• Lon Tonneson

    It's A Two-Tractor Planting Year

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on May 27, 2011

    How many tractors does it take to plant? You’d usually say one, of course. But in parts of the Dakotas this year it’s taking one tractor to pull the planter and another tractor, or perhaps even two tractors, to pull the planter tractor when it gets stuck. Pull tractors have been needed a lot in the fall with combines and sugarbeet lifters, but not so much in the spring. Every year is different, I guess, and this one will be one for the record books. What…

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  • Lon Tonneson

    On The Road (Maybe) In Flood Country

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on May 12, 2011

    The last couple weeks I've spent a lot of time on township roads in Dakota flood country -- northeast North Dakota, the Red River Valley, the James River valley and Devils Lake basin. The township roads are mess. Some farmers can't get to their homes. Some can't get equipment to their fields. Everybody has to go a long way out of their way to get anyplace. So I was riding with Terry Entzminger, of Jamestown, N.D., and he says that he wishes USDA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service…

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