Inside Ag

Farm profits projected to be lower in 2018

FARGO – Soybeans, dry edible beans and canola are among the best bets for turning a farm profit this year, although spring wheat could be a wild card win. That’s how things are penciling out at the North Dakota State University Extension Service, but crop profits are likely to be lower ...

Farm raised, family run

Farming runs in the veins of Brent and Codi Kuss’s family. Codi Kuss was raised into the farming lifestyle from day one and, when given the opportunity, took over the family farm. Her husband, while born and raised in a city, had he always wanted to be on the farm. He spent many summers ...

Consider soil temperature before planting

The arrival of spring has many farmers and home gardeners itching to get planting, however let’s take a moment to visit about the minimum soil temperatures required for germination of various crops or groups of crops. For example the minimum soil temperature required for germination of many ...

A new way of thinking

ANAMOOSE – Rural towns in North Dakota seem to be slowly dying off. Old railroad towns used to be booming but are now left in the dust. Two ambitious entrepreneurs are finding a way to revitalize rural towns while delivering fresh, organic foods and products. Julia and Mirek Petrovic, ...

Dealing with soil moisture

The very dry conditions of 2017 have raised the awareness of soil moisture for area farmers. While soil moisture is always closely monitored and often a lively topic of pre-planting conversation, it may be even more so this year because soil moisture was in very short supply over a wide region ...

Don’t bet your farm!

When a group of people with farming and/or ranching interests gathered in Minot recently they came to learn about asset protection and succession planning for farm families. German Law Group presented the information on estate planning for farm families at the Hampton Inn & Suites in ...

Ward County 4-H Earned 4 State Champion Titles at State 4-H Horse Contests

Ward County 4-H youth participated in the two-day state 4-H Horse Judging, Hippology, Quiz Bowl, Horse Speech and Demonstration contests on April 7-8 at University of Minnesota-Crookston and North Dakota State University, earning 4 state 4-H titles. During the trip the 4-H youth also ...

Minnesota farmers endure 5th straight year of thin profits

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Bumper crops and slightly better prices for some commodities weren't enough to save most Minnesota farmers from a fifth straight year of thin profits in 2017, according to a report released Tuesday. The annual analysis from University of Minnesota Extension and the ...

More organic than thou? Rebel farmers create new food label

THETFORD, Vt. (AP) — Was your tomato grown in dirt or water? Organic shoppers might notice additional labels this summer that will give them the answer — and tell them whether their choices align with what a rebellious group of farmers and scientists deem the true spirit of the organic ...

Ag Department kills animal welfare rule for organic meat

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — New rules, decades in the making, that would have required organic meat and egg producers to abide by stricter animal welfare standards were withdrawn by the federal government on Monday, frustrating organic farmers and animal welfare groups but leaving some ...

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 ...