Inside Ag

ND Corn Utilization Council names Jean Henning executive director

FARGO – The North Dakota Corn Utilization Council announced that Jean Henning will serve as executive director. “We are grateful for Jean’s leadership as Interim Executive Director since January,” said Terry Wehlander, chairman. “Jean has been with North Dakota Corn for four years, ...

New ag program at Dakota College at Bottineau

Agribusiness is a field with a lot of opportunity and Dakota College at Bottineau will be helping to educate them for the future, said Keith Knudson, specialty crops instructor. The two year college, along with Lake Region State College in Devils Lake and Williston State College, will be ...

ND Leopold Conservation Award seeks nominees

BISMARCK– The Sand County Foundation is seeking North Dakota rancher, farmer or forester who go above and beyond in the care and management of natural resources for nominees for the 2019 North Dakota Leopold Conservation Award. The foundation presents the Leopold Conservation Award to ...

Snow cover and soil moisture

Snow cover is generally consistent throughout much of North Dakota. The hope is that when the snow melts it will sink into the ground rather than run off quickly. A favorable melting season would add greatly to soil moisture conditions. Ample soil moisture is required to spur the emergence of ...

Winter calving requires readiness

McHENRY COUNTY – The Frey Angus ranch near Granville saw its first calves of the season born in mid-January, just as the region began to feel the brunt of winter. The key to winter calving is to be prepared for cold weather, and the Freys have the experience to know what it takes to be ...

Best in the U.S.

Steve Knorr of Advanced Seed has been named the 2018 Golden Harvest National Seed Advisor of the Year. A local, independent Golden Harvest Seed Advisor in Minot since 2017, Knorr offers in-depth market and agronomy insights and dedicated customer service to farmers. “Steve’s ability to ...

Farmers, Ranchers have ways to manage stress

Piled-up stress can lead farmers and ranchers to develop physical or mental health issues, but they can take steps to reduce stress and create healthy ways to manage it, says a North Dakota State University Extension expert. “Farm and ranch families often experience pressure, conflict and ...

Congress approves FY19 Agriculture Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON – Sen. John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, outlined important priorities he worked to include in the Fiscal Year 2019 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, recently approved by ...

Engaging in legislative process

BISMARCK – Two area couples took part in the 17th Young Cattlemen’s Legislative Conference (YCLC) hosted by the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association (NDSA) Feb. 6-7 in Bismarck. This year’s participants included area couples: Wyatt Hansen and Sarah Gessner, both of Ryder; and Hayden ...

Finally an improved outlook

Well, well, well. It’s about time, even if it may take a few more weeks. At least the end is in sight. Possibly. The Climate Prediction Center issued its monthly assessment Feb. 21 of what the weather will be like in the United States for the next three months. The issuance covers March, ...

Calf losses before birth a concern

An “abortion” is the discharge of the fetus prior to the end of the normal gestation period, according to Gerald Stokka, North Dakota State University Extension veterinarian and livestock stewardship specialist. Many abortions occur within the first 45 days of conception (called early ...

Projected profits of N.D. crops vary by region in 2019

The two highest acreage crops in North Dakota, soybeans and wheat, project limited returns to labor and management in most regions for 2019, says Andy Swenson, North Dakota State University Extension farm management specialist. Generally, hard red spring wheat projects a return between $5 and ...

Rare book has brands of Dakota Territory historical figures

BISMARCK – A rare book at the North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum in Bismarck contains the brands of historical figures of Dakota Territory. Mark Halvorson, curator of collections research for the State Historical Society of North Dakota, the agency that preserves and presents ...

Educational opportunities coming to area producers

Beef Quality Assurance Certification Meeting Set As of Jan. 1, major industry buyers such as Tyson Fresh Meats, JBS, Cargill, and Greater Omaha began requiring sellers of finished fat cattle to be Beef Quality Assurance certified. However, all who handle and manage fed cattle are encouraged ...

Generations keep Bryn Ranch going

RUGBY – When towns sprouted across the new state of North Dakota nearly 130 years ago, homesteads appeared around them at a steady pace as settlers filed claims on land up for grabs. Members of Amund Bryn’s large family joined the land rush in the early 1880s, leaving Gudbrandsdalen, ...