Thursday, May 31, 2012
Survey, Call, Protest!
Did any of you farmers get this survey by email? I completed it and wondered what you thought about it. It's from a non profit called Protect Ag Futures.
I got another email I am responding to because I believe in the cause. "Time is running out to prevent the EPA's regulatory onslaught, which is poised to drive up energy costs; destroying American jobs in pursuit of a radical environmentalist agenda.
The EPA's reckless "Utility MACT" regulation threatens Ohio's electricity grid with double-digit cost increases, and will kill jobs across the state with higher energy prices for all Americans.
The good news is that this EPA train wreck can be stopped" I am calling each Senator about this impact on my electricity bill because I don't believe we can afford a "better way" right now when we are so cash strapped, I mean BROKE.
Now this next one may have some scientific effect and may not. A farmer posted this on Crop Talk, and my first thought was, "this is just another old wives tale." Then I read some links and maybe it does have some merit although I don't see how the cost outweighs the benefit.
"Has anyone seen changes in the weather that could be due to windmills?
We were sort of joking around about it at work one day but the more I look at it the windmills really seem to be stopping the rain right to the east of them.
There is a new windmill farm about 30 miles west of us right now and every time a storm moves across it the clouds seem to break up (but not to the north or south of it) and then seems to form back up about 60 east of them.
Shot in the dark maybe but I was curious if anyone else has seen this trend as well."
The replies are interesting, you ought to read them if you get time. Some of us have more time than others, I understand.
I hope I didn't just kill a field of corn. I sprayed Capreno and Status on it trying to control the foxtail and the vines. It was spread with hog manure every chance the farmer had years ago and it sure grows good weeds. The corn is pretty sickly looking to start with so it was let the weeds take it or spend money and take the risk of doing the job for them!
I did get to meet the new Bayer rep though in the deal, he is Carl Hamman's son and I was at Carl's field day last August and wrote about it here. Looks to me like Bayer added another good young person to a field of good people.