• Lon Tonneson

    Calving Season Success

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on April 28, 2011

    A couple South Dakota farm families I visited on April 27 were busy finishing up a tough stretch of calving in wet, cool, muddy conditions. Mark and Joel Erickson, Langford, S.D.; Brian, Darren and Kurt Zuehlke, of Z-Co Farms, Britton, S.D., have spent much of April working round the clock. Both families have 350-450 cows to calve out. “It’s gone pretty well,” says Mark Erickson. “We haven’t lost many calves.” The story’s the same at the…

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  • Lon Tonneson

    Best Of Times, Worst Of Times

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on April 15, 2011

    It’s ironic that most of South Dakota agriculture is experiencing the best of times while the state's ag research and extension service is experiencing the worst of times. This week, in response to state and federal budget cuts, SDSU officials closed two of its seven agricultural experiment stations, cut 90 positions at the Brookings campus and in the ag experiment station system, closed all county extension offices and merged them in seven regional center, eliminated 20 out-state…

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