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 By Audra Brown    Voices    November 24, 2017 

Any meal can rise to occasion

Thanksgiving leftovers make mighty fine burritos to take to the field the next day. Turkey, dressing, and cranberry sauce, all rolled up in a tortilla and wrapped in aluminum-foil. When lunch time...

 

Ag life a choice for long haul

Agriculture as a livelihood is a long-term life. Trying it out thoroughly is not really an option. You can get a glimpse and a taste by finding a job as a hand for someone already invested. But the...

 

A different story over again

Writing this column every week starts by picking a thought. There’s, so far, never been a problem coming up with one that provokes at least as much length as this format allows. There is no shortage...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    November 3, 2017

Some things take flow out of ag-time

The variation in length — and lack — of a schedule on the farm or ranch has been mentioned before, and it’s all still true. The day to day varies from week to week and season to season and so...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    October 27, 2017

Cup holders best feature ever

The important features of your daily mode of personal transportation are why we acquire it, what we brag most about, and what we miss the most when they are no longer available. We won’t talk about...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    October 20, 2017

Festival 'just the right amount of fun'

There’s a long history of peanuts in this valley. Perhaps the heyday of the goober has come and gone in the Portales Valley, but even so, it is a heritage that is a long, long way from being gone....

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    October 13, 2017

Fall's my favorite time of year

The weather of choice, to whomever it is that gets to choose in this here desert, seems to be hot, with a chance of getting hotter. For three out of four of the supposed seasons, we just get a...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    October 6, 2017

Emergency Bovine Medicine learned afield

Emergency Bovine Medicine is a skill that most cattlemen gain some level of proficiency in due to repeated and pungent exposure. It’s similar to the related field of Emergency Human Medicine, but...

 

You might wait to turn wipers on

Rain and fog and misty September mornings are more than welcome on the desert Plains. You won’t find me complaining about the moisture, but you might find me voicing some disappointment about the...

 

Know the rope behind your seat

To list even the common situations where one needs to tie-down, secure, drag, lift, compress, hang, head, or heel something — would be a list too long to post here or to get through in any decent...

 

All equipment's bigger on the farm

There are at least a couple of systems that you can use to measure things. Standard or metric, depending on where you spend most of your time or which brands of tractors and equipment you use. I’ll...

 

Flex time challenging in ag

Time on the farm is a bit hard to explain. In one way, it is stretchy and flexible, but in the other direction it is undeniably set in its way. Yes, you can often start or end at a time that isn’t e...

 

Good or bad, weather doesn't stay forever

There are times when it may seem like the wind will never stop blowing, the rain will never start falling, and the world is never going to be more than the hot, hard, dry desert that it is at that mom...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    August 25, 2017

Never say no to rain in desert

The weather is never far from your mind when you make your living off the land. You wish it were your friend, but nobody keeps a friend as volatile and unreliable as that. Or at least you don’t keep...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    August 11, 2017

Flatlands best home for me

Regardless of your opinion on what shape the globe might be, there is incontrovertible evidence that there are some places on this earth that deserve to be called flat. The High Plains is one of...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    August 4, 2017

Many reasons rain's welcome in ag

When you live in a desert, rain is rare, by definition. When you live in a desert and are involved in agriculture, that rare rain is precious and always appreciated (even on the occasions when it...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    July 28, 2017

No office jobs to speak of in ag

With every job, there is a location where you are bound to spend some notable portion of your time. Some jobs are quite thoroughly bound to a spot that we call an office. So core is the location that...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    July 21, 2017

Be sure to pick the right pickup

We live in a wide land where automobile transportation is not a benefit but a necessity. Rules for dealing with cars are almost as important as ways of dealing with people. And dealing with...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    July 14, 2017

Friends with pickups most important

Transportation is critical in any walk of life. In order to do much of anything, you need to get to where you are going. Crawling is the method of choice for babies and when the house is on fire and...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    July 7, 2017

Already knew about fun of spinners

This new fad that has swept the parking-lot vendors on both sides of the road; this thing they call fidget spinners, is interesting to me. I mean, I can’t argue that anything on a bearing (so long...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    June 30, 2017

Deere are plentiful in New Holland

Some stories have a lesson to tell. Some stories have a message to convey, and some stories just happen. As we all know, even just after the fact, details and descriptions begin to blur, a phenomena t...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    June 23, 2017

Ongoing challenges frequent on the farm

There are a lot of requirements to being a farmer or a rancher. You have to have some real estate suitable (or at least potentially so) to your particular endeavor. You need equipment, time, a minimum...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    June 16, 2017

Many ways to fight weeds on the farm

It is a fascinating fact that even in the dry, not-so-lush-lands where a decent crop requires more than a little irrigation ... the weeds will always grow. And the less fascinating, but more...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    June 9, 2017

Rattlesnake hunt perfect fit in daily routine

Farming and ranching is often full of surprises that keep us on our toes and busy enough that we are engaged and entertained. But there is a not insignificant amount of time and work that is not much...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    June 2, 2017

Tools more personal than you'd think

There’s a tool for every job and there are a lot of tools that will do the trick with a little bit of determination and ingenuity. The list is long of things that will do instead of a hammer. The li...

 

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