WASHINGTON — In December, when the first new Massey Ferguson tractor built in America in many years rolled off the AGCO assembly line in Jackson, Minn., it was a sure sign that the farm economy is helping to lead the economic recovery in Minnesota and across the country.
Change is the only constant in Northern Plains agriculture. Every year, week and hour bring new challenges and new opportunities to area farmers and agribusinesses. Agweek asked a number of officials in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Montana what they think area ag will be like in 2022.
Dairy farmer Anthony Marco was compressing a long row of chopped hay beneath his tractor two weeks ago, preparing it as winter feed for his cows, when the 4-ton machine suddenly toppled over as he drove it along the pile’s steep sides.
BRADFORD, Ark. — Driving a special vehicle for the high school prom has become a common practice for teenagers, but the special ride Michael Smith Jr. used to pick up his date didn’t have to be rented from a limousine agency.
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Jerry Derby purchased his 1997 John Deere tractor with the idea he would use it most of the time to plow his field, dig ditches and spray noxious weeds on his 7-acre Redlands, Colo., property.
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