Beijing: Great Spot For World Potato Congress In July

    Here’s a photo I took of Ron D. Offutt of Fargo, attending a potato field day at the World Potato Congress in Boise, Idaho, in 2006. At right is Gary Secor, a North Dakota State University plant pathologist, and to the left is Neil Gudmestad, an NDSU colleague.  (By the way, this photo…
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ND, MT Wines Score At International Wine Competition

The 15th annual Finger Lakes International Wine Competition is a big deal. It benefits Camp Good Days,  a summer camp for children with cancer. This is the world’s largest charitable wine competition. This year the competition was held in Rochester, N.Y., on March 21-22. It was open to commercial wineries and distilleries from all producing…
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Jeff Broin: Poet LLC Executive Chair Is A Pioneer In His 40s

It’s been 35 years since I was an undergraduate at South Dakota State University in Brookings. I wrote about the 1978 and tractorcades to Washington, D.C., for The Collegian, the SDSU student newspaper. I was an agricultural journalist, and Editor Kevin Woster from the famed Woster journalism family in South Dakota was my boss. He…
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Prevented-plant Crop Insurance Adjustments, Weaknesses

Above is a photo I took of some cropland east of Dickinson, N.D., that wasn’t planted on July 2, 2014. It was a prevented-plant (PP) crop insurance situation because of some very wet planting season weather. Of all of the input I receive from readers, PP is the tops. Several times a year I will…
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Gulke: SD Banker Says 85% Of Ag Customers Lost Money In ’14

Jerry Gulke tells it like it is, and that’s why the room was filled at the Soybean Expo 2015 in Fargo, N.D. An Illinois farmer and nationally-known grain marketing consultant and analyst, Gulke doesn’t sugar-coat the current agricultural picture. “I have a friend in South Dakota at (a very large bank), their regional banker, told me…
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