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Cows have weird tendencies, too

October 5, 2012 It’s vacation week for Kerry. Enjoy this column from September 201. more »»

Use the good times to get your farm business in shape

October 5, 2012 From Tina LeBrun and Wayne Schoper South Central College Agriculture, specifically crop agriculture, currently is on an extended positive ru. more »»

Hard work is easier alone

September 28, 2012 Contrary to what humans of the male persuasion think, humans of the female persuasion like it when male humans disappear for a couple of days. I am not lying! It’s the honest-to-god truth. more »»

Custom Farming Agreements

September 28, 2012 An alternative to leasing farmland is a “Custom Farming Agreement”. more »»

Flexible land rent considerations

September 14, 2012 The hot question this fall and winter will be what to charge for cash land rent for the cropping year 2013 and beyond. Back in April, corn and soybean prices were much lower than they are now. more »»

FFA at State Fair

September 14, 2012 NEW ULM — New Ulm FFA had six members exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair FFA Livestock Show, Aug 31- Sept. 3. more »»

Daily requirements aren’t demanding

September 14, 2012 I don’t ask for much when it comes to my day-to-day living arrangements. When working in my kitchen making delicious chocolate chip bars, I like to have the entire counter space clean of clutter. more »»

Horn flies take up residence

September 7, 2012 Can this year get any more awkward? If the waterless summer and fall wasn’t hard enough on our cows, now we have to add in the pesky little creature known as a horn fly. more »»

Is benchmarking a part of your farm management?

September 7, 2012 How does your farm business make strategic decisions? Maybe decisions are based on business goals or targets that were set ahead of time, or a vision statement that has been in place for years. more »»

Farmers have new responsibility to the ag industry

August 24, 2012 In today’s agriculture environment, successful farm management truly involves thinking as a CEO. more »»

It's been a good week

August 24, 2012 It’s been a crazy week, but one that I wouldn’t trade for a million dollars. OK, I would have to seriously consider a million dollars. more »»

It's not that easy

August 17, 2012 I knew it had been a while since I last had to help with making corn silage, but I offered my assistance anyway. I really didn’t have a choice; both Joey and Russell wanted to stay at the fair. more »»

Corn Rootworms – 2012

August 17, 2012 Corn rootworms have been around as long as corn has been grown in our are. more »»

Drought impact on livestock industry displays importance of risk management precautions

August 10, 2012 You may drive through the local country side and think that all this talk about the drought we are experiencing must not be in our local environment since the crops appear to be in better condition... more »»

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 »»



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