News & Events

Lake Erie algae relief years away

Published Mar. 30, 2015

what’s causing the algae blooms is a complicated mix of problems that have been blamed on farmers, changing weather patterns, aging wastewater systems, leaking septic tanks and invasive species in the lake.

Custom farming rates increase for 2015

Published Apr. 1, 2015

Most custom rates for tillage, planting, and harvest operations in 2015 are listed at 2-5% above the rates for similar operations in 2014, with an average increase of about 3.5%.

Consider breaking your farm into multiple entities

Published Apr. 1, 2015

If you consider separate entities in your operation, you might find that the transition to the next generation gets easier. One common idea is for Mom and Dad to retire from active participation in the farm, but retain ownership of the land and buildings, and charge the farming business annual rent that provides them with an income in retirement.

USDA Planting Intentions Report: Record soybean acres, less corn

Published Apr. 1, 2015

U.S. soybean growers intend to plant an estimated record-high 84.6 million acres of soybeans in 2015, up 1 percent from the previous record set in 2014.
Driven by expectations of lower prices and returns in 2015, U.S. corn growers intend to plant 89.2 million acres in 2015, down 2 percent from last year and down 6 percent from 2013.

Video shows drone herding sheep on Irish farm

Published Apr. 1, 2015

Irish farmer Declan Brennan has found the most unlikely kind of sheepdog – a drone. Brennan operated a Yuneec Q500 drone to herd his flock of sheep at Herondale, his Carlow, Ireland farm. In a YouTube video viewers can get a bird’s-eye view of the flock being ushered around the lush farmland by the drone.