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Mending Fences Updated

🕔17:41, 19.Mar 2018

Robert Frost once said, Don’t ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.   These “walls” made of various materials over the years have served many purposes.  In agriculture, fences primarily kept livestock on and predators (both

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Contending with a Cash Crunch

🕔08:43, 8.Jan 2018

It’s a reality that credit for farming is tightening up throughout the corn belt and great plains.  Some farmers have used up their working capital (a measure of cash or grain available for sale to meet a farm’s financial obligations),

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This Spud’s For You!

🕔11:19, 19.Sep 2017

Along with the harvest of grains, beets and soybeans comes the mighty potato!  The Northern Plains of North Dakota and Minnesota is the third largest potato growing region in the country with over 250 growers producing over 40 million hundredweight of

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From Peace to Plague

🕔14:33, 31.Jul 2017

We’re all familiar with them…those pesky grasshoppers that never seem to know which direction they’re going to jump.  Ugh!  Definitely not one of my favorite insects.  I started musing about the differences between grasshoppers and locusts and found some interesting

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Tick Time!

🕔08:58, 18.Apr 2017

It’s those little arachnids (like scorpions, spiders and mites) we all watch for every spring.  Ticks are considered to be a pest because some species bite people and feed on blood.  They can also feed on dogs, other pets and livestock.  Removing

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Don’t Give Up The Fight

🕔08:58, 18.Apr 2017

It’s been almost 3 years to the day that I wrote about the “Careless Weed” (  It was at that time that Bob Hartzler  and Mike Owen, weed specialists from Iowa State University stated that Palmer amaranth was just moving

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Training Farm Animals-For What?

🕔10:27, 8.Feb 2017

How many of you older adults remember going to fairs or attractions and paying a small fee to see a farm animal perform?  I was still young when this type of entertainment was prominent, but I’ve seen historical video on

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Minnesota’s Buffer Law Deadlines

🕔12:00, 26.Dec 2016

Minnesota’s buffer law establishes new perennial vegetation buffers of up to 50 feet along public rivers, streams and ditches that will help filter out phosphorus, nitrogen and sediment, thus improving water quality and protecting Minnesota’s water resources from erosion and

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Farm Real Estate Tax – A Big Deal

🕔08:52, 30.Nov 2016

I thought writing about farm real estate taxes would be fairly straightforward, but when I did some digging, I found  that for me at least, it can be complicated.  I looked for resources that might possibly simplify one’s understanding of this

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