Rough Times For Barley

I have many bad memories involving barley. No, no, not for the reason you might be thinking. Being extremely allergic to barley and growing up a family farm that raised it isn’t exactly a good combination. Even so, it’s given me no pleasure to watch barley, once one of North Dakota’s most common crops, lose…
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If You Drink Beer …

Here’s something to consider now that the area’s barley harvest is under way: A North Dakota farmer who grows barley mentioned to me recently that one bushel of barley provides enough of the crop for 570 cans of light beer. At current malt barley prices, barley accounts for about a penny of the cost of…
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What’s Ahead In Harvest?

Here are two basic truths about agriculture in this part of the country: — No two growing seasons are ever quite the same. — Even the smartest farmer can’t be sure of how much a field will yield until he’s actually harvesting it. Those two truths are particularly relevant this crazy summer. Some fields look…
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Late Blight Found

Late blight has been reported in potato fields in North Dakota’s Wash County and in west central Minnesota, the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association says. The disease can hurt both yields and quality. In its weekly report, the organization says the risk of late blight development in the area is high. It encourages growers to…
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Interested In Biomass?

Just about everyone agrees that biomass has a bright future. It’s much too early to say, though, exactly what its future holds. But Biomass’11, set for July 26-27 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, N.D., will provide a lot of insight from people who know the subject best. Biomass is organic material made from…
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