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Beyond The Crops

Jena & MP bring a unique perspective to the world of agriculture, offering a blend of humor, heart, and wisdom honed from their combined years on the farm. With a deep passion for their families, their farms, and the communities they call home, these two farmwives delve into the daily triumphs and tribulations that come from rural living. They discuss everything from the latest advancements in agriculture and the art of balancing family with farm duties to the time-honored traditions and recipes that make life on the farm so special. Their stories will make you laugh, tug at your heartstrings, and inspire you to see the beauty in the ordinary moments of life. "Beyond The Crops" is not just a podcast for farmers; it's for anyone who appreciates the enduring values of hard work, resilience, and the simple joys of living close to the land. Whether you're an urban dweller curious about rural life or a fellow farm enthusiast, you'll find something to love in the genuine and heartfelt conversations of Jena & MP. Subscribe today and be a part of their journey as they cultivate a deeper appreciation for the remarkable world of agriculture.

Latest Episode

62. Understanding Food Dyes: Effects, Safety, and Alternatives

In this episode of Beyond the Crops, we are diving into a topic that's sparked a lot of interest on our social media platforms—artificial food dyes. We discuss our personal experiences, the impact of these dyes on our children, and the scientific research behind the effects of artificial food dyes on health and behavior. Thrive market finds: Find Jena's thrive market food dye swaps here. Resources Mentioned: Food Color and Autism: A Meta-Analysis: NCBI - WWW Error Blocked Diagnostic Immune Reactivity to Food Dye:  NCBI - WWW Error Blocked Diagnostic Prevalence of Artificial Food Colors in Grocery Store Products Marketed to Children: NCBI - WWW Error Blocked Diagnostic The Synthetic food dye, Red 40, causes DNA damage, causes chronic inflammation, and impacts microbiome in mice: NCBI - WWW Error Blocked Diagnostic Food Dyes | An overview of all the dyes currently used in Food : https://www.macsenlab.com/blog/food-dyes-an-overview/ Remember we launch new episodes every Tuesday. We’d love to hear your feedback on this episode and our succession series on our Instagram page @beyondthecrops_. We’ve enjoyed connecting with so many of you over there. Let us know if you have any questions or things you’d like us to do a deeper dive on. See ya next time Connect with us outside of the podcast @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass @‌beyondthecrops_

June 18

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62. Understanding Food Dyes: Effects, Safety, and Alternatives cover art

62. Understanding Food Dyes: Effects, Safety, and Alternatives

In this episode of Beyond the Crops, we are diving into a topic that's sparked a lot of interest on our social media platforms—artificial food dyes. We discuss our personal experiences, the impact of these dyes on our children, and the scientific research behind the effects of artificial food dyes on health and behavior. Thrive market finds: Find Jena's thrive market food dye swaps here. Resources Mentioned: Food Color and Autism: A Meta-Analysis: NCBI - WWW Error Blocked Diagnostic Immune Reactivity to Food Dye:  NCBI - WWW Error Blocked Diagnostic Prevalence of Artificial Food Colors in Grocery Store Products Marketed to Children: NCBI - WWW Error Blocked Diagnostic The Synthetic food dye, Red 40, causes DNA damage, causes chronic inflammation, and impacts microbiome in mice: NCBI - WWW Error Blocked Diagnostic Food Dyes | An overview of all the dyes currently used in Food : https://www.macsenlab.com/blog/food-dyes-an-overview/ Remember we launch new episodes every Tuesday. We’d love to hear your feedback on this episode and our succession series on our Instagram page @beyondthecrops_. We’ve enjoyed connecting with so many of you over there. Let us know if you have any questions or things you’d like us to do a deeper dive on. See ya next time Connect with us outside of the podcast @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass @‌beyondthecrops_

June 18
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61. Evolution Of The Heartland: Celebrating Agriculture and Rural Life

The quality of life we enjoy living rurally is something that is difficult to put into words, but rather it must be experienced. This week we brought Shelly Greving on the podcast to highlight her brainchild, Evolution of the Heartland, a movement highlighting  how rural America is changing. Tune in to this week’s episode to hear how Evolution of the Heartland is helping to bring awareness around innovation in rural America and opportunities that exist here. Evolution Of the Heartland Events: DEWITT, IOWA | JULY 25 STANTON, IOWA | SEPTEMBER 12 COON RAPIDS, IOWA | SEPTEMBER 26 MANNING, IOWA | OCTOBER 3 ‌To find out more visit: https://www.evolutionoftheheartland.com or on social Facebook, Instagram Remember we launch new episodes every Tuesday. We’d love to hear your feedback on this episode and our succession series on our Instagram page @beyondthecrops_. We’ve enjoyed connecting with so many of you over there. Let us know if you have any questions or things you’d like us to do a deeper dive on. See ya next time Connect with us outside of the podcast @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass @‌beyondthecrops_

June 11
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60. Securing Your Family's Future: Effective Farm Succession Strategies with Brooke Didier Starks

This week we’re excited to kick off a new series: On Farm Succession Planning. We have been wanting to lean into this topic since we started podcasting and this week we’re brining you an interview from Brooke Didier Starks, founder and owner of Legacy Legal. Brooke is an Estate Planning Attorney who caters to farm families and entrepreneurs.She strives to break hard topics into bite-size pieces and find solutions to situations families think are impossible. We’re excited to have this conversation with Brooke and kick off our succession series. Remember we launch new episodes every Tuesday. We’d love to hear your feedback on this episode and our succession series on our Instagram page @beyondthecrops_. We’ve enjoyed connecting with so many of you over there. Let us know if you have any questions or things you’d like us to do a deeper dive on. See ya next time Connect with us outside of the podcast @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass @‌beyondthecrops_

