STAFF BLOG STORM TRACKER Deep Cold
A week ago today, Fargo Moorhead recorded a high temperature of 53 degrees. Although chilly, it was a huge improvement over the previous day, May 1, when the high temperature reached only 36 degrees. ... Posted on 5/9/11 at 11:28 AM
FARGO, N.D. — The far-flung case of Grafton, N.D., farmer Tom Grabanski rolls on — his many enterprises and legal challenges from North Dakota to Colorado to Texas continue, with legal filings revealing ongoing frustration by all parties.
Sunflower acreage this year in North Dakota, the nation’s dominant producer of the crop, is projected to sink to its second-lowest rate since 1976. But the executive director of the National Sunflower Association says there’s reason to be optimistic about his crop’s future, both in and outside the state.
Most farmers in southeastern Minnesota are nearly finished harvesting corn, but Bill Beckman of rural Zumbrota has been done for months. As an alternative to yellow corn, he’s been developing an 85-day white corn hybrid using classic Mendelian genetics.
A Lake County, S.D., man this month shot a feral pig, an animal usually found in the southern United States. Chad Aker said the animal was first sighted about six weeks ago by farmers chopping corn for silage. Aker found the pig on his property Nov. 2 about 14 miles northwest of Madison, S.D., and brought down the animal with a rifle.
More than 3.4 million acres nationwide were taken out of the program in September when the owners' contracts expired. Most of them were in Texas, Colorado and Kansas, but hundreds of thousands of acres also came out in Montana and the Dakotas.
Nebraska and Texas are investigating positive cases of bovine tuberculosis to determine whether there has been an outbreak of the disease already confirmed in California, Minnesota (where it was found in northwest Minnesota), Michigan and New Mexico. The disease is considered untreatable in cattle, so both infected and uninfected animals in a herd usually are killed when bovine tuberculosis is found.
Lynn and Cynthia Remsing have a 7-acre front yard in this small, increasingly affluent Tarrant County city now dotted with $1 million mansions.
But theirs is like none other in the community of 2,400 surrounded by Arlington.
An AP Member Exchange Feature By Barry Shlachter, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
July 08, 2009
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