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Custom rate update

April 15, 2011 South Central College As we might expect with rising fuel costs, custom rates for farm machinery operations have also risen. more »»

Trying just about anything

April 15, 2011 I pride myself on my willingness to try just about anything. Growing up in town I would have never imagined the things I would learn being married to a dairy farmer. more »»

American Agriculture in a world economy

April 1, 2011 We truly live in a world economy. American agriculture leads the way in international agriculture and is a major exporter to many countries around the world. more »»

Water from above

April 1, 2011 Rain drops keep falling on my head. Conjures up images of sparkling clean water from the sky, doesn’t it? I could only wish. more »»

Managing risk for your farm

March 25, 2011 Has farming the last few years felt a bit like a roller coaster ride? “The price volatility we have experienced in recent years is really dramatic,” says Brent Gloy, Purdue University agricultural... more »»

Another usual day?

March 25, 2011 There are, at times, certain weeks where I compose an “average” column. I come up with what I can and send it to The Journal with a sigh. more »»

Spring Speckles in the air

March 11, 2011 Three things have happened this past week that have convinced me that little speckles of spring are in the ai. more »»

Measure and Management

March 11, 2011 As the 2010 tax season comes to a close for most farmers and we look for lessons that can be learned for the 2011 marketing year, the questions can outnumber the answers. more »»

Power napping when you get the chance

March 4, 2011 In the presence of others I am quite responsible. It’s when I am out in the world, thinking that I am all on my own that I bend the rules a little bit. more »»

Storage is the key to good quality hay

March 4, 2011 2010 was generally a good hay production year. We had a good growing season with timely rains. The kind of environment we had last summer allows for good harvest conditions. more »»

From the Farm

February 25, 2011 OK, so whoever made Mother Nature mad, could you please go tell her you’re sorry for whatever it is you did? Seriously, I have my own theory as to why Mother Nature has been playing with my mind and... more »»

Your Farm Business

February 25, 2011 (This article was written by Dr. S. Elwynn Taylor, Iowa State University, several years ago for the Farm Business Management Education Programs in Minnesota. more »»

Urgent tasks vs important tasks: what’s the difference?

February 11, 2011 Are the tasks that keep you busy each day important to the future of your farm business, or are they urgent tasks? “What is the difference?” you ask. more »»

Strength, courage and intelligence

February 11, 2011 It takes three things to work on our dairy farm. First, it takes so much strength Superman wouldn’t even think of stepping into a phone booth, much less a milk house to change. more »»

From the Farm

January 28, 2011 Blasted arctic winter! When will it end? June can’t come soon enough. Every winter I find myself doing tasks that, in my opinion, are just a waste of my very precious time. more »»

Employee? Or independent contractor?

January 28, 2011 Is your worker an employee or contract labor? Answering this question incorrectly could cost you dollars! In recent years, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and state tax agencies have increased... more »»

Reteaching old dogs new tricks

January 21, 2011 When it comes to being a dairy farmer, it takes a ton of expertise, especially when it comes to the operating all the equipment in the milking parlo. more »»

Farm buildings face dangers from snow load

January 21, 2011 January has brought a lot of snow to our area. Much of this snow carried a lot of moisture and thus a lot of weight when it accumulates over the course of the winter months. more »»

Sharing our farm with others

January 14, 2011 Wow, tours are going to be the death of me. Not because I don’t like giving them, in fact I love giving tours. more »»

­Put a positive spin on family disagreements

January 14, 2011 (Dr. Ron Hanson of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, specializes in dealing with the positives and negatives of families who farm together. more »»



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