• Lon Tonneson

    Will it ever stop raining?

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on October 21, 2009

    For most locations in the Dakotas, the first half of October was the coldest on record and the amount of precipitation was in the top 10 on record.   Only 6% of the corn in South Dakota had been harvested as of Oct. 18, according to the South Dakota Ag Statistics Service, compared to 27%  for the five-year-average; 30% of the soybeans are in compared to 77% for the five year average.   In North Dakota, only 1% of the corn has been combined, compared to 20% for the five year average at this…

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  • Lon Tonneson

    Race to harvest

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on October 5, 2009

    I once heard a farm management expert from Illinois advise farmers not to spend too much on equipment.   Typically, farmers have too much equipment – two planters when one would do, five tractors when you could get by with three, etc, he said. He advised the audience to run longer hours and spread out planting and harvest.   I couldn’t help but think about how wrong that Cornbelt advice might be for parts of the Dakotas. I was in the northern Red River Valley last week before it started…

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