• Lon Tonneson

    SD Farm Takes Conservation To Higher Level

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on July 29, 2013

    One great thing about my job is that I get to visit a lot of farms. I have never seen a  farm with such an impressive conservation effort as one I visited near Aberdeen, S.D., last week. The father and son (who I’m not going to identify yet because I hope to feature them in upcoming edition of the magazine) had purchased several farms along a river in Brown County and created a new unit that spans several thousand acres. About 30% of the farm is enrolled in conservation…

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    New Export Terminal Really Moves Soybeans

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on July 17, 2013

    I enjoyed traveling to Seattle, Wash., recently with the North Dakota Soybean Council. We visited EGT, a new export grain terminal in Longview, Wash., built by Bunge and partners from Japan and South Korea. The terminal is a marvel. I was most impressed by the capacity and unloading speed. EGT can unload a shuttle train in  five to six hours and can handle six 110-car shuttle trains at any given time without decoupling the locomotives. There’s room at the terminal for…

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    Don't Call Them Super Weeds

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on July 11, 2013

    Every time I read an article about “super weeds” sweeping across the American farms, I want whack the writer with my hoe.  “Super weeds” seems to have become the catch phrase for herbicide-resistant weeds. Folks who have an anti-GMO agenda use the term a lot. What gets me wound up is that they make it sound as if weeds have genetically altered themselves during the growing season to withstand applications of Roundup or some other herbicide. "I…

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