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Cleaning up and organizing the farm: Farm organization


By Michael Cruse

Mon, Jan 11th, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

I wrote about record keeping and how accurate records can help a farm make informed operational decisions. As a follow up to that discussion I would like to cover another topic related to improving your farm’s bottom line, and that is farm organization. Farm organization includes everything from planning where to build new buildings to where you keep your keys. Improper organization at any level can cause inefficiencies and no farm operation today can afford to be inefficient. Remember, no matter how organized you may be, everyone has room for improvement.

So what things can you do this winter to become better organized for next year? The first place to look is at those observational notes I wrote about last week. Is there a particular winter job that is taking too much time? Maybe reorganizing that job would save you some cold, miserable hours during the winter. Was your machinery all out of order last spring when you went to pull it out of the shed? Maybe next fall you should take some extra time to plan your equipment storage so you benefit the following spring. Do you always have problems finding that particular wrench even though you have four of them somewhere on the farm? Reorganizing your workshop and toolboxes is probably in order. No one likes to waste time and cutting out those inefficient activities can lead to significant benefits.

The benefits for improving farm organization are numerous. You can improve your ability to keep better records because not only does every tool have a place, but so does every invoice. Your farm will become safer. Scrap metal that was a tripping hazard will have its own space away from walking paths. Welding stations will be removed from potential fire hazards. When it comes to farm safety, it is always worth spending a little bit of extra time on the front end to prevent losing weeks, months or more to a preventable injury. And the time you save by being organized will afford you to opportunity to spend more time with your family, to relax a little or maybe even find another job off farm.

Now, you may feel that your farm organization is fine because even though it may look chaotic, you know right where everything is. But what about your hired hand or the family member who comes to help during harvest? Do they know exactly where your tools are or where to park your equipment? Improving their efficiency is just as important as improving yours. So take the time to explain t .....
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Ag Extension educator’s year end review: 2015

By Michael Cruse

Mon, Jan 4th, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

With the holiday season and the New Year here, now is the perfect time to reflect on the year that was and to look forward to the year to come. This past year has been a year of significant ups and downs at the Extension office. In the spring of 201 ..... 
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Cleaning up and organizing the farm: Recordkeeping

By Michael Cruse

Mon, Dec 21st, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

With the end 2015 closing in on us, now is the time to plan for 2016 and look for ways to improve your farm operation. The predicted continuation of low commodity prices makes this year’s planning phase increasingly critical. At a recent financial ..... 
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Fillmore County Land Rent Survey results

By Michael Cruse

Mon, Dec 7th, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

By Michael Cruse Extension Educator for Fillmore and Houston Counties Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s land rent survey. According to our survey results, 2015 land rental rates in Fillmore County averaged between $201.64- ..... 
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What does a Minnesota Extension Educator do?

By Michael Cruse

Mon, Nov 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

By Michael Cruse Extension Educator for Fillmore and Houston Counties After two months as the Extension Educator for Fillmore and Houston Counties, I keep hearing a re-occurring question from neighbors, friends and family. What is it you do aga ..... 
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Stay observant to prevent damage to stored agricultural goods

By Michael Cruse

Mon, Nov 16th, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

Extension Educator for Fillmore and Houston Counties The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimates one third of all the food produced in the world is lost or wasted annually. While this reported loss can happen anywhere fr ..... 
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Farmers to receive documentation of USDA services Local offices issue receipts for services provided

Mon, Nov 9th, 2015
Posted in Preston Agriculture

Preston, MN, October 21, 2015 — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting State Executive Director Jane Ray reminds agricultural producers that FSA provides a receipt to customers who request or receive assistance or i ..... 
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2015 Minnesota Cattle Industry Convention registration is open

Mon, Nov 9th, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

Hutchinson, MN (October 12, 2015) – The Minnesota Cattle Industry convention is an event that brings together producers and beef industry partners for educational opportunities, policy discussion and development, and a cattle focused trade show. ..... 
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Weed and Pest Profiles: Soybean aphid

By Michael Cruse

Mon, Nov 9th, 2015
Posted in All Agriculture

Soybean aphids are a relatively new pest for Midwest agriculture and since their first sighting in Wisconsin in 2000 have been a significant problem for farmers. A native to eastern Asia, the soybean aphid shares many characteristics with other aphi ..... 
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