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Inside Ag

School project bearing fruit

VELVA – Members of the Velva FFA have been tending to their own community orchard this summer. They are looking forward to better days ahead when their trees will bear fruit and when, with the coronavirus pandemic hopefully a bad memory, students might be able to enjoy the produce as part ...

New association promotes ND wine industry

North Dakota’s wine industry has been growing, and the state’s wineries want to see that growth continue. They recently formed the Winery Association of North Dakota (WAND) to focus on the growth and development of commercial wineries and serve as a clearinghouse for educational and ...

Dry soils in early fall

It is not a situation North Dakota growers haven’t experienced before, but it is worth watching. Soil moisture conditions are very low throughout much of the state. A year ago the Minot region experienced its wettest September in history with 7.85 inches of rainfall recorded. In sharp ...

TriGen Ag Partners building shuttle grain terminal at Ryder

RYDER – A shuttle grain terminal with loop track is being built at Ryder in southwest Ward County by TriGen Ag Partners LLC. Plaza-Makoti Equity Elevator merged with Max Farmers Elevator officially on July 1. Tri-Gen Ag Partners LLC, a newly formed LLC, consists of Agrex Inc. of Minneapolis ...

Crop yields strong; Corn, sunflower harvest ahead

It appears this year’s growing season, buoyed by moisture left over from a record wet September a year ago, has resulted in a better than average yield. Reports from the area are that harvested crops have been better than average. “Harvest 2020 has been pretty good. The guys are pretty ...

Fall good time to manage some pasture weeds

Fall is the best time to control some of North Dakota’s most notorious weeds in pastures and other grasslands, according to North Dakota State University Extension specialists. “Leafy spurge and invasive thistles can be challenging to control in pasture and grasslands due to their ...

Be on the lookout for Palmer amaranth

BISMARCK – Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri) has been confirmed in Barnes and Cass counties, according to the North Dakota Department of Agriculture on Sept. 9. A crop specialist noticed some suspect plants in a Barnes County field and notified the landowner. The landowner worked with a ...

Small Minnesota farmers challenge conventional agriculture

SEBEKA, Minn. (AP) — It's hard to see how anyone could coax anything green from this sandy patch of Minnesota soil. But Kathy Connell can. Most of the vegetables have already been harvested from her vast garden, but a few plump watermelons and cucumbers still peek out from beneath the ...

Autonomous platform debuted at US farm show

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.--(BUSINESS WIRE) — Raven Industries, Inc., the leader in precision agriculture solutions, debuted its autonomous platform, Dot, for the first time at Farm Progress Virtual Experience, one of the largest public farm shows in the United States. The autonomous platform is ...

Buckin’ horses and Bailey Rodeo

KARLSRUHE – With 80 bulls and 350 bucking horses to choose from, it still takes a special animal to be selected for the National Finals Rodeo. Yet Bailey Rodeo has become well known on the national scene for producing elite rodeo stock. “We’ve sent a couple of bulls and bucking horses ...

Coronavirus funding aids agriculture

North Dakota farmers and ranchers weren’t rushing to sign up under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program in its first month of enrollment, but that is expected to change over the summer. Brad Thykeson, executive director for the USDA North Dakota Farm Service Agency, said the program’s ...

IntelliFarms operates Harvey office

HARVEY – A precision agriculture company with a popular product for managing grain bins has been building its North Dakota customer base since opening an office in Harvey last year. IntelliFarms Northern Division president and CEO Jared Halland expanded his Britton, S.D., business into ...

From drought to deluge

Much of North Dakota went from worsening drought conditions to very wet in a period of a few days. A growing concern about lack of moisture for crops, particularly early seeded wheat, changed to talk of maybe too much rain. Indeed, in many areas rainfall recently topped three inches or more ...

From one generation to the next

A lot of families in North Dakota own farmland and when the parents are ready to retire, the next generation takes over. Ron Kramer inherited the original farmstead near Douglas that his grandfather started back in 1930. It is now a total of 13 quarters of small grains and oil crops. Kramer ...

Rorvig: President did right thing to keep meat processing facilities open

Cow-calf producer Dan Rorvig said these times are “ugly” for those in the business of raising livestock. The coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has disrupted the lives of Americans including livestock producers across the country. On April 28, President Trump signed an executive order ...

Birdsall Grain and Seed: Planting North Dakota

BERTHOLD – There’s a good chance that the crops you see while driving through northwest North Dakota came from locally grown seed, carefully processed at Birdsall Grain and Seed. “What most producers buy from us is certified seed,” said Blake Inman, manager. “Ninety-nine percent of ...