March 22, 2010
Every nine out of 10 years, Iowa farmer Dave Sieck expects the Missouri River to stay in its banks near his farmland in Glenwood, Iowa, about 15 miles south of Council Bluffs. But lately, it’s been a rough run. This is the third year in a run some Sieck and Midwest farmers are facing the threat of flooding.
“It’s a never-ending battle, especially on the bigger rivers,” he said. “We plan on losing a crop once or twice every 10 years.”
February 8, 2010
During the cold days of February, Nebraska farmer Leland Uden sometimes recalls a joke he’s heard from his non-farming friends:
“I wish I could be a school teacher in the summer and a farmer in the winter.”
Uden’s winter to-do list proves at least the farmer part of that joke isn’t true. A farmer’s job doesn’t stop at harvest. Here’s what Uden has been up to since his crop was harvested in November:
November 19, 2009
By Tyne Morgan
What is your biggest fear? Maybe it’s having a close encounter with a venomous snake or getting bit by a shark. But if it’s getting stuck in an elevator by yourself, I recently experienced it firsthand.
Let me preface this by telling you I thought I was stuck in an elevator once before. My father worked at the courthouse, so after school that became a second home for my sister and me. I think I was 5 or so and using the elevator in the building was nothing unusual for us. But this time, we got in and nothing happened. Needless to say we freaked out. We pressed the call button numerous times just to discover once they opened it that we’d never pressed the button for the third floor to begin with. I think practically all the employees at the courthouse came out to see what the commotion was about. Needless to say, this is one of my most embarrassing moments.