Mikkel Pates / Agweek Staff Writer
FARGO, N.D. — Many North Dakota FFA members got a headstart on National FFA week, Feb. 17-24, by participating in high school ag contests at North Dakota State University's 92nd Little International event in Fargo on Feb. 9-10, an event ramrodded by the NDSU Saddle & Sirloin Club. Calvin Aichele, president of the NDSU FFA chapter, says his group of about 25 active members partners with the NDSU Judging Club to put on the Little I high school events on the Friday of the event. Events drew nearly 800 high school students from dozens of local chapters.
FARGO, N.D. — Dicamba herbicide use and regulations are some of the hot topics at the first Northern Corn and Soybean Expo, an event inaugurated by the North Dakota Corn Growers and the North Dakota Soybean Council at the Fargodome. "Putting Our Best Foot Forward Using Dicamba," was the cheery-sounding topic addressed by Kirk Howatt, an associate professor of weed science at North Dakota State University, in one of the break-out sessions, hosted in the comfortable "Theater" room where the national champion Bison football players study game films.
FARGO, N.D. — The first Northern Corn and Soybean Expo is in the books, combining forces in the region's two row crop enterprises and boosting overall attendance for what had been a two-day event. More than 750 people registered for the event at the Fargodome on Feb. 13, with nearly 600 attending a BASF training for dicamba herbicide use in 2018. New formulations of the herbicide and dicamba-resistant crops are promoted as a tool for confronting herbicide-resistant weeds, but the technology has caused drift and damage concerns for non-dicamba beans.
Speaking at a Farm and Ranch Economic Summit in Bismarck, N.D., last month, David Ripplinger, an NDSU assistant professor of agricultural economics and bioenergy and bioproducts economist, said there will be a significant increase in dicamba-soybean production in 2018. Ripplinger also speculated that perhaps the companies producing dicamba-resistant soybeans had planned on that defensive response from the start.
BISMARCK, N.D. — Three ethanol refineries in North Dakota are working to source large volumes of Enogen corn for 2018. It's a variety that includes an enzyme that helps convert starch to sugar, making the product more valuable for ethanol production. Three ethanol refiners — Tharaldson Ethanol of Casselton, Blue Flint Ethanol of Underwood, N.D., and Dakota Spirit AgEnergy, Spiritwood, N.D. — are offering an extra 40 cents a bushel for the product, according to a North Dakota State University agricultural economist.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Would the "best practices" for fertilizer application be enough to prevent water contamination? What restrictions will society impose, and to what effect? Can we afford it and who should pay the bill? These are some of the questions answered at the fourth annual Nitrogen: Minnesota's Grand Challenge and Compelling Opportunity Conference, Feb. 6 in St Cloud, Minn. About 130 regulators, scientists and ag professionals gathered for the event, hosted by the University of Minnesota Extension Service.
ABERDEEN, S.D. — The Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society will move its annual meeting and winter workshop from Aberdeen, S.D., to Fargo, N.D., in 2019 and probably beyond, the group announced in late January.
MELROSE, Minn. — The "We Do Cows" billboards make a big impression on Interstate 94 as people travel to and from the Twin Cities. Ag-savvy motorists often smile at the slogan, but few know Leedstone Inc. is a creative and transformative business in the region's animal health industry. Leedstone is led by veterinarian brothers, David and Dan Tomsche. David, 61, is Leedstone's president and chief executive officer. Dan, 62, is vice president.
People often ask: Where did that "We Do Cows!" slogan come from? Surprisingly, the light-hearted catch phrase was born from a "moment of great despair," says David Tomsche, president of what is now Leedstone Inc. It was 2002, and David had left the veterinary practice to expand the animal health supply business. But the clinic suffered some setbacks so David returned as a practicing veterinarian from 2002 to 2007. One day at 2 a.m, David found himself driving home after delivering a beef calf on a farm where he'd never been before.
BISMARCK, N.D. — There will be a significant increase in dicamba-soybean production in 2018, says a North Dakota State University Extension Service economist who wonders if that was the strategy from the start.