• Josh Flint

    Putting Things In Perspective

    Prairie Gleanings

     by Josh Flint
     on October 28, 2008

    Over the summer, I read The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. The novel makes you realize the current financial crisis is nothing compared to what tenant farmers endured during the Great Depression.   The story focuses on the Joads, who leave Oklahoma in search for work in California. Once the family arrives in California, things get even tougher. Work is hard to find. When they do find work, the wages aren't enough to feed a family.   At one point in the book, one of the farmers says if a…

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    How Are You Capitalizing on Cheap Diesel?

    Prairie Gleanings

     by Josh Flint
     on October 24, 2008

    I've heard if you enlist in the military, you're in for a culture shock after completing 15 weeks of basic training. I had a little culture shock of my own last week.   My wife was rushed to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana on Oct. 15. She was having complications with her pregnancy, and ended up having a c-section on Monday, Oct. 20. Our son, Lucas, was born at 34 weeks, and was 4 lbs, 4 ounces. Mom was released Oct. 24.   Of course, this meant dad was also in the hospital for a little…

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    When a Hobby Becomes an Obsession

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     by Josh Flint
     on October 17, 2008

    For Tyson Naylor, an FS certified crop specialist from Taylorville, it all started with a bet in early spring. He and a farmer made a friendly bet to see who could grow the biggest pumpkin.   After procuring two Atlantic giant pumpkin seeds, he started the plants, named Faith and Florence, in incubators kept at 85 degrees F. In the meantime, he prepared a 25 x 50 foot patch, which received a dose of fertilizer and lime before tillage.   In May, Tyson transplanted the plants, began pruning…

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    Montgomery County Farmers Continue to Fight Against Longwall Miners

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     by Josh Flint
     on October 6, 2008

    Mary Bates, a member of Citizens Against Longwall Mining is still working hard to keep coal companies out of Montgomery County. As she explains, they've proposed to longwall mine in the Hillsboro area. This process essentially removes panels of coal from beneath the surface. The problem is, once the coal is mined, the topsoil subsides four to six inches, resulting in a drainage nightmare for farmers. According to Bates, mining could begin as early as this winter. Holly Spangler covered…

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    Here's What I've Heard Regarding Fertilizer Prices

    Prairie Gleanings

     by Josh Flint
     on October 1, 2008

    I spoke with a farmer yesterday who had just made one of the most difficult operating decisions of his career.   Last week, he took out a 2009 operating loan to lock in anhydrous ammonia at around $950 per ton. Since it's the most he's ever spent on nitrogen, he's afraid prices will come crashing down.   For the October issue of Prairie Farmer, we'll be taking an in depth look at the supply and demand issues surrounding fertilizer. Over the course of several weeks, I spoke to more than ten…

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