A Father’s Day Poem

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Brian  & Emery at their first baseball game.

When we got married, my dad gave the sweetest father of the bride speech. It started with how excited he was when I was born and went on from there. Anyway, he laughed as he remembered showing me off at the hospital to anyone that would listen. I laughed too, but I didn’t fully understand his excitement until we became parents. And my husband did the same thing with our sweet bundle of JOY.

He was so proud. As we approach our first Father’s Day as parents, I want to first and foremost acknowledge our dads who have set the bar pretty high for my husband. You guys are always good for a listening ear, a good laugh, and a helping hand.

Now, to my husband, you’ve been rocking this whole fatherhood thing.

I thought it’d be fun for him to write down what’s going through his mind as we approach his first Father’s Day, but the only word he kept repeating was JOY.

So, filled, with JOY, I decided to write a poem to capture his first Father’s Day. At least from my perspective 😉

When You Became a Dad

Watching you become a dad
Has been more than just a fad.
It’s been exhilarating,
And overwhelming to see
How well you love
Your daughter and me.

Diaper blowouts, boogies, and a
Lack of sleep,
Got nothing on you!

For in it’s place, is a JOY so deep
That was awakened
When a special, little girl let out her first cry.

From matching shirts to tractor rides
She adores you, and you her
Especially when
Those sweet, baby blues
Gaze directly into your heart!

They say a dad is an ordinary man turned by love into a hero, an adventurer, a storyteller, and a singer. This couldn’t be more true.

Happy Father’s Day!

 

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OGRAIN Field Events

It seems as though we went straight from winter to summer here in Illinois! As soon as the last of the April snows melted, it warmed up in a hurry. Never thought I’d be typing “April” and “snow” in the same sentence, but stranger things have happened I guess.

As we wrap up with plant ’18, we’re full speed ahead. Looking forward to seeing how this year’s crop is shaping up and of course we’re excited for summer field days. Speaking of field days, here are some hosted by OGRAIN:

  • July 12Small Grains, Modest Grains: A Pragmatic Approach to Profitability and Sustainability
    • Hughes Farms, 4031 S. US Why 51, Janesville, WI. 53546
    • 8:30am-3:30pm

This field day will highlight the diversity and innovations at the Hughes Farm in Janesville. Farming over 5000 acres in a parallel operation consisting of both conventional and organic practices, the Hughes have succeeded in developing diverse rotations and markets. This field day, in partnership with Practical Farms of Iowa, MOSES, and the Organic Seed Alliance will discuss and showcase cover crops for green manures, weed control, soil erosion reduction, and water quality improvements; tips for trailing varieties for performance under organic management; and basics of transition to organic certification.  If you’re in the business of oats, barley, wheat, rye, and triticale, you may benefit from the buyers and sellers lunch. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss contracting, grain quality specifications, pricing and other important small grain information. RSVP to Debra Boekholder debra@practicalfarmers.org by June 18.

  • July 16Mechanical Weed Management Field Clinic
    • University of Wisconsin Arlington Agricultural Research Station, N695 Hopkins Rd., Arlington, WI. 53911
    • 10:00am-3:00pm

This field-based summer clinic, hosted by the UW Arlington Research Station, will demonstrate several weed management tools, including tine-weeders, rotary hoes, row cultivators, and roller/crimping equipment. They will be late-planting corn and soybeans, allowing them to take the equipment in the field and demonstrate set-up and field operations. Experts will be on-hand to discuss best weed management strategies for different crop stages and field conditions. To register of a meal, please RSVP to Jody Padgham padgham@wisc.edu by July 11.

  • July 31 – Integrating Cereal Grains into an Organic Dairy Rotation
    • Wilson Family Dairy Farm, Cuba City, WI. 53807
    • 9:00am-2:30pm

This field day will be hosted by the Wilson Family Farm, who milk 400 cows on 2,900 organic acres. Farming organically since 1996, the Wilson’s emphasize soil health, and the connection between soil health, plant health, and healthy people and animals. This field day will discuss and demonstrate the integration of rolled-crimped rye into their soybean crop (which the Wilson’s have done for almost a decade), soil health gains on the farm, and the integration of cereal grains into a dairy rotation as both quality feed for the herd and off-farm sales. This field day is co-hosted with MOSES and Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative.

  • August 23UW Organic Agriculture Research Field Day
    • N695 Hopkins Rd, Arlington, WI. 53911
    • 1:00pm-4:00pm

This field day will highlight research conducted on the certified organic land at the UW Arlington Research Station. Research highlighted will include equipment modifications for rolling/crimping rye, interseeding cover crops into corn, interseeding soybeans into spring seeded cereal rye, and cover crop strategies to reduce tillage in organic corn production.

