Farm

By Kerry Drager Correspondent Good fortune happens to those who aren’t afraid to take a brave step into the unknown. Having the confidence that hard work, dedication and unwavering faith in God promised Roger Lyon his success in his dairy farm near Villard. Lyon grew up on a dairy farm and knew that this was [...]

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By Kerry Drager Correspondent Joe Tensen of Brooten grew up on all things western — from his taste of music and his favorite movies right down to his boots. Inspired by the stories in his western paperbacks and the ones his father told about his time in the rodeo, Tensen was destined to become a [...]

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By Kerry Drager Correspondent For Dan Meyer’s family of Sauk Centre, raising livestock is a lifetime passion and adventure. However,  the animals that are grazing his fields aren’t your run of the mill Holsteins. The thunder of heavy hooves can be heard from over 200 head of bison at his Hidden Bison Ranch. Bison became [...]

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By Dan Martens University of Minnesota Extension We’re starting to get some questions about pricing corn silage. In some cases livestock producers are short on feed and some crop producers are long on corn that might not make good mature grain — again this year. Farmers, who are thinking about buying or selling corn or [...]

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By Beth Berlin University of Minnesota Extension It was a bit of a tough year for tomatoes. The early part of the growing season was quite wet. Although this meant gardeners didn’t have to take time to water, the rain was in excess at some points and created conditions that caused problems for tomatoes. Blossom-End [...]

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By Emily Wilmes University of Minnesota Extension All cattle producers know what a nuisance flies can be to their animals in the summer. These flies bring with them all sorts of potential problems, including pinkeye. Pinkeye is a painful disease caused by the bacteria moraxella bovis, and can cause reductions in weaning weights of as [...]

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Virgil Niehaus’ hay loft attracts people, collectibles and fun By Kerry Drager Correspondent For Virgil Niehaus and his three daughters, time to get together with family and friends is worth an annual party. Niehaus’ children have been throwing Virgil Fest at the family farm since 1998. What started as a small gathering of family and [...]

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