I grew up on a crop and dairy farm in Southern Minnesota. After graduating from Wells Easton High School, I earned a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education from the University of Minnesota. After graduation I returned to the family farm consisting of 600 acres of corn, soybeans, alfalfa, sweet corn, peas and 100 dairy cows. In fall of 1995, after 18 years, I traded the milking parlor for a radio microphone. I still get up at 3:15AM every day. In addition to Farm Broadcasting, covering the farm news, weather, markets, meetings, county fairs, FFA conventions and so on, I continue to farm our land in Southern Minnesota. I am on the air from 5:00 to 7:00 with Mornings on the Farm and then reports through out the day. My wife of 40 years, Louise, is an Occupational Health Nurse for the Jennie-O-Turkey Store. We have two children: Laura who finished Graduate school in Michigan and now is in Burnsville and Steve received his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh. He works for Eli Lilly in Indianapolis.
Resources For Financial Stress On Farms
The University of Minnesota Extension Service has compiled a list of resources for farms experiencing financial stress.
Dust Was Flying
The beans were dry Saturday and the combines were creating a lot of dust!
Assessing Tornado and Storm Damage
The University of Minnesota will be conducting an economic impact study of the tornadoes and storms that hit Rice County.
Weekly Weather and Crop Update
Another weather record was set last week at the Southern research and Outreach Center at Waseca.
More Than 65,000 Expected at National FFA Convention
More than 65,000 FFA members and guests will be at the National FFA Convection next week in Indianapolis Indiana.
China Buys U.S. Beans
Even with the Trade War and 25 percent tariff China bought two boat loads of beans from the United States last week!
Today is World Food Day
Since 1945 over 150 countries have celebrated World Food Day on October 16th.
Two Important Water Infrastructure Bill’s Are Looking To Be Signed
On October 1, 2018 the U.S. Senate approved "America's Water Infrastructure Bill" by a margin of 99 to 1.
October National Pork Month
In recognition of National Pork Month the Minnesota Pork Board produced a documentary Meat of the North.
Are the Lows In For Corn and Beans?
I suspect the bears have not given up yet but it looks like the harvest lows may be in for corn.