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Read online content from popular Progressive Forage columnists including Paul Marchant and Brad Nelson, as well as comments from Progressive Forage editor Lynn Jaynes.

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January – at least the days are starting to get longer. The comings and goings of yours truly and the old yellow hay truck in January depended on the hay market. Some years, it paid to haul from southern Idaho to the Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington, areas.

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“But we already have a four-horse trailer.”

Even before I said those words, I knew I had lost this argument with my husband. Still, this issue deserved venting, so I piled it on: “In fact, we already have two four-horse trailers, yes? And no horses.”

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Each year, we analyze our top online articles to see what readers are looking for. Sometimes we’re surprised (a little) to see what articles drive the most traffic, but it’s always fun to look back and see what readers found most interesting. Check out this 2019 list (compiled from Oct. 1, 2018, to Oct. 1, 2019) in case you missed any of these stories; do any of them surprise you?

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’Tis the season for a trip to Tractor Supply for a few of my favorite farmers. I made my list (and checked it twice!), and then my little brother amended it to make sure I was getting what he really wanted. It was such a fun list to make we decided to parody it Jeff Foxworthy style. A 2019 Farmer’s 12 Days of Christmas was born.

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A couple of years ago, we were anticipating a rather bland Christmas. I believe it was the first year after the youngest of the kids had left the house after his graduation from high school, so I guess that officially made my wife and me empty nesters.

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It’s hard to believe I’ve been writing this column for Progressive Forage for three years. When I heard the magazine was looking for someone to write about vintage tractors and old hay machines, I knew it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.

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