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Weeds: If you can’t beat them, can you eat them?

By Julie Garden-Robinson NDSU Extension Service Food and Nutrition Specialist My flowers and vegetables are growing nicely with the regular rain. The weeds are doing well, too,...

BeefTalk: Future of beef revisited – global competitiveness

By Kris Ringwall NDSU Extension Beef Specialist The expression “the world is your oyster” aptly applies to beef production. If one only sits in a shell and...

Today’s agriculture faces a multitude of financial risks

by Harwood D. Schaffer and Daryll E. Ray Agricultural Policy Analysis Center Every year, farming has its risks but following five years of a steady...

Farm and Food File: When Trump starts tweeting, Sonny starts packing

By Alan Guebert Farm and Food File Prince Edward Island, caressed in eastern Canada’s provincial arms of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, is a lovely place...

Foster: Understanding the new estate tax laws

by Dennis Foster Special to the Farm Forum This month we will delve into the current tax laws. Specifically, the estate and gift tax portion. I...

Farm and Food File: On the road: Ireland’s farms, food, and...

By Alan Guebert Farm and Food File Dublin, even in June sunshine, can’t entirely shake its smoky, troubled past. Bullet holes the size of grapes still...

Free fall

by Ray Grabanski Special to the Farm Forum 6/19/18 — Grain prices are in a free fall, dropping in three weeks much more than the gains...

The Planted Row: Closing the cultural divide

by Stan Wise Farm Forum Editor I’m starting this column by stating upfront that I hope my sister never reads it. If she does, I don’t...

Senate farm bill advances to Senate floor, can the House move...

By Sara Wyant Special to the Farm Forum Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kans. and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., delivered on promises they’ve been...

Texas brucellosis case raises interesting questions

By Russ Daly Special to the Farm Forum Could a procedure meant to safeguard animal and human health actually cause illness itself? Such is the...

Jerry Nelson: The best music ever

by Jerry Nelson Special to the Farm Forum A recent study purports that our musical preferences become set in concrete during our teen years. If your...

Help plants deal with drought and heat

By David Graper SDSU Extension Horticulture Specialist Much of South Dakota has seen above normal temperatures for the last few weeks and in most cases with...

Stay hydrated during warm summer months

By Julie Garden-Robinson NDSU Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist Like many people, I have been busy with yardwork lately. We have had a proliferation of miniature maple...

BeefTalk: Future of beef revisited – consumer issues and demand

By Kris Ringwall NDSU Extension Beef Specialist After four decades of engaging consumers and integrating producers, I still ponder. The sensitivity between consumers and beef producers is...

The Planted Row: Thanking our Farming Fathers

by Stan Wise Farm Forum Editor When I think back over all the things my father has done for me, I realize that some of the...

Farm and Food File: Twenty-five years

By Alan Guebert Farm and Food File June has always been a big month for me. I was born in June, graduated from high school in...

Has the ship sailed?

by Ray Grabanski Special to the Farm Forum 6/12/18 — The markets have had a sharp break the past two weeks, basically going from yearly high...

Ganje: What should the ‘standard of care’ be?

by David Ganje Ganje Law Offices A Lake Norden cheese manufacturer is expanding its operations. In the course of this expansion it has applied to the...

Jerry Nelson: The Hammock

by Jerry Nelson Special to the Farm Forum Spring is the time of year when the world rouses from its long winter slumber and renews itself....

First cutting in alfalfa: Why it is so important?

By Karla A. Hernandez, PhD SDSU Extension Forages Field Specialist First cutting in alfalfa is the most important and critical of the growing season. A late...

Gardening questions received this week

By David Graper SDSU Extension Horticulture Specialist My sunflower seeding Q I am new to planting sunflower seed, so I am looking forward for it to bloom!...

Put it to the test

By Nicole Lane Erceg Certified Angus Beef LLC “Nicole, I think you have cancer,” the doctor told me. That stopped me in my tracks, as it would...

Guest column: Innovative technologies to enable precision agriculture tools

by John Youngberg, Barry Bushue, Scott VanderWal, and James Holte Staying competitive in the modern farm economy takes a lot more than early mornings, good...

Rediscover cooking and baking this summer

By Julie Garden-Robinson NDSU Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist I thought back in time as I drove by the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center recently. I had...

National Dairy Month: Learn more about dairy from farm to table

by Whitney Blindert Midwest Dairy Council June is National Dairy Month, so what better time to learn more about where your milk comes from? You're probably curious...

BeefTalk: How many cattle should go in the pasture?

