My parents were born and raised in “America’s Dairyland.” As a child, we drove back and forth to Racine County, Wis., at least twice a year. Racine County was home to gazillions of small dairy farms with “Golden Guernsey” or “Registered Holstein” signs at the end of farm lanes. The farms and barns were fascinating. […]
More than 78% of the dairy farms surveyed in northeastern Ohio plan to continue to operate during the next five years, despite the many challenges facing dairy operations.
In our industry, we may market milk, but I still believe that our best “off the farm” product is our kids.
Successful top managers have successful businesses. Failing top managers have failing businesses. Family farms are no different.
Pasture growth has been tremendous so far this year, but late summer heat and dry spells can change conditions quickly.
Ultimately, supply and demand of cropland for rent will determine the cash rental rate for each parcel. The expected return from producing crops on a farm parcel is the overriding factor in determining the demand for a farm and is the primary driver in establishing an equitable rental rate. Local supply and demand of cropland […]
Most of my friends and coworkers clearly understand that I possess more of a creative mind than an intellectual one. I function on energy and ideas. Some of you may be shaking your heads in agreement, as you have witnessed me trying to decipher technology and something mechanical. However, these lack luster moments do not […]
Water quality regulations impact agriculture (dairy in particular), so it’s a good idea to stay up-to-date with what’s coming down the pike.
Now that the school year has ended, you may have youth come to you looking for a summer job on your farm. They may be looking for employment on farms to do a variety of tasks, ranging from baling hay to milking cows or operating machinery. Are all youth allowed to operate machinery, handle livestock, […]
It doesn’t matter the size of your farm, the number of employees you have, or the number of family (paid or unpaid) members working in the business. Everyone has something that motivates them.
Farmland values continue to increase by large amounts each year and have reached record levels in most states in the Midwest, measured by both non-inflation adjusted (nominal) and inflation adjusted (real) values.
The 22nd annual Tri-State Dairy Nutrition Conference was held April 23-24 in Ft. Wayne, Ind. at the Grand Wayne Convention Center. This conference each year is hosted by Michigan State, Ohio State, and Purdue universities. Attendance for the conference was up this year compared to last year. The new workshop held on Monday evening pertaining […]
The month of May has brought a nice stretch of weather for our farmers in northeast Ohio. This has allowed our farmers to get thousands of acres of corn in the ground. Let’s hope our nice weather continues for the remainder of the month. SPCC plan Besides getting some crops in the ground, some of […]
Does anyone really understand the convoluted legal language in pipeline lease agreements? You’d better try. Here’s what landowners should include to protect themselves.
Phone caller: “You tell us to regularly test our forages, but how often should we do that?” Expert: “Um…” Now, there’s an answer.
Budgeting helps guide you through your decision making process as you attempt to commit resources to the most profitable enterprises on the farm. Crops or livestock? Corn, soybeans, wheat, hay? We can begin to answer these questions with well thought out budgets that include all revenue and costs. Without some form of budgeting and some […]
It caught me by surprise. As I was glancing at all the Facebook chatter, links, updates, and social news, I saw a caption. It was a link to an article titled “How Dairy Cattle Judging Made me Rich!” Nothing could have captured my attention any quicker than this tidbit linked to the “Bullvine” page. Immediately […]
Just because one farmer offers to pay more per acre doesn’t necessarily mean they will care for the land like someone who offers less per acre.
Some things were tolerable with $2 corn that are out of the question now that we deal with $7 corn. Undigested grain in the manure is one of them. Seeds Corn kernels were not designed to be eaten; they are seeds, and what surrounds the dormant embryo — the endosperm — is there to support […]
We all know that a heifer is a female bovine animal that has not yet had a calf, well at least those of us that work in the dairy industry know that. But then we use the term of “first lactation heifer,” which is not a “heifer “ but a young cow in her first […]