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It’s light outside, but sunrise is still a were unbelievably awake. I always wonfew minutes away. A ration of ground dered what time they had to get up in the corn and silage is placed in front of each morning. stanchion and Uncle Harry swings open During the summer, the evening milkthe big doors on the south end of the ing was accompanied by the Minnesota barn. With empty bellies and full bags, Twins baseball games on ‘CCO. It was the the cows eagerly file in to their appropriHalsey Hall era of Twins broadcasting ate spots for some early morning relief. and Halsey could be more entertaining Another day has begun on a dairy farm. than the game. I remember hearing LAND MINDS Dairy month always gets me thinking Harmon Killebrew hitting his 500th home about the chore of milking cows; and run against the Baltimore Orioles. By Paul Malchow today in particular the sounds. The Harmon had been in a bit of a slump cows’ hooves clomp along lazily as they and seemed stuck on number 499 for entered the barn … no pushing, no an eternity. I’m sure my whoops and shoving, no butting in ahead in line. hollers that night gave the cows a bit Every once in a while a new cow on the block would of a start. enter another cow’s stanchion and chaos would So many other sounds accompanied milking. The ensue. The newbie found a cache of food which she big air compressor which operated the milking wasn’t about to give up and the veteran was wonmachines pumped and sputtered noisily. The valves dering why the heck another cow was in her spot. on the milking machines clacked and wheezed in But for the most part, each animal dutifully occumetronome fashion. The warm milk was poured pied the same spot she did the day, week and month from the milker into stainless steel buckets which before. were then emptied into the strainer on top of the Each stanchion had a contraption which closed milk cans (before we got the bulk tank). After milkaround the cow’s neck to hold them somewhat in ing was done and the compressor shut down, the filplace and they closed with a loud “clack.” I always ters were removed from the strainers. At that very felt it was more thought than function as the cows moment, every barn cat in the vicinity would noisily were never in a hurry to go anywhere else besides jockey for position to lick the filters — meowing their assigned spots. Sometimes, if the stanchion with all their might. didn’t get closed, the cow would give a backwards First time mothers would moo incessantly when glance during milking. “Aren’t you forgetting someseparated from their calf and the calf in turn would thing?” she seemed to be saying. Perhaps the enclo- cry for momma. (One of the less-favorite sounds in sure provided some sense of comfort in the process. the barn.) It was also important to keep an ear open The old barn radio hung by the electrical outlet for a loose-fitting teat cup on the milker or a fidgety with a piece of twine. For all practical purposes, the cow with a tender quarter. A cow’s patience would radio only needed to bring in two stations: WCCO only hold out so long before a swift kick would send and KDUZ. Once in a while, during a day of heavy the milking machine (and milk) flying. barn work, the kids would find some rock and roll Weather permitting, our cows spent the day in on WDGY to make the chores more tolerable. But pasture and weren’t as anxious to return to the woe to anyone who forgot to change the station back barn for the second milking. Harry, my dad’s brothbefore leaving the barn. er, would swing open those big doors on the south KDUZ was the local radio station out of end of the barn. “C’mon cows, c’mon cows, c’mon Hutchinson, Minn. Serving up a mix of country/ cows!” he would yell in the direction of the pasture. western and old tyme music, KDUZ also featured Not really a yodel, but always three times in a singlocal and ag-related news and the morning “Swap song sort of way. I can still hear it today. Sure Shop” where people would call in to sell pretty much enough, the cows ambled their way to the barn and anything under the sun. Callers would mix in little took their places to start the process all over again. crop updates and results of last night’s big thunderCertainly, things have changed a lot from those storm. milking days of my youth. Automation has replaced But milking time belonged to WCCO. Charlie the old Surge milking machines and cows get Boone and Roger Erickson’s morning show began milked sometimes three times a day at their own about the same time the cows marched into the leisure. (No cold hands you-know-where on a winter barn through those big doors. “Good morning, good morning!) But the sounds of the dairy barn are morning … we’re glad to be on hand. Good morning, indelible — like a tattoo — and can stay with a pergood morning to youuuuu.” Boone and Erickson son for the rest of their life. would croon along with recorded theme song and Paul Malchow is the managing editor of The Land. hold the “youuuuu” (not always in key). They He may be reached at v seemed to be having a good time on the radio and


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Nutritionally, environmentally, June is Dairy Month again Happy June Dairy Month. I write that every year because dairy farmers keep providing us one of the safest, healthiest, and sustainable food and drink available on the planet. Yes, fluid milk consumption continues to decline as consumer lifestyles and preferences change; and competitive beverages vie By Lee for attention. But, contrary to what the plant-based beverage manufacturers want you to believe, U.S. milk consumption continues to grow — albeit in other forms. Years ago, the popular “Got Milk?” campaign raised the possibility of there being a day that there was no milk to drink. While we’re a long way from that ever happening, we have, for the first time ever, seen shortages on grocery shelves — empty spaces you thought only occurred in “poor” countries. The latest shortage in America is baby formula, with dire predictions of more food shortages to come as the price of diesel and inflation soars. Covid, shipping challenges, shortages of help, and trucking issues have made the impossible possible — even in America. Thankfully, there was very little, if any, lack of dairy products in the United States — although we now see it could happen for a variety of reasons. Dairy faces another challenge as young millennial consumers in particular weigh the choice of traditional vs. plant-based beverages, meats, and what the producers of these products call “butter” and “cheese.” The dairy industry must address — with facts — the claims plant-based products make; as well as the assumptions some would-be buyers have: namely that plant-based means “better for the environment,” better for the body, and needed to “save the planet.” The best argument on the health benefits of the so-called “milks” starts with simply reading their labels. Plant-based beverages contain ingredients we can’t even pronounce, let alone swallow. Again, read the label on what is called “milk” or “butter” or “cheese.” Find out what’s really in there, how it’s made, and where it comes from — a cow or a test tube. The increasing awareness of the sustainability of the food we eat has been diligently answered by the dairy industry. The National Milk Producers Federation points out that, due to innovative farming and feed practices, a gallon of milk in 2017 required 30 percent less water, 21 percent less land, and 19 percent smaller carbon footprint than in 2007. Those innovative farming and feeding practices included improved humane treatment of animals as well. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization

echoes that, reporting, “Since 2005 North America was the only region in the world that reduced its greenhouse gas emissions, even as it increased milk production, making its greenhouse gas intensity for dairy products the lowest in the world.” NMPF adds, “Dairy farms are also a tool against food waste by diverting byproducts Mielke such as almond hulls, citrus pulp, and brewer’s grains from other food industries and using them as feed — converting potentially unused resources into high-nutrient foods and beverages. Dairy farmers also convert food waste and manure into valuable products such as renewable energy and fertilizer.” And fertilizer is something else that’s in short supply due to the war in Ukraine. U.S. dairy has set a goal to achieve greenhouse gas neutrality by 2050, according to NMPF, “creating a cross-industry Net Zero Initiative that advances research, on-farm pilots and new market development to make sustainability practices more accessible and affordable to farms of all sizes and regions.” Furthermore, the April 14 Daily Dairy Report states, “Compared to plant-based alternatives, dairy is not only the better choice nutritionally, it’s also the top choice from a cost standpoint. The National Milk Producers Federation notes, “the lower nutritional content of plant-based beverages is wellestablished, with some almond brands having oneeighth the protein of dairy and none of them having the unique blend of 13 essential nutrients that set dairy apart.” NMPF data shows “On a per-gallon basis, plantbased beverages cost 50 percent to 100 percent more than milk. As for plant-based cheese alternatives, they too cost twice as much as real cheese on a pound for pound basis and four times what imitation cheese, which still contains some dairy, costs.” The Daily Dairy Report adds, “While vegan “cheeses” are typically lower in fat, they are also lower in protein and calcium and higher in sodium. Vegans can’t count on vegan cheese as a protein source the way vegetarians may sometimes rely on regular cheese; and they are not a super vegan health food the way kale and lentils are, noted a recent Eating Well article.” Bottom line is that dairy products provide key nutrients necessary for healthy child development as well as adult health and include 13 essential nutrients. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans in fact warns that 88 percent of Americans have insufficient dairy in their diets. Organizations including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the School Nutrition Association have expressed concern about “the lack of labeling integrity among marketers of non-dairy substitutes after observing child malnourishment caused by reliance on plant-based imitators by parents who


mistakenly thought that they were getting dairy’s unique nutrient package. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans also cautions against plant-based substitution, noting that most plant-based beverages lack nutritional equivalence.” Trust the cow and not the chemist. Much of a cow’s nutrition comes from plants that humans can’t consume, energy that’s then turned into dairy products humans can digest. Let the cows eat the grass. Give yourself the “dairy best.” Lee Mielke is a syndicated columnist who resides in Everson, Wash. His weekly column, “Mielke Market Weekly” is featured in The Land. He may be reached at v

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New signs of apocalypse: War, famine and Davos Man

