Jonathan Knutson / Agweek Staff Writer
HOPE, N.D. — Nathan Lunde knows a lot about cattle. But the Cooperstown, N.D., rancher doesn't know as much as he wants about farm succession — and that's something he's determined to change. "I've reached the age (60) where I need to start thinking about stepping away, especially since David (his son) has come back," Nathan Lunde said. "Coming here will help with that."
This spring — or the autumn of 2016 for winter wheat and a few other fall-planted crops — Upper Midwest farmers diligently inserted seed into the soil and hoped for cooperative weather. This summer, they began harvesting their fields. Now they’re just about finished.
Here are the nine other establishments submitted by Agweek readers, along with a sampling of their comments. Photos came from the submitters: Towner Travel Center Location: Towner, N.D. Submitter's comments: "This little slice of heaven has filled the bellies and hearts of its customers with fresh-baked goods, pies, coffee, comfort food and companionship for nearly 30 years. Rebuilt from the ground up in 2010 by a group of local residents." ....................................... Dilli Bar and Grill Location: Stirum, N.D.
NEKOMA, N.D. — It's November — a Friday, late afternoon — in Nekoma, N.D., population "26 on a good day." Snowflakes dance in the chill breeze before settling to the ground. From as far as 60 miles away, people are leaving their farms, homes and businesses to drive through the dusk over snow-covered roads. They want food and drink. They want camaraderie and companionship. And they know it's all waiting for them here at the Pain Reliever.
Farm-town hangouts are the glue, the hub, the social cornerstone of their communities. They're the place to share life's satisfactions, vent daily frustrations and connect with friends and neighbors. Though their menus differ, they offer food and drink. Whether it's scrambled eggs in the morning, burgers and fries at noon, coffee in the afternoon or a beer in the evening, these establishments provide it.
Q: What is the Land Stewardship Project? The Land Stewardship Project is a membership organization of about 4,000 households, primarily in Minnesota and Wisconsin. It works through members to foster an ethic of land stewardship, to promote sustainable agriculture and build healthy communities. Q: What do you raise on your own farm?
The 2017 Upper Midwest harvest isn't quite over, but the finish line is drawing near. Roughly 10 to 15 percent of corn remains in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota fields, with less than 15 percent of sunflowers still unharvested, according to a new government report. The weekly crop progress report, released Monday by the National Agricultural Statistics Service, an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, finds area farmers made substantial harvest progress on both corn and sunflowers in the week ending Nov. 19.
South Asia and Europe can be considered "agricultural capitals of the world," with the United States — at least by one measure — substantially less prominent, a new U.S. Geological Survey report finds. It also finds that there's much more cropland in the world than estimated previously. The report — released Tuesday, Nov. 14 — is based on mapping efforts that detail "croplands worldwide in the highest resolution yet, hoping to ensure global food and water security in a sustainable way," according to the USGS.
LAWTON, N.D. — Justin Zahradka knows a lot about cover crops. He'll share that knowledge at an upcoming national conference. "Interest really seems to be picking up in the past few years. More people are realizing cover crops can have a place on their farm, says Zahrada, a young Lawton, N.D., farmer and rancher and North Dakota State University graduate who began working with cover crops when he was an FFA member.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Many things have changed in Upper Midwest agriculture over the past 27 years. But the importance of year-end tax management for ag producers remains undimmed. "This time of year is especially good to look at tax management, said Jeff Parks, commercial ag lender for Community Citizens Credit Union in East Grand Forks, Minn.