Farm

By Emily Krekelberg University of Minnesota Extension Well, spring has finally sprung, although winter did put up a pretty good fight this year. The snow is finally gone, the temperatures are slowly warming up and it’s time for dairy farmers to transition their management from cold and snowy to warm and wet. Spring is a [...]

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Courtesy of the Midwest Dairy Association The selection of 12 young women from dairy farm backgrounds Sunday, May 18, in St. Cloud has paved the way for crowning Minnesota’s 61st Princess Kay of the Milky Way, the dairy industry’s official goodwill ambassador.  The newest Princess Kay will be named just before the opening of the [...]

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University of Minnesota Extension As corn prices declined in the fall of 2013, so did farm incomes for a majority of Minnesota farms, according to a joint analysis conducted by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) and University of Minnesota Extension. Overall, net farm income was $41,899 for the median farm. That compares to $189,679 [...]

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By Dan Martens Extension Educator U of M Extension Service  A custom rate survey, like a lot of other information, can be viewed as a “starting point” for custom rate considerations. Some factors that might affect custom rates for individual situations include field size, field conditions, hazards like rocks, availability, travel distance, trading work, ownership [...]

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By Kerry Drager Dairyland Peach Contributor The dairy industry is starting to see more diversity as farmers are discovering the ease and benefits of dairy goats. Bertha resident, Darin Lenz was working off-farm when he looked into the possibility of raising goats two years ago. “This is a 101 year old, fifth generation farm,” said [...]

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By Dan Martens Extension Educator U of M Extension Service From time to time, for farm programs, crop disaster declarations, crop insurance options and other things perhaps — we hear about an “Olympic” average for crop yields and other things. Olympic average simply means — for a given set of numbers, you drop the high [...]

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By Dan Martens University of Minnesota Extension It’s time to take a close look at spring grain care, if you haven’t started already. In 2013, a late spring led to wet soybeans and corn at harvest time; and propane supplies became short in the fall. Some soybeans and corn were not dried completely in the [...]

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