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New milking units make the day better

November 21, 2014 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. more »»

Sleepy Eye FFA holds crop show

November 21, 2014 SLEEPY EYE — The Sleepy Eye FFA Chapter held its annual Crops Show/Greenhand/Parents Night Program on Thursday, Nov. 13. more »»

A woman with a cause

November 14, 2014 Everybody has a cause. more »»

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

November 14, 2014 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. more »»

Harvest makes me feel bad, bad, bad

November 7, 2014 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 personalit. more »»

Farmers reminded to certify acres

November 7, 2014 SLEEPY EYE — The deadline to file a timely fall acreage report is November 15, 2014. more »»

‘Tis the Season for red and green… grapes

November 4, 2014 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... more »»

Russell gives us a failing grade

October 31, 2014 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. more »»

Dairy farm work is empowering

October 24, 2014 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 challeng. more »»

Here we go!

October 17, 2014 Corn harvesting has started for us. I enjoy helping with the corn harvest way more than I do with the soybean harves. more »»

Songs get stuck in my head

October 10, 2014 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. more »»

Time moves way too fast

October 3, 2014 Where does the time go? My mother used to tell me all the time, “As you get older the time goes by even faster. more »»

Busy, busy, busy

September 26, 2014 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. more »»

It’s never all figured out

September 19, 2014 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. more »»

The return of Date Day

September 12, 2014 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 yea. more »»

Working on the combine

September 5, 2014 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. more »»

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

August 29, 2014 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... more »»

Empty nesting can be hot and spicy

August 29, 2014 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. more »»

A surprised Farm Family of the Year

August 29, 2014 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... more »»

High tech farming means more yield, less labor

August 29, 2014 SLEEPY EYE — New, advanced farming systems available in equipment platforms are designed for higher yields, lower costs and less labor, according to manufacturer. more »»



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