Tools of the Trade

This week we’re going to be covering the 3rd chapter of Farm Anatomy by Julia Rothman – Tools of the Trade.  This is the chapter that talks about: Tractors Tractor Implements How to plow a field Inside a Combine Other Machines Felling, bucking, splitting and stacking In the tool shed I found this particular chapter Read More …

Raised in a Barn

This week we’re reviewing the second chapter of Julia Rothman’s book Farm Anatomy. Raised in a Barn covers: Barn styles Timber construction Trusses Barn doors, bracing, and hardware Barn cupolas Barn birds Farm buildings Animal housing Feeders Fencing This particular section of the book is full of beautiful illustrations of farm buildings, along with all Read More …

Breaking Ground

Today I am bringing you the first Chapter of Farm Anatomy by Julia Rothman.  As I mentioned last week the entire book is full of beautiful and useful illustrations (or infographics) to help explain the basics – and not so basics – of farming. The first chapter in Julia’s book is titled “Breaking Ground.”  This Read More …

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 Read More …

Trip to SIPAC

This weekend was the Indiana Farm Bureau District #9 Annual Meeting at the Southern Indiana Purdue Agricultural Center, henceforth to be known as the meeting at SIPAC.  It wasn’t much of a meeting, mostly it was a tour of the SIPAC facilities.  I learned a lot, and it was a pretty fun trip.  I went Read More …