Ag Exports Are Bright Spot In Economy

The U.S. economy keeps sputtering, and even bright-eyed optimists don’t expect an immediate rebound. But U.S agricultural exports continue to fare well. One sign of that: U.S. potato exports reached a record $1.35 billion in the fiscal year ending June 30.  The Red River Valley of eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota is a key…
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That Time Of Year Again …

Frost, and the threat of it, has returned to the Upper Midwest. Gardeners are protecting their veggies. City residents are lamenting the end of summer and the coming of winter. Farmers are worrying about their crops. Even a few extra days without frost would  give still-maturing crops a little more time to reach, or nearly…
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Great Song, Great Show

Back in the day, on our family farm, we fed small hay bales to cattle from a pickup in the winter and spring. Once, when I was in high school, I was doing the job alone on a cold winter day when “Big Iron” by the great Marty Robbins began playing on the pickup radio.…
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Strange Year, Strange Harvest

Northwestern North Dakota frequently is short of moisture. This spring, the area had far too much. Millions of acres went unplanted, and many of the fields that were planted are less advanced than usual. I was in northwestern North Dakota recently and saw some unusual sights, at least for that part of the world. Read…
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White Butterflies Galore

A lot of North Dakotans — including me — have been wondering about the multitude of white butterflies flying around,  often near ditches and canola fields. Janet Knodel, North Dakota State University Extension Service entomologist, says she’s received many calls and emails about the butterflies and whether they’re an insect pest. Not to worry, she…
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