On the very week the United States countries. Indeed, notes economist and For example, on May 26, the U.S. Department of marked its one millionth Covid death essayist Jennifer Clapp in a May 16 post Agriculture announced it will allow farmers to pull and anxious American parents awaited a on Civil Eats, 26 countries source over 50 their Conservation Reserve Program acres out early military airlift for baby formula, Davos percent of their wheat imports from the from their final year of contracts to plant additional Man, he of the pinstriped master-of-thetwo warring nations. crops (most likely winter wheat) to meet shortages universe class, emerged from his bulletcaused by “Putin’s unjustified invasion of That fact, however, points to an even proof, bombproof office to report all was Ukraine…” larger — but rarely discussed — fact, well in the world of intergalactic finance according to the London School of Meanwhile, few in the Biden Administration, and handmade shoes. FARM & FOOD FILE Economics-trained Clapp: Only a handful Congress, or farm policy circles mention an immediWell … kinda’-sorta’ well. of nations export food and even fewer ate source of exportable grain now being sent into By Alan Guebert international trading firms handle those the global atmosphere as tailpipe emissions: ethaThere was, after all, a brutal war exports. These firms, she explains, are nol. In the 2021-22 corn marketing year, which ends raging near the Swiss enclave of the the “‘ABCD’” of the food trade: “Archer- Aug. 31, the U.S. will export 2.5 billion bushels of World Economic Forum and most key Daniels Midland, Bunge, Cargill, and corn while it converts more than two times that global stock markets remain underwaDreyfus” who also “hold large reserves amount, 5.4 billion bushels, into ethanol. ter for the year. of grain, but do not publicly report them…” That’s a lot of calories (more than 4.3 trillion) that And, sure, China’s economic growth this year is Adding to that concentration is that three key — even if just a small portion were used — could projected to be lower than America’s for the first time since Mao’s death in 1976 and U.S. inflation is crops: wheat, “along with maize and rice… together feed some of the estimated 815 million “foodprovide almost half of the calories consumed around deprived” people around the world this year instead … um, high. the world.” of America’s 275 million cars. So, yes, there’s plenty to worry about, a Davos These three levels of continuing concentration (too Even suggesting it, however, is farm policy heresy attendee told the Washington Post. “There is a real few exportable food choices from too few internaand no ag state politician worth their chair-polished angst about globalization this year,” said Jason tional sources handled by too few, secretive merblue suit would ever take that dive into elective Furman, an economist at Harvard University and chandisers) all but guarantees any minor food oblivion. Besides, Davos Man, now that he’s resurformer Obama adviser. “I mean, there’s always access problem anywhere in the world soon becomes faced, needs that ethanol to justify a carbon-hauling angst about globalization, but the big question this a major food access problem everywhere in the pipeline he wants to build. year is: How do you get out of any of this stuff?” world. To where? Back to 1994, presumably. “Stuff” being an academic term for war, famine And so it is, again, now in this “third food price and — unsaid, of course — hubris. The Farm and Food File is published weekly crisis in 15 years,” writes Clapp. Worse, like the pre- through the United States and Canada. Past colTake famine. The reporters and editorialists at the vious two, the world is again promoting temporary umns, events and contact information are posted at Washington Post (“A global famine looms…” April solutions for these inherently long-term, multifacet- v 30), The Guardian (“Apocalypse now?...” May 21), ed problems. and the United Nations (“Lack of Grain Exports Driving Global Hunger to Famine Levels,” May 19) Send your letters to: Editor, The Land, 418 South Second St., Mankato, MN 56001 believe famine will be the next stop on 2022’s e-mail: bumpy ride. All letters must be signed and accompanied by a phone number (not for publication) to verify authenticity. And it very well might; but not for the often-stated reasons. The main cause, we’re told, is Russia’s invasion of Ukraine — two of the world’s key grain-exporting The Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Rural ing from damage caused by storms.The Disaster Finance Authority (RFA) Board has determined an Recovery Loan Program can be used to help cover emergency exists in parts of Minnesota due to recent lost revenue or expenses not covered by insurance. severe weather. The funds can be used to help clean up, repair, or for THE LAND on June 24, 2022 The resolution declares an emergency for the fol- replace farm structures and replace livestock. lowing counties: Aitkin, Becker, Beltrami, Benton, The declaration applies to physical property damBig Stone, Brown, Carlton, Chippewa, Chisago, Clay, age and/or death of livestock taking place due to DISPLAY ADS - Ad copy due Clearwater, Cook, Cottonwood, Douglas, Faribault, heavy rains and high winds in May 2022. Wednesday, June 15 Grant, Isanti, Jackson, Kanabec, Kandiyohi, Kittson, Eligible farmers must have received at least 25 Koochiching, Lac Qui Parle, Lake, Lake of the Woods, percent of their annual gross income from farming CLASSIFIED LINE ADS - Ad copy due Lincoln, Lyon, Mahnomen, Marshall, Meeker, for the past year and will work through their bank to Thursday, June 16 at Noon Morrison, Murray, Nobles, Norman, Otter Tail, secure the loans from the RFA. Interest rates on the Pennington, Pine, Pipestone, Polk, Pope, Red Lake, RFA portion of the loan are currently set at 0.0 perRenville, Rock, Roseau, Saint Louis, Sherburne, cent. Stearns, Steele, Stevens, Swift, Todd, Traverse, For more information on the Disaster Recovery Wadena, Wilkin, Yellow Medicine, and adjacent counLoan, visit ties. 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Grandmother’s recipes are a treasure for the taste buds My Grandma enjoyed a good drink, whether it A large box arrived last week with my was her favorite, vodka gimlet or a nice cold beer. name on it. I was curious what could be This simple biscuit recipe utilizes a warm beer and in it as it didn’t have the usual Amazon just two other ingredients. label tape around it as most packages I get. I opened it at once and on top of a Beer Biscuits bubble-wrapped bundle was a note from 4 cups Bisquick my aunt Susie. In the note she wrote she 3 tablespoons sugar wanted me to now be the keeper of my 1 can warm beer grandma’s recipes. Unwrapping the bubCOOKING ble wrap I found four binders of my Mix, knead 8-10 times, roll and cut. Bake at 450 WITH KRISTIN grandma Larson’s recipes — along with for 8 to 10 minutes. By Kristin Kveno her favorite cookbook. n When my grandma passed away in 2017 my aunt Here’s a grandma favorite that features crisp peppers and juicy held on to these recipes but decided it was time to steak for a tasty and quick meal. pass them on. I paged through the binders, remiGreen Pepper Steak niscing about times at my grandma’s house when she would proudly cook these recipes for us. 1 pound chuck or round, fat trimmed Grandma was widowed when her oldest child (my 1.4 cup soy sauce 1 clove garlic dad) was 13 and her youngest son was 6, she was 1-1/2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger thrust into the role of sole provider for her three 1/4 cup salad oil sons. She worked hard and eventually become 1 cup green onion, thinly sliced transportation director of the White Bear Lake 1 cup red or green peppers cut into 1-inch squares School District. Cooking and baking for her family 2 stalks celery, thinly sliced was still important to her after a long day at the office. I shed some tears just thumbing through the 1 tablespoon cornstarch 1 cup water recipes, written in her handwriting, remembering 2 tomatoes, cut into wedges the family gatherings in her small home where we filled every corner with people, laughter and love. With a very sharp knife cut beef across grain into thin strips, She is missed; but the food has a way to transport 1/8-inch thick. Combine soy sauce, garlic and ginger. Add beef, us to a different time, bringing back memories of toss and set aside while preparing vegetables. Heat oil in larger yesterday. Here are a few of Phyllis Larson’s recipes frying pan or wok. Add beef and toss over high heat until that brought joy to family gatherings. browned. Taste meat. If it is not tender, cover and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes over low heat. Turn heat up and add vegetables. It’s rhubarb season! If you grew a plethora of rhubarb, or you Toss until vegetables are tender crisp, about 10 minutes. Mix were “gifted” a whole lot of rhubarb, use that bounty to make this fabulous rhubarb dessert.

Rhubarb Dessert crust: 1 cup flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup soft butter or margarine 1 egg, beaten 1 tablespoon milk Mix flour, baking powder and salt together. Cut in butter, add egg, 1 tablespoon milk. Put into the bottom of an8x8 inch pan. Filling: 3 cups rhubarb, cut-up 1/2 cup sugar 1 package strawberry Jell-O Mix rhubarb with the sugar add Jell-O and blend well. Spread on top of unbaked crust. Topping: 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup flour 1/4 cup butter Sprinkle topping over filling. Bake in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes. Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream. n

cornstarch with water. Add to pan: stir and cook until thickened. Add tomatoes and heat through. n It wouldn’t be a treasure-trove of a Minnesota grandma’s recipes if I didn’t include a hot dish/casserole. This one showcases celery and is topped with a buttery almond-breadcrumb mixture.

Celery Casserole 4 cups celery cut up 1 can water chestnuts, chopped 1 can cream of chicken soup Topping: 1/2 cup breadcrumbs 2 tablespoon butter 1/4 cup slivered almonds Cook celery for 8 minutes in water, drain, put in casserole pan with chestnuts and chicken soup. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes with cover on. In a sauté pan, melt butter, breadcrumbs and almonds. Then uncover the casserole pan, put breadcrumbs, almonds, butter mixture on top. Bake 10 minutes longer uncovered. These recipes and the hundreds of other Grandma Larson recipes will be my prized possessions for years to come until one day I will package them up and send them to my kids to continue spreading Grandma’s cooking legacy to the next generation. Kristin Kveno scours the internet, pours over old family recipes and searches everywhere in between to find interesting food ideas for feeding your crew. Do you have a recipe you want to share? You can reach Kristin at v

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Variety in farming will always keep me learning

Today, as I write, is the last day of soils, there is so much to learn! I will school for my kids. Some of them are never be an expert in every area. excited for summer, some are not ready Receiving letters and notes from readfor the year to be over. For me, it is a ers explaining the details of what agritoss-up. I become weary of the rigid culture looks like for them in their speschedule during the school year and I am cific region is always fun. These little tidlooking forward to more freedom. On the bits of knowledge continue to feed my other hand, I love school for the structure curiosity and deepen my appreciation for it provides, social opportunities for myself the industry. DEEP ROOTS and my kids, and how the wonderful I suppose my love for the word of God teachers feed the curiosity of young By Whitney Nesse is not unlike my love for agriculture. I minds. have found Scripture to be as multifaceted as a diaWhen I was a student, I always looked forward to mond which plays with and bends the light, projectsummer. I could not wait to be free of the school ing beauty with each movement. No matter how building, trading the cold, dark classrooms for the many times I have read a particular story or verse, great outdoors. My childhood summers were spent I am amazed at the depths in which they pierce my outside. There were endless opportunities of fun and adventure growing up on a farm. As part of a big family, my siblings were built-in playmates and we lived near many relatives who I saw frequently. My mother saw to it that we spent an adequate amount ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Board of Animal of time at the swimming pool as well. Health extends the statewide ban on poultry events As a youngster, I thought summer meant a break until July 1. Animal health officials first enacted the from learning. Little did I know, my summers were ban in April and extended it once already to reduce spent learning — just in a different kind of classthe potential risks of spreading HPAI. The ban room. Building forts, playing in the barns, baling includes all poultry swaps, fairs, exhibitions and straw, riding my bike, working in the kitchen with other events where live poultry and susceptible birds my mother and grandmother, fishing, swimming, are brought together and then disperse. playing basketball, helping with my younger sib“HPAI cases have been on the decline and at one lings and listening to the Twins play baseball. I was point we had several days of no new detections in in a classroom, but I was not confined by walls. I Minnesota,” said Board of Animal Health Interim was learning, but at my own pace. State Veterinarian, Dr. Linda Glaser. “However, a It was not until I graduated from college that I small number of recent HPAI detections in new counrecognized my love for learning. I have never aimed ties is cause for us to extend the ban. This ban prito be an expert in anything; I just enjoy the excitemarily impacts backyard flock owners and is intendment of learning something new. I like knowing a ed to protect their birds from a potential pathway for bit about a lot ofemail things. SlittlePlease read attached the virus to spread at poultry events.” I wonder if that is why I have chosen agriculture As part of the state and federal response, a detecto be my focus. I will never be an expert in agricultion of 3.417 HPAI xin ”a backyard flock means the owner ES ALREADY ON AD THE LAND and FREE PRESS ture because it is so broad. Not only is agriculture cannot have any new birds for 150 days following broad, it also looks very different for each individual person in each region. Modern works for some, but not everyone; some farm hills, others farm flats; some are livestock focused, some crops; some areas are sandy, others wet. Like a kaleidoscope that ST. PAUL — Minnesota livestock farmers and speThe Land changes with each turn, so is agriculture. From cialty crop producers who incurred expenses due to crops to livestock, flowers to fisheries, vegetables to last year’s drought can apply for up to $7,500 per farm in reimbursement through the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s 2021 Agricultural Drought Relief Program when it opens in mid-June. The program will reimburse farm operators for drought-related expenses incurred after June 1, 2021, and before May 23, 2022. Farms must be located in a county designated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a primary natural disaster area after July 19, 2021 and before January 1, 2022, or in a county contiguous to a designated county. All Minnesota counties except Goodhue, Rice, Wabasha, Winona are eligible.

heart during different seasons of my life. The writer of Hebrews tells us, “the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword” (4:12, ESV). I find it is an exciting adventure to study and explore the Bible. I particularly cherish the tender moments when Christ uses the word of God to speak directly to my heart. My dream job is to be a student forever. I may never sit in a classroom again; but if my childhood taught me anything, it is that I can be a student wherever I go. Whitney Nesse is a sixth-generation livestock farmer who is deeply rooted in her faith and family. She writes from her central Minnesota farm. v

