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  1. Thread: Corn ear worms

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    Re: Corn ear worms

    Mineral oil and an eyedropper will probably work. The commercial version is called a Zee-lator and is available from Johnny's Selected Seeds in Maine.
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    Re: How to finance becoming a farmer?

    >>>My question is how do farmers get started if they did not have a farm passed down to them?

    I've seen it done two ways - save money and buy a farm or work for a farmer, save money and buy the...
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    Re: Tomato experiment

    I staked my tomatillos last year, but probably didn't have to. They are a sturdy plant and don't grow real tall (at least in Central NY).

    We really enjoyed the tomatillos. They were great for...
  4. Thread: Smoke house

    by AndyF
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    Re: Smoke house

    Check here:http://www.ag.ndsu.nodak.edu/abeng/plans/MISC.htm . Several plans for smoke houses are listed.
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    Re: 2004 Garden results

    If you have a fair amount of surplus, you may want to look into a Second Harvest type organization. You can get a decent tax write-off and sometimes they'll even pick up the donation.
  6. Thread: fruit tree ?

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    Re: fruit tree ?

    Take a look at this website: http://www.sln.potsdam.ny.us/ for info on cold weather varieties. St. Lawrence Nursery specializes in fruit trees and berries for colder climates.
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    Re: Chicken coop / storage area

    4X8 is small. You won't be able to keep more than a dozen birds in the coop and that's pushing it. Five or six birds will be a better size flock for that coop.

    You may want to consider pole...
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    Re: Flooring/Insulation for pole barn

    You shouldn't have to insulate if you're going to keep some animals in the barn. Most animals will do fine without heat if you keep them out of the wind, keep their living area clean, and bedding...
  9. Thread: Farm Accounting

    by AndyF
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    Re: Farm Accounting

    I use MS Money for small business, but my bookkeeping is simple and the $ are small. Everything is done on a cash basis. I've set up accounts within Money to track all farm related income and...
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    Re: Chicken coop automatic door opener

    There was an article in the last issue of "The Natural Farmer", the Northeast Organic Farming Association newspaper which had a circuit for controlling a linear actuator from a satellite dish to open...
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    Re: Automated chicken coop

    Rookie,

    If the birds are out of the wind they can handle surprisingly low temperatures just fine. Last winter my birds did OK with below zero temps in the barn.

    When some of the birds aren't...
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    Re: Pole barn frame is not square, would it be bad?

    If you don't have a lot of time, but want it square have an experienced crew set the poles and maybe do all of the framing. It will be less than a days work for a good crew to do a garage size...
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    Re: Renting vacant Land

    Check with your local Cooperative Extension or FSA office. They typically have copies of standard lease agreements available and may be able to give you guidance as to the going rates in your area. ...
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    Re: Spray Inplace Foam Insulation??

    You may want to get a quote on having someone do it for you. I looked at some of the DIY kits and the cost was comparable to having it done.
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    Re: shop roof: sheathing or purlins?

    Purlins should be fine. If you're worried about condensation, consider having someone spray on polyurethane insulation inside the roof.
  16. Thread: School Business.

    by AndyF
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    Re: School Business.

    One way to approach it is to start your own business and let the kids help. We sell fruit and vegetables from a roadside stand and at several farmers markets. During the summer, my youngest boys...
  17. Thread: Greenhouse

    by AndyF
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    Re: Greenhouse

    Mac,

    What model Atlas do you have? I'm looking at their Snow Arch. A friend put up their RT20 model last year and wasn't real happy with how it went up as he had problems setting the ground...
  18. Thread: Greenhouse

    by AndyF
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    Greenhouse

    I'm planning to put up a hoophouse before fall and would like to hear from recent purchasers regarding their opinion of different manufacturers.

    The house will be 30X96 and unheated. I have...
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    Re: Anyone Using Hardy Plank

    My brother in law used it for his house. Five years later he painted because it had faded unevenly. He didn't really like installing it because it is heavy, brittle and needs a wall which is close...
  20. Re: What size posts must I use for a pole building ?

    Take a look at chapter 2 of the NRAES book, "Design Considerations" It has a lot of good information that will point you in the correct direction for sizing your posts. Alternately, talk to 2 or 3...
  21. Thread: Mad Cow

    by AndyF
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    Re: Mad Cow

    Despite its rhetoric, the USDA doesn't seem to be doing a good job of implementing procedures to ensure testing for BSE. This week a cow in Texas went down and showed signs of a CNS disorder and...
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    Re: Renovating Bathroom

    How are you planning to finish the floor? Finding a finish that will hold up has been my biggest problem for high traffic wet environments. In my last house I put a wood floor in the kitchen and...
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    Re: Dumb question but need to ask

    Your tiller should do OK for breaking ground for a garden. I've used a 5 hp Troy Pony to break new ground and it did OK. Just be prepared for some bucking and get ready to make several passes. ...
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    Re: Raccoon Cage Plans

    Check here: http://www.ag.ndsu.nodak.edu/abeng/plans/MISC.htm . I found plans for a rabbit hutch on this site. The rabbit hutch plans might work for a raccoon also.
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    Re: Shock Collars for dog training

    Thanks to everyone for their comments and advice regarding the shock collar. It sounds like it will work for me. So, on to the next question - where's a good place to get one and are some brands...
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