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 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...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    March 24, 2017

Come have some fun at the Ag Expo

As I’m sure we’ve covered before, a good reason to get off the tractor and go somewhere is always appreciated — and the most rare is that sort of opportunity when it isn’t due to something...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    March 17, 2017

There is a time for loading

Spring is here. Don’t argue temperatures with me. There have been enough warm days and enough windy days to officially call it. And if that isn’t enough evidence for you, the kicker is that it is...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    March 10, 2017

Farm living fosters innovation

The life of a farm kid can be quite exciting, but it can also be interspersed with unbearable intervals of being stuck in a location with nothing in particular to do. Innovation without preparation...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    March 3, 2017

We live in a place of myth, legend

It’s spring on the High Plains. Time for sunny days, shipping cattle off of wheat pasture, and straight-line winds not normally seen on land. Conventional expectations are fine, but there are more...

 

Even deadliest problems have correct answer

Problems to solve are common in an agricultural operation. Many require only mental effort to figure out and plan; the carrying out is only any afterthought once decided. But the greatest problems...

 

Moisture not usually a good thing

Here on the high desert, water is both precious and rare. The smell of moisture is more fine than a flower in bloom and possibly even the scent of spoon-floating coffee in the air — though I’m not...

 

Your pickup may be your most notable feature

People are so complex as to be impossible to completely describe, but we need to differentiate them. We use names, faces, and the way they walk, talk, and dress to keep track of which is who and so...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    February 3, 2017

The art of punching cows: Part 4

To conclude our study of the many paths on the road to becoming a master puncher of cows, let us look at the most modern of the practices. With the invention and spread of controlled electricity,...

 
 By Audra Brown    Voices    January 27, 2017

The art of punching cows: Part 3

Not all cow-punchers favor a direct and safer method of maneuvering bovines. For those who are ready to trade a little predictability and comfort for the wiles of a flexible weapon, then exploration...

 

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