Welcome to The Highlight Reel. Here you’ll find a recap of recent lighthearted or unusual news. These aren’t the headlines, but the funny, inspiring, or touching stories from across the agriculture industry.
Last week, cool temperatures persisted as snow piled up across the Corn Belt forcing farmers to put planting on hold. Volunteers are being honored around the country this week.
Social media posts about the weather and growing conditions dominated this week, while some farmers shared the way technology impacts thier farm.
Last Week: Farmers Wait for Proper Planting Conditions
While many farmers anxiously wait to begin the planting season, some are finding unique ways to pass the time. A few are getting serious about soil, or spending extra time caring for livestock in the wintry conditions. Others are taking a more lighthearted approach. Here are 21 things you can do as you wait for the snow to melt and soil to warm up.
Twas the 13th of April no spring in the air...instead we wear Carhartts and look for snow shovels to bear... All the tenders and floaters and sprayers pack tight into a heated shop tonight... One might call farm Tetris to make it sound right #farmpoems.#aprilblizzard #plant18 pic.twitter.com/o3d6umocqO— Luke Lauritsen (@Lauritsen4440) April 13, 2018
This Week: National Volunteer Week
Organizations around the country are taking time to thank their volunteers as part of #NationalVolunteerWeek. Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) offices around the country are taking time to recognize their farmer partners who are working to help conserve natural resources on their operations.
Share how you’re making a difference in your community by using the hashtag on social media.
Check out this story featuring farmers who volunteer as firefighters.
Facebook: Wildfires Threaten Oklahoma Farms and Ranches
While many farmers and ranchers have been concerned about cold and snow, producers in Oklahoma have battled wildfires. Dry, windy condititions fanned the flames.
Now, agriculture organizations are working to help impacted farmers and ranchers. Hay, calf milk replacer, and other donations are beind directed to producer victims by Oklahoma Extension and Ag Community Relief.
DONATIONS NEEDED! You can call Lapeer Farm and Garden and make a payment over the phone for anything you’d like to donate to go on our enclosed trailer headed down to Oklahoma #FarmersHelpingFarmers #HaulinHope #UnitedWeStand #AgTwitter pic.twitter.com/KPVnSvfA4M— Ag Community Relief (@AgComRelief) April 15, 2018
Please RT!— OSU DASNR (@okstate_ag) April 14, 2018
Hay is one of a number of items needed by producer-victims of recent wildfires. If you are interested in donating hay, please call:
(405) 590-0106#okfire #okwx #OklahomaStandard #OKCoopExt pic.twitter.com/mdfIDifS3E
Twitter: Advantages and Disadvantages of Technology in Agriculture
It’s no secret technology has changed agriculture dramatically in recent years. Farmers took to Twitter to share the advantages and disadvantages of technology on their farm.
Shop is being swept this morning pic.twitter.com/WwGRsPdDON— Bryce Thom (@bryce_thom) April 11, 2018
My thumb hurts, definitely out of shape.— Randy Uhrmacher (@Cornfrmr) April 12, 2018
Modern farming problems pic.twitter.com/NhB6pJNYUL
Trending: Farm Bill, E15, and China Tariffs
The headlines have been dominated by reactions to the drafted Farm Bill, potential new markets fo E15, and trade negotiations with China. Here’s how people in the U.S. were searching for information on the topics.