June 4
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59. Faith, Family, and Conviction: Our Bold Take on Harrison Butker’s Viral Speech

Welcome back to another episode of Beyond the Crops! This week we are diving into a hot topic that’s been sparking debates online: Harrison Butker’s controversial commencement speech. We unpack the polarized reactions, especially around his comments to women about prioritizing marriage and family, a perspective rooted in his Catholic faith. Connect with us outside of the podcast @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass @‌beyondthecrops_

May 28
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58. Strategies For Finding Motivation and Overcoming Burnout

We are back together and ready to dive into this episode focusing on finding motivation and overcoming burnout.  But first, we have to celebrate out podcast's ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY! Congratulations to us and a huge THANK YOU to you for listening and supporting Beyond The Crops. In this episode discover how we manage burnout, handle the ebb and flow of planting seasons, and balance daily farm chores with personal well-being. From discussing the challenges of maintaining consistency in podcasting to sharing practical tips for improving sleep and staying energized, this episode is packed with insights for farmers, farm wives, and really anyone struggling to find motivation in their daily lives. Tune in for a candid, light-hearted conversation that blends real-life farm experiences with practical advice on overcoming burnout and staying motivated. Connect with us outside of the podcast @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass @‌beyondthecrops_

May 21
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57. Ideas for Being Involved on the Farm When You Don't Know Where You Fit.

MP & Josh give updates on planting season and some early-season scouting tips. Right now is a crucial time for scouting on the farm and making decisions for your crop.  Connect with us outside of the podcast @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass @‌beyondthecrops_

May 14 • 37m 44s
56. Overwhelmed with Trying to Live a Less Toxic Life? SAME. Simple Steps to Start a Journey to a Healthier You. cover art

56. Overwhelmed with Trying to Live a Less Toxic Life? SAME. Simple Steps to Start a Journey to a Healthier You.

Part 2 of our two part interview with Keri Anania, Owner & PA-C at Nebraska Functional Medicine. In this episode we talk about where to start with functional medicine as a mother for your kids. We talk about practical steps to take mitigate stress on our bodies, start feeling better and live a happy healthier life. Nebraska Functional Medicine- Keri’s Practice Instagram Facebook Find A Practitioner ‌ Connect with us outside of the podcast @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass @‌beyondthecrops_

May 7 • 35m 1s
55. How Functional Medicine is a Piece of the Puzzle for Infertility, Hormones, Mental Health, Gut Health and more. cover art

55. How Functional Medicine is a Piece of the Puzzle for Infertility, Hormones, Mental Health, Gut Health and more.

Part 1 of our two part interview with Keri Anania, Owner & PA-C at Nebraska Functional Medicine. In this episode we talk about what functional medicine is and how it connects to fertility, hormones, gut heath, MTHFR and more. Keri shares where you can start with functional medicine and listening to your body. Nebraska Functional Medicine- Keri’s Practice Instagram Facebook https://www.ifm.org/find-a-practitioner/ Connect with us outside of the podcast @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass @‌beyondthecrops_

May 7 • 39m 59s
54. Grain Marketing for Dummies: how to hedge risk, play in the futures market, and create a basic marketing plan cover art

54. Grain Marketing for Dummies: how to hedge risk, play in the futures market, and create a basic marketing plan

Ever feel like you’re hearing a foreign language when people are talking about the grain markets? Well, same. Brittany Wondercheck joins us today to break down all things grain marketing and helps us grasp some foundational grain marketing tips! Check out Brittany’s blog and find her Grain Marketing 101 and 201 courses here: http://farmgirlnextdoor.com/ Follow Brittany on Insta:  Instagram (@nefarmgirlnextdoor) Seasonal price pattern:  Seasonal Grain Price Patterns When is the best time to sell corn? http://farmgirlnextdoor.com/when-is-typically-the-best-time-to-sell-corn/ Connect with us outside of the podcast @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass @‌beyondthecrops_

April 30 • 43m 9s
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53. Mental Mindset As A Long Game- Mental Health Tools and Strategies

Today we are talking about how we work on our mental mindset, how it's a long game, and some of the different strategies we use to heal and maintain our mental health. This is especially timely going into a season where mental mindset has been a challenge for both of us in the past.  Fried Ice Cream Bars recipe 5 Minute Journal Our Daily Bread Devotional- the quarterly option is FREE Connect with us outside of the podcast @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass @‌beyondthecrops_

April 23 • 38m 47s
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52. Permission to invest in YOU-Prioritizing Personal Growth When Saying Yes to You Feels Challenging

Kylie Epperson joins us this week as the first ever repeat guest on Beyond the Crops! The three of us are very passionate about encouraging women to find their roles and step into who YOU are meant to be on your farm, in your family, in life in general.  We share all the ways we have invested in ourselves through retreats, online courses, etc.  Whether it was for business or personal development, we all have gone to a retreat with something in mind and came away with so much more!  We hope this episode leaves you feeling empowered and WORTHY to invest in YOU! Tickets to Farm Wives Club THE EVENT here: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/farmwivesclubtheevent/1205722? Connect with Kylie: https://kylieepperson.com/ Follow Kylie on the gram: https://www.instagram.com/kylieepperson_/ Connect with us outside of the podcast @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass @‌beyondthecrops_

April 15 • 50m 17s
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51. Tillage For Dummies and Pre-Planting Encouragement

Join us as we welcome our husbands back to the podcast. Today we're learning more about different tillage types and why we do them in words WE can understand! We also leave you with some encouragement going into the busy planting season. Link to the heated lunchbox Josh uses.  The “salty water” we couldn’t stop talking about is our favorite electrolytes from LMNT. We all drink at least 1 pack every single day. The boys beg for salty water, they love it too!! Use this link and get a free sample pack with your first order: Get a discount at Drink LMNT, Inc.

