This Phrase Reveals Whether You’re An Old Or Young Aggie

A few years ago, I was talking with a veteran Upper Midwest agriculturalist about crop conditions in his immediate area. He mentioned a recent shower and described it as the “million-dollar rain.” Then he stopped, chuckled ruefully and said, “I should probably stop using that term. It show my age. Nobody young uses it any…
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The Joy Of Timely Rain

Many things in agriculture are satisfying. Harvesting a bumper crop, selling crops or livestock at a high price, watching a sick or injured animal return to good health, helping a client make the right decision — all these things, and more, bring pleasure and pride. But a lifetime in Upper Midwest agriculture tells me that…
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Rhubarb Revisited!

A year ago I wrote here about rhubarb. The photo above shows the 120-year-old rhubarb plant that I transplanted on my family farm. I thought then that I wouldn’t be writing again rhubarb for a very long time. But I was wrong. On Friday I’ll be attending an event in Aneta, N.D. that features a…
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Which Of These Two Ag Disasters Is Worse?

I sometimes ask farmers this question: Which is worse? To have drought or excess moisture ruin your fledgling crop not long after planting? To have a terrific crop ruined by hail or other natural disaster shortly before harvest? I get two basic answers. Some people say they’d rather have disaster strike right away; that way,…
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‘If A Plant Could Talk …’

I visited on the phone this week with a veteran area agriculturalist about the relatively cool temperatures in late May and how they were hampering crop growth. His line: “If a plant could talk, it’d be saying, ‘I really don’t like my job today.’” Well, that’s anthropomorphizing, or ascribing human characteristics to something that isn’t…
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