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Sticky/sappy house plant

By David Graper SDSU Extension Horticulture Specialist Q Can you identify this plant? (See photo.) A This is the dwarf umbrella plant (Schefflera arboricola). The sticky/sappy stuff...

Does dust really cause pneumonia in calves?

By Russ Daly Special to the Farm Forum As Extension Veterinarian, I get calls about interesting animal health situations that sometimes involve unusual situations in...

Enjoy more apples this season

By Julie Garden-Robinson NDSU Extension Service Food and Nutrition Specialist “We didn’t get any apples on our apple tree this year,” my 19-year old daughter lamented....

BeefTalk: Rain makes regrowth; put weight on cows now

By Kris Ringwall NDSU Extension Service Beef Specialist Commit this truism to memory: Feed is available for cattle. In fact, if we did not have cattle and...

Price discovery in the premium era

By Miranda Reiman Certified Angus Beef LLC Cattle just aren’t traded the same today as they were decades ago. Chances are, the beef business isn’t going to...

I-9 Forms have changed for your employees as of Sept. 18

By Tracey Erickson SDSU Extension Dairy Field Specialist Recently the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services updated the I-9 Form, which is used to verify the identity...

Policy Pennings: Farm Bill discussions should address low farm prices

By Harwood D. Schaffer and Daryll E. Ray Agricultural Policy Analysis Center Recently a friend of ours told us about the Farm Bill listening session...

Ageless Memories

By Alan Guebert Farm and Food File The early morning fog, like poet Carl Sandburg once noted, arrived on cat’s feet and remains, napping, on the...

The Planted Row: Headlines got you down? Look around

by Stan Wise Farm Forum Editor Some of the things I’ve seen in the news recently have me a bit discouraged. Sometimes it’s a good idea...

Frost likely to end September

By Ray Grabanski Special to the Farm Forum 09/19/17 — There's been a dramatic change in the weather forecast for the last week of September and...

Alfalfa fall cutting considerations

By Karla A. Hernandez SDSU Extension Forages Field Specialist As we move into fall, many producers are considering one final cutting. If the stand is going...

Farm Management Minute: Resiliency of the prairie

By Lori Tonak SDCFRM Instructor As I have traveled through my territory this summer, the radio was a constant reminder of all that was going on...

Sport Coupe memories

by Jerry Nelson Special to the Farm Forum I caught a glimpse of her across a crowded parking lot. Even after all these years, I instantly...

Voles in yard

By David Graper SDSU Extension Horticulture Specialist Q There were voles in our yard over winter last winter. We noticed them when the snow receded and the...

Elegant Jacobsen wraps around pool

The Jacobsen is a totally contemporary single-level plan with two distinct wings that wrap around a central courtyard with a large pool at center....

Torrington is a duplex with smart design

The Torrington would fit nicely in a beach setting, and has some upscale features not usually found in a duplex. Its owners might enjoy...

Comfy Mapleton fits in town or country

The shingle-clad Mapleton has a Craftsman cottage look. It's easy to picture this home nestled in a grove of tall oak trees, but it...

Centralia’s stately facade speaks volumes

The Centralia's impressive size bespeaks stateliness and permanence, as do its corner quoins, keystone arches, brick facade, and multiple gables. Half-round windows and a...

Hills Creek blends the old with the new

The Hills Creek's exterior has the classic look of a European or prairie home, but its single-level interior has all the earmarks of an...

September is National Family Meals Month

By Julie Garden-Robinson NDSU Extension Service Food and Nutrition Specialist Please reminisce with me for a couple of minutes. Think of some of the best times...

BeefTalk: Calves pay the bills, but the cows make the bills

By Kris Ringwall NDSU Extension Service Beef Specialist Breeding systems have goals, objectives and outcomes that reflect a total beef operation. Today, dairy, swine and poultry breeding...

Guebert: Demanding much more

By Alan Guebert Farm and Food File After Hurricane Harvey plowed through east Texas with roof-peeling winds and never-before-seen rain, millions of Americans were left not...

Weather warms, reduces frost threat

By Ray Grabanski Special to the Farm Forum 09/12/17 — We've recently had a dramatic change in the weather forecast for much of the Corn Belt,...

Tree Facts: Maintaining a shelterbelt

By Natalie Euler Natural Resource Specialist, Northwest Area Conservation Districts The method used to prepare for planting a new shelterbelt has a lot to do with...

Ag prospects looking up

By Miranda Reiman Certified Angus Beef LLC Editor's note: This article has been corrected to more accurately reflect the total number of bushels that might be...

