Agribusiness

I’m driving semi now

I'm always up for a challenge.So when Steve dared me to drive the semi Wednesday morning, you can bet I was in 100 percent. Daring me to attempt something always ensures that I will participate. (It just dawned on me that Steve has probably figured that out!)I have actually driven our personal ...

Breaking and keeping Christmas traditions

I had a decision to make Christmas Eve.It wasn't an easy one either.I knew I would be messing with tradition.I also knew that I would be letting a few people down - mostly Joe and Russell.I previously had big plans, for the evening and I wasn't afraid to announce it to anyone who would listen.I ...

My life is amaze balls

By Kerry HoffmanI sometimes think I am the luckiest mother in the world.I mean, I get to spend my days on this farm working side-by-side with Steve, Joey and Russell.OK, so working every single day with my husband can be a bit stressful, we do manage to love each other at least six out of seven ...

I shouldn’t be so selfish

By Kerry HoffmanI didn't have a very good Wednesday this week.I was all excited for Wednesday morning when I hit the sack at 8 p.m. Tuesday night. I was looking forward to having a different human being in the milking parlor with me. Gone would be Steve and in would be Tarah.My alarm played a ...

Snowfall creates Abominable Snowman

By Kerry HoffmanFor Sale: One six-foot-tall husband. Works hard; sometimes too hard. Smart, but can be a bit too specific when it comes to conversation; good with money especially when that money is making him money; loves to be outdoors during three of the four seasons. Whines a lot during the ...

New milking units make the day better

It's been such an exciting Wednesday!I love new things and Wednesday morning 12 brand-spanking new items installed in our milking parlor.New milking units. Glorious. Blue. Sparkling clean! I love working in a clean parlor. Throw in 12 new super-clean milking units and there was no way possible ...

Sleepy Eye FFA holds crop show

SLEEPY EYE - The Sleepy Eye FFA Chapter held its annual Crops Show/Greenhand/Parents Night Program on Thursday, Nov. 13. It was a chance for the families of FFA members to get together and recognize the efforts of the chapter's members and parents, while announcing the winners of the 2014 FFA ...

A woman with a cause

Everybody has a cause.Angelina Jolie is a supporter of peace around the world and works with members of the United Nations and regularly works with survivors of disasters that happen all over the globe.Jon Bon Jovi's cause is homelessness. He tries to help disadvantaged people affected by ...

Farm News Ag Show Dec. 3-4 in Fort Dodge

FORT DODGE, Iowa - Farm News is hosting its 13th annual ag show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 3 and from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Iowa Central Community College East Campus, 2031 Quail Ave., Fort Dodge.More than 30,000 square feet of exhibitor space and more than 70 exhibitors from Iowa ...

Harvest makes me feel bad, bad, bad

A while back I wrote a column about how I was an orange.I am not referring to the fruit. Although, the more I age the more my shape is resembling a plump orange.I'm referring to my personality.You know, I'm the kind of person that likes to act on a moment's notice.I like to be around people ...

Farmers reminded to certify acres

SLEEPY EYE - The deadline to file a timely fall acreage report is November 15, 2014. A fall acreage report is required if:*a fall seeded crop was planted,*grasses, hay, and alfalfa utilized for forage will be carried into 2015, or*pasture is being grazed.An appointment is not ...

‘Tis the Season for red and green… grapes

Now that Halloween is over, we are already seeing red and green everywhere making it a great time to talk about grapes! Holiday time is actually when some grapes are at peak season, so now is the time to buy and incorporate more grapes into your meals and snacks. Holiday grapes have now hit ...

Russell gives us a failing grade

I have been busy helping in the field and with evening milkings. I miss going to football games. Enjoy this column from November of 2010. And most of all, for all you football parents, take note of the rules.Our son issued a failing grade to Steve and me last Friday night.He was referring to ...

Dairy farm work is empowering

I love it when Steve goes away. Don't think me mean, I talk to plenty of other women that feel the same way.I know I can handle whatever comes my way. I welcome the challenge.It does a body good to be alone on the farm and held responsible for all the action that takes place. From making sure ...

Here we go!

Corn harvesting has started for us.I enjoy helping with the corn harvest way more than I do with the soybean harvest.Soybeans seem to take forever!It takes a millennium to fill the grain hopper on the combine with millions of teensy-weensy soybeans. Big pieces of corn fill the hopper fast and ...

Songs get stuck in my head

Steve and I milk together almost every single morning during the week.I don't know if I should be a happy or sad statement.Most of the days we get along just fine, now that we have our management agreement in place. He manages the milking parlor; I manage the house. We both agreed that we would ...

Time moves way too fast

Where does the time go?My mother used to tell me all the time, "As you get older the time goes by even faster."Back then, when I was still wet behind the ears, but considered myself way wiser than my mother, I thought she was feeding me a line of malarkey.Today, I know she was only speaking the ...

Busy, busy, busy

My eyeballs hurt!It's these darn toothpicks. I should have sanded off the sharp points!It's been a whirlwind week for our family.From last week Tuesday, until this past Tuesday, it has been non-stop action.From chopping corn, purchasing a house, have a Mutant calf being born and our guests from ...

It’s never all figured out

I was feeling a bit frustrated in the parlor this week.We work so hard to maintain producing good-quality milk that it is hard to watch something going wrong and not knowing the reason why.Tuesday morning, both Steve and found three new cases of mastitis. We have to dump that milk and start a ...

The return of Date Day

My husband can be so hilarious some times.Here's how the story panned out.I actually had the morning off, which is highly unusual at this time of year. This particular morning, I got out of bed and slumbered downstairs. As I was preparing myself with the proper chores clothing, a little voice ...

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