• Lon Tonneson

    Swine Flu Fallout Is Making Me Sick

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on April 27, 2009

    Like the folks at the South Dakota Pork Producers Council, I'm sick -- but not with the flu.   We're sick from swine flu fallout. Hog prices were limit down part of the day.   And pork council officials were busy answering the question, “Is pork safe to eat?”   Of course pork is safe to eat. You can’t get the flu from food. You get it from other people. The connection to swine isn't as direct as most people think. The virus is a combination of those found in humans, birds and…

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    Fieldwork and floods

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on April 15, 2009

    Miles and miles of ... no, not flood waters but fields drying out.   I even saw a tractor and a disk parked in a corn field southwest of Kindred, N.D., today. The soil is light and sandy in this part of eastern North Dakota, and it looked as if farmer had been knocking down cornstalks and airing out the top couple of inches of soil.   The fieldwork was the biggest surprise during my tour to see what the second crest on the Red River and the flooding on the Sheyenne looked like.   Locals…

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    Criticism Cresting

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on April 8, 2009

    The Red River is rising again and so is criticism of ag’s role in the flood.   Pat Zavoral, Fargo’s city administrator, is the latest to say that farmers have made Red River Valley floods worse by getting water to the river faster.   I can see how farmland drainage gets the first and last amount of excess water off fields to the ditches and river faster. But in a flood there’s so much water it seems to overwhelms the drainage system. The water just follows the tilt of the land.   Farmland…

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