• Lon Tonneson

    We’ve Got Nothing Over Mother Nature

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on May 25, 2009

    We think we’re so smart with biotech crops.   But we really don’t have anything over Mother Nature.   Just imagine if we had her technology. We’d have:   ·    plants that grow back from their roots.   ·    plants that seed themselves.   ·    plants that make their own fertilizer.   ·    plants that will shut down when it's too dry, too hot or too cold and then start growing again when conditions improve.   ·    plants that change themselves to become resistant to herbicide…

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    Steering Toward A Better Life

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on May 21, 2009

    Two South Dakota farmers I rode with during planting in South Dakota raved about auto steer.   David Iverson, Astoria, says he doesn’t get as tired, can start and stop planting anywhere in his field and know the rows will match up, and can keep a closer eye on the planter. Spraying for aphids is easier with auto steer, too, because the rows are hard to make out that time of year, he said.   Kevin Scott, Valley Springs, said he likes all those things plus being able to plant at night if…

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    Fun With Faulstichs

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on May 13, 2009

    I had a good time visiting Jim and Carol Faulstich and their son-in-law Adam Roth at Daybreak Ranch near Highmore, S.D., recently.   Daybreak Ranch is in the running for an Environmental Stewardship Award from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.   I went to take a picture of them with their Red Angus cows that had been turned out on the first green grass of the year. It was hard to tell which they were more proud of.   Jim might be a good Think Off contest candidate, too. Think Off…

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    Obama Warms Me Up With Biofuel Talk

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on May 5, 2009

    After endorsing his candidacy in October (an act that cost me at least one reader who called and canceled his subscription), I’ve been cool toward President Barack Obama.   In his first 100 days, President Obama didn’t seem to do anything that directly helps the kind of agriculture that involves most people in the Dakotas.   But I might warm up to him now that he has announced steps to rev up biofuels.   Full development of cellulosic biofuels could result in building 192 more ethanol…

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