• Lon Tonneson

    Oil Trains Up Risks In Rural North Dakota

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on December 31, 2013

    In November, I was stopped at a railroad crossing in Leeds, N.D., as a mile-long oil train roared by. I wondered then when a North Dakota would have an oil train disaster like the one in Quebec. It didn’t take long. An oil train collided with a derailed grain train outside of Casselton, N.D. on Dec. 30 and several of the oil tankers exploded. The oil is still burning a day after the collision and the town of Casselton is evacuated. Fortunately, the accident occurred about ½ mile…

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    Spreading Christmas Cheer With Soybeans

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on December 20, 2013

    North Dakota soybean farmers are in the Christmas mood. The North Dakota Soybean Council donated more than 200 SoySilk Plush Pals to children in Fargo, Bismarck and Grand Forks, N.D., hospitals this week. Plush Pals are stuffed animals made from SoySilk – a brand of fiber made from the waste produced during the manufacture of tofu from soybeans. “Tis the season of generosity and the North Dakota Soybean Council wanted to take the opportunity to brighten the holidays for young ones…

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    Rancher Relief Fund To Distribute $2 Million

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on December 17, 2013

    More than $2 million has been donated by more than 4,000 individuals, organizations and businesses to the Rancher Relief Fund to help those who lost livestock in the early October blizzard. Dec. 31 is the deadline for applying to receive aid – or for nominating someone to receive aid. Any producer within or adjacent to the blizzard area is eligible to receive aid. There is no cut off or disqualification for age or percentage of herd lost. Producers who lost any species of livestock…

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    88 bu/a Tops South Dakota Soybean Yield Contest

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on December 13, 2013

    There were a lot yields in the 70s and 80s in 2013  South Dakota Soybean Yield Contest. Winners were announced this week at the South Dakota Soybean Association annual meeting. Huron Colony, Huron, S.D., won first place overall with 88.75 bushels per acre. The entry was in the Group II or III maturity irrigated division. The variety was Integra 22410. Joey Waldner, who accepted the award, said they did a lot of work on the field. The colony applied lots of fertilizer…

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    Seed Trait Approval Slowdown

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on December 5, 2013

    I heard an interesting discussion the other day at the Northern Ag Expo in Fargo, N.D., about how new seed traits aren’t getting approved as fast as they used to. It used to take 1-2 years to get new an okay to sell new seed traits. Now it takes 3-4 years to win approval, according to Keith Peltier, of ProSeed, and Carl Peterson, of Peterson Farms Seed. Both men are owners and general managers of regional seed companies based on North Dakota. Peltier and Peterson blamed the delay partly…

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