Which Of These Two Ag Disasters Is Worse?

I sometimes ask farmers this question: Which is worse? To have drought or excess moisture ruin your fledgling crop not long after planting? To have a terrific crop ruined by hail or other natural disaster shortly before harvest? I get two basic answers. Some people say they’d rather have disaster strike right away; that way,…
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‘If A Plant Could Talk …’

I visited on the phone this week with a veteran area agriculturalist about the relatively cool temperatures in late May and how they were hampering crop growth. His line: “If a plant could talk, it’d be saying, ‘I really don’t like my job today.’” Well, that’s anthropomorphizing, or ascribing human characteristics to something that isn’t…
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A Howl Of Protest From Farm Country

Agricultural groups are upset, angry and even outraged by the Trump administration’s proposal to cut $46.54 billion in federal government funding over the next 10 years. In contrast, critics of federal ag policy applaud many, if not most, of the cuts. Who’s right? Well, you’ll have to decide that for yourself. But it’s fair to…
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It’s The Most Secure Job In Modern Ag

The world will always need farmers. And it will always need people who sell ag equipment and inputs and who provide marketing and other expertise to farmers. (I’d like to think ag journalists will always be needed, too.) But the folks with the most secure job in modern ag, or so it seems to me,…
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A Shout-Out To The ‘Real’ North Dakota

BROCKET, N.D. — You’ve probably seen them: glossy photos and slick videos of the Badlands and trendy urban hotspots, all aimed at potential tourists and billed as the “real” North Dakota. (To the skeptics: North Dakota does have trendy urban hotspots. I don’t patronize them, but we do have some.) As a North Dakotan, I…
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