April 9 • 43m 48s
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50. How Functional Medicine Healed Chronic Migraines and Lyme Disease

Welcome back to Beyond the Crops, on this episode we’re starting a new series, Backroad Real Talk, where we explore more personal topics we care about. This week we’re sharing our experiences with functional medicine. Today Jena is sharing the health journey that she's been on and how she finally got my migraines under control after TWELVE years of suffering with them weekly if not daily. Connect with us outside of the podcast @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass @‌beyondthecrops_

April 1 • 52m 52s
49. Planting Prep: How We're Physically and Mentally Preparing for the Most Important Pass of the Season. cover art

49. Planting Prep: How We're Physically and Mentally Preparing for the Most Important Pass of the Season.

Planting is the most important pass of the season. It’s the only time the farmer gets to play offense and what happens during planting has a direct impact on yield and profitability. It is a BIG deal and it puts our farmers (and us as wives) under a LOT of stress. Tune in to hear HOW and WHY we are diligently preparing for this important season. There is a lot to get ready on the farm, but there is also a lot we are doing to get our bodies and minds ready as well! Breville Touch Espresso Machine on a MAJOR sale:  Breville Barista Touch Espresso Machine BES880BTR, Black Truffle Jena’s favorite coffee - Purity Coffee:  Organic Coffee | Shop High Antioxidant Coffee Online - Purity Coffee Use code JENA for a discount Connect with us outside of the podcast @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass @‌beyondthecrops_

March 26 • 41m 5s
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48. Celebrating National Ag Day, Daylight Savings Drama, + a Looming Tik Tok Ban

It’s not secret that Daylight Savings Time absolutely sucks. BUT did you know that there is scientific proof that this hour shift in time has detrimental effects on our mental and physical health and even causes deaths every year?! Tune in to hear the history behind DST and WHY it is time for the clock to run out on DST. Is the clock running out on TikTok too?! The US government is trying to force a sale of TikTok or ban it from US app stores impacting millions of people and the income of an astronomical amount of American families. Even worse, is this violating our first amendment? Hear our take! Connect with us outside of the podcast @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass @‌beyondthecrops_

March 19 • 27m 56s
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47. Why We Don't Have Health Insurance: All About Christian Healthcare Ministries

We're excited to finally bring you a highly requested episode from Christian Healthcare Ministries (CHM), a faith-based healthcare cost-sharing ministry. CHM operates on the principle of Christians helping fellow Christians with their medical bills. They offer various programs tailored to different needs and budgets, providing an alternative to traditional health insurance. In this episode, we'll deep dive how CHM was a pivotal part of MP and Jena both stepping away from their full time off the farm jobs that previously provided traditional health insurance coverage. We'll also discuss the benefits of healthcare cost-sharing ministries and why/how both of our families have felt so much peace since leaving conventional insurance behind, shedding light on how these programs function and who they may be suitable for. Tune in as we explore this unique approach, how Christian Healthcare Ministries aligns with the values of our families, and how it has been an affordable and faith-based solution to our healthcare costs. Learn more about CHM here:  Home - Christian Healthcare Ministries If you’re interested in joining or have more questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to MP or Jena! Connect with us outside of the podcast @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass @‌beyondthecrops_

March 12 • 36m 54s
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46. Dicamba, Online Land Auctions, and "Sustainable" Energy

Levi joined Jena for a new series we are bringing to the podcast called Farmer Hot Takes! Hear Jena and Levi’s HOT TAKES on dicamba, online land auctions, and “sustainable energy.”  Remember that these are just our opinions on these topics and it’s ok if your opinion is different from ours! There is a lot happening in the world and Levi admits that it is easy to keep his head down and just focus on the actual land and everyday physical farming. We thought it would be fun to hash out a few of these topics - let us know what you think!! If you loved what you heard from us be sure to leave us a review! Connect with us outside of the podcast @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass @‌beyondthecrops_

March 5 • 21m 40s
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45. BEEF, It's What's For Dinner (Part 2)

We’ve been over all of the cuts of beef AND how to navigate a cut card. NOW it’s time to go over how to COOK all the different cuts of beef! Shop premium dry aged beef from Jena and Levi’s farm here:  Double O Farms Use code BEYONDTHECROPS for a discount! Cheesesteak Style Sloppy Joes The Infamous Dry Ranch Mix - Double O Farms Connect with us outside of the podcast @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass @‌beyondthecrops_

February 27 • 43m 23s
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44. Re-thinking Nitrogen- How Microbes Could Change the Future of Ag

Today’s episode is brought to you by Pivot Bio. Visit  Pivot Bio to get a limited time deal on Pivot Bio PROVEN 40 On-Seed, named one of TIME’s Best Inventions! If you’re intrigued be sure to check out some YouTube videos of how Pivot Bio PROVEN40 worked on Jena and Levi’s farm: How we increased yield AND applied less Nitrogen per acre The results are in - Did Pivot Bio prove itself? Growing corn in a drought and PROVING it with Pivot Bio Harvesting corn in a drought - did our crop PROVE itself?! Connect with us outside of the podcast @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass @‌beyondthecrops_

February 20 • 41m 8s
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43. Banks and Climate Change?!

