• Lon Tonneson

    Hay day fun

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on July 30, 2009

    “I just love growing hay.”   I heard that from not one, but two Dakota farmers this week.   Mike Lentsch, Lentsch Hay Farms, Veblen, S.D. told me how much he enjoys haying while we bounced across one of the highest points in the Sisseton Hills with his baler. Lentsch grows grass hay mixes mostly for the horse market in the Midwest.   About the only thing he likes better that growing hay is meeting the people who buy his hay.   “They’re the best,” he says.   Dave Berndt, White, S.D…

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    New technologies for ag

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on July 22, 2009

      I caught two different glimpses of ag technology the other day.   One had names like Wolverine, Rimfire and Ignite.   The other had names like Ashley, Reid and Josiah.   Wolverine, Rimfire and Ignite are herbicides that Bayer Crop Science showed off at itsresearch farm near Sabin, Minn. The site is one of several in the U.S. that Bayer uses to test new product straight off the lab bench. Bayer has nine new products that will be on coming on the market in the next 3 to 5 years. “The…

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    Missouri River fishing story

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on July 13, 2009

    The best story I heard this week on a trip to Carrington and Harvey, N.D., was a story about fishing on the Missouri River.   Shannon Berndt, Northern Pulse Growers Association executive director and a Pollock, S.D., native tells this story:   A friend of theirs spotted a boat out on the Missouri River that looked like it was in trouble. Three young kinds were crowded up in the bow of the boat. And a man stood in the stern, flailing his arms at something.   Their friend swung over to find…

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    My Carbon Footprint Grew To Sasquatch Size

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on July 1, 2009

    My carbon footprint expanded big time last night.   I finally got around to mowing a three acre patch on my farmstead. I used to grow pumpkins there, but with the kids grown up and the grandkids too far away I was thinking of replanting it to trees. Only this year, the ground was too wet to do anything but watch the weeds grow.   The pennycress had gotten waist high and was as pretty and even as a carefully tended wheat field. But the waterhemp, lambsquarter and Canada thistle were…

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