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.
What is the Official Information on Market Facilitation Payments?
While it seems certain there will be another Market Facilitation payment we do not know any details yet.
Not All the Corn Will Get Planted
Looking at the calander, how wet the fields are, and the forecast there is no question some farmers will be forced to take the Prevented Plant option with crop insurance.
Swap Meet and Flea Market This Weekend
The Annual Rice County Steam and Gas Engine Club's Swap Meet and Flea Market will be this weekend.
Farmer’s Plan For Market Facilitation Payment
In about 10 minutes a farmer came up with a Market Facilitation Payment that would not distort markets and planted acres.
Weekly Weather and Crop Update
The data from the Weekly Weather and Crop Update showed what we already knew, it was another cool and wet week.
Market Facilitation Payments Round Two?
Rumors of a USDA Market Facilitation payment of $2 a bushel took beans down about 10 cents a bushel Tuesday but the USDA has not announced any type of program yet.
AM Minnesota Today John Dvorak
Rice County Fair Manager John Dvorak will be my guest on today's AM Minnesota Program.
Planting Progress Report
The Planting Progress Report Monday afternoon showed corn and bean planting about the slowest on record!
What a Week For Corn
From the low last Monday to Friday morning to the close Friday afternoon corn gained about 40 cents a bushel.
Rain Gauge Reports
There were rain gauge reports in the Faribault area of about 2.5 inches over the weekend.