A closer look at CEO salaries

By Sara Wyant Special to the Farm Forum For the last two decades or so, I’ve spent a good chunk of my summer reading tax...

Use your head

By Miranda Reiman Certified Angus Beef LLC Many have bought or otherwise taken ownership of a “fixer-upper.” Maybe it wasn’t love at first sight, but you...

South Dakota ag education history: Early years and origin of FFA

BY CLARK W. HANSON Professor Emeritus, Agricultural Education, South Dakota State University Author’s Note: To commemorate the passage of the Smith Hughes Act of 1917, I...

Remembering Gus

by Jerry Nelson Special to the Farm Forum One summer evening some years back, the phone rang and an unfamiliar voice asked for me. I informed...

Letter: Unify ag co-ops to keep them strong

As CEO of Wheat Growers, I have obligations to many different groups: members, employees and their families, citizens in communities we serve, our business...

Tomato issue

By David Graper SDSU Extension Horticulture Specialist Q My Roma tomato plant wilted and died. Some of the fruit still ripened, but most have white blotches...

The Planted Row: We need a sudden case of sanity

By Stan Wise Farm Forum Editor As I sat down to write this column, my daughter walked into the room. She was in tears. When I...

Could your vaccine syringes be causing your animals problems?

By Russ Daly Special to the Farm Forum In a previous column, I discussed some of the things to keep in mind when vaccinating animals...

BeefTalk: Time to get serious; small cows produce

By Kris Ringwall NDSU Extension Service Beef Specialist The old question kept coming back: Would the extra calves really pencil out if the center stocked 1,100-pound...

In a pickle over a side dish?

By Julie Garden-Robinson NDSU Extension Service Food and Nutrition Specialist “Please enjoy these fresh pickles. Your food will be out shortly,” the server said as she...

Beef lessons from dairy conceptions

By Justin Sexten Certified Angus Beef LLC You’ve heard that the key to beef quality could lie in making sure a calf never has a bad...

Groundhog Day on repeat

By Alan Guebert Farm and Food File The calendar may show Labor Day, but with another enormous American harvest and its resulting low prices just around...

Fall approaches

By Ray Grabanski Special to the Farm Forum 09/05/17 — Fall is quickly approaching, and many are concerned that fall season crops are not ready for...

Nelson: Driving the ‘A’

by Jerry Nelson Special to the Farm Forum I recently needed to move some large round bales of hay, which gave me an excuse to drive...

2014 Farm Bill: Designed with the belief that corn prices would...

By Harwood D. Schaffer and Daryll E. Ray Agricultural Policy Analysis Center What was expected to be the 2012 Farm Bill had an auspicious start...

The Planted Row: Change is the only constant

by Stan Wise Farm Forum Editor If you grow crops east of the Missouri River in South Dakota, chances are good that you grow corn and...

Ovens are for baking, not canning, and other food preservation tips

By Julie Garden Robinson NDSU Extension Service Food and Nutrition Specialist In the past few weeks, I fielded questions for some of our North Dakota Extension...

BeefTalk: Walking a trail, understanding cow math

By Kris Ringwall NDSU Extension Service Beef Specialist The search for efficient cows at the Dickinson Research Extension Center has resulted in “cow math,” the translation...

Tree Facts: Understanding Dutch elm disease

By Natalie Euler Natural Resource Specialist The American elm was formerly considered to be the ideal street tree because it was graceful, long-lived, fast growing, and...

Guebert: Commodity agriculture’s dark ‘green’ future

By Alan Guebert Farm and Food File A generation ago, GMO sounded like the name of an American muscle car, a text was what the preacher...

Row crop yield potential improving further

By Ray Grabanski Special to the Farm Forum 08/29/17 — The corn and soybean crop in the U.S. continues to improve, with Pro Ag yield models...

Where is Trump going with NAFTA?

By Sara Wyant Special to the Farm Forum Do you know what your net farm income (NFI) was in 2016? On average, USDA estimates that...

2008 Farm Bill gets additional shiny policy but it was ethanol...

By Harwood D. Schaffer and Daryll E. Ray Agricultural Policy Analysis Center In the last two columns, we talked about shiny new agricultural commodity policies...

Growing cover crops after small grain

By David Karki SDSU Extension Agronomy Field Specialist Small grain harvests in South Dakota are near completion. According to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service report...

Eclipsed!

Jerry Nelson Special to the Farm Forum It was the first time it would happen in 99 years and I didn’t want to miss it. I’m not...
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