Category Science

On Longest Days

The Summer Solstice for 2020 just passed last Saturday (June 20, 2020). For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, the longest day of the year*. And now for those of us in the North, the days get shorter until late December. The hottest days of the year here in the North are yet to […]

Viral Veracity

Vaingloriously vetoing voluminous & vital viral veracity. Virtuously visualizing various valuable vaccines. Vehemently & volubly venting vitriol. Vituperating. Viewing virgin veldt. Going back and forth, vacillating between vindictive and valorous ruminations. Stepping back and away from our ordinary concerns – where we can achieve some social distance – many of us are searching for relevance. […]

Bravely Buzzing Big Brother Bee’s Bug Biodiversity Boudoir *

Over the last year we (the GP staff) have written about bees on several occasions. And you may be forgiven if you’d thought we’d run through the subject. I thought so. Now this story comes along, and we couldn’t resist. In the course of evaluating soybean germplasm we rely heavily on an instrument (NIRT – […]

Weather or not

Com in, she said I’ll give ya shelter from the storm

Can we be specific?

Someone is showing a photo of a soybean plant on a screen then asking an audience what they are looking at. He corrects anyone who offers “soybean plant” … it is a photograph of a soybean plant. Better still – the digital rendering of a picture onto a screen through software used to make a […]

Clem claims Climate Clever Clovers courageous – not clueless

Back in October I posted a piece on cow guts.  In it I mentioned two avenues to remediation of methane evolution from ruminant guts, the methane affecting atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations and global warming (a hot topic). Due credit was given to research to modify the cows through breeding, and to changing cow rations through […]

Last call for 2018

There seems to be value in reflection; where we’ve been, what we’ve done. Positive memories bring a nostalgia and warming of the heart. Negative memories call forth a resolve to learn from mistakes or guide us toward paths which avoid repeats. The turn of the year seems as good a place as any to take […]

Cows – a gut check… and the future of beer?

The North American soybean harvest of 2018 is not yet in the books. It consumes this writer and many others as perhaps it should. It may interest many that for much of the eastern parts of the North American bread basket the harvest thus far has gone fairly well, and yields have been quite good. […]

Old time farming, the future of farming, science as political ping pong ball… or Dear Jeff??

Decisions, decisions. What should these stubby fingers be typing about this evening?? Our blogging buddy at The South Roane Agrarian has dropped a gauntlet in the form of a new header photo and a weekend reading list from a rather robust agrarian library. Facing off against such a collection will require significant grit. I may […]

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, […]