Hot Takes in Ag - Banks combating climate change?? We’re diving into the Net Zero Banking Alliance today. We’ll go through what it is, what we learned from our research, and how it could impact agriculture in the future. Subscribe to Magnetic Ag here:  Home Connect with us outside of the podcast @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass @‌beyondthecrops_

February 13 • 21m 12s
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42. BEEF: It's What's For Dinner

Join us as Jena shares her expertise on all things BEEF! You’ll leave this episode feeling hungry, but also more confident to have conversations with your custom butcher. Jena also shares knowledge of how to cook certain beef cuts. We hope you enjoy! Shop Double O Beef Here! Connect with us outside of the podcast @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass @‌beyondthecrops_

February 6 • 44m 5s
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41. Small Business- Where to Start?

Join us for an interview episode with Peggy Coffeen, the founder of UpLevel Dairy. Peggy is an entrepreneur who has started two successful businesses on her own. Today we dive deep into Peggy’s entrepreneurial journey and share tidbits for integrating your business into the life you want to be living. Shop Pri' CBD Here! YouTube video mentioned in the episode.  Connect with us outside of the podcast @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass @‌beyondthecrops_

January 30 • 31m 40s
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40. Diversifying Your Operation

Welcome to another episode of Beyond the Crops! Today we’re talking diversification. Having multiple income streams can help farm economics in the long run and today we’re going to be discussing a bunch of ideas that came in from YOU, our listeners. You can find us on Instagram @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass

January 23 • 40m 20s
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39. An Intentional 2024

In this episode, we re-cap the first half of the Farm Futures Business Summit and share some of the key takeaways. Jena shares some big life news! We end the episode with our intentions for 2024. Link to The Love Prescription You can find us on Instagram @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass

January 16 • 42m 34s
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38. Yearly Wrap Up with Everyone's Favorite Farm Husbands

As promised, we bring you the 2023 wrap up featuring everyone’s favorite farm husbands - Josh and Levi! Tune in to hear the final take on the 2023 growing season from the farmers themselves. Purchase your own 10 year crop journal from Grounded Journals here:  10 Year - CROP Farmer's Journal Register for Precision Planting’s Winter Conference here:  Winter Conference OR here:  Winter Conference ‌ ‌ You can find us on Instagram @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass

January 9 • 48m 48s
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37. Merry Christmas and The End of 2023

I know we promised you guys are wrapped episode this week, but Mary Pat and I have both been very busy as I'm sure all of you have been too in the craziness of getting ready for the holidays. We are taking this week off and just wanted to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas We really appreciate all the support you've given us. Our first real growing season of recording together. This has been a really fun outlet for Jenna and I to share  things that we normally wouldn't share on our social medias and dig deeper into things that we are passionate about, but really didn't know how to share in the past. We're so excited to bring you another year of Beyond the Crops in 2024. We hope you enjoyed Christmas and we'll see you in the new year. You can find us on Instagram @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass

December 26 • 1m 28s
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36. Trial Results Are IN!

We are students of our crops. Every year on our farms we try new things to see how they affect our bottom lines and decide what we’ll change for the future. On this episode we’re going through the results of some of our on-farm trials from the season. We catch up on the last week and where we’re at with our Christmas plans. Here’s a link to the love language quiz:  The Love Language® Quiz Link to Hannah Dorn’s “where to print photos” blog post: Where should I print my photos? - hannahdorn.com Link to mpix for photo prints:  Photo Prints | Order Quality Prints Online | Mpix⢠Photo Lab You can find us on Instagram @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass

December 19 • 37m 19s
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35. Harvest High's and Low's

We’ve finally decompressed from harvest and are ready to share our highs and lows, along with some lessons learned. We also catch up on what we’ve been up to since the end of harvest and entering into the holiday season. You can find us on Instagram @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass

December 12 • 41m 7s
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34. Do Farmers Actually Retire?

Tune in for this interview episode with MP's Dad, semi-retired dairy farmer. They talk about his farming career, he shares some great advice, and there's lots of laughs along the way. We hope you enjoy! Shop for cheese at www.thecheeseryil.com You can find us on Instagram @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass

December 5 • 48m 6s
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33. He Said, She Said: Q&A with Levi and Jena

Levi and Jena take over this episode and answer YOUR questions submitted on IG. Our conversation ranges from love languages, farm life, marriage, crop insurance, and more. We hope you enjoy this episode and are able to laugh along with us. MP will be back next week! Phew! You can find us on Instagram @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass

November 28 • 33m 56s
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32. Simplify The Holiday Hustle

Simplify the holiday hustle by implementing a few of the tips we share on this episode. We dive into our family traditions and what makes the holidays special for us. We talk through some of our recommended gifts that won’t overwhelm or clutter your loved ones homes. Embracing Advent Book ‌ Shop Some of our Favorite Small Businesses: Gateway Farm Maple Products from a family farm in Vermont Papa Citrus Heirloom Navel Oranges (not open for orders yet but they will be soon!) Farm Kid Popcorn From a family farm in Nebraska Ely Farms Pickled Non-Perishable Products ‌ To order Cheese 🧀 in time for the holidays visit. www.thecheeseryil.com Beef 🥩 Boxes: Email jena@doubleofarms.com if you’re interested in the corporate/bulk beef box gifting options this holiday season! For individual orders check out shop.doubleofarms.com and use code BEYONDTHECROPS for a discount! You can find us on Instagram @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass

November 21 • 36m 18s
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31. Deep Dive into the Enneagram with Rural America’s Enneagram Teacher, Terryn Dreiling ( Part 2)

