SEGMENT: COMMODITY PRICES, FARMING METHODS, & FARM WORK
Bill Gommel>NIU Collection>NIU Collection, Segment 7
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- SOCIAL ACTIVITIES
- Martha talks about her activities, not too many women friends though.
- Bill tells how she helps him after his heart surgeries.
- COMMODITY PRICES
- Bill talks about current prices that he gets on corn, soy beans. Compares prices last year. Martha tells how Bill jokes about quitting farming when he uses up his savings. Bill says they are making money.
- FARMING METHODS
- talks about fertilizer and pesticides. Keeping up to date on changes in farming, exposure to new issues. Always uses hybrids; for better yields. Notes increase in productivity. Combinations of hybrids and fertilizers, etc. Bill talks about crop failures, droughts, etc. in earlier years. Discusses uses & destinations of sweet corn. "Sweet corn is human food." Discusses the weather, plowing down the corn stalks, spreading fertilizer, & preparing ground for next planting in spring. Have 20 cats in the barn, had to go buy cat feed. "They're just barn cats."
- FARM WORK
- Taxes; Tenant Farming