  • August 29Diversifying Organic Grain Rotations with Alternative Crops
    • Lily Lake Organic Farm, 4N852 Wooley Rd., Maple Park, IL. 60151
    • 1:00pm-5:00pm

The focus of this field day, hosted by Lily Lake Organic Farm, will be on growing dual-purpose buckwheat as a cash crop and as a cover crop. Buckwheat increases soil health and reduced the need for tillage, and can be profitable as a cash crop. In addition, learn about another cover crop superstar: sorghum sudangrass. This cover crop is invaluable in controlling Canada thistle and a great soil builder as well. Various pieces of equipment for controlling weeds in grain crops will be on display. We will discuss the use and effectiveness of each tool. This field day is co-sponsored with MOSES and the IDEA Network.

For more information on any of these events, contact Erin Silva, emsilva@wisc.edu or 608-890-1503.

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More than BBQ

As we were brainstorming ideas centered around Memorial Day, it was hard. I mean, there’s really no words to portray how thankful we are for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. If you find yourself missing a loved one this weekend, please know our hearts are with you. As we approach the holiday weekend, let’s hit pause and remember.

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In observance of Memorial Day, our main office will be closed. We will re-open for regular business hours on Tuesday, May 29.

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From mom, with love

They say mothers and daughters become closer when daughters become mothers. Already having a close relationship with my mom, I didn’t think much of it, but over the course of time, it’s so true. Having my own sweet baby, has bonded my mom and I in a whole new light. Especially as we approach my first Mother’s Day as ‘mommy.’

So to my mom, thank you for your unending sacrifices that you’ve made and continue to make for our family. It doesn’t go unnoticed. Thank you for everything you endured both emotionally and physically to bring Tyler, Kalie, and I into the world. Also, I’m very sorry for making you feel guilty for not spending enough time with us when Kalie came into the world. 😉 I now know how emotionally and physically draining one newborn can be, let alone having 2 older children to love on at the same time. Thank you for loving us through our awkward phases, rebellious phases, achievements, engagements, weddings, and now, pregnancies. I know I wasn’t the easiest person to get along with being pregnant. My hormones were CrAzY! Thank you for bringing me maternity clothes to help me feel girly when I felt like a killer whale. Thank you for bringing meals when I was too sick, and then too weak to cook. And finally, thank you for instilling the confidence in me that I really can rock this whole mom thing!

Now, to my daughter, thank you for making me a mommy. Aside from being your daddy’s wife, it’s the best role I’ve ever had. Nothing prepared me for your first cry after 36 hours of labor. I still get chills thinking about it. You were so beautiful. Every day you amaze me. God pulled out all the stops when He created you and chose me to be your mommy. Some days I don’t feel qualified to be your mommy, but you make it so easy. I love when your eyes light up on our adventures. I love your gentle, but mischievous spirit. You have filled my heart with more joy than I ever thought possible, and I can not wait to watch you grow. But take your time. There’s no rush to grow up. I promise to always be there for you no matter what. I’ll do my best to expose you to new things, but also, how to appreciate the simple things in life. We’re going to have so much fun. I love you, sweet girl!

To my mother-in-law, thank you for raising such a patient, caring, young man. He went from being your sweet baby, to that curious little boy, to my best friend, to my husband, to the best daddy to our little girl. I’m sure it wasn’t easy letting him go and allowing us to cling to each other as we figured out this whole marriage and now parenting thing. We are so thankful to have you in our lives.

They say only superheroes wear capes, but I think every mom deserves a cape. They’re the real superheroes working quietly behind the scenes to make sure the day-to-day operations run smoothly.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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This is one of my favorite pictures taken at the hospital – grandma, mom, Emery, and me.  There’s something so special about these generation photos. My Grandma has set a high bar for the rest of us. I hope to continue her legacy of faith, family, gardening, and good cookin’ with Emery.

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The Next Generation

As some of you know, I’ve been on maternity leave for the last 12 weeks. It’s been nothing short of miraculous. I never considered myself as the maternal type. I was totally content being a dog mom. But then, along came Emery Ann.

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7.4 pounds, 20 inches, and pure joy on January 24, 2018. Now, my husband, Brian, and I  can’t imagine our lives without her. She’s our little sidekick. She’s quickly learning about the finer things in life like…

Family bonding in the tractor.

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And cows go moo. She seriously lights up when you ask her what a cow says, and she’s only 3 months! Smart girl if you ask me.

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Maybe this week, we’ll introduce her to the chickens!

But seriously, we’re so happy we get to instill in her, from a very young age, the value of a hard day’s work. A love for the land. A love for animals. And a love for others.

Who knows, maybe in another 20 years or so, she’ll be selling SP-1™ and Myco Seed Treat®!

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What are disease suppressive soils?

What’s all this fuss about disease suppressive soils, anyway? According to one of our speakers at our upcoming seminars on Feb. 6 & 8, disease suppressive soils are soils that support beneficial microbes that inhibit specific soil-borne plant diseases.

“The growing understanding of disease suppressive soils is exciting, but there’s still enough left to learn to make them a bit mysterious and very tantalizing,” explained Michael Bomford, PhD, Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

We are thrilled to glean more expertise from Michael!

