Inside Ag

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, ...

Grain growers

Many growers are taking considerable time to decide what crops to plant this season. “There’s a tremendous amount of indecision yet,” said Brad Haugeberg, general manager of CHS SunPrairie during a March 27 interview. The day before a CHS SunPrairie board meeting was held followed by ...

New vet opens in Turtle Lake

Andrea Schlafmann and her husband, Blair, started North Country Vet Clinic with a simple goal in mind: to create a place where quality care and compassion are the main focus. For Schlafmann, animal care has been a big part of her life since a young age and opening her own clinic felt ...

Flooding could force producers to move cattle

Wet, muddy ground and flooding are likely in North Dakota this spring, so producers need to be prepared to deal with those conditions or even move cattle and the equipment to feed and care for them to higher ground, North Dakota State University Extension livestock specialists ...

ND ranchers tackle calving season

MANDAN (AP) — Stephanie Hatzenbuhler said calving has been better than expected this year, but it’s no picnic. “You have to kind of play along with Mother Nature, what’s she’s giving you,” she told The Bismarck Tribune. Hatzenbuhler and her family run Diamond J Angus west of ...

Is that soy in your Whopper? Plant-based meat sales rising

From soy-based sliders to ground lentil sausages, plant-based meat substitutes are surging in popularity. And carnivores — not vegans or vegetarians — are among the biggest consumers. Growing demand for healthier, more sustainable food is one reason people are seeking plant-based meats. ...

Minnesota dairy farmers struggle to find workers

MILLVILLE, Minn. (AP) — Staci Sexton keeps busy at her dairy farm near Millville. "My dad, technically, kind of retired this year," she said. "Mom's not retirement age yet." That means the bulk of the work on her dairy — her parents currently own 60% of the dairy operations on their ...

Operation Haylift

The Spencer Dam on the Niobrara River in Nebraska broke on Thursday, March 14, and Farm Rescue helped coordinate the delivery of two initial loads of donated hay from Texas by March 19 for Nebraska flood relief. The first loads carried by Farm Rescue trucks, donated from North Dakota, were ...

Family ranch uses higher-end breed to produce healthier meat

FAIRMONT, Okla. (AP) — Linda Woodruff and her family raise the Japanese breed of Wagyu cattle on their family farm, Silverwood Wagyu, east of Fairmont. The name comes from "Wa," which means Japanese, and "Gyu," which means cow. Silverwood also is a hybrid name, as Woodruff's son, Jeremy, ...

South Dakota trio launches meat processing plant

FREEMAN, S.D. (AP) — From the Schmeckfest bratwurst to the South Dakota Chislic Festival, mouth-watering meat draws great crowds to the Freeman community. Now, this Hutchinson County town of 1,300 residents has gained a business providing an outlet for both livestock producers and meat ...