• Lon Tonneson

    Return Of The Prairie Wildfire

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on November 20, 2011

    I lit a brush pile on our farmstead on fire the other day and spent a tense half hour beating down the flames that flickered through the dry grass surrounding the pile. Luckily, my son and I were able put contain the fire before it reached the shelterbelt and really took off. Fortunately, I had waited to start the fire until the soybean field around our farmstead had been harvested and the ground had been worked. If the fire had gotten away from us, at least it wouldn’t have spread…

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  • Lon Tonneson

    Forever Young

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on November 7, 2011

    A tip of the hat to Lavern and Sue Koch, New Underwood, S.D. Both are in their 70s – but are 70 years young. The couple took a trip to Argentina and Brazil last year hosted by South Dakota State University. The trip was part of their commitment to never stop learning about how to make their ranch better. Over their 50+ years of marriage, they’ve attended as many pasture walks, grazing seminars and conferences as they could squeeze in their schedules, and they have done…

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