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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...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    May 26, 2017

No time for clock in a barn

There is no clock in the barn. Or, if there is, it’s probably wrong because who remembers to take care of the clock in the barn? There is a reason there is no clock in the barn. The barn is for...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    May 19, 2017

Getting cows for ranch an adventure

What do you need to be a rancher? Land covered in something that the livestock will eat, a well or some way to keep them in water, fences to keep them off the neighbors, a hat to put your feather in...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    May 12, 2017

Don't mistake rattle of snake

There’s a change in the air. As the days get more regularly warm and the random snow-days abate, people find themselves out and about, in the out-of-doors. It’s time for listening. It is the time...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    May 5, 2017

Ranching much less fun these days

The basics of what needs doing haven’t changed over the ages of agriculture. Farming requires that you grow plants and ranching requires that you raise livestock. But thank goodness, even though...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    April 28, 2017

I'll buy that load of manure

There’s this thing that people do that I find curious. I believe it is most commonly referred to as composting. Folks apparently build or buy a rig that ferments the garbage. It looks to me like...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    April 21, 2017

No amount of blood and sweat can prevent obsolescence

We all know technology is obsolete before you even get to see it most of the time. You order that new phone and there’s already an upgrade before it gets to your door. This is important as a...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    April 14, 2017

I sleep best with sounds of the farm

Sounds are funny things. They are always there but, depending on what you are used to, you may or may not notice them. Personally, I find the sounds of the city to be less than not-noticeable when I...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    April 7, 2017

Jack Williamson's gone, but fun remains at lectureship

There is a thought that people think about growing up on the farm. They imagine many things, but I suspect that a library isn’t the first image that pops into the brain. Some of you may have gotten...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    March 31, 2017

Preparation key before facing wind

When the wind blows for a day, as long as that day isn’t shipping day or one of the other firmly scheduled events on the farm or the ranch, you can probably find enough inside jobs to keep you...

 

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