A special episode with Terryn Dreiling, Rural America’s Enneagram Teacher. We dive deep into the Enneagram, the 9 types, and how it can be a useful tool in everyday life. Terryn is an amazing resource and has a lot of wisdom to share on this topic! Find Terryn online @terryn.drieling Listen to her Podcast: Good Movement Draws Good Movement Terryn also does 1:1 Coaching and Group Trainings. You can find more info on how to work with her here! Here’s a link to the Road Back to You book mentioned in the episode. ‌ To order Cheese 🧀 in time for the holidays visit. www.thecheeseryil.com Beef 🥩 Boxes: Email jena@doubleofarms.com if you’re interested in the corporate/bulk beef box gifting options this holiday season! For individual orders check out shop.doubleofarms.com and use code BEYONDTHECROPS for a discount! You can find us on Instagram @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass

November 14 • 35m 15s
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30. Deep Dive into the Enneagram with Rural America’s Enneagram Teacher, Terryn Dreiling ( Part 1)

A special episode with Terryn Dreiling, Rural America’s Enneagram Teacher. We dive deep into the Enneagram, the 9 types, and how it can be a useful tool in everyday life. Terryn is an amazing resource and has a lot of wisdom to share on this topic! Find Terryn online @terryn.drieling Listen to her Podcast: Good Movement Draws Good Movement Terryn also does 1:1 Coaching and Group Trainings. You can find more info on how to work with her here! Here’s a link to the Road Back to You book mentioned in the episode. ‌ To order Cheese 🧀 in time for the holidays visit. www.thecheeseryil.com Beef 🥩 Boxes: Email jena@doubleofarms.com if you’re interested in the corporate/bulk beef box gifting options this holiday season! For individual orders check out shop.doubleofarms.com and use code BEYONDTHECROPS for a discount! You can find us on Instagram @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass

November 14 • 31m 20s
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29: Now or Never: Reflecting on What Harvest Has Taught Us

Harvest is still rolling on the Sass farm and Jena’s family got sick right after their harvest wrapped up. Tune in to hear what we’ve learned as we reflect on what this season has taught us so far! Email jena@doubleofarms.com if you’re interested in the corporate/bulk beef box gifting options this holiday season! For individual orders check out shop.doubleofarms.com and use code BEYONDTHECROPS for a discount! You can find us on Instagram @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass

November 7 • 39m 22s
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28. He Said, She Said: Q&A with MP & Josh

MP & Josh take over this episode and answer YOUR questions submitted on IG. Our conversation ranges from working together, working with family, our life before kids, what we do for fun, and more. We hope you enjoy this episode and were able to laugh along with us. Jena will be back next week! Phew! You can find us on Instagram @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass

October 31 • 42m 27s
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27: Running on Fumes + The Volatile Soybean Market

We’re running on fumes from Harvest 2023, both of us possibly hit some breaking points since we last talked. Sharing some updates from our lives plus some info on a recent article on the soybean market. We share our thoughts and reactions to it and how it impacts our operations. Shop for Cheese here when new orders launch. Sign up for email updates in the meantime. Shop Jena’s Double O Beef- don’t sleep on that fajita meat. You can find us on Instagram @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass

October 24 • 33m 25s
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26: Free From the Grind: How We Left Our Jobs and Found Purpose on Our Family Farms

Join us as we share HOW and WHY we both left our jobs to be more present on our family farms. It's been a journey of passion, perseverance, and growth for both of us and we can't wait to share it with you! You can find us on Instagram @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass

October 17 • 38m 42s
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25. National Farmers Day

National Farmers Day is celebrated each year on October 12th. Today we’ll be sharing some the history and some fascinating facts about farming, the backbone of America’s economy. National Farmers Day is not just a day to celebrate the hard work and dedication of America’s farmers, but also a day to acknowledge how far we have come in agriculture and how bright the future is for the next generation. From the food on our tables to the clothes on our backs, the contributions of farmers reach every single one of us every single day! ‌ Celebrate today by thanking your farmer friends and supporting your local farmers markets and seeking direct to consumer farm products! Remember to tune in when new episodes drop every Tuesday, leave us a review or share the podcast to your stories for a chance to win this month’s giveaway. You can find us on Instagram @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass

October 10 • 46m 59s
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24. Talking Mental Health in Agriculture with Ashley Machado

Today we’re discussing the stigma surrounding mental health in rural areas and how it affects seeking help with our special guest for today, Ashley Machado, is a Counselor & Mental Health Consultant focusing on the Ag industry. Ashley  shares practical tips and resources for folks in the Ag industry to cope with stress, anxiety, and more in this demanding profession. ‌ Be sure to check out her new podcast M Well the podcast with her husband Manny. Ashley is a great resource if you are looking for support on the mental health side of agriculture. The Anti Anxiety Notebook can be found here: https://shop.therapynotebooks.com/products/anti-anxiety-notebook?variant=42405158355134&currency=USD&utm_medium=product_sync&utm_source=google&utm_content=sag_organic&utm_campaign=sag_organic&tw_source=google&tw_adid=&tw_campaign=18279433349&gad=1&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIv4_91rXlgQMVVAB9Ch0GMwELEAQYAiABEgK4lfD_BwE The five minute journal: https://amzn.to/3PORXFj Be sure to check out her website ashleymachado.com, linked in the shownotes, so you can see all of the services she provides or schedule your free consultation. You can find us on Instagram @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass ‌

October 3 • 51m 9s
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23. Thrive & Date?!- Through Harvest

Harvest is HERE. Tune into this episode of Beyond the Crops for tips on how to manage the stress that comes along with the busy season. We’re answering a couple of questions from YOU, our listeners, we had recently on dating during harvest. It’s juicy. 6 Week Thrive Through Harvest Mindset Journal Z. Harvest Gems Website ‌ You can find us on Instagram @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass

September 26 • 45m 47s
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22. Farm Safety Week: Amanda Volsen on Rural Safety

