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The growth and evolution of a Minnesota family farm has included the addition of the latest in GPS technology, the switch to harvesting only corn and soybeans and the conversion to doors from Schweiss Doors on the storage buildings.Sullivan Family Farms of Franklin, Minn., first settled in the early 1900s, is headed up by Mike Sullivan, with help from his wife, Jane, and three sons: Tim, Joe and Pat. In the 1960s, Mike raised hogs and grew peas on his farm. Today, with the help of four full-...
May Wes Manufacturing, a division of Pride Solutions LLC and based in Hutchinson, Minn., will become the exclusive distributor of GVL Poly’s Agri Poly product line. GVL Poly will leverage May Wes’ sales and marketing experience and dealer network to promote its agriculture products, including Poly Corn Snouts, Snout Tips and Dust Diverters.
Here are tips to find the right unit for your home or operation By Brent Peterson Heating a farmhouse and farm buildings can be expensive. Outdoor furnaces that burn wood or wood pellets can be a great option for farms looking to control heating costs. For farms with wood readily available, that can mean eliminating heating costs completely.
The latest outdoor hydronic furnaces use less wood, burn cleanerMany people rely on wood, a renewable resource, to heat their homes, outbuildings and water. Outdoor wood-fired hydronic heaters, also called outdoor wood-fired boilers or furnaces, burn wood to heat fluid, which is piped to buildings to provide heat and hot water. The efficient design of the latest “gasification” units extracts more useable heat from less wood than older types of outdoor furnaces. The high-temperature gas combustion significantly reduces emissions, prevents creosote buildup and minimizes ash buildup in the units when used with dry, seasoned wood. We looked at some of the latest outdoor hydronic heaters that meet the EPA’s 2015 emissions standards.
By Rebekah Gustafson Balancing home life and work life is a challenge for every family, but it can be especially hard for farm families. Farming is a 24/7 job. We don’t punch a clock at 5 and head to the golf course. When a cow is calving at 3 a.m., we have to be there.As all farmers know, there’s seldom down time on the farm. Often, things need to be done at a moment’s notice and now rather than later. This makes planning difficult. Like ours, many farm families have day jobs and spend their nights and weekends doing farm work. With constant farm chores, it can be a struggle to carve out family time.
By Brian Wallheimer, for Purdue University Higher food prices, a significant boost in greenhouse gas emissions due to land use change and major loss of forest and pasture land would be some results if genetically modified organisms in the United States were banned, according to a Purdue University study.Wally Tyner, professor of agricultural economics; Farzad Taheripour, a research associate professor of agricultural economics; and Harry Mahaffey, an agricultural economics graduate student—all from Purdue University— wanted to know the significance of crop yield loss if genetically modified crops were banned from U.S. farm fields, as well as how that decision would trickle down to other parts of the economy.