Thursday, March 30, 2017


The European Commission has proposed a full ban on pesticide substances suspected of having a negative impact on bee colonies in the EU, inflicting a major upset on two of the world’s largest agri-chemical businesses.

Our current administration's answer to this is to just get rid of the EPA. 

I'm sure that if Europe's ban passes, the chemical companies will soon come up with pesticides that are not so broad spectrum and are more pollinator friendly.  Until then, why should they bother? Sure, it will be harder for the farmer until they do, but perhaps we should look more to the future. The world is changing, and not always for the better.

If we continue relying on chemicals, shortly we will be pollinating by hand as they are currently having to do in parts of China. Then imagine the cost of harvest. (The decline of wild bees in China threatens more than just its apple and pear harvests, says pollination expert Dave Goulson)

Monday, March 20, 2017

The No.6 Traxcavator and some more backyard elk.

We got the No.6 Traxcavator running today!
(kinda large file of it running) Sorry, making it smaller is beyond my pay scale.

It's been a few years & it resented the neglect. We donated it to the Yamhill Historical Society and thought it would make a better gift if they could somehow load it up on something as opposed to cutting it into many pieces. It weighs over fourteen and a half tons, so it pretty much has to move under it's own power to get to the road. Hopefully it won't sink in the Lazy Farmer's hay field on the way there.

Friday, March 10, 2017

View from the front porch

Things like this keep my sanity. That and staying away from the news media.

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Maybe I should edit out that

piece of blue baler twine on the right?