The story of 2XT and Allan Bocock Allan Bocock was a grain farmer in Stuarts Draft, Virginia. He planted over 1,000 acres of annual crops each year including corn, soybeans, wheat, and barley. I met Allan in the late 80’s when I moved to the Shenandoah Valley as a District...
In our quest to profit from the land and feed a hungry planet with annual crops such as corn and soybeans, we have abandoned one of the most powerful conservation practices known to science – contour farming. Used since ancient times to slow the flow of water across the land...
Beef cattle biosecurity and stream exclusion are very important to this large animal veterinarian. His First Week on the Job On his first week on the job as a veterinarian back in 1993, Scott Nordstrom treated a case that would stick with him the rest of his life. Shockingly, half...
Livestock Drinking Dirty Water is Not Good For Herd Health Humans don’t drink dirty water and neither should your livestock. Aristotle recognized the value of boiling water and burying feces to prevent disease back in 350BC. We’ve been learning ever since. Just as with human health, herd health improves with...
The environmental world got a boost last week when the Vatican released the Pope's Encyclical on climate change. So now we have science and religion on the same side; no big-bang theory v. evolution on this issue. Who can deny climate change now? Here's a link to a youtube trailer...
Tofu. That's what most people think soybeans are grown for. But most soybeans in the U.S. are grown for oil and livestock feed. It's big business. America is the world's largest producer and exporter of soybeans with almost 75 million acres planted annually. It is second only to corn, planted...
Maryland: The newly elected republican governor, Larry Hogan repealed the Maryland Department of Agriculture's "Phosphorus Management Tool". Read my rant here. This trashes decades of phosphorus research and will further pollute the streams in Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay. It basically allows farmers to continue applying poultry manure to fields...
This is an OPED piece I wrote for the Bay Journal News Service which was published on 8/19/2014. I have added photos and links. Here's a link to the Downstream Project's Amy Matthews Amos blog about it. Surviving a heart attack is a huge wake-up call that usually warrants a...
I love the smell of hay…and putting it away for the winter. It’s a good feeling; knowing all the winter feed for the cows is ready. Jeanne is now in the throws of bush hogging the pastures with her new fifteen foot wide “bat-wing” mower. We mow the pastures to...
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