• Lon Tonneson

    Valley Farm Show

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on February 25, 2010

    Top clue that you are in the Red River Valley for a farm show -- a new Dyna Flo flood pump is on display at the entrance. This pto driven pump can move 3,000 gallons of water per minute and lift it 15 feet high with ease. That would come in handy this spring if you had to move a lot of water from behind a ring dike or over a road. Another dead giveaway that you're in the Red River Valley -- Simplot is serving french fries, waffle fries, wedge-cut fries and potato olays from its booth, and…

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    Imbedded with crop consultants

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on February 17, 2010

    I’ve been in Texas the past couple days, imbedded with crop consultants from North Dakota, northwest Minnesota and other states who are learning about new crop protection products BASF.   The company that brought you Headline fungicide and Kixor herbicide introduced nearly 30 new products in the past 10 years and will introduce about the same number in the next four, company officials says.   It takes BASF 10-12 years to introduce a brand new compound and cost $276 million.   One things…

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    Dryer buying decisions

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on February 3, 2010

    I drove out to Lidgerwood, N.D., take a picture of Steve Strege for an article that is going to appear in the February issue of the Dakota Farmer in a couple weeks.   Sorry, I can’t tell you what the story is about – it’s a surprise. But more on that later.   Anyway, when I arrived, Steve and a grain dryer salesman were at the kitchen table.   Steve was buying a new high temperature dryer, doubling the size of his current unit.   “I got all my corn done this year,” Steve told me…

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