Author Archives: Clem

An Ooops, or Gonzo Marketing?

Crop production is big business.  Whether you farm several thousand acres, or keep a kitchen garden, your effort to produce plants places you in the enviable cause of helping to feed the 7 billion.  Right in line behind the folks in the fields there is a support industry manufacturing everything from equipment, fertilizers, pesticides, seeds, […]

Five gallons of death

That sounds pretty yucky.  And it should.  Hidden within this bucket are almost five full gallons of dead Japanese beetles (Popillia japonica).  These insects are serious herbivores and in significant numbers can render serious harm. In the face of an outbreak of these fiendish little coleopterans one might choose to spray chemicals, deploy pheromone traps, […]

Some wheat fields

The winter wheat harvest is hitting its stride in the Heartland. “For amber waves of grain” is more than a pretty lyric in a beautiful song at the moment. Within a week or so the winter wheat harvest will grind farther north and leave Heartland fields idle or set for a double crop such as […]

Linus and Lucy?

George and Martha? Bill and Hillary? Mark Antony and Cleopatra? Well, none really. But if you had to pick one of these couples, A, B, C, or D – which makes the most sense? A – Linus and Lucy; brother and sister and supposedly full sibs. The seedlings shown here are hybrid corn seedlings. Single […]

Trouble in Paradise

News that another terrorist attack has happened in Europe – or more specifically, in the UK at Manchester – is cause for concern. The first report of the bombing to reach my ears pegged the death toll at 19. This morning I heard the number had reached 22. It appears this latter value is holding […]

Every Earth should have its day.

Earth Day. Tag der Erde. Gauisus Terra Dies. El Día De La Tierra.  A terrific invention.  Setting up a day upon our calendars dedicated to thinking about our tiny little planet seems so appropriate. And there is SO much to think about. For starters, it’s not such a tiny little planet.  Ok, there is Jupiter.  […]

“Now that we can do anything, we must do less.”

Brilliant. Might even serve as a title for some forthcoming text on sustainability. One could easily do worse. The first internet mention of this remark I can find occurred in the comments section of the Archdruid Report  in July of 2008.

Political winds

The attack upon the health care legislation of the previous U.S. administration has been yanked. Its likely failure cited as the cause.  Politics. I’m not a politician in the professional sense. I do vote.  I do have opinions, and have been guilty of sharing some from time to time.  But in the arena of finger […]

Gift of good brothers

Along the lines of Wendell Berry’s Gift of Good Land.  Value of family vs family values.  The Waltons – but not Walmart. I don’t find it too difficult to argue that one inherits their family. And not just the family one is born into, but also the family one creates as life develops.  If you’ve […]

Marmota monax day

The humble groundhog… one might wonder why such a critter warrants its own special day. After all, there are only 365.25 days in a year to go around.  Here in the U.S. Martin Luther King gets a day; Presidents Washington and Lincoln share a day.  Mothers, Fathers, and Veterans each get a day.  We set […]