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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Snow Is Hard On Ranchers

The cold, snowy winter is tough on everyone. Plenty of folks deserve our sympathy and appreciation. That said, spare a kind thought for area cattle producers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture pegs North Dakota’s average snow cover at 24.3 inches, nearly twice the 13.3 inches of a year ago. All the snow has plugged a…
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$10 Wheat Approaches

I’ve spent most of  my life — first as a farm kid and later as an agricultural journalist — listening to farmers talk about grain and livestock prices. I’ve heard the glee in farmers’ voices when prices soar. I’ve seen the gloom in their faces when prices plummet. For months they’ve been talking about the…
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