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FSF -Talk Turkey

TALKING TURKEY

 
Meaning: To speaking frankly, discussing hard facts, or getting down to serious business.
 
Origin:  It’s first recorded in 1824, but is probably much older; one suggestion is that it goes back as far as colonial times. It is also suggested that it arose because the first contacts between Native Americans and settlers often centered on the supply of wild turkeys, to the extent that Indians were said to have enquired whenever they met a colonist, “you come to talk turkey?”
 
IN 1824 though it meant to speak agreeably, or to say pleasant things. Turkey gobbling was a distinct, natural sound on frontier farms. By 1830 the expression soon became 'to talk cold turkey', 'to speak bluntly' hence 'cold turkey' came to mean cold facts, unpleasant truths.  By the 1940s 'cold turkey' was a drug addict’s term for a sudden and complete withdrawal from drugs (reinforced by the addict's goose bumps, resembling uncooked turkey skin).
 
 
I hope your Thanksgiving is full of warm turkey and pleasant conversation with family!
 
Happy Thanksgiving
 
 
Sources:
 
http://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/2/messages/36.html
http://www.randomhouse.com/wotd/index.pperl?date=19991130
http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-tal1.htm
 
 

Farm Sayings Friday is weekly feature of Yield Starts Here. You might think your grandparents made it up, but that old saying likely goes back many years. In this feature we will figure out who said it first and what it really means! Do you have a well used saying in your family, send to us and we'll feature it in a future blog.

 
Yield Starts Here is a blog for farmers, focusing on increasing yield and profitability by focusing on the soil. It is managed by Craig Dick, a Blogronomist and Sales and Marketing Manager at Calcium Products. Find other articles by Craig and guest writers at http://blog.calciumproducts.com/ .
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How Long Does Gypsum Last

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Over at Ag Talk there was good question posed:

I applied one ton of gypsum(procal 40) on some tight wet ground and worked it in.How long will it last.That is a high rate.Do you think it will do any good?

Here are some of the answers posted:

  • Do you have drain tile under it? Supposedly that the only way to make good use of gypsum?
  • Having tile under it is not the only way to get good use out of it.
  • One ton an acre is not a high rate really. But you loose 30lb with every inch of rain. So on average your gypsum moves completely through the soil in almost 2 years. Since you worked it in that time will be a little shorter
  • The Calcium content from Gypsum can provide soil and plant nutrition for many ? 10 Plus years 
  • Hundreds of factors will determine the stability, and or leaching of S
  • Neal Kinsey says in his book that Gypsum will not build Ca levels unless the Ca is already at 60% base saturation.  Edit: Found this poking around the internets:  
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Gypsum Combined with Litter

I was reading through some old notes from a conference I attended last year.

In those notes I had written that the research conducted by Dr. Gary Felton has shown that the amount of phosphorus runoff from chicken litter can be completely reduced when mixed at a 1:1 ratio. It could be reduced by 90% when combined at a 2:1 (gypsum:litter) and by 50% when mixed at a 4:1 ratio.

This in conjunction with pelletizing could dramatically change the way we look at applying phosphates!

Previous story on pelletizing chick litter http://blog.calciumproducts.com/posts/chicken-manure-better-when-pelletized.cfm 

 

Yield Starts Here is a blog for farmers, focusing on increasing yield and profitability by focusing on the soil. It is managed by Craig Dick, a Blogronomist and Sales and Marketing Manager at Calcium Products. Find other articles by Craig and guest writers at http://blog.calciumproducts.com/ .

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FSF- Head for the Hills

 

 

 

HEAD FOR THE HILLS

Meaning: To Escape

Origin: This idiom http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idiom  is as old as the Bible,  Mark 13:14"As soon, however, as you see the Abomination of Desolation standing where he ought not" --let the reader observe these words--"then let those in Judaea escape to the hills;"


While the saying can be traced back to biblical time people and animals have likely escaped to the hills since the beginning of time.


American Plains Indians would routinely “head for the hills”  and spend their summers in the Rocky Mountains at higher elevations to escape the heat of summer.

 

 Farm Sayings Friday is weekly feature of Yield Starts Here. You might think your grandparents made it up, but that old saying likely goes back many years. In this feature we will figure out who said it first and what it really means! Do you have a well used saying in your family, send to us and we'll feature it in a future blog.

 
Yield Starts Here is a blog for farmers, focusing on increasing yield and profitability by focusing on the soil. It is managed by Craig Dick, a Blogronomist and Sales and Marketing Manager at Calcium Products. Find other articles by Craig and guest writers at http://blog.calciumproducts.com/ .

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FSF - Have You Ever...

Last night I was flipping through the channels when I came to IPTV, they were playing the Sons of the San Joaquin. They specialize in old time country music, and ever since I was a kid and went to the Flying W Ranch as a kid on a summer vacation, I have always enjoyed old time country music. One of their songs the Sons played last night was titled The Prospector. While not a farm saying I found it entertaining, I hope you will too.

THE PROSPECTOR

They headed out the canyon late autumn in the snow.
The old prospector and his mule were loaded, traveling slow.
He'd buttoned down his collar; his hat was stuck down like glue.
And they headed straight for Elko, because, well, they wanted to.
 
