Stories by Dianne Shoemaker

Ohio farms encouraged to take part in National Farm Benchmarking project

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Total cost of production per cwt., feed cost per cwt, net farm income per cow. These are important numbers for every farm as they monitor profitability, develop and monitor risk management plans and look for opportunities. These are also numbers that allow one farm to compare their production and financial management with similar farms. How […]

The true behind-the-scenes farm story

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Through the years, I have occasionally strayed off the strictly educational or informative path in this column. It is happening again today… because late Saturday night we lost a heifer. Just three weeks ago, Steve came in and said one of the Holstein heifers in the prefresh pen was going into labor (it was, of […]

Backup, backup, backup: It may be the easiest way to survive a disaster

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Last Thursday, a tornado laid a path of destruction through the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center campus and surrounding community. In light of all the destruction, the true blessing was the minimal injuries to people and animals, especially with the Wayne County Fair wrapping up just down the road. Total cost Considerable time will […]

Pricing corn can be a tricky decision

Thursday, August 26, 2010

COLUMBUS — How to price corn for silage is a perennially challenging question. The best answer will vary depending on the point of view: Are you buying or are you selling?

Don’t forget calves when heat soars

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Last weekend’s heat was the most challenging for bovines of all ages (and their people) so far this year. Milking cows are usually the primary focus of heat stress abatement strategies, as they are the animals generating the most heat on the farm due to their size and their stages of lactation. While they are […]

Cash flow planning is a good thing

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Cash flow planning. These are three words that typically inspire a response along the lines of “ugh,” “why?” or “never done it, never will.” If anything was ever going to happen to change that response, it would be the $1.50 drop in the Class III price from February to March, or more likely, the need […]

Dairy farmers have to know when to call it quits

Thursday, March 4, 2010

The cost of production number, combined with the four key numbers outlined in this article, will help each dairy farm define the point where the business is unlikely to be able to bounce back.

2009 Income tax issues: A professional may be your best bet

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Most dairy producers were glad to see 2009 come to a close and are looking forward to a better dairy economy this year. Even though many farm families are facing net operating losses, income tax management is still an important issue that should be high on the 2010 “to-do”. Tax concerns. Why are income taxes […]

It is corn silage pricing season

Thursday, October 1, 2009

You don’t have to look outside to know what season it is in an Extension office. You can tell from the questions that come in. It is now corn silage pricing season. How to price corn for silage as a crop standing in the field is a regular and perennially challenging question. The optimal answer […]

The more things change…

Thursday, August 13, 2009

“Tho they may never expect to become farmers, urban youth will soon be in positions where their word may count strongly for the welfare of agriculture. Having them in your community offers a good chance to make lasting friendships for yourself and all farm people.” Inviting non-farm people to visit farms and farm communities is […]


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About Dianne

Dianne Shoemaker is an OSU Extension field specialist in dairy production economics. You can contact her at 330-533-5538 or