• Lon Tonneson

    Volcanco affects weather

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on April 21, 2010

    The weather across the Dakotas has been so nice lately that I’ve been waiting for it to change. So when the volcano in Iceland erupted, I thought, “Here we go --the ash cloud will eventually get around the globe and block out sunlight, giving us another cool summer, the third one in a row.” So I emailed Dennis Todey and Adrian Akyuz, climatologists for North Dakota and South Dakota, and Frank Watson, Dakota’s Farmer’s weather columnist, and asked them what they thought might happen. And…

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    No County For Old Men

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on April 12, 2010

    I’m wrapping up a visit to Phoenix, Ariz., this week. My wife and I came to see our youngest son, who moved here in November, and to see if the Southwest might be a place we’d like to live someday, at least during the winter. The jury’s out on our future home, but I am sure about one thing – I wouldn’t want to operate a ranch here. The news here is filled with the story of Rob Krentz, 58, who operated a 35,000-acre cattle ranch south of Douglas, Arizona, on the Mexican border. He…

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    Among Survivors

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on April 1, 2010

    I’m among survivors -- dairy producers in Dakotas and several other states who turned out for the Central Plains Dairy Expo in Sioux Falls. They’ve gotten through more than a year of record low prices and are still in business.   But they’ve apparently go a ways to go yet.   Gary Sipiioski, business development manager for Vita Plus, former bank president and member of the Federal Reserve ag advisory committee, says recovery is still on the horizon. Maybe it will finally take hold…

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