He chewed a twist of something that would surely curl your hair.
His long gray beard matched his steel, gray eyes with their penetratin' stare.
He moved with calm demeanor, seemed fearless through and through
As they headed straight for Elko, because, well, they wanted to.
 
His mule was short and wiry; his face was long and sad.
He had a way of travelin' kind'a like his owner had.
They seemed to fit together, their partnership was true
As they headed straight for Elko, because, well, they wanted to.
 
When they hoofed it into Elko, a bunch of cowboys gathered 'round.
See, they'd just come off together, and they was a shootin' up the town.
When they spied that old prospector, they knew just what they'd do.
They circled up around him, because, well, they wanted to.
 
One asked the old prospector if he'd ever learned to dance.
"No," he said real cautious, "I ain't never had the chance."
So the cowboy pulled his six gun and said, "Well, I'm up to teachin' you!"
And he danced that night in Elko, just as if he wanted to.
 
Yes, he danced and dodged them bullets like a jumpin' jack
Until he counted six, then he ceased dancin', stepped quickly to his pack.
He held a shotgun in his hands, his voice was calm and cool.
He said, "Tell me something, Sonny, have you ever kissed a mule?"
 
The young man's face contorted as he pondered his disgrace,
And he stared with consternation at that shotgun in his face.
He swallowed hard before he spoke, his voice came sharply through,
He said, "No! I ain't never kissed no mule!  But I've always wanted to!
 
JACK HANNAH
 
While I couldn't find the song online, you can listen to other songs by the Sons here. You can also catch the Son on Nov 25th, 2010 at 6:30 cst.
 

 Farm Sayings Friday is weekly feature of Yield Starts Here. You might think your grandparents made it up, but that old saying likely goes back many years. In this feature we will figure out who said it first and what it really means! Do you have a well used saying in your family, 

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SuperCal Increases RFQ

Gene Zimmerman with Quality Soil Nutrition has sent us some analysis of forages fertilized with SuperCal SO4 pelletized gypsum, SuperCal 98G pelletized lime, and chicken litter.

As you can see SuperCal products added to the RFQ significantly.

 

The Relative Forage Quality (RFQ) index is an estimate of voluntary intake of available energy when forage is fed as the sole source of energy and protein.

Every point increase in RFQ should translate to $1 per ton increase in sales prices.

Yield Starts Here is a blog for farmers, focusing on increasing yield and profitability by focusing on the soil. It is managed by Craig Dick, a Blogronomist and Sales and Marketing Manager at Calcium Products. Find other articles by Craig and guest writers at http://blog.calciumproducts.com/ 

 

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Ag lime is a Service !?!

It’s been a great fall for spreading fertilizer and agricultural lime. Distributors are running short of fertilizer and the quarry next door to us is sold out of ag lime.
 
We talk with fertilizer dealer all the time about why they apply ag lime. Many say their customers demand it or its a service. Since the customer is always right we will deal with the first statement latter. So lets explore how ag lime is a service.
 
A service is "work done by one person or group that benefits another". How is the dealer serving its customers by selling them a poor quality product? If there are better products out there are you not serving them better by bringing them to their attention?
 
Storage
Many times to get access to enough ag lime it has to be stored off site from where it is made. Believe it or not, there are those that are actually paying to store lime in a building. This is slightly better than piling it in the field or out in the open, but is it the best use of resources? 
 
What if this building was full of potash, phosphates, or other hard to come by fertilizer? Better yet what if you had 98G in the building. Taking 98G in the summer months gives dealers a considerable cost savings. Taking product early can pay for storage in 3 years!
 
 
Owning dump trucks 
While most cooperatives are in the trucking business, I have only seen a few that own dump trucks.  I guess it makes sense if you have the staff and can find plenty of uses for this truck outside of lime season but, a used 2007 Mack dump truck will run you $70,000 to $90,000! Wouldn’t it make more sense to have someone in a floater. Sure you’ll spend more money on the floater but you'll be applying a product that actual works.
 
Utilizing equipment 
Once the ag lime gets to the field you need to get it loaded into the floater. You have two choices, a loader or conveyor. A Loader will run you $70,000-$100,000 plus operator and upkeep. A tow-able floater loader and pickup will be about half that and you still have another operator.
 
It doesn’t take any more equipment to put 98G in your warehouse and load it with existing equipment. In fact the more tons you move through existing fertilizer equipment the better a dealers margins are and that means they are able to better serve their customers.
 
Losing 25% or more to drift
A lot of very good quality lime is lost to drift. When ag lime forms a visible cloud it can be 80% or more ag lime.   
 
We are not making this up, the EPA set's opacity and visual emission standards! Ag lime loss to wind is very significant. If this field was an industrial manufacturing plant it could be subject to huge penalties!
 
  
Additional lime is lost in spreading.

Again the same principles apply when spreading. When I worked in ag retail and would stop by to ask for ag lime sales from farmers everyone would say, "you can have my business if you spread on a calm day". I have never talked with a farmer that was happy with the wind conditions his lime was spread in.

Even if it

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