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The K.I.S.S. Approach to How to Make Compost

Add to Favorites By Mark Staneart – I imagine I first heard the word “compost” about 40 years ago. Around the same time, I first encountered the word “organic.” Since …

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How to Care for Apple Trees & Other Varieties

Add to Favorites By Elizabeth Crow Miller – If you’re wondering how to care for apple trees then you should first consider that trees should be fed just like your …

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Crop Rotation: Benefits and Why it Matters
February 25, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Not sure about crop rotation benefits? Here’s a science lesson for you. Our produce contains wonderful nutrients. After all, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants are the reasons our …

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Bring in the Drones

Add to Favorites Often called “flying robotic snoops” capable of crop surveillance, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are known as “Drones.” Experts predict nearly 8,000 drones could be flying over the …

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Outsmarting a Deere

Add to Favorites Nothing can stop a homesteader with a skid steer. Piles of snow, mountains of manure, hills of gravel—all are easily handled with the help of a skid …

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Kubota vs. Mahindra Tractors: Which Brand is Better?

Add to Favorites This question plagues ranchers and farmers all over the United States. Purchasing a tractor isn’t quite like picking up a product from the store. Every angle must …

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BOAZ: A Mini Wheat Harvesting Machine

Add to Favorites By Benjamin Hoffman Choosing the right mini wheat harvesting machine for our small-scale operation took research. We settled on the BOAZ mini-combine. Bob Mowdy and I have …

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The Best Welding Types For Homesteading

Add to Favorites There are many welding types available today, but for the beginning welder, there are three kinds you should consider. They all have their place, their good points, …

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Choosing the Right Saw from the Top-Rated Chainsaws
February 19, 2019 · · Tractors & Farm Equipment

Add to Favorites When it comes to choosing the right saw from the top-rated chainsaws, there are a few things we’ve learned. As when buying other common farm equipment, making …

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Ketosis And The Family Cow

Add to Favorites By Kay Wolfe, Texas If you have a family milk cow, chances are you have experienced ketosis or you will. Ketosis is a metabolic disorder that affects …

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How to Talk to Consumers About Grass-fed Beef Benefits
February 19, 2019 · · Cattle

Add to Favorites With Spencer Smith – The key to talking about grass-fed beef benefits is understanding why a conscientious consumer is interested in grass-fed/finished beef. Consumers tend to choose grass-fed/finished …

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The Best Approach to Milking Cows is Consistency

Add to Favorites By John Hibma – What could be more satisfying, more rewarding than owning your own cow? Milking cows yields milk daily for your table. You could make your own …

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Calving Signs – Being Ready to Assist
February 19, 2019 · · Cattle

Add to Favorites When calving signs become evident, be prepared to assist when things aren’t progressing as they should. Know the stages of labor and how to react. When your cow …

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Why Raise Miniature Cattle?
February 19, 2019 · · Cattle

Add to Favorites By Professor Richard Gradwohl Washington – As 100-500-acre family farms continue to disappear, the small acreage family homestead farm is becoming more common. Miniature cattle breeds are particularly …

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Free Range Pig Farming on the Homestead
February 15, 2019 · · Pigs

Add to Favorites By Al Doyle – With free-range pig farming, you’ll be raising your own high-quality meat. Like other home-raised food products, meat from a homestead hog is far superior …

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