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Horn flies take up residence

September 7, 2012 Can this year get any more awkward? If the waterless summer and fall wasn’t hard enough on our cows, now we have to add in the pesky little creature known as a horn fly. more »»

Is benchmarking a part of your farm management?

September 7, 2012 How does your farm business make strategic decisions? Maybe decisions are based on business goals or targets that were set ahead of time, or a vision statement that has been in place for years. more »»

Farmers have new responsibility to the ag industry

August 24, 2012 In today’s agriculture environment, successful farm management truly involves thinking as a CEO. more »»

It's been a good week

August 24, 2012 It’s been a crazy week, but one that I wouldn’t trade for a million dollars. OK, I would have to seriously consider a million dollars. more »»

It's not that easy

August 17, 2012 I knew it had been a while since I last had to help with making corn silage, but I offered my assistance anyway. I really didn’t have a choice; both Joey and Russell wanted to stay at the fair. more »»

Corn Rootworms – 2012

August 17, 2012 Corn rootworms have been around as long as corn has been grown in our are. more »»

Drought impact on livestock industry displays importance of risk management precautions

August 10, 2012 You may drive through the local country side and think that all this talk about the drought we are experiencing must not be in our local environment since the crops appear to be in better condition... more »»

Washing my hands of fair tasks

August 10, 2012 It’s fair week, I am already tired and there are still two more entire days left to go sit in the barns. more »»

Spider mites and soybeans

August 3, 2012 2012 is proving to be a very dry year after a very wet spring. Most areas in our region experienced 10 to 14 inches of rain during the month of May. more »»

Helping out makes chores difficult

August 3, 2012 My 18-year-old, 6-foot 2-inch tall baby has been sick this week. more »»

The mobile farmer: How to use technology as a farm management tool

July 27, 2012 As we all know, technology has become a vital component of the world we live in. more »»

Century Farm history

July 27, 2012 By Kerry Hoffman History hasn’t always been an interesting topic for me. In high school I found it rather mundane. It wasn’t until I matured that I really started to dig history. more »»

2012 growing season update

July 6, 2012 As we head into July we really need some rain. With the early planting season, much of the area corn fields are tasseling. When corn is pollinating it needs a lot of moisture. more »»

Long hot spell not good for cows

July 6, 2012 While we are sweating our butts off up here at the cabin on Clitherall Lake, our cows and employees are sweating it out at home. I know we have a way to get away from the heat. more »»

Independence is overrated

June 29, 2012 A woman who is married to a farmer who always has priorities outside of the house makes a woman become very independent. more »»

Top estate planning mistakes – Part 2

June 29, 2012 From Wayne Schoper and Rich Baumann South Central College Two weeks ago we looked at the first six top estate planning mistakes farmers and others often make. Today we will look at the next six. more »»

Top estate planning mistakes – Part 1

June 15, 2012 South Central College Regardless of the size of your estate, everyone should have a formalized estate plan in place. more »»

Still keeping life interesting

June 15, 2012 I settled into my office chair with a cup of strong Maxwell House coffee. I love working in my office real early in the morning. It’s like the perfect time for my creative mind to really hum. more »»

Knowing your cost of production

June 8, 2012 Do you know what it costs to produce the crops or livestock raised on your farm? Whether you raise corn, livestock or specialty crops, accurate budgets are crucial in gauging the potential... more »»

Weevils in the alfalfa

June 8, 2012 (I am taking the week off for needed relaxation. Please enjoy this column from June 2010. It’s appropriate, because we do have weevils in our alfalfa again this year. more »»

 
 
 

 

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