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Independence is overrated

June 29, 2012 A woman who is married to a farmer who always has priorities outside of the house makes a woman become very independent. more »»

Top estate planning mistakes – Part 2

June 29, 2012 From Wayne Schoper and Rich Baumann South Central College Two weeks ago we looked at the first six top estate planning mistakes farmers and others often make. Today we will look at the next six. more »»

Top estate planning mistakes – Part 1

June 15, 2012 South Central College Regardless of the size of your estate, everyone should have a formalized estate plan in place. more »»

Still keeping life interesting

June 15, 2012 I settled into my office chair with a cup of strong Maxwell House coffee. I love working in my office real early in the morning. It’s like the perfect time for my creative mind to really hum. more »»

Knowing your cost of production

June 8, 2012 Do you know what it costs to produce the crops or livestock raised on your farm? Whether you raise corn, livestock or specialty crops, accurate budgets are crucial in gauging the potential... more »»

Weevils in the alfalfa

June 8, 2012 (I am taking the week off for needed relaxation. Please enjoy this column from June 2010. It’s appropriate, because we do have weevils in our alfalfa again this year. more »»

Current farm topics

May 25, 2012 Since 2007, commodity prices have had great price volatility. This volatility increases a farmer’s exposure to risk and may provide fewer opportunities to market for a profit. more »»

Flies drive me crazy

May 25, 2012 There were so many flies in the milking parlor the other night, it felt like we could have been carried away to the great fly colony on a dung pile. Seriously. more »»

Organic Field Day July 11 at Lamberton

May 25, 2012 LAMBERTON — The University of Minnesota Southwest Research and Outreach Center’s annual Organic Field Day will be held Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at Lamberton from 7:30 am to 4 p.m. more »»

Corn prices in three parts

May 18, 2012 Corn prices have recently moved in three distinct patterns. These include the patterns for new crop futures, old crop futures, and old crop cash prices. December 2012 futures reached a high of $. more »»

For Joey

May 18, 2012 I have been waiting for this moment since the day you hopped on the bus heading to St. Anthony’s School for your inaugural day of kindergarten. more »»

Reducing pesticide exposure

May 11, 2012 We are in the middle of the 2012 planting season with most of the corn planted and quite a few soybeans to go. more »»

Smart is a ton of fun

May 11, 2012 Just when I needed a bit of excitement in my life, one odd incident turned my world into one, big happy adventure that still makes me smile.. Let me start at the beginning. more »»

Area farms receive Century Farm recognition

May 11, 2012 The Minnesota State Fair and the Minnesota Farm Bureau recognize 144 Minnesota farms as 2012 Century Farms. more »»

Life is about relationships: supervisor-employee included

May 4, 2012 (By Dr. Bob Milligan, LearningEdge and Dairy Strategies, LLC. more »»

Knowledge and safety go hand-in-hand on the farm

May 4, 2012 Chalk one up for common sense. That’s not such an easy task when I refer to governmental pen pushers. I know. I kno. more »»

Earth Day, 2012 – farmers are doing their part

April 27, 2012 Each year, Earth Day – April 22- marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. more »»

Dairy farming, it’s a ‘way’ of life

April 27, 2012 I never used to believe that owning and working on a dairy farm led to a certain type of lifestyle. That is, until Steve and I celebrated our 19th wedding anniversary this past Tuesday. more »»

2012 growing season just beginning

April 13, 2012 What a difference a year makes. Last spring we were worried about planting into cold, wet soils. more »»

Living with inspiration

April 13, 2012 I was suffering from a bit of writer’s block Wednesday morning. No matter how hard I tried, everything I typed into the computer seemed silly and uninteresting. No worries. more »»

 
 

 

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