This is a powerful, must listen to episode. Farm Safety week with special guest Amanda Volsen. Amanda is a farm wife, mom, and photographer from Minnesota. She's also a first responder for her local rural area. Amanda opens up to us about her son's experience in a farming accident and how she’s worked to prepare her family if an event like this were to occur. She shares her strong faith and how it shaped their experience. You can connect with Amanda on Instagram @‌amanda.volsen and on her website: http://amandavolsen.com/ More links from the episode: Hungry Canyon Farm Safety Gear Local Progressive Agriculture Safety Days interactive map: https://www.progressiveag.org/local-paf-safety-days AgriSafe http://agrisafe.org/ Farm Safety webinars and trainings. American Farm Bureau ASAP program: https://www.fb.org/initiative/farm-bureau-safety-health-network#:~:text=Farm%20Bureaus%20promote%20safety%20and,safety%20and%20health%20in%20agriculture. Shop tourniquets here: https://www.bleedingkits.org/all-products.html Telling the Story Project This episode is brought to you in part by Zimmatic by Lindsay You can find us on Instagram @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass

September 18 • 44m 36s
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21. How Technology is Shaping Agriculture

The integration of technology in agriculture is revolutionizing the way we grow our food, manage resources, and care for the environment. On this episode of Beyond the Crops, along with our husbands, we explore tech-driven transformations we’ve witnessed first hand. From precision agriculture and data analytics to artificial intelligence and autonomy, in this episode we unpack how tech has improved our operations and what we might see as a fit for the future. The landscape of ag tech is ever-evolving and we hope you’re able to glean some new knowledge from this episode. If you enjoyed this episode, don’t forget to leave us a review and subscribe! Learn more about FieldNET Advisor from Lindsay Corp This episode is brought to you in part by Zimmatic by Lindsay You can find us on Instagram @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass

September 12 • 39m 36s
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20. Seasonal Shifts and Our Everyday Rhythms and Routines

Routines and Rhythms are welcome as the summer season comes to an end. In today’s episode we’re highlighting the beauty of some of the rhythm’s and routines in our own lives. We’re also giving some casual life updates and share about an exciting event where we get to be IN PERSON together. Husker Harvest Days: Don’t forget our panel starts at 11am on Tuesday, September 12th and we’ll be at the Zimmatic booth 410. Stop by to see us and add to the conversation! We hope you find inspiration from this episode. Don’t forget to subscribe and tune in every Tuesday! This episode is brought to you in part by Zimmatic by Lindsay You can find us on Instagram @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass

September 5 • 42m 56s
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19. Diving Deep into Irrigation with Levi & Josh

Thirsty for knowledge on irrigation? This episode is for you. Irrigation is essential for many farmers across the US, especially on a year like this one. On this episode, we break down what irrigation looks like on each of our operations and how geography, necessity, availability, and much more dictate how it's used across the country. We brought on our husbands to give their hot takes on irrigation and how it affects our farms and our future.  This episode is brought to you in part by Zimmatic by Lindsay You can find us on Instagram @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass

August 29 • 47m 41s
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18. Harvest Prep 101

Believe it or not, the growing season is slipping away and harvest is RIGHT around the corner! Harvest is a marathon for farmers and you should never go into a marathon ill prepared. Today, we bring you all of our best tips, tricks, and advice as we all near the busiest and arguably one of the most important seasons of farming. Harvest Progress Sticker Chart All Things Harvest Preparation This episode is brought to you in part by Zimmatic by Lindsay. We want to thank them for being a new sponsor to our podcast! You can find us on Instagram @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass

August 22 • 34m 35s
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17. Living Colorfully with Kylie Epperson

The episode MANY of you have been waiting for! Today we had the pleasure of interviewing one of our OG instagram farm wife friends, Kylie Epperson. Kylie farms commercial corn, soybeans, and pigs with her family in northeast Missouri. Catch crop updates from three different regions before hearing Kylie’s journey from stepping outside of what she thought she “should” be doing and stepping into what God had planned for her - a life of color, style, and pouring into other rural women through teaching them to dress and feel their best self as a House of Colour Image Consultant! Follow Kylie on Instagram @kylieepperson_  Instagram (@kylieepperson_) Kylie’s website:  Home - Kylie Epperson Find a House of Colour consultant near you:  Find your nearest House of Colour image consultant | House Of Colour Check out the Midwest Farm Wives podcast to hear more from Kylie and her cohost, Whitney Larson  Podcast - Kylie Epperson Flower hair clips:  Hair Claw Clips, 6PCS Matte Flower Hair Clips, Large Claw Clips For Women Thick Hair, Big Cute Dasiy Hair Clips, Non Slip Strong Hold For Women Thin Hair, Hair Accessories For Women Girls Gifts, 6 Colors You can find us on Instagram @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass

August 15 • 50m 10s
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16. Kernels of Knowledge and A-Maize-ing info on U.S. Corn Types

Get ready for an  A-Maize-ing  Corn-verstation! This episode we are dropping kernels of knowledge all about corn in the U.S. and as you can tell, it's not boring and we are coming at ya with all the corny corn puns.  The famous corn headband is currently out of stock but you can sign up for a restock notification. Code JENA gets you a discount on your whole order: Cream of the Crop ‌Corn hair clip: Small Corn Hair Claw Clip Count Your Chickens board game: Peaceable Kingdom Count Your Chickens Award Winning Cooperative Counting Game for 2 to 4 Kids Ages 3+ Spoor Farms Popcorn: Popcorn – Spoor Farms Farm Kid Popcorn: They will be harvesting later this fall and you can sign up to know when it’s ready! Homegrown White Popcorn This episode of Beyond the Crops is brought to you by NK Seeds. Check out the 2024 NK launch class with 28 new soybean varieties linked here. You can find us on Instagram @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass

