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2015 North American Manure Expo

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Not just a manure expo, but the 13th annual manure expo. Also, they held a slogan contest. I have no doubt that our community here on WU can come up with some interesting slogans. Slogans better than the ones at the link I bet. How about it guys?
Posted By: patty | Date: Sun Apr 26, 2015 | Comments (13)
Category: Agriculture, Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Farming

John Deere Manure Spreader



Eeyeuw! Thank god I am not a farmer, driving one of those manure plows. On the other hand, that manure spreader is pretty awesome. More of a "manure blaster" really. I envision "borrowing" one fully loaded with the most liquid poop and driving it down Main Street to wreak smelly, smelly vengeance.

By the way: if you want to see two hundred manure spreader videos, here is a YouTube playlist.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Apr 12, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Agriculture, Animals, Technology, Excrement

Round Egg

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After 64 bids a round egg sold for £480 on EBay. Amazing considering its still just an egg.
Posted By: patty | Date: Sat Feb 28, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Agriculture, Food

Corn Husking Championship





I can hardly wait to see who wins this year.



Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Sep 13, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Agriculture, Boredom, Contests, Races and Other Competitions, 1930's

Interstate Poultry School

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"Interstate poultry husbandry?" That could get you ten to twenty years in prison nowadays!

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Mar 17, 2013 | Comments (6)
Category: Agriculture, Animals, Education, 1920's

Onion As Weather Forecaster

No, we are not talking about the brilliant humor publication, The Onion. Rather, we are interested in this bizarre bit of folk wisdom:

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Here's another account, whose hero is depicted below, with greater details as to the proper procedure.

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How long has this been going on? At least seventy years, as we can see from this account.

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Has anyone ever heard of this before, or know of the origin of the practice?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Sep 25, 2012 | Comments (9)
Category: Agriculture, Regionalism, Superstition, Vegetables

Grazing Management Basics



More boring than "Wooden Bridge Inspection"? You be the judge!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jun 18, 2012 | Comments (3)
Category: Agriculture, Boredom, PSA's, Regionalism

Innovations in Haystack Slicing

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I readily confess to being a total city boy. But I still have to ask: would it not have been simpler to make smaller haystacks in the first place?

Or is this just something country folks do for fun?

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Feb 16, 2012 | Comments (7)
Category: Agriculture, Chindogu, 1930's

Johnson Smith Catalog Item #15

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What's good for pigs is good for people!

From the 1950 catalog.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Dec 12, 2011 | Comments (3)
Category: Agriculture, Animals, Injuries, Johnson Smith Catalog, 1950's, Pranks

Another Helping of Food Related Weirdness – 7

Scientists have a history of accomplishing what was once thought impossible, be it walking on the moon, splitting the atom or alleviating pain and disease. But now they may have discovered something that will eclipse all that has come before; scientists are on the verge of making chocolate better! A team lead by Dr. Siela Maximova from Pennsylvania State University has pieced together the genetic code of the cacao tree, and not just any cacao tree but the Criollo variety that is widely recognised to produce the very best chocolate. Because of its poor disease resistance, Criollo is almost entirely ignored in favour of hybrid varieties that yield more – if inferior – beans, but Maximova et al hope their work will enable the development of new, elite strains of cacao (News.com.AU).

Meanwhile, here is someone who is taking the chocolate maker’s art way too literally. Jean Zaun of Fredericksburg in Pennsylvania uses a mixture of dark and white chocolate, food colouring and confectioner’s glaze to recreate famous works of art, including the frames, in a deliciously edible form. Her subjects have included the works of Van Gogh, Munch and Da Vinci, as well as a portrait of Ozzy Osborne commissioned by his wife. While the chocolate artworks are edible, Zaun believes they should be souvenirs rather than snacks. “They are meant to be consumed by the eye, not the stomach.” Zaun Explained (Daily Mail).

And the misuse of materials won’t stop there, at least not if Dr. Peter Eisner of the Fraunhofer Institute gets his way. Concerned that meat consumption is both unhealthy and bad for the environment, Dr. Eisner has started looking for ways to supplement or replace animal products with vegetable equivalents. His first success is a milk substitute derived from lupins that can even be used to make cheese, meanwhile co-worker Daniela Sussmann has extracted a protein from the seeds gives low-fat sausages more of the sensation of their unadulterated competition. Eisner reckons that our ever growing appetite for meat could one day be disastrous, arguing that the resources needed to produce 1 kilo of meat could instead yield 80 to 100 kilos of fruit or vegetables (Softpedia).

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Posted By: Dumbfounded | Date: Mon Jan 10, 2011 | Comments (7)
Category: Agriculture, Animals, Farming, Art, Food, Bacon, Candy, Junk Food, Nutrition, Vegetables
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