At the Renville/Redwood Counties combined corn growers’ annual meeting on March 22, it was my pleasure to meet up with old friend David Nicolai, University of Minnesota Extension crops educator.
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Ask ten people to describe a family farm and you will probably get ten different definitions. Some will likely be similar to each other and so…
U.S. dairy farmers are indeed “milking it for all its worth,” prompting the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s first World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report of 2021 to raise its milk production estimates for the fifth consecutive month, citing growth in milk per cow and higher dairy cow numbers.
With market prices strong, are we headed for a dilemma of not enough crop acres to fill the cropping demand of American farmers?
The next greatest priority is to convert food waste into animal feed — which is preferable to composting, anaerobic digestion to produce biogas, and disposal in landfills.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture raised its 2020 milk production forecast from last month’s estimate in the latest World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates report — citing higher expected growth in milk per cow more than offsetting a slightly lower dairy cow number.
After bowing out of being a dairy farmer in 2011, he went into the production of commercial hay. “And I quickly learned that hay is not much more profitable than growing corn. Maybe not quite the same cycles, but it put us right at the edge of making money,” chuckled Schueler.