Corn At A Furious Pace

North Dakota corn is being harvested at “a furious pace,” according to one of my elevator manager’s words. Pretty much everybody finally has had their killing frost. South of Grand Forks, corn was coming in at 15 to 19 percent moisture this week, with an average of 17 percent, test weight at 56 pounds and…
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Ed Schafer As Ag Secretary

Ed Schafer’s ascendency as an agricultural secretary nominee came as a surprise to me. My friend, Chuck Abbott, of Reutters, broke the news to me when he called to ask me what I thought about Schafer. Here’s what I told him. Gov. Schafer is a stalwart Republican, but not an extremist. He was an affable governor who…
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July 15 Hail Storm Damage

A farmer near Buffalo, N.D., tells me wheat yields in the are that was damaged by hail on July 15 are ranging between 5 and 15 bushels. Lots of corn and other crops were destroyed. Agweek will carry some special coverage of the storm damage in its Aug. 6 issue. People have asked me if…
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Grand Forks County Fair

INTREPID AGWEEK/HERALD REPORTER MIKKEL PATES SHOWS MIKE AND ANN CARROLL OF GRAND FORKS HOW TO SPIN THE WHEEL FOR PRIZES AT THE GRAND FORKS HERALD BOOTH AT THE GRAND FORKS COUNTY FAIR IN GRAND FORKS ON JULY 12. One of the nice things about being a reporter is that I can get out and chat…
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More Big Tassels

I was talking to Carl Anderson, executive director for the South Dakota Grain and Feed Association at Aberdeen, S.D., today, and he says corn in his area is approaching seven feet high and – like the corn I’d seen north from Albert Lea, Minn. – is starting to tassel. "Big tassels," he says. After a…
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