• Curt Arens

    Hats Off to Pumpkin Farmers

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     by Curt Arens
     on October 29, 2013

    When I was a kid, my parents planted a quarter-acre to cow pumpkins, those gigantic orange ones that can weigh 100 lbs. or more. The field was on a sidehill where nothing else would grow. But, we raised monster pumpkins without any difficulty. Over the years since then, I have had little to no luck in planting pumpkins. No matter where I have lived, or where the pumpkins were planted on the farm, I couldn’t raise a pumpkin that would amount to anything. It is always too dry, too…

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    Give Panhandle Ranchers a Break

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     by Curt Arens
     on October 22, 2013

    Alright, enough is enough Mother Nature! I’m sure that’s what northern Panhandle ranchers are thinking right now. Forget rain, or snow, or dark of night, they have experienced tragedy and challenges to their agriculture operations of biblical proportions over the past 18 months. First, last summer was a complete and total disaster. No rain, no grass to speak of, and cow herd liquidations were all too common. Then, in late August and early September, wildfires ignited the…

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    On the Farm, Patience is Not Only a Virtue, It is a Necessity

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     by Curt Arens
     on October 15, 2013

    A few years ago, I purchased 20 head of cows with three-month-old calves at their side. My cows were already turned out to pasture, so we drove directly to the pasture and dropped off the newly purchased critters with my herd. However, this pasture has a creek flowing through it, with two tributaries crossing it as well. Cows in that pasture need to know how to cross a creek with steep sides and a narrow, but relatively deep stream. When we dropped off the new cows and their calves, the cows…

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    Harvest Time: Lofty View from the Cab of the Combine

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     by Curt Arens
     on October 8, 2013

    This time of year always reminds me of how different the view of the world is from the lofty seat in the cab of a combine. When I first returned home from college, I didn’t have much experience in a combine cab. I was always the one hauling grain, not the one doing the actual harvesting. But, I gained valuable experience right away. A year after graduation, my Dad was diagnosed with severe bronchial asthma, and grain dust was one of the triggers that would set off a coughing…

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    Harvest Time: Haste Makes Waste

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     by Curt Arens
     on October 1, 2013

    Depending on which news source you listen to, it seems we Americans waste very nearly half of our food. As parents, my wife and I bemoan this fact constantly, encouraging, and often demanding, that our children take only what they can eat on their plates. We do the best we can, but for starving folks in lands where they spend more than 90% of their income on food, the waste of food here is a true tragedy. On the farm, wasting food dishonors our profession. We pride ourselves at feeding…

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