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Farm and Ranch Living October/November 2020

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shared goals

As I read through the ag diaries for this issue—an issue that rounds out my first year as editor of Farm & Ranch Living— something dawned on me, and it underscores one of the things I love so much about this publication. You see, these diaries, both written last October, come from farms that could hardly be more different on the surface. The first, penned by Brent Rendel (page 22), comes from a 4,000-acre, third-generation grain farm in Oklahoma. The second was written by Army veteran Anita Roberson, who runs a 10-acre farm and apiary in Virginia with her husband, Thomas. They grow for farmers markets and make soaps, lotions and other value-added products using homegrown florals and honey (page 28). As you’ll read, weather played a big role in Brent’s month;…

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COULD IT BE...? I just received the August/September issue of Farm & Ranch Living. I think the old tool on page 8 is a hand-woven wire fence stretcher. MARY WHITE PETERSBURG, MICHIGAN Jan Corey Arnett’s mystery tool seems to have left a whole lot of us scratching our heads. It may be hard to believe, but Mary White’s guess is the only one we’ve received! Do you think she’s right? Got any other ideas? Here’s Jan’s photo again to help jog your memory. A NEW CONUNDRUM Dad was a collector of treasures he found at tag sales, estate sales and the dump. He would bring home curious items and research them until he knew all about them. He had these clips in the shed, which we found after he died. We don’t know what they…

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lovin’ the life

GRANDPA IS MY CO-PILOT Raelyn and her Grandfather Tom love to spend time together. On this sunny fall day, they were hanging out on Grandpa’s tractor, having a little visit. JAMIE ROMINGER ZIONVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA 1. PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT My nephew Colton is so talented. He has held his own in roping competitions all over, even alongside grown cowboys. AMBER HERSH CARR, COLORADO 2. WHAT ARE THE ODDS? Every year we dress up our Red Holstein Teeny for Halloween. Here’s Teeny wearing a racehorse costume while our nephew Wyatt plays the role of jockey. TYLER TISDALE LANCASTER, TENNESSEE 3. WHEELBARROW BUDDIES We were cleaning out our garden when my little sister Sharon climbed into the wheelbarrow with the family dog, Buddy. JOANN LEHMAN LAKE, MICHIGAN 4. SPOT THE DIFFERENCE Such fun to share in my great-nephew Bradley’s first autumn at his parents’ place,…

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flocking to the fowlers

The early winter storm was much worse than the forecast had predicted. In the 1950s, weather was frequently more best-guess than science. “Sweetheart,” Dad whispered to Mom, “I’ve got to get out of bed and go check on the turkeys.” When Dad left the house, Mom worried that he wouldn’t be able to make it to the farm. The snow was whipping around their little white frame house at 40 miles per hour, and there were deep drifts forming on the driveway. At 7 a.m., Mom was ready to call for help when Dad’s truck slid into the driveway. He nearly collapsed on the kitchen floor. “Call Bishop Gurney,” he stammered. “Have him tell the congregants to come up to the farm and get a free turkey for dinner. “Near as I can tell,…

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pressing on

After World War II, my great-grandfather Frederick Heidtmann moved from Floral Park, Florida, to what became his family farm in Massachusetts. The sprawling 40-acre farm was a wonderful place to raise a family, and it boasted 10 acres of apple trees. My father, when he was a child, loved to roam his grandfather’s orchards. He helped pick the apples, which were sold to Veryfine juice company. The years and seasons came and went; Great-Grandpa Frederick passed away and the family farm was sold. But my father never stopped missing the farm where he’d so dearly loved learning as a child, so he bought his own place in the 1970s. There he planted many of the same apple varieties he knew so well from his childhood. The orchard on my parents’ farm has grown…

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deep roots in the great plains

My name is Brent Rendel and I’m part of a three-generation family farm. Rendel Farms is composed of three separate farms that look, feel and function like a single operation. This allows us to perform at a high level of efficiency, but gives each farmer the flexibility to chart their own path. I farm alongside my mother, Sue Rendel, and my nephew, Zack Rendel. My older brother, Greg, works with us as well. Terry Warren completes our small team as our only nonfamily full-time employee. Ours is a fairly traditional grain farm. We operate on about 4,000 acres of land, growing about 5,200 acres of winter wheat, winter canola, corn and soybeans each year. All of our winter crop acres are planted back to soybeans after spring harvest. The production is…