Friday, July 18, 2014

Organizing my Online World

I upgraded phones this week.  Seriously, it shouldn't be that hard, right?  Well, I've managed to make it very difficult!  It turns out, not everything was syncing from my iPad, iPhone, and computer like I thought it was.  So, instead of it taking a few minutes to activate my new phone, it took me a whole day.  Maybe I'm just not 'with' it anymore.  

I decided maybe I ought to organize my online life a little better.  You know - sync it.  Ha.  I started to look at everything I had and got overwhelmed in a hurry.  Baby steps.  

This social media world is overwhelming.  I want to keep up with everything, but some days I can't.  Along with social media, I also have this thing called a life.  This 'life' of mine is pretty special.  Their names are AJ, Wyatt and Charlotte.  

To those of you that are caught up in this online world:  how do you do it?  Do you create a schedule for 'online' time for both you and your family?  I'd like to know how you all work it in the (way too) fast world.  Here's a glimpse of mine:  :)


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Iowa Confluence Tour on the Blair Farm

We had another wonderful tour out to our place.  This was the Iowa Confluence Tour.  Again, we were talking about the Nutrient Reduction Strategy in Iowa, and its impacts on our farm.  We talked about some of the same things we talked about on the Environmental Discovery Tour.  We were able to talk about some of the stuff that we are currently doing with nutrient placement, timing, rates, and tillage.

Something else we focused on was adaptive management.  As farmers, we have a large impact on the land, water, and air.  We have to continually learn and grow in order to improve.  This includes conservation along with technology, crop varieties, equipment, and etc.  In order to improve we need to try new things.  One thing we do is tests, or trials, on our own farm.  When we learn something one year, we try it again, and in more places the next.  This way we can figure out if it is more profitable, more efficient, and better for our farm. 

If the Nutrient Reduction Strategy is regulated by the government, we will be limited on what we can do.  We need the ability to learn and the ability to continually improve on our farm.