Dairymen can’t make a profitable year based on one-day’s sales, like Black Friday retailers. Being profitable requires you to be in the top 20 percent of dairy farms. Being “average” is accepting lower profitability or even sometimes at being unprofitable.
By Morgan Schmidt Feng, filmmaker When I first met Nancy Prebilich and her sister Cindy in northern California at their ranch, I was immediately inspired by their story because it reminded me so much of my mom. When I was a kid, my mom would tell me stories about her mother and her grandparents and what […]
Sometimes wildlife seems as curious about people as we are about them. I often spot deer watching me from the edge of the woods. When I see a fox, it’s usually watching me from a thicket of dense vegetation. Once I was fishing and, between catching fish and watching a belted kingfisher patrol up and […]
Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success. — Henry Ford There is a certain beauty in a Midwestern autumn afternoon. The light is golden and the air is brisk, but not yet bitter. We cherish those days. This is not one of them. This day is leaden. The air […]
I’ve been reading about how people traveled long distances during the early decades of the 19th century before the development of the railroads.
In a recent television interview, famed Wall Street investor Warren Buffett characterized the October federal government shut-down as “totally irresponsible” and said the failure of leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives to raise the nation’s debt ceiling until moments before possible default was “just plain stupid.” Unlike most stock market billionaires, Buffett wasn’t talking […]
Before leaving for North Dakota to hunt ducks on expansive Devil’s Lake, one of the nation’s premier waterfowl spots, I had wished for low gas prices, good weather, and a few other uncontrollable verbs. What I always dread are statements too often heard such as “you should have been here last week” and “the birds […]
It is always difficult at best to forecast prices more than a couple of months ahead, but judging on current Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) cash and futures prices, dairymen should be enjoying a pleasant pre-Christmas season.
I knew I could count on one thing for sure. I would not be opening a gift of anything resembling a Creepy Crawlers laboratory.
Hello friends, With harvest hopefully winding down for most of us, it is time begin putting the final plans into motion for actions over the winter months.Whether it is marketing grain, feeding livestock, milking cows or buying fertilizer and seed for next year, it is always good to have a plan. If your household is […]
The corn yields are surprising, and staying huge as the harvest goes on. Everyone’s waiting for USDA’s report Nov. 8.
Court rules W.Va. poultry farm is exempt from the NPDES permit requirement of the Clean Water Act. And that’s good news for all livestock farmers.
Many factors will influence fertilizer prices this fall, into 2014
“It’s ironic that we forget so often how wonderful life really is. Life is made up of moments, small pieces of glittering mica in a long stretch of gray cement.” — Anna Quindlen This past week I had the good fortune of visiting with one of my very favorite people, a 90-plus-year-old woman named Susan, […]
There’s just the slightest hint of light to the east, a promise of coming action. The law says that shooting time is one half hour before published daylight and duck hunters on the whole follow that decree to the minute. Digging in a pocket produced a new watch for a time check. Ducks It would […]
Who wants to be a millionaire? If we are talking about owning dollars, lots of people would volunteer. If we are talking about milk sold per worker, we would usually say yes, at least a million pounds per worker. But a funny thing happened this year, or rather last year according to the recently released […]
“It has so much CHARM” I said. “It has so much CHARACTER” I said. “Just shoot me now” I said. The latter as I entered hour nine of the stripping of the endless layers of wallpaper in the dressing room of our home. It’s a small room and, as such, was slated to be a […]
How do you define the word, “promise”? I thought a long time about it and finally decided I would use a dictionary. I looked up the word promise and found this definition: promise — a declaration made, as to another person, with respect to the future, giving assurance that one will do, not do, give, […]
Corn harvest continues across the state and for every bushel harvested there is between 14 to 16 pounds of corn residue dry matter left in the field. Graziers need to view that residue as a resource opportunity. In recent years, between 3.3 to 3.6 million acres of corn have been harvested for grain in Ohio. […]
Some things never change: In 1981, the White House and Congress were locked in a farm bill fight the likes of which no one had seen before. On one side was an overwhelmingly Democratic House and Senate that wanted more active federal policies on export embargoes, target prices and dairy support prices. They easily had […]