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Progressive Forage editor Lynn Jaynes grew up on a cow/calf and farming operation in southern Idaho, and has published several books. Her commentary blends love of agriculture with industry perspective, common sense and sound values.

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I talked to a progressive producer at a winter show who said he had invested maybe $40,000 in precision and tracking technology that generated all kinds of data from his farm. Then he spread his arms about 18 inches wide and said, “I have a box full of information that I have no idea what to do with.”

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Dale Carnegie said, “If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”

In college, my freshman dorm room was located on the ground floor. I had a habit of arising early while others slept. One morning, I caught movement out of the corner of my eye.

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The question during winter months is not “Will you go to an ag trade show or association meeting,” but “How many ag trade shows or meetings will you go to?” Holy moly, there are more trade shows than tines on a wheel rake. It doesn’t take very many shows before trade show vendors feel a little tumbled with “leaf loss” themselves.

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I remember preparing my first Thanksgiving dinner as a newlywed. It was incredibly stressful. While a supper of freshly baked bread, cold milk, a slice of cheese and a dill pickle was (and still is) a feast in my book, according to my husband the stuffing at Thanksgiving was key to his happiness, and no one made it better than his mother. Grrreeeaaattt … where was I supposed to go from there?

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Every now and then on an ag online forum, I run across something that I can sit on no longer; it has to be shared. The first incident I’ll share with you has been modified slightly (with the author’s permission) to make it family friendly and to protect the identities of those family members who, bless their hearts, are doing their best to help.

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Common sense says it’s tougher to hit a moving target with a rifle than a stationary target. Hunting practice can assist in making adjustments for a moving target, but wartime wouldn’t be a good time to figure it out. During war, not only is the target moving, it’s shooting back.

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