• T.J. Burnham

    Rainless, sunny days marching on through spring's fanfare

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on March 18, 2015

    We have enjoyed a mostly dry winter this year, with lots of open days to plow fields and tackle the farm outside chores that sometimes wait on the end of rain. While those sunny winter days with little moisture might have been enjoyable, our snowpack in the Pacific Northwest has been sickly, and precipitation levels are down even in Twilight-famed Forks, Wash., the so-called wettest place in the lower 48. But as I get outside to work in the yard, I am beginning to realize that come August…

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    A Nice Trip to Visit an Empress Enthroned on a Crystal Canal

    Western Ag Vignettes

     by T.J. Burnham
     on July 15, 2014

    Who would have thought that just 300 miles from my doorstep  I could step back into the domain of the British Empire in another generation. In a birthday gift trip from Sally, she swept me off to Victoria, British Columbia, an island city  of charming people and delightful places. After a 90-minute trip across the Juan de Fuca Straits, our ferry chugged up the canal to the very front of the Empress Hotel, a century-old destination that stands proudly in memory of a bygone kind of…

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    Eastern Colorado Drought Heavily Impacting Livestock

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on June 26, 2013

    Sad rangeland plant conditions are having a hard impact on eastern Colorado cattle grazing,  with vegetation all but gone in any areas. In a recent visit to the area near Wray, I talked with cattlemen who believe it may be time to pull their cattle and take them to far-away greener pastures, or to the feedlot early. This second year of drought is also having a ripple impact, since overgrazing of pastures can lead to loss of some of the most important vegetation next season…

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    Colors Of April Bloom With Spirit Of Summer, Drought

    Western Ag Vignettes

     by T.J. Burnham
     on April 2, 2013

    Daffodils and tulips are creating a rainbow glow of spring and I sense that summer is yearning to bud out. I'm ready. Never a short days and dark season fan, I long for the 9:30 p.m. sunsets of the Pacific Northwest when you can go on long one-day drives to the ocean or mountains and return still in the light. There's a farmer in my soul that likes the season of the sun. Actually, I haven't met many winter folks who like to be cloistered in their warm homes while the wind…

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