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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Black Gold Starts Texas Reds Harvest

While we’re just getting into the fields in North Dakota, I see that Black Gold Farms, based in Grand Forks, N.D., is just starting to harvest their 2016 crop of Texan Reds potatoes near Pearsall, Texas. The company has been growing reds for the fresh market about an hour from San Antonio on Interstate Highway…
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New NDSU Nitrogen Calculator For Sunflower

The North Dakota Sunflower N calculator is now operational on Dave Franzen’s website at https://www.ndsu.edu/pubweb/soils/sunflower/ Franzen is a North Dakota State University Extension Service soils specialist. I think this will be a year when farmers will be highly aware of their expenses for fertilizer and other inputs. The best advice available on how much is economical comes…
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