August 8 • 38m 57s
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15. 96 Years Young: Farming with Jena's Grandma

Today we have the pleasure of interviewing my dear grandmother. She’s 96 years young, she’s been a farm girl her entire life, and I am so proud to be her granddaughter and share a little bit her spunk and wisdom with you. You can find us on Instagram @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass

August 1 • 36m 20s
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14. New York Farm Girls

Tune in for a fun interview episode with the New York Farm Girls! We had a great time getting to know Claudia and Evelyn a little better and get some behind the scenes on their social media journeys. You can find Claudia and Evelyn on their social channels: Instagram @‌nyfarmgirls Facebook: Nyfarmgirls YouTube TikTok Pumpkin Patch Insta Pumpkin Patch TikTok This episode of Beyond the Crops is brought to you by NK Seeds. Check out the 2024 NK launch class with 28 new soybean varieties linked here. You can find us on Instagram @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass

July 25 • 43m 53s
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13. Our Personal Journey with Decluttering and Organizing

Join us as we both share our recent decluttering and organizing journeys. Learn the tips that helped us work through our clutter blocks and what’s motivating us to stay organized! Podcasts that inspired us: ‎ClutterBug - Organize, Clean and Transform your Home: Joshua Becker - The Freedom of Owning Less | Clutterbug Podcast # 163 on Apple Podcasts ‎ClutterBug - Organize, Clean and Transform your Home: Tracy McCubbin -The Practice of Decluttering | Clutterbug Podcast # 164 on Apple Podcasts ‎ClutterBug - Organize, Clean and Transform your Home: Matt Paxton - Crazy Decluttering Stories | Clutterbug Podcast #165 on Apple Podcasts Clutter block quiz: Emotional Clutter Block Quiz  — dClutterfly This episode of Beyond the Crops is brought to you by NK Seeds. Check out the 2024 NK launch class with 28 new soybean varieties linked here. You can find us on Instagram @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass

July 18 • 43m 9s
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12. Grounded Journals Origin Story

Join us for a behind-the-scenes dive into the creation of MP’s small business, Grounded Journals. She shares some of the details from idea to launch, how she overcame roadblocks, and encouragement for others on their own small business journeys. You can shop Grounded Journals at www.groundedjournals.co Use code: “beyondthecrops” for a discount on an order as a thank you for listening! This episode of Beyond the Crops is brought to you by NK Seeds. Check out the 2024 NK launch class with 28 new soybean varieties linked here. You can find us on Instagram @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass

July 11 • 48m 38s
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11. Are we hypocrites for growing GMO crops?

Join us as we deep dive a VERY hot topic - GMO’s or Genetically Modified Organisms. If we are being completely honest - we were scared to talk about this. We’ve both questioned our own feelings on GMO’s and have received our fair share of social media hate for growing GMO crops. Tune in to hear why we’ve questioned GMO’s and why we still believe in them! This episode of Beyond the Crops is brought to you by NK Seeds. Check out the 2024 NK launch class with 28 new soybean varieties linked here.  You can find us on Instagram @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass Order premium dry aged beef over at shop.doubleofarms.com and use code BEYONDTHECROPS for a discount! Sources: Ethanol vs. Petroleum-Based Fuel Carbon Emissions Fast Facts About Agriculture & Food GMO Answers | GMO Facts - Everything to Know About GMOs Non-GMO Project Home - The Non-GMO Project https://pod.link/1531526782/episode/71cbe533c3f73c05f5a7605fd5ec93b3 Science Vs Golden Rice FAQs

July 4 • 42m 19s
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10. Navigating Boundaries, Embracing Blessings as a Farm Wife

Tune in to this after bedtime episode where we engage in real talk, offering a glimpse into the realities of being a farm wife. Through our stories we hope to inspire and empower other farm wives, reminding them of their strength and resilience. Let’s embark on this journey together as we uncover the beauty and challenges, the sacrifices and blessings that shape our lives. Link to blog post MP mentioned in the episode:  10 WAYS TO BE A GREAT FARM WIFE a few good tips and a few maybe silly ones… Honestly just wear whatever makes you comfortable. ‌ Link to US drought monitor map if you’re curious about your area:  Current Map | U.S. Drought Monitor ‌ The launch of Beyond the Crops is brought to you by Precision Planting. Register for Precision Planting’s Summer Sessions Here: Summer Events ‌ You can find us on Instagram @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass

June 27 • 48m 57s
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9. Crop Insurance For Dummies

Is crop insurance confusing to you too? Not to worry, Jena’s husband, Levi, is a licensed crop insurance agent and he joined us as a guest this week! Tune in to learn how Levi’s family got started in crop insurance and hear Levi talk all things crop insurance and dumb down the confusing things that are a foreign language to us common folk! Food is Levi’s love language and breakfast is his favorite meal so he shared his tried and true biscuits and gravy recipe! You can find us on Instagram @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass The launch of Beyond the Crops is brought to you by Precision Planting. Thank you Precision Planting for believing in us and believing in better! Levi’s B’s and G’s Brown desired amount of ground sausage add enough milk to cover browned sausage, heat through (**for richer flavor use less milk and add 1 cup chicken broth here) in a cup, make a slurry by mixing 1/2 cup COLD milk with 2 heaping tablespoons of corn starch until smooth add slurry to warmed milk/sausage and stir over medium heat until thickened to gravy texture season to taste and enjoy over warm biscuits **add milk if gravy is too thick and add more corn starch slurry if it is too thin

June 20 • 55m 21s
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8. Spoon Feeding The Crop

What does it mean to spoon feed? Jena and MP break down nitrogen management on their operations through the growing season. We give a report on our crops and Jena shares a meal hack. Jena’s infamous dry ranch mix:  The Infamous Dry Ranch Mix You can find us on Instagram @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass The launch of Beyond the Crops is brought to you by Precision Planting. Thank you Precision Planting for believing in us and believing in better!

