Preparing for late summer planting and fall grazing

By PETER SCHARPE Minnesota Farm Guide

AUSTIN, Minn. – It is not many farmers that would be spending time in late July, early August getting ready to plant. Tom Cotter is not “most farmers.” As his sweet corn fields near harvest, Tom is mixing custom blends of cover crop seed to be planted in that 240 acres. The goal is to have the cover crop planted, established and ready for cattle to graze by Oct. 10.


Some farmers are rotating livestock, not just crops, to protect the land

By: Amy Mayer

On a cloudy summer day, Iowa farmer Wendy Johnson lifts the corner of a mobile chicken tractor — a lightweight plastic frame covered in wire mesh that has corralled her month-old meat chickens for a few days — and frees several dozen birds to peck the surrounding area at will. Soon, she’ll sell these chickens to customers at local markets in eastern Iowa.


Herders and goats helping Wyoming fight invasive weeds

By: MARK DAVIS Powell Tribune


POWELL, Wyo. — Out in the heat, among rattlesnakes and more skeeters than most people can stand, a Peruvian man named Elvis and his constant companion, a Welsh collie named Pepsi, tend to 450 nannies and their kids. It’s a job that most would refuse. As a matter of fact, Elvis’ job was offered first to American workers. But none applied, according to Lisa Kimsey, CEO of Big Horn Basin Boers, a sheep and goat ranching operation.