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Washing my hands of fair tasks

August 10, 2012 It’s fair week, I am already tired and there are still two more entire days left to go sit in the barns. more »»

Spider mites and soybeans

August 3, 2012 2012 is proving to be a very dry year after a very wet spring. Most areas in our region experienced 10 to 14 inches of rain during the month of May. more »»

Helping out makes chores difficult

August 3, 2012 My 18-year-old, 6-foot 2-inch tall baby has been sick this week. more »»

The mobile farmer: How to use technology as a farm management tool

July 27, 2012 As we all know, technology has become a vital component of the world we live in. more »»

Century Farm history

July 27, 2012 By Kerry Hoffman History hasn’t always been an interesting topic for me. In high school I found it rather mundane. It wasn’t until I matured that I really started to dig history. more »»

2012 growing season update

July 6, 2012 As we head into July we really need some rain. With the early planting season, much of the area corn fields are tasseling. When corn is pollinating it needs a lot of moisture. more »»

Long hot spell not good for cows

July 6, 2012 While we are sweating our butts off up here at the cabin on Clitherall Lake, our cows and employees are sweating it out at home. I know we have a way to get away from the heat. more »»

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 »»

 
 
 

 

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