University of Minnesota Extension

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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By Emily Wilmes University of Minnesota Extension University of Minnesota Extension and the Farm Service Agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture begin a series of free dairy education seminars this month to help farmers make decisions brought about by the 2014 Farm Bill. Dairy producers have until Nov. 28 to enroll in the Dairy [...]

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By Emily Wilmes University of Minnesota Extension It’s fall, and on top of everything else farmers need to be thinking about and planning for, beef producers should be thinking about deworming their cattle. Deworming is, of course, a smart and economic decision for any producer —parasites can lead to a depressed immune system, decreased appetite, decreased [...]

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By Emily Wilmes University of Minnesota Extension On any livestock farm, identification and record keeping is important. It’s crucial for several reasons: knowing an animal’s lineage, knowing its age, any treatment the animal has received, and other aspects of its history on your farm. Not knowing which animal is which can lead to many detrimental [...]

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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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