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BeefTalk: Cattle and sheep together a good thing

By Kris Ringwall NDSU Extension Service Beef Specialist For thousands of years, meat, milk, leather, wool, mohair and cashmere have been essential components of human survival. Producers...

Celebrate ND agriculture’s contribution to your menus

By Julie Garden-Robinson Food and Nutrition Specialist, NDSU Extension Service When my children were younger, they brought home their school menus. They wanted to know what...

USDA’s ten-year projections for wheat

By Harwood D. Schaffer and Daryll E. Ray Agricultural Policy Analysis Center The recently released ”USDA Baseline Projections to 2026” augmented by fixed costs that...

The Planted Row: Farm policy needs to work for farmers

by Stan Wise Farm Forum Editor It is no overstatement to say that agriculture is what makes civilization — all of it — possible. If you're...

Guebert: Big salaries, big loans, big questions

By Alan Guebert Farm and Food File If you want to get the attention of the $240-billion Farm Credit System (FCS), just mention the $725-million loan...

Markets soft

by Ray Grabanski Special to the Farm Forum 03/21/17 — Grains started off the week on a poor note, starting the day Monday higher and then...

Tree Facts: Rust diseases and their control

By Natalie Euler Natural Resource Specialist, Northwest Area Conservation Districts Rust fungi in the genus Gymnosporangium cause diseases of trees in the Rosaceous or apple family,...

Spring lawn care tips

By David Graper SDSU Extension Horticulture Specialist and Director of McCrory Gardens Spring is here, according to the calendar and with the most recent snow melted,...

Do a snack checkup during National Nutrition Month

By Julie Garden-Robinson Food and Nutrition Specialist, NDSU Extension Service How many times do you encounter food in some form on a daily basis? As I drive...

BeefTalk: The goal is $1,000 per cow exposed, including market beef

By Kris Ringwall NDSU Extension Service Beef Specialist Pondering and goals are good. At the Dickinson Research Extension Center, a goal of $1,000 of income from every...

Nelson: An inauspicious start

by Jerry Nelson Special to the Farm Forum It was an inauspicious beginning. An average person would have bailed immediately. But the woman who was with me...

Implementing F.A.R.M. 3.0 Phase One Priority Items on your dairy

By Tracey Erickson SDSU Extension Dairy Field Specialist On January 1st of 2017 the latest version (Version 3.0) of guidelines were implemented for dairy producers participating...

USDA’s ten-year projections for the soybean sector

By Harwood D. Schaffer and Daryll E. Ray Agricultural Policy Analysis Center Last week our examination of the recently released “USDA Agricultural Projections to 2026”...

Krammer combines two home-sized units

If you're looking for a duplex nice enough for you to live in while renting out the other unit, the Krammer is worth serious...

Alan Guebert: By the numbers

By Alan Guebert Farm and Food File Before spring arrives and our attention turns to blue sky, dancing daffodils, and why the corn planter’s GPS isn’t...

Spring brings hope eternal

by Ray Grabanski Special to the Farm Forum 03/14/17 — We are through the USDA report for March, when little news is typically reported for the...

The Planted Row: To create change, get involved

by Stan Wise Farm Forum Editor Kim Ulmer, CEO of Livestock-R-Us and co-owner of Huron Continental Marketing, has been working hard to make a big change...

Clayton Yeutter: Gifted negotiator, statesman, educator and farmer

By Sara Wyant Special to the Farm Forum When you look back at how agriculture policy has changed – both domestically and internationally – in...

Dorothy Johnson wrote the Old West

By Tom Lawrence Special to the Farm Forum She was a girl from a small town with a big imagination — and the talent and drive...

7 questions to ask your grain marketing advisor

by Scott Anderson Cash Cow Farmer Blog Every time we talk to a farmer, we ask, “What’s the number one challenge on your farming operation.” About...

Automotive memories

by Jerry Nelson Special to the Farm Forum Among the many things that attracted me to my wife when we first met – her smarts, her...

Guest column: Farm Credit Services an advocate for ag

By John Reisch Howard Editor's note: This guest column was written by John Reisch, a farmer from Howard, and a director on the board for Farm...

Are you a sun seeker after a long winter?

By Julie Garden-Robinson Food and Nutrition Specialist, NDSU Extension Service I noticed the houseplants on the window sills of our home were leaning toward the sun....

BeefTalk: Should I market 25.6 or 51.2 tons of beef?

By Kris Ringwall NDSU Extension Service Beef Specialist Two bottom-line numbers illustrate the positive outcome of a choice. The Dickinson Research Extension Center’s steer calves born in...

