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    Investment Opportunity

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on September 28, 2013

    Northern Plains Nitrogen is now offering farmers and others the opportunity to invest directly in the proposed $1.7 billion fertilizer manufacturing plant to be located in Grand Forks, N.D. The plant, which organizers hope will begin operation in 2017, will make fertilizer out of natural gas. “We are very excited to announce that farmers, and others have the opportunity to invest directly in this project,” says Darin Anderson, chairman of Northern Plains Nitrogen board of…

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    This Seed Ad May Make You Laugh

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on September 26, 2013

    Tired of all those serious seed ads that are running everywhere this time of year? An ad from Millborn Seeds, Brookings, S.D., will make you laugh. The company sells forage, grass and cover crop seeds. The commercial is a spoof. They were just having fun when they dreamed up, “Milton Tarkenton’s Super Mega Sugar Beet Seed Warehouse Store.” They thought their customers would enjoy the fake commercial. I did and it made me want to buy their seeds! Check it…

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    Turn Sugar Into Ethanol? You bet!

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on September 20, 2013

    Should the U.S. start making ethanol out of sugar? I say, you bet. We have a glut of sugar on the market -- thanks mostly to Mexico dumping their surplus into the U.S. this year. Switching to sugar might be good for ag’s image, too. I doubt that anybody will complain about using sugar to make fuel, like they complain about using corn. The food police -- who seem to hate the fact that we use corn to make meat -- aren’t sweet on sugar. They say sugar is making us fat…

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    Beef Is What's For Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on September 18, 2013

    If you like eating beef, there’s a restaurant in South Dakota that you should make a point of visiting. D&K Outpost, of Highmore, S.D., was recently recognized by the South Dakota Beef Industry Council with its Prime Promoters award. Owned and managed by Karen and Greg Swenson, D&K Outpost is best known for its prime rib entrée. In 2012, the restaurant sold approximately 3,600 pounds of ribeye, which is used for both the prime rib and ribeye steaks. It also…

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    King Corn's Secrets To High Yields

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on September 12, 2013

    What’s Randy Dowdy’s secret to high corn yields? Dowdy won the irrigated division in the 2012 National Corn Growers Yield Contest with a 372-bushel-per-acre entry. He shared some of his secrets to high yields at a session at the recent Big Iron farm show in West Fargo, N.D. “The most important thing to see in your field…is your shadow,” said Dowdy, of Valdosta, Ga. He walks every acre of corn on his farm. “I walk with the crop…

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    $3.25 Corn? Soybeans Under $10?

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on September 9, 2013

    Corn at $3.25 per bushel. Soybeans under $10 per bushel. Land prices down 5% to 35%. Those figures from Dan Basse, an analyst with AgResource Co., Chicago, Ill., got my attention. So did his phrases like “big changes are rocking agriculture” and “a new kind of farm crisis like back in the mid-1980s.” He did have some good news, too. He said livestock producers will soon have “their turn” at good times. And gas prices are going to fall…

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    CRP Conversion Alone Isn't To Blame For Pheasant Decline

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on September 5, 2013

    South Dakota pheasant numbers are down, but farmers aren’t completely to blame. That’s what I conclude from reports about South Dakota Game Fish and Game Parks Department's annual roadside survey of pheasants. GF&P cited the decline in habitat -- the conversion of CRP and grassland to cropland -- as one of the reasons behind the drop in the index of pheasants per mile from 4.19 last year to 1.52 this year. But the GF&P says “months of persistent…

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    S.D. Farmers Ask HSUS To Drop Horse Processing Injunction

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on September 2, 2013

    Are Frank Kloucek and Bob Mack tilting at windmills? The two South Dakota farmers recently met with the Humane Society of the United States President and CEO Wayne Pacelle and Vice President Joe Maxell at the Organization of Competitive Markets annual conference in Kansas City, Mo., and asked them to drop their opposition to humane horse processing in the U.S. Following the meeting with HSUS, Kloucek -- a former state legislator from Scotland, S.D., who is running for the State…

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