Farm

By Kerry Drager Correspondent Thanksgiving wouldn’t be the same if it wasn’t for the bird. The centerpiece of November’s famous holiday most likely was raised right here in central Minnesota. Swanville is known as the turkey capital of the world, and one area family has helped give the little town that name. John Gessell Jr. […]

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By Emily Wilmes University of Minnesota Extension All beef producers with cow/calf operations know the importance of their cull cows. Cull cow receipts account for 15-30 percent of income from the cow-calf enterprise, says Cody Wright, South Dakota State University Extension beef specialist.  Because of the impact cull cows have on the operation’s bottom line, […]

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By Emily Wilmes University of Minnesota Extension On Oct. 29, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, while speaking at the National Milk Producers Federation annual meeting, announced that the deadline for the dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP) has been extended. Farmers now have until Dec. 5, to enroll in the voluntary program, established by the 2014 […]

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By Kerry Drager Correspondent Harvest time has traditionally required the effort of both family and friends. Working the fields was time consuming when the tractors and plows were smaller. Today plowing the field usually entails a monster machine and is often done by the solo farmer. Still, something about old tractors has modern farmers choosing […]

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By Kerry Drager Correspondent Allen Drayna of Eagle Bend grew up around horses. Born and raised on a dairy farm in Browerville, Drayna learned to drive draft horses, tilling the land and racking hay. When his parents weren’t looking, he took the opportunity to ride the great horses, and by the 1980s, he had made […]

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By Emily Wilmes, University of Minnesota Extension It seems we’ve been thinking about all things fall lately. From harvesting crops to pasture prep to animal care, there’s always something to be done when the leaves start changing. Let’s add something else to the list — manure. Any livestock producer can tell you what an asset […]

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By Emily Wilmes, University of Minnesota Extension One of the most common topics for questions I get at the office is cropland rental. Renting farmland is common for many farmers seeking land, and the value of land causes many landowners to hold on to it, even after their own farming days are over. I can’t […]

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