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    Ask The Mechanic

    Q: My father has farmed with John Deere tractors since his father traded in a good set of mules at the John Deere dealer for a 1936 John Deere unstyled Model B, which we have restored. He got a little careless last week and topped off the cooling system with diesel on...

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    Family Business Matters

    In almost every family business I know, there have been cycles of negativity, conflict or mistrust among family members. I have also been privileged to witness several instances in which this cycle of conflict or pain has been changed through specific, albeit difficult, choices...

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    Ask The Vet

    Q: We have a cow/calf operation, with one group of cows calving in the fall and the other in the spring, allowing us to use one bull. For the past four years, in the fall-calving herd, we have consistently found 1- or 2-week-old calves with a skin condition that resembles...

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    USDA's set of January reports is set for Friday, Jan. 12. My usual comment on this particular set of numbers is that it's the Super Bowl, Daytona 500 and Kentucky Derby all rolled into one. It has the hype of the Super Bowl and the noise of the Daytona 500, and has come...

  • TaxLink

    As I write this column in early December, we don't know the final outcome of tax reform. We have a House version and Senate bill with significant differences, and no guarantee that passage will occur, much less how the two versions will be reconciled. If this legislation does...

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    Comments about the large size of the U.S. corn crop have eased from the first round of reaction last fall, but there are still questions of "How did that happen?" That's no surprise; after all, there's a huge pile of grain now to work through.