Will this summer be a repeat of 2012?
Last year’s oppressive heat wave and drought won’t be forgotten any time soon, and this year’s summer will likely be another scorcher for much of the country. FULL STORY »
What do dairy exports mean for Minnesota?
Consider the following. World population will grow exponentially. With high economic growth in emerging countries, animal-based diets will increase in importance. FULL STORY »
Drop in U.S. underground water levels has accelerated
Water levels in U.S. aquifers, the vast underground storage areas tapped for agriculture, energy and human consumption, between 2000 and 2008 dropped at a rate that was almost three times as great as any time during the 20th century, U.S. officials said on Monday. FULL STORY »
Farmland values: Not falling but not accelerating as fast
Soft landings are desired by airline travelers and economists. But in the case of farmland values, a soft landing is much more preferable than the bursting of some bubble. FULL STORY »
Seven jobs more dangerous than farming
Agriculture may be a dangerous industry, but on the latest ranking of dangerous jobs from Bankrate, Inc., agriculture is overshadowed by seven other risky professions. FULL STORY »
Corn planting pace turns from record slow to record fast
Drier weather last week gave farmers the opportunity they needed to make up for lost time. After struggling for weeks against the wetter weather, they were able to get 71 percent of the corn in the ground. FULL STORY »
Staying a step ahead of hot weather management: Part 2
Previous years of hot weather provided very important learning lessons for calf and heifer raisers. FULL STORY »
New crop cottonseed market rallies in face of tight supplies
New crop cottonseed supplies available to dairies are expected to remain tight as U.S. farmers swap cotton acres for corn and soybeans across many parts of the Cotton Belt. FULL STORY »
USDA announces Conservation Reserve Program sign-up
Landowners and producers can now enroll in continuous CRP with general sign-up to follow. FULL STORY »
Michigan hay buyers should plan purchases early
Michigan hay producers are starting the production season with zero surplus supplies so buyers will need to purchase early rather than later. FULL STORY »
What are the drivers of profit in your dairy herd?
One of the most universal measures of business profitability is rate of return on assets (ROA). Return on assets is simply the return that a business gets on the assets invested in the business. FULL STORY »