Poultry event, exhibition ban extended


disposal of infected birds. Biosecurity is still the most effective precaution backyard owners can follow to protect their flock. Direct selling of baby poultry is still allowed through private sales, stores, or via mail by National Poultry Improvement Plan authorized sellers. This temporary ban only applies to events where birds congregate and does not apply to poultry products. The H5N1 HPAI outbreak in Minnesota poses a high risk to poultry but low risk to the public. There is no food safety concern for consumers. Follow the latest information on HPAI in Minnesota, as well as resources for poultry owners on the Board’s website: Anyone who needs to report sick birds or has questions about the outbreak can call the Minnesota Avian Influenza Hotline: 1-833-454-0156. This article was submitted by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. v

Drought relief applications being accepted

The application window will run approximately 10-12 business days and applicants are highly encouraged to submit their application through the online grants management system to ensure it is received in a timely manner. The application window will be announced when finalized. “We encourage farmers and producers to collect and organize needed documents and records now, so they are ready to apply when the application window opens,” said MDA Commissioner Thom Petersen. More information about drought relief for farmers is available at Email or call (651) 201-6500. This article was submitted by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. v

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Be on the lookout for these tree diseases

Trees diseases are often infected tree touch the roots seen in the leaves or neeof a healthy tree. Vertical dles. Insects such as the cuts may be made several Two-lined Chestnut and feet deep in the ground to Emerald Ash Borers land stop this disease transmison trees as adults, lay eggs sion. which overwinter in the Bur Oak Blight is a disinner bark. The eggs hatch GREEN AND ease which may be confused the following spring and the GROWING with oak wilt. This blight larvae eat their way along only affects Bur Oaks and By Linda G. Tenneson the inner bark until they shows up as black spots on mature and emerge as the veins on the bottom sides of the adults to start the process again. leaves and leaves may be lost from the While the Emerald Ash Borer interior and lower parts of the tree attacks ash trees, the Two-lined canopy. Chestnut Borer attacks oak trees. It Oak Anthracnose is another condiacquired its name by attacking chesttion, more common in white oaks and nut trees in the past. Bur oaks may occurring during cool, wet springs. survive several years after being This condition unlike some of the attacked, but red oaks often die in a other ones does not kill the tree and single season. Trees attacked by these affects ash, birch, maple and other insects will show branches with dead trees. Anthracnose is caused by fungi or discolored leaves that eventually that are unique to each species. Water spread to the entire tree. When the sprinklers should be aimed so they do bark is peeled, the meandering channot spray water on the tree leaves. nels left by the larva are visible. Unusual tree conditions may be In addition to insect damage, patho- identified by consulting the tree categens — such as bacteria or fungi — gory of University of Minnesota’s may infect evergreen trees. While the “What’s Wrong with my Plant?” Go to newest or first year needles appear, the older or second year neenose/plant to identify tree probdles are dead. The lower branches lems. Also consult an International show damage which eventually Society of Arborculture-certified arborspreads up the tree. ist or to send a section of an affected Oak wilt affects both red and white branch and leaves to the Plant oaks. Oaks should not be pruned Disease Diagnostic Clinic at the between April and July when the Sap University of Minnesota. This service Beetle insects that spread the disease can diagnose common tree diseases. are active. An open wound in the tree Samples may be mailed to the clinic or emits a scent the insects can smell. hand delivered to their lab in St. Paul They will land on the fresh wounds on Tuesdays thru Fridays. Go to pdc. unless those wounds are covered with for details. There is a fee for shellac or latex paint within minutes this service. ISA-certified arborists of the pruning cuts being made. Oak may be found at www.treesaregood. wilt may be spread by moving fireorg/findanarborist. wood from one county to another. Linda G. Tenneson is a University of High value trees may be treated by Minnesota master gardener and tree arborists with fungicides. The disease care advisor. v may also spread when the roots of an

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June 14 & 15 — Youth Tractor and Farm Safety Certification — Howard Lake, Minn. — The youth tractor and farm safety certification program is a two-part program, including both an online learning experience and two days of in-person hands-on training in the summer. The online course is a self-paced one- to two-week program. Contact Karen Johnson at ande9495@ or (320) 484-4303. June 15 — Strategic Farming: Field Notes — Online — Webinar will discuss in-season cropping issues as they arise. Weekly sessions may include topics related to soil fertility, agronomics, pest management and equipment. You need to register only once and may attend any or all of the webinars. Register at Contact Jared Goplen at or (320) 5891711. June 15 — Dairy Month Open House — Sioux Center, Iowa — No parking at the farm. Participants will take a shuttle from the Terrace View Event Center, 230 St. Andrews Way in Sioux Center. Contact the Western Iowa Dairy Alliance at 712-441-5308. June 15 & 16 — Midwest Farm Energy Conference — Morris, Minn. — Sessions will focus on green hydrogen and ammonia to decarbonize nitrogen fertilizer, power generation, thermal energy, solar arrays, ride and drive various electric vehicles. Contact Esther Jordan at June 16 — North Central Iowa Research Field Day — Kanawha, Iowa — Topics include tar spot and fungicide timing, interactions between plant density and nitrogen rates, plant-

ing date impacts on yield potential, crop development and pest issues. Contact ISU Extension and Outreach at 641-762-3247. June 16 — Farmers Night Out: Stocking Density — Greenwald, Minn. — Networking opportunity to discuss how to optimize space, and return on investment within a free stall dairy barn. Contact Dana Adams at or 320-2042968. June 17 — Pastured Pigs and Poultry at Okoboji Organics — Okoboji, Iowa — Walk through the pastures to visit pigs, chickens and turkeys; look at how the Mendenhalls process poultry on-farm for direct sales. Contact Tamsyn Jones at tamsyn@ or 515-232-5661 ext. 1010. June 21 — An Evening in the Garden — Lanesboro, Minn. — Speaker Dr. Mary Hockenberry Meyer will talk about native grasses and what types are best suited to your landscape. Contact Katie Drewitz at June 21 — SROC Agronomy Field Tour — Waseca, Minn. — Field tour will include topics such as a commodity outlook; weed management; corn growth and development; cover crops; quantifying the benefits of soil health; and side dressing liquid manure into corn. Contact Deanne Nelson at 507837-5629. June 21 & 22 — Youth Tractor and Farm Safety Certification — Caledonia, Minn. — Contact Katie Drewitz at or (507) 725-5807

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Schelling family dairying tradition is now automated

By RENAE B. VANDER SCHAAF pleased with the updated milking system. The Land Correspondent “The cows love the robots,” said Kathy. “They Sandy Hollow is a popular recreation area in are not being chased around, or have to stand in Sioux County, Iowa. Families enjoy swimming, a holding pen for hours waiting to be milked.” camping and picnicking there. Any dairy prodMilk production is up 10 to 12 pounds from the ucts included in their meals may have come from old facility because the cows can be milked three a farm directly south of the favorite spot for to five times per day. Cow comfort has improved relaxing. due to better free stalls and waterbed mattressMarv and Kathy Schelling are continuing the es. tradition of milking cows with three of their The Schellings appreciate the added flexibility eight children. to their lifestyle — especially during harvest “My parents, Gilbert and Wilma Schelling, time when they can just stay in the field instead bought this farm in the 1950’s,” said Marv of shutting down because it is milking time. If Schelling. “They milked a few cows by hand. there is a wedding or a family gathering, they Then dad and his brother-in-law built a homecan now attend — no matter what time of the made parlor which could milk two cows on each day — because the cows will be milked whether side.” they are there or not. In 1975, the milking parlor was expanded to a “There are six of us on the farm,” said Kathy. double four herringbone parlor. In 1991 Gilbert “We are all family. We all know how to do the all and Marv once again updated the parlor into a of the chores which makes it much easier for us double nine milking parlor. to take time off for vacations. We rotate jobs every Monday morning.” That system worked well, but it was time for Photos submitted an update. The facilities were showing their age. Many helping hands are needed at the Schelling dairy farm. Pictured are One of those jobs is feeding calves and milking Milking technology has changed since the double (front row, left to right) Krystle (33), she is holding Michael (3), Hana (5), a few cows in the old parlor that just don’t fit in nine milking parlor was installed. Kathy (55) and Marlena (9); back row (left to right) Brooke Rus, (girlfriend the robotic barn system. This milking usually takes less than two hours a day and will be There were also other changes on the Schelling of Joshua), Joshua (19), Keith (33), Marv (58), Alex (23) and Sydney phased out eventually. The next week’s chore is farm. Gilbert and Wilma have passed away. It’s a Berenschot (Alex fiancée as of last Saturday!) feeding. The third week rotation is milking in new generation of Schelling men and their wives the robot barn. who are continuing the family vocation of dairying producing nutritional raw milk which can be proMornings start between 5:00 and 6:00 a.m. — cessed into many healthy food items. depending on the particular chore week. Usually the afternoon work is finished around 5:00. They check Marv, age 58, and Kathy Schelling (55) have three with each other to be sure no one needs help before sons are directly involved in the dairy. Their oldest heading to their houses. son Keith (33) and his wife Krystle (33), live on the farm with their three children, Marlena (9), Hana (5) “I have to think hard as to the drawbacks,” said and Michael (3). Marv. “There is the occasional 2:00 a.m. phone call Over the years, the Schellings have added and improved the that a robot needs assistance. The phone calls are Sons Alex (23) and Joshua (19) also live on the farm barn which currently houses 230 cows. automatically made alerting us to any problems. with their parents. There are settings for day and night calls. “It was Keith who mentioned to us that he We only get calls overnight that shut the hoped to have robots milking the cows somerobot down. They are called critical alarms. day,” said Kathy. “We thought wow, that’s The rest wait until daytime hours.” quite a dream. But here we are milking cows In a 24-hour period, each robot can milk 60 in a robotic barn.” to 65 cows. Currently the Schellings are Because the Schellings knew that three of milking 230 cows. They are growing from their sons were very interested in staying on their own herd, so with patience they should the farm, they began doing their research reach their maximum goal of 240 cows. which involved looking at other robotic dairy “I am very thankful that my boys have operations. After careful consideration, the learned the computer and technology part of Lely robot system was chosen. it,” said Marv. “It’s a lot for an older man like “We have never hired any employees other me to learn. They are willing to teach and than family,” said Marv. “We wanted it to remind me how it all works.” stay that way. Robots fitted that desire niceThe Schelling farm on the West Branch of ly.” the Floyd River is continuing the tradition of Construction began in September of 2020. milking cows begun by Gilbert and Wilma On March 29, 2021, the Schellings began Schelling 70 years ago. v milking in their robot barn. Schellings’ cows patiently wait their turn Overall, the Schellings have been quite The Lely robotic milking system tracks each time a cow is milked.

to be milked.

