• Lon Tonneson

    Photos Reveal Farmland Flooding Losses

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on June 28, 2010

    Approximately 400,000 acres of farmland have been flooded in the Devils Lake basin since the land-locked North Dakota lake began rising in 1993. But the numbers don’t do the flooding justice. Check out these aerial photos taken by Huck Krueger, Devils Lake, N.D., from his ultralight, to get a sense of what's happening to farms. Over Mike's Lake and Chain Lake, looking northwest. This is the farm in the center of the previous above. This farm is surrounded by water. A road…

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    Food Versus Fuel

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on June 18, 2010

    I saw a good biofuels exhibit by the Minnesota Extension Service at the University of Minnesota Arboretum over the weekend. In one exhibit, a living mass of moss covered a Volkswagon Beetle. In another, a farmer made from living plants sat a stride a Ford tractor. Both exhibits really brought to life the idea that farmers are “green.” Other exhibits included plantings of corn, soybeans, sunflowers, barley, native grasses, aspens and willows. I particular liked the one showing how…

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    Ethanol is playing nice

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on June 1, 2010

    Ethanol’s playing nice I’ve been waiting for ethanol to take advantage of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to score some public relations points with the American people. Supporters could run an ad with a farmer standing in front in a lush green corn field. In the background there could be birds twittering and deer peeking out of the end rows. A pheasant might even fly across the screen. And the farmer would say,“Yup, corn ethanol hasn’t ruined…

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