• Lon Tonneson

    Farm Soil Erosion Is Clear In Muddy Waters

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on May 29, 2012

    Over the Memorial Day weekend, I took three of my grandkids to the Buffalo River State Park, which is near our farm. The twins are 4-years-old and their brother is 8. We had a grand time throwing rocks in the river, catching frogs off a sandbar and wading in the water. About the only downside to the day was the color of the water. It had rained pretty heavily the night before and the river was brown with silt. The Buffalo River runs through some good Red River Valley farmland. But the corn…

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    Farm Rescue To The Rescue

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on May 21, 2012

    Ted Smith, an engineer at Sioux Valley Energy, Colman, S.D., took vacation last week to volunteer at Farm Rescue – the nonprofit that plants and harvests crops for farmers who have suffered a major illness, accident or natural disaster. He was planting soybeans at the Gary and Linda Mark farm near Ypsilanti, N.D. Markhad fallen from ladder and broken his legs earlier in the winter. Smith didn’t know the Marks, but was more than willing to volunteer. “Farm Rescue helped a…

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    Crop Conditions Vary Widely Across the Eastern Dakotas

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on May 14, 2012

    I had an interesting trip around southeast South Dakota this past week. Heavy thunderstorms have delayed planting from Watertown to Huron to Madison. People farming the Vermillion, James and Big Sioux river bottoms were waiting for flood crests to pass before getting into those fields. I made it as far west at Fairfax, S.D., which just about 20 miles west of the Ft. Randall Dam on the Missouri River. They were busy getting their first soybean fields planted. Down along Highway 50, between…

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    Driverless Tractor May Debut In Valley

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on May 1, 2012

    You know how they say a picture is worth a 1,000 words? Well, check out the picture of the driverless tractor model called “Spirit” that is being built for use in the Red River Valley next fall, and I don’t have to write another word. The Autonomous Tractor Corporation, Fargo, N.D., will have two such tractors – one on display and one working in the demonstration field -- at the Big Iron farm show in West Fargo, N.D., Sept. 11-13, says Terry Anderson, the inventor…

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