What’s Hay Bringing In The Dakotas, Minnesota And Montana?

  A A farmer east of Broadus, Mont., was getting the hay crop of his life, between cloudbursts in late June.   If you check out the July 21 issue of Agweek and the CropStop from southeast Montana, you’ll see some smiling hay and beef producers. One of these folks asked me how much hay…
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The Pros And Cons Of An Eye-popping Clover Crop

Anyone who has driven through western South Dakota, North Dakota and Montana this summer can’t help but be impressed by the abundance of sweetclover. It’s been several years since the clover year has “popped” like this – the result of a wet fall and wet spring. In the July 14, 2014, issue of Agweek, check out the…
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Native Gann Valley, S.D., Spray Pilot Moved West With Crop Shifts

  Joy and Randy Yost have operated Randy’s Spray Service out of Hayes, S.D., for the past 11 years. More cropping and more rain in the area, and a shift toward sunflowers have moved their business west. A bit of trivia: Gann Valley, with a population of 14, is the county seat of Buffalo County…
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USDA’s Scuse A Popular Fellow At SD Governor’s Ag Summit

U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary Michael Scuse talked about farm bill implementation, livestock relief and trade at the fifth annual South Dakota Governor’s Summit on Agriculture. The event was held June 27 in Deadwood, S.D.   U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary Michael Scuse seemed to be one of the most popular people in…
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Fick Was A ‘godfather’ Of The Sunflower Industry As We Know It

It was enjoyable to attend the National Sunflower Association’s 2014 summer seminar in Deadwood, S.D., on June 25. I was particularly pleased to be present when Gary Fick, one of the region’s preeminent sunflower breeders, was given the NSA’s “Gold Award” for service to the industry.   Bob Majkrzak, who recently marked 25 years as…
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