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Inside Ag

Drought-driven selling, buying pace shows no signs of slowdown

Editor’s note: This is a follow up to a story published last week about Rugby Livestock Auction and the flood of cattle being sold. A hectic pace of buying and selling at the Rugby Livestock Auction shows no signs it will slow down soon, according to Auction owner Cliff Mattson and buyer ...

Faced with a crisis

Tyler Stafslien, Makoti, an agriculture producer about 50 miles southwest of Minot, said at a recent drought meeting, “I’m 44 years old and I won’t harvest a wheat crop this year. It’s the first time I recall that happening on my farm.” Stafslien and other agriculture producers ...

FARRMS helps small farmers find success

Farming is not an easy field for newcomers to break into. That’s true even for small operations looking to cater to a niche, a local market. In North Dakota, the nonprofit FARRMS (Foundation for Agricultural and Rural Resources Management and Sustainability) can help. Because of the ...

Blister beetles danger to people and livestock, especially horses

Paige Brummund, Ward County Extension Agent – Agriculture and Natural Resources, has found blister beetles in alfalfa fields in the local area. Farmers and ranchers are being advised that the drought conditions this year have increased the number of blister beetles,which are toxic to ...

Drought-stricken pastures

“We are experiencing the driest conditions in 126 years. The Drought Monitor has us as D4, exceptional drought. That’s the highest it goes,” said Paige Brummond, NDSU Extension Office for Ward County. Brummond has seen first-hand the effect of the on-going drought conditions in Ward and ...