If You Like Sunflowers …

Sunflowers are a big deal in area agriculture. North Dakota leads the nation in their production, with South Dakota second and Minnesota sixth. Sunflowers — sometimes referred to simply as sunflower — are easy on the eyes, too. Watching a field of ‘flowers grow and mature is, if you have any affinity for plants and…
Read More

Water, Water Everywhere

Water is both the great friend and the great enemy of agriculture. If there’s too little of it, we’re in trouble. If there’s too much of it, we’re in trouble. This spring, it’s the latter. When I talk with farmers and other agriculturalists in the region this spring, I always ask about their moisture situation.…
Read More

Spuds And Schools

Potatoes are a big deal in the Red River Valley of eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota. The region is the nation’s only large-volume producer for the chip, fresh, seed and process markets. So the region has an economic stake in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s proposal to limit the amount of potatoes that can…
Read More

We All Agree: No More Snow

We argue about so many things on the Northern Plains. The list includes everything from politics to our favorite pro sporting teams to who has the nicest kids. But we’re all shuddering over forecasts for 8-16 inches of wet, heavy snow in parts of the region over the next few days. More precipitation, of course,…
Read More

Decisions, Decisions … Possible Shortages

It’s one of the surest signs that spring is coming to the Northern Plains: area farmers begin firming up their planting intentions. Deciding what to plant may be particularly difficult this spring. The price of most crops grown in the region remain strong, even though prices generally have dropped from record highs. Weather will complicate…
Read More