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Storms are a big setback to shakey crop year

Matt Erickson Fertile, Minn. May 26


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“I’m in the tractor planting corn.” The Land spoke to Matt Erickson on May 26 as he was happy to report he was about to wrap up corn planting. He started corn on May 23. The temperature is warming up. “It’s improving. It feels like spring now.” Today’s weather conditions are ideal for le d af by planting. “It’s going to be 75, sunny, no wind.” St d KR ISTI an N KVENO, The L Once the corn is planted, Erickson will start to prepare the equipment for soybeans. He plans to start planting beans early next week. First, though, he has some celebrating to do this weekend. His daughter, Catie, will graduate on Sunday from Fertile-Beltrami High School. A graduation party will follow at the new barn at the Polk County fairgrounds. This is a fitting location as Catie will be pursuing a degree in animal science at North Dakota State University, Fargo. She’s passionate about animals and her graduation party will be a fitting tribute to that passion, complete with a stock trailer adjourned with photos. Once back in the field next week, Erickson expects bean planting to take three or four days. “A lot of that we no-till.” He will also be following that up with herbicide burndown application. On the cattle front, things are improving for calves. “It’s going a lot better now.” There are 40 cows left to calf in the next few weeks and currently only seven bottle calves. Last week Erickson was able to move 50 cow-calf pairs to government land which he leases for grazing. He also turned the fall cows out on a ryegrass field. He noted that the crop is doing so well, the cows are having a hard time knocking the grass down. He will plant beans on the rye stubble next week. After beans are planted, Erickson will focus on getting alfalfa seeded; then forage sorghum in the ground by early June. “We’ve got good moisture right now.” Much of Erickson’s cropland is sandy soil, so moisture is always a concern. “Here, we’re always 10 days away from a drought.” Looking ahead to the growing season, Erickson is optimistic that opportune moisture is in the future. “I hope we get timely rains to keep things going.” v

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Leah Johnson Evansville, Minn. May 31

“We had pretty scary weather yesterday afternoon.” The Land spoke with Leah Johnson on May 31 as she reported severe thunderstorms and a possible tornado went through the area. “We are really fortunate that structurally we’re fine.” Planting was almost complete for Johnson when the storms hit. Between two and four inches of rain fell resulting in washing in some fields. A visit with the crop insurance agent will help Johnson figure out if replanting some areas will be necessary. Corn planting started on May 8, with breaks due to rain and severe weather on May 19. Soybeans went in the ground starting on May 25. Planting in between rain events proved challenging. “We didn’t get stuck once, though field conditions were well below-average.” While the soybeans are not yet up in the fields, corn has emerged. “We have quite a bit of corn out of the ground.” A number of Johnson’s seed customers are now dealing with bin loss and other structural damage. Many near the North Dakota border have crops still to be planted. She is helping secure early maturing soybeans for customers who are still needing to get beans in the ground. “It’s been pretty nuts.” In the next few weeks, Johnson will be focusing on emerging crops. “Lots of scouting, walking fields, accessing damages.” She will also utilize a drone in her field checks. “We can get a quick assessment of stand counts.” While she is disappointed her fields show some signs of washout and a little of the crop is still unplanted, just driving around, she has seen it could be worse. “I just feel fortunate to have as much crop in, in this area.” Looking at the crops, she is optimistic they could yield some promising results. “Early planted corn has a lot of potential” v

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Crops have emerged, waiting for the sprayer

Bob Roelofs Garden City, Minn. June 2


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Storms have been plenty on the Winslow farm in the last year, so it wasn’t any surprise that the Memorial Day severe weather made its way to the farm. “A lot of hard wind. We lost another oak tree.” Winslow estimated that the wind speed was between 60 to 80 miles per hour. The Land spoke with Winslow le f d on June 2 as he reported the farm thankfully missed the hail that fell in many parts a As for moisture, about an inch of rain fell in the last by St d KR n of the state. Around .15 inches of rain fell with another 1.8 inches of moisture hitISTI a week. That included some hail, which thankfully didn’t N KVENO, The L ting the ground on May 25. That rain has been good for the fields “We’re sitting damage any crops. “As of right now, we’re sitting pretty good.” pretty good.” As for the crops, they seem to be progressing nicely. “Everything’s up.” Winslow will be sprayAfter today, Roelofs will be getting the planter cleaned up and put away. Then ing the corn and soybeans for grasses and broadleaf as soon as the wind dies down enough. it’s time to battle weeds. “We’ll start spraying corn in about a week.” “The weeds are coming in some places.” The weed control looks better in the no-till fields. Roelofs will also be focused on working on the hog barns’ upkeep as well as The machine shed which was damaged in the December wind event is coming down, slowly getting things cleaned. but surely. “I’m hoping to have the new shed up by the end of the month.” Needing more space With the end of planting just a day away, Roelofs is reflecting on the longto get the old shed torn down and the new put up, Winslow is temporarily moving some of his drawn-out spring. “It was a struggle. It took three weeks to get the crop in the equipment over to the neighbor’s farm. ground.” “Things look pretty good right at this moment. Everything grew and came out of the ground quickly.” If the weather continues to be pleasant with adequate rain, it looks promising for a nice The fields are looking nice at this point and there’s a hopefulness the crops growing season. “As long as we get moisture, and it doesn’t get too hot and dry. I’m always optiwill do with continued timely rains this summer. v mistic.” v pi m Co

“We’ve pretty much got everything done.” The Land spoke to Bob Roelofs on June 2 as he reported he plans to wrap up planting the next day. “We’re a little behind.” He typically would be done about a week ago. The crops that are planted are coming up nicely.

Scott Winslow Fountain, Minn. June 2

Managing heat stress important for young calves Being able to raise healthy calves into mature animals is a goal for every dairy or beef farmer. Stress is one of the biggest factors when talking about calf well being. Once a calf is stressed, changes in overall performance and health decrease. Symptoms of heat stress are straightforward and easy to identify. Some of them include: a calf’s body temperature will increase above 103 F; increased respiration rate; loss of appetite; a decrease in activity; and increased water consumption. If dehydration occurs, there will be less urine output and manure will become firmer. Having a good environment for your calves is the basic step of raising healthy stress free calves.


Having clean and dry bedding will decrease insect population, keep your calves dry, and limit bacteria growth in the bedding. Having a ventilation system in place will help keep the calves cool, and help manage biting flies. On the other hand, too much breeze or draft is detrimental to the calves body. Keeping steady airflow is the best thing to do for the calf. Poor ventilation can impair a calf ’s immune response, cause respiratory problems, make the calf more prone to pathogens, and reduce feed intake and conversion rates. During a hot season, bacteria growth increases. Isolate sick calves, use clean pails and disinfect all equipment going near the calves. Rinse off dirt and milk residue with lukewarm water. Manually scrub with a brush using hot water. Use a chlorinated alkaline detergent. Rinse with warm water in an acid solu-

tion and let dry. Sanitize with a 50 parts per million solution of chloride dioxide within two hours of use. Feeding practices and nutritional management in calves change when the weather starts to heat up between 68-71 Temperature Humidity Index (THI). On a warmer day, a calf’s body temperatures will increase, meaning their energy will be utilized to regulate their body temperature back down to 102.1 degrees. To combat this, add more liquids to the calves’ diet to substitute the water loss the calf will be experiencing. It is recommended by South Dakota State University Extension to have your calves drink 6 to 12 quarts of water per day. Sick calves experiencing heat stress drink up to 20 quarts of water per day. This article was submitted by Karen Johnson and Allison Wright, University of Minnesota Extension. v

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Diversity helps Goldview Farms endure over time By KRISTIN KVENO The Land Staff Writer WAVERLY, Minn. — There seems to never be a dull moment on a dairy farm. That sentiment rings true on Goldview Farms, located six miles southwest of Waverly, Minn. Pat Bakeberg is the fifth generation to work the fields and milk cows on the farm started in 1873. Bakeberg, along with his wife, Joanna, and his mother Faye, run the operation. Bakeberg is the youngest of five and felt the call to pursue a life in agriculture. “I was the only one that wanted to farm.” He went to school at Ridgewater College for Ag Business with a dairy emphasis. After that, he went back home to farm with his parents. A farm can be a well-oiled machine with each family member doing their job to get tasks done. When there is a loss, it affects all aspects of the operation. Goldview Left to right: Olivia, Joanna, Faye, Harper and Pat Bakeberg Farms is still reeling from an untimely transition. beef. It takes the guesswork out of trying to figure Bakeberg’s father, Greg (Butch) died in December. His out the space required for that much meat. passing left a hole the Bakebergs are trying to adjust Dairy to. Butch was not only an integral part of the farm, but Dairy prices are holding their own and Bakeberg a trusted advisor and an ardent supporter of agricul- likes what he sees. “Right now, it’s great.” Though it ture in the community — serving for years on the has to be pointed out high prices aren’t just in the Wright County Fair board, Wright County ADA, mem- cost of dairy. “Price is good, inputs are high,” Joanna ber of the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted FFA Alumni, said. Bakeberg wonders if these dairy prices are susfounder of the Wright County Breakfast on the Farm tainable. “Prices have really gone up, but will it and starting a pumpkin patch fundraiser. maintain?” Rich history The dairy recently began utilizing the CowManager The immediate Wright County area has dairies System. “It’s basically a FitBit for cows,” Bakeberg which have stood the test of time. “We’re a dairy com- said. The ear tags provide data on each cow that is munity. Within a half-mile of this road are four dair- available to view in an app; from the cow’s temperaies.” All the dairies are in their fifth generation. ture, eating times, activity and heat detection. This Bakeberg relished what it’s like to grow up on a dairy new piece of technology allows Bakeberg to have farm and is thrilled to be bringing up his kids, access to herd health whether he’s near or far from Harper (age 3), Olivia (age 2), the same way. “It’s neat the farm. to raise the kids on a dairy farm.” All the milk from the dairy goes to the Paynesville, Custom processing Minn. Associated Milk Producers Inc. location. In addition to milking 120 cows, the Bakebergs saw Bakeberg has been selling milk to AMPI since the an opportunity to sell beef direct to the customer. “We early 2000s and serves on their division board. started pushing it during Covid.” Before that, they would sell a few cows for meat a year. “Last four Crops A wet spring delayed planting this year, which years it became more consistent.” alone is much different than last year when rain was Customers like to know where their meat comes in short supply. Bakeberg is still concerned about the from and appreciate the way the Bakebergs care for moisture in the soil as there was such a deficit last the animals that care shows in the flavor of the beef. year. “Last summer we were dry. We were hurting “We have a lot of repeat customers. Once they do it, this spring. Sadly we’re still dry.” Bakeberg points they know what they’re getting,” Bakeberg said. The out that the fields don’t need four inches of rain at a customers are typically people in the community. time, which has happened this spring — just timely The processing is done at North Folk Custom rains. Meats in Howard Lake, Minn. On the Goldview Bakeberg farms 850 acres, growing corn, soybeans, Farms Facebook page, Joanna posted information by and alfalfa. “We do some cash-cropping.” When it the University of Minnesota which spells out how comes to field work, Bakeberg’s brother, Dave, and much freezer space is needed for various amounts of nephew Kaleb are instrumental in getting the ground

ready, as they handle all the tillage. Custom baling and chopping What began as an FFA project suggested by Butch turned into a custom baling business for Bakeberg, “It started in 2000 when I was in high school.” The demand for baling continues to grow. “Last year I baled more than I did my first year.” He has help with the custom baling from his second cousin, James Winterhalter. Bakeberg and business partner Sean Groos operate Hammer Down Chopping, LLC. They custom chop for area farmers and the business continues to grow each year. Pumpkin philanthropy project Butch had a notion about 12 years ago to plant a pumpkin patch and give the money earned from the sales to better the community. “One hundred percent of Photo submitted the money goes to the local Toys for Tots toy drives,” Bakeberg said. This year could be the biggest pumpkin patch at the farm yet. “I plant 150 to 200 hills,” Joanna said. Breakfast on the Farm Breakfast on the Farm was started by Bakeberg’s parents and county ADA organization in 2009 as a way to educate the public about farming. Over the years, the Wright County Breakfast on the farm has grown with support from countless other organizations and continues to move from farm to farm. Bakeberg and his wife continue to serve on the core committee, organizing the annual event. In 2018, Wright County merged with Carver, creating the Wright Carver Breakfast on the Farm. This year’s event will be hosted by Halquist Farms in Belle Plaine on June 11, and are expected to serve 2,000 attendees. See GOLDVIEW FARMS, pg. 15

