Inside Ag

ND grain growers celebrating 50 years

FARGO – The North Dakota Grain Growers Association is celebrating its 50th anniversary and has taken some time to reflect on the organizations efforts of proactive advocacy, representation, leadership, research and education over the years. NDGGA Immediate Past President John Weinand says ...

Weed Control Project

Every winter, the North Central Research Extension Center, located south of Minot on U.S. Highway 83, takes samples of different weed seeds in the area and tests what chemicals are most effective to treat unwanted growth throughout the year. This program started about 10 years ago when the ...

Sleepless nights, hard work, rewards

Healthy live calves make for a good and healthy business for livestock producers. “You’re not going to have your livelihood if you don’t have a healthy calf in the beginning. It helps you all the way through,” said Paige Brummund, who specializes in agriculture and natural ...

Cattle producers ponder dry conditions

Good hayland is important to many North Dakota cattle producers who count on healthy pastures to grow healthy cattle. A problem with pastureland can quickly take a toll on a cattle herd. Alternative feed can be costly too. With that in mind, cattle producers are keenly aware that 2017 proved ...

Keep stored grain cool during spring, summer

Keeping stored grain cool is important as outdoor temperatures fluctuate and eventually start to warm this spring, a North Dakota State University Extension Service grain storage expert advises. “Not only will daytime temperatures be increasing, but the bin works as a solar collector,” ...

Farming is just a family thing

There is no question that North Dakota is an agricultural state with so many farms sprawling across the land. Many of these farms, the job of being a farmer, and working the land, has been passed from parent to child for a few generations with farming being a family job. One area farm, run ...

Weber County vegetable farmers dependent on Mexican workers

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — While the unseasonal weather is allowing local farmers to start plowing fields in February, the American Farm Bureau is lobbying for better access to foreign labor this summer for agriculture. The future of farming depends upon a program that allows Mexican seasonal ...

Perdue to food box critics: Give the idea a chance

WASHINGTON (AP) — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Feb. 22 defended a proposal that would replace a portion of food stamp benefits with pre-assembled boxes of shelf-stable goods delivered to recipients’ doorsteps — an idea one lawmaker called “a cruel joke.” The idea was first ...

Minnesota farm has exotic animals

HOUSTON, Minn. (AP) — When you arrive on the Buffalo Gal property in Houston, Minnesota, it’s hard to miss the one-ton bison standing on the left side of the road. However, on the right, on the side of the hill, just below the chapel, is a grave. In that grave lies Cody, the namesake of ...

Ag groups hope to keep NAFTA benefits

Agricultural groups are hoping their industry will continue to see trade benefits from a re-negotiated North American Free Trade Agreement. The North Dakota Trade Office reports it hasn’t seen anything yet to get concerned about in the negotiations. “So we are fairly confident that the ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...