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There’s nothing worse than being a dairy farmer

March 15, 2013 Now that I have your attention, let me stand on my soap box. The other day, while browsing in a store, I happened upon a person with whom I started a conversation. more »»

The Conservation Reserve Program

March 15, 2013 In 2013, the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is celebrating its 27th anniversary, and over two and a half decades of conservation succes. more »»

Unlock your farm’s potential: Seven habits for financial success

March 8, 2013 In today’s complex, data-intense farming operations, growers need a way to sort through all their data to make better decisions. more »»

Miss Pickles earns strike one

March 8, 2013 Several weeks ago I wrote about one special cow that just had her first calf. Miss Pickles. Nobody around here, except for Joey and I, likes Miss Pickles. more »»

Teamwork prevails - again

March 1, 2013 So it’s 5 a.m. Wednesday morning and I still have no idea what topic I am going to use to fill this page. I have verbally committed to having it submitted by 5 p.m. more »»

Know How to Communicate with All Generations on the Farm

February 22, 2013 For the first time in history, four different generations are currently involved in the agricultural industry. more »»

Deep, warm pockets

February 22, 2013 Last week, or the week before, I wrote a column about how our cows are able to produce milk that is of great quality? I explained how I wanted to keep that string of production going and one of th... more »»

Comparing farming to other businesses

February 8, 2013 From Tina LeBrun and Wayne Schoper South Central College When defining farm management, most often the terms small business and increasing profits are include. more »»

This I know to be true

February 8, 2013 This I know to be true — Steve really doesn’t like it when the cows are accidentally let out to roam the country side. I have proof he doesn’t like it. more »»

Lessons learned from the 2012 drought

February 1, 2013 (This week’s guest columnist is Kent Theisse, Farm Management Analyst and Vice President, MinnStar Bank, Lake Crystal) The 2012 crop year and the major drought that affected much of the United... more »»

Focusing on milk quality

February 1, 2013 For the past week, milking time has been going smooth and efficiently. more »»

Frigid temps make dairy farmers struggle

January 25, 2013 So I was reading a joke the other day about the day the Creator decided to bless the world with a magnificent land called Minnesota (with emphasis placed on the “o” sound). more »»

Five income tax changes affecting farmers

January 25, 2013 Farmers can lower their taxable income and plan for the future of their operations by taking advantage of several provisions included in the recently approved American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. more »»

From Pinky to Pickles to Pontiac

January 18, 2013 It’s been an amazing time on the farm this past week. more »»

Farm buildings and snow load

January 18, 2013 By Tina LeBrun and Wayne Schoper South Central College This winter has seen the drought continue that has plagued us since last May. more »»

Corn price watch

January 4, 2013 Farmers have a lot on the line this year. Land rental rates are at all-time highs and other inputs such as fertilizer and seed are also at their highest levels since records have been kept. more »»

Hoffmans close house to visitors

January 4, 2013 For the second year in a row I was ill on New Year’s Eve. Not that I would have partied until midnight, but it would be nice to go to this certain part. more »»

Is farmland still a solid long-term investment?

December 14, 2012 Farmland purchases have been a solid long-term investment for farmers, but that doesn’t mean it always pencils out. If you ask young farmers what their No. more »»

Vacation equals cleaning and cereal

December 14, 2012 Steve and I are going on vacation this week. That means there is a ton of extra work to do to prepare the farm for our one-week absence. Our preparations have changed a bi. more »»



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