• Holly Spangler

    Farm Boy Friday

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on May 31, 2013

    Once upon a time, it stopped raining, and I was able to get in my car, drive to a farm, and shoot some photos. It was glorious. The sky was blue, the sun was shining, the clouds were fluffy. It was just two days ago. And a little farm boy named Chase got out of school early. Just in time for the Prairie Farmer photo shoot. And if you're feeling a bit down today - maybe you still have a lot to plant? And it's still raining? And there's no end in sight? Take a look at this little…

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    Soggy, Saturated, Soaked

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on May 27, 2013

    A disclaimer: I am not complaining. Really. These are just the facts. Since Saturday, we've gotten 6 inches of rain at our house. The gauge at the farm three miles up the road records 8 inches. Since Saturday. John planted 330 acres of beans on Friday. A personal best. But then it got pounded by 6-8 inches of rain. Not good. The Spoon River is out. Again. This is maybe three times this spring? Four? The National Weather Service reports the heaviest flooding this weekend…

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    The Late May Craziness

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on May 23, 2013

    A list, because: 1. It's the last full week of school. Which means we're running to town every day for class plays, assemblies, lunches, baseball, carnivals, and more. Actual school work is rapidly winding down. We're staying out too late in the evenings because it's nice and we don't want to come inside, which is fine and dandy except for the school bedtimes. The kids are so done. And so are we. But still, we have two more days this week, one full day next week…

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    Lotsa Corn Planting, Little Sleeping

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on May 20, 2013

    Wait. What Day Is It? I'm sitting at our 4-H meeting, which is really the only way I know it's Monday. The past week has been a blur. As of last Monday, May 13, we hadn't planted a seed. We'd had 14 inches of rain in the preceding month. Rivers had been out. Some of them twice. We'd been stuck in a three-week pattern of three decent days, then four rainy ones. Never enough time for anything to dry out. Temperaments were, shall we say, running a little ragged…

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    Farming: It's the Hard that Makes It Great

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on May 6, 2013

    As a writer and a farmer, there are some stories that will just never make it to print. Some are too personal; others can't be told without offending someone. If you farm with family, you surely know just what I mean about either case! Others would raise the ire of the farm safety folks, who do good work every single day but who would be astounded that some of us ever made it through our childhoods. Still others, I just never thought I would tell. That's the case with my…

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    Problem Solving 101 for Farm Kids

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on May 2, 2013

    Yesterday, I was in hammer-down mode to get my flower beds cleaned off, ornamental grasses cut down, roses, trimmed, etc., etc., before the impending cold and rain set in (again). After the kids got home from school, eight-year-old Nathan assessed the situation and sensed an opportunity. "Mom. Do you want me to hook up my wagon to my four-wheeler and haul this stuff off?" And just like that, it was as if eight years of food, water and shelter had finally paid off. I…

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