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First Look at the Pigs April 2, 2012

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We’ve showered in.  Now we’re in the barn.  Check out the pigs. 

The barn temperture is adjusted to meet the needs of the pigs, always keeping them in their comfort zone. The barn is well insulated with a  state-of-the-art ventilation system to constantly circulate fresh air to for the pigs.  Just like your house, Scott ensures the barn is clean and well maintained.

The pigs in this barn are approximately three weeks old.  They weigh about twelve to fifteen pounds.  The pigs have a constant source of food and water at all times.  It is important to keep the water fresh and cool for drinking.  The food is a well-balanced complete ration containing  the correct protein, energy, vitamins and minerals that the pigs need.  Pigs generally do not eat grass or hay like a cow.

No Germs Allowed March 26, 2012

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Gone are the days when you walk right into the barn. Today, farmers have many systems in place to ensure that germs are not carried into the barns.  What carries them in?  Most often someone’s exposed skin, shoes and clothes.

Anytime Scott (our pig farmer) or anyone he has invited to the barn, approaches the door they are greeted with a sign explaining the area is bio-secure.  This means the farm takes steps to eliminate outside germs from entering the pig barn.  This ensures the pigs stay healthy and safe!

Inside the front door, we don’t see pigs but a shower.  Yes, the only way in is through the shower.  For Scott, the health of his pigs is serious business. Don’t expect to get in without washing your hair and body, leaving your street clothes on the outside, and dressing in clean clothes on the other side of the shower. 

By the way, most do the same thing on the way out.  As a pig farmer says, “Shower in, shower out!”  This helps keep other farmers’ pigs safe and helps keep Tracie happy when he arrives home to see the family.  Wonder how many showers a day Scott usually takes?

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 – 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).

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.

SoybeanStatus: Full of Blooms and Forming Tiny Pods July 31, 2011

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Soybean Pod Just Starting to Grow compared to a Penny

We checked the field today and the soybeans look great.  Looking across the field we see a full canopy of healthy green leaves and good color.  A closer look at the plants show lots of tiny flower blooms. The blooms will develop into a pod and then fill with soybeans.  The pods are just starting to grow. So as we looked at it today, the pods are about the size of a penny.

Check Out Field Conditions in Mid-July July 29, 2011

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The extreme heat that we have experienced in the last week is allowing the Morral Companies to evaluate soybean varieties at the test plot. Examples of what is being evaluated includes drought tolerance, heat resistance, disease tolerance, insect resistence, and other soybean traits that are valuable to the farmers.

Soybeans are Looking Great July 2, 2011

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It has been about three weeks since we planted our soybean field and the plants are looking great. Brandon McClure tells us what he looks for as an agronomy specialist — the field is clear of weeds and insect damage. The soybean plants are healthy and growing at a good rate. Although our soybean field was planted several weeks behind when we planned, we are very pleased with the soybean stand (plant population or number of plants per acre) and progress of the crop.

Since we shot the video 12 hours ago, our Follow Farming field has received a rain. The soybeans need moisture so this will keep them growing well.

Enjoy the July 4th Indendence Day holiday. We are thankful for all the freedoms of the USA and to be blessed with an abundant food supply.  The American farmer is proud to grow food for you and the world.

Soybean Plants Looking Healthy