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    Shattering is an all-too descriptive name for what happens when soybeans pop from their pods prior to harvest. Just as the seeds plummet prematurely from their pods, so fall shattered hopes of yields and profits.

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    Our Rural Roots

    Seasons have a way of changing on our farm as quickly as another piece of equipment has a way of breaking down around here. Spring weaning slips into summer haying, and before we know it, leaves are falling on the snow-white ground of the first fall frost.

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    Ask The Mechanic

    Q: I have a smaller Kubota tractor with a standard transmission. The gears are grinding when I try to put it in gear. And, the higher the gear, the more difficult it is to get in gear. I can cram it into gear, but I'm afraid to put it in the garage, because, sometimes, it...

  • TaxLink

    I'll be sending out the W-2 and 1099 forms to my clients in the coming month, so I thought it would be a good time to review the different types of employment classifications. I think one of the most frequently asked questions is if an employer should pay a worker as an...

  • BusinessLink

    It's the season for giving, but if annual gifting strategies are part of your estate plan, you may want to reconsider.

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    Residue Raises Complicated Questions

    To quote comedian John Mulaney, "It is so much easier not to do things than to do them, that you would do anything is remarkable." Now, I'm not lazy, but if I can be more effective by not doing something, why not? This is why conservation tillage--any practice that reduces...

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    Our Rural Roots

    Every year, my husband asks what I want for Christmas. Then, one gift finally helped me see how to ensure Christmas magic does come true: Everything on my wish list needs to be tax deductible. A present on Christmas morning for me is a present on tax day for him.