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@DJOutsider you misunderstand my blog post. That post was intended to debunk some of the myths about the long term use of glyphosate. The whole post was based on a Facebook photo claiming wheat grew poorly on soil where glyphosate was used. We've never used glyphosate on a wheat crop. It has been used on acres that have been in wheat at some point, but not while wheat is growing. That being said, I know that sometimes herbicides are used to desiccate a crop to bring it to a harvestable state. I don't have any experience with that practice.
4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.outsideonline.com/fitness/bodywork/performance-plate/Your-Food-Is-Poisoning-You.htmlundefined
Thanks, @PaulBiedermann. The list of things done with corn is very long!
9 months, 1 week ago on 12 Most Corny Things You Didn’t Know About Corn
Good stuff! I'm starting to see more interaction with my YouTube channel because of the interaction with G+. Enjoy trying to keep up with your circle sharing too!
9 months, 1 week ago on 12 Most Obvious Reasons We are Flocking from Facebook to Google+
@jenjarratt thank you!
Thanks, @PegFitzpatrick I have a goal to start driving more blog traffic through Pinterest.
11 months, 1 week ago on How to Promote Your Pinterest Pins and Get More Repins FTW!
Hey, Peggy! Remember that post of mine that got bogarted a while back by Rainforest Action Network? I sometimes check up on it to see if there are new comments. This has been added to the end of the post recently. Hmmmmm.
"Web Editor’s Note: We apologize that the link back to Brian’s blog was temporarily removed. It was a mistake on our part and we have put the hyperlink back into the article.The blog was originally published with this hyperlink."
1 year ago on “I’m as Mad as Hell and I’m Not Gonna Take This Anymore!” A Tale of Copyright Infringement
Confirms my suspicion that what I really need to do in order to get pinners to my blog is spend more time on Pinterest. Maybe if I rename my Our Farm board to My Blog or something for starters? Plus all these other great tips!
1 year, 4 months ago on 12 Most Successful Ways for Writers to Win with Pinterest
Thanks #GeekGirl! You've certainly be a big help to me, but don't worry because I'm sure I've got more questions for you in the future! I've been able to help some people here and there as well to get on their social media feet. Did you know Jay will be a speaker at this year's AgChat Foundation Conference?
1 year, 5 months ago on Find a mentor and grow
@Asad, I have no experience with irrigation myself. The name that comes to mind for me though is Valley. Thanks for reading. Where do you farm?
1 year, 7 months ago on 12 Most Advanced Agricultural Technologies
@biggreenpen Thanks! And what happens in the rest of the world has an effect here. Right now the South American crop is having a large effect on grain markets since the US ran short with the 2012 drought.
1 year, 8 months ago on 12 Most Game Changing Agriculturalists
@elizabeth osborn Quite a large effect, and that's why I'm active online talking about my farm and farming in general. Many people have no idea what it is I really do, and I've learned I often have no idea what non-farm people's perspectives might be about what I do. We can all benefit from having a good conversation.
1 year, 8 months ago on 12 Most Notable Things You Didn’t Know About Farming
If you've got any questions, Elizabeth, please ask!
Great picture! LOL
1 year, 9 months ago on How to Resize Pictures
Great tips! I'm proud to say I think I already follow them. Things I've learned from following people like those on 12 Most!
1 year, 9 months ago on 12 Most Basic Twitter Etiquette Tips
@ginidietrich Here are a few links about things that go into effect in 2013.
The increased Medicare payroll tax seems to be the thing so many people are concerned about. That's the big thing that begins in January.
1 year, 10 months ago on Business Leaders Kill Morale; Threaten Jobs Over ObamaCare
Several of the new regulations in the healthcare law go into effect in January 2013. That's why we are seeing so much about this after the election into the end of the year.
@Danielle Reeser Wow, I'd be honored if you did!
