Posts by Matt

Food for Thought – When You Have to Correct NPR

NPR recently published an article as part of their food blog, The Salt, entitled “Why Your Hamburger Might Be Leading To Nitrogen Pollution.”  As you would expect from the title, this article talks about the application of nitrogen and it’s effects on the environment. Unfortunately, as farmers, we found several things wrong about their article.…

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Guys Day Out; or the Tale of the Tarp-strap Trail

Long, long ago in a city far, far away Dave visited the Museum of Transportation in St. Louis, Home to the Cardinals and company that makes a product that resembles beer.  He decided that since he had not been there in 20 years it was time for a return trip.  So Dave, DJ, John, Sam,…

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It’s 1988 all over again

To start with my dad use to help with the fireworks at the fairgrounds many years ago.  In 1988 we watered the infield to prevent fires.  ’88 is the first crop year I can really remember, I remember everyone talking about how dry it was.  I was 3 and I got to ride with Dad…

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On the road again..

It’s Christmas Break so that means more time at the farm for me.  We’ve been cutting trees lately but the last few days I’ve been hauling soybeans. I can do this job in my sleep if need be since I spent a lot of time behind the wheel of semi during my farmhand days.  Today…

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It followed me home from Boonville

The Lyles Station Farm Equipment Rescue Team (L.S.F.E.R.T) strikes again with the latest addition to the fleet a 1952 John Deere MT.  Like most things I have it is an oddity but there is a good reason for owning this model.   It has my initials on it (MT or Matt Turner) I’ve only seen 3…

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The Stacker Saga

For those of you who have been following my descriptions on facebook about the Stacker, here is a more detailed story.  This tale goes back many years when some evil ag engineer at Hesston KS decided that baling hay was too complicated with all those strings, wires, needles, knotters etc.  He thought loose stacked hay…

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Tillage in the Patoka Bottoms

I love to chisel plow, it is without a doubt my favorite thing to do on this earth. I’ve started helping Ron whenever I can now, after school, and on weekends. All I’ve done so far was pull his disk, which I like but not as much as the chisel plow. I finished disking on…

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One down, 179 days to go

Well I made it through the first day. I definitely have an uphill battle. Basically to sum it up the last teacher didn’t do much. So these students have it in their head they’re gonna show up and screw around. So I’ve got that to fight. But that’s what I signed on to do. They…

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