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Diary of Cleo Gerber - Week 2 - May 9-15, 2011

Published May. 16, 2011

Thursday, May 12 Returned home late yesterday afternoon from Piegon Forge, TN.  The weather was great.  I mowed grass at the one barn lots.  It takes about 2 hours, I didn't get stuck this time. The guys are still working in the shop.  Friday, May 13 Are you superstitious ? I had to go to an implement dealer to get some repair parts.  I also mowed by grass at home.  Saturday, May 14 They had hoped...

Tom & Bev Theobald, Barn-n-Bunk Farm Market

Diary of Bev Theobald- Barn-n-Bunk Farm Market- Week 2- May 9-15, 2011

Published May. 16, 2011

Monday, May 9        We have had 2 days without rain and Tom is very anxious to get into the fields.  This morning he started at 8:00 getting all jobs done for the 10:00 am opening time.  Brian is usually out by 7:00 in order to get early jobs done before seeing the kids off to school.  These jobs include clean up and getting our produce out to the feed bunk for sale.         At 10:00 our help is ...


Diary of Cleo Gerber - Week 1 - May 1-8, 2011

Published May. 16, 2011

Sunday, May 1 Went to Church. There is so much rain standing in the fields, they are like ponds. We have had over 15 inches of rain in April. Usually we have our corn planted by the end of April, but not this year. We will plant 700 acres of corn and 600 acres of soybeans. Monday, May 2 Every morning the cattle are fed at 3 different feed lots. The cows and calves are also checked every day. Gar...

2011 Butler County Farm Bureau Scholarship Recipients

Published May. 13, 2011

Congratulations to the 2011 Butler County Farm Bureau scholarship recipients. Mollie Burwinkel - $500 Butler County Farm Bureau Scholarship Matjam Schulte - $500 Butler County Farm Bureau Scholarship Katie Shaw - $500 Ray & Mary Jane Friday Scholarship Gregg Janos - $500 Norma Van Gorden Scholarship Jenny Shaw - $500 Butler County Dairy Service Unit Scholarship Butler County Farm Bureau is ple...

Tom & Bev Theobald, Barn-n-Bunk Farm Market

Diary of Bev Theobald- Barn-n-Bunk Farm Market- Week 1- May 2-8, 2011

Published May. 10, 2011

Monday, May 2, 2011 We have had lots of rain for at least a week.  Our soil here is a gravel base, so water drains off easily, as opposed to a clay soil.  However, we have had so much rain that our fields have become saturated.  There is water covering much of the crops now.  Tom had planted sweet corn on March 20 and again on April 15.  This is his usual routine in order to get a crop ready to ha...

Jerry & Cleo Gerber

Meet a Farmer - Jerry & Cleo Gerber

Published May. 10, 2011

Hi,  I am Cleo Gerber; my husband is Jerry.  We have been married 52 years. We have four children: Rita and husband Andy; Marcia and husband Brian; Susan and husband Paul; Gary and wife Cari.  We have 11 grandchildren and one great granddaughter. We live in Wayne Township. We farm 2,000 acres, raising corn, soybeans, wheat and hay. We have 140 cows with calves.  Also we have 400 cattle in feed lot...

Tom & Bev Theobald, Barn-n-Bunk Farm Market

Meet a Farmer - Tom & Bev Theobald, Barn-n-Bunk Farm Market

Published May. 10, 2011

Barn-n-Bunk Farm Market is a family-owned and family-operated business established by Tom and Bev Theobald in 1992,  Other family members now involved in a full time capacity include son Brian Theobald and son-in-law Scott Meade.  Daughter Kelly Meade is a key member of our Sunday Brunch Buffet team.  Son Craig Theobald is the advisor/employee for electrical matters.  We also have 5 grandchildren ...

Bartel's Christmas Trees & Treasures-Steve, Judy & Brian Bartels

Diary of Steve Bartels -Bartels Christmas Trees & Treasures Week 5- April 25-30

Published May. 5, 2011

Monday April 25    This is spring break for Judy at Butler Tech. The plans were to have all the trees planted before now and for us to take off for the Carolinas this whole week. Well the best laid plans of mice and men.... We don’t want to go that far with John in the hospital, The last batch of trees arrived, this one from Pennsylvania. With the .9 inches of rain today, we have received 4.15 in...

Niederman Family Farm - Bob & Bethann Niederman & Family

Diary of Bethann Niederman - Niederman Family Farm Week 5- April 25-30, 2011

Published May. 3, 2011

Monday, April 25 It's is crunch time! We have two days to finish "everything" before our first group on Wednesday. Thanks to our 4-H clubs, Liberty Livestock, we are in really good shape. The club came out last week and swept, cleaned and scrubbed our barns for us. Today I will do a walk through every station and make notes about what is needed to be 100% ready. It is also helpful if I have talkin...


Diary of John Francis - Alpaca Corner - Week 5, April 25-30

Published May. 3, 2011

Monday, April 25th      Today was a “large day” in the lives of alpaca farming.  It was called  “ Shearing Day”.  Michael Banks sheared the alpacas again this year. He has been shearing for us for seven years.  Michael’s home is in New Zealand and he works an alpaca shearing circuit in the U.S. each spring.  His base of operations is in Colorado and he and two young American men crisscross the sta...

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