• Lon Tonneson

    Rain On The Plains

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on July 25, 2012

    I went to a drought meeting in Watertown, S.D., the other day and it rained. Which is a good thing to know -- it is going to rain again. A couple others things that I learned by making the trip to the meeting, which was conducted statewide by South Dakota State University Extension Service, were: 1) Being able to estimate yields accurately will be key to making good decisions about how to manage crops the rest of the season. Harvesting low-yielding corn for grain may be more…

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    Farmer-Owned Fertilizer Plant Idea Moves Ahead

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on July 16, 2012

    A proposal to build a $1 billion plant to make fertilizer from natural gas produced in the Bakken oil field in North Dakota is moving ahead. A feasibility study has been done and the fertilizer plant project is moving on to the business planning stage, according to a press release from the North Dakota Corn Growers Association. The project could solve a problem for North Dakota’s two major industries -- agriculture and energy. On the ag side, farmers have had problems getting…

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    Fight Wildfires, House Fires With Corn

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on July 2, 2012

    Folks in Colorado could have used some corn to fight those fires around the Air Force Academy. Yes, corn. The EarthClean Corporation, South St. Paul, Minn., has made a powdered concentrate out of cornstarch and a thickening agent that smothers fire. Called TetraKO, the concentrate is mixed directly into fire truck water tanks. When the mixture shoots from the fire hose, it turns into a thick gel that smothers flames and sticks and stays on the target – walls, ceiling, roofs, even…

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