Guarding Against A Common Enemy

Farmers and backyard gardeners have much in common. They both invest physically, financially and emotionally in their crop. They both battle weeds, bugs, bad weather and crop disease. Late blight, a disease that’s particularly hard on tomatoes and potatoes, is a threat in both gardens and commercials fields. This is the disease that caused the…
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Still Too Early To Worry, But …

I just talked with a North Dakota ag producer who’s been delivering bulls across much of the state over the past week or so. In his travels, he saw only one field that’s been planted, a sandy field on a hill — just the sort of field from which excess moisture drains well. Most fields…
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No Flash, Plenty Of Substance

It’s not exactly light summer reading, but a new report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service provides a lot of important information. “Crop Production-Historical Track Records” has just been released by NASS, an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The report contains historic estimates of acreage, yield, production, price, and value, as well as…
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Take A Deep Breath, Try To Relax

In farming, as in so many things, waiting is often harder than doing. That’s especially true this spring, as area farmers wait anxiously for their waterlogged fields to dry enough to allow planting. The best bet now, based on U.S. Department of Agriculture figures, is that many producers won’t start planting until two or three…
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If You Like Sunflowers …

Sunflowers are a big deal in area agriculture. North Dakota leads the nation in their production, with South Dakota second and Minnesota sixth. Sunflowers — sometimes referred to simply as sunflower — are easy on the eyes, too. Watching a field of ‘flowers grow and mature is, if you have any affinity for plants and…
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