“Just Chuck” And RDO’s Spuds

Just call him "Chuck," he says. No last name, please. No kidding. This Chuck works for the R.D. Offutt Co., and is an agronomist. He’s checking potatoes right now, at a place called the "Brooten Farm," and they’re looking good. Yes, things are ahead of schedule — maybe about a week, he said, when I stopped…
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Tassel-high By The Fourth

Is this a typical crop year? Not in Albert Lea, Minn., where I spent my Fourth of July holiday this year. As you can see, the corn is eight-feet tall and tasseling out on Independence Day. The field you see, owned by retiree Paul Madsen, looks two weeks ahead of schedule. Have you ever seen…
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Flags On Farms — A Reprise

As I drove through eastern South Dakota on Sunday and Monday, I enjoyed one of my summertime interests: watching for the U.S. flags on the farms. The one in the picture is south of Breckenridge, Minn., on a farmer/seed dealer’s business. I can’t help but think back to my trip to France in September 2006.…
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On The Road

Hello again. So I’m re-starting my blog, today, after a considerable hiataus related to staffing levels at Agweek and based on family health matters. I’ll spare you the details. Today I’m on the road in the tri-state area, traveling through the rain-drenched areas south of Breckenridge, Minn., into eastern South Dakota, where it’s dry, and…
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SDSU Value-add, And PowerPoint

Thanks to the 150 or 200 folks who attended the South Dakota Value-Added Conference in Brookings on May 20. It was vernal equinox day — the first day of spring, and the day before Ag Day, March 21. The best part for me was getting through my first PowerPoint presentation, without some kind of melt-down,…
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