IS THE GLASS HALF FULL OR HALF EMPTY?

Until recently I never gave it much thought, but there are a lot of disagreements launched between individuals, organizations, and other entities that are rooted around “progress.” It’s somewhat ironic that such a happy and positive word is the cause of so many negative vibes. The reasons, as I see it, are three-fold. First is […]

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IT’S SEQUESTRATION MANIA

Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about sequestration. No…I’m not delving into the world of political analysis; honing such a craft disregards the value of one’s physical and mental health, if not life. My thoughts are squarely centered on soil carbon sequestration. It’s been many years since I’ve moved carbon to a place of hierarchy […]

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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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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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THE COEXISTENCE OF COWS, CROPS, AND PEOPLE

I am not what some might define as well-traveled, but I have gotten around enough to know that Wisconsin is unique from the standpoint that no where else are so many people and dairy cows plopped down in one place to co-exist. It’s been that way for a long time; however, over the years we’ve reshuffled […]

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