Energy team jumps through hoops so you don’t have to
“Money comes from different places: federal investment tax credit, local utility rebates are available and REAP grants. That’s why it’s confusing and that’s why we do our job.”
The Land's 2015 Fair-Goer's Guide
Summertime means it’s time for county fairs. No matter where you live, you’re never too far from one of the many treasures to be found across Minnesota and Iowa.
Seeley: Weather’s character, variability changing
“We are more frequently experiencing extremes in our weather fluctuations unlike any we have seen earlier in our history.”
Solar energy growing crops, powering farms
“We don’t pay anything for electricity anymore. We get money back at the end of the year.”
Dairy farmers harvesting wind, sun
When Doug Popp, dairyman and farmer near Royalton, Minn., goes to auction, his fellow farmers say if it’s windy or sunny, the Popps are raking in the money.
Sellers are starting to come out of the woodwork, powder is at multi-year lows, there’s plenty of milk and it’s starting to show up, and deman…
- Updated: June 25
Grain Outlook: Bounce gives way to selling
A bounce off the lows through mid-week then gave way to selling into the weekend. The end result was an only slightly changed corn market for the week.
Livestock Angles: Cloud hanging over markets
There continues to be a cloud hanging over the livestock markets these days as the futures market continues to slip into a discount versus the cash markets.
Grain Angles: The bottom line on ethanol
I am very glad that I decided to stop at the busy station with the scenic countryside view; it just made sense.
Mielke Market Weekly: Dairy export value, volume up for third straight month
U.S. suppliers shipped 185,342 tons of milk powders, cheese, butterfat, whey and lactose in April, the second-highest figure ever (on a daily-average basis).
Grain Outlook: Wet, heat casts negative shadow
Early-week gains were erased with the release of the monthly U.S. Department of Agriculture crop report which was considered bearish. Warm and wet forecasts cast a negative shadow in the background as well.
“It is what it is” is one of those fingernails on the chalkboard phrases for me. On the surface it may sound like contentment, but I think it …
- Updated: June 29
In the Garden: Grow water lilies as pretty as Claude Monet’s paintings
The uplifting experience of walking through Monet’s tranquil gardens in France near the Seine River was inspiring and will be a lifelong pleasant memory.
Cookbook Corner: Attempting raw food diet a labor-intensive endeavor
Hardly anybody eats a totally raw food diet; if you are able eat three-fourths of your food raw, you’re considered a “raw foodist.” (Not to be confused with those who cook in the raw!)
Table Talk: ‘No bull’ — Sire does best Winnie-the-Pooh impression
My husband traipsed up to the house with a small power tool and asked if I would take it over to our son, who had just called asking to borrow it. “He said the bull has his head stuck in something,” he said.
The Bookworm Sez: You can do it — How female farmers work the land
Women have worked on farms for centuries, so you’re joining a solid sisterhood; in fact, recent studies show that over 13 percent of all farms in the United States are operated by women, and that includes women who are African American, Native American and Asian.
The Back Porch: Trust in God can keep fear from ruling your life
“God’s most frequently repeated instruction is formulated in two simple words: ‘Fear not.’”
Yes, crow. You know, the big black bird that serves as both a symbol of loud announcements — as in “crowing” — and a metaphor for having to ta…
- Updated: June 25
Land Minds: The brightness in his eyes
When the cancer came, he fought it, but when the battle was lost, he maintained his dignity.
Letter: Farmers paying for buffers
It’s sad when the ignorant majority can inflict such damage on the minority that dedicate their life to protecting the land.
Farm & Food File: Storm clouds brewing as markets, land values weaken
Most everyone connected to U.S. agriculture — from ag bankers to corn growers to land grant economists to cotton producers to farm implement salespeople to crop insurance adjusters — know that “storm brewing” feeling.
Letter: Harvey tribute belittles farm women
It’s time that those that reprint this “tribute” realize how demeaning it is to us farm women.
Farm & Food File: Animal epidemics just might be telling us something
We’ve placed much of our animal production on thin reeds in just a few ponds and when disease hits it hits both animals and producers like a scythe.
Latest Nuts & Bolts
Minnesota Ag News – Milk Production
Milk production in Minnesota during May 2015 totaled 819 million pounds, up 4 percent from last May according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Milk Production report. This is the highest May milk production since
Iowa Ag News – Milk Production
Milk production in Iowa during May 2015 totaled 425 million pounds, up 4 percent from May 2014 according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Milk Production report. The average number of milk cows during May, at 212,000 head, was unchanged from last month but 5,000 more than a year ago. Monthly production per cow averaged 2,005 pounds, up 40 pounds from last May. This is the first time that monthly milk per cow has exceeded 2,000 pounds.
Summer Field Day 2015 at West Central Research and Outreah Center
Summer Field Day will be held at the University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center on Friday, July 10th. Registration begins at 7:30 am with tours running approximately one hour in length. Each tour will run twice, at 8:00 am and again at 9:15 am. There are three crop production tours to choose from.
Iowa Crop Progress & Condition
Sunny and warm temperatures early in the week spurred growth and fieldwork progress in Iowa, however fieldwork slowed due to wet conditions during the latter part of the week ending June 14, 2015, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Minnesota Crop Progress & Condition Report
Over one-quarter of the first cutting of alfalfa hay was harvested