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Farming With Dynamite

July 19, 2018

Farming With Dynamite

By Lorn Manthey, Contributing Editor

As an elementary-age farm kid, my dad’s directions were often simple phrases like “do this”, “start that”, “grab this”, “hold on” or “stay out of the way”. It was around then I heard a new phrase when an old Chevy sedan rolled into our yard.  “Go help Ben”, were the directions. “Help him what?” I asked, and the response was, “Whatever he needs, and be careful”.

Ben was my dad’s cousin, a sturdy red-faced guy with gray hair, a gruff voice, a big stogie in his mouth and a friendly smile.  “Junior,” he called as I walked to his car, “get in here and hold onto these”. 

I jumped into the passenger seat and he placed two bags of what looked like rifle cartridges connected to baling twine on my lap.  “Don’t shake the bag,” he said as we sped do ...

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Why Men Are Happier Than Women

July 19, 2018

Your last name doesn’t change. The garage is all yours. Wedding plans take care of themselves. Chocolate is just another snack. You can never be pregnant. You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park. You can wear NO shirt to a water park. Car mechanics tell you the truth. The world is your urinal. You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky. You don't have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt. Same work, more pay. Wrinkles add character. Her wedding dress - $5000. Your rented tux - $100. The occasional well-rendered belch is practically expected. New shoes don't cut, blister, or mangle your feet. One mood all the time.

Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat ...

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The Universal Prayer

July 19, 2018

So far today, God, I’ve done all right.

I haven’t gossiped.

I haven’t lost my temper.

I haven’t been greedy, grumpy, nasty, or self-centered.

I’m really glad about that.

But in a few minutes, God, I’m going to need a lot of help.

Because in a few minutes . . . I’m going to get out of bed!



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Join Us On Facebook!

July 17, 2018

Join us on Facebook

Have you checked out FARM SHOW's Facebook page?  More than 50,000 like-minded folks follow the page.  Besides stories and videos, there are special offers and FARM SHOW groups you can join. Give it a look! https://www.facebook.com/FARMSHOWMagazine

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Ole & Lena

July 13, 2018

A doctor examining Lena, who was rushed to the emergency room, took her husband, Ole, aside and said, “I don’t like the looks of your wife at all.”  

“Vell, me either, Doc,” said Ole.  “But she’s a great cook and really good vit da kids.”

One day a mailman was greeted by Little Ole and a huge dog.  The mailman said to Little Ole, “Does your dog bite?”

“No,” replied little Ole.  Just then the dog bit the mailman.  He yelled, “I thought your dog doesn’t bite!”

“He doesn’t,” replied Little Ole.  “Dat’s not my dog.”

Ole drove into a lumber yard in his pickup.  “I vould like a bunch of 4 by 2’s,” he told the lumberman.  

“Do you mean 2 by 4’s?” asked the man.

“Yes,” said Ole.

“How long do you need them?” asked the lumberman.

“Vell, for a long ti ...

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A Little About My Grandpa

July 12, 2018

Pic on left shows my grandfather, Stanley Newhall, struck a pose in the 1930’s for a feature story in Successful Farming magazine. Pic right shows “made it myself” feed cart that caught an editor’s eye in the 1930’s and earned my grandfather a spot in another magazine.

by Mark Newhall, Editor

My grandfather, Stanley Newhall, was born in 1889 on a dairy farm near Owatonna, Minn.  He died on that same farm 89 years later.  He was one of the first farmers in his area to get milking machines, thanks to the coming of rural electric power in the 1920’s.  He was also something of an inventor who was featured several times in various publications over the years.  

My 92-year-old father, Bill Newhall,  has spent a lot of time organizing old family photos.  He recently came across the photos above that appeared in national farm magazines.   My grandfather had a lot of “made it myself” equipment around his place that often caught the eyes of farm magazine editors.  I like to think we would have featured a few of them in FARM SHOW if the magazine had been around during his day.

Pic on left shows my grandfather, Stanley Newhall, struck a p ...

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Flow Shields Catching On Fast

July 10, 2018

Flow shield bolts to shank to deflect dirt. Photo of entire cultivator

An interesting fellow from Wisconsin stopped by our office the other day.  Among other things, Curt Forde of Profit Organics is the inventor of a new add-on product for cultivators. “We’ve sold Flow Shields to farmers all over the country since you featured them this winter in the 2015 Best of FARM SHOW. There’s tremendous interest in this new method of cultivation, which lets you double your speed without damaging crops,” says Forde.

“This is a product that allows organic farming in a big way because you can cultivate at high speeds without the need for chemicals.  Big conventional farmers can drop chemicals and no longer worry about chemical-resistant weeds.  I’ve never seen a weed that’s resistant to a cultivator shovel.”

Forde came up with the idea while cultivating corn that was 6 to 8 in. tall.  Large chunks of soil were wiping out plants.  He went to the shop and made the first Flow-Shield ...

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New Issue Off The Press!

July 10, 2018

FARM SHOW current issue, inventions, farm

The July-August issue is off the press and going into the mail.  It takes two months for our writers and editors to put each issue together, as we search across the U.S. and Canada for new ideas born in farm shops.  
If you've got an idea you think we should feature, submit it here at the website or send to us at:  editor@farmshow.com


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Points To Ponder

July 9, 2018

“Goodness is the only investment that never fails.” Henry David Thoreau

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention.” Khalil Gibran

“Do your duty, and leave the rest to heaven.”Henry David Thoreau

“We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.”  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory.”   Franklin P. Adams

“Once a person is determined to help themselves, there is nothing that can stop them.”  Nelson Mandela

“Never ruin an apology with an excuse.” Kimberly Johnson

“Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors.  Try to be better than yourself.” William Faulkner

“You can never ...

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Harvesting Water From Fog

July 9, 2018

In a rural southwest region of Morocco, rainfall is unpredictable and underground aquifers have been largely depleted.  Average annual precipitation is only about 5 in.  However, the region does have one precious resource.  Because of its unique climate, heavy fog appears an average of 143 days a year, caused by warm air driven inland by ocean currents.  As the humid air rises, it hits the barrier of the Anti-Atlas mountains and turns into thick blankets of fog.  Over the past 10 years, a non-profit organization called Dar Si Hmad has set up the largest fog-harvesting project in the world.  Huge mesh nets capture water particles, which then condense and drip into collection trays.  Roughly 1,600 gal. of water are collected daily and pumped through 5 miles of pipes to reservoirs where it’s filtered for use by about 400 people living nearby.



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Man Invents Game That Combines Pool And Bowling

July 5, 2018


From our archives, 2011...

Love to shoot pool? Like bowling, too? Steve Wienecke has the perfect game for you. Knokkers combines the two games into one big new passtime.

Instead of using a cue stick you throw the bowling ball-sized cue ball at 15 racked balls. Then you better be ready to get out of the way of the balls that will come rolling your way.


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