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,…
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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…
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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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