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Yearning for cows, Heather Moore now has more By WHITNEY NESSE The Land Correspondent MAQUOKETA, Iowa — What do a grocery store, coffee shop, dairy farm, beef feedlot, meat locker and a creamery have in common? In Maquoketa, Iowa, it is Heather and Brandon Moore. Heather and Brandon, along with their four young children own and operate Moore Family Farms (a dairy farm and beef herd); Moore Local (a grocery store and coffee shop); Rockdale Locker (a USDA inspected meat locker); and they have things set in motion to open a creamery in the very near future. Brandon also works full time as an area representative for Big Gain and custom finishes around 800 head of beef. The Moore’s have many entrepreneurial ventures, but they all started with Heather’s love for the dairy industry. Heather Moore grew up on a small dairy farm in Wisconsin which her parents sold during her late elementary school years. “My parents made the choice that they thought was best for their family,” said Heather. “But once you get bit by the farming bug, I think you’re hooked for the rest of your life! That was certainly true in my story.” Heather said although her family had moved off of the farm, one set of grandparents still had a dairy farm. Through them she was able to show dairy cat-

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tle at the county fair and learn a lot about the dairy industry. Heather shared that she knew starting up a farm without being grandfathered into it by way of a family farm would be difficult or impossible. “When I went to college … I decided to go into ag education. If I couldn’t be in the production agriculture industry at least I could support those who can.” By the end of her college career, she changed her mind again and graduated with a degree in Animal Science with a Dairy Science emphasis. During this time, Heather met Brandon, a beef farmer from Iowa, who would later become her husband. Heather and Brandon purchased a farm in 2011 where they were backgrounding feeder cattle. “I still didn’t have my dairy cows!” laughed Heather, “I was always known as the girl from Wisconsin who loved dairy cows!” When Heather and Brandon were finishing up paperwork for an FSA loan on another piece of land which became available to them, their loan officer asked Heather if she was still wanting to be a dairy farmer. “I think he was just joking — but I told him exactly what I wanted to do. I had it all planned out. He told me that if I could make it cash flow, they would add it to the note. So in 2014 we built a dairy barn from scratch,” recalled Heather. Things were moving along smoothly in the fall of 2014. The Moores had filled 25 of their 50 stalls in the dairy barn. “By May we had filled the other 25 stalls,” she said. Unfortunately for those in the dairy industry, between the fall of 2014 and spring of 2015, the milk prices dropped significantly. Essentially, the Moore’s were milking double the number of cows, thus shipping twice the amount of milk, yet their milk check was the same dollar amount as it was when they were milking half that number of cows less than a year earlier. “We were at a disadvantage [from the beginning]. Building everything from scratch, brand new farm, brand new barn, we were paying off cows and we made it work until about 2016.” At that time, Brandon and Heather had to make some decisions as to how they were going to move forward. Heather said their options were to grow the dairy or find a new way to add value to their milk. After much discussion and polling the community, the Moores decided to open a small cheese shop where they would sell cheese made from their milk. “We brought home 700 pounds of mild cheddar. The reason we went with mild cheddar was because in case it was a flop, we could just age it and eat cheddar cheese for the rest of our lives,” laughed Heather. On Nov. 11, 2017, the Moores opened the doors to their cheese shop and were sold out within six weeks. Fast forward to 2020 and Moore Local moved from the initial 500-square-foot cheese shop to a 30,000 square foot grocery retail store which is located in a retired woodworking factory. They also added another small store in Bellevue, Iowa. See MOORE, pg. 13

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Dairy prices stay firm as costs continue to climb This column was written for the marketing week ending June 3. Happy June Dairy Month. While it is indeed a happier one for dairy farmers looking at milk prices, the luster fades considering rising production costs. News and information for Minnesota and Northern Iowa dairy producers The May Federal order Class III milk price was announced at $25.21 per hun2.00, down from 2.06 in March, but commoved above $13.50 for the first time since MIELKE MARKET dredweight. This is up 79 cents from pares to 1.75 in April 2021. November 2014 and was above $8 per cwt. for the WEEKLY April, $6.25 above May 2021, and a new seventh month running. record high — besting $24.60 in Sept. The index is based on the current milk By Lee Mielke 2014 by 61 cents. The 2022 average now price in relationship to feed prices for a “Dairy producer profitability for 2021, in the form stands at $22.67, up from $16.91 a year ration consisting of 51 percent corn, 8 perof milk income over feed costs, was $7.87 per cwt.,” ago, $15.10 in 2020, and $15.05 in 2019. cent soybeans and 41 percent alfalfa hay. In other according to Brooks. “The profitability was $2.37 below 2020 and $1.79 lower than the 2016-20 averLate morning June 3 futures portend a June price words, one pound of milk would only purchase 2.0 pounds of dairy feed of that blend. age. In 2021, the decrease in milk income over feed at $24.34; July, $24.55; Aug., $24.45; Sept., $24.34; costs was a result of the milk price increasing less Oct., $24.17; Nov., $23.83; and Dec. at $23.25 per The All Milk Price averaged a record high $27.10 than feed prices rose, he said, and income over feed cwt. per cwt., up $1.20 from March, eighth consecutive was close to the level needed to maintain or grow increase, and was $8.80 above April 2021. The May Class IV price is $24.99, down 32 cents milk production.” from April, but $8.83 above a year ago. The fiveSpeaking in the June 6 “Dairy Radio Now” broadApril’s national average corn price jumped to month average is at $24.44, up from $14.54 a year cast, dairy economist Bill Brooks, of Stoneheart $7.08 per bushel, up 52 cents from March, after ago, $13.96 in 2020, and $15.81 in 2019. Consulting in Dearborn, Mo., said the increase in jumping 46 cents the previous month, and was the All Milk Price was enough to offset all three The April All Milk Price also set another record $1.77 per bushel above April 2021. high. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest Ag input commodities, as the income-over-feed calculation increased for the seventh time in the past eight Prices report has the April milk feed price ratio at See MIELKE, pg. 14 months. He reported the April income-over-feed cost

A big part of Moores’ success is community support MOORE, from pg. 12 The Maquoketa location offers local, small business-owned and produced products such as cheese, meats, eggs, produce, baked goods and nostalgic foods. They also have a coffee shop and ice cream case and Heather is looking forward to being able to offer gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches in the near future. The Bellevue location is a small space where they are only offering specialty coffee at this time. Heather said that they are back to milking 25 to 30 registered Holsteins and a majority of their milk is shipped to AMPI. The rest of their milk is sent to a local cheese maker who makes the cheeses for their store. In the near future, the Moore’s are adding a creamery to their store where they will make cheese curds and block cheeses made from the milk produced on their farm. Heather said one of the biggest reasons they have been successful is the huge amount of community support they have received. “Our community is a huge part of what we’re doing and why we’re here. Anything we can do to meet the needs of the community or serve the community, we are there for it. Just having kids is hard enough! Not everything we have done has been a success. Sometimes we screw stuff up,” she added. Heather also said the wonderful employees they have help keep things running smoothly. “One of the

The Moores are excited for the future. They want to continue expanding the amount of local products they offer in their stores. “We believe that our rural communities need to rely on rural food processing. We need to be able to produce end-product food in rural communities,” she said. “We are really big proponents that local is best and you don’t need a lot of buzz words to have a really great product. We want to build trust with our consumers and we want them to know that if they are getting our product, that we did the very best we could to make sure that animal had a happy, healthy, productive life and has provided nourishment for our community.” You can find out more about Moore Family Farms and Moore Local on Facebook, Instagram and on their website, v

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StoneX: ‘There are valid concerns over a lack of fresh milk’ MIELKE from pg. 13

average of 10 percent. The increase in dairy prices is outpacing the rest of grocery with all prices up Soybeans averaged $15.80 per bushel, up 40 cents just 11 percent.” from March and $1.90 per bushel above April 2021. March U.S. total cheese disappearance topped that Alfalfa hay shot up to a record high average of of a year ago for the sixth consecutive month, driven $243 per ton, up $22 from March, highest since May by higher performance in both domestic and export 2014, and a budget-busting $58 per ton above a categories, according to Chicago-based HighGround year ago. Dairy. Looking at the cow side of the ledger, the April Butter disappearance was below a year ago howcull price for beef and dairy combined averaged ever for the second consecutive month, negatively $88.10 per cwt., up $3.40 from March, $17.00 above impacted by weaker domestic disappearance, April 2021, and $16.50 above the 2011 base average. according to HighGround Dairy — even as export Brooks predicts 2023 milk income over feed costs, shipments persisted at multi-year highs. using May 31 Chicago Mercantile Exchange settling n futures prices for milk, corn and soybeans — plus Dairy prices started June Dairy Month divided; the Stoneheart forecast for alfalfa hay, are expected but StoneX Dairy Group stated in its May 31 “Early to be $9.74 per cwt., a loss of $3.45 per cwt. vs. the Morning Update,” “There are valid concerns over a 2022 estimate. 2023 income over feed would be lack of fresh milk as we move into summer and above the level needed to maintain or grow milk Class IV milk strength.” production, according to Brooks. The cheddar blocks, after dropping a dime the preThe rise in corn and bean prices has slowed, he vious week, fell to $2.2475 per pound May 31 followadmitted, but “a lot of what’s going on in the maring the Memorial Day holiday, but closed June 3 at ketplace right now is not fundamental.” Delayed plantings and other factors prompt fears of $10 corn $2.27. This is down just a penny on the week, but 77 and beans approaching $20, he said, and those con- cents above a year ago, as traders anticipated June 3’s April Dairy Products report and the upcoming ditions, plus what’s happening in Ukraine, could Global Dairy Trade auction. bring that about. The barrels finished the week 5 cents lower at n $2.245 — the lowest since March 31, 63 cents above Dairy margins improved over the second half of a year ago, and a more typical 2.5 cents below the May, particularly in deferred production periods, as blocks. a combination of higher milk prices and lower feed Butter climbed to $2.935 per pound, equaling its costs increased forward profitability, according to Jan. 21 high, but fell back 2 cents on June 3 to the latest Margin Watch from Chicago-based $2.915. This is up 3.75 cents on the week and $1.14 Commodity and Ingredient Hedging LLC. above a year ago. Sales totaled 27 for the week and “Milk futures prices were supported by both the 116 for May, up from 57 in April. monthly Milk Production and Cold Storage reports,” Grade A nonfat dry milk got to $1.87 per pound on according to the Margin Watch. The Margin Watch June 2, (the highest since March 24), but closed the stated, “Most of the 24 major dairy states reported next day at $1.8625, up a quarter-cent on the week lower milk production in April, compared to last and 60.25 cents above a year ago. There were 10 year, as high feed costs, scarce heifers and regional sales on the week and 57 for the month, up two supply management programs discouraged expanfrom April. sion and complement a trend of declining global milk output.” “Strong spring holiday sales and increased exports likely drew down butter inventories, according to Dairy Market News, with cream supplies tight in northeastern states in April,” the Margin Watch GOLDVIEW FARMS, from pg. 11 stated. “While cheese stocks were record high in FFA auction April, like butter, the monthly build in cheese from In 2020, when Covid-19 derailed the annual Howard March to April was only half the most recent fiveLake Waverly Winsted FFA fundraising auction at year average.” the Wright County Fairgrounds, the Bakebergs Thankfully, dairy product disappearance remains stepped up and offered to host the auction at their strong — although we wonder how long that will farm. That year’s consignment auction raised between last, considering the rising prices. The May 27 Dairy $15,000 and $20,000. Bakeberg is a fervent supportand Food Market Analyst stated, “Average retail er of the organization as it provided him a foundation dairy prices are currently up a whopping 19 perin leadership as well as many good memories. cent, according to scanner data firm IRI’s Inflation Representation Tracker. This is a serious acceleration. Compare to If Bakeberg wasn’t busy enough on the farm, in early March when retail dairy prices were up an 2021 he ran for and won a seat on the Wright-

