• John Vogel

    Expect More Farm Weather Extemes? Yes!

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     by John Vogel
     on March 26, 2012

     Wow and Whoa! That pretty much describes the weather we’ve experienced since last summer. I hope you’re preparing for more of the same because it’s likely to test your management flexibility. On March 10 I stepped out the front door to be greeted by a butterfly. Spring didn’t just spring; It was flung upon us! My yard grass was nearly a half-a-foot high before I even had a chance to pray over my 60-something tractor mower. (No, I don’t mean 60 h.p. I mean…

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    Bead Counters Are Important, But Is This Waste Management?

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     by John Vogel
     on March 22, 2012

     I guess there are a lot of folks with more time than they know what to do with. But I certainly haven’t met any who are active farmers. This week, Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection proudly announced that the Pennsylvania-Lake Erie International Coastal Cleanup set a 2011 record for volunteers removing trash and debris from Lake Erie shorelines and tributaries. So you don’t get the wrong impression, that’s a good thing! I’m all for waste…

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    Farm Regulations, Regulations, Ugh! And More Farm Regulations!

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     by John Vogel
     on March 12, 2012

     Some regulation seems to be a necessary evil to keep evil-doers in line. But I don’t run into too many evil-doers in agricultural circles – just hard-working folks striving to make a decent living from the land. My hunch is that there’s more evil-doing potential in the more lucrative political and financial circles – dominated by lawyers. But those folks always seem to discover loopholes for escaping. Unfortunately, our governments tend believe we all think and…

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