Area crop insurance agents are breathing a little easier this week. Many area farmers, for their part, are paying a little more for crop insurance than they did in 2012, while other producers are paying a little less.
It’s called electrostatic particle ionization and an Olivia, Minn., company says the technology can help confinement livestock producers be more efficient.
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Twin calves arrive on the Johnson farm and calving is under way in earnest in region.
Potatoes and pulse crops are among industries affected.
The list includes the potato stocks report.
March 15 is a key crop insurance deadline.
Beef industry wonders if some consumers will balk at paying high prices.
I don’t know if the past few years have been the best stretch ever for farmers on the Northern Plains.
Sure, wheat, corn and cattle are common on the Northern Plains, but the prairie’s leading staple may be gray hair.
The past few years have been pretty sweet for many area farmers. Yes, some producers, especially ones with livestock, have struggled through no fault of their own. And yes, many producers, again through no fault of their own, sold a lot of grain too soon or too late and missed the best prices.
If you’re closely connected to agriculture on the Northern Plains, you’ve almost certainly come to this unpleasant conclusion: A growing number of area residents know little about ag and care even less.
There’s nothing quite like harvest on the Northern Plains. If you’re a pragmatist, you enjoy harvest because it’s when the money rolls in.
One summer years ago, when I was still a farm kid, central North Dakota was gripped by drought.