The other day I was making my usual grocery list, writing down the items without even thinking. Milk, coffee, creamer, cereal, bananas, veggies, meat, bread, cheese, granola bars, applesauce, and various other things.
The radio was playing in the background, and all of a sudden I hear this come across the airwaves…
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“What we measure tends to improve.” Francis Beck regarded that quote as one of his favorites.
I am not sure who originally said this, or if this is even the original way in which it was stated. But what I have learned over my career here at Beck’s, and especially the last year or two, is that this is definitely a sentiment that I believe in.
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Every dog has a story. The majority of the farms I visit seem to have a farm dog. It seems like these dogs are usually a mixed breed. The more I think about it, I very rarely see a purebred version of man’s best friend. From my own experience, the more mixed the dog, the more brains God put in his head.
Categories: Field Stories
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A very special time of the year is almost upon us. It is that great time when planting is done, the kids are out of school, and we can once again take some time for each other. Of all of the outdoor activities I write about, this is one of my favorites. It combines two of my top ten loves in the world; my children and fishing. In the past 18 years, since my wife Nancy and I married and combined our families into one, I have had five of the most enthusiastic young anglers a father could ask for. Now I also have four wonderful grandkids. Not only do they love to fish, they love the outdoors as a whole, and for that I am very grateful.
Categories: Outdoors with Mike Roux
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For me, spring hasn’t yet fully arrived, regardless of temperature, until Opening Day of the Cincinnati Reds. Monday, March 31 was an Opening Day that I will not forget. The Reds lost. Darn it! But, the Findlay Market Opening Day Parade, barbecue Ribs at the Montgomery Inn, which is right on the Ohio River, the smell of La Rosa’s pizza by the slice, fresh green grass, and America’s favorite pastime, make Opening Day one that remains special regardless of win or loss.
Spring is here! Although, I haven’t decided yet if the Reds have realized that, they aren’t starting off very good! At the writing of this blog, the Reds are 2-6 and already 3.5 games out of first place. That’s a horrible start! But, does that mean that is how they’ll finish?
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The screech of the screen door echoed as a blonde-haired boy stepped out of the old white farm house. Standing in a white t-shirt and shorts, he wiped the sleep from his big, blue eyes. With a quizzical look on his face, he lifted his arms and yelled, “What’s going on?”
Categories: Why I Farm
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I know nobody is going to believe it, but I just recently turned 40. You are probably thinking, surely he is way older than 40, isn’t he? But my wife decorated my office with the normal black balloons and other paraphernalia that is supposed to make you feel old, so I am sure it was my 40th. Although it didn’t work as I feel much younger physically than I did 10 years ago when I turned 30. I mentioned in an earlier blog how I had lost some weight recently, and I am much more active than I was a year or two ago, so physically I feel much younger on my 40th birthday than I have on my last several birthdays.
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Sometimes the life of a traveling seed salesman takes me to places on back roads, meeting interesting people along the way (which I love). But, sometimes you just have to get out of here and take a break. This winter has taken me to a few places that one could say were, uhhh…. pretty much polar opposites of one another.
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Our entire existence is based upon varying levels of relationships. From birth we create, develop, nurture and rely on relationships between family members, friends, teachers, co-workers and hundreds of others. The ability to build mutually beneficial relationships is likely the most important factor in living a satisfying life. When both parties of a relationship depend equally upon one another it is called a symbiotic relationship.
The topic for today is the symbiotic relationship between the landowner and the hunter. It may not be openly obvious to everyone how overwhelmingly important this relationship can be to both people.
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We’re only two months in, but this year has already been very busy for me! Between traveling with Beck’s to the winter tradeshows, planning my upcoming wedding, and typical responsibilities, I haven’t had a lot of evenings or weekends at home. And when I am home, I haven’t had that much time, or energy for that matter, to plan what to make for dinner. Does anyone else ever feel like that?
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The snow and brutally cold temperatures we have endured over the past couple weeks makes doing anything outdoors uncomfortable. However, for those that want to fight the cold weather and still have some fun outdoors, now is a great time of year. One of the best things that winter brings to hunters is hungry coyotes. The conditions lately are perfect to call-in and shoot these wild canines.
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I’ll be honest, I was putting off writing my blog today because I wasn’t sure exactly what subject to focus on. So instead of grabbing my laptop and trying to type something up, I watched a movie instead. The movie was about a woman that was battling to become sober. She found that many things and people seemed to be stacked against her efforts to become sober. Despite those many obstacles, the movie ended up with her celebrating her one year anniversary of sobriety.
As I watched the movie, I felt a definite inspiration for my blog coming over me. You see, over the last year I have been fortunate to lose over 100 pounds! I am very proud of my accomplishment, but my true inspiration for today’s blog is the unbelievable amount of support I have received over this journey of losing weight.
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“People don’t believe they exist, but they do.” Those were the first words out of a man’s mouth as he approached me at a farm show a few years ago. I was standing behind a sales counter when he came up and started the conversation with those words, followed by, “Can I have one of those yellow bags?”
Well, of course I said yes. But, I wasn’t about to leave that odd introduction alone.
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We are all known for something. Even if we go out of our way to not stand out in a crowd. Some of us desire to be known for something. Maybe it’s our athletic ability, intelligence, job title, role in the family, being the best mom or dad we can be, or a superior businessman or woman. While others seem to be content to sit on the sidelines and to be obscure, even somewhat mysterious. But even if you try not to be known for anything, then you may be known as humble.
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When you work at a company for nearly 20 years, you gain lots of stories. From humorous to heartfelt, many of the stories I’ve gained are actually learning experiences. My name is Doug Clouser and I’m the product lead at Beck’s Hybrids. I’ve been a part of the research team since 1996.
I’ll admit this first blog has me a little nervous. I can speak and write for days on product information, product placement, or even technologies. This whole idea of entertaining or educating in a blog format is a bit outside my comfort level.
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I’m Ryan McAllister and I’ve been an agronomist with Beck’s in IN and OH. Currently, I am a Farm Business Advisor for Beck’s selling seed and working with large farmers over 5,000 acres in Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois.
So what is this blog intended to become? I don’t know. That’s the fun part. I’ll probably talk about these very unique things that happen to me during my life as a traveling seed salesman. There are always things to learn, even life lessons, through these encounters that I have too. So I’ll be sharing some of those as well.
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