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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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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