Not World Dairy Expo bound

Emily and I used to go to World Dairy Expo every year to wander around, chatting with friends, looking at equipment and admiring beautiful dairy cattle. The road trip to Madison, Wisconsin, was also …

Finding faith in the rhythms of farming

Farmers’ lives revolve around nature’s rhythms. Planting, growing, harvesting and resting. In this rhythm, we are currently transitioning from a very busy summer season of growing and …

Congress in limbo

Policy Solutions President Jay Truitt doesn’t see a quick solution to the changeover in the House speakership and the resulting chaos. “Someone inside the GOP strategy circle has to feel …


October is full of many high-pressure days that are due to fall harvest, family and school farm tours, and World Dairy Expo. We have been harvesting corn silage and the fifth cutting of hay, and we …

Squash soup weather

I heard the furnace hum the other night as the wind blew us in the door after chores, and all I could think was how great squash soup would taste. I might have the only 6-year-old who craves squash …

Farm bill expiration approaches

The government’s fiscal year ends at the end of the month, and Congress needs to pass a full-year spending measure or a continuing resolution to continue the current appropriations bill.

When farmers talk, it makes a difference

It was just a week ago that Duane and I were rushing around finishing up chores, packing clothes and trying to remember if we forgot anything. We were headed to the Madison airport for the fall fly-in with other members of Wisconsin Farmers Union.

Catching the show bug

Labor Day weekend marked our first foray into the cattle showing world.

Crops or cows?

Which one do you prefer?

High-tech napping

We use technology to make virtually every task in our lives easier, more effective, and less time-consuming.

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.

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