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 and Steve received his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh. He works for Eli Lilly in Indianapolis.
A Surprise In Our Hotel Room!
The night after Laura's wedding we went back to our hotel room and found a number of teenage girls in it.
Can This Corn Be Harvested?
There are many corn fields in our area that look like this.
Clean Up Help Still Available In Rice County
The Emergency Management Team in Rice County is eager to help farmers get debris out of their fields, all you have to do is call 1-833-643-7423.
Weekly Weather and Crop Update
Corn hybrids at the Southern Research and Outreach Center at Waseca only lost 1 percent in moisture last week.
USDA Market Facilitation Program Changes
Pork producers can now pick a day between July 15, 2018 and August 15, 2018 to use for their Market Facilitation payment.
Insecticide Lorsban Banned?
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals had ordered the EPA to ban Lorsban in 60 days.
AM Minnesota Today Harvesting Down Corn
My guest on today's AM Minnesota Program will be Extension Educator David Nicolai and the topic will be harvesting down and twisted corn.
AM Minnesota Program Today Apples
My guest on today's AM Minnesota Program will be David Bedford who is an apple breeder at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.
Nice Looking Cover Crop
This field was planted to peas which were a total loss because of the wet weather but at least I can grow a cover crop!
Tough Week For Corn and Beans
The USDA raised the projected national average yield last week for corn and beans.