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Inside Ag

Crops remain in the field

It was wet last year, especially in the fall when harvest season was getting underway. Then a late November snowstorm swept across much of the Minot area, further adding to an already soggy dilemma facing farmers seeking to get their crops off the land. Harvest troubles continued into this ...

Farmers Union president reflects on decade of leadership

WASHINGTON – Roger Johnson has seen significant challenges facing agriculture in his nearly 11 years as president of the National Farmers Union. Having decided not to seek re-election when his term expires next March, Johnson said it’s time for new leadership to continue the discussion on ...

Wet finish to 2019

There was no shortage of precipitation in the Minot area in 2019. Much of it came late in the year, leaving very wet soil conditions throughout the region from harvest time to freezeup. Minot’s average yearly precipitation, both from rain and snow, is 19.19 inches according to 114 years of ...

Helping farmers recover

Once farmers have completed harvest and all crop insurance claims are settled, they are eligible to apply through their county Farm Service Agency office for assistance covering production losses, according to Sen. John Hoeven’s office on Jan. 2. This past year was an extremely difficult ...

Producers see future in soybean market

Facing trade issues that dampened prices this past year, North Dakota soybean growers aren’t necessarily turning their backs on a crop that has attained a solid foothold in their crop rotation systems. Looking at crop profitability, risk diversification and long-term demand, North Dakota ...

Stretch limited hay supplies

Producers may not have enough forage on hand to meet winter feeding needs. Although growing conditions for hay production were favorable throughout much of North Dakota this year, challenges associated with harvest and transport have left many livestock producers facing a shortage of ...

Farming in Norway

Norwegian farmers watch the market and weather as closely as their American counterparts, but their agricultural operations typically look much different than those of Norwegian descendants in North Dakota. Regardless of the country, farmers deserve more respect than they often receive for ...

Consumers meet North Dakota lamb in 2019

ESMOND – More than 400 North Dakotans were introduced to local lamb and lamb products this summer through a project by gardendwellers RANCH of Esmond. With grant assistance from the American Lamb Board, the North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission and the North Dakota ...

ND congressional delegation comment on status of US, China tariff war

The tariff war between the U.S. and China remains a hot topic. Each member of North Dakota’s congressional delegation have commented on the status of the tariff issue with China in relation to U.S. agriculture. “The Administration is working to reach an agreement that holds China ...

US, Japan trade agreement good for ag producers

President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe finalized a trade agreement with a signing ceremony at the United Nations on Sept. 25. The trade agreement will eliminate or reduce tariffs on about $7.2 billion of U.S. food and agricultural products. The Office of the U.S. Trade ...

Record rain dampens harvest

Heavy September rainfall has put a damper on the harvest season for many area producers. Many fields, or large portions of them, have simply been too wet for combines to roll. Worse yet, the extremely wet conditions have resulted in some crops sprouting in the field. “Much of the small ...

A learning experience for women in agriculture

United Community Bank and the North Dakota State University Extension service have teamed up to bring a program focused on educating women of all backgrounds to become better agribusiness managers and partners. Women in Ag is a five-week course focused on five key areas of agribusiness that ...

The word on hemp in Minot

Researching hemp in North Dakota has been something on North Dakota State University North Central Research Extension Center research agronomist Eric Eriksmoen’s radar for nearly 25 years — though hemp was only recently removed from the controlled substance list in the 2018 farm bill and is ...

NDSU Extension offers fall cattle checklist

Fall is the time when beef cattle producers make many management and labor decisions, including repairing cattle working facilities, moving cattle to fall grazing, assessing crop residue opportunities and wondering if winter feed supplies will be sufficient. Producers have other issues they ...

Herb farm fills niche

ESMOND – A new freeze-drying operation is spicing up the marketing strategy of a North Dakota herb farm. This past spring, gardendwellers FARM near Esmond received a grant from the state Agricultural Products Utilization Commission to purchase a freeze dryer that will enable the business to ...

Bee keeping is exciting, addictive

Bee keeping is a family affair for the Nissens, owners of Five Star Honey Farms in northeast Minot. Will Nissen said he started beekeeping in 1978 and he and his wife, Peggy Nissen, launched Five Star Honey Farms in 1998. Their three grown sons, Matt, Levi, and Evan Nissen have joined the ...

A Minnesota robotic dairy survives amid trade war

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — On a dairy farm in rural Eyota, Minnesota, a day-old calf wobbled up to a robotic feeding stall. An RFID reader scanned the tag clipped to the calf’s ear and measured the amount of milk allotted to the baby as she drank from the feeder. In just a generation or two, ...