2 years ago on 12 Most Notable Things You Didn’t Know About Farming
@Jenni Warthan thanks. We don't have livestock either. We did raise hogs until about five years ago, but it was time to start from scratch or get out. We tore down the last 35 year old building a year ago.
@quicklunarcop Thanks! I'd say things in Canada are very much like they are in the United States. You might like the post I wrote about farm tech as well. http://12most.com/2012/03/12/advanced-agricultural-technologies/
@nightrainmoon13 Hail Purdue and Go Colts!
Interesting info about Mr. Dawnson. I was only five at the end of the original Family Feud run, so I'm not sure but I may have first seen him in "The Running Man" with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Of course thanks to the beauty of reruns, I've seen much of his great game show work. No wonder he was able to pull of the role of host so well in the movie!
2 years, 3 months ago on ‘Family Feud’s’ Richard Dawson Dead at 79
Love G+! I keep forgetting about ripples so thanks for the reminder.
2 years, 5 months ago on 12 Most Good to Know Goodies about Google Plus (Google+)
I pretty much avoid semicolon situations as well. I just thought of a trick to remember how to properly use both affect and effect. I just think of special effect to remember it's a noun as opposed to special affect.
2 years, 5 months ago on 12 Most Unforgivable Writing Mistakes
@dbvickery Thanks for reading! I've got to admit we have some pretty cool toys to play with. I thought of a new use for a camera today I may have to try!
2 years, 6 months ago on 12 Most Advanced Agricultural Technologies
@janetcallaway That's awesome! I actually set my blog up with my phone on our last night in Hawaii last February when I couldn't sleep. Our relatives have a farm on Maui. http://thefarmerslife.wordpress.com/2011/02/24/farming-island-style/
@janetcallaway Oooh tomato tech! There are lots of tomatoes not far from here, but I'm not very familiar with production methods. I brought the planter to it's new home just today!
@janetcallaway I'd have to agree with you on that. I'm going to get my first shot at swath control here in a few weeks. I've got to get my seeding rates figured out and loaded in the system and then we'll see what we can do with variable rates as well. In fact we just saw our brand new planter for the first time this afternoon! It just came into the dealer. Take a look! http://t.co/cLGyZ461
Great stuff! I blame you for my renewed and traffic driving interest in Stumbleupon!
2 years, 6 months ago on 12 Most Useful Sources for Good Stuff to Post
@janetcallaway Thanks so much! One of my goals here and on my own blog is to try an write in such a way that people unfamiliar with ag can easily understand what I'm talking about. It's great to hear someone like you say it's working! What was you favorite piece of tech?
@farmnwife I love all this tech, but I love spending time in the field more. I don't want a fully automated system kicking me out of the cab.
@raylindairy No problem, Ray! You're doing some cool stuff.
My first hands on experience with homeschool came last fall. A group of kids from Chicago got in touch with me through my blog. They ended up coming out to the farm for a day, and I just wanted to mention that these young people were incredibly organized, prepared, and most of all well behaved. When you have two mini van loads of kids middle school age and younger pull up and the boys get out and hold the doors open for the girls without being told to you know it's a good group! Here's a link to what we did that day. http://www.causematters.com/advocacy/on-the-farm-with-chicago-kids/
2 years, 7 months ago on 12 Most Compelling Reasons to Homeschool Your Children
@Ida Paul Nice to hear from you. Hope some of the bad weather we've been hearing about up here improves for parts of South America. Then again, it helps keep our prices up! Who knows what kind of weather you'll get. We've had a very mild winter. The ground hasn't even frozen yet around here and it will be spring in just a few weeks.
2 years, 7 months ago on 12 Most Notable Things You Didn’t Know About Farming
Complaining and micromanaging were my worst. I agree if you can't do anything but complain it might be time to seek employment elsewhere. I think some people aren't happy unless they are upset about something all the time.
Micromanaging stinks. Especially when you're the one being micromanaged. There were times when I didn't know what to do from one week to the next when a regional manager thought he was 10 store managers.
