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The Kidder County Sheriff’s Office released details Wednesday of an all-terrain vehicle accident Saturday that took the life of a Streeter, N.D., man. Rodney Schmidt, 66, died Saturday, when the four-wheel ATV he was operating on a farm northwest of Streeter near Alkaline Lake struck a root and overturned on top of him, according to Kidder County Sheriff Barry Vanatta. He said Schmidt died at the scene.
The science of agriculture is thousands of years old. However, the science of precision agriculture -- the process of tailoring the planting and fertilizing process to a specific area through the use of global positioning systems and precision maps -- has only been around for about 20 years, according to Dr. Raj Khosla, professor of precision agriculture at Colorado State University. Khosla was the keynote speaker at the Precision Agriculture Action Summit, which began Monday at the North Dakota Farmers Union Conference Center.
Canola growers in Stutsman County are invited to participate in the election of a county representative for the North Dakota Oilseed Council. All canola growers who have a definite interest in the membership of the Council are encouraged to participate in the election at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Jamestown Civic Center. Each person, landlord or tenant, husband and/or wife, who has planted canola (in 2012), or intends to plant canola (in 2013), and is a participating producer who resides in the county, if present, is entitled to vote.
The Stutsman County Agriculture Improvement Association will be holding its annual meeting in conjunction with the Winter Ag Expo at 4 p.m. Jan. 8 in the Center W room. The association will be nominating and voting on two positions to serve on the board of directors. Anyone who is a producer in Stutsman County is a member of the association; we encourage all producers to attend the annual meeting.
The use of precision agriculture is becoming an important tool in many farmers' management practices. And why wouldn't it be? Not only can precision agriculture increase yields, it also helps with record keeping and future planning. There are many precision agriculture tools out there, and some can be a bit overwhelming. However, the use of combine yield monitors is an easy way to take the first steps ino precision agriculture.
Herbicides may leave residues in the soil after a drought, and it is important for growers to be aware of this and what they can do to prevent carryover to next year's crop. Herbicides break down in the soil primarily through microbial activity and, for atrazine and some residual SU herbicides, through chemical processes. Microbial activity and herbicide degradation is greatest when soils are moist during the growing season. Herbicide breakdown may be slowed greatly in drought conditions. If herbicide residues are significant, they may injure rotational crops in the following season.
FOREST RIVER, N.D. -- A gentle rain perked up some thirsty crops Friday, as staff at Forest River Farmers Elevator prepared for what should be one of the earliest harvests on record. "It's a gorgeous rain," said Office Manager Pam Jallo of the one-inch soaking. They're ready for harvest, which is just weeks away, despite a massive fire last fall that destroyed the offices and main storage bins at the century-old community landmark, and despite a 360,000-bushel elevator reconstruction project that will not be completed until January.
Entries are being sought for the 2012 North Dakota Make It With Wool contest. The contest will be held Aug. 11 at Rheault Farm, Fargo, and will be held in conjunction with the Fargo Park District Fiber Arts Festival. The purpose of the contest is to promote the beauty and versatility of wool fabrics and yarns. All those entering the competition must select, construct (sew, knit or crochet) and model the garments they enter.
Jamestown's Odean Olson retired from his lifelong work in the same way most people want to go out -- on top. Olson, after more than 40 years of service with North Dakota Farmers Union, was honored with one of National Farmers Union's highest national honors.