A TIME FOR EVERYTHING: MY TIME TO SAY THANK YOU

Life doesn’t always happen in the order that you would like it or even expect it to. A short three weeks ago retirement from UW-Extension was the last thing on my mind. Then a challenging opportunity was tossed my direction that melded two of my greatest passions: forage crops and writing. After many discussions with […]

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PUTTING ON THE 2014 PREDICTION HAT

When writer rotation fate picks you to ink the last News and Views column of the year, there are two logical directions to take. One, the path of least resistance, would be a year-in-review synopsis. We’ve all read them, at least until we got tired of finding out stuff we already knew. The other option, […]

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A PERSONAL BATTLE WITH AN UNBEATABLE FOE

Pick your battles—I’ve given and received this advice many times over the years. It’s generally a good bit of wisdom to follow, but I have failed miserably when it comes to one particular intruder in my life. No, it’s not a person, group of people, or even a thing. It’s a particular weed species. Around […]

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AGRICULTURE TAKES TO DRONE WARFARE

One of the summer sights of interest on the southeast side of the UW-Fond du Lac campus is a group of dedicated hobbyists who fly model airplanes on a homesteaded patch of ground and airspace. I’m assuming the selected real estate was originally chosen because of a lone tree that provided shade for the pilots […]

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VIEWING AGRICULTURE FROM THE COCKPIT

Those who have been to a presentation of mine in recent years have probably seen one of my many aerial photos of somewhere in Fond du Lac County. Sometimes I show them to enforce an agronomic principle, other times it may simply be to get a laugh at the expense of some poor soul’s malfunctioning […]

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A TRIBUTE TO THE SMALL SQUARE BALE

Ed Nolt did me a favor, though he didn’t know it at the time. The Pennsylvania Dutchman invented the prototype for the small square baler back in the 1930’s. His patent was soon purchased and mass produced in the 1940’s for use on farms. In marketing terms: a hot seller. The Nolt-inspired baler was a […]

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SPRAY SCHOOL WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED

“When is spray school? I think my card expires next year.” It’s a question and comment I get several times each fall. Of course the official name is not really spray school, but rather Private Pesticide Applicator Certification Training, or PAT as it’s often called. PAT is the equivalent of driver’s education for crop producers […]

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OH CANADA

I really have not seen much of the world, and probably never will. I like to stay home on Friday nights and the only travel plans on my “bucket list” entail getting to a game at every major league ballpark—still have over half of them to go. Admittedly, I’m a homebody. Occasionally I get the […]

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