Michigan searching for 2015 Breakfast farms

by Michigan State University Extension

Since the inaugural Michigan State University Extension Breakfast on the Farm program was held in 2009 at Dutch Meadows Dairy in St. Johns, more than 53,550 visitors and volunteers have participated in the 26 programs held throughout Michigan. Twenty-two of the host farms have been dairy farms, two were beef farms, one was a crop farm and one was an apple operation. The 2014 host farms will offer a diversity of types of farms, ranging from a dairy farm to a beef feedlot and crop farm and a dairy farm that also has a sheep flock.

Interested host farms are also encouraged to attend one of the 2014 breakfasts to experience the program. The application and a checklist to guide interested host farms are located at this link. If you would like your farm to be considered for a 2015 event, please complete the application and submit it to your local MSU Extension educator for approval and submission to the program organizers by September 1, 2014. The advisory council will review all applications and notify applicants in October of farms selected for a 2015 event. The deadline for potential host farm applications has been moved up to allow more time for the farms to plan for a parking area and crop rotations.

For more information about the program visit the Breakfast on the Farm web page or if you have specific questions or would like additional information or a visit to discuss the program and tour your farm, contact the program organizers Ashley Kuschel at kuschela@anr.msu.edu or 586-469-7616 or me at 734-222-3825 or thelenn@anr.msu.edu.

Sauk Centre Hay Auction Results

by Dan Martens, Extension Educator, Stearns-Benton-Morrison Counties

(full article at University of Minnesota Extension Crop News)

Type of Hay                                                        Price per ton (14% M)

1 Large Round Alfalfa RFV 179                    $161/ton

1 Large Round Alfalfa RFV 155                    $207/ton

9 Large Round Alfalfa RFV 136 average   $156/ton

2 Large Round Alfalfa RFV 114 Average  $156/ton

For full results, view the PDF: June 5 Hay Auction results

Also see, history of selected lots 2013-2014 PDF or Charts of Hay results 2001 to 2014


Mid American Auction will hold an additional Hay Auction on Thursday July 10 and August 7th starting at 12:30 p.m. and continue their regular 1st and 3rd Thursday schedule in September.

Steffes Auction in Litchfield will have Hay Sales on Tuesdays July 22, Aug 19th at 12 p.m. and continue their regular 2nd and 4th Tuesday schedule in September.


"Weekly Hay Market Demand and Price Report for the Upper Midwest" by Ken Barnett, UW Extension.

USDA Hay Market Reports - "Click on Livestock, Poultry and Grain Market News", then look for Hay.

University of Minnesota Forage Field Day/Dairy Tour, Kimball, MN

Wednesday July 16, starting at 10:00 a.m. at Mill Creek Dairy (Tom and Donna, Ed, and Nick Gregory) near Kimball

10:00 a.m. Forage Program

-Winter wheat harvested for spring forage

-Alfalfa planted on winter wheat stubble

-Corn planted after first crop alfalfa

12:00 to 2 Lunch

Complete flyer: Flyer Forage Tour July 2014.pdf

Wisconsin applications available for 2014 National Dairy Conference

Applications are now being accepted to represent Wisconsin at the National 4-H Dairy Conference on September 28 through October 1, 2014 in Madison, WI. More than 200 students from 30 states are expected to attend the conference where they will learn about new farm technologies, dairy processing, how to be an advocate for agriculture and careers in the dairy industry.

Delegates at National 4-H Dairy Conference are high-school students who participate in their local 4-H Dairy Programs. While on campus, the students will attend seminars through UW-Madison’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences on topics such as farm finance, dairy food quality, dairy cattle nutrition and reproduction, and producing alternative dairy products from sheep and goats. The conference also includes trips to ABS Global, Hoard’s Dairyman, Nasco, and World Dairy Expo allowing young people considering careers in dairy production to learn about the latest technology and business practices being implemented around the world.

The National 4-H Dairy Conference has been held in Madison since 1970, giving young people from around the country an opportunity to learn about the dairy industry from established professionals.

To apply to be a part of the Wisconsin delegation to the National 4-H Dairy Conference you must be in grades 10-12 as of January 1, 2014. Apply online on the Wisconsin Dairy Youth website at fyi.uwex.edu/dairyyouth. You can also contact Beth Heinze directly at (608) 263-9409 or heinze2@wisc.edu. Applications are due by July 15, 2014 and accepted delegates will be notified by August 1, 2014.

Solid Rock Dairy set to host Todd County “Breakfast” on the Farm

10:30am-1:00pm, serving cheeseburgers, chips, milk, and ice cream! Although still called "Breakfast on the Farm" come enjoy "Burgers for a Buck"! Saturday, July 12th at Solid Rock Dairy.

A free shuttle bus will transport guests from the event’s parking at the MotoCity Raceway, 41279 County Road 7, Browerville, MN 56438, about a half mile east of the farm.