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Wrapping up 2015 K2

Its -18F with a 20 MPH breeze today in MN.    Its a good day to stay inside and work on books.  Oh and type a blog.

 Our planting season got us off to a good start with adequate moisture out of the blocks.    We sidedress the vast majority of our Nitrogen.   It is a tedious process and difficult to execute with my day job responsibilities.   We purchased our own applicator in 2015 and after some startup issues we had a more reliable machine then the rental.   We were able to…


Added by K2 on January 17, 2016 at 12:02pm — No Comments

Planting Problems

Hey Everyone!

Well, I hope that the harvest is going well for everyone. We finished corn harvest this morning and will be starting on soybeans in a week to a week and a half from now if all goes right. Just thinking and planning for the future next year. I am looking for an 8 row 30" planter. We have a Case IH 950 Cyclo Air planter-6R30, and it does the job, but it is getting harder and harder for my father in law to climb up and refill the seed hopper. I am looking for a row…


Added by Curtis Barnes on October 9, 2015 at 6:24pm — No Comments

holstein bucket $ 275 is it worth it.

We live next to a local dairy they want 275 we can find them cheaper but we have to drive a good while. We don't have the ground for a herd of beef cattle so this is our only option. Would like to hear everyones input

Added by Kurt Nordhoff on September 10, 2015 at 7:35pm — No Comments

K2 Year 7 planting

I guess at year 7 one should give up the rookie card.


The story actually starts in March when I came in to get everything ready to plant. Sitting in the barn yard the hydraulics on the tractor froze. I could tell it was trouble and had to phone a guy I pay to be my friend and wears a green hat. They came down the next day and determined it to be a valve issue in the top of the SCV block. When they came back and went to replace it they tried cleaning it. It worked…


Added by K2 on May 25, 2015 at 8:17pm — No Comments

Pivot & Irrigation Calculator App

Our 9 year old son wrote a farm app for this year's science fair. We are sure proud of him. This app is for an android device. Check it out if you're interested. Thanks!

This app quickly and easily allows you to calculate how much irrigation you are applying to a field, the acres in a rectangular or circular field, and how many acres you have covered after completing a portion of a circular field based on how many…


Added by Farmer B on January 8, 2015 at 1:23pm — No Comments

K2 what year 6 gave to us

Someone reminded me I hadnt posted here in quite a while...   If year 5 was the year of mental mistakes year 6 was the year of the learning curve

-  The only equipment I own is a tractor and a planter.   As I have a day job and farm by myself we are 100% no till.  We have chosen to concentrate our investment on those two pieces of equipment.   Some may remember we had two bad mental mistakes the previous year.  We had a row not planting and not monitoring and we had bad singulation on…


Added by K2 on January 7, 2015 at 10:07pm — 2 Comments

Dorris Camson

Has anyone on this site been in contact with Dorris Camson? I would like to contact her but do not have her current email address. Thanks for your help.

Added by Rick Pautsch on December 22, 2014 at 6:26pm — No Comments

Try to milk a small herd of cows while still working full time

Does anybody have any advice on milking milking 20-30 cows while still maintaining a fulltime job? Am currently farming 35 acres of corn and soybeans but have recently realized that I am going to have to diversify if I am going to be able to grow. I have alot of experience with dairy and have run some numbers on it and think it will work. Only problem is finding a decent facility to rent. Everything in my immediate area is pretty much shot. Either completely wore out or rainwater in side barn.… Continue

Added by Brett on December 6, 2014 at 12:34pm — 2 Comments

Now more than 3000 manuals for farming, Industrial & Marine equipment

Just a reminder to all members, that I now have more than 3000 workshop and operator manuals and parts lists for all sorts of farming equipment and if you're stuck for a bit of information from any of them, just ask. I'm happy to send members up to 4 pages from any manual I have and hope it gets you out of a fix.

Added by Brian Dudhill on July 24, 2014 at 3:18pm — No Comments

The Farmer Wave

The farmer wave. The most recognizable body language used between farmers. There are many ways to "wave" at your fellow farmer, but we don't know them all. How do farmers wave in your neck of the woods? Drop a comment (or post a picture). Keep it appropriate!…


Added by David Ekstrom on July 17, 2014 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

plugged sump

Added by bob wald on July 1, 2014 at 3:10pm — No Comments

Experience new ag tools for yourself! -- Tools of the Future Tour

In case you missed it in the emails, there's an awesome opportunity to see advanced ag technology that you can use on the farm in the next year!

Attend the Tools of the Future Tour in Des Moines this Thursday, June 12 (or IL & IN -- June 17 & 19!) to get some hands-on experience with tools including drones, Google Glass, automated soil samplers, and more!

** As a Farmers for the Future member, use code SAVE20 to take $20 off the $35…


Added by Jordan R Anderson on June 10, 2014 at 11:30am — 1 Comment


Lely is proud to support the efforts of Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) and Iowa’s Dairy Center. Lely and Fitzgerald, Inc., the local Lely Center in Elkader, IA have worked closely with officials at NICC to give students, facility and staff access to the latest technology for the dairy industry.


The new robotic milking facility located south of the NICC campus in Calmar, IA is equipped with two Lely Astronaut A4 robotic milking machines, five Lely Luna cow brushes, a…


Added by Lely North America on April 29, 2014 at 11:35am — No Comments

Welcome Mark Rose | Farm Management Support

Lely  is pleased to announce a new addition to the Farm Management

 Support team, Lely "family member," Mark Rose. Rose will join the team as a nutritionist, bringing with him a strong academic background and years of experience. Among his varying duties, Rose will work with external feed and…


Added by Lely North America on March 7, 2014 at 9:53am — No Comments

Hi, I'm new here and want to say hello.

I’ve just joined Farmers For The Future and I’d like to introduce myself.  My name is Dan.  I’m a blue collar factory worker with GE.  I am not now farming.  As a boy I grew up on a farm near Stillwater Minnesota.  My dad sold the place to open a restaurant in…


Added by Daniel Reed on March 4, 2014 at 7:19pm — 3 Comments




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Added by Lely North America on January 23, 2014 at 9:57am — No Comments

Being a better marketer: Marketing crop for 2014

   In theory the best guess of all the markets participants of what grain will be worth in the future comes out in the price.   There are a lot of market participants spending 10's of millions of dollars trying to figure this out.  As an individual farmer I have no chance at consistently beating the market and all its resources.   If I could beat the market I should farm as a hobby and spend more time doing something I like….. more.  Of course, in my case, my favorite thing to do is…


Added by K2 on January 5, 2014 at 9:14pm — No Comments

Finishing crop 2013

The spring always start with such promise and now looking back we ended u with an incredible average year.   Thats not all bad but our field operations were so poor and makes me wonder how sustainable our all no-till business model is.  We ended up planting 450 acres and prevent planting 40.

In the end our corn average 178 bushels dried and delivered.   We had 217 bushels on a high farm and 126 bushels on a low farm.  That farm probably should have been replanted but with an off farm…


Added by K2 on January 5, 2014 at 12:09pm — No Comments

Starting farming over in MN

Starting over in hay farming:

We started grain farming five years ago in Ohio and thanks to a lot of luck and concentrating skills we survived and grew the base.

This summer we made the decision to start farming our own 40 acres in MN instead of renting them out. A lot of non financial reasons to do this as collecting cash rent is a lot easier.

- My kids will each have to invest in an acre and will have to track the finances of that acre. I want to teach them about money and…


Added by K2 on January 5, 2014 at 11:32am — No Comments

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