This Week in Ag #69
06.11.2024 Fred Nichols

This Week in Ag #69

As we celebrate National Dairy Month, my thoughts are with Jack & Frances Watt, my old neighbors (when you live in the country, a “neighbor” can reside within at least 5 miles of you) who were dairy farmers. They were...

This Week in Ag #68
06.04.2024 Fred Nichols

This Week in Ag #68

How many kernel rows, or rounds, will an ear of corn have? That’s being determined right now in my cornfield. My corn has hit the critical V6 growth stage (in just 31 days, no less). Next to emergence and pollination, V6...

This Week in Ag #67
05.28.2024 Fred Nichols

This Week in Ag #67

Last week, I had the honor of helping my Native American friends from the Zia Pueblo in New Mexico plant corn on their tribal land. Every farm has its limiting factors, and for the Zia Pueblo the most prevalent is...

This Week in Ag #66
05.21.2024 Fred Nichols

This Week in Ag #66

When asked if he was finished with planting, dad would frequently respond by saying, “the first time.” His cynicism aside, replant decisions can be difficult. This year, too many growers are faced with that decision. If you plant when the soil is...

This Week in Ag #65
05.14.2024 Fred Nichols

This Week in Ag #65

“Anticipation” is a famous song from Carly Simon (which also became the advertising anthem for Heinz ketchup). But it could also be the theme for how farmers feel from the moment they drop their planter. My first year of farming on...

This Week in Ag #64
05.07.2024 Fred Nichols

This Week in Ag #64

My #Plant24 corn went in the ground on May 1, and it was up in just five days. We planted in ideal conditions: soil temperature was 76 degrees, and while the surface was dry, the seeds were placed two inches deep in...

This Week in Ag #63
04.30.2024 Fred Nichols

This Week in Ag #63

“Plants sure know the difference between rainwater and hose water.” That was my wife’s observation Saturday morning, after seeing the rapid overnight growth, beautiful green color, and new blooms from our garden plants, following a thunderstorm that brought a half-inch...

Earth Week: Celebrating All Creatures Small and Great
04.25.2024 Larry Cooper

Earth Week: Celebrating All Creatures Small and Great

No matter how small the acts, or how small the actors, everything in our natural world connects, and everything makes a difference. I spend a lot of time reading to my granddaughters, and I’ve found that there are now many...

This Week in Ag #62
04.23.2024 Fred Nichols

This Week in Ag #62

Last week my wife and I frequented a rather posh coffee shop in Gilbert, AZ. I was wearing my “God Made a Farmer” t-shirt, likely not common attire for such a place. Yet the number of compliments I received about it was...

This Week in Ag #61
04.16.2024 Fred Nichols

This Week in Ag #61

“Free seed can cost a lot of money.” That was dad’s less-than-tactful response to a seed salesman hoping to woo him with a special offer. Was dad exaggerating (as he was notoriously known to do)? Not in this case. Even using...

This Week in Ag #60
04.09.2024 Fred Nichols

This Week in Ag #60

“They’re on 30s, we’re on 36s.” The cultural practice of row width is often as defining to a farm as the color of tractors they drive. Row width speaks to how far apart you plant your rows. This can vary greatly depending...

This Week in Ag #59
04.02.2024 Fred Nichols

This Week in Ag #59

“It won’t grow in the bag.” Grandpa never minced words. And that’s how he responded (in frustration) to my dad and uncle whenever they pondered dropping the planter. His philosophy was simple: the moment you can plant, you plant. There’s only...