• Lon Tonneson

    Ag Isn’t Sexy Anymore

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on August 24, 2012

    Agriculture in the Dakotas isn’t sexy anymore. Drilling for oil, not farming and ranching, is get getting all the attention. Agriculture is still the No. 1 industry in South Dakota, but it’s probably No. 2 in North Dakota. Ag and oil were about the same in 2010 -- $7.4 billion for ag versus $7.3 billion for oil, according to a North Dakota State University economic base analysis. Agricultural sales probably grew in 2011, given high grain prices and good yields that year. But oil…

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    New Tech Push For Wheat

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on August 13, 2012

    I’ve been to a couple wheat field days lately – Bayer Crop Science’s and Sygneta AgriPro’s for example. I missed Limagrain’s field day because I was out of town, but I heard about varieties that Limagrain, a new player in the North American, market has coming. It’s gratifying to see all the new effort that private and public breeders are putting into wheat. They’ve all are developing varieties coming that will make wheat more competitive with…

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    Is Climate Change Behind The Heat?

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on August 2, 2012

    Naturally, everybody’s talking about the weather. It been hot and dry and lots of people wonder why. “Climate change” is the pat answer. However, one of the meteorologists I follow -- John Wheeler, with WDAY-TV in Fargo, N.D., where I live -- says the summer's heat isn’t the direct result of a warming globe. “Actually, the frequency of 100 degree F days in Fargo has been in decline in recent years,” he wrote in a recent column that appears in the Fargo…

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