I grew up on a crop and dairy farm in Southern Minnesota. After graduating from Wells Easton High School, I earned a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education from the University of Minnesota. After graduation I returned to the family farm consisting of 600 acres of corn, soybeans, alfalfa, sweet corn, peas and 100 dairy cows. In fall of 1995, after 18 years, I traded the milking parlor for a radio microphone. I still get up at 3:15AM every day. In addition to Farm Broadcasting, covering the farm news, weather, markets, meetings, county fairs, FFA conventions and so on, I continue to farm our land in Southern Minnesota. I am on the air from 5:00 to 7:00 with Mornings on the Farm and then reports through out the day. My wife of 40 years, Louise, is an Occupational Health Nurse for the Jennie-O-Turkey Store. We have two children: Laura who finished Graduate school in Michigan and now is in Burnsville and Steve received his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh. He works for Eli Lilly in Indianapolis.
SROC Weekly Weather and Crop Update HOT and DRY
Finally today I read the Weekly Weather and Crop Update from the Southern Research and Outreach Center at Waseca, I did not realize how HOT it was!
USDA Appoints MN Pork Producer to the National Pork Board
The United States Department of Agriculture appointed Minnesota Pork Producer from Easton Dale Stevermer to the National Pork Board.
Rice County Steam & Gas Engine’s MN Military Days This Weekend
The Rice County Steam and Gas Engine Club will be hosting the 12th Annual Military Days this weekend.
[Listen] Now is a good Time to control Wild Parsnip
Wild parsnip is a nasty aggressive weed than can cause severe burns and now is a good time to control it.
USDA Wants to Increase Acres in the Conservation Reserve Program
The USDA has announced incentives to try and get more acres enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program.
Minnesota Apples Survive Cold Temperatures
Even though temperatures in the Faribault area dropped to 27 degrees the apple blossoms were not damaged.
Gardening Lowers Stress and Improves Wellbeing
A new study indicates "gardening just two or three times a week maximized the benefits of beeter wellbeing and lower stress levels."
Minnesota Apples Wiped Out Tonight?
I am sure Minnesota's apple orchard owners are very concerned about the frost warnings for early tomorrow morning.
Some Herbicides In Short Supply
There is a shortage of the popular herbicide glyphosate that many farmers and homeowners use to control weeds.
Rain Gauge Reports
Rainfall was pretty light in our area of around a quarter of an inch.