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Jeff Lampe
Jeff Lampe

Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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July 27: Picture of the Day

July 27, 2010 at 11:40 PM

The millet has sprouted. Not all of it. And not equally.

But the Japanese millet middle son Victor and I sowed on July 17 has poked its way up as of July 27. That’s the first I could see the millet after an extended vacation that kept me away from the planting and from my computer.

As for the millet, there was no uniformity in how it came up. Areas that were worked up after seeding did much better and had better coverage. But we got plenty of sprouts that merely fell into cracks in the dried soil, as you can tell from the picture above.

I may try to seed some more this week just to see if I can even out the coverage. But even if that doesn’t happen, it will be very interesting to see if this extra feed makes a difference come fall.

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For those who wonder what had happened to me of late, I offer a belated look back at the past week in the following entries (which I actually posted all this evening). Bottom line: I was on vacation and my wife didn’t want me posting pictures while we were gone for various reasons. But, as a bonus feature of, here they all are in retrospect.

Lost Pictures of the Day…
The Buffalo Saga



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