Agriculture

LIVE: A Silent Killer Lurking in Your Yard

They're creeping ever closer... right up from under the ground. It's National Mushroom Day.

By now, you’ve probably spotted them. Their pale heads emerge from the soggy soil, first one, then a handful. Underground, there’s an entire network of them… and with every rain, they multiply. A silent march of mushrooms is on its way right to your very doorstep, fed and nurtured by our wicked wet weather this fall. They’re invading our backyards,…

Pumpkin Patch Owner Struggles to Grow Quality Selection

Excessive amount of rain made it difficult to grow pumpkins this season

GLYNDON, Minn. — Mike Halvorson bought his farm about 20 years ago. After four years of owning the land, he got the idea to create the Buffalo River Pumpkin Patch. “It’s great. Yeah, we didn’t know what to expect when we first started it, so we really enjoyed what it turned out to be and we read all the comments…

North Dakota Republican Leaders Praise EPA Repeal of WOTUS

Waters of the United States rule extended federal authority and protections to streams and wetlands

WASHINGTON — The EPA is repealing the Obama-era Waters of the United States rule. It extended federal authority and protections to streams and wetlands. The move is being welcomed by North Dakota’s Republican leaders including Gov. Doug Burgum and Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer. The 2015 regulation, commonly known as WOTUS, defined what bodies of water are protected under…

Destructive Weed Found in Seventh North Dakota County

Palmer amaranth can grow up to 7 feet and can resist herbicides.

BISMARCK, N.D.–A North Dakota agency has confirmed the presence of a Palmer amaranth plant in a seventh county in the state. The state Department of Agriculture said Wednesday they found the plant in Emmons County, in the south of the state, just weeks after they found it in nearby Grant County. Palmer amaranth can grow up to 7 feet and…

39th Annual Big Iron Farm Show Displays New Ag Tech

The show is open tomorrow from 9 to 5 and Thursday from 9 to 4

WEST FARGO, N.D. — Technology is making its way into most people’s lives these days, and farmers are no exception. “Man, has agriculture changed. And for the better. I mean, the equipment, the size of the equipment, and the technology,” said Big Iron Committee Chairman Dave Gehrtz. This year’s Big Iron Farm Show is giving people a glimpse at the…

‘The margins are so thin’ Clay County Farmers Union Holds Annual Convention

Minnesota farmers are dealing with limited markets and low commodity prices as a result of the trade war with China