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Baby Pigs and Their Moms April 13, 2012

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Today we are visiting the farrowing house.  This is a farming term for the barn where baby pigs are born and taken care of by their moms and farmers.  Similar to the maternity suite at the hospital.

Baby pigs are approximately three pounds at birth.  A sow (mother pig) typically births 12-14 babies in a litter.  The babies will be up and moving almost immediately.  Their first instinct is to find their mother’s milk.  Her first milk is called colostrum; it contains maternal antibodies and is especially high in nutrients.  Colostrum is important to helping the baby pigs start out healthy.

The babies and their mom’s will stay in this barn for approximately 21 days.  They will grow to 12-15 pounds in that short time.  All the features of the barn are set up to keep them warm, provide a constant feed and water source, and a clean environment.

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Welcome to our Pig Farm March 20, 2012

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We’re kicking off the Beans to Bacon Follow Farming.  We hope to show you around the operation of a pig farm.

Welcome to Scott and Tracie Isler’s farm.  They grow market hogs.  The words hogs, pigs and swine are three common words for the same thing.  Isler’s raise pigs from birth to market.

It’s their passion. Scott works fulltime on the farm with his brother and other family members.  Tracy also helps on the farm and teaches school.  They love farming and hope this Follow Farming project will show you more about pigs.

Harvest! It’s time to harvest the soybeans. October 19, 2011

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After eight months, the soybeans are ready for harvest. Remember back that we made a pre-planting strategy, planted the seeds, watched for pests and weeds, waited for the soybeans to mature, and now we are in the field for harvest. Check out the combine cutting the soybeans and loading the truck for transport.

So Close to Harvest October 9, 2011

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The soybeans are ready for harvest. The leaves have dried up and dropped off. The stems are dry and the pods are crisp. The beans themselves have changed from green to a golden yellow. The video will show a good look at our field before it is harvested.

Soybeans are Progressing September 23, 2011

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A close look at the soybean pods show fast changes from green then to yellow and finally to brown. We also show the beans are progressing from plump green beans to hard, dry yellow beans.

Soybeans – Starting to Turn September 20, 2011

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As the days short, the soybeans in our Follow Farming field are quickly maturing.  Check out the changes in color (from deep, dark green to an autumn yellow).

Beans Tightly Packed in Pod September 8, 2011

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Looking across our Soybean Field

An early morning check of the field today shows the soybean plants are still green. In our area, we are just starting to see a few fields that are “turning”.  When farmers say “the field is turning”, they are referring to the plants starting to dry down and the plant will start to look yellow and brown.  As you can see, our whole field is still green.

3 beans tightly packed in pod

The BIGGEST change since our last update is how much the soybeans have grown.  We don’t mean the plants themselves (they are still approximately 3-feet high).  Rather the soybeans INSIDE the pods are much bigger.  The soybeans are as green as grass right now. When we harvest them, they will be golden yellow/brown. Take a look at the picture which shows how tight the three soybeans are lined up inside the pod.

Our area has continued to have regular rain falls.  All the crops (mostly soybeans and corn) in our local area look good.  Harvest is about a month away!    

Plants are loaded with pods

 

Mid Summer Farm Activities August 26, 2011

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The crops are busy growing in the field and the farmers are busy with mid-summer activities. It is the time of year farmers are finishing spring clean up and working on fall prep.

Pods are Filling Out August 22, 2011

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About the size of a small lima bean

The soybean plants may look the same but look closer. The soybeans in the pods are growing. In fact, the beans are green and about the size of a small lima bean. We’re still about six weeks away from harvest.

Rapid Pod Development August 8, 2011

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In less than a week, the soybean pods have had significant development.  While they are still very immature, we can definitely count an exact number of tiny soybeans in each pod.  

The largest soybean pods are 1.5-inches long.  Keep in mind the pods develop from the bottom of the plant to the top so the nods on the top of our plants are not showing any pod development yet but give them time.  

Small pods developing at the base of the plantsPods compared to a penny!Field continues to look GREAT!