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  1. Huge Food Loss in USA

    Coronavirus
    News report on food loss / wastage in USA https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/09/us-coronavirus-outbreak-agriculture-food-supply-waste Billions of dollars worth of food is going to waste as growers and producers from California to Florida are facing a massive surplus of highly...
  2. Potato Towers

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    You want to grow plenty of potatoes but limited in space?
  3. Report; Old Tractors in Demand

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    http://www.startribune.com/for-tech-weary-midwest-farmers-40-year-old-tractors-now-a-hot-commodity/566737082/ farmers are buying older tractors easier maintenance much cheaper to fix/maintain/run than newer stuff (tractors, like cars, getting computerized.) quote; “There’s an affinity factor...
  4. What is a Prepsteader?

    Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    What is a prepsteader? It is someone who combines prepping and homesteading. However, the complete answer is a little more complicated. To see the whole picture we need to go back to at least the 1970s, or maybe the early 1980s. What we consider prepping today was everyday life during the...
  5. Is your garden area flooded out?

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Potatoes were supposed to be planted two weeks ago, but the garden area is one step from being a marsh. If I were to put the tractor in the field, it would probably get stuck. If I were to use the tiller, I would be tilling mud. Here in southeast Texas, we have barely gone 3 or 4 days without...
  6. Changing Tractor Implements

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Let's hear some tips for changing tractor implements. The sway bars, one side is adjustable, the other side is not. Well, not really adjustable, just it can be adjusted to level the implements. I connect the side that is not adjustable first. Pull the tractor forward or backward until the...
  7. Genetic diversity in your seed stockpile?

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Is genetic diversity in your seed stockpile a consideration? I know a lot of people here save their seeds, and that is great. However, wouldn't using the same cross pollinated seeds over and over create a genetic bottle neck? To prevent this, I try to buy my seeds from various sources. In...
  8. Farm Equipment: Bush Hog

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    This is not a hog that lives in the bushes. It is a tractor mounted piece of farm equipment used for cutting brush and grass. This is how farmers keep their fields cut. Safety first. the shaft that sticks out of the rear of the tractor is what powers the blades of the bush hog, this is...
  9. Sweet Potato Slips from Vines?

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I have been experimenting with growing some Beauregard sweet potatoes, this summer. They came in slips and I was wondering, what is to stop me from just plucking off a part of the vine and starting new slips? Does anyone have any experience with this? I'm sure I can get the vine to grow, but...
  10. Farm update June 2017

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    In the latter part of 2016 I started clearing old fence lines, pulling up old fence, cutting trees, clearing brush... to make way for a new fence. I have not worked on the fence line for a over a month. There are a couple of reasons for the negligent, we have been getting a lot of rain and I...
  11. Stuff found around farm after collpase

    Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Article was written for people who have no experience around a farm. http://www.alloutdoor.com/2017/05/05/preppers-resources-around-rural-farm/ Topics covered: Seeds Farm equipment Fruit trees Livestock Water
  12. Wisconsin livestock laws

    Wisconsin
    I was wondering about Wisconsin livestock laws. I came across this form: https://datcp.wi.gov/Documents/PremisesRegistrationApp.pdf Somebody told me that if we own livestock, that you must register with the state with the types of animals, numbers of each, etc. Can somebody please shed some...
  13. Must have tractor attachments

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Article I put together on AllOutdoor about farm tractor attachments. Brush hog Disk Middle buster Row maker Grapple Bucket Auger Check out the article in the above link and let me know what you think.
  14. Planting weeds and grass for goats and sheep?

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Anyone here have goats and sheep, or one or the other? What is good to plant for them? I would like something that I do not have to plant every year. I am looking at getting short haired sheep. Pasture will be around seven acres. There is a lot of underbrush on the area right now. Lots of...
  15. Livestock fence project

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Over the past couple of years I have been wanting to fence in a few acres for goats, sheep and maybe a couple of cattle. The fence is just going to be barbed wire. Sections of telephone poles for corner post. I decided to start the project. I picked one corner where the fence is going and...
  16. Pygmy Goats

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I have stated raising Pygmy goats. I have 4 does and 2 bucks. I anyone else raising them? I have one pregnant, I plan on milking them to have milk, make cheese and butter.
  17. 2017 Resolutions for Preppers

    Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    What are your 2017 new years resolutions? Or rather, what would you like to do different this year than you did in 2016? Mine are: Firearms: I am looking at adding three firearms to my collection: Lever action Henry rifle in 30-30 Winchester. Bolt action 22 rifle. Maybe another pump...
  18. Problem with tractor exhaust and log splitter

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I landed a log splitter that connects to a tractors three point and PTO. The problem, the exhaust of the tractor comes out at the rear axle. As you are splitting logs you are breathing diesel exhaust. At first I thought about getting some kind of flexible tubing that can be attached to the...
  19. My "free" retirement account/peak oil prep- natural and other resources

    Financial Forum
    This is my plan I thought I would share with anyone who can use it.. Background: I'm in my mid 20s and have 12 acres of potentially farm-able land, a truck and live in a rural/suburban area of mixed demographics.... Used to do the scrap metal game back when gas was high and metals were high...
  20. New member to flock

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I think this is so cool. Besides bmy flock of chickens I have four turkeys, a blue slate tom two burbern red hens. and a bronze hen. A couple nights ago I closed the turkey house without looking in. The next morning I let then out and had five. A wild turkey hen joined up with the flock . I...
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