Hometown Boy
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My friend and photojournalism mentor, Duane Dailey, has written his final column, ending a Missouri journalism career spanning more than 55 years. His death March 10 came rather suddenly, … more
Safety rises in my attention span, for self and others. Lots of threats exist, but we must not panic but prioritize and continue. The farm-boy ethic of no sick day just might not be wise. Farm boys … more
Spring sprung. Winter fled. Four robins in my front yard wouldn’t lie to me! They hopped about looking for worms in 52-degree weather. I’m sure these early migratory arrivals were shocked … more
My science curiosity perked up on news of a virus in China. There, 100 people a day died from a pneumonia-like disease. Now, the NY Times says 142 people died in the last 24 hours. To me, … more
Winter wears on. Is this a test of our soul? Plentiful ice with a light coating of rain tests our fragile bones and old muscles. I took my test, early. My slick shoe soles were no match for wet … more
In days of yore, I went to Spring instead of it coming to me. After the first week of February I flew to Arizona, leaving in 18F degrees and arriving Phoenix at 68F. I’d pull off winter garb … more
Enough about ice and snow. Hang with me as I tell of heifer sex. It’s a multi-million-dollar topic for Missouri farmers. For consumers it means better beef. The Show-Me-Select Replacement … more
Snow days don’t stop farmers from attending Extension meetings to learn new methods, I’ve learned. However, icy roads stop wise travelers. We’ve been tested big time lately. At … more
Winter meetings, a staple of Extension teaching, don’t get easier. Meetings are informative, invigorating and for farmers, profitable. But winter makes them difficult. Nasty weather … more
Cattle and grass make big advantages for Missouri. We’re near the top in cow numbers. Probably tops on cows per-acre basis. We’ll never top No. 1 Texas. Missouri’s green hills were … more
The word for the day is “manure.” Look it up in your dictionary and you may be as surprised as I was to learn the meaning. I thought I knew. I’ve used it in ag journalism forever. I … more
Farmers don’t get snow days when they can’t go to work. Dairy cows need milking at least twice a day. Beef cows need fed when pastures are covered in snow. But even farmers with … more
No dancing in the aisles at the sale barn Saturday at Palmyra. But, there was jubilation after 229 heifers averaged $2,017. Top price hit $3,000. This hit well above prior sales this fall. These … more
Being in the beef business is not a get-rich-quick career. Building a quality cow herd takes time; requiring breeding cows, waiting nine months for a calf and then the calf is raised to be sold. All … more
As I type my weekly column I hear clicking sounds from the laptop keyboard, I’d never heard before. In the second day of wearing hearing aids, the sounds may drive me crazy. I hear the … more
Farmers who weren’t learning what they needed made their own Extension meeting. That proved to be great. At first, 20 years ago, I knew it as the Kirksville Livestock Symposium. Now as fame … more
Missouri Beef Farmers gain a huge edge in producing high quality beef at lower production costs. Many farmers do know what it takes to combine higher returns with lower expenses. It takes … more
“Trust your source, but fact check.” That adage learned long ago in basic journalism came back to me this week. The MU Extension annual conference held a new segment this year. The … more
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people … more
I miss LIFE magazine, I grew up reading photo stories in that weekly magazine. Long after I became a photojournalist, I realized the influence that reading had on my career. Learning from photo … more
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