• Lon Tonneson

    Secrets To 298.6 bu/a Corn In North Dakota.

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on January 28, 2013

    How did Jamie Gorder, Wahpeton, N.D., produce the 298.6 bushel per acre yield for the National Corn Growers Association Yield contest? Her entry was the highest in North Dakota and 2nd highest nationally in the non-irrigated division. Jamie farms with her husband, Mark, and their son, Vincent. Mark took second in the North Dakota non-irrigated division with a 288 bushel per acre entry. Jamie produced 298.6 bushels per acre with DuPont Pioneer P0062XR -- a Roundup Ready…

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    How To Describe Your Farm To Consumers

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on January 22, 2013

    I picked up some good tips on how to talk to non-farmers about agriculture at the Precision Agriculture Summit in Jamestown, N.D. Sarah Bedgar Wilson, who was one of the featured speakers, said to use terms that consumers understand. She farms with her husband, Jeremy, near Jamestown, and is an active agricultural advocate. Her blog is called “Farmer On A Mission.” When trying to explain the impact their farm has on their local economy, she tells people how many places in…

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    Why No Ag In State-Of-The-State Speeches?

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on January 10, 2013

    I was surprised that North Dakota’s and South Dakota’s governors didn’t say much about agriculture in their state-of-the-state addresses this week. Agriculture is still the No. 1 industry in South Dakota and is probably tied with oil and mining in North Dakota. But N.D. Gov. Jack Dalrymple, a farmer himself, only mentioned agriculture twice in his speech. Once it was in reference to an agritourism venture. The second was about CHS’ plans to build a fertilizer…

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    Making Room On The Farm

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on January 7, 2013

    John Sumption, Frederick, S.D., has accomplished something that few other farmers can boast. He and his wife, Margaret, have brought all five of their sons back to farm. Sumption was recently named a Master Farmer by Dakota Farmer. “My greatest joy is seeing them all together and making it work,” he says of Chris, 41; Eric, 39; Mark, 38; Taylor, 37, and Warren, 33. A joy that is a close second is having grandchildren now helping out on the grain and cattle farm…

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