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
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
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
“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
Mid-Missouri weather flirted with frost Saturday morning. But nothing like the cold front in Northern Corn Belt states. Our low at MU Sanborn Field was 33F, which stayed above the killing-frost temp … more
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