SEGMENT: FARM ORGANIZATION, FARMING METHODS, & AGRO-CHEMICALS

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SEGMENT: FARM ORGANIZATION, FARMING METHODS, & AGRO-CHEMICALS,

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FUTURE
Future will be buying the farm and staying there.
TRANSPORTATION
They own a 1979 Buick LeSabre, and a pick-up truck.
FARMHOUSE
Notes kitchen is modern. Bev feels she has just what she needs. TV, radio, VCR, washer-dryer, & 2 freezers in basement for freezing meat they buy in bulk.
FOOD & MEALS
Lists the foods they have stocked up. The family eats beef, pork, chicken, a little fish. Garden supplements, but they buy the rest in town.
FARM ORGANIZATIONS
Different meetings throughout the year describing different things like chemicals & stress. Bev notes women's meetings (including crafts. Farm Bureau circulates flyers. Bev talks about programs for women, safety concerns. Farm Bureau social rally day, a picnic in the summer. Neighborhood likes it, good turnout.
FARMING METHODS
Bev discusses aspects of farming methods including plowing, use of seed corn. Jack and Gary plant test crops to decide which seed to use. Bev defines "Pioneer numbers" which indicate the different types of seeds. The numbers indicate the hybrids, and what the different hybrids entail. Details planting schedule.
AGRO-CHEMICALS
Decide on which chemicals to use by looking at the advertising & knowledge what worked in the past. Farm Bureau meeting required for farmers to be certified to apply different chemicals. Talks about the harmful chemicals, precautions taken. Gloves, keep skin covered, be up wind. Bev tells about the machinery used to spread the chemicals. Pesticides used to ward off root worm and cut worm. Describes spraying that on, equipment for that.