I grew up on a crop and dairy farm in Southern Minnesota. After graduating from Wells Easton High School, I earned a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education from the University of Minnesota. After graduation I returned to the family farm consisting of 600 acres of corn, soybeans, alfalfa, sweet corn, peas and 100 dairy cows. In fall of 1995, after 18 years, I traded the milking parlor for a radio microphone. I still get up at 3:15AM every day. In addition to Farm Broadcasting, covering the farm news, weather, markets, meetings, county fairs, FFA conventions and so on, I continue to farm our land in Southern Minnesota. I am on the air from 5:00 to 7:00 with Mornings on the Farm and then reports through out the day. My wife of 40 years, Louise, is an Occupational Health Nurse for the Jennie-O-Turkey Store. We have two children: Laura who finished Graduate school in Michigan and now is in Burnsville and Steve received his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh. He works for Eli Lilly in Indianapolis.
Ethanol Exports a Monthly Record in January
Ethanol exports for January were a monthly record according to the renewable Fuels Association.
Dairy Farmers Caught in Dean Foods Bankruptcy
Dairy farmers that sold milk to Dean foods before they filed bankruptcy have received letters demanding they "refund" money they were paid for their milk!
China’s Buying Binge!
U.S Cunstoms data just released shows China is buying huge amounts of U.S grains, pork and beef.
Don’t Plant Those Seeds You Received In the Mail
The USDA reported in a news release that some people in the United States received unsolicited seed packages from China.
Weekly Weather and Crop Update Hot and Humid
Two words can be used to describe last weeks weather, hot and humid!
Will Beef and Pork Prices Fall Soon?
Cattle and hog processing plants are back to running at pre-COVID19 levels.
Minnesota Farmfest Canceled
IDEAg Group L.L.C., owned br the American Farm Bureau Federation anounced that Minnesota Farmfest 2020 has been canceled.
Busch Releases Limited Edition Corn Cans to Help Farmers Hit Hard by COVID-19
Busch Beer has designed a can with the image of corn on it.
China Buying U.S. Pork and Beef
China imported 400,000 metric tons of pork in April which was an all time record!
Farmers Prepare for Coronavirus Assistance From USDA
Farmers should begin gathering information to sign up for the USDA's Coronavirus Assistance Program.
Weekly Weather and Crop Update
Warm and dry pretty well describes last weeks weather.
It’s Offical – Help On the Way For Farmers
Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdie announced late Friday $19 billion in aid is on the way for farmers that were affected by COVID-19.
China Buys U.S. Ag Products
In the first quarter of 2020 China bought 7.81 MMT of beans, an increase of 210 percent over 2019 and 168,000 MT of pork which was a 640 percent increase.
Emerald Ash Borer Found in Rice County
Last week the Minnesota Department of Agriculture confirmed emerald ash borer was found in Rice County after a Faribault Public Works employee noticed a tree with symptoms.