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Ryan Taylor

Ryan Taylor welcomes comments about his column. He can be reached at 1363 54th St. N.E., Towner, N.D. 58788; e-mail: Taylor, who ranches near Towner, is a columnist for Agweek.

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That one paycheck

TOWNER, N.D. — The past year had its ups and downs, but luckily for the family, one of the ups has been the cattle market. Having just sold last year’s calves and having close to 20 years of cattle markets to compare it to since I came back to the ranch after college, I can say I much prefer selling into an up market than a down market.

Agweek, 01/30/2012

Historical weather

TOWNER, N.D. — After a few years of having winters we’d like to forget, this year, we’ve gotten a winter we want to remember . . . so far. On Jan. 10, I did chores wearing a vest instead of a jacket and there wasn’t a speck of snow on the ground. It was so nice, I even had my earflaps tucked up inside of my cap, and that doesn’t often happen in January in North Dakota.

Agweek, 01/16/2012

Tracking things down

TOWNER, N.D. — I think the key to having a few spare parts around the shop for the next breakdown is remembering where you put them so you can find them when you need them.

Special to Agweek, 11/07/2011

The things you can’t have with kids and cattle

TOWNER, N.D. — “I guess we can’t have nice things.” It is a saying most of us have heard from a deflated mother at some point in the rearing of inadvertently destructive little people. Or an exasperated, “I have nothing nice left anymore!” when one her little angels has smashed the last of the nice dishes or knocked some other fragile heirloom off the wall.

Special to Agweek, 10/24/2011

That looks a little like work

TOWNER, N.D. — Enjoy what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life, or so they say. So I guess work is defined as anything we don’t enjoy doing. But I know guys who don’t enjoy leisure activities, so is that work? I don’t know. It’s more debate about words and semantics than I care to ponder.

Special to Agweek, 10/11/2011

Getting to know the lay of the land

TOWNER, N.D. — There’s something to be said for generational knowledge of a piece of ground — when you can steer around a boggy spot because your dad warned you about it when you were a kid driving through the field, or go right to a little-known patch of Juneberries because your mom let you in on the secret of where to find them.

Special to Agweek, 09/12/2011

Family bonding on the great American highway

TOWNER, N.D. — There’s nothing like 3- or 4,000 miles together in a minivan to bring a family closer together, but you do have to get out of the van once in awhile or you’ll surely be driven farther apart.

Special to Agweek, 08/29/2011

Looking for some sunshine

TOWNER, N.D. — As they say, timing has a lot to do with the success of a rain dance. Around here, you so much as tap your toe to the beat of the music and it will rain. And, if you don’t dance, it’ll still rain.

Special to Agweek, 08/16/2011

Roughing it

TOWNER, N.D. — There isn’t much of me that doesn’t ache right now. That’s because I just peeled myself out of a tent where I slept with my nephew and my two boys last night.

Special to Agweek, 08/04/2011

Texting while tractoring

TOWNER, N.D. — I’m starting to feel like I’m reaching full productivity here on the ranch now that I’ve got a smart phone buzzing and chiming in my pocket.

Special to Agweek, 07/18/2011

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