“We do all kinds of tillage work, plowing, discing, cutting corn, hauling to the shredder, picking corn, threshing grain. There are so many di…
- Updated: March 27
Back Roads: Grinding it out
When Ed Krugmire opens the gates to start the underwater turbines that drive the grain milling process at Schech's Mill in Caledonia, Minn., the hydraulic force is awesome.
Winter’s frost rapidly coming out of the ground
“Last winter’s frost was unusually deep. This winter we did not have the prolonged extreme cold temperatures.”
Farmers divided on buffer strip legislation
Minnesota Gov. Dayton’s 50-foot buffer strips proposal is now a state initiative and bipartisan legislation in both the House and Senate. As expected, the riparian buffer bills have picked up both advocates and adversaries.
Jerry Gulke: Bring down your costs, debt to compete
“I think the challenge facing U.S. agriculture is how to become the least-cost producer. That’s not an easy pill to swallow.”
Auctioneers Hall of Fame inducts Dale Fladeboe
“It’s a tremendous trip we auctioneers take every time we call a sale. The bidding process gets exciting."
Due to the high cost of investment in farm machinery, an ever-increasing number of farm operators are hiring other farm operators to provide s…
- Updated: March 27
Livestock Angles: Cattle market fast, erratic
The livestock markets continue to amaze with their volatility and erratic tendencies.
Grain Angles: Projected corn, bean estimates
These 2015 acre estimates would have soybean acres at or near record highs and corn acres the lowest since 2010 when there were less than 90 million acres planted.
Mielke Market Weekly: February milk output up 1.7 percent
U.S. milk production topped that of a year ago for the 14th consecutive month, according to preliminary data in the February Milk Production report.
Grain Outlook: Lack of ‘patience’ raises markets
Markets cruised lower to begin the week, and it was outside influences mid-week that brought them back after four straight lower closes.
Mielke Market Weekly: Poisoned milk threats halt New Zealand dairy trading
While police said the threat could be a hoax, the New Zealand government made very clear that all potential threats like this are taken seriously.
“We just want to get Jesus to people in different places. ... Some people think you only hear about Him in church.”
- Updated: March 27
In the Garden: Globe thistle attracts butterflies with stunning blooms
Plant these blue globe thistles with yellow or white flowers and you will have a show-stopping area in your garden.
Cookbook Corner: Vegan cookbook serves up classic Italian cuisine
For a wide variety of reasons — from healthwise to ethical — people are “eating vegan” more and more.
Table Talk: Farm, urban moms may differ, but mission remains same
One thing binds us together as women, though — and that is what we see as beautiful.
The Bookworm Sez: Memoir a ‘relentless’ exploration of mental illness
If you can overlook the relentlessness of it, and “Resilience” could be a book you’ll bounce for.
Cookbook Corner: Farm cooking is big on taste, nutrition, variety
Looking at cookbooks written for farm cooks proves that being a “rural chef” doesn’t mean skimping on style or flavor.
Farm & Food File: The numbers never add up
There’s little mystery to why many Americans distrust Congress: the numbers its members offer as hard fact are often exposed as pure fiction.
Farm & Food File: What your presidential hopefuls are saying about you
“The Republican field is in lockstep against having anything to do with Cuba.”
Land Minds: Old country school memories
“Dear Grandpa Hagen, I am writing you because we have been learning about how school has changed over the past 100 years."
Commentary: Too much health info better than too little
To live in 2015 is to live in the age of social media, the age of knowing everything right now.
Farm & Food File: Unamused by ‘kingmaker’ label, Rastetter powers on
“Bruce does a good job of staying in touch,” Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad related to the Des Moines Register.
Latest Nuts & Bolts
Dairy Camp at South Dakota State University
What: South Dakota State University Jackrabbit Dairy Camp, a three-day workshop for youth wanting to learn about the dairy industry:
Minnesota Ag News – Hogs & Pigs
On March 1, 2015 there were 7.85 million hogs and pigs on Minnesota farms, according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Hogs and Pigs report. The March 1 inventory was down 1 percent from December 2014 but up 5 percent from last March’s 7.50 million head.
Iowa Ag News – Hogs & Pigs
On March 1, 2015, there were 20.4 million hogs and pigs on Iowa farms according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Hogs and Pigs report. The March 1 inventory was down 2 percent from December 2014 but up 5 percent from last March’s 19.5 million head.
Land Stewardship Project supports Buffer Initiative
Land Stewardship Project (LSP) announced its support and commended Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton for his riparian "Buffer Initiative" and the commitment to stewardship of our land and water that it demonstrates.
Crude oil, ethanol prices rise
CRUDE OIL, ETHANOL PRICES RISE