• Lon Tonneson

    Grain Elevator Building Boom

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on November 30, 2010

    Grain companies are hustling to keep up with the boom in grain production in eastern South Dakota. ADM Benson-Quinn recently announced it will build an elevator at Tulare, S.D., next year. The new facility will have two million bushels of storage, a 10,000 bushel per hour dryer and high-speed truck unloading and railcar loading equipment. Cenex Harvest States and West Central Ag Services says they are teaming up to build a new shuttle grain elevator at Hannaford, N.D. They’ll break…

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    Dunn Can Get It Done

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on November 20, 2010

    Several people have told me that Barry Dunn is going to be great for Dakota agriculture. It took me one phone interview with Dunn to agree. Dunn is the new president of the South Dakota College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences and is charge of ag education, research and Extension in South Dakota. Dunn has done it all. He’s farmed and ranched, taught agriculture, done ag research and worked in Cooperative Extension. What impressed me most is that Dunn acknowledges that some of…

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    Who's the Dummy?

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on November 15, 2010

    I heard yesterday that there farmer near Fargo, N.D, who have several thousand acres of corn yet to harvest. The upshot of the conversation was that maybe he was farming too much. After all, if you can’t you couldn’t get your corn harvested by mid November this year when the fall has generally been so nice aren’t you farming too much? Initially, I agreed. But I’m having second thoughts. After the last couple wet years, we know it’s possible to harvest corn in…

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    Last Field, Last Round

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on November 3, 2010

    Paul Evenson and his crew were combining their last field of corn near Renner, S.D., this morning. Their harvest was ending on a bright, dry November morning.  “It went a lot better this year,” said John Evenson, Paul’s nephew, who was running the combine. The field was dry. There was no snow. It was 50 degrees F rather than 20 degrees F. Yields were good, John said, but he declined to “The corn is 14-15% moisture. That’s nice for a change. No need to dry…

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    Vote Now

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on November 2, 2010

    Today is going to be an interesting day for Dakota agriculture. It's election day. In North Dakota, Earl Pomeroy (D-N.D.) – one of the chief architects of the last farm bill – may lose his seat to Republican Rich Berg. In South Dakota, incumbent Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin (D) is in a tough race with Republican Kristi Noem. In North Dakota, there’s a measure on the ballot that bans high-fence hunting. How it will affect livestock producers has been hotly…

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