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For a printable version, click here. Going for More By Jan Shepel, Correspondent Phil Schwantz is a third-generation farmer who’s proud to be the steward of his grandfathers’ farmland. He lives on the farmstead where his paternal grandfather and father farmed and rents land from his aunt that was once farmed by his maternal grandfather. He also feels fortunate to be working with Midwestern BioAg on a program that has created “an explosion” of earthworms on his 500 acres […]
For a printable version, click here. Better Soil, Bigger Yields By Jan Shepel, Correspondent Shullsburg, Wisconsin, farmer Chad Gleason is enthusiastic about everything he does — from managing his 400-head steer finishing operation, to growing corn and hay for his livestock with help from Midwestern BioAg. Gleason farms on a wide variety of soil types — some of them are great like his Tama soil (reputed to be the best soil in the world), and others that are not […]
For a printable version, click here. Improving Dairy Profitability By Mary Pohlman, Staff Writer Milk prices are low, but to improve dairy farm margins in challenging times, dairies should look “lower” to improve profitability — all the way down to the ground, according to Midwestern BioAg Director of Nutrition Dave Meidl. “If you grow your own forages,” says Meidl, “we can help you improve profitability by building a fertility plan to grow a better quality, higher-yielding crop. There’s a […]
For a printable version, click here. Building Yields, Soil Health By Mary Pohlman Twenty-five years ago, when Gary Manternach first began working with Midwestern BioAg, few would have predicted that topics like sulfur, calcium, micronutrients, and soil biology would be a vital part of mainstream agriculture today. “The whole industry is talking sulfur now,” notes Manternach as an example. “You can’t open up a magazine without reading about biology.” Today, Manternach successfully farms his Iowa silt-loam acres by focusing […]
For a printable version, click here. Growing Champion Forages By Jan Shepel, Correspondent Todd Schroeder set a goal to win the World Dairy Expo’s Forage Analysis Superbowl contest in 10 years. With the help of the Midwestern BioAg soil fertility program and his sales consultant Travis Klinkner, Schroeder achieved that goal last fall. It took the Cashton, Wisconsin, farmer only a few years. In last year’s contest, the cash crop and beef farmer won the Grand Champion prize for […]
For a printable version, click here. From the Desk of Gary Zimmer Midwestern BioAg President My first book, “The Biological Farmer,” came out 15 years ago. Since then, I’ve met hundreds of farmers as I traveled the world in search of innovative biological farming practices and ideas. I’ve spoken with farmers of many different agricultural backgrounds about a variety of topics, including soils, crops, livestock, land, management, and natural resources. What makes biological farming work? Essentially, support of biological […]
For A Printable Version Click Here Profitable practices are the bottom line By Mary Pohlman, MBA Communications Specialist What’s profitable? That’s the question that drives decision making for Bill Ehrlinger, a southern Wisconsin farmer with 1200 acres of corn and soybeans. He considers the price of purchased inputs not just what he pays today, but also the long term costs of products and practices, understanding that what he does this year can keep his land profitable and productive in […]
For A Printable Version Click Here From The Desk of Gary Zimmer Dear Farmer/Agribusinessman, Field Day is coming up soon; the third Tuesday in August this year is the 19th. Also this year we are back to doing a one day, all day event. Field Day is a celebration of biological agriculture and also a time to show you our farm and farming practices.Otter Creek Organic Farm, my family’s farm, has been in operation since the early 90’s or about 20 years ago. […]
Click Here For a Printable Version of the Spring 2014 Newsletter Bryan Lips farm story: “It’s all about getting your fertility right” By Mary Pohlman, Communications Specialist “Profitability.” That’s the most important thing Midwestern BioAg has brought to the Fairibault, MN farming operation of Bryan and Tammy Lips, says Bryan.Balanced soils, good fertility, and diverse rotations including cover crops and green manure crops are among the biological farming tools Bryan has been using for the past eight years on […]
Printable Version of Winter Newsletter TomBeth Farms: A Winner With BioAg By Mary Pohlman, Communications Specialist Quality matters to the Tom and Beth Kearns family of TomBeth Farms of Seneca, WI. Their homegrown feeds support a herd of 125-head of high quality cattle (seven newly scored Excellents among their registered Holstein cows raised the herd total to over twenty; one-third of their cattle are descended from Tom-Beth Jolt Erin, a 14 year old cow scored EX-94 with a 95-scored udder and over 300,000 lbs of lifetime […]