Amanda Radke, Special to Agweek
As summer transitions into fall, it's a good time to plant trees before winter hits. Whether planting a line of trees for a shelter belt or just a few for eye appeal in front of the house, there are some important considerations when it comes to selecting the type of trees to add to the landscape. John Ball, a forest health specialist at South Dakota State University, recently addressed this topic at the 2018 South Dakota State Fair in Huron.
Last week, we drove our four-year old daughter Scarlett to the bus stop and watched her head to her first day of all-day preschool. Yes, I held back tears as I waved goodbye as she rode away on the bus. Although I feel such joy and excitement thinking about this new chapter in Scarlett's life, it is a bittersweet moment realizing that our first born baby doesn't seem like much of a baby at all anymore.
The summer grilling season is in full swing, and it's hard to beat a sizzling sirloin or juicy burger hot off the coals. However, in the Silicon Valley, techies are working to create a "better" burger, grown in a petri dish from the cells of beef animals.
As Independence Day draws near, I've been thinking about the most memorable ways I've celebrated the holiday over the years. There's been cousin campouts at my grandparents' lake cabin, fishing on the river with my husband, grilling burgers and making s'mores in the backyard, shopping for "explosives" with my dad at the local stand and setting them off on the ranch (if it's not too dry, of course), and perhaps one of the most memorable was spending the Fourth of July in Washington, D.C.
At the end of May, we welcomed our third child — Croix Tyler — to our family, which means my husband and I are officially outnumbered. Switching from man-on-man to zone defense has been both interesting and challenging just a week into the game, and if we were keeping score, I'm guessing the scoreboard would read Parents: 10 Kids: 99
On April 28, runners gathered at Lindenwood Park in Fargo, N.D., for the Beefin' It Up; Fuel for the Finish Race, hosted by the North Dakota State University Collegiate CattleWomen (CCW). With 10K, 5K, Kids Fun Run and virtual run options, participants could enjoy the scenic route of the park while raising money for a good cause.
Wedding season is quickly approaching, and once again, we have a full schedule of nuptials to attend.
Quinn Kougl is just like every other 2-year-old. She loves living on a ranch in Lodge Grass, Mont., riding horses, rough-housing with her siblings, Nora and Cody, and playing outside. Yet, despite her rambunctious personality and never-ending energy, Quinn was dealt an unexpected hand at birth — a diagnosis of Treachers Collins syndrome.
With six weeks until our third child arrives in May, I've taken nesting to a new level — organizing closets, cleaning out drawers, rearranging furniture, painting walls, tearing down our old deck and the list goes on.
If there's one thing agricultural producers can consistently count on, it's the inconsistency and volatility of the markets and weather and other unpredictable factors that make grain and livestock production both challenging and rewarding. In mid-February, First Dakota National Bank hosted a series of meetings across eastern South Dakota featuring keynote speaker Kevin Van Trump from "The Van Trump Report." He offered his insights and analysis of current agricultural market factors and how producers can best prepare for the ups and downs that may occur throughout 2018.