Farming 101

Agriculture is all around us.  It’s in the air we breathe , in the soils we depend on, in the plants we watch grow,  and the food we eat as well as the clothes we wear and so on.   It is truly all around us.  However with only 2% of today’s population being farmers themselves, fewer and fewer people have a real understanding on what goes on a farm.  Many have ties to the farm, like a grandfather or another relative, and have some knowledge about farming, but does the average person really know how a farm works and why a farmer does what he/she does? With regret, I would have to say probably not.  That being said, I have decided to add my knowledge of and first hand experiences into the online AG-Education mix with the hopes of showing you what we do on our family grain farm, how we do it and why we do it as well as how our equipment works and so on.  I hope you will enjoy this journey with me, and I hope to learn about you as well.  So if at any time you have any questions about what I post, about our family farm, farming in general or anything else please feel free to ask in the comments or email me directly at:

          Since its spring time and #plant13 (what we farmers use as a subject line for the 2013 planting season on Twitter) is beginning to be in full swing, I thought I would start off this new segment of the blog by explaining how our spring tillage tools work and how a planter works as well.  Look back here for those posts in the coming week.


This is a picture of our soil finisher taken from the rear of the machine.  Its sole purpose it to quickly prepare a quality seed bed for our corn and soybean crops.  Look for the upcoming post about what it does and why we use it this week!

Thank you for reading and have a Great Day!

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