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Weather Talk: Why such wind?
There have been many days with a tight pressure gradient over our region which makes it windy. The top soil has been very dry, allowing the soil to warm up greatly on sunny days. Air above hot ground rises rapidly and this also increases the general turbulence, allowing more of the stronger winds aloft to mix down to near ground level.
Saturday, April, 18, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Carlson honored by Montana State University

Saturday, April, 18, 2015 - Montana State University News Service - News

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U.S. pushing organic crops as demand grows
CHICAGO - The U.S. government will boost support for production of organic crops and produce this year to meet growing consumer demand and boost rural incomes, U.S. Agriculture Department Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Wednesday.
Thursday, April, 16, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Agriculture could be the key in combating world hunger
With a rapidly rising global population, agriculture will be essential in reducing world hunger. That’s what South Dakota State University Dean of Agriculture and Biological Sciences Barry Dunn told attendees of the McGovern Hunger Summit on Wednesday at Dakota Wesleyan University.
Thursday, April, 16, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Weather Talk: The beginning stages of a drought
Causes of drought are complex. There is nothing in our atmosphere; no known circulation or recognized anomaly; which is certain to cause a drought. Also, it is impossible to know when a drought has begun. We cannot know if a short-term dry spell will become a full drought until it has been dry a long time.
Thursday, April, 16, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Vilsack: U.S. pushing organic crops as demand grows
The U.S. government will boost support for production of organic crops and produce this year to meet growing consumer demand and boost rural incomes, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said on Wednesday.
Wednesday, April, 15, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Farmers in the region are OK with dry weather, for now
No rain and high winds have resulted in fire threats and also favorable farming conditions — for now. The Red River Valley region is under a red flag warning, as a result of dry weather and high winds across the region, according to the National Weather Service.
Wednesday, April, 15, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Long-term grazing plans a necessity
Agricultural producers often experience feelings of uncertainty that are sourced in many day-to-day issues. The biggest uncertainty is the weather. Those operations that push the limit for production will experience greater uncertainty than those that target production to the long-term average.
Wednesday, April, 15, 2015 - North Dakota State University Extension Service - News

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China farm pollution worsens, despite moves to curb excessive fertilizers, pesticides
BEIJING - Farm pollution in China is worsening, despite moves to reduce excessive use of fertilizers and pesticides, said the agricultural ministry, urging farmers to switch to organic alternatives to tackle severe soil and water pollution.
Tuesday, April, 14, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Buffer zone proposal targets farmers
ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton has chosen to turn up the rhetoric against Minnesota’s hardworking farmers this session.
Tuesday, April, 14, 2015 - - News

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Northwest Minnesota farmers still like corn
Like Sherman’s March to the Sea, corn had been driving steadily and relentlessly into northwest Minnesota. High corn prices have encouraged farmers here to grow the crop, and new, faster-maturing varieties have allowed them to do it.
Monday, April, 13, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Annual survey of N.D. cropland shows signs of peaked prices
Farmland rental rates and values are both rising and falling across North Dakota — a good sign that farmland prices have peaked, an agricultural economist says.
Monday, April, 13, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Weather Talk: One good rain away
Each warm day causes more and more evaporation which leaves the ground drier and drier. Many farmers in the area are concerned that the lack of rain will soon impact the growing season. And while all of these concerns are real, it is important to realize that our region is one good storm away from being quite wet.
Saturday, April, 11, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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'The pendulum has swung'
Anna Stansbery is going full bore. Calving is underway, and the Carrington, N.D., veterinarian’s services are needed often. Kevin Wolsky, a father of eight, is always busy. But planting season is at hand, and the Carrington farmer soon will be even busier.
Monday, April, 06, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Paraquat: A controversial chemical's second act
One of the oldest and most widely used pesticides in the world is also one of the most toxic and controversial. Paraquat, a herbicide used to control weeds since the 1950s, was banned in the European Union in 2007. It is restricted for use only by licensed technicians in the United States and, since 2012, many of its formulations in China are being phased out.
Monday, April, 06, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Growing Together: Potato planting Easter weekend
Did you plant your potatoes on Good Friday? I wish I had a bushel of spuds for every time we’ve heard the question. Are potatoes really best planted then, or is it an old wives’ tale? I never dismiss old wives’ tales because some of the best gardeners are old wives. But let’s think this through.
Saturday, April, 04, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Army cutworms spotted in South Dakota winter wheat
BROOKINGS, S.D. - Army cutworms have been spotted feeding on winter wheat seedlings in fields located southwest of Wall. “The early spring and warm temperatures helped the greening of winter wheat fields all over South Dakota also favoring the insect’s development," said Anitha Chirumamilla, South Dakota State University Extension entomology field specialist.
Friday, April, 03, 2015 - South Dakota State University Extension - News

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New ND hemp law pleases supporters
Wayne Hauge says he’s “mostly your typical northwest North Dakota farmer.” But the Ray producer also is a staunch supporter of industrial hemp, and a new state law is expected to help him and other North Dakota farmers start growing the crop, perhaps as soon as 2016.
Thursday, April, 02, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Special Report: Why Brazil has a big appetite for banned pesticides
LIMOEIRO DO NORTE, Brazil - The farmers of Brazil have become the world’s top exporters of sugar, orange juice, coffee, beef, poultry and soybeans. They’ve also earned a more dubious distinction: In 2012, Brazil passed the United States as the largest buyer of pesticides. This rapid growth has made Brazil an enticing market for pesticides banned or phased out in richer nations because of health or environmental risks.
Thursday, April, 02, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Domestic sheep can manage fallow
Domestic sheep rather than traditional farming equipment can be used to manage fallow and terminate cover crops for farmers who grow organic crops. The sheep can help save money, reduce tillage, manage weeds and pests and reduce the risk of soil erosion
Thursday, April, 02, 2015 - Montana State University News Service - News

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