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9

Mar

2015

Field Stories

Find The Humor In Everyday Life

This time of the year, seed is being delivered and field by field product placement is taking place with the last tweaks to where and to what product is being planted. I’ve spent a lot of time in the office creating variable rate prescriptions and putting planting books together. Product placement is crucial so as we approach planting, I like to make sure that we are on the same page as to where each product needs planted.

Of course, since the weather holds the trump card in farming, my daily tasks are always subject to change. One day I may be attending an educational meeting and the next I may be visiting with current customers and prospecting for new ones. That windshield time, which can be a lot, gives me time to think. After thinking about the important and serious matters of life, my thoughts always seem to find a way around to the humorous things that don’t really matter, but make life a little more fun.

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9

Feb

2015

Family and Farming

From Glendia's Kitchen - Hearty Chicken Cheese Soup

As we all very well know, work on the farm doesn’t stop in the winter time. From milking, feeding and taking care of animals, to hauling grain or repairing equipment, there is plenty of work to do both inside and outside…even in those frigid temperatures.

By the time you finally return to the house, I bet you’re ready for a nice hot meal to help you warm up. And nothing beats that cold winter chill better than a steaming hot bowl of soup.

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2

Feb

2015

Field Stories

Not What I Was Expecting

If you’ve read my blog much, you’ve figured out that I’m a seed salesman that travels a wide area and sometimes writes about those travels. I also like to write about my winter escapades/vacations, because I don’t tend to take much time off during the growing season. You’ve probably already figured out that hunting is my hobby. Well, before trekking out on my most recent expedition to Texas, I wasn’t planning on writing about it. But what happened was not what I was expecting.

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17

Nov

2014

Outdoors with Mike Roux

Building The Perfect Duck Hunt

Author: Mike Roux

Over the past few decades I have had the good fortune of hunting waterfowl in many locations across a dozen different states. I have studied the layouts, observed techniques, and learned what it takes to build a high quality duck hunting haven. The basic principles to creating such a spot are pretty obvious in retrospect; however there are very few waterfowl set-ups that incorporate all of these factors. And that is the key. Build all of the following pieces into your project and it will be successful.

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3

Nov

2014

Looking Past the Numbers

A Great Day of Reaping and Sowing

Author: Doug Clouser

Very rarely can you have a great day of both reaping and sowing. I suppose there are some days in late June and early July where you can cut a wonderful crop of wheat, and then turn around and put in some double crop soybeans into perfect conditions. Or there are probably a few days in the fall where soybeans are coming out and wheat is going in.

But none of these agricultural examples can live up to the amazing day of reaping and sowing I was exposed to this weekend.

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30

Sep

2014

Looking Past the Numbers

Around The World In Eight Weeks

Author: Doug Clouser

Have you ever thought about how many steps you take in a day? Or even tracked it using a pedometer or Fitbit? You may not notice on a day-to-day basis, but it’s amazing how far you go with in a few short weeks.





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16

Sep

2014

Outdoors with Mike Roux

Early Season Bucks

Author: Mike Roux

Harvest is upon us, however could be those days when we just cannot get a combine into the field. On those days why not consider an early season bow hunt?

There are many good reasons to hunt in October, before the rut begins. One reason is because bucks are easier to pattern before the breeding instinct disrupts their routine. During the first three weeks of October, white-tailed bucks are feeding machines. They instinctively react to the coming breeding season by laying on fat in late summer.

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11

Jul

2014

Outdoors with Mike Roux

Monsters on Top: Top-Water Fishing Lures

Author: Mike Roux

Mid to late summer is a great time for bass to aggressively attack top-water baits. I use several different surface lures and I would like to take just a few minutes to highlight some of my favorites. These are in no particular order.

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30

Jun

2014

Looking Past the Numbers

Gooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaallllllllllllllllll

Author: Doug Clouser

Well I didn't really know how to spell the title of my blog, but I wanted it to sound very much like the excited television announcer announcing a world cup soccer game. I recently watched my first world cup match (well okay, I watched about 20 minutes of the over 90 minute match) and was very excited when the U.S. scored a late goal and came out with the victory.

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19

May

2014

Field Stories

Every Dog Has A Story

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.

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12

May

2014

The Great Outdoors with Mike Roux

Take A Kid Fishing

Author: Mike Roux

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.

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8

May

2014

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

So God Made A Farmer's Wife

Do you remember Paul Harvey’s “So God Made A Farmer” speech? Well, a young woman by the name of Sierra Shea wrote a similar poem in recognition of the farmer’s wife. In honor of Mother’s Day, I wanted to post her poem. And don’t forget that this Sunday, May 11 is Mother’s Day.

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2

May

2014

Family and Farming

Field-Ready Breakfast: DIY Egg McMuffins

I don’t know about you, but I always end up rushing out the door in the morning and grabbing breakfast last minute. For you, this could be Starbucks on the way to the office, donuts at the gas station on the way to the field, or Pop Tarts from the vending machine at school. In my case, my go-to breakfast is usually instant oatmeal or cereal, and while they are pretty healthy, they don’t always keep me full all morning. Oatmeal every day also gets boring, so I like to switch it up.

While searching Pinterest, I found a recipe for “Copycat Egg McMuffins” by Monica of The Yummy Life blog and knew I just had to try them! I love Egg McMuffins from McDonald’s, but it isn’t always convenient to drive to their restaurant every morning, especially with my busy schedule. Plus, with planting season in full swing, I thought this would be a healthy and EASY option to help ensure everyone gets a good breakfast before going out into the fields.

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22

Apr

2014

Field Stories

Positivity and Perseverance

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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14

Apr

2014

The Great Outdoors with Mike Roux

Developing A Fool Proof Turkey Program

Author: Mike Roux

Consistency…This is a level that most turkey hunters long to achieve. What better way to be described by your turkey hunting peers than consistent? As a pursuer of these feathered phantoms of the hardwood, I can attest to the difficulty of becoming and staying consistent. As we discuss this problem, we will analyze many of the components that make up the total sum of being a consistently successful turkey hunter.

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8

Apr

2014

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Five Years Difference

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?”

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7

Apr

2014

Family and Farming

Back at Mama's: Colored Easter Flowers

Spring is one of my favorite seasons of the year. The weather starts to warm up (which is even more appreciated this year), the sun stays out longer, and the Earth wakes up from its winter slumber and begins to come to life. I love seeing the grass and fields turning green, hearing the birds start to chirp, and watching the flowers begin to bloom.

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31

Mar

2014

Looking Past the Numbers

Look Who's Turning 40

Author: Doug Clouser

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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17

Mar

2014

Field Stories

Trips: Not Just The Places You Go, But The Memories You Make

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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3

Mar

2014

Family and Farming

Recipe Re-Do: White Lasagna with Turkey and Spinach

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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