By Kris Ringwall NDSU Extension Beef Specialist Cattle are in the pasture, but how many should be there? The answer to that question is the heart of...

The Planted Row: Automation is coming for farm jobs

by Stan Wise Farm Forum Editor My father was an Extension agent, and when I was a kid, he was assigned to an office in the...

Farm and Food File: Tanning cowboys’ hides

By Alan Guebert Farm and Food File Forty years ago Waylon and Willie asked the nation’s mamas not to “let your babies grow up to be...

The grain market yo-yo

by Ray Grabanski Special to the Farm Forum 6/5/18 — Grains did it again! Another push higher, followed by another push lower, in rapid succession. We...

More help needed to keep large animal vets in rural areas

By Sara Wyant Special to the Farm Forum What would you do without your local veterinarian? More and more farmers and ranchers are finding out as...

Tree and shrub concerns for early June

By John Ball SDSU Extension Forestry Specialist Now that the growing season is in full swing there are numerous treatments to be applied. These treatments are...

Jerry Nelson: Stumbling through fatherhood

by Jerry Nelson Special to the Farm Forum Father’s Day is almost here, that day when we honor a guy who probably stumbled onto the role...

Sometimes old women make mistakes

by Jane Green Special to the Farm Forum Love it! Love it! Love it! The month of June is here and am I ever thankful! I’ve...

Pneumonia in calves means lost opportunities later in life

By Russ Daly Special to the Farm Forum We’re coming of an interesting calving season here in the Dakotas. The late snowstorms and cold, dreary...

Carcass weights decline while genetic potential increases

BY Justin Sexten, Ph.D. Certified Angus Beef LLC Beef cattle genetic power keeps moving up. Just look at the trend for pre- and post-weaning growth potential...

Guest column: Sustainable ag advocate and daughter of conventional farmer

By Ash Bruxvoort To most people, my dad is a headline, a stereotype. He’s a 62-year-old conventional corn and soy farmer living in Iowa, a...

Be adventuresome during rhubarb season

By Julie Garden-Robinson NDSU Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist “Mom, how did they figure out we could eat rhubarb, anyway?” my older daughter asked me. I had...

BeefTalk: Future of beef revisited – midsize challenges

By Kris Ringwall NDSU Extension Beef Specialist Where does the midsize producer fit today? As we walk through the changes in beef production, if honest, producers will...

Ganje: The nuances of mineral rights and easement time limits

by David Ganje Ganje Law Offices I was invited recently to speak at a workshop sponsored by the Capital Journal newspaper. The purpose of the workshop...

Farm and Food File: All mud, no zen

By Alan Guebert Farm and Food File Success in sports, business, and politics requires skilled leaders who know their jobs and know how to fold disparate...

Drought, drought, drought (China?)

by Ray Grabanski Special to the Farm Forum 5/30/18 — Grains made a quick reversal from trading higher yesterday morning (5/29) to running sharply lower on...

The Planted Row: We’re here when you need us

by Stan Wise Farm Forum Editor In April we asked readers to complete a survey about their use of our various Farm Forum products. We’ve recently...

Jerry Nelson: Paradise has its own perils

by Jerry Nelson Special to the Farm Forum It was ten years ago, but thanks to digital photography the memories remain as vivid as a Polaroid...

Combating heat stress in lactating dairy cows

By Tracey Erickson SDSU Dairy Field Specialist With the recent higher temperatures in the upper 80 F° and low 90 F° range along with high humidity...

BeefTalk: Future of beef revisited – economics

By Kris Ringwall NDSU Extension Beef Specialist Revisiting yesterday is not a bad idea. In 2006, the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association published a discussion regarding the...

Try this 10-question summer food safety quiz

By Julie Garden-Robinson NDSU Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist The other day, I wiped off and arranged the outdoor furniture on our patio after the furniture...

iGrow Gardening: Answering gardening questions

By David Graper SDSU Extension Horticulture Specialist Some lawn questions from a gardener Q Would I benefit my lawn by putting nitrogen on it? I am using...

Keep your cattle and margins healthy

By Ralph Cleale, PhD Outcomes Research, Zoetis Treating bovine respiratory disease (BRD) is expensive. Plain and simple. The average cost of a BRD antibiotic treatment is...

Farm and Food File: Make ZTE great again

By Alan Guebert Farm and Food File If you think writing a farm bill makes for strange bedfellows, just look at who’s allied against President...

The Planted Row: Farm Bill failure part of the plan?

by Stan Wise Farm Forum Editor I often wish the two major parties in Congress would work together to craft and pass legislation that will work...
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