Dry whey climbed to a June 3 finish at 55.75 cents per pound, up 3.5 cents on the week but 4.5 cents below a year ago. Sales totaled two for the week and 47 for the month of May, up from 33 in April. n In other news, the Global Dairy Trade Auction Events Oversight Board has approved the hosting of weekly auctions instead of the current bi-monthly events and will be branded “GDT Pulse.” No start date was given by the GDT. In politics, Green Bay-based American Dairy Coalition called on Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in a letter “seeking answers, dairy farmer representation, working group formation, and action on a national federal milk pricing hearing,” and addressed industry discussion of make allowance adjustments. “Farmers experience the same areas of input cost increases as processors,” the ADC board stated. “We believe any move to increase make allowance credits for processors should be linked to achieving adequate, transparent milk pricing for farmers. The linkage helps ensure farmer representation.” An ADC press release stated that, during a Wisconsin dairy farm visit in December 2021, the Secretary said the dairy industry must reach a consensus before USDA will consider a national hearing on federal milk pricing changes. “We ask you to provide us with the specific requirements that will meet your expectations,” the ADC letter requests, noting there is an industrywide consensus that the Class I milk pricing change made in the 2018 Farm Bill needs amending, though there are differences in how this should be accomplished. Lee Mielke is a syndicated columnist who resides in Everson, Wash. His weekly column is featured in newspapers across the country and he may be reached at v

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Hennepin Electric Co-op Board. “I wanted to try to keep it local. I ran against 19 people, and I was the only country boy.” He feels it’s important to have rural representation on the board and give voice to agricultural issues in the electric utilities arena. Goldview Farms For 149 years and counting, the Bakebergs have grown crops and raised animals on their land. There’s pride found in all those decades dedicated to having a successful farming operation as well as the hopefulness that future generations will find that same success and contentment that the Bakebergs feel today. v

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Grain Outlook Corn crop progress is gaining ground The following marketing analysis is for the week ending June 3. CORN — Corn took a dive when traders returned from the Memorial Day weekend on spillover losses from the wheat market. Funds went into “risk-off” mode and month-end positioning as May ended. Corn fell below moving average support and fell to threeweek plus lows before finding support late in the week. July and December corn closed at their lowest points since April 1. The biggest post-holiday headline reported that Russia would agree to “humanitarian corridors” for Ukrainian grain shipments out of the Black Sea. Ukraine would be responsible to PHYLLIS NYSTROM remove the mines in the Black CHS Hedging Inc. Sea. Russia is scheduled for St. Paul more talks with the United Nations and Turkey in Turkey on June 8. However, Russia wants concessions on the sanctions the West imposed after Russia invaded Ukraine. Late in the week, Belarus said they are willing to talk about Ukrainian grain shipments through Belarus, again with concessions. This is the country where Russia staged its invasion of Ukraine. This entire scenario seems unlikely, but you never know with Russia. President Zelenskyy estimates Russia controls 20 percent of his country. The United States increased sanctions against a select group of Russians. Ukraine’s Farmers Union predicts their corn production this year will hit 26.1 million metric tons compared to 37.6 mmt last year. Corn planting continued in areas that were dry enough to go — despite the passing of the crop insurance date. Corn planting progress caught up to the average as of May 29 at 86 percent complete vs. 87 percent on average. Minnesota was 82 percent complete vs. 92 percent average, Illinois 89 percent complete vs. 84 percent average, Iowa 94 percent complete, right on its average, and North Dakota was 56 percent complete vs. 86 percent average. Corn emergence was 61 percent compared to 68 percent on average. The first corn condition report is expected on June 6. The average corn condition for that date is 68 percent good/excellent. There is chatter that President Biden will raise the

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Financial Focus Inflation— Back to the future

Inflation sometimes seems like one of those afflictions of an era long since passed into the history books. While it’s true that double-digit inflation has Average: $7.63 $16.86 been absent for the last 30 years or more, you may remember the high inflation years of the 1970s. Year Ago Average: $6.73 $15.47 (, 2017) Grain prices are effective cash close on June 7. Will the levels of U.S. public debt and loose mone*Cash grain price change represents a two-week period. tary policy revive the inflation RFS fuel blending mandate for conventional ethanol rates of yesteryear? No one really from 13.32 billion gallons to 13.94 billion gallons to knows. However, one thing is cerbe more in line with usage. The current level was tain: even low inflation rates over an extended period of time can deemed too low when it was announced. impact your finances in retireWeekly export sales were the second lowest of the ment. marketing year at 7.3 million bushels for old crop To illustrate, here is a simple and 1.9 million bushels for new crop. Old crop sales example: are running 14 percent behind last year and we need MARISSA 10.3 million bushels in weekly sales to ring the bell An income of $50,000 today, at JOHNSON on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2.5 billion an inflation rate of 3 percent, Profinium bushel projection. New crop sales now total 224 mil- would have a purchasing power of Wealth Management lion bushels and well below last year’s 593 million just over $32,000 in year 15 — a Advisor bushels. This is about the time last year when 35 percent erosion. Said differChina’s huge buying spree ended. We had one daily ently, to maintain the desired lifeexport sales flash of 4 million bushels of old crop sold style that a $50,000 income would provide requires to unknown. $77,900 of income after 15 years of 3 percent inflaWeekly ethanol production was up 57,000 barrels tion. (This is a hypothetical example used for illusper day to a 24-week high at 1.07 million bpd and trative purposes only. It is not representative of any slightly higher than expected. Ethanol stocks fell specific investment or combination of investments.) 751,000 barrels to 23 million barrels when the marHere’s something else to consider: Retirees may be ket was anticipating an increase. This was the larg- subject to a higher rate of inflation than “the headest weekly decline in seven weeks; but stocks are line” Consumer Price Index. Why might this be the still at record levels for this week and 17 percent case? higher than last year. Gasoline demand was higher Healthcare inflation has outstripped CPI inflation for the week at 8.9 million bpd compared to 8.8 mil- by as much as 3 percent in recent years. (YCharts. lion bpd last week. Demand is 1.8 percent below last com, 2018;, 2018) And year for the same week. retirees may expect to spend more on medical Outlook: With U.S. corn planting catching up to the expenses than most Americans. average, attention will move from getting the crop in Inflation is a thief; it steals the purchasing power to how the weather is treating development. The cur- of your retirement savings. But, as with your other rent forecasts look favorable for establishing a good possessions, there are strategies which may help you stand. Events surrounding Ukraine and Russia will from being robbed of your purchasing power. continue to capture the market’s attention and be a Investing involves risks, and investment decisions heavy influence. If no progress is made on grain exports from Ukraine, it’s likely the new shorts in should be based on your own goals, time horizon, and the markets may exit. Keep the news and weather risk tolerance. The return and principal value of forecasts handy and manage your situation as need- investments will fluctuate as market conditions ed. The seasonal pattern for June favors a weaker change. When sold, investments may be worth more corn market. The upcoming talks in Turkey will add or less than their original cost. to the volatility as we saw with this week’s action. The forecasts or forward-looking statements are based on assumptions, subject to revision without For the week, July corn dove 50.25 cents to $7.27, See NYSTROM, pg. 16

See JOHNSON, pg. 16

Information in the above columns is the writer’s opinion. It is no way guaranteed and should not be interpreted as buy/sell advice. Futures trading always involves a certain degree of risk.

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So far, soybeans not impacted by uncertainty in Ukraine NYSTROM, from pg. 15 September dropped 43.5 cents to $7.01.25, and December tumbled 406cents to $6.90 per bushel. December corn closed below $7.00 per bushel for the last three days of the week. The June World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates report will be issued on June 10 at 11:00 a.m. The markets will be closed on June 20 for Juneteenth. SOYBEANS — A wild start to the holiday-shortened week with July and November soybean contracts hitting new contract highs before posting losses of 35-50 cents in a key reversal lower when traders returned from Memorial Day. Funds reduced their net long positions on reports of “constructive” talks in Moscow before stabilizing in the second half of the week and on month-end positioning. The July board crush dropped to its lowest level since September before recovering when soyoil prices skyrocketed in the second half of the week. The April National Agricultural Statistics Service

MARKETING Oilseed Crush report indicated 181 million bushels of soybeans were crushed in April which was close to the 180.5 million bushel estimate. This was the second-highest April crush on record. Soyoil stocks were larger than expected at 2.4 billion pounds. Weekly export sales were the lowest of the marketing year with 4.1 million bushels sold for old crop and 10.5 million bushels for new crop. Total old crop sales at 2.189 billion bushels have surpassed the USDA’s 2.14 billion bushel forecast. Total new crop sales are record-high at 445 million bushels and compared to last year’s 274 million bushels on the books at this time. We saw new export sales announcements of 2 million bushels of old crop and 11 million bushels of new crop soybeans to Pakistan. This is an unusually large purchase for them. China bought 2.4 million bushels for both old and new crops. This was China’s first daily export sales flash since mid-May. The relaxing of Covid lockdowns in China and the

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EU’s plan for a partial and phased-in ban on Russian crude oil was supportive to energies, but it took a couple of days for that to translate to the world vegetable oil markets. The EU plans to slash 90 percent of Russian crude oil imports by the end of the year. The embargo would exempt Russian pipeline oil as a concession to Hungary joining the agreement. U.S. soybean planting as of May 29 was 66 percent complete, nearly catching up to the 67 percent average. Crop insurance planting dates don’t come into play until we get closer to June 10. Minnesota had planted 55 percent of its beans vs. 80 percent on average, Illinois 75 percent complete vs. 67 percent average, Iowa 85 percent complete vs. 77 percent average, and North Dakota 23 percent complete vs. 70 percent average. Soybean emergence was 39 percent compared to 43 percent average. In other news, Vietnam announced they have successfully developed a vaccine for African Swine Fever. The vaccine would be effective for six months. The USDA’s Ag Research Service said its safety and efficacy were confirmed. There’s no date for when it would be available for export or what Vietnam’s production capacity is. OPEC+ will increase its crude oil production by 648,000 bpd in July and August which was more than the market was expecting. The previously announced increase was to be 423,000 bpd for those months. Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel and Reformulated Blendstock for Oxygenate Blending (gasoline) prices on the board hit new contract highs this week. The national price of U.S. retail gasoline hit a new record at $4.761 per gallon. Diesel prices also set a record at $5.581 per gallon. Outlook: More favorable weather is in the forecast for crops in the ground and we should have seen decent progress over the last week. Uncertainty over the war in Ukraine hangs over the markets in general, but soybeans have not directly been significantly affected since Ukraine is not a big exporter of soybeans. However, world vegetable oils — including soyoil — are heavily influenced by those events as Ukraine is dominant in the sunflower oil market. The soybean crush suffered in May but bounced slightly this week. There are several moving pieces to this market, so manage your own risk accordingly. Seasonals for June favor the upside; but this year is unlike any we’ve seen. For the week, July soybeans fell 34.5 cents to $16.97.75, August declined 29.25 cents to $16.33.75, and November was 17 cents lower at $15.27 per bushel. November soybeans managed to stay above $15.00 per bushel this week. July soybeans set a new contract high at $17.49.25 and November soybeans made a new contract high at $15.60.5 per bushel. Weekly price changes in July wheat for the week ended June 3: Chicago wheat crashed $1.17.5 to $10.40, Kansas City crumbled $1.14.25 to $11.21, and Minneapolis dropped $1.13 to $11.91.75 per bushel. v

