Cows like country music, too

Music has played an important part in all of the university dairy barns I have had the privilege to enter. In fact, on any given morning, the soothing sounds of country music can be heard emanating from the milking parlor at Miner Institute. FULL STORY »

Iowa farmland prices fall more than 5 percent

Farmland values in Iowa, the top U.S. corn and soybean state, fell 5.4 percent over the past six months, under pressure from lower grain prices, according to a benchmark survey of realtors. FULL STORY »

Most ag markets turned decidedly lower Wednesday morning

Rain may be sinking the crop markets. Although underlying demand has played a sizeable role in boosting corn prices lately, persistent dryness over the central U.S. has also encouraged new crop buying. FULL STORY »

20 questions with Kristin Cox

Dairy farmers are fairly ordinary people, but they are doing extraordinary things and this featured farmer is no different. FULL STORY »

Variety selection in forage planning

Although the calendar says spring has arrived, the hot topic of discussion by most farmers will probably get to the weather forecast faster than you can say, “A long, hard winter.” FULL STORY »

Fly control strategies for dairy calves and heifers

The key with any fly management strategy is to start early in the season before fly populations become a problem. FULL STORY »

Dairy markets: Will U.S. follow GDT lower?

The international markets are now leading the way lower, with powder at the forefront. FULL STORY »

Precaution or paralysis

Excessive caution and risk aversion could stifle critical innovation in agriculture, just as the world needs more efficient food production to keep up with explosive population growth. That was the theme of last week’s National Institute of Animal Agriculture annual conference in Omaha. The conference theme focused on the “Precautionary Principle,” a philosophy based on “better safe than sorry,” but with more teeth and less flexibility, as several governments around the world have adopted it as policy. FULL STORY »

DHM Markets/Marketers: Margins, CME, California powder

Today's post reviews dairy income margins for the last half of March, summarizes weekly California NFDM sales, and recaps CME. FULL STORY »

‘It’s easier to bury a tradition than a child’

One national organization is hoping a blunt and controversial campaign will catch the attention of the nation’s farming families to keep kids away from tractors. FULL STORY »

California March 4a/4b prices new record highs

California’s March 2014 Class 4a/4b milk prices were announced Tuesday, April 1. FULL STORY »

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