Tailgate Talk

March 5, 2016 02:21 AM
Tailgate Talk

By Sara Brown and Alison Rice

What A Day: Stay Off Your Phone!


Minutes after the farmer told his employee to stay off his cellphone and watch where he was going, the driver landed this load of chicken litter in a hole.

If you’ve had one of those days—or captured someone else’s—we’d love to share it with our readers. Email high-resolution images to whataday@farmjournal.com or mail prints to What A Day!, Farm Journal, P.O. Box 958, Mexico, MO 65265. Photos for publication will be selected on a first-come basis.

Cuba, U.S. Rebuild Trade Relationship with Tractors

Cleber will become the first U.S. factory in Cuba in more than 50 years.

A little more than a year after President Barack Obama announced plans to normalize relations with Cuba, the U.S. Treasury has approved the construction of the first U.S.-owned factory in Cuba in more than 50 years. The best part? It’s a tractor factory, run by two retired software engineers, Horace Clemmons (owner of Cleber LLC) and Saul Berenthal, who live in Alabama and want to manufacture small farm machinery for Cuba’s family farmers. The Oggun tractor plant, named after a god in Cuba’s syncretic Santeria religion, will assemble components into durable and easy-to-maintain 25-hp tractors. The factory could open as early as 2017.

Stat Rack

The United Nations has designated 2016 as the Year of the Pulses. Here’s how pulses, such as dry peas, lentils, chickpeas and beans, stack up in the U.S.:

3.29 million- Acres of dry peas, lentils, chickpeas and beans harvested in 2015

30 million- Pounds of dry edible beans harvested in 2015

18 million- Pounds of dry edible peas harvested in 2015

5.27 million- Pounds lentils harvested in 2015

60%- Pulses used for human consumption

43 gal.- Water needed to produce 1 lb. of pulses


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