Author: Renae Vander Schaaf

Why Corn is Our ”Yellow Gold”

The fields have ripened right on schedule. Today I passed two farmers cutting silage in my two-mile trip to town. Any person interested in geometric shapes would be fascinated with the cuts through the fields are more parallel and straighter the last cake I baked and sliced. Yes, corn continues to be King of the Grains on farms especially here in Iowa. It’s hard to believe that at one time, wheat ruled the fields of the state’s early settlers. Growing small grains has become a rarity in this part of the state. When Iowa became a state way back...

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Before We Had Tractors: Artifacts from the Barns Museum

When we had time growing up to watch T.V. we didn’t hesitate to turn the T.V. on to watch “Death Valley Days,” “Wagon Train” or any other entertaining westerns of the era. These programs and books I have read always had me wondering if I had the grit and perseverance that the people who lived those years had. I was sure I did. I always thought it would be neat to be on a wagon train heading somewhere to begin a new life. I would surely be one of the practical ones and leave my heirloom furniture behind, packing...

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If We Lived Our Lives in Reverse, What Would We Do Different?

Would it make any difference in the way we live if we lived our lives in reverse? Just suppose we were old first and became young again. Would we enjoy the fact that we can do mundane, every day chores, because we know what it is like to watch others sweep our floors from our nursing home beds? Would we visit the elderly family members and neighbors more often, especially those who are house bound or in a nursing home? Or even just send a card or letter? Postage isn’t all that high when we realize how important mail...

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A Great Place to Visit: The Valley of the Green Giant

A couple months ago, business took us to our northern bordering state of Minnesota. Since we have gotten pretty good at combining business with pleasure, once our work was done, we pulled of I-90 into the town of Blue Earth which happens to be the center of the United States longest highway. The town’s name actually comes from the greenish-blue clay found along the river banks of the Blue Earth River which surrounds it. The mineral Illite gives their soil its blue hue. The famous Jolly Green Giant welcomed us. This sixty foot giant pulled me off the interstate...

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Stockyards: A True Ag Experience

As time goes by, I am becoming more aware of the fact I am getting older. It’s not just that person who looks back at me in the mirror or the fact my high school class is planning its fortieth class reunion for later this year. The real moment of truth dawned on me recently, with the dedication of a new museum, of which its past activity was a big part of my childhood, now existing only in my memories. Jim Woster, a former commission man, rallied the troops so that on March 1, 2017, a museum dedicated to...

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