USDA Maps Indicate Crop Insurance Use Is Lower In ND In 2016 Than In 2015

Below are a couple of maps from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It appears that the crop insurance expenditures so far this summer aren’t as large as they were last year at this time. Can’t wait to see how all of this ends up. It seems they’ve had an endless string of severe weather and storms…
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Banquet In A Field Experience Great For Ag, For Urbanites

A Above: More than 100 people from the Fargo-Moorhead community rubbed shoulders with ag professionals Aug. 2 at the Peterson Farms Seed headquarters farm near the village of Prosper, N.D. Below: Roz Randorf (left) vice president for strategic markets, Kathy Coyle, of the USDA’s Rural Development agency and I were among the happy recipients of…
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File photo at Elgin, N.D.

Will Internet Mean Credit Crunch Will Be Less Obvious Than The 1980s?

Chatted with an ag lender acquaintance recently: Farm finances are tough in North Dakota south of Interstate 94, where most farms lost money in all of the past three years, he says. Farms north of I-94 lost money in two of the past three years, except for years with exceptional crops. Most are projecting losses in…
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So, I’m Different. You Have A Problem With That?

  Calving season is well under way in the region. This week, Agweek makes a stop at the C&K Farm, a partnership of Craig and Kirk Schaunaman south of Aberdeen. Helped by their nephew Chad, they operate the farm and ranch, which includes about 350 mature beef cows. The Schaunamans have enjoyed a pleasant winter but are grateful…
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A Parent And Child: The Magic Of Agriculture

I stopped at the Schaunaman farm near Aberdeen, S.D., this past week. I didn’t recognize Chad, right off though he looks the same after 9 years. (Sorry, Chad, no improvement.) Chad reminded me that I’d taken this picture. It all came back when he recalled our conversation about our wrestling son, Nick, going off to be a custom-combiner that…
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