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.
National Radio Day
Today is National Radio Day and there are more than 15,000 licensed radio stations according to the FCC.
Corn and Beans Higher Last Week
It was a good week for corn and beans after a news story about a possible trade deal with China and Mexico.
Weekly Weather and Crop Update
The Weekly Weather and Crop Update showed a warm and dry week at the Southern research and Outreach Center at Waseca.
Curt Becher Retires From Community Coop
Today was Curt Becher's last day at Community Coop Oil Association in Faribault.
Soybean Aphids Increasing
I have noticed a lot of sprayers in soybean fields the last week or so. Yes, the weather has been very conducive for aphids. In some fields populations have exploded to threshold levels. That is all soybean growers needed with low process, more expenses...
Brian and Jodi Keck Steele County Farm Family of the Year
The family of Brian and Jodi Keck were honored at the Steele County Fair as the University of Minnesota Steele County Farm Family of the Year.
Steele County Free Fair Livestock Hall of Fame
The Steele County Livestock Hall of Fame Program was held Tuesday afternoon in the Livestock Show Arena on the Steele County Fairgrounds.
Lots of Acorns This Year
The oak trees produced a lot of acorns this year but that does not mean we will have a long cold winter.
Dakota County Fair BBQ Contest
I was the "Official" judge for the BBQ Contest at the Dakota County Fair.
Dakota Rice Corn and Soybean Growers Plot Day Tuesday
The Dakota Rice Corn and Soybean Growers Plot Tour will be Tuesday morning and everyone is welcome.