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  • Sunday, January 12, 2020 5:59 PM
        In our area of the dairy world, meaning southwest Minnesota or northwest Iowa, everyone knows Carolyn Bootsma.
  • Monday, December 9, 2019 10:34 AM
        Bedding shortages around here became so bad that the attitude was, “Who cares about the corn, just get me the bedding.”
  • Monday, November 11, 2019 8:50 AM
        In early June, I wrote about our corn planting woes and how severely wet our soils were.
  • Sunday, October 13, 2019 12:52 PM
        All dairy farmers sell off their poorer cows so they can replace those poor cows with younger, better cows.
  • Monday, September 16, 2019 4:44 PM
        Imagine a scene 50 years from now. A demolition contractor is hired to tear down the rotted and dilapidated remains of what once was Ocheda Dairy.
  • Monday, August 12, 2019 9:40 AM
        The past six years in our farming area has been a lesson in dealing with excess rain, mud, flooded fields and muddy cattle yards.
  • Monday, July 15, 2019 10:44 AM
        Ten years ago, I bought my first pair of bib overalls – hickory striped, also known as railroad bibs as part of a Halloween outfit I wanted to wear when my grandkids came trick or treating.
  • Monday, June 10, 2019 9:46 AM
        Prevented planting, crop insurance, Market Facilitation Program or Trump money – all programs to help the farmer, but it is tough to feed those dollar bills to the cows.
  • Monday, May 13, 2019 10:07 AM
        When I was a young dairy farmer, I always thought the three hardest parts of dairying were getting cows pregnant,  controlling mastitis and raising healthy baby calves.
  • Monday, April 15, 2019 10:22 AM
        Last Saturday night, I went to work for the second time at my new dream job of assistant cashier at our local convenience store.
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