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Real Estate Wanted WANTED: Land & farms. I have clients looking for dairy, & cash grain operations, as well as bare land parcels from 40-1000 acres. Both for relocation & investments. If you have even thought about selling contact: Paul Krueger, Farm & Land Specialist, Edina Realty, 138 Main St. W., New Prague, MN 55372. (612)328-4506

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Alfalfa, mixed hay grass hay & wheat straw. Medium squares or round bales. Delivery available. Call or text Leroy Ose 218-689-6675

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Stormor Bins & EZ-Drys. 100% financing w/no liens or red tape, call Steve at Fairfax Ag for an appointment. 888-830-7757



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Farm Equipment

Farm Equipment

Farm Equipment

Case IH 12x30 flat fold vibra FOR SALE: NH 555 skid steer Int’l 986 tractor, 3 pt hitch, shank cult, long gang w/ roll- ldr, 40HP, dsl, 1700 lb left, 18.4x34 tires, 60%, 3350 ing shields, $2,350; Wil-Rich runs great, $8,995; JD 2030, hours, 2 rear hyd outlets. 12x30 vibra tine flat fold cult gas, utility, 3pt, LPTO, re- 507-236-9168 w/ shields, $1,950; JD 569 verser transmission, $4,995; McCormick Deering cream round baler, net plus twine Haybuster 2800 round or separator. 507-236-9168 wrap, mega wide pickup & square bale shredder, priced tires, $17,500; 2013 NH 258 to sell. 320-543-3523 Model 6690 Agco Allis tractor, rake, w/ dolly wheel, triple w/ model 340 loader, $13,000. FOR SALE: John Deere 920F rubber teeth, hyd drive, like Geringhoff 8R30” CH, new, $7,450; JD MX8 rotary full finger bean head, rebuilt $16,000. Wheatheart model in 2021, paperwork availpull type mower, like new, 1071 auger w/ swinghopper, $6,750. 320-769-2756 or cell able, $12,500. 2010 Yamaha $6,500. Feterl 8”x65’ auger, Grizzly #700, 4x4, $4,800. 320-361-0065 $2,500. 507-456-3136 507-317-3396 FOR SALE: FAST side dress We buy applicator for 28 or 32% FOR SALE: 48” or 54” JD Salvage Equipment liq nitrogen. Works will on power flow bagging system; Parts Available 16R30” or 24R22”, $20,000. also, Melroe rock picker. Hammell Equip., Inc. 320-760-5382 Olivia MN. 320-894-4489 (507)867-4910



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,FOR SALE: Fenders for 3020 0 or 4020 with cast iron brack. ets, $250. 320-587-9149

NEW AND USED TRACTOR m PARTS JD 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 55, 50 Series & newer tractors, AC-all models, Large , Inventory, We ship! Mark . Heitman Tractor Salvage , 715-673-4829 l , ,

Your ad could be here! 507-345-4523

Taking Consignment Information For: Summer Consignment Auction MOWER COUNTY: Approx. 160 acres MLS# 6181690 PENDING! MOWER COUNTY: Approx. 233 acres. MLS# 6175747 SOLD! MOWER COUNTY: Approx. 75 acres. MLS# 6177106 SOLD! MOWER COUNTY: Approx. 74 acres. MLS# 6175794 SOLD! MOWER COUNTY: Approx. 80 acres. MLS# 6175779 SOLD!

OLMSTED COUNTY: Approx. 35 acres. MLS# 6160091 SOLD! MOWER COUNTY: Approx. 52 acres. MLS# 6162644 SOLD!

Full Farm Management Services

Bidding ends: Tuesday, July 19th, 2022 55780 St Hwy 19, Winthrop, MN

Advertising deadline is June 24th Auctioneer, Matt Mages: 507-276-7002 Marketing Manager, Tom Polich: 507-441-5496 Office: 507-647-3800

including Rental Rates, Government Programs & Environmental Issues

Spraying Equip FOR SALE: Fast flat fold 3pt 40’ sprayer, $2,500; Century 750 gallon tank w/ oscillating tandem axle, $2,000. Manson IA. 515-570-3617

Hay & Forage Copy is 5.16” x 5” Equipment WANTED: NH FP230 or 240 forage harvestor with cornhead. 507-250-0853 or 507-421-7240 or 507-533-6644

“Need listings! We have qualif ed buyers!” Randy Queensland • 507-273-3890 • Ryan Queensland • 507-273-3000 • Grand Meadow, MN • 800-658-2340

I’m going to stand outside. So if anyone asks, I’M OUTSTANDING.

Land Auction

Thursday, June 16th - 11:00 am Auction held at: Danube Community Center 407 Main St, Danube, MN 56230 Location of property within Renville County: Flora Township, Sections 2, 10 & 11, Range 36 Total of farm: 240 total acres, approx. 228.57 acres tillable.

This property will sell as two parcels: Parcel #1: 80 total acres, approx. 76.56 acres tillable. Productivity Index: 90.4

Parcel #2: 80 total acres, approx. 76.29 acres tillable. Productivity Index: 89.6

Parcel #3: 80 total acres, approx. 75.72 acres tillable. Productivity Index: 90.6

No Buyer’s Premium! For complete terms or viewing, contact Matt Mages ~ 507-276-7002 *Note: All acres are published based on Renville County Online Records and FSA records.

Reek Family Farm

Listing Auctioneer: Matt Mages, 507-276-7002, Lic 52-22-018

Auctioneers: Matt Mages, Lar r y Mages, J oe Wer sal, J oe Maidl, J ohn Goelz, & Ryan Fr oehlich Broker/ Clerk: Mages Land Co. & Auction Ser vice, LLC. Not r esponsible for accidents at auction or during inspection. Everything sold “AS IS”. Everything to be settled immediately after the auction. For all full terms and bidding go to



MRS. RON ( KERRY) WALL OWNER PH. 320-277-3394 37148 263RD ST. HILLMAN, MN


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Steffes Auction Calendar 2022 For more info, call: 1-800-726-8609 or visit our website:

Opening June 6 & Closing June 15 at 7PM Don Hefner Online Parts Auction, Easton, MN, Timed Online Auction Opening June 7 & Closing June 14 at 10AM Donald Boehm Estate Auction, Watford City, ND, Timed Online Auction





Opening June 7 & Closing June 14 at 7PM Mike & Sue Curley Hobby Farm Equipment & Moving Auction, Windom, MN, Timed Online Auction

Opening June 9 & Closing June 16 at 10AM Dan Bratvold Farm Retirement Auction, Crookston, MN, Timed Online Auction Opening June 10 & Closing June 20 at 12PM Triple H Harvesting Retirement Auction, Wahpeton, ND, Timed Online Auction Opening June 10 & Closing June 14 at 12PM Online Hay Auction – Quality Tested, Litchfield, MN, Timed Online Auction Opening June 13 & Closing June 21 at 1PM Peterson Farms Retirement Auction, Milaca, MN, Timed Online Auction Opening June 13 & Closing June 22 at 7PM Wendt Farm Retirement Auction, Bertha, MN, Timed Online Auction Opening June 13 & Closing June 22 at 7PM Horstman Farms Grain Bin Auction, Howard Lake, MN, Timed Online Auction Opening June 13 & Closing June 22 at 7PM Machine Tool Liquidation Auction, Blaine, MN, Timed Online Auction June 14 at 10AM Kurpius Revocable Trust Farm Auction, Ada, MN June 14 at 11AM Ada, MN Farmstead Auction, Ada, MN Opening June 14 & Closing June 16 at 12PM Walsh County, ND Land Auction – 238+/- Acres, Fordville, ND, Timed Online Auction Opening June 14 & Closing June 21 at 10AM Singrey Farms Retirement Auction, Hazel, SD, Timed Online Auction Opening June 15 & Closing June 22 at 3PM St. Louis County, MN Land Auction – 51.87+/- Acres, Virginia, MN, Timed Online Auction Opening June 16 & Closing June 20 at 7PM Craig Blair Farm Retirement Auction, Glyndon, MN, Timed Online Auction Opening June 16 & Closing June 22 at 12PM Stutsman County, ND Land Auction – 295+/- Acres, Montpelier, ND, Timed Online Auction Opening June 16 & Closing June 23 at 10:30AM Blaine K. Stevens Equipment Auction, Alamo, ND, Timed Online Auction Opening June 16 & Closing June 23 at 2PM Polk County, MN Land Auction – 468+/- Acres, Fosston, MN, Timed Online Auction Opening June 17 & Closing June 22 at 10AM Online Steffes Auction 6/22, Midwest Locations, Timed Online Auction Thursday, June 23, at 10AM Gray Potato Farms Retirement Auction, Clear Lake, MN



Opening June 8 & Closing June 15 at 7PM Orville & Lavonne Foust Farm Retirement Auction, Lester Prairie, MN, Timed Online Auction Opening June 8 & Closing June 15 at 7PM Grain Elevator Assets Auction, Bowbells, ND, Timed Online Auction

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HIGHLIGHTS: 1952 John Deere MI 2wd industrial tractor; 1951 John Deere A 2wd tractor; 1938 John Deere D 2wd tractor; John Deere H 2wd tractor; 1944 John Deere AR 2wd tractor; John Deere 410 backhoe; Ferguson 2wd tractor; Ferguson 2wd tractor; Ford 981 2wd tractor; Ford 961 Power Master 2wd tractor; Ford 960 Power Master 2wd tractor; 1956 Ford 860 2wd tractor; Ford 8N 2wd tractor; Ford 8N 2wd tractor; Ford 4400 2wd tractor; Farmall 656 Hydro 2wd tractor; 1951 Farmall M 2wd tractor; Farmall C 2wd tractor; Farmall Super A 2wd tractor; 1944 McCormick Deering W4 2wd tractor; 1931 Ford Model A 2wd truck – restored; 1932 Ford 2wd truck; 2002 Load Trail 20’ flatbed trailer; Eager Beaver 11’ tilt deck trailer; John Deere 350 hay rake; Large selection of support items

Edward “Eddie” Woizeschke Estate Auction Managers: Allen Henslin (320) 979-1808 & Frank Roering (320) 290-8490



Successful auctions start in The Land!

THE LAND — JUNE 10/JUNE 17, 2022 Harvesting Equip



Case IH 8120 combine, 2010, FOR SALE: Black Angus bulls POLLED HEREFORD 2450 sep hrs, 3100 eng hrs, also Hamp, York, & Hamp/ BULLS, yearlings and 2 year RWA, auto steer, duals, Duroc boars & gilts. Alfred olds, low birth weight, high shedded, service records, (Mike) Kemen 320-598-3790 performance, semen testowner operated. Farwell ed and delivery available. MN 56327 cell 320-760-4210 Jones Farms, Le Sueur, MN. Sell your livestock in The Land 507-317-5996 with a line ad. 507-345-4523

Grain Handling Equipment

FOR SALE: Westfield Auger 8”X60’, 10HP motor. Hutchinson 10”x55’, PTO. 507-381-0193 Used MC665 EMS continous flow grain dryer SN41833, single phase, (2) 10HP fans w/ burners, dried 20,000 bu in 2019, not used since 2019, dryer has 7.60x15 implement tires, 5-hole wheel, retired. J. Pemble 507-381-7097



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June 23, 2022 June 27, 2022 149.87 ± acres • Green Isle Twp, Sibley Co, MN

June 29, 2022 784.41 ± acres available in 6 parcels Johnsonville/North Hero Twps, Redwood Co, MN

For property brochures, contact Hertz at 507-345-LAND (5263) WWW.HERTZ.AG 151 St. Andrews Court #1310, Mankato MN 56001

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1;NOL>;S (3,# + 12120 Jonathan Carver Parkway • Chaska, MN 55318

Live & Online Bidding Available

In order to settle the Estate of Joe Wickenhauser Jr., we will hold a Live/Online auction. Please note that there will be much more than what is listed on this poster. If it could be found on the farm, it’s probably here and we’ll find it as we set up the auction. Not all items will be available for bidding online so be sure to join us if there is something you can use. Be prepared for 2 auction rings.


