Sunday, June 16, 2019

Spiders,Bees, and Dragons

Walking around photos.
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Crab spider & Megachile or Leaf cutter bees

Sweat bee landing

Sweat bee on blackberry

Honey Bee on Blackberry

 Red-veined Meadowhawk
Sympetrum madidum

 Red-veined Meadowhawk
Sympetrum madidum

 California Darner (male)

California Darner (female)

Friday, February 22, 2019

News from the USDA - Good news for farmers?

It doesn't look like it.

The USDA estimates a net farm income of $66 billion for 2018, compared with $134 billion in 2013. 
Early last year Trump admitted farmers would take a hit in the trade war, but he insisted that they would “understand.” These are “great patriots,” he added, referring to the farmers. “They understand that they’re doing this for the country.” The Farm Bureau, which represents the nation’s farmers, has spoken out against tariffs and the trade war. The administration has set aside $12 billion to bail out farmers hurt by the president’s trade war.
Russian farmers are one of the beneficiaries of the trade war. Their soybean exports to China more than doubled last year, according to The Wall Street Journal. Russia’s overall trade with China rose more than 27 percent to over $100 billion last year, according to the Journal. The increase in trade between the nations has been reportedly nurtured by an increasingly powerful relationship between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin, who are taking advantage of an America that is on the trade sidelines. 
The trade war has also been linked to the highest number of Midwestern farm bankruptcies in a decade, according to an analysis of court records by the Journal. 
Farmers’ fortunes could change if the United States and China work out their trade differences in talks that are underway. But even in the event of a trade deal, China’s recently developed commercial relationships with farmers in other countries could continue for years. Johansson also warned that unsold American soybeans now stored could take years to “unwind.”
As for the near future, the South American soy harvest “would make exports more competitive in the rest of the marketing year, dimming the prospects for an export recovery,” Johansson warned, according to Reuters.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

The Coot is sold

One of the best of these out there. Sold new in Dec. 1971.
I'm the 2nd owner, always kept under cover.
Original Coot trailer
all wheel drive
Rear steering linked to front
Trailer could use some cleaning up but has good tires.
Has the extra gas tank, all original paperwork, inc. build sheet, assembly sheet, receipts,etc.
I'm looking to break even on what I paid for it. $3,800 for both, trailer & Coot for a quick sale.
The Coot's been garaged, but the trailer was in the barn & because of the barn owls, needs cleaning.
With two Willy's jeeps, this is not just not getting used.
Google Coot ATV for more info.
Click on a photo for a larger image

Email me if you are interested. (my profile)

Friday, December 14, 2018

The Egret and the roughskin newt

The rough-skinned newt or roughskin newt, (Taricha granulosa), produces a neurotoxin called Tetrodotoxin or (TTX).
The neurotoxin TTX is said to be 10,000 times more toxic than cyanide and two to three times stronger than the venom of the world's "deadliest" snake, the Inland Taipan from Australia. It is the same toxin found in Puffer Fish and is exuded through the skin when the newt is disturbed..
Some of the common Garter Snakes have evolved with an immunity to the toxin, but no other animal has and to the best of my knowledge egrets have not and will die shortly after eating one. This egret played with the newt for at least a half hour, holding it gently and washing it often. When the bird finally saw me, it flew farther away, carrying the newt with it.  While I did not see it swallow the newt, I looked up, and the newt was gone. Perhaps it was washing out the TTX to a point where it wasn't toxic enough to harm the bird and then ate it?  Or it was just playing with it.
I looked around today and couldn't find a dead egret, so I guess he's ok.
ex bias -0.7 step

                                               As usual, click on one for a better view.

 The above shot reminds me of the Simpson's Mr Burns

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Winter Birds around the farm

All look better when clicked on.