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.
Another Tough Week for Beans
Corn gained 6 to 12 cents a bushel last week but beans lost another 23 to 24 cents.
Jerry Was Busy On Sunday Prepping His Fields For Planting
It is just amazing how quickly nitrogen can be applied with todays equipment and technology.
Plant 2019 is Underway!
Saturday afternoon I counted 5 planters in the fields within a few miles of my farm!
Black Cutworm Risk in 2019?
We could see more risk of economic damage from black cutworms this spring.
Yield Loss With Late Planted Corn
Corn yields drop off slightly if it is planted after May 10th but begin to drop much more quickly if it is planted the last week in May.
Plant Corn or Wait for Fertilizer?
Plant corn or wait for fertilizer, that is what farmers will need to decide when the fields dry out.
Minnesota Buffer Tax Credit
Property Tax credit for land put in buffer strips is not in the tax bills making their way through the Minnesota Legislature.
Weekly Weather and Crop Update
Two words could describe last weeks weather, cold and wet.
Minnesota and Federal Tax Code Conformity
It sure appears that Minnesota Governor Tim Walze and the Legislature have agreed on a tax bill that includes full federal conformity on Section 179 capital equipment expensing.
Roosevelt Elementary Visit
Tuesday morning area farmer and Pioneer Dealer Brent Fuchs and I visited the third graders at Roosevelt Elementary in Faribault.