June 13 • 38m
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7. That's a Wrap- Planting Season 2023

We’ve wrapped up our planting seasons! Jena was able to take a family trip to Mexico during the busy season! We talk about how we’re working on getting back into routines and gearing up for in-season management. Jena’s favorite pre workout. Made by women for women! Her favorite flavors are watermelon and peach lemonade! https://upperlimitsupplements.com Use code “JENAO” for a discount! The launch of Beyond the Crops is brought to you by Precision Planting. Thank you Precision Planting for believing in us and believing in better! You can find us on Instagram @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass

June 6 • 38m 40s
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6. Jena's Double O Beef Origin Story

Today MP is interviewing Jena to learn more about the origin story of her direct to consumer beef business and the different ways she is monetizing social media. Jena ships their premium homegrown, dry aged beef nationwide. To try some Double O Beef for yourself head on over to doubleofarms.com and click the “Buy Our Beef” button! Code BEYONDTHECROPS gets you 10% off your next order! The launch of Beyond the Crops is brought to you by Precision Planting. Thank you Precision Planting for believing in us and believing in better! You can find us on Instagram @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass

May 30 • 41m 24s
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5. Students of our Crop

In this episode, we dig deep into the different on-farm trials our guys are working on give an update on planting season, and touch a little bit on how our crops are looking so far. The launch of Beyond the Crops is brought to you by Precision Planting. Thank you Precision Planting for believing in us and believing in better! And thank YOU for your support as a listener. We had an amazing launch week because of your support and are so excited to continue to grow with you.  You can find us on Instagram @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass

May 23 • 38m 22s
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4. Believe in Better with Precision Planting

Today we’re interviewing Bryce & Kate from Precision Planting. We’re talking about the importance of the planting pass and different technology Precision Planting has developed to help farmers produce more with less. We also chat about some more personal things and the meaning of “Believe in Better” The launch of Beyond the Crops is brought to you by Precision Planting. Thank you Precision Planting for believing in us and believing in better! You can find us on Instagram @‌jenaschsner and @‌marypat.sass

May 16 • 42m 11s
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3. For The Farm Mom

We dive deep into the trenches of motherhood on the farm, postpartum life, and how we don’t actually juggle it all. We answer some frequently asked questions we get on our social channels about being a farm mom & wife. We talk about the support systems we have in place and how we don’t do it all alone. We dive into some very deep topics and share some very personal stories from our own motherhood and mental health journeys. @‌byashleymachado is the mental health consultant both of us work with. She has helped us come a long way on our mental health journeys. The launch of Beyond the Crops is brought to you by Precision Planting. Thank you Precision Planting for believing in us and believing in better! https://www.precisionplanting.com/agronomy/pti#become-an-insider-today-1 Well Spent is the app Jena mentioned using. You can find us on Instagram @‌jenaochsner and @‌marypat.sass

May 9 • 52m 41s
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2. Behind the Scenes: Planting Season

Planting season is more stressful than harvest. Let’s put that to a vote. ‌ We talk about the details of planting season on our farm, what we’re planting this season, and why. We talk about different planting practices on our operations and the setups we have. ‌ Our roles on the farm during planting are different and no two farm wives roles are the same. We talk about what planting season looks like for both of us and how we support our farms through the season. ‌ Beyond the Crops is brought to you by Precision Planting. We are thankful for their support! https://www.precisionplanting.com/agronomy/pti#become-an-insider-today-1 You can find us on our Social channels: Instagram: @‌jenaochsner @marypat.sass

May 9 • 39m 38s
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1. Laying the Groundwork

Welcome to Beyond the Crops! We’re excited to have you here. Today, we’re laying the groundwork for our podcast and planting season on our farms. We talk about the steps we take to prepare the fields before the planters roll, explain tillage practices in more depth, and what it means to be a cow-sitter. Our farms are similar in structure but the way we do things is vastly different and it’s fun to dive in deeper on these topics. Thanks to Precision Planting for supporting Beyond the Crops and being our launch sponsor. You can sign up for PTI Farm update videos that MP mentioned here: https://www.precisionplanting.com/agronomy/pti#become-an-insider-today-1 You can find us on our Social channels: Instagram: @‌jenaochsner @marypat.sass

May 9 • 33m 3s
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Welcome to Beyond The Crops

Interested in agriculture, you've come to the right place. Welcome to Beyond the Crops, the podcast where we share a behind the scenes experience of conventional farming and what it's like to raise a family on America's back roads.  We are Jenna and MP.  We're two farm wives and moms dedicated to preserving rural traditions and sharing about farm life from our perspectives. Expect conversations to range from what's happening on our farms, to simplified agronomy, farm motherhood, mental health, and much, much more.  Agriculture is our passion, and we're both learning more every single day.  Each week we'll dig deeper into topics. Our social channels have only scratched the surface of. We're not only here to help you understand all that goes into growing our crops from start to finish, but also to relate to others in our same walks of life.  Rural America can be a lonely place, and we're here to remind you that you can do hard things and we're all in this together.  Be sure to tune in for our launch on May 9th and binge the first few episodes of our brand new podcast. Subscribe for notifications and reminders for our new episodes. Launching every Tuesday.

May 3 • 1m 13s
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