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Crop of the Month Farming Planting Soybeans

Soybean Growth Stages

I hope you all have been enjoying the Crop of the Month posts! Many of you enjoyed the wheat growth stages post I wrote so I wanted to do the same for soybeans. I’ve already shared a little bit about the history of soybeans here in the United States as well as some great recipes including soy ingredients.  Why Do We Grow Soybeans? Soybeans are not a crop that was typically grown here in North Dakota, but yet in 2014 North…

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Crop of the Month Farming Planting Wheat

Wheat Growth Stages

I hope you all have been enjoying the Crop of the Month posts, starting with wheat! I’ve written about wheat quite a bit in the past, so I’ve repurposed many of those posts during this series. I’ve also shared some great wheat recipes that incorporate wheat as a whole grain into your diet, I hope you’ve tried some of them!  As we are coming to a close on our wheat portion of this series, I wanted to share with you…

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Farming Harvest Love Story & Marriage Planting

Five Tips for Farm Wives to Make It Through Farming Season

This week my husband looked at me and said the sentence I dread every single year: “You aren’t going to see me much this week.” To a farm wife, those words signal that a new season is beginning. And I know when he says this week, he means in the next couple months. A new season on the farm starts with planting and ends with harvest. And for those of us who have lived it, there’s some rough transitions in between.  I’ve…

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Farming Harvest Love Story & Marriage Planting

Realities of Being a Farm Wife

It doesn’t matter where you go, there are certain realities that all farm wives face on a seasonal basis. Some of them are easier to deal with than others. Some of them may not be as big of a deal to some. The fact is many of these things are realities for farm wives across the country.    There will be times you just have to say NO. Weddings, conferences, social events. There’s certain times of the year you simply…

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Corn Farming Planting Soybeans Sunflowers Wheat

What Type of Equipment Do Farmers Use to Plant?

Did you know that two different pieces of equipment are needed for us to get all of our planting done? Choosing the right piece of equipment for any given farming job is not always easy. Soybean, small grains (like wheat), and corn growers can share many different pieces of equipment. For example, last year during harvest I explained about how we use a combine (or harvester) to get the job done. And no matter what crop you are harvesting, the…

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Agriculture Advocacy Crop Protection Farming Planting

Do Farmers Have Choices?

  There seems to be a consensus going around that farmers have no choice when it comes to the seed they choose to plant. Or if they do have a choice, large corporations like Monsanto force it upon them. And if anybody tries to voice their opinion and let the farmer’s themselves speak upon their choices, the individual suddenly becomes a pawn for Monsanto. Okay so the above example may be a little extreme. Doesn’t mean I haven’t seen it…

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