Jerry Nelson

Jerry is a recovering dairy farmer from Volga, South Dakota. He and his wife, Julie, have two grown sons and live on the farm where Jerry’s great-grandfather homesteaded over 110 years ago. Jerry works full time for Dairy Star as a staff writer and ad salesman. Feel free to email him at jerry.n@dairystar.com.

Recent Stories

Drought pressures farmers to adapt

PARKER, S.D. — This summer’s drought has affected producers all across the region, leaving many with inadequate feed supplies and forcing dairy farmers to make adaptations to meet inventory needs moving into winter.

Farm visitors

Judging by the number of visitors it received, my family’s humble 20-cow dairy farm was a pretty important place when I was a kid.

Snow load too heavy for hoop barn

GLENCOE, Minn. — Everyone has to endure a bad day now and then. But one particularly bad day in March stands out for Nick Fehlandt.

Young farmers visit the big city

I was recently reminded of a gathering my wife and I attended back when we were young dairy farmers.

Lucky August

A summer of muddy cattle yards and swarms of bugs are a fortuitous combination for barn swallows. A vexation for one species can be a lucky break for another.

Blown away barely used

HOLLAND, Minn. — The Schulze family will never forget July 1, 2011, because that was the day when a summer thunderstorm destroyed their new dairy barn on their farm near Holland.

Dental distress

There I was, eating breakfast and reading the morning news, when an odd “pop” reverberated through my skull.

The old record book

Handwritten thank you notes are making a comeback, so I was rummaging through desk drawers in search of blank thank you cards. Mutters of “I know they’re around here somewhere” filled the house.

Wisconsin wanderings

My great-grandfather Henry Nelson left his home state of Wisconsin in the 1870s, wended his way to Dakota Territory and homesteaded our ancestral farm.

Historical ice cream served at Mount Rushmore

BOTTINEAU, N.D. – Visitors at Mount Rushmore National Memorial can indulge in a cold dairy treat that was made using a recipe that was written by Thomas Jefferson.

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