Mike Walsten

Mike Walsten
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.

Recent Contents

Intense Cold Grasps the Plains

| By Mike Walsten on 03/09/2017 10:19 AM
USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, frigid, breezy weather is maintaining stress on livestock, especially from Montana and the Dakotas southward to Colorado and Kansas. Very cold weather is also a co

Cold Temperates Overflow the Heartland

| By Mike Walsten on 03/09/2017 10:19 AM
USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, blizzard warnings have expired across North Dakota, although bitterly cold, breezy conditions persist. In fact, frigid, breezy conditions throughout the northern a

Rain in the Southwest

| By Mike Walsten on 03/09/2017 10:19 AM
USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, dry weather prevails, although clouds are thickening across southern areas. The northern Plains are experiencing another day of mild weather, which is further erod

Frigid Temps Sweep South into Kansas

| By Mike Walsten on 03/09/2017 10:19 AM
USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, this morning’s low temperatures dipped to near 0°F as far south as northwestern Kansas. Readings below -20°F were reported in parts of North Dakota