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This I know to be true

February 8, 2013 This I know to be true — Steve really doesn’t like it when the cows are accidentally let out to roam the country side. I have proof he doesn’t like it. more »»

Lessons learned from the 2012 drought

February 1, 2013 (This week’s guest columnist is Kent Theisse, Farm Management Analyst and Vice President, MinnStar Bank, Lake Crystal) The 2012 crop year and the major drought that affected much of the United... more »»

Focusing on milk quality

February 1, 2013 For the past week, milking time has been going smooth and efficiently. more »»

Frigid temps make dairy farmers struggle

January 25, 2013 So I was reading a joke the other day about the day the Creator decided to bless the world with a magnificent land called Minnesota (with emphasis placed on the “o” sound). more »»

Five income tax changes affecting farmers

January 25, 2013 Farmers can lower their taxable income and plan for the future of their operations by taking advantage of several provisions included in the recently approved American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. more »»

From Pinky to Pickles to Pontiac

January 18, 2013 It’s been an amazing time on the farm this past week. more »»

Farm buildings and snow load

January 18, 2013 By Tina LeBrun and Wayne Schoper South Central College This winter has seen the drought continue that has plagued us since last May. more »»

Corn price watch

January 4, 2013 Farmers have a lot on the line this year. Land rental rates are at all-time highs and other inputs such as fertilizer and seed are also at their highest levels since records have been kept. more »»

Hoffmans close house to visitors

January 4, 2013 For the second year in a row I was ill on New Year’s Eve. Not that I would have partied until midnight, but it would be nice to go to this certain part. more »»

Is farmland still a solid long-term investment?

December 14, 2012 Farmland purchases have been a solid long-term investment for farmers, but that doesn’t mean it always pencils out. If you ask young farmers what their No. more »»

Vacation equals cleaning and cereal

December 14, 2012 Steve and I are going on vacation this week. That means there is a ton of extra work to do to prepare the farm for our one-week absence. Our preparations have changed a bi. more »»

Young farm producers, build your credit

November 30, 2012 From Tina LeBrun and Wayne Schoper South Central College As a young producer, there is a chance you might be viewed by lenders as a financial risk. more »»

Tax prep time not her favorite

November 30, 2012 I was caught off guard the other day. I hate it when that happens. I dread this time of year. Well, I don’t like one particular event that happens every November. more »»

Steps for farm business strategic planning

November 16, 2012 Farm business strategy is not a race, it’s a process. It’s also essential to being a successful farm operation in today’s economy. more »»

Proud of my tattoo

November 16, 2012 Steve tells me I have the word “Sucker” tattooed on my forehead. I don’t know, but when I look in the mirror, I don’t ever see it. I have no idea what he’s talking about. more »»

Looking ahead to 2013

November 9, 2012 We’ve all been hearing during the past year about the world’s population reaching seven billion human being. more »»

Pill size matters

November 9, 2012 When ever you’re feeling sick and the doc has prescribed pills the size of an ice cube, you should consider yourself lucky to be a human. more »»

Make time for tax planning

October 19, 2012 From Tina LeBrun and Wayne Schoper South Central College With the early harvest season upon us this year, the time has come to start thinking about tax planning. more »»

Cows don't like pedicures

October 19, 2012 I am sitting up here in my office typing this column instead of being outside helping the guys get ready for the hoof trimmer’s visit. more »»

Fall harvest wrapup

October 12, 2012 The 2012 harvest season is wrapping up at one of the earliest dates in most people’s memory. Part of this is due to the drought that has plagued us for the past year or so. The U.. more »»



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