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A combine finishes up a field west of Minot Aug. 21.

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Grain harvest brings mixed results around region

Location and timing of seeding weighed into harvest productivity and grain quality in the Minot region this year. Some parts of the immediate Minot area saw significant yield losses in the range of 40 percent, while farmers to the north fared better and farmers to the south also took a ...

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How ‘Cattle Capital of North Dakota’ earned its name!

Editor’s Note For many years the city of Towner has been called the “Cattle Capital of North Dakota.” After reading a story about how Towner got the name according to Minot Daily News published stories, Virginia Hill Fairbrother, who grew up in Towner, has provided more information ...

A field of corn waits to be harvested northwest of Minot. Yields are expected to vary considerably due to predominantly dry conditions that prevailed throughout the summer over much of the Minot area.

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Late season harvest ahead

As of the last week in September the harvesting of late season crops was just beginning. While the harvest of sunflowers and corn generally doesn’t get under way until cooperative days in October, the soybean harvest got off to a rough start. “It was a slow start for those guys,” said ...

Congress tackles farm bill ahead of September 2018 deadline

WASHINGTON – Maintaining a farm safety net that includes a strong crop insurance program is among priorities of North Dakota’s congressional delegation as their committees work to draft a new farm bill. Given talk that the House might have a bill draft out by the end of the year, ...

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On Aug. 30, workers began pouring the concrete for the mat slab for the elevator at the U.S. Highway 83 CHS SunPrairie project. Roughly 160 loads of concrete were hauled in for pouring over a 13 to 14-hour window.

Highway 83 CHS SunPrairie project under way

LANSFORD – CHS SunPrairie new facility sits on 180 acres along U.S. Highway 83 near Lansford. Jeremy Burkhart, project manager, said the new facility will have a 120-car loop track, and the facility itself will be a concrete six-pack with capacity of 920,000 bushels. “It will have two ...

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Wolf Creek Wines are made exclusively from North Dakota grapes grown at the Red Trail Vineyard near Buffalo.

Good year for grapes

While traditional crops such as wheat and corn and soybeans garner most of the attention in agriculture circles throughout the state, there’s another crop coveted by a unique group of specialists – grapes. North Dakota vineyard owners supply an increasing number of grapes each year to ...

Spotlight on Economics: Unutilized Technology

Today, we are in the middle of an agricultural downturn. Just a few years ago, the production agriculture sector was booming, along with most input suppliers. Now, net farm income has fallen 81 percent and the near-term prospects are not positive. Production agriculture has been through ...

Anthony Verdi examines the progress of one of the 700 hops at his "yard" at Sky High Hops in Readington, NJ. Jeremy Lees of Flounder Brewing in Hillsborough and Verdi of Sky High Hops in the Three Bridges section of Readington have partnered on producing beer that has earned the label of Jersey Fresh because it is made entirely with New Jersey ingredients.  (Mike Deak/The Courier-News via AP)

Farm to tap partnerships keep authentic brews flowing

HILLSBOROUGH, N.J. (AP) — Farm-to-table cuisine is a well-known food trend in which locally grown produce is used seasonally by chefs to create an authentic hometown taste. But now, in Central Jersey, there is a new trend — farm to tap. It's a natural partnership: A craft brewer using a ...

2017 Makoti Threshing Show results announced

MAKOTI – The 57th Annual Makoti Threshing Show was held at Makoti on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23-24. Winners of the many competitions and raffle drawings have been announced. Kiddie Peddle Tractor Pull: Age 5: 1st – Emmet Smette; 2nd – Braxton Haugtvedt; 3rd – Nathaniel ...

In a Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 photo, farmer Andy Zagata checks his corn crop on a property in Huntington Twp, Pa. near Shickshinny. The 69-year-old part-time farmer benefitted from incentives as part of a Luzerne Conservation District conservation farming program encouraging no-till farming and planting cover crops. (Christopher Dolan/The Citizens' Voice via AP)

Rethinking farming: Program encourages conservation work

SHAVERTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Andy Zagata has been farming for decades, so he was apprehensive about changing the way he works the land. An incentive program from the Luzerne Conservation District convinced the 69-year-old to try something new. The Luzerne Conservation District wants more ...

