Inside Ag

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, ...

Study: Iowa nation’s top human, livestock waste producer

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa leads the nation in the amount of human and animal waste it produces, and the management of animal manure continues to be a pressing environmental concern, according to a University of Iowa research engineer. Chris Jones’ study found that the state — with ...

Crops boosted by recent rains

What a difference a day makes, especially a rainy one. Many crops throughout the Minot area were a little slow to get growing this year. Planting was generally a few days later than normal and soil temperatures remained less than ideal during a cool spring and early summer. As temperatures ...

Farmers markets are open for business

With the summer months well underway, a summertime favorite has kicked off to offer residents of the Minot and surrounding areas a spot for fresh produce and fresh products every week. The Minot Farmers Market and the North Prairie Farmers Market are open for business. The Minot Farmers ...

ND State Fair brings ag to Minot Air Force Base

The State Fair brought agriculture to Minot Air Force Base recently. “We are a state fair, we are the state’s largest event,” Stephanie Schoenrock, the fair’s new director of Development and Communication, told members of the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce’s Military Affairs ...

Montana farm rescues, finds homes for penned wild horses

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — On a bright, cold morning at Triple Take Arena, Danica Yates leads a mare through a morning practice session. The horse lifts her head as she trots around the ring, each step perfectly aligned to her rider’s command. Looking at her, primly groomed beneath her bridle, ...

On Virginia farm, microbes turn organic waste into compost

EVINGTON, Va. (AP) — More than 60% of organic waste goes into local landfills, according to Ken Newman, owner and operator of Royal Oak Farm. That organic waste — everything from paper products to scraps and leftovers — could be recycled into compost that is healthy for the environment, ...

A potential method

Accidental releases of brine or produced water, a byproduct of oil and gas production, has increased over the past years. Brine spills negatively affect the soil and vegetation, impairing their ability to produce crops and forage, according to North Dakota State University officials in ...

Weed watch

As the days get warmer, farmers are prepping their fields for the next round of crops. With the birds chirping and insects buzzing, it’s good to be mindful of what might be lurking in the fields — weeds. Weeds to watch In 2019, farmers’ biggest challenges are going to be palmer ...

Wyoming researcher in pursuit of earliest cereal crops

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — If Thomas Foulke has his way, some of the oldest domesticated crops in the world will help grow a new industry in Wyoming. Foulke, a senior research scientist at the University of Wyoming in the Department of Agriculture and Applied Economics, is leading an effort ...

Planting conditions vary widely

BERTHOLD – “It’s been kind of a weird year,” responded Beau Ferguson, United Agronomy, when asked about the current planting season. Weird seems to be a pretty good description of what is happening on the countryside this spring. Some growers put their seed in the ground early while ...

2018 farm numbers in the Dakotas drop from previous year

BISMARCK (AP) — Farms continue to disappear off the Dakotas landscape, especially smaller ones. The federal Agriculture Department reports that total farm numbers in 2018 dropped by 300 in North Dakota and by 400 in South Dakota. North Dakota had 26,100 farms and South Dakota 29,600. That ...

Aspen Aquaponics is successful farm operation

Keith Knudson of Bottineau is involved in aquaponics in both of his careers. At Dakota College at Bottineau, he teaches horticulture. The two-year college offers an aquaponics program that draws students from all over. In the program, students learn about aquaculture, which combines ...

Grazing too early can decrease forage production, warns NDSU Specialist

In an effort to get them out of muddy lots, many producers turned livestock out on grass earlier than normal this spring. While this decision likely enhanced herd health, it can have long-term impacts on grasslands if supplemental feed is not provided, says Miranda Meehan, North Dakota State ...

‘Mountain of sand’ spread across Nebraska farms after floods

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska landowners are seeking new solutions for a millions-year-old phenomenon. Tons of sand, sediment and silt — some in dunes as high as 10 feet — have been scattered across the eastern half to two-thirds of the state by the March flooding. In some areas, ...