Deer Galore

Big groups of hungry deer searching desperately for food are a common sight on the Northern Plains this winter. I’ve seen it before, especially in the winter of 1996-97, but this winter might be the worst ever. I recently drove from Grand Forks, N.D., to the Carrington, N.D., area for two Agweek stories. On the…
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Spring Flooding And Agriculture

Maybe it’s because I grew up on a cow-calf operation that was impacted nearly every year by spring flooding. Maybe it’s because I’ve written quite a few stories about planting and spring calving through the years. Whatever the reason, I always think first of agriculture when I hear or read about the threat from yet…
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And The Survey Shows … Higher Farmland Prices

It’s no secret to anyone involved in area agriculture that land prices have skyrocketed the past few years. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to figure out that the combination of high crop prices and terrific yields makes farmland more attractive and provides would-be buyers with the cash to pay more. Low interest…
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A Really Big Show

It’s been said, with a great deal of truth, that the news media, are suckers for anniversaries, particularly when a round number — say 10, 20 or 50 — is involved. But I’d be covering the International Crop Expo, held Wednesday, Feb. 16,  and Thursday, Feb. 17, at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, N.D.,…
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Just A Number, But …

It may look like just another number — a nice, round number, to be sure — but  a mere number nonetheless. This number, however, is a psychological landmark with important consequences. The cash price for spring wheat has topped $10 per bushel at some area elevators. The price has roughly doubled since summer, when wheat…
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