"A drought can for sure be a knockout punch for an operation if you don't have the chance to duck or put up your gloves and protect yourself."
Today I’m thankful that 25 years ago, the Cattlemen’s Ball was created to promote beef in a healthy diet, showcase rural Nebraska and to raise money for cancer research. To date, over $17.8 million has been raised for the Buffett Cancer Center in Omaha as well as local rural communities’ pro…
"My brother reminded me that exactly a year ago, we watched the most earie storm roll in while loading cattle. The second weekend of May must be destined for storms in Nebraska."
"A huge weight had been lifted off of everyone's shoulders."
Today I’m thankful for the birds chirping outside my window. We’re finally enjoying some true spring with mild temps, blooming flowers and bird watching.
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. – At K & D Krueger Farms, the first two weeks of May were dedicated to last-minute equipment details and planting when possible.
CARRINGTON, N.D. – On the Rosenau farm in the eastern region of the state, Tysen and Markie Rosenau are ready for the 2023 planting season after a week of sunny, warmer weather. While temperatures ranged between the 50s and 70s in late April/early May, the forecast called for wet weather.
LOMA, Mont. – With spring planting season in full swing, Nathan Keane has a varied list of crops he is trying to get in the ground while the weather is favorable and the timing is right.
WILTON, N.D. – While Jen and James Meyer had not started planting as of May 4, they have been busy at the farm. They finshed calving, brought their hay home, and made sure this spring’s planting equipment and their sprayer would be ready to go.
HARDIN, Mont. – At the Uffelman farm near Hardin, delays caused by the spring weather have continued as Scott Uffelman tries to work around the changing conditions.
"Roosters have nothing to do with chickens; they are red potatoes. Good to know. That could make or break a recipe, I would think!"
"We continue to sort and cull hard and scrounge up feed wherever we can."
"I’ve come to learn that a farmer’s prayer for rain can be one of the most powerful pleas. I heard the phrase 'it’s too wet to plant' this weekend for the first time in what feels like years."
“Ahoj” from my home to yours. I have no idea when I was able to include this in my writing last, but we were blessed with some rain last week! Dad didn’t get the gauge out to catch the exact measurement. We all know if he would have, we definitely wouldn’t have got any rain. Some may call it…
Today I’m thankful for the ability to weather the…well….weather. It’s been a rollercoaster couple of weeks with continued baking of our precious ground and 80 degree temps, vice versa freezing overnight 26 degree temps (in which I had to cover up precious blooming flowers), less than an inch…
"We will be feeding roughly half our cowherd all summer, the way things look. I will be liquidating about half my cows, making room for heifers."
Farming is in full swing here in southwestern Nebraska with lots of strip tilling and spraying going on. Wind has definitely been a challenge for the sprayer operators.
Today I’m thankful for personal brands and heritage. Recently while visiting my brother Dick and sister-in-law Darla, they were showing me the cattle brands of our two sets of grandparents. One set raised registered Herefords in Sidney, Nebraska, (undoubtedly where I got my soft spot for tho…
"The farms around it are home to all of our cherished neighbors. The fields next to it are worked by the most hardworking caretakers I know."
"My worry is, our rural communities will continue to shrink and eventually collapse if we don't develop small and medium sized guys that can market value added grains and crops."
"Our hearts were tender as we watched her push through the current pairs, poking her nose to each calf, checking if it was her own."
Despite the calendar proclaiming it is spring, Mother Nature said otherwise with a blanket of snow covering southern Nebraska on the last week of March.
"Our cattle veterinarian popped out last week and we castrated, vaccinated and weaned. It was a good feeling to be done with that - emotionally and mentally."
"Having the bonus babies helps for grafting on to the heartbreaks that come with calving sometimes."
"I can already picture those 9 p.m. sunset rides while watching the cattle graze so peacefully in the pastures. Those are the moments I live for and I am just itching for them again!"