2 years, 7 months ago on 12 Most Annoying Workplace Habits – Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?
2 years, 7 months ago on 12 Most Notable Niche Social Networks
@susansilver Oh you don't have to tell me about Top Gear and 5th Gear. Top Gear might be my favorite show of all genres. Top Gear US is OK and has moments of greatness, but it will never be the original. I love whenever they run a Vauxhall VXR8 because it's essentially a Pontiac G8 GT which is my car.
@william Petersen Now you're going to make me go back and check my saved Word document to see if that's what I submitted or if it got changed later. Nice catch!
I've used message boards for a long time. Especially automotive ones. Whatever vehicle I currently own, you'll probably find me on a message board dedicated to that model. These sites for enthusiasts have great information on them and of course lots of pictures. My current truck had 223,000 miles on it when I bought it 2 years ago, and I've saved a ton of money doing repairs myself by following the experience of others online.
So #9. I'm not a boss of 35-40 people like I used to be, but when you had turnover you weren't just unproductive for the time that spot was vacant. Like you said there is a lull in productivity as that new person gets up to speed and those working with the new guy get slowed down a bit too at first. I'm guilty of being too busy sometimes to devote as much time is needed to a new employee. Sometimes you end up realizing you lost a good person because you or you management team did do enough to educate a new hire. That can cause the new person to get frustrated and leave starting the process all over again.
2 years, 7 months ago on 12 Most Self-Serving Reasons to Value Your Front-Line Workers
@dbvickery And thank you for reading! There's a lot of exciting stuff going on with #3. The future of this type of technology looks very bright. If you want to see some of our equipment like this in action, I've got several videos up on YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/user/thefarmerslife03?feature=mhee
@BenWilson Thanks! I enjoyed writing them!
I no longer deal with performance reviews here on the farm, but not too long ago I had 35-40 people working under me that needed these reviews. There are seemingly necessary, but they are also quite limiting. They have a way of trapping the review into a box created by the form on your desk. Also some policies limit the way you can use the review. We were often told to almost never give an employee an excellent rating because they would never improve if we just told them they were excellent. What if I hire a bunch of excellent people who do an awesome job? Sure, everyone can improve somewhere, but some people are actually excellent at their job. My wife is a supervisor herself and she cannot give someone in her offices a high rating without giving someone else a low rating. What kind of nonsense is that? I agree with you that reviews as they exist now are for compliance, legal, and CYA.
2 years, 8 months ago on Performance reviews are like bad high school movies...
Keep up the good work Margie. In February I'll have been blogging for a year at my first and still only blog. I used to read all kinds of stuff on how to do this or that, but I kind of like the slow route too. I'll always remember you were the first person to say something to me at my first #Blogchat!
2 years, 8 months ago on Can you help me? I’m lost.
This is funny. My mom made a book a couple years ago for my Dad and his sisters called "Crap We Ate" or something similar. It has pictures and recipes of all the things like this they ate when they were kids. Trust me this one does actually taste good and my Dad you to make a snack of it occasionally. Put some peanut butter and karo syrup on a plate. Mix. Eat.
2 years, 9 months ago on 12 Most Nostalgic Foods From My Childhood
Thanks for the info Peggy! Time for me to get back to Stumbling it seems and do it right this time!
2 years, 9 months ago on 12 Most Trippin’ Ways to Get Started with StumbleUpon
@MackCollier Yes I do and it ends with "I started this site promote the virtues of modern agriculture and feature the daily operations of our farm." Starting to realize a landing page for new visitors might be a good idea.
3 years, 3 months ago on 5 Steps to Giving Your Blog Clarity and Focus
Thanks for the list, Mack! I do wonder if people "get" what is happening on my blog right away. I've been using some #ag related quotes as a tagline above the header on my site, but maybe I should come up with a dedicated statement about what exactly it is I'm trying to do. Keep the good ideas coming!