No Flash, Plenty Of Substance

It’s not exactly light summer reading, but a new report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service provides a lot of important information. “Crop Production-Historical Track Records” has just been released by NASS, an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The report contains historic estimates of acreage, yield, production, price, and value, as well as…
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Take A Deep Breath, Try To Relax

In farming, as in so many things, waiting is often harder than doing. That’s especially true this spring, as area farmers wait anxiously for their waterlogged fields to dry enough to allow planting. The best bet now, based on U.S. Department of Agriculture figures, is that many producers won’t start planting until two or three…
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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…
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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.…
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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…
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