Walking in Memphis

Dixieland has always been somewhat of an enigma to me. As a kid, I viewed the South merely as the landmass which occupies the lower right-hand portion of the map, that exotic region where they grow cotton and eat gumbo.

 Investing dairy farmers’ checkoff dollars wisely is critical to Midwest Dairy, and the projects we engage in throughout the year are designed specifically to maximize each penny of the dairy farmer’s investment.

Most corn planting happened two to four weeks later than normal thanks to April rains and below-average temperatures.

Meals on fast wheels

After the incredulous looks some people give me upon hearing that I feed the harvesting crew and that every meal has to be to-go, I get asked what exactly it is I feed them.


It’s Friday. As the cool mornings arrive again, and the dew is on the spider webs in my gardens, the fog is hanging tightly to the alfalfa until the sun warms up the day.

Global supplies of dairy remain tight

The Global Dairy Trade auction racked up another decline in its weighted average Tuesday, fifth session in a row, down 2.9%, following the 5% drop Aug. 2.

When opportunity knocks

Eight years ago, I was a ripe college graduate with my sights set to the sky of what I could accomplish as a storyteller in the dairy industry.

The Senate budget reconciliation bill includes $40 billion for agriculture programs.

The Cs of summer

Here we are more than halfway through summer, and as always, it seems to have flown by far too fast.

Those milk mustaches

I have a shed where I greet my visitors. It is decorated with cow photos, paintings and a lot of promotional posters with the celebrities showing off their milk mustache. I must admit that I think this was the best milk promotional campaign ever.

The glory of peas, alfalfa, rye

We are in the thick of the summer crop season with all of the usual drama. My position on our farm doesn’t include any kind of a starring role for the crop decisions or management nor planting, tending and harvesting.

Milk inspection prep

Looking at the date on our last inspection sheet in the milkhouse, it’s time for our state milk inspector to show up again and remind us of things we probably should have fixed before he got here.

Small-town travels

My wife and I have discovered during our forays into big cities that we don’t especially like big cities.

Cool cows

Are your cows cool? Are your cooling systems working properly? Designs for dairy cow cooling systems are much improved than in the past, but many cows still become hot.

Protecting your milk price

Over the years, it seems that producers are reluctant to protect a milk price when it is higher. But, they end up wishing they had when the milk price drops and then tend to lock in a price lower than a cost of production.

Preparing to give up the crown

Wow; I can’t believe I am so close to the end of my reign as the 68th Princess Kay of the Milky Way. It truly seems like it just started, as cliche as that may sound. This past year has been so much more than I could have ever expected, and it has truly changed my life for the better.

Church bazaar

Our church had its annual Summerfest this past Sunday. What perfect weather to wander around the church yard talking with friends and eating cheeseburgers slathered in cooked onions.

U.S. dairy exports remain impressive

Finances are getting tighter on the farm.

The Agriculture Department again lowered its milk production estimates for 2022 and 2023 the latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report (WASDE), citing slower expected growth in milk per cow.

Fifteen years

Anniversaries have a way of making us pause for a moment and reflect upon the passage of time and all we’ve experienced. July 7, 2007, was the day we bought our farm, which makes this year the 15th anniversary.

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