• Tyler Harris

    Reminder Of The West Bottoms' Agricultural Roots

    Town and Country

     by Tyler Harris
     on October 25, 2013

    I've written before that urban centers, despite popular misconception, have historically been, and are still strongly connected to agriculture. Kansas City's West Bottoms are no exception, being a mixed bag of urban bohemia and agricultural history. With the numerous antique and vintage shops like Good Juju and Hickory Dickory, it might not seem like the kind of place that was once home to International Harvester and Advance-Rumely plants and the Kansas City Livestock Exchange, but it…

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    Minimizing Stress When Weaning Calves

    Town and Country

     by Tyler Harris
     on October 22, 2013

    Fall has come to the Midwest, and with it, the leaves change, farmers are harvesting corn and soybeans, and the holidays are around the corner. For beef producers around the United States, fall also means separating spring-born calves from their mothers. For calves, cows, and producers alike, weaning is a stressful time – especially if weaning coincides with castration or dehorning, which many beef specialists advise against. Too much stress on the calves can result in stress on the…

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    Old Proverb Rings True With Self-Reliant Farmers

    Town and Country

     by Tyler Harris
     on October 4, 2013

    Although it's not certain who first said it, the proverb, "necessity is the mother of invention" has been translated in Plato works and was used in England as early as the 1500s. Over 500 years later, that expression still rings true, especially among farmer-inventors. Farmers know it's not always practical to have a mechanic fix a broken piece of equipment, and with a little bit of farmer's ingenuity, many opt to fix these issues themselves. The same philosophy applies…

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