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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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