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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

‘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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

4-H has a lot to offer

The North Dakota State Fair gives young 4-H members from across the state an opportunity to showcase their talents. Dean Aakre, 4-H Youth Specialist at the Center for 4-H Youth Development at North Dakota State University in Fargo, said there will be more than 8,000 exhibits on display this ...

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Growers lean toward soybeans, canola for 2017

Acres planted to soybeans and canola appear to be going up in the Minot area. Statewide, there could be a 10 to 15 percent increase in soybean acres, said Jeff Heil, operations manager for Dakota Agronomy Partners in Minot. The Minot region is following that trend, he said. “There’s a ...

Firm relies on foreign laborers to put turkeys on your table

OREFIELD, Pa. (AP) — There are few experiences more quintessentially American than sitting at the table with family and friends on Thanksgiving Day to dine on roast turkey. And if there is a Jaindl Farms turkey on your table, it likely was made possible by foreign labor. The family-run ...

Grazing Readiness Project

The Pierce County NDSU Extension office along with 17 other ND counties will be helping to collect data for a Grazing Readiness project beginning this month and continuing through late June to early July. The goal of this project is to document the grazing readiness of key forage species across ...

China and US reach agreement on beef, poultry, natural gas

WASHINGTON (AP) — Beijing will open its borders to U.S. beef, while cooked Chinese poultry is closer to landing on American supermarket shelves under a U.S.-China trade agreement. Trump administration officials hailed the deal as a significant advance toward boosting U.S. exports and ...

Nebraska farmers create shrimp habitats

DILLER, Neb. (AP) — A plywood hog, its paint chipped and sun-faded from years of exposure, decorates a metal feed bin outside four red-walled swine barns that sit long and squat along a quiet gravel road in southeastern Nebraska. In the distance, wind turbines spin over freshly planted ...

Flaxton auctioneer launches career with new credentials

FLAXTON – As an honorary “colonel” in the auction world, Stanley Anderson of Flaxton is eager to move into a profession that first captivated him years ago as a youth. Anderson graduated with the colonel title in February from the World Wide College of Auctioneering in Mason City, ...

No cows but an emerging crop of morel mushrooms

ITHACA, Wis. (AP) — The walk in the woods was purposefully slow. There were downed branches, tangles of thickets and steep terrain. The May apples were up, wild apple trees were in bloom and the rolling hills of Richland County had a fall-like appearance as buds from oaks, maples and ...