• Lon Tonneson

    Al Gustin's New Book Chronicles Ag Changes

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on November 28, 2013

    Al Gustin’s new book, “Farm Byline,” is a good read and it might be a good Christmas gift for someone on your list. Gustin recently retired from a 45-year career as an ag journalist in North Dakota. The book is a collection of the columns he wrote for the North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives between 1974 and today. The columns in the book I liked best were about his own life on the farm and the everyday life of North Dakota farmer and ranchers &ndash…

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  • Lon Tonneson

    Al Gustin's New Book Chronicles Ag Changes

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on November 28, 2013

    Al Gustin’s new book, “Farm Byline” is a good read and it might be a good Christmas gift for someone on your list. Gustin recently retired from a 45-year career as an ag journalist in North Dakota. The book is a collection of the columns he wrote for the North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives between 1974 and today. The columns in the book I liked best were about his own life on the farm and the everyday life of North Dakota farmer and ranchers &ndash…

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    Hot Topics At The Great Plains Land Expo

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on November 22, 2013

    The three breakout sessions at the recent Great Plains Land Expo in Fargo, N.D., that appeared to attract the most people were about land values, land rents and mineral rights. Lynn Paulson, Bell State Bank, Fargo N.D., handled topic “Farmland Values From A Lender’s Perspective.” He said he didn’t think there was a land bubble. And he didn’t that bubble people fear is out there was about to burst, despite the fact that the local cash corn price in some parts of…

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    Crazy Timing For Ethanol Cutback

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on November 17, 2013

    It’s ironic that EPA announced its proposal to cut the Renewable Fuel Standard precisely the same week the retail price gas fell below $3 per gallon and just as farmers were wrapping up a harvest that’s so big that there will be enough corn for food, feed and fuel with plenty to spare -- and corn will cost half of what it did last year. Isn’t this what consumers wanted? Cheaper fuel? Cheaper feed? Cheaper food? Some blame Big Oil for the proposed cutback in the Renewable…

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    Corn Comes Through

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on November 13, 2013

     “This field is running 120 bushels an acre,” said Mitch Wanzek, Windsor, N.D., as I rode with him while he combined corn today. “This summer we didn’t think it would make 20 bushels per acre,” he added. On their farm in central North Dakota near Jamestown, they had too much rain early, which delayed emergence and even washed some corn seed out of the furrows on the slopes. Then it stopped raining and stayed dry for much of the summer.  “The rain…

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    Soybeans Looks More Profitable Than Corn In 2014

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on November 9, 2013

    Move over corn. Soybeans may be more profitable than in 2014. And wheat may be a contender. In South Dakota State University’s early crop budgets, soybeans look as if they will be more profitable than corn given current market price projections and input cost estimates, says Jack Davis, South Dakota State University farm management specialist. Using a projected corn price of $4.15 per bushel and projected soybean price of $10.80 per bushel, returns to management and labor favor…

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    Carbon Credits Coming For Grassland

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on November 6, 2013

    Farmers and ranchers who maintain grassland easements in the Dakotas might be able to earn an extra one time payment of $16 to $25 per acre in carbon credits in the future. Ducks Unlimited, NRCS and several private organizations have created a carbon credit program for grasslands. Enrolled land could not be tilled, but it could be put in a conservation program or used for grazing and/or haying. The carbon credit payment would be in addition to any conservation easement payments. The payment…

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    Biological Barcodes Could Track Food Back To The Farm

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on November 2, 2013

    File this under “gee-whiz technology that might be coming soon.” Or maybe file it under “if you didn’t like premise identification, you’re going to hate this.” An Ohio based company says it is developing a biological barcode that would be injected into or onto produce so that food safety officials can tell what farm it comes from. The technology has its roots biological barcodes. Not long ago, scientists discovered that the bacteria, fungi and other…

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