Monday, July 11, 2016

Organic: Yes or No? And, Why?

What are your thoughts about what "organic" means in the grocery store?  Do you tend to buy only organic? Do you question what it is, but buy it anyway? 

I don't want to start a big debate, but I'm curious as to what tendencies you have in the grocery store.

What questions do you have for me on our 'conventional' farm?

I thought this article was a good explanation of organic:

http://blogs.extension.iastate.edu/wellness/2016/07/05/organic-does-not-mean-chemical-free/

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

July Soybeans

Our soybeans. In between the row you can see the corn stalks we no-tilled into and some dead rye cover crop. Now all we need is some rain.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Fed Like Our Cattle

Every day the cattle get fed with a mixture of feed specially made for them.  The mamma cows, pregnant cows, cattle fed for beef, etc: they all have what we call a ration of protein, energy, roughage, vitamins, and others.  Some rations are made to help the animals gain weight, lose weight, or just maintain weight.

I wish someone would feed me the ration I need...then again, I don't want to be compared to a cow :)

This feed ration (mix) is made up of cracked corn, hay, distillers, and a balancer (vitamins & minerals).  The cattle here are being fed for beef.