Inside Ag

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...