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Family and Farming • “I'd rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world.” ― George Washington

What is Big Ag?

Cleaning a Combine

Wind conditions are just right to use our air compressor to “dust” the combine. A strong northwest wind is blowing consistently to help me with this three-hour job. Our John Deere 9410 four-row combine is considered vintage, and while it may appear laughable in 2024, it’s OUR vintage combine. We own it and we can repair it at will.

Now hunker down for the longest post I’ve ever written….

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No Flour No Egg No Bake Cookies

No Bake Cookies

Is there a better combination than chocolate and peanut butter? I can’t think of any. Here’s a vintage No Flour/No Egg/No Bake Cookie recipe that is quick, easy and tasty! I started making this No Bake Cookie since I was ten years old, so I’ve been making this for over 50 years! Yes, Lila let me boil things on the stove. She was nearby to make sure I didn’t burn myself or burn the house down.

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Farm Auction Sale Bill 1944

Iowa Farm in a Valley

A Story of the Ultimate Sacrifice

I was going through a box of newspaper clippings of Lila’s. There was a farm auction sale bill dated from January of 1944. I think you will find it very clever.


As I am sick and tired of farming and quarreling with my neighbors, I have joined the Navy and am going to end it all by offering the following to the highest bidder at my place, known as Poverty Point, located 2 miles south and ½ mile east of Center Point, Iowa.

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Harvesting During a Drought

Drought corn field in Iowa

We started combining corn early. Drought has affected both our corn and beans. Wherever the soil is less than deep black dirt, plants are stunted and show stress because of lack of moisture. We are thankful that we practice crop rotation, where our corn is planted on last year’s bean ground. With extreme drought crop conditions crop rotation is one of several ways to raise a better crop.

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