The Contrary Farmer - 2/13/2010.By Gene Logsdon – There is Successful Farming, Progressive Farming, Organic Farming, Natural Farming and an awful lot of Wishful Farming. I would like to add to the list one more kind: Impossible Farming. I just ran across another example of it. Pat Hill, in her always interesting weekly blog on Progressive Farmer online, mentioned recently an interesting statistic or two when she was discussing the challenges that grain elevators face these days. A twelve row corn combine can harvest 20,000 to 24,000 bushels of corn a day. A modern, state of the art grain dryer can dry 6000 bushels of shelled corn from 20% moisture down to 15% in an hour. (Corn has to be that dry to store safely.) But with corn at 25% moisture, that drier can reduce moisture to 15% of only 3000 bushels in an hour.
|Tracking US farmers’ supply of nitrogen fertilizer|
Grist - 2/12/2010.By Tom Philpott – We burn through more of it per capita than any other country; and our appetite for it can only be sated with massive imports. No, not oil – I’m talking about nitrogen fertilizer. With only 5 percent of the world population, the U.S. consumes nearly 12 percent of the globe’s annual synthetic nitrogen fertilizer production.
Bangor Daily News - 2/12/2010.Editorial – Vaughn Chase was milking his cows Monday afternoon, listening to Rush Limbaugh on the radio, when he heard his name resonate through the barn. The cows may have been the only witnesses to the shocked look on the Aroostook County farmer’s face when he heard the Voice of the Right accuse him of scheming to pervert capitalism.
|School garden programs are vital to students’ education and health|
The Washington Post - 2/11/2010.By Barbara Damrosch – Caitlin Flanagan, writing in the current issue of the Atlantic, imagines a scene in which a poor Mexican immigrates to California to do farm work in hope of a better life for his son, only to have him wind up in Alice Waters's Edible Schoolyard garden.