Month: June 2012

Arkansas Drought Worsens, Impacts Livestock and Crops

Arkansas was on the fringes of the 2011 drought that impacted much of Texas and Oklahoma. Cattle farmers culled a little deeper than normal, but most were able to retain the majority of their herds. However, this year things have not been kind to Arkansas cattle producers. The state started off on a dry note, […]

Tifton 85 Bermuda is a safe hybrid, GMO adverse effects not verified

Earlier this week a frenzy began in the media and on social networks when a CBS affiliate in Austin Texas incorrectly reported that a genetically modified grass releasing cyanide gas and caused cattle deaths. I wrote a brief post describing the condition known more commonly as prussic acid. The news station has since clarified the […]

Guest Post: Custom Wheat Harvesting

Wheat harvest has completed here on the farm in Middle Tennessee. The wheat seeds are harvested and the straw has been baled for winter bedding in the bull barns (More on this tomorrow). But how was it harvested and where did all of the equipment go? Across much of the country, row crops like wheat […]

Texas cattle died while grazing – Prussic acid information

There’s been much concern about GMO bermudagrass killing cattle after reports from Austin, Texas this weekend claimed genetic modification of the grass caused a fatal release of cyanide gas. Don’t go crying “GMO kills” until you have done some research. (More detailed information on the difference between GMO and Hybrids here) Bermuda grass has many […]

Cody James Men’s Boot Review and Giveaway

There’s nothing better than the smell of fresh leather, right? When I’m walking down the street and pass boot shop, the smell always stops me in my tracks. Boots are a part of who I am, they’re with me every where I go and have so many stories to tell if they could talk. And […]

USFRA – Food Dialogues in Hollywood

The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) is an organization working to improve the dialogues between agriculture and our customers to answer questions about how we raise our food. They can be found online, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. There’s always a good list of topics to be found on the Twitter hashtag #foodD. There is […]

Cattle 101 – The Life of a Beef Cow

I need to continue with my Chronicles of #ThePile by passing on a little #AgNerd vocabulary. I’ve been in the office for the past few weeks, reading research papers and background on my project. Writing the literature review for my Master’s degree program is proving a difficult task in the middle of summer. I have […]

Saturday morning at Nashville Farmers Market

I grew up on a ranch where Saturday mornings were for chores and feeding the cattle. After 5 years of college, I still don’t know what to do with my Saturdays. My last trip to the Nashville Farmers Market was when my siblings came to visit on Spring Break. There wasn’t much in season then, […]

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