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    What A Difference A Year Makes

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     by Fran O'Leary
     on March 25, 2013

    A year ago, we were basking in 80-degree temperatures in Wisconsin on the first day of spring – double the normal high temperature of 40. On the first day of spring this year, we were greeted with a low temperature of 5 degrees in east central Wisconsin and the high temperature barely made it above 20 degrees – half the normal high for the first day of spring and 60 degrees below what we had in 2012. Only in Wisconsin could you have temperature swings that great from one year to…

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    Seed Catalogs Provide Inspiration To Plant The 'Perfect Garden'

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     by Fran O'Leary
     on March 15, 2013

    I find the arrival of seed catalogs a welcome sight in what is normally a mailbox full of junk mail, magazines and bills. Like most gardeners, as I turn the pages and look at the colorful and perfect fruit in the catalogs, I find myself inspired each spring to plant "the perfect garden." But unlike most gardeners, I don't plant a garden grown exclusively from seeds. Oh sure, I buy seeds for carrots, beets, lettuce, radishes, green beans, yellow beans and peas. But we plant…

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    Believing Spring Is Just Around The Corner Takes A Leap Of Faith This Year

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     by Fran O'Leary
     on March 8, 2013

    When it comes to spring, seeing is believing this year. Maybe it's because we have had 60 days of snow so far this winter and between 60 and 70 inches of snow in many parts of Wisconsin. When the weatherman says warmer days are on the way I say, I'll believe it when I see it! I know the calendar says spring is less than two weeks away, but looking at the endless piles of snow makes it hard to truly believe spring will arrive in Wisconsin on March 20. I will admit, today is…

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    Farms With 2K Or More Cows Produced More Than A Third Of U.S. Milk

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     by Fran O'Leary
     on March 1, 2013

    In addition to writing and editing lots of stories each month for the Wisconsin Agriculturist, I also try to find time to read. No, I haven't read any best sellers or spy novels lately. What I spend most of my leisure time reading are articles in other publications about agriculture. No surprise here, a lot of what I read is about cows. Cows are big and cows still dominate Wisconsin agriculture despite high crop prices. The other day an article on the front page of the Feb. 22 issue…

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