Happy New Year! Oh, my what a mild start to winter. Quite a contrast to the last 4 or 5 years. We took most of December “off” from daily farm activity. Took advantage of some mild weather and cleaned up a couple of dead trees. We enjoyed time with children, visited with friends and now we begin a new season.

This time of year there are lots of events and meetings we can go to and recently we spent a day at Western Missouri State at a vegetable growers conference. One of the take aways for us is a new to us method of dealing with cucumber beetle. We are going to plant a trap crop to capture those little critters. We met some new people, reconnected with growers we have met before and gained some insight.

The seed potatoes, sweet potato slips are ordered, and the seed list is just about ready to be called into our 2 main suppliers. We are reviewing our crop rotations, evaluating some varieties and looking for some new ones to try.

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