on Slugs for Solving Bio-Film Problems in Floats, Tanks and Pipes

Oregon is a funny place. We recently changed our State bird from the Meadow Lark to the Osprey, mostly because several other States were claiming the Meadow Lark, and Oregon likes being….unique. Some would say bizarre. Our State Flower is called Oregon Grape, and of course, is not a grape at all. But it is […]

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Can Cows Save the Planet? I Don’t Know – But Maybe They Can Save the Ranch

By   /  August 27, 2018  /  Grazing Management, Planning  /  2 Comments

Can cows save the planet? Can cows reverse global warming? Can cows sequester carbon and prevent erosion and fix habitat problems? Can cows feed the world? Honestly, I just don’t know. These are big, complicated questions that seem to depend on a whole bunch of variables, things beyond my ability to suss out. Some Simple […]

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