• Lon Tonneson

    Holy Hamburger!

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on January 30, 2012

    Some consumers are already scared of their food. Despite a lack of evidence, they fear that the raw material isn’t safe because it has been genetically modified, that giant meat packers will cut any corner to make a profit and that USDA inspectors are looking the other way all the time. New York Times best-selling author Alex Kava taps into all three fears in her new book, Hotwire. In her ripped-from-the-headlines style, Kava spins a tale where hamburger in school lunches is contaminated…

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    Shooting Muskrats and Raising Tax Caps

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on January 23, 2012

    Doug Sombke, South Dakota Farmers Union president and a Conde, S.D. farmer, says he’s an optimistic pessimist . He hopes for the best but plans for the worst. He described himself that way in his latest Union Farmer column, in which he described what he expects to see happen at the state legislature this year. It’s worth passing on. “First I predict there will be no dramatic change in South Dakota laws addressed by the state legislature this year,” he wrote…

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    Wow! Look At These Corn Yields

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on January 13, 2012

    There should have been a big drum roll at the South Dakota Corn Growers Association's annual meeting when they presented plaques to the yield contest winners. There were some impressive yields in 2011. The top yield was 294 bushels per acre entered by David Ogle, Harrold, S.D., in a the no-till/strip till category. But this isn’t the highest yield ever in the contest. Steve Breding, Chamberlain, had a 297 bu/a yield in 2009 in the same category. SDCGA published a yield contest results…

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    Wow! Look At These Corn Yields.

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on January 12, 2012

    There should have been a big drum roll at the South Dakota Corn Growers Association when they presented plaques to the yield contest winners. There were some impressive yields in 2011. The top yield was 294 bushels per acre entered by David Ogle, Harrold, S.D., in a the no-till/strip till category. But this isn't the highest yield ever in the contest. Steve Breding, Chamberlain, had a 297 bu/a yield in 2009 in the same category. SDCGA published a yield contest results booklet and included a…

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    Rest of the Best From Lake Region Extension Round Up

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on January 7, 2012

    At the second day of the NDSU Extension Lake Region Round Up, I heard several tips on how to control dandelion and Canada thistle in cropland, push soybean yields to new yield heights and how to write a flexible cash rent that’s a winner for the landlord and the tenant. Best spring dandelion control –Express plus glyphosatefor fields to be planted to corn or soybeans. Greg Andres, NDSU Extension agronomist, Carrington Research and Extension Center., says field should be…

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    Hot Farm Topics At Extension Roundup

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on January 3, 2012

    I heard a couple interesting things at the first day of the NDSU Extension Roundup in Devils Lake, N.D. Corn strategies -- if you are serious about growing corn, you probably should be prepared to sidedress nitrogen, says Joel Ransom, NDSU Extension agronomist. . Last year, nitrogen losses from leaching and denitrification were serious enough to reduce North Dakota’s average yield to from 134 to 110 bushels per acre. He says spring application of fertilizer plus sidedressing may reduce N…

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