Farm

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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By Jennie Zeitler Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Although Craig Roerick left the family farm near Upsala to go to college, he is finally back living a farm life. After earning a degree in ag education and animal science-dairy from the University of Minnesota (U of M) Crookston, he held two jobs with farm-related organizations. “I wanted [...]

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By Jennie Zeitler Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Three generations of the Deters family keep busy with their dairy between West Union and Sauk Centre. There is always something to do with 575 cows to milk. Jeff and Karen, along with eldest son Shane and his wife, Amanda, set up the farm operation as a limited liability [...]

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By Jennie Zeitler Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Five young deer have hit the jackpot in the Little Sauk area between Sauk Centre and Long Prairie — they have been fed regularly during an extremely cold and snowy winter. The day after first spotting the five youngsters, in late December, Ray Hendershot found one stuck in a [...]

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