Inside Ag

Minot Milling employee Joe Reza sets out samples of ground wheat as equipment mills it into flour.

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Minot Milling grinds the wheat to make our bread – and our pasta

That pasta in your bowl of chicken noodle soup just might have have come from Minot. Minot Milling, with its locally sourced durum and hard red spring wheat, is the source of a number of food products on the national market. Philadelphia Macaroni Co., the parent company that built Minot ...

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Coal Creek Station, North Dakota’s largest power plant near Underwood, is shown in this photo. A study is being conducted to determine the feasibility of co-locating a commercial greenhouse at the Coal Creek Park.

Grant awarded to study feasibility of commercial greenhouse

UNDERWOOD – The North Dakota Ag Products Utilization Commission (APUC) recently awarded Great River Energy and North American Coal a $75,000 grant to assist in determining the feasibility of co-locating a commercial greenhouse at Coal Creek Energy Park at Underwood. “The availability of ...


A.J. Nygaard: Early homesteaders endured severe conditions

FLAXTON – Anders Jorgen Nygaard, known as A. J. Nygaard, came to America from Denmark. He worked on a farm in Nebraska for a time before coming to Flaxton where he filed on a homestead in Richland Township, Burke County, in 1899. He and Margrete Andersen, who also emigrated to America, ...

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The 4-H Meats Judging team is comprised of, from the left, coach Christopher Rockeman, Jacob Scheresky, Samuel Jaeger, Thomas Schauer, Jayd Novak, Madilyn Berg, Sidney Lovelace and coach Paige Brummund.

Ward County represented at Western National Roundup

Ward County was well represented by two very successful 4-H teams at the Western National Roundup held in Denver. The 4-H Meats Judging team of Samuel Jager, Jayd Novak, Thomas Schauer and Jacob Scheresky earned second place overall. They were second in placings, fourth in reasons and second ...

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A light layer of snow covers ground that is in need of soil moisture. Much of the state, particularly western North Dakota, is deficient in soil moisture.

Soil in need of moisture

Soil moisture is minimal throughout much of the Minot region, courtesy of the lingering effects of a very dry 2017. Rainfall averaged only about half of normal last year in many areas. Even though crop production last year was better than expected in many fields, producers looking ahead to ...

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The North Dakota State University North Central Research Extension Center sign stands amidst the snow at 5400 Highway 83 S, Jan. 12.

Maximizing yields through seeding rates and row spacing

In times when commodity prices are at a low, farmers are wanting to save money by maximizing their yields. The North Dakota State University North Central Research Extension Center has been working through different trials to determine the best amounts and ways to plant crops to not only ...

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North Dakota Farmers Union President Mark Watne delivers the President’s Report to the 91st annual convention Dec. 16 in Bismarck in this photo by Chris Aarhus with NDFU.

Watne brings policy focus to agriculture

From the time he first joined the family farm operation near Velva, Mark Watne felt a desire to tackle the broader policy and marketing issues facing agriculture. Recently re-elected state president of the North Dakota Farmers Union, Watne’s long history with the organization began when he ...

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 ...


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 ...