Mike Walsten has covered major business trends in agriculture for more than 35 years. From the southern corn leaf blight of 1970 to today's biofuels focus, he''s lived, reported and analyzed the impact of volatile markets on farm and ranch businesses and on land prices. After growing up on a grain and livestock farm in Western Illinois, Mike graduated from the University of Illinois with an undergraduate degree in agriculture communications and a master''s degree in business administration in the early 1970s. Since then he''s covered business and management issues as well as price outlook and marketing issues in various positions with Farm Journal Magazine and Professional Farmers of America. He now applies his extensive background and analytical skills to today's surprising farm and ranch market as editor of LandOwner.
USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, cooler air is overspreading Montana and the Dakotas, accompanied by patches of rain and snow. Meanwhile, record-setting warmth continues from Nebraska southward.
USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, a cold front draped across central portions of the region separates cold air to the north from warm weather farther south. Despite an increase in cloudiness, mostl
USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, cool, mostly dry weather prevails in the wake of a cold front’s passage. A few snow showers linger across the Dakotas. Topsoil moisture shortages are appare
USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, dry weather accompanies a warming trend. The warmest weather, relative to normal, is occurring across the northern and central High Plains. In the West, warmth