• Lon Tonneson

    The Worst Cornfield

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on August 26, 2013

    I saw what could be a 100-bushel-per-acre soybean field and a 285-bushel-per-acre cornfield last week in my travels through South Dakota and North Dakota (see my earlier blog post), but I also saw some fields that looked like they aren’t going to yield anything. The worst was near Ashley, N.D. See the photo. The corn probably had been planted on a gravel or sand ridge. Cornfields nearby looked better, but lots of fields from Selby, S.D., to Fargo, N.D., were firing in the…

    Continue Reading


  • Lon Tonneson

    Soybeans Could Yield 100 Bushels Per Acre

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on August 22, 2013

    I saw a field of soybeans in South Dakota that I think could yield 100 bushels per acre. It was on the Kory Standy farm south of Platte. The soybeans were about chest high -- probably 4-½ feet tall -- and loaded from the top to bottom with pods. Last year, Standy won the South Soybean Yield Contest with an entry of nearly 90 bushels per acre. He’s thinking these will do a little better. What’s his secret? It’s part Mother Nature and part…

    Continue Reading


  • Lon Tonneson

    Is a Monsanto Ultra-Early Corn Coming Soon?

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on August 12, 2013

    A new ultra-early corn hybrid -- the first from Monsanto’s Canada Corn Expansion Project -- may be on the market in just two or three years, says Mike Claywell, Monsanto's northern test lead specialist. At a meeting I attended at Dekalb’s Glyndon, Minn., plant breeding station (Dekalb is one of Monsanto’s brands), Claywell said that a new early-maturing line developed in Ontario looks very good. If it performs as expected this season, it will be developed quickly…

    Continue Reading


  • Lon Tonneson

    Farm Bill Shopping List

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on August 8, 2013

    Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) recently sent a letter to the House and Senate Ag Committee leaders listing 15 things she wants them to include in the Farm Bill. It’s a pretty good list. The 15 things are: Create an option for a farm-level commodity program. To ensure the program reflects the losses that occur for North Dakota growers and growers in other states with large-sized counties, it is important the option to elect into a farm-level program is provided. Each year North…

    Continue Reading


  • Lon Tonneson

    No Farm Bill, No Sugarbeets Up North

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on August 5, 2013

    I didn’t see a lot of difference in the farms when I crossed the border into Manitoba last week to attend a Wolf Trax field day. Wolf Trax makes micronutrients that fertilizer dealers market across the U.S. On the North Dakota side of the border, there were a lot of corn, soybean, wheat, canola and sugarbeet fields. On the Manitoba side, it was nearly the same, but the sugarbeet fields were missing. Manitoba’s sugarbeet industry dried up in the late 1990s. According…

    Continue Reading


  • Lon Tonneson

    More Sprayer Smarts Needed With Monsanto's Newest Biotech Crop

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on August 1, 2013

    The new biotech Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System is at least two growing seasons away -- thanks to court-ordered delay for an environmental impact study -- but the training blitz has started. I’ve recently been to Monsanto and Asgrow/DeKalb field days where company representatives talked about what it’s going to take to use the Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System successfully. Roundup Ready® 2 Xtend Soybeans will contain the Genuity® Roundup Ready 2 Yield® trait…

    Continue Reading