One Size Does Not Fit All

My donkeys spend their lives on soft pastureland with plenty to eat, which means they need their hooves trimmed every couple of months. Observing my two donkeys during their recent hoof trimming reminded me how there are no “one size fits all” solutions for learning trust. Christian or donkey—admittedly, it’s sometimes difficult to tell the Read More >

A Powerful Reminder

Our Cross-Dubya ranch gives many reminders of how much God has blessed my life. The livestock lowing softly through the morning fog reminds me of God’s steadfast protection. Bubba the chocolate lab’s greeting when I open the door leading to the garage, reminds me of God’s enduring love and the loyalty I offer Him. A Read More >

Keeping True

Most farmers I know don’t think in terms of degrees, minutes, and seconds. We don’t much concern ourselves with converting between true and magnetic north, or the angle of declination. Our goal is to plow a straight line and plant a straight row. Most folks who think that a simple task has never driven a Read More >

Uncommon Vetch

Sometimes God uses the most common things to teach us uncommon lessons. This is one of those times. Like most things since January 2021, seed has become less available and its price has skyrocketed. In planning for my winter forage planting this year, I had to consider availability and what my remaining forage budget could Read More >

A Stronger Fence

One thousand five hundred four feet of 2 7/8-inch drill stem, posts eight-foot on center and sunk five-foot deep; each encased in 160 pounds of concrete. Welded top-rail and a sucker rod bottom join each post to the other. We welded the 16-foot heavy-gauge steel panels across top, bottom, and sides. Standing five-feet tall, let Read More >

Culling the Herd

As much as I try to forget this when caring for our livestock, ranching is a business; and sometimes circumstances require tough business decisions. Like any business venture, good managers look at data, consider profit and loss, and decide to either continue investing or end the endeavor. Managing a cattle herd is no different. In Read More >

Amber Waves of Grain

I’ve learned a lot about farming since I retired. Much has come from reading and studying the science of farming. When I combined that learning with the common sense guidance of many “old timers”, it has helped me to produce some amazing harvests. Take winter wheat for example. Managed correctly, you can use it to Read More >