Landlord Relations

I visited with one of the auction-goers for Orten B. Brodshaug’s Cass County land rent auction. The man left shaking his head at the $150 to $160 per acre average rents in areas that had commanded as little as half that the previous year. As soon as he left the auction he went to see his landlord to…
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Brodshaug Rent Auction

The biggest ag news in the Red River Valley this week was probably the Feb. 21 ag land cash rent auction for the Orten B. Brodshaug farm, based in Kindred. Brodshaug, who lives at Horace, N.D., in the southern shadow of Fargo, rented out 7,300 acres in one fell swoop. The rental prices ranged from…
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Hallock Minnesota Biodiesel Project

Canola has another new project rocking. Sources tell me that Northstar Bioenergy LLC made a presentation on Feb. 19 in Roseau, Minn., about a their $135 million canola oil/biofuels project slated for Hallock, Minn. Neil Juhnke is listed as the company¬ís president and did some of the talking. The company will produce 40 million gallons…
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Corn Dilemma

I haven’t seen farmers this excited about planting something since wheat in the 1970s. Hmmm. Wonder what that means. The euphoria over corn at the North Dakota Corn Growers CornVention in Fargo this past week was somewhat breath-taking. John McGillicuddy, the Iowa City, Iowa, agronomist who has been filling farmers in this region with new…
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Hello

Hello, blogging world! I’m happy to be offering a new spot for you to check in on agricultural news and the news and whispers behind the news. I’ve been a staff reporter for Agweek magazine since January 2000, and also am a reporter for the Grand Forks Herald of Grand Forks, N.D. The Herald is owned…
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