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Operate more efficiently when crop prices are low

MINOT, N.D. -- Farming is first and foremost a business. And like people in any other business, farmers always need to look at new ways of operating more efficiently. That's particularly true when crop prices are poor, as they are now. As one vet...

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MINOT, N.D. -- Farming is first and foremost a business. And like people in any other business, farmers always need to look at new ways of operating more efficiently. That's particularly true when crop prices are poor, as they are now. As one veteran farmer told me here at the annual KMOT Ag Expo, producers need to find a way to make their operation remain financially viable, to "make it work."

Maybe that's through newer, bigger or more sophisticated farm equipment. Maybe it's through precision ag. Maybe it's through better record-keeping. Maybe more judicious use of inputs. Or maybe something else. Tthe solution may combine several factors and  no doubt varies from farm to farm.

The KMOT Ag Expo, like other area farm shows during winter meeting season, is an opportunity for farmers and ranchers to sharpen their skills and fine-tune their operations.

What do you think farmers will learn, or change, this winter that will best help them improve their financially viability? Drop me a line and let me know.

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