Tailgate Talk

August 20, 2016 02:01 AM

By Dan Anderson and Sara Brown


What A Day: Oh, Brother!

No one will tell on you more than your family. Clearly it wasn’t this farmer’s fault his semi truck fell through the bridge, but we guarantee it’s a story that will continue to be told over and over again.

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 Twitter and Instagram.

Questions of Rural Etiquette

Sometimes living and working in a rural area raises questions that haven’t been addressed by Emily Post or other experts on social etiquette. For example:

  • if the neighbor goes by hauling hay or grain three or four times an hour, at what point can you stop waving “hello” at each other?
  • what is the proper way to deal with a drone hovering over your farmstead?
  • how much gravel is acceptable to appropriate from the county road in front of your house to fill holes in your driveway?
  • when an out-of-county vehicle stops on a rural road near your house, is the proper greeting, “Do you need help?” or “What the heck are you doing here?”
  • if a mechanic forgets or drops a tool while working on equipment, can he drive into the field to retrieve it without permission?
  • if your neighbor asks for help pulling out a stuck tractor, do you immediately post pictures on Facebook, or wait until it is back on dry ground?

Stat Rack

Most processors are asking dairy producers to phase out rBST, a long-used technology. Here’s what’s at stake:

1 gal.- Amount of additional milk given per day when cows are treated with rBST

In Wisconsin, to produce the same amount of milk without rBST, farmers would need an additional:

59,000 cows 

164,000 acres of cropland 

23.9 billion gallons of water (equal to the annual water usage of 43,000 U.S. households with a 
family of four) 

These additional cows would add:

733,000- Metric tonnes of CO2e (equal to adding another 155,000 cars on the road annually)

1.15 million- Tons of manure (more than the state’s annual human sewage)


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