DL News Staff
The following are daily future price settlements on near-contracts for grain, livestock and dairy commodities for the week of March 10-16. Minneapolis spring wheat, May contract; Friday $4.34 3/4; Monday $4.21 3/4; Tuesday $4.14 1/4; Wednesday $4.11 1/2; Thursday $4.02 1/2. Chicago corn, May contract; Friday $2.34 1/2; Monday $2.28 3/4; Tuesday $2.31 3/4; Wednesday $2.29 1/4; Thursday $2.24 1/2. Chicago soybeans, May contract; Friday $5.89 1/4; Monday $5.84 1/2; Tuesday $5.87 3/4; Wednesday $5.84 1/4; Thursday $5.76 1/4. Chicago live cattle, April contract; Friday $83.45; Monda
This is a time of the year farmers gather their records for their Business Analysis. If they accurately complete their Business Analysis of the previous year, several things happen. They not only have an idea of detailed information of the strengths and weaknesses of the business, they have most of the information required for their tax preparer's and their lender's needs. When one comes as completely prepared as possible to the tax preparer's office, the preparer can do a better job of tax planning for you, not only income tax reporting.
The Becker County Dairy Herd Improvement Association presented its annual awards to members on test during its banquet in Detroit Lakes March 14. The High Increase Dollar Value herds for a one-year period were Thomas and Rita Wolbeck, Waubun, and Tim Aho Dairy, Frazee. The High Dollar Value Herd awards for 2005 went to: Leo and Lynn Gartner, Park Rapids; Schlauderaff Enterprises, Detroit Lakes; Aho Brothers & Company, Frazee; Foltz Dairy Farm, Callaway; Jasken Brothers, Ogema; Tim Aho Dairy; and Ron Kemper, Waubun. The High Dollar Value Cows awards for top cows went to Aho Brothers & Com
U.S. Sens. Mark Dayton and Norm Coleman, both of Minnesota, joined several of their colleagues March 8 in asking the Senate Budget Committee oppose President Bush's budget proposals to reduce support for dairy farmers when they consider the budget. The committee will use the budget as a blueprint for a bill which they will draft and present to the Senate in the coming weeks. "Last year, the President pushed through a 25 percent reduction in MILC payments," said Dayton. "This year, he's calling for another 5 percent cut and a new fee of 3 cents per hundredweight on all milk production.
Frost seeding is a simple system of introducing a legume into an existing pasture to improve the forage quality. The concept is simple; you merely broadcast the seed on the ground while it's still frozen in the spring. In Wisconsin, farmers report that frost seeding works 60 to 70 percent of the time. Although that may not seem overly impressive, it may be worth the risk because it's simple and inexpensive. While frost seeding is less expensive than using traditional planters, it is also riskier than seeding with a drill because there is less seed-soil contact.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota soybean growers recently approved a proposal to reactivate a state check-off in the event their national check-off program is discontinued. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture conducted the referendum for the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council the week of Feb. 13. Voting occurred at seven locations throughout Minnesota.
CAMP SHELBY, Miss. - Spc. George Hauser would be a good place to start if one sought to find the face of the 2,600 Minnesota National Guard troops going to Iraq. A majority of the 1/34 Brigade Combat Team was younger than 24 and attending college when last year's call for deployment came, said Capt. Mark Lappegaard, public affairs officer for the brigade. Hauser, a 21-year-old from Fergus Falls, Minn., was at Concordia College in Moorhead, studying chemistry in anticipation of dental school, when he signed up for the Guard in fall 2003.
It seems like the big Purple and Gold Bigtop Show is leaving Minnesota...finally. After setting up residence in the Land of 10,000 Lakes for the last 15 years, the Purple Circus is folding its tents and heading out, possibly down to the new circus in town -- New Orleans. The Red McCombs Era is slowly being purged out of the bowels of Winter Park, with the latest push plopping four-year head coach Mike Tice out on the streets. Thursday, the Zygi Wilf and Co. Era officially began. And it began with what the majority of NFL organizations have -- class and professionalism.
Sitting right next to the famous elevated floor in Williams Arena last Sunday for the University of Minnesota versus Iowa wrestling dual, memories of a packed X-Cel Energy Center in 2001 came flooding back to me. That was the place and time where Frazee's Matt Nagel became Minnesota's first five-time state champion. Last Sunday was the first time since that historical day I was able to see Nagel wrestle live, this time on a larger stage as Nagel's second team -- the top-ranked Gophers -- were facing their longtime rival Iowa.