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.
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.
Farmers Coping With COVID-19
Farmers are cpoing with COVID-19 as we look toward planting another crop.
Record Pork Exports in 2019
U.S. Pork Exports set a record in 2019 with our largest customers being Japan and Mexico.
Perfect Corn Spill on Minnesota Train Tracks Explained
You would have to agree it is a little unusual to see a layer of corn spread out evenly on railroad tracks. When I saw the picture I had a pretty good idea of what happened and how the corn was spilled.
Tar Spot of Corn Found in Minnesota
Tar spot in corn was found for the first time in Minnesota.
Planting Progress Report
The Planting Progress Report showed only 83 percent of the corn and 60 percent of the beans had been planted as of last Sunday.
Corn and Soybean Weed Management Tour Near Rochester
The University of Minnesota Extension, Rochester will be sponsoring the 2017 Corn and Soybean Weed Management Tour on Thursday, July 6, from 9AM to 12:30PM. The field trial location is at the intersection of Highway 14 and County 22. This is just east of the Heintz Center and the College Campus in Rochester...