In this Aug. 26, 2017 file photo, driver Tim Drechsel and friend Ember Daley lead a long lineup of trucks as Operation Hay Lift Convoy pull off of I-94 at Menoken, N.D. The 13 trucks sponsored by Farm Rescue and Beyer Towing of Fergus Falls each carrying 34 bales of hay were destined to drought stricken farms and ranches in western North Dakota. North Dakota-based Farm Rescue, which expanded into its sixth state earlier this year, is helping its 500th case this week amid the most devastating drought in the Northern Plains in decades. (Tom Stromme /The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File)

Farm Rescue nonprofit marks milestone with 500th aid case

BISMARCK (AP) — Amid the most devastating drought in the Northern Plains in decades, a farm aid nonprofit has reached another milestone. North Dakota-based Farm Rescue, which expanded into its sixth state earlier this year, is helping its 500th case this week — a south central North ...

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Some crops in Ward County are showing stress due to a lack of rainfall but many are doing better than anticipated. An exception is the southern part of the county where conditions are very dry.

An extremely dry summer

The Minot region is dry. Statistics, struggling crops and poor pasture growth prove that. While much of Ward County is drier than normal, it is the southern portion of the county that is feeling the brunt of what is now described as “extreme” drought. Virtually all of the state south and ...

Weather pushes wheat markets higher

North Dakota wheat producers could benefit from a rise in wheat prices at harvest time – if they have a crop to bring to market. The drought in wheat country has driven prices to levels farmers haven’t seen a for a while. “We see a lot of investor activity. They have been buying up ...

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Ranchers look for ways to survive drought of ‘17

Turtle Lake rancher Troy Presser has been making plans to sell part of his herd next month as the drought of 2017 creates an increasingly bleak picture for the grazing season. It’s not the driest year he’s encountered in ranching. But Presser said the inevitability in the past was easier ...

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Once the region’s engine, dairy farmers are a rare breed

THAXTON, Miss. (AP) — Every morning, without fail and no matter the weather, Jeremy Graham wakes up at 1:45. Before his neighbors, before most farm animals, before most of his friends and family in this small Pontotoc County community. He might have time to grab a quick bite to eat before ...

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This is one of the signs saying Towner is “Cattle Capital of North Dakota.”

‘Cattle Capital of North Dakota’

TOWNER – For many years the city of Towner has been called the “Cattle Capital of North Dakota.” How did the city get that name? Certainly many cattle are raised in the Towner area but cattle are raised in many other areas in North Dakota as well. A Minot Daily News story published in ...

In this photo taken June 29, 2017, cows lie down on a bed of sand in their stalls at Mystic Valley Dairy in Sauk City, Wis. The farm's owner Mitch Breunig has spent over $100,000 to improve his farm to make his cows happier, including making his barn and stalls bigger and adding fans and other air circulation equipment. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)

Researchers say happiness turns dairy cows into cash cows

SAUK CITY, Wis. (AP) — Dairy farmers, take note: The key to turning your dairy cow into a cash cow is udder happiness. Give her a bigger stall, increase air circulation and provide some shelter to prevent overheating. That’s according to a University of Wisconsin initiative that focuses ...

Molly, left, Abby, AriAnna, Kelsey and Austin Wingenbach of Dakota Roots Farm, enjoyed tremendous success during day one of the 2017 North Prairie Farmers Market in downtown Minot. Within two hours, Dakota Roots Farm was sold out of cucumbers.

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Optimistic start for farmers market

Hundreds of patrons attended opening day at the 2017 North Prairie Farmers Market in Minot July 8. Throughout the day, patrons marveled at Great Pyrenees puppies, handcrafted pottery and fresh produce before embracing the scent of summer flowers and the sight of homemade jams and desserts. ...