Starts Fall 2022: Ridgewater’s Newest Ag Program!

152.78 ± acres • Alliance Twp, Clay Co, MN

Only registered bidders may attend

All kinds of New & Used farm equipment - disc chisels, field cults, planters, soil finishers, cornheads, feed mills, discs, balers, haybines, etc. 507438-9782

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TRACTORS: JD 4020 Dsl, Synchro Shift, 540 pto, 3-pt, 2 hyd.; JD 2950 MFWD w/JD 260 Quick Attach Loader w/joystick, 16/8 trans., 3-pt, 540/1000 pto, 2 hyd., Soundguard cab; JD 4440 Dsl w/8-spd Powershift + 4 rev. trans., 3 hyd., 3-pt, Soundguard cab, long axle, 540/1000 pto; JD 4440 Dsl w/8-speed Powershift & 4 reverse, band duals, 2 hyd., 540/1000 pto, 3-pt, 10 suitcase weights, electric socket; JD 8630 4WD, Soundguard cab, axle hubs, 3-pt, pto, 3 hyd. & electric, Quad Range, 540 pto; Farmall ‘H’ w/wide front; LIVESTOCK EQUIPMENT: Wilson Super Star 24’x7’ Lvstk Trlr; H&S Model 310 Manure Spreader; Tru-Test Alleyway Platform & Scale; Approximate 2-Ton 2-compartment bulk; Homemade Feeder Wagon/Portable Feed Bunks; Auto-Catch Headgates; Lorenz Feed Mixer; Approx. 2 to 3-Ton Feed Bin; Stock Tanks; Gates; PLANTING EQUIP.: JD 750 15’ No-Till Bean Drill w/Grass Seeder, 7-1/2” spacing; JD 7200 MaxEmerge 2 8-Row Hyd. Front Fold Planter, liquid fert. & insecticide boxes; COMBINES & HEADS: JD 4400 Dsl Combine; JD 216 Bean Head; JD Turbo 7700 Combine; JD 444 Corn Head; JD 220 Bean Head; Unverferth HT12 Header Trailer; Pair of Firestone Combine Tires; TRAILERS & TRUCKS: Delta Gooseneck Flatbed Trailer; Midsota Versadump DT4 Dump Trailer; 1999 Chevy 2500 4x4 LS truck; 2002 Ford F350 XL V10 gas, 4x4, truck w/Boss 9’2” Poly V-plow; 1975 Int’l Loadstar 1600 w/grain box w/hoist; 1978 Int’l Loadstar 1700 w/Omaha Standard 16’ grain box; TILLAGE & HARVEST EQUIP.: JD Wingfold 16’ Disc; JD 510 7-shank Disc Ripper; JD 960 Field Cult. w/walking tandems; JD 10’ 10-shank Disc Chisel w/walking tandems & hyd. lift; 15’ 3-Bar Spring Tooth Harrow; JD 5-Shank Ripper; Glencoe 3-Pt Field Cult. w/3-bar harrow, 18’ w/hyd. wing fold; Glencoe 4-Row Crop Cult.; Int’l 4-Row Cult. w/rolling shields; JD 400 Rotary Hoe; Int’l 710 4-Bottom Plow; Feterl Model 85 Grain Screener; JD 1710 Disc Chisel, 13-shank; 5-Section Drag on cart; Homemade 14’x8’ Tandem Axle trailer w/900 +/- gallon poly tank used for liquid fert., 3HP Briggs gas motor w/Redline pump; Fast 56’ 3-pt Sprayer Boom; Arts-Way 12’ 6-Row Stalk Chopper; Gravity-Barge-Flare Boxes; 50’ +/- Kewanee Model 500 Elevator on Transport; HAY EQUIP.: NH 489 Haybine; OWNER: Joe Wickenhauser, Jr. (Estate) 8-Wheel V-Rake w/hyd. lift; NH 258 Rollabar Hay Rake w/Rubber Mounted Teeth; NH 658 Round Baler w/monitor, duals, net Auctioneers: Col. Pat Ediger, Samantha Ediger-Johnson, Erika (Ediger) & James Connolly wrap & twine; (2) 8’x22.5’ Hay Racks on Tandem Axle Running Lic. 70-06; 72-03; 70-85; 70-56 Belle Plaine & Arlington, MN Gear; 5 Hay Racks; 30’ +/- Hay Elev. on transport w/elect. moPHONE (507) 351-1885 / (612) 490-2387 / (612) 598-7775 / tor; MISC. ATTACHMENTS & FARM ITEMS: Misc. attachments; (952) 201-0874 / (952) 873-2292 Clerk: Ediger Auction Service-Belle Plaine, MN. JD X475 Riding Lawn Mower w/48” deck; Tanks; Misc. Shop & Deb Ediger Office Manager. Farm items; JD 6’ Brush Mower; JD Rotary Mower; Lorenz 8’ Snowblower; Grain bins & augers; Antiques; Plus Much More!! Terms: Settlement due within 15 min. of auction conclusion with Personal Check, Cash or Major Credit/Debit Card (Credit/ We hope to see you at the Auction! Debit cards will be charged a 5% convenience fee.) Gain a solid foundation for in-demand careers. The Beginning Meat Cutting Certificate is designed to fit your busy schedule. 1 semester • 2 evenings/week • Saturdays

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Location: 19443 560th Ave, Austin, MN 55912 (South of Austin Airport) JD 730 Standard – JD 720 Diesel – JD G – JD D Standard – JD 820 Utility JD 301A Industrial - JD 4440 – JD 7700 Combine – JD 270 Skid Loader FOR FULL COLOR PICTURES & LISTING - GO TO

AUCTIONEER: Tracy Holland & Associates #7405002 Ellendale, MN HOLLAND AUCTION 507-684-2955 office or 507-456-5128 cell


Pets & Supplies

FOR SALE: Yorkshire, Hampshire, Duroc, cross bred boars, and gilts. Top quality. Excellent herd health. No PRSS. Delivery available. 320-760-0365

Mankato Pet Cremation is family owned & operated. Offering pre-planning, urns, and in-home euthanasia by Gentle Goodbyes. 507-995-7126 or text us.

Spot, Duroc, Chester White, PUPPIES FOR SALE: BorBoars & Gilts available. der Collie/Blue Heeler cross, Monthly PRRS and PEDV. born 4/22/22, first shots and Delivery available. Steve dewormed, $200/each. Resler. 507-456-7746 507-383-6701

Trucks & Trailers

For Sale: 1950 Reo Gold Comet call 507-720-0971

Look for the Farmfest Preview July 22 and July 29 Upcoming Issues of THE LAND Southern MN/Northern IA Northern MN June 24, 2022* June 17, 2022 July 1, 2022 July 8, 2022* July 15, 2022 July 22, 2022 Deadline is 8 days prior to publication. * Indicates early deadline, 9 days prior to publication. 418 S. Second Street • Mankato, MN 56001 Phone: 507-345-4523 or 800-657-4665 Fax: 507-345-1027

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13829 140th Street Milaca, MN 56353 / PREVIEW: Friday, June 17th 9am-3pm / LOADOUT: Wednesday, June 22 & Thursday, June 23 9AM-4PM AUCTIONEER’S NOTE: The Peterson brothers have retired and sold their farm, Steffes Group is honored to offer their clean full line of equipment.


PETERSON FARMS | PHIL 320.237.8351, WARREN 320.224.5405 Randy Kath, Steffes Group, 320.693.9371 or 701.429.8894

320.693.9371 |

Steffes Group, Inc., 24400 MN Hwy 22 South, Litchfield, MN 55355 Complete terms, lot listings and photos at / Randy Kath MN47-007

THE LAND — JUNE 10/JUNE 17, 2022 Miscellaneous


PARMA DRAINAGE PUMPS New pumps & parts on hand. Call Minnesota’s largest distributor HJ Olson & Company 320-974-8990 Cell - 320-212-5336

Tree trimming, cutting and removal. Boom Truck & Insured. Call or Text Josh Linder 507-995-7081

REINKE IRRIGATION Sales & Service New & Used For your irrigation needs 888-830-7757 or 507-276-2073

Why hang on to stuff you don’t use? Put a line ad in The Land and sell those things for some extra cash. It makes sense. — “Where Farm and Family Meet”

DAMAGED CORN We pay TOP dollar for damaged corn in any condition. We have trucks & vacs available.

Call The Land at 507-345-4523

Call or Text David 507-327-8851 Eric 507-317-5227


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PAGE A24 — “Where Farm and Family Meet”

THE LAND — JUNE 10/JUNE 17, 2022

This week’s Back Roads is the work of The Land Correspondent Tim King. Photos by Jan King.



ucker Henderson, a member of the board of directors of the spacious 18-acre Finn Creek Open Air Museum, walked down the museum’s long driveway, past the chapel, general store, town hall, and school house, to greet us. With imagination, the driveway could serve as the Main Street of the Finnish-American village of Heinola, in Otter Tail County. Heinola is no longer, but the Museum — and its many talented volunteers — has worked hard to recreate the general store. In fact, in a corner of the replicated store, is the green and white Heinola roadway sign. Like it must have been in the old days, the store — combined with an attractive gift shop — is a cozy place to sit and chat. But Henderson wants to show us the farm house. It was built around 1900 by Finnish immigrants Siffert Tapio and Wilhelmiina Worlin who had been married in nearby New York Mills several years earlier. The farmhouse and the sauna are the two remaining original homestead buildings, Henderson explains. Before we get to the pretty blue and white house, Henderson stops by the summer kitchen — a small building with a rug loom, blue and white wood burning stove, and coffee cups seemingly waiting for visitors to drop by for coffee and chat. ‘I do like the idea of a summer kitchen,” Henderson says. “During our August festival, my great aunt weaves rugs in here,” he says.

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Then he happily exclaims about the cleanliness of the building which was just opened after a long winter. “Students from New York Mills came for a day of community service and to learn about Finnish history and culture.” Henderson has Finns in his family and has learned to speak Finnish. The house, originally made from logs, was sided early in the last century. It has a small addition with a shepherd’s stove as a heat source. “It was a quarantine room for a daughter,” Henderson says. “She had the flu or tuberculosis.” Inside the house is the kitchen, with another pretty wood burning stove and many artifacts of early 20th century life — including kerosene lanterns and clothing made from flour sacks. Next door to the house is the Savu Smoke Sauna, a strange building that can only be entered on hands and knees. You can visit the Finn Creek Museum any weekend, Friday through Sunday, during the summer. On the last full weekend of August, volunteers put on a major Finnish festival with Finnish food, non-stop music, and cultural conversation along with steam engines, saw milling, and children’s activities. Learn more at v

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