• Lon Tonneson

    What South Dakota Soybean Leaders Learned In China

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on October 31, 2011

    I was intrigued some of things South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council leaders and staff said they learned on a recent trade trip to China. Some of the points were serious and helped me understand the China market better. Some were just plain fun. All were interesting. According to South Dakota Soybean’s “Scoop on Soybean” blog, some of the top things they learned were: "Soybean demand in China fluctuates with the Chinese New Year holiday. The Chinese…

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    Set The Cows Free and Burn Down the Corn

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on October 19, 2011

    I swear, if I farmed I'd go home and set the cows free and burn down the corn and soybeans. I heard Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation, speak at South Dakota State University in Brookings, S.D., tonight. Here's the impressions from his lecture I came away with: We're making people fat and sick with the kind of food we produce. We're ruining our communities by increasing the size of our farms and ranches. We're sucking taxpayers dry by taking money from farm programs. Schlosser…

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    From white caps to dust ups

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on October 18, 2011

    Harvest is going surprisingly well this year. Surprisingly, because most farmers in the eastern Dakotas are used to harvests of mud. Of pulling combines, trucks and carts, of combining corn in standing water and cob-high snow drifts, and of awaking up from a 3 a.m. nap in the sugarbeet lifter and having their  boot frozen to the cab floor. (That happened to my neighbor.) Fields across the Dakotas are dry and the row crops are coming off fast. Some farmers, like Roger Walkinshaw, of…

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    High Tech or Low Tech?

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on October 11, 2011

    To borrow the famous phrase from the movie Forrest Gump, which I never get tired of watching, talking to farmers is like a box of chocolates – you never know what you are going to get. Like when I called Annie Carlson about their Morning Joy Farm pasture poultry and eggs I thought I d be talking about low tech and getting back to the old way of raising broilers and laying hens. Annie and her husband, John, have a CSA farm. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. They produce…

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    Prettiest place in the Dakotas

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on October 3, 2011

    I’m always on the look out for the prettiest places in the Dakotas. The Doug and Christine Wevik farm near Beresford, S.D., certainly qualifies. Christine has turned part of the shelterbelt between their home and their grain bin site into a secret garden. Over the past 13 years she’s replaced the trees with flower beds, rock paths, ponds, gazebos, arches, benches and much more. The garden has the look of a Victorian sanctuary. Many visitors stop by to see the garden. Christine…

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