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Corn Quality vs Quantity

The U.S. does an amazing job at growing corn, especially in the corn belt. Corn typically pollinates in July and corn quality is affected by weather conditions. Read More
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Stevermers Proud to Raise Swine Sustainably

Our own Lori Stevermer and her husband, Dale, live on Dale’s family farm, Trails End Farm, a 150-sow farrow-to-finish operation in Easton. They are little, but in Minnesota they benefit from university research, state organizations, feed companies and packing plants. Read More
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“Assist™” Your Pigs to Better Finisher Performance

As the use of antibiotics undergoes closer scrutiny, producers continue to look for ways to improve pig health and performance. Yeast fermentation products that improve both the population of good bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract and structural integrity of the gut have gained in popularity. Read More
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Silage Avalanches Can be Deadly

Silage avalanches are real and there is no way to predict when and where they will occur. It only takes a fraction of a second for part of a silage face to silently break off and fall, and the result can be deadly for anyone located beneath it. Read More
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NEW “Crush” App for Profit Analysis

Pork producers have been using profit projection spreadsheets and the futures markets for many years to determine the profitability of raising pigs. Over the last decade commodity markets have become increasingly more volatile and the dollars required to bring a pig to market have increased. Read More

Managing with Lower Milk Prices in 2015

Last year, 2014, was a good year for milk prices and dairy margins. The all milk price peaked at $25.70 / cwt, and income over feed costs ranged from about $11 to 16 / cwt. There certainly was a lot to feel good about in 2014. Read More