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.
[Listen] Tom Hoverstad SROC Agronomy Field Tour
Listen to Tom Hoverstad Scientist at the Southern Research and Outreach Center at Waseca discuss the virtual Agronomy Field Tour coming up Tuesday.
Ag Market Recap Tough Week [Listen]
It was a tough week week for corn and beans with the limit move lower Thursday so it was nice to see a recovery Friday.
Weekly Weather and Crop Update Dry But Not as HOT
This week was not quite as hot as last week and maybe not quite as dry, if you consider .03 inches a rainfall event?
Tires Made From Soybeans Donated to Rice County Sheriff’s Dept.
The Dakota Rice Corn and Soybean Growers donated a set of Goodyear's soy-based Eagle Enforcer All Weather tires to the Rice County Sheriff's Department.
Farmers Paid for Carbon Sequestration or Fined if they Don’t?
There is a lot of discussion in Washington D.C. about climate change, carbon dioxide and carbon sequestration, will farmers get paid or be fined?
USDA to Resume WHIP+ and QLA Program Payments
The USDA announced payments will resume for the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+) and Quality Loss Adjustment (QLA) programs.
Navigable Water Protection Rule Back to WOTUS RULE?
The United States Environmental Protection Agency announced it is going to reverse the Navigable Waters Protection Rule maybe back to the 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS.)
U of M Extension Goat and Sheep Nutrition Webinar
The University of Minnesota Extension Service will be hosting a Goat and Sheep Nutrition webinar with an emphasis on parasites.
USDA Farm Service Agency County Committee Elections
The Minnesota Farm Service Agency will be hosting a webinar about serving on local Farm Service Agency County Committees.
[Listen] Gordy Ag Market Recap Grains and Weather Fizzle
It was a disappointing week as the grains sold off late in the week and the much needed rains were very light.