Agribusiness

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 ...

Working on the combine

It's getting to be that time of year again when Steve only has that one thing on his mind.No, not that one thing!I'm talking about harvesting the crops. Watch how fast the colors of the soybeans will change after this week.The first crop we have to harvest is the corn silage corn. After that we ...

It’s not a bird or a plane, its a farm UAV!

MANKATO - Most people think Aerial Drones as something used on the battlefield, but what about a cornfield?Farm Intelligence out of Mankato has been using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for the last three years to provide farmers with detailed crop analysis. In the last year the UAVs from Farm ...

A surprised Farm Family of the Year

SLEEPY EYE - Being recognized as one of the Minnesota Farm Families of the Year 2014 came as a total surprise for the two brothers Michael (Mike) and Dan Steffl, as well as Dan's wife Lisa of Sleepy Eye. But during the 141 years of existence of their family farm, every family member in charge ...

High tech farming means more yield, less labor

SLEEPY EYE - New, advanced farming systems available in equipment platforms are designed for higher yields, lower costs and less labor, according to manufacturers.Factory-installed, fully-integrated systems offer open architecture to work across equipment platforms and crop windows with ...

Many differences in US, German agriculture

(EDITOR'S NOTE: Elena Kretschmer is the Hans Joohs Exchange Program intern visiting New Ulm from Germany and working at The Journal this summer. She shares her observations on agriculture in America compared to Germany.)NEW ULM - Agriculture is undoubtedly a major industry in the United States, ...

Empty nesting can be hot and spicy

People always want to know how things are going on the farm. They ask about how calves are doing, how the weather is affecting crops and of, course, about the family.I think most of the time they use those topics as conversation starters.Lately everyone wants to know how it's feeling to be an ...

Finally, we are empty nesters

Starting today Steve and I are starting another chapter in our life.And we couldn't be happier.I have spent the better part of this week preparing to take both of our sons to the University of South Dakota in Brookings.Russell is easy to pack for this year, as he will be a freshman and his ...

Nicollet County Fair Results

2014 NICOLLET COUNTY FAIR 4-H WINNERSST. PETER - The 2014 Nicollet County Fair has been completed. Here is a list of 4-Hers who received honors:DairyOverallChampion - Leif Annexstad - NorselandRes. Champion - Megan Struss - CourtlandProduction ClassChampion - Emily Annexstad - NorselandRes. ...

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