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 […]

First Day of Corn Planting 2015

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The first day of planting is an exciting time. It means winter has finally (aka hopefully) given way to spring on the farm. Lots of planning and preparation goes into being ready for the first day.  In the past I’ve written about how we know when it is time to start planting. Not every year […]

Precision Decision

Precision Decision via thefarmerslife.com

We use precision ag technology in all of our field operations including planting, tillage, fertilizing, and harvest. Precision agriculture begins with the use of GPS.  Our equipment is guided through fields via satellite signals with pinpoint accuracy. The tractors drive themselves in perfectly spaced, repeatable paths across the farm. That is pretty cool on its […]

Excited for SXSW 2015!

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SXSW is an event I’ve been wanting to attend for a few years, but I’ve never been able to make it happen until now.  I like technology, music, social media, movies, and a lot of the cool stuff that is on display and up for discussion. And discussion will be my main reason for attending. […]

Indiana Small Farm

Indiana Small Farm via thefarmerslife.com

A small farm is an important part of agriculture.  But I’m not talking about a few acres so much as a few carpets.  Our son, somewhat by default, is really into farming.  He’s five years old and he will tell his great grandpa, granpda, and dad how to operate equipment in the field.  And he will be […]