USING BUCKWHEAT FOR HAY

By Raylene Nickel While most often harvested for grain, fast-growing buckwheat also offers a source of forage when conditions present limited feed supplies and an extremely short growing season. “Buckwheat is a particularly good fit for producers who typically plant crops in the spring for forage but, for some reason, are prevented from a timely ... Read More »

WINDBREAKS INCREASE COW COMFORT WHILE LOWERING ENERGY NEEDS

By Raylene Nickel Building a cowherd of 100 head has been Rusty Myskiw’s long-term goal. Hand in hand with growing the herd has come the need to provide plenty of winter shelter for the cattle. Myskiw’s farm near Warren, Manitoba, sits on an open patch of prairie offering little protection from the region’s long, cold ... Read More »

GROWING ORGANIC BARLEY FOR BEER

By Successful Farming Staff Barley farmers who want to transition their conventional fields to growing organic can contact the organic beer Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold about a contract. Michelob ULTRA will purchase the transitional barley at a premium price. The process of transitioning to organic is full of high costs and risks, says the company, ... Read More »

WEED MENACE: IT’S ALMOST LIKE THEY ARE WATCHING

By Gil Gullickson The marvels of metabolism occur every time a crop plant breaks down a selective herbicide that kills adjacent weeds. These days, though, it’s almost like the weeds are watching. That’s because biotypes of two pigweed species – waterhemp and Palmer amaranth – are mimicking the same type of metabolism field crops use ... Read More »

HOW DO YOU KEEP THINGS EQUAL WHEN KIDS OWE THE PARENTS MONEY?

By Mark McLaughlin We farm 1,100 acres with one son; our two daughters and another son don’t farm. We’ve helped our off-farm son financially a few times, totaling $65,000. We’ve given $35,000 to a daughter. We doubt they’ll pay it back. The other daughter makes subtle comments, and our farming son is upset because it ... Read More »