Back to School for the First Time

Back to School via thefarmerslife.com

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 […]

My Time at BlogHer 2015

#BlogHer15 via thefarmerslife.com

I recently attended BlogHer in New York City. Yep, me. A male farm blogger. I have been looking for ways to achieve the common AGvocate goal of reaching beyond the choir of our agricultural peers. Going to a blogging conference with emphasis on the “Her” portion was certainly a way for me to reach out. Not that […]

Can Bad Weather be Good for Farmers?

Can Bad Weather be Good for Farmers? via thefarmerslife.com

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 […]

What is One Ear of Corn Worth?

What is One Ear of Corn Worth? via thefarmerslife.com

One ear of corn. It doesn’t seem like it holds much value. But even though I’m a corn farmer growing around 850 acres of corn, there is a lot of worth in one ear of corn. Let’s do some math. We plant on average 32,000 seeds per acre taking the whole farm in account. 32,000 […]

Raising the Barn Quilt

Raising the Barn Quilt via thefarmerslife.com

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 […]

Planting is over. Now what do farmers do?

Planting is over. Now what do farmers do? via thefarmerslife.com

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 […]