SEGMENT: CROPS, FARM BUSINESS, & ENVIRONMENT

Nate Janssen>ISM Interviews A-L>ISM Interviews A-L, Segment 21

SEGMENT: CROPS, FARM BUSINESS, & ENVIRONMENT,

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CROPS
Crops are grown to feed the cows. 800 acres of corn every year for silage, and they sell the leftovers. 400-500 acres of alfalfa. Wheat that they sell or use for straw. Soybeans for the first time this year. They rotate the crops on a regular basis. Use the cow's manure for fertilizer.
FARM BUSINESS
A few times a year they hire people to spread the manure. They knife the manure into the ground. They hire people so they can focus on the dairy while others work the crops.
ENVIRONMENT
At the mercy of "the weather gods." They don't do much irrigation, a little bit of tiling. They try to have a surplus in case there is a really wet or dry year.
LIVESTOCK
Farm Facilities
FARM BUSINESS
The owners have an interest in genetics. They identify the best cows in the herd and acquire their genetic material. Females have a lot of value, they can sell them or keep them. Bulls are valuable for artificial insemination studs. They advertise their genetics online and in magazines, and by word of mouth.