Grant Gerlock http://wuis.org en Pheasants Losing Habitat To Farmland http://wuis.org/post/pheasants-losing-habitat-farmland <p></p><p>As farmers across the Midwest have simplified the landscape and plowed up grassland to grow more corn and soybeans, habitat for pheasants, quail and other grassland birds has become increasingly scarce and their numbers are falling.</p><p>In Nebraska, wild pheasant concentrations have fallen 86 percent since their peak in the 1960's. The pheasant harvest during hunting season in Iowa is off 63 percent from the highs reached in the 1970's. In areas that used to be overrun, you’ll struggle to find a pheasant now.</p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 23:46:00 +0000 Grant Gerlock 14639 at http://wuis.org Pheasants Losing Habitat To Farmland Farm Families Pick Massive Corn Harvest As Prices Shrink http://wuis.org/post/farm-families-pick-massive-corn-harvest-prices-shrink Corn prices are down and the farm bill is stalled in Congress. So there's a lot of uncertainly in the air as harvest season gets into full swing across the Midwest. But this is a time of year when farm families like the Friesens in Henderson, Neb., come together to focus on the big task at hand: the corn harvest.<p>Everyone in the family has a job to do.<p>"Like my dad — he drives auger wagon," Curt Friesen says. "He drives auger wagon only. That's all he's done since 1976, I think. ... My wife, Nancy, she drives the combine; that's her job."<p>Curt drives a truck. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 14:44:00 +0000 Grant Gerlock 10958 at http://wuis.org Farm Families Pick Massive Corn Harvest As Prices Shrink Harvest Brings Farm Families Together, Redefines Commitment http://wuis.org/post/harvest-brings-farm-families-together Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Now, here's a reality about farming. From the earliest days of this country, it's been an uncertain business, and for many decades, national policies have been designed to smooth out that risk. But, of course, the risk never entirely goes away. You can never control the rain, for example, and lately the uncertainty has been growing. Corn prices are down. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 08:50:00 +0000 Grant Gerlock 10940 at http://wuis.org