Until then, here’s a sneak peek at what he’ll be sharing. He’s currently a faculty member in the Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems department at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Richmond, British Columbia.

Intrigued by what you just saw? Reserve your spot today by contacting us at 815-872-1190 or info@agrienergy.net. 

Michael spent 10 years at Kentucky State University, conducting research, extension, and teaching programs related to organic agriculture. His work focuses on organic and sustainable agriculture systems suitable for adoption by farms operating with limited resources. He has done extensive research in disease suppressive soils and will share his discoveries. He has a Master of Pest Management from Simon Fraser University and a PhD in Plant and Soil Sciences from West Virginia University, where he conducted research on one of the nation’s first land grant university farms operated entirely according to national organic standards.

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2018 Winter Seminar Series

AgriEnergy Resources winter seminar series entitled “What’s New In: Weed Control, Disease Control” will kick off with a 1-day seminar in Indianapolis on Feb. 6, followed by another 1-day seminar in Des Moines on Feb. 8. Both seminars will feature the same information and will be a day for growers to learn the latest in weed control, as well as soil tilth and disease suppressive soils.

“We are excited to feature some experts in soil and crop health and share our discoveries with our guests. It’s been a fun year experimenting with our products on different crops as we have seen consistent results,” said AgriEnergy Resources general manager Dean Craine.

Specifics include:

  • Machinery – Harrow, Rotary Hoe, Tine Weeder, Finger Weeder, Roller/Crimper No-Till, Optic Guidance, RTK Guidance, Cultivator, High Speed Disc, Spring Tillage Techniques, Weed Puller, Flamer, Weed Zapper
  • Fertilizer Placement
  • Soil Fertility
  • Crop Rotation
  • Manure vs. Compost
  • Organic Herbicides
  • Band vs. Broadcast Application
  • Cover Crop Weed Suppression
  • Tilth Amendments

Speakers include:

  • Michael Bomford, PhD, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • Michael Orzolek, PhD, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Cody Wilkinson, Tillage Specialist, John Deere
  • Indianapolis Weed Control Panel: Gary McDonald, Tom Besecker
  • Des Moines Weed Control Panel: Paul Huenefeld, Dennis Demmel, Scott Shriver

The Indianapolis seminar will be held on Feb. 6 from 8am-5pm at the Crowne Plaza, 123 West Louisiana Street, Indianapolis, IN 46225. 317-631-2221.

The Des Moines seminar will be held on Feb. 8 from 8am-5pm at the Hilton Garden Inn, 8600 Northpark Drive, Johnston, IA 50131. 515-270-8890.

A block of rooms have been reserved at each location.

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This is a free event and a complimentary lunch will be provided for those who RSVP to AgriEnergy Resources by January 23, 2018 at 815-872-1190 or info@agrienergy.net.

We hope to see you in February!! 

 

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Meeting with JDS Seeds

Here is another opportunity to learn about soil biology, among several other topics, at an upcoming meeting hosted by JDS Seeds in Orrville, Ohio. Reservations were due by Friday, November 24, but have now been extended through Monday, November 27. See below for agenda and meeting info.

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RSVP’s may be directed to John at 330-465-1794 or Joseph at 330-749-2825.

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Coming to a mailbox near you…

Are these hot-off-the-press invites! We’re so excited to share with you what we’ve been working on lately.

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In addition to Michael Bomford and Michael Orzolek, we have an exciting speaker roster. Stay tuned for a complete agenda.

In the meantime, save the dates. The Indianapolis seminar will be held at the:

  • Crowne Plaza, 123 West Louisiana Street, Indianapolis, IN 46225
  • 317.631.2221
  • 8am-5pm

The Des Moines seminar will be held at the:

  • Hilton Garden Inn8600 Northpark Drive, Johnston, IA 50131
  • 515.270.8890
  • 8am-5pm

A block of rooms have been reserved at each location.

To reserve your spot, give us a call 815.872.1190!

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Fall fertility meeting in Ohio

Here’s another opportunity to learn about fall fertility if you missed us at any of our summer events. We’ll be speaking on ways to increase biological life in the soil and the many successes we’ve seen in crops this year at an informational meeting hosted by Tom Besecker of Advanced Biological Solutions on Thursday, November 9 from 9:30am-3:30pm in Cynthiana, Ohio.

We will be joining speakers Reggie Destree and Tom Besecker to bring you a day jam-packed with useful information. Reggie will be sharing about soil health, pest & disease control, weed control, and vegetable production. Tom will be sharing about cover crops and tips to improve pastures. We are so excited to be a part of this event and sincerely hope you can make it too!

A complimentary lunch will be provided for those with advance registration. Please RSVP to Tom Besecker at 937-459-5104 or Michael Auker 937-365-1329 by November 3. The meeting will be held at the Town Hall in downtown Cynthiana.

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