Category Soybean

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 people

In the previous post I mentioned traveling to northern Ohio locations to check on soybean research plots.  If you are not excited by a vast expanse of flat earth festooned with soybean field and corn field followed closely by another soybean field which is in turn followed by another corn field for mile after mile and […]

This and That…

The summer grinds along, and a hot one at that. Soybean breeding in central Ohio moves with the season, and for now is keeping us quite busy.  No news of note on that front. Lemuel and I are hoping the news from England is not too dire. The Small Farm Future blog has gone missing […]

Globalizing home sweet home

Globalization. Heady stuff. Not for the faint of heart.  But there is much all around us to challenge the faint of heart.  So let’s not be too quickly put off by the challenges of globalization. Here’s a different aspect – is globalization just a spot on a continuum? First Homo sapiens settled parts of Africa.  […]

If that’s leading, not sure I want to follow

Yes, very quiet on this front.  Sorry. Very quickly now – news just across the radar this morning shows Monsanto reporting less income in 2015 vs. 2014 and then in the same story their plan to cut 2,600 jobs in the coming months.  Agriculture is a tough business.  There are ups and downs.  Monsanto’s corn seed […]

Farming in the U.S.

Hunting and gathering may have been de rigueur in the Ohio valley a thousand years ago, but over the last 500 years more deliberate attempts have been made to scratch a living from this particular piece of earth.  Caucasian settlement of the Ohio valley has a history of almost 250 years now, virtually all centered […]

I AM THE GRASS

Grass                 By Carl Sandburg in Cornhuskers, 1918 Pile the bodies high at Austerlitz and Waterloo. Shovel them under and let me work— I am the grass; I cover all And pile them high at Gettysburg And pile them high at Ypres and Verdun. Shovel them under and let me work. Two years, ten years, and […]

Two edges of the same sword

Being number one is awesome, or a major pain depending upon point of reference.  Being number two is almost as awesome, and simultaneously only a bit less painful than number one when viewed from the same perspectives.  It’s great to be first, you get the most attention.  It’s a pain because everyone else wants to […]

Perennially using annuals

If one takes a peak at the Blogroll here they find the very first blog mentioned belongs to Chris Smaje who writes Small Farm Future.  Chris is a recovering academic working a small farm in Somerset, UK with his family.  I think the world is a better place for what Chris and team have accomplished […]

Allocating resourcefully

“So what do you do in the winter?”  This question typically comes up in a discussion of what my job entails.  Agricultural research, and more specifically plant science, is not too difficult to describe over a cup of coffee.  Though I will admit the conversation has changed over the course of my career as fewer […]