THE NEW FORTY The Year of the Farmer...
I don't know exactly when the interest in the Super Bowl advertisements eclipsed the actual football game, but for a good decade or so Super Bowl ads have become a much fiercer competition than the bi... Posted on 2/4/13 at 9:40 PM
FATHER KNOWS LAST North Dakota Wheat Harvest
Fall is always a time of excitement when you live on a farm. Each year becomes a race against time to get the crop harvested before winter arrives. There is also a sense of urgency involved, as the ... Posted on 9/3/12 at 10:29 AM
NEW PLATEAUS Problem Solved? #2 Meat-eating
I like meat; you like meat. Most everyone likes meat.But there are problems with being carnivores: scarcity, price, and (scoff if you must) there's that whole moral issue.
Back in May, I introduced a... Posted on 8/23/12 at 8:58 AM
RURAL REFLECTIONS Going back to Gully
My daytrips usually involve exotic locales such as Carrington, North
Dakota to visit my brother or even so far-flung a location as Austin,
Minnesota to pick-up something I purchased on eBay. This week... Posted on 5/27/11 at 2:45 PM
THE FLENSBURGER FILES Bergen, Minnesota
After a brief hiatus due to non-column related commitments, we are now back on track to start you on the tour of the German-named villages in Minnesota. We'll start off with the first town on the li... Posted on 1/23/11 at 5:26 AM
“R.D. Offutt: Success & Significance,” may not be the only book that is ever to be written about Ronald D. Offutt Jr., but it is likely to be the most significant. Offutt is the most far-flung farmer and entrepreneur and philanthropist the Red River Valley is likely to ever produce.
As farmers prepare to plant crops, pilots from across Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin gathered in Park Rapids on Wednesday for annual testing of their crop sprayers before the growing season begins.
North Dakota's winter wheat crop, a minor crop in the state, is forecast at 17.7 million bushels, down 56 percent from last year's record crop. The Agriculture Department says both acres for harvest and yields are expected to be down this year.
This is one of the latest springs Joel Ross can remember. The air temperature didn’t get above 50 degrees until April 26, the latest on record at the Grand Forks office of the National Weather Service, and snow remained on fields until last week.
A troubling scenario is playing out across America's breadbasket, where the U.S. Department of Agriculture says just 12 percent of the nation's cornfields have been planted. That's about a quarter of what would was planted by this date over the previous five years, and it marks the slowest start in decades in some states.
Warmer, drier weather conditions have helped farmers in North Dakota start fieldwork. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop report that producers were able to start preparing fields by the middle of last week.
The longstanding Conservation Reserve Program is one of America's most important farm programs. But CRP - in which areas farmers soon will have another chance to enroll - is losing acres in the Upper Midwest because of attractive crop prices. Federal budget problems also cloud the program's future.
An Iowa man who a year ago spoke to Red River Valley farmers about supplying sugar beets to make ethanol in a mothballed Alchem Ltd. corn ethanol plant in Grafton, N.D., has had his Iowa insurance license suspended and Iowa officials have accused him of improper handling of securities sales.
Cooler temperatures and wet soil have further delayed fieldwork in North Dakota. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop report that on average, producers say they plan to start fieldwork by May 5.
Minnesota's farmers got little fieldwork accomplished this past week as winter continues to resist surrendering to spring. But the weekly crops and weather report for Minnesota from the U.S. Department of Agriculture contains some good news for farmers.
The start of planting usually varies substantially across the Upper Midwest. The erratic snow cover — deep in some places and almost non-existent in others — means some area farmers most likely will start much earlier than others.
A South Dakota district court judge in Aberdeen has agreed with a farmer from Orient, S.D., that his claim to a bond in the Anderson Seed case should be included in a $100,000 bond payout. The judge overturns a decision by the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission.
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