• Frank Holdmeyer

    Hay Expo Useful Tool: Tedders

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     by Frank Holdmeyer
     on May 27, 2013

      I grew up on a beef cow farm in east central Missouri. That means we needed and put up quite a bit of hay. It also means we experienced what a lot of growers may experience this spring – rain on mowed hay. With a wet spring that seems to hang on, getting that first cutting of hay up could be a challenge. I've never forgotten my dad saying after one of those untimely rains, 'I sure wish we had a tedder.' Not sure why he never looked for one but I also know I…

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    Planning Farm Progress Show, Husker Harvest Programs

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     by Frank Holdmeyer
     on May 16, 2013

    Every year about this time I get busy working with the Farm Progress National Events team and various editors in the Midwest. We get together in person or by webinar to plan the editorial content for the official programs for two major farm shows. You might think it wouldn't require much planning. After all, Husker Harvest Days  is in the same location each year and the Farm Progress Show only rotates between semi-permanent sites in Iowa and Illinois. Sure, we could just…

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    The Buzz about the Bees

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     by Frank Holdmeyer
     on May 9, 2013

    Bees, honey bees in particular, have been in the news a lot lately. Most notably, USDA and EPA recently released a comprehensive scientific report on honey bee health. The report states that there are multiple factors playing a role in honey bee colony declines, including parasites and disease, genetics, poor nutrition and pesticide exposure. But why should we care? "There is an important link between the health of American agriculture and the health of our honeybees for our…

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