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Forum: The Politics of Food February 24th, 2015, 11:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 172
Posted By Longtail
Re: Could This be the Answer to Big Food?

Many large farms practice good soil management, more all the time. More is better. Many farmers tend their owned land much better than their leased/rented crop land unless the land owner requires...
Forum: Off Topic February 20th, 2015, 07:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 157
Posted By Longtail
Re: are you blessed?

Oh yeh. Ive had my share of bad times but I for sure feel Ive had a blessed life. I love every day even tho I sometimes whine about things.
Forum: The Politics of Food February 16th, 2015, 10:22 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,570
Posted By Longtail
Re: Former Pro-GMO Scientist Speaks Out On The Real Dangers of Genetically Engineered

Global warming, gmo food/feeds, guns; the anti factions use all the same tactics. Then they don't understand why they cant get lasting traction..
Forum: Heirloom Gardening February 13th, 2015, 11:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 793
Posted By Longtail
Re: Neutral pH level 7.1

Yeh, gypsum is what I am adding this year. 50 lbs per 1000 sq ft.t I wouldn't be afraid to add boo coo lime either.rushed limestone that is. Not enuff Ca and nothing else matters. If ya start...
Forum: General Digging February 11th, 2015, 10:52 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 881
Posted By Longtail
Re: Foliar feeding

I prefer not to argue a lot with bh cause he does contribute thoughtful stuff.
Forum: General Digging February 9th, 2015, 07:36 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 881
Posted By Longtail
Re: Foliar feeding

Ive been foliar feeding for several years using Growers Mineral Solution as well as a fish emulsion/kelp product. I am quite happy withy the results as determined by leaving test rows to note any...
Forum: The Politics of Food February 6th, 2015, 09:48 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,092
Posted By Longtail
Re: Obama Proposes New Food Safety Agency

cliffrat could benefit by closer attention! There are huge differences between the parties. Tho it is easy to just sit back and take it on the chin.
Forum: The Politics of Food February 4th, 2015, 04:43 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,092
Posted By Longtail
Re: Obama Proposes New Food Safety Agency

Another foolish plan from this bankrupt administration. Hire mere government hacks who can never be fired. Why not put present employees to work.. tax and sprend is their only ideas to solve any...
Forum: The Politics of Food January 31st, 2015, 03:57 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,136
Posted By Longtail
Re: Big Food Gets Bigger

Smallgrocers are leaving because they can not compete with the purchasing power of larger chains. They have higher per item costs, people shop at price levels and product availability. How would you...
Forum: Off Topic January 30th, 2015, 11:43 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,012
Posted By Longtail
Re: Husqavarna lawn mower?

Old post I see. My 28 hp Husky with a 54 inch deck has been super. No complaints at all.
Forum: Recipes and Food Preservation January 30th, 2015, 11:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 539
Posted By Longtail
Re: meat pies

The wifes' pork pies are the best!
Forum: Recipes and Food Preservation January 30th, 2015, 11:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,381
Posted By Longtail
Re: butternut squash soup

We use winter squash of any kind for all sorts of stuff from main course to dessert. Ive always been a bit disappointed in squash soups?? Maybe the new butterscotch butternut will be better? They...
Forum: General Digging January 30th, 2015, 11:34 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,795
Posted By Longtail
Re: Urine to Activate the Compost Pile???

I just toss on some urea or woods litter to kick start a slow compost.
Forum: The Politics of Food January 30th, 2015, 11:33 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,136
Posted By Longtail
Re: Big Food Gets Bigger

More buying power results in lower prices to consumers as well as more product availability. More squeeze on the producer is a downside. But, that is the capitalist system which has grown this...
Forum: Heirloom Gardening January 25th, 2015, 11:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 793
Posted By Longtail
Re: Neutral pH level 7.1

I would add carbon, skip manure, and check to see where your calcium is at. My best plots are where the winter feed lots were, lots of manure for years and lots of imported hay. I have always had...
Forum: The Politics of Food January 14th, 2015, 07:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,323
Posted By Longtail
Re: week its done

As a law abiding person I am offended by those who come here illegally, and even more offended by those who support law breakers. We aren't supposed to svoose which law breakers to punish and those...
Forum: Off Topic January 13th, 2015, 12:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 921
Posted By Longtail
Re: No Cats

How about a chia pet
Forum: The Politics of Food January 7th, 2015, 10:37 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,238
Posted By Longtail
Re: Farmers Harmed by Decline in Nation's Public Seed Supply

I guess ya know there are over 200 independent seed producers in the U.S. I just don't see a shortage out there. Here again, there seems to be a drive of misinformation to confuse fpolks for a...
Forum: The Politics of Food January 7th, 2015, 10:31 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,432
Posted By Longtail
Re: Can Organic Crops Compete with Industrial Agriculture?

But organic growers could receive the same subsidies couldn't they? If corn has a target price, who would care who gets the deficiency payments? That's the case with crop insurance.
Forum: General Digging January 7th, 2015, 10:27 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,163
Posted By Longtail
Re: I've ordered my seeds

I call it gambling, not faith. Johnnys, Rupp and Dixondale is where all my stuff comes from, other than seed stock from right here. I gotta say, most seed catalogs really rip off the consumer.
Forum: The Politics of Food January 7th, 2015, 10:24 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,328
Posted By Longtail
Re: Why This Mom Boycotts Organic

Arguing these issues is like arguing the guns issue. Facts do not matter. Numbers can be used by both sides to their own advantages. proof will convince no one.
I do try to use organic farming...
Forum: The Politics of Food January 6th, 2015, 10:52 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,692
Posted By Longtail
Re: Number of Farmers

I just cant imagine farming like you dry guys!. Or in fact, living at all like that.
My main well is 100 feet with the pump at about 85' and it just doesn't pump dry. The 40' well can be pumped...
Forum: Seed Saving January 3rd, 2015, 07:57 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 9,404
Posted By Longtail
Re: True Garlic Seed

As an animal breeder I know there are many traits to select for as well as against.
What all traits will you select for? I use pretty tough selection criteria on my garlic such as size,...
Forum: The Politics of Food January 1st, 2015, 01:00 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 538
Posted By Longtail
Re: The changing face of farmers in Iowa

Oh yeh. Most farmers now start the growing year with a nice tan. Guess that's cause there are very few dairy farms left, they all grow corn and beans and spend winters in Florida? fewr older...
Forum: The Politics of Food December 31st, 2014, 04:22 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,238
Posted By Longtail
Re: Farmers Harmed by Decline in Nation's Public Seed Supply

I thank Josephs Garden for some interesting posts. I can differ on occasions but agree as well.
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