Tailgate Talk - Late Spring 2018

April 17, 2018 04:23 PM
What A Day: On the Flip Side

What A Day: On the Flip Side

While turning, the steering rod broke, and this unfortunate trailer went belly up in the middle of a field.

If you’ve had one of those days—or captured someone else’s—we’d love to share it with our readers. Email images to whataday@farmjournal.com or hashtag #FJWhatADay on social media.

Book Honors Heroism, Giving Spirit After Wildfire

John R. Erickson’s latest Hank the Cowdog book draws on his experience with 2017’s Perryton wildfire. In an interview with KFDA News Channel 10 in Amarillo, Erickson shares he wrote “The Case of the Monster Fire” as a thank you to the people who helped his family and to show the strength of people in the Panhandle.

Hank The Cowdog

On March 6, 2017, the Perryton Fire burned 318,000 acres in the Texas Panhandle, including 90% of Erickson’s 6,000-acre ranch, which includes his home, a guest house and the office where he writes his books. Erickson and his wife, Kris, made it out with a few belongings. “Got out with two laptops, Kris’ mandolin and the clothes we were wearing. We’re probably lucky to do that. After the fire, I had no place to write,” Erickson says.

Sometimes it takes Erickson up to three years to write a book; in this case it was just three weeks. “The Case of the Monster Fire” is the 71st book in the Hank the Cowdog series and is now available in stores and through Amazon.

Stat Rack

Based on Farm Journal’s 2017 seed and planting survey, which received 535 responses:

47% Of farmers bought the majority of their seed from farmer-dealers, which is down from 51% in 2016

28% Bought from ag retailers, which is down from 25% the year earlier

14% Bought from co-ops, up from 12% in 2016

8% Bought direct from the company, which is down from 9% in 2016

2% Bought from other sources, up from 1% in 2016

1% Bought online, which is up from a half percent the prior year

Source: Farm Journal Research

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