If you trail any farmer or rancher around his or her operation, you’ll find “innovation” follows them. What does innovation mean? Really, it’s a fancy word that means things are changed to make something work better. Who doesn’t do that?
In some cases, the producer looks at a gate and decides that a different type of closure would work better. Or when using a bale feeder, using different materials will make more sense. Some things are re-purposed from the original intent. Some are small but important changes. Others are total overhauls. The same is true in products used in the industry. Companies are always trying to make things better to sell new products and provide better services.
If you have something you’d like to see included in that section, email us by Wednesday, Nov. 14 at farmforum
We’re sure it will be a well-read section and may generate even more inspirations in your operation.
Time for a night out
This has been another year to remember, and we give thanks to all those who work hard to grow and harvest the crops and raise the livestock across our area. After working at full tilt through the summer and into the fall, we hope producers will take some time to enjoy themselves. We look forward to moisture this fall to replenish the soil for another year of production.
This Friday, Nov. 9, is the Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce Ag Appreciation Banquet. For those who will be attending, take note that it will be at the Dakota Events Center (DEC) on the east side of Aberdeen, next to Mavericks and just west of Target. The Farm Family of the Year will be announced, and this year’s Abby winner will be honored. Call 605-225-2860 for more information. Divas Through Decades will be the entertainment for the evening. Social starts at 5:30 p.m., supper at 6:30 p.m.
I ran across this information that you can share with your friends. In 2011 4.4 million turkeys were raised in South Dakota. Those turkeys had a direct impact on the state's economy of $76,824,000. For more information about turkey production in our state, visit www.turkeyanyday.com. You’ll also find recipes and cooking tips just in time for Thanksgiving.
Here’s one of their recipes that you may consider:
1 onion, chopped
1 (12 ounce) jar roasted red peppers, drained and chopped
1 cup whiskey
1/2 cup minced garlic
1 (22 pound) whole turkey, neck and giblets removed
1 (7 ounce) can chipotle chilies in adobo sauce
1 roasting bag for a large turkey
Preheat an oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Stir together the onion, roasted red peppers, whiskey, and garlic and place this mixture inside the cavity of the bird. Mince chipotle peppers in a food processor until about the consistency of spaghetti sauce. Rub half of the chipotles on the outside of the turkey, and place the rest inside the bird cavity. Place turkey in a roasting bag; close the bag according to the bag directions, and place onto a roasting pan.
Bake the turkey in the preheated oven until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, about 3 1/2 hours. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone should read 180 degrees F (82 degrees C). Remove the turkey from the oven and allow to rest in a warm area 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.