With spring a couple of months away, it’s time for cattle producers to begin planning to wean last year’s calf crop. Cattle producers have the goal to keep calves healthy and growing throughout the entire weaning process while maintaining profitability. We all know weaning is a stressful experience for both calves and their dams and while we cannot totally alleviate stress, there are some management practices that can be used to help minimize it during the process.
Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, I went to the movies a lot, often alone, and I’d see pretty much anything, because the golden-salty greatness that is movie theater popcorn makes seeing almost anything worthwhile. I’d order the large size (only a dollar more — they’re practically paying you to get it!), eat until my mouth hurt, then put the rest in a plastic bag to take home. Yes, I brought a plastic bag to the theater expressly for this purpose. And over the course of a dozen pre-COVID-19 Dinner at a Movie reviews, it was my total pleasure to learn more about the nuances of movie popcorn from Seattle Times film (and book, and popcorn) critic Moira Macdonald. I miss the movies and I miss Moira — but I can still see both of them, if only on a home screen. I’ve probably missed movie popcorn an inordinate amount over the last 17 years, I mean, 10 months.
In Richmond County, the farmers’ market starts up in late April or early May, but local growers typically have little to sell at that time. A market window is thus available for crops that are ready to harvest at that time. For example, at the Sandhills AGInnovation Center Demo Farm we will be testing an overwintering, sprouting broccoli that can be planted in late summer or early fall to provide a 3-week harvest in early spring. This new variety needs protection only if the temperature drops below 20oF. We will also see if customers will buy it, since it differs from standard heading varieties.