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Inside Ag

‘Farmers helping farmers’

KENMARE – From a couple of farmers selling seed on the side to a full-service agriculture company, Optimum Ag Solutions has come a long way in a short time. Having sold seed separately, Doug Miller and Chris Tuchscherer came together to sell inoculant and form Optimum Ag Solutions at ...

Brandvolds of Ryder are a busy, active farm and ranch family

The coronavirus pandemic isn’t the first challenge that Lee and Julie Brandvold have faced together in their farming operation. “We currently grow wheat, canola, soybeans and flax for cash crops. We also raise millet, oats, hay barley and silage corn to use in our cattle operation as ...

Biofuels producers, farmers not sold on switch to electric

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The president and auto industry maintain the nation is on the cusp of a gigantic shift to electric vehicles and away from liquid-fueled cars, but biofuels producers and some of their supporters in Congress aren’t buying it. They argue that now is the time to increase ...

Minot business adds Versatile equipment

Clinton Burgardt, owner of Dakota Truck and Farm in Minot, has come a long way from the rural farm home he grew up in north of Garden City, Kan. His father, Dennis Burgardt, grew up on a farm, then worked for a farmer prior to beginning his career as a tractor mechanic for CASE IH, where he ...

Drought presents weed-control challenges for farmers

Persistent drought conditions in central and western North Dakota will present challenges for farmers putting crops in the ground. Unfortunately, they may not cause any problems at all for weeds, according to a scientist with the North Dakota State University’s North Central Extension ...

Drought planning for farmers & cattle owners

Editor’s Note: Paige Brummund, Extension Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources, with NDSU Extension-Ward County, reponded to several questions from The Minot Daily News regarding crops, livestock and the drought. 1. How are markets and moisture influencing farmers’ planting ...

ND Oilseed Council re-elects Hazen rep

Canola district elections were recently held in the North Dakota Oilseed Council’s District I, where Bryan Aalund of Hazen in Mercer County was elected to his fourth, three -year term on the council board. Aalund is native to the Mohall area, where his father and brother farm. He and his ...

Market rally could influence planting decisions

A rally in market prices for corn, soybeans and wheat this winter has area producers taking their time making planting decisions this spring. Tony Smith, grain division manager at CHS SunPrairie, said the company has been getting numerous calls and questions from farmers related to ...

Hoeven: Supporting our farmers and ranchers during unprecedented challenges

Every American benefits every day from the highest-quality, lowest-cost food supply in the world. As the Ranking Member on the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, I am focused on ensuring that our producers have the tools they need to ...

Survey detects potential canola insect pest in ND

An NDSU Extension trap survey detected a new insect called the canola flower midge (Contarinia brassicola) in canola fields in northern North Dakota during 2020, said Janet Knodel, North Dakota State University Extension entomologist. According to NDSU Agriculture Communication, the canola ...

Co-op sparks interest in fire to improve N.D. grasslands for cattle, wildlife

On a sunny day last May, Craig Larson saw 110 acres of grassland on his ranch in Sheridan County go up flames. Driven by a steady breeze, the fire chewed quickly through the heavy thatch on the soil surface. The two-foot tall orange flames seemed alive as they leapt over each other. White smoke ...

Farm Rescue supporters spread generosity on Giving Hearts Day

HORACE – Farm Rescue, a nonprofit organization that provides planting, haying, harvesting and livestock feeding assistance free of charge to farm and ranch families who have experienced a major illness, injury or natural disaster, received a generous boost to operations through Giving Hearts ...

Dakota Gardener: Grow lights for seed starting

Spring planting is a few months away and soon many gardeners will be starting their garden seeds indoors. Starting your own seeds can be a fun activity for your family and allows you to explore different garden vegetables and varieties. I tried many times to start garden seeds using ...

How to protect or heal trees damaged by snow

The deadly winter storms that have wreaked havoc in large swaths of the country recently can also damage trees and shrubs. Snow can of course enhance the look of yards and gardens, visually knitting together the plants, fences, even lawn furniture in a sea of white. But it also can bring down ...

They need to chill. Tips for turning seeds into trees

How exciting to think of a full-size tree locked up within each seed still clinging to the branches of sugar maples, hornbeams, oaks, sycamores and other trees at the end of summer. It was with such visions that I dropped an apple seed into some potting soil in an 8-inch clay flowerpot one ...

Vilsack confirmed for 2nd stint as US agriculture secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly to confirm Tom Vilsack as agriculture secretary, his second run at the Cabinet post. The former Iowa governor spent eight years leading the same Department of Agriculture for former President Barack Obama's entire administration. ...

Ward/McLean team sweeps horse contests at Black Hills Stock Show

On Jan. 30, four 4-H members from Ward and McLean Counties travelled to Rapid City, South Dakota to compete in the Black Hills Stock Show Hippology and Horse Quiz Bowl Contests. The combined Senior Team included Emily Fannik, Max; Olivia Lebrun, Berthold; Anne Schauer, Carpio; and Mikaela ...