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The tricky business of preparing the next generation: Part 1

November 18, 2011 A major goal of many farm operators is to see the next generation take over the farm business, and to have that business continue to be successful. Often this does happen, but sometimes it doesn. more »»

Number crunching too much for me

November 18, 2011 It was time for me to get out of the house. Steve was busy in his office manipulating numbers on his computer. more »»

The reality of weather risk

November 4, 2011 From Wayne Schoper and Rich Baumann South Central College (This information is from Dr. S. Elwynn Taylor, Iowa State Univ., from an article he wrote a few years ago. more »»

Welcome back Zack!

November 4, 2011 I may have to think twice before I ever let Zack go to another bunny convention. I am not referring to the bunnies that walk around on two legs either. more »»

Maidl earns American FFA Degree

November 4, 2011 INDIANAPOLIS — Andrew Maidl, a member of the New Ulm FFA Chapter, received the American FFA Degree at the 84th National FFA Convention Oct. 22. more »»

Age is all in the mind

October 28, 2011 It’s good to see Chopper, the rat terrier, snapping and growling at the big dogs. Seriously. He always has been a bit of a grump. He has microscopic tolerance for other dog. more »»

Seven billion people

October 28, 2011 (This week’s was written by Gene Kuntz, Farm Business Management Instructor in Faribault. more »»

Capital budgeting on the farm

October 21, 2011 Most farm business managers are used to developing and using a cash flow budget for their farm business. more »»

Things to do, things to do…

October 21, 2011 In previous columns I have written about having the amazing technology of auto steer in a few of our tractors. more »»

Run down your post-harvest checklist

October 14, 2011 As the 2011 harvest begins to wrap-up, we need to be thinking about the next steps we need to take on the farm. Fall tillage will be happening over the next few weeks. more »»

Know your cheese

October 14, 2011 I recently spent several days hiking along The Superior Hiking Trail in northern Minnesot. more »»

That which we call a cow by any other name...

October 7, 2011 Sometimes it’s not easy to come up with an appropriate name for the animals wandering around our farm. It takes time and deep thought to find a name that is both fitting and charming. more »»

Eight strategies to make money in a competitive business

October 7, 2011 (This information is from an article by Dr. Michael Boehlje, Purdue University Agricultural Economist, written a few years ago. more »»

Get your free credit reports

September 23, 2011 Do you know what information is in your credit reports? Many people have no idea what information is in these reports, and more often than you might think, there may be mistakes in one or all three... more »»

Hitting the autumnal doldrums

September 23, 2011 There’s only one problem with this time of year. It’s that period between chopping corn silage and starting to combine corn. Usually it lasts a couple of weeks, but it seems like eternity. more »»

The power of dish soap

September 9, 2011 There I was, standing in the aisle at Hy-Vee, inhaling the aroma from a dish soap bottle like it was the best thing that ever happened to m. more »»

Experts: Get your financial house in order

September 9, 2011 From Wayne Schoper and Rich Baumann South Central College (The information in this article is from Shannon Linderoth, Associate Editor, Dairy Herd Network, updated: August 25, 2011. more »»

Dr. Phil Gill Named Brown SWCD’s 2011 Outstanding Conservationist

September 9, 2011 SLEEPY EYE — The Brown Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) has named Dr. Phil Gill, a veterinarian, as its 2011 Outstanding Conservationist. Gill’s love of nature led him to purchase 26. more »»

Leading and managing a farm business today

August 26, 2011 (This information is from Dr. Bob Milligan, Learning-Edge and Dairy Strategies, LLC.) Over the last 50 years, we have gone from feeding hay and grain to balancing rations for amino acid. more »»

Pogo, go-go a no-no

August 26, 2011 Whenever we are outside working with the cows, Steve makes the comment, “Come on, you naughty Jerseys. more »»



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