• Frank Holdmeyer

    Nesting Habitat Key to Pheasant Numbers

    The Bigger Picture

     by Frank Holdmeyer
     on November 27, 2013

    The farm my wife and her siblings own has been in the Conservation Reserve Program for many, many years. In the early years we had fairly decent numbers of pheasants on the farm in east central Iowa. As the years progressed, the grass "matt" became thicker and thicker and the pheasant population declined. Of course, there are many factors involved such as weather, but just because it is CRP doesn't mean it is good habitat for pheasants. Wildlife biologists will tell you chicks…

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  • Frank Holdmeyer

    Thirty-Year-Old Predictions Come True

    The Bigger Picture

     by Frank Holdmeyer
     on November 8, 2013

      Back in the late 1970s I was machinery editor for Farm Progress and I took the time to visit all the major machinery manufacturers at the time. One of my questions was "look into your crystal ball. What do you see twenty, thirty years down the road in terms of farm equipment?" One of the answers was "someday there will be only two or three farm equipment manufacturers as in the automotive industry." That has come to pass. Another was "in the future farmers…

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