Managing the cow herd when calf scours hits

by Russ Daly Special to the Farm Forum From our perch here at SDSU’s Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Lab, we get a unique opportunity to...

As ag swoons, Farm Credit System booms

By Alan Guebert Farm and Food File On Feb. 28, the agriculture subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee held a “Farm Credit Administration...

The Planted Row: Developers, land owners should work together

by Stan Wise Farm Forum Editor When I moved to South Dakota in 2009, I felt like I had arrived in an ocean of wind. The...

Legacy quest

By Miranda Reiman Certified Angus Beef LLC Why do you raise cattle? It isn’t a flippant question, but one I want you to deeply consider. You have to...

Commodity options fundamentals

by Scott Anderson Cash Cow Farmer Blog Commodity options are some of the most important tools in hedging, especially once you get to grain above and...

Tree Facts: Zimmerman Pine Moths and their control

By Natalie Euler Natural Resource Specialist, Northwest Area Conservation Districts The Zimmerman pine moth is native to North America and has been a problem for years...

Nelson: Movie madness

by Jerry Nelson Special to the Farm Forum We must pause for a moment and take pity on the unlucky folks who made the movie “La...

Ice injury in winter wheat

Bu David Karki Agronomy Field Specialist, Watertown Regional Extension Center Winter wheat possesses an excellent physiological mechanism to survive the harshest of winter conditions. Overwintering or...

When it comes to castration, earlier is better

By Justin Sexten Certified Angus Beef LLC Everybody knows bull calves sell at least $5/cwt back of steers at weaning, and the discount grows for any...

Does timing of meals affect health?

By Julie Garden-Robinson Food and Nutrition Specialist, NDSU Extension Service “They’re cagey. I fed them at 3 a.m.,” he noted. “You already fed them? Jake was barking,...

BeefTalk: Grain truck or cattle truck — which one should I...

By Kris Ringwall NDSU Extension Service Beef Specialist The increase in beef cows requires utilization of cropland. Land use is embedded in long-term thinking and the individual...

The Planted Row: Remember the lessons of compassion

by Stan Wise Farm Forum Editor In many ways, my grandfather was a complicated man. As a younger man, he could lose his temper quickly when...

Alan Guebert: New boss, same brawls

By Alan Guebert Farm and Food File The Trump Administration’s turtle-slow start with the Republican-led Congress bodes ill for what it and Republicans said would be...

New crop market uncertainty

by Ray Grabanski Special to the Farm Forum 02/28/17 — February has turned out to be a much slower time for grains, with soybean prices drifting...

Can we develop a new farm bill without regional divisions?

By Sara Wyant Special to the Farm Forum Philosopher George Santayana once said that, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Even though...

Coalition of farmers and consumers required for an effective 2018 Farm...

By Harwood D. Schaffer and Daryll E. Ray Agricultural Policy Analysis Center In the run-up to the 2014 Farm Bill, one of the strategies of...

Grazing systems: What to understand and what to avoid

By Pete Bauman SDSU Extension Range Field Specialist What a great February we’ve had! The ice fishing is just about done as I write this, but...

South Dakota’s dams caught in regulatory limbo

by David Ganje, Ganje Law Offices The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) reports the average age of our nation’s dams is 52 years. By...

3 low-risk off farm investments

by Scott Anderson Cash Cow Farmer Blog Sometimes, you shouldn’t invest in your farm. A lot of times, when commodity prices and incomes are high in agriculture,...

Using a cash flow to your advantage

By Lori Tonak Instructor, South Dakota Center for Farm/Ranch Management Every banker wants a cash flow for the files when a farmer/rancher renews credit applications for...

Columnist: Toddler trouble

by Jerry Nelson Special to the Farm Forum My wife and I were enjoying a meal out the other night when we were unexpectedly treated to...

Equity indexed annuities offer safety, respectable returns

by Dennis Foster Special to the Farm Forum As we are growing ever nearer to the deadline for making our IRA contributions, I will wrap up...

Jane Green: Thoughts from my doorstep

by Jane Green Special to the Farm Forum Miracles happen every day, but it appears that the world has ceased to recognize them. Take for instance,...

Manure: Part of the animal’s surroundings, or something we can manage?

by Russ Daly Special to the Farm Forum If you raise cattle, you have it around. I’m speaking of manure. To people not accustomed to livestock,...

Have you enjoyed an egg lately?

By Julie Garden-Robinson Food and Nutrition Specialist, NDSU Extension Service When I was young, my family often purchased eggs from a local farmer. He knew that...

iGrow Gardening: The year of the rose

Editor's note: Reprinted from the National Garden Bureau - http://ngb.org. The U.S. National Flower first appeared around 35 million years ago and is part of...
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