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Lost in time

The older we get, the more memories we have stored away someplace in our brains.

Dealing with low-moisture corn silage

For most, the 2023 corn silage harvest is in the rearview mirror. Corn silage harvest came early for some as the summer heat provided plenty of growing degree days, and many areas experienced a perfect storm for drying conditions.

Farm visitors

Judging by the number of visitors it received, my family’s humble 20-cow dairy farm was a pretty important place when I was a kid.

Milk production forecasts lowered again

The U.S. Department of Agriculture again lowered its milk production forecasts for 2023 and 2024 in its latest World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates based on “an expected decline in cow numbers reflecting the average July 2023 cow number reported in the recent Milk Production report.

Even when it is hot, a tour hits the spot

The forecast was right about the heat and the humidity.

Fall treats

For some people, the first sign of fall is when pumpkin spice lattes hit the coffeehouses or when the bakery starts the day with a fresh batch of apple cider doughnuts.

Time, the most limited resource on dairies

Of the things we have come to deeply understand as dairy owners, time is our most limited resource. Time management is absolutely crucial to the success of our dairy

Tested recipes that feed a crew

Corn silage meals. Easy after-school treats and snacks. Slow cooker meals for nourishing little, tired minds that keep them from getting hungry and angry.

The great Minnesota sweat-together

Last week was 4-H livestock encampment at the Minnesota State Fair, and it started off with a heat wave.

Class III milk price trending upward

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the August federal order Class III milk price at $17.19 per hundredweight, up $3.42 from July but $2.91 below August 2022 and the highest Class III since April. The eight-month average stands at $16.98, down from $22.54 at this time a year ago and $16.78 in 2021.

Real dairy conversations at state fair

My shift at the Miracle of Birth Center at the Minnesota State Fair was at 1 p.m. on the first Friday of the fair.

Young farmers visit the big city

I was recently reminded of a gathering my wife and I attended back when we were young dairy farmers.

This little girl’s dream is coming true

Hello, I am Emma Kuball, the newly crowned Princess Kay of the Milky Way.

Farmyard fun

As the rope of the fence gate I was holding in my hand drifted with my robust shaking into the portion of the fence that was electrified, my older sister, who had the fence gate wrapped around her waist, got one of the bigger shocks of her life.

Hot Chocolate: Good drink, great cow

We had one cow in particular that had been with us for most of our dairy career. Her name is Hot Chocolate, and she was born about a week before Thanksgiving in 2017.

In June, the Farm Service Agency reported a margin of $3.65 per hundredweight above feed costs.

Summer chic

Fashions come. Fashions go. Then some fashions are recycled back into style without understanding how bad the original idea was.

Lucky August

A summer of muddy cattle yards and swarms of bugs are a fortuitous combination for barn swallows. A vexation for one species can be a lucky break for another.

Summer nights

On a farm on a summer night, One cannot help but feel everything is all right The sun takes a break and goes to sleep — Nighttime creatures begin to creep Diligent farm kids seek out many a …

I thought to myself, “We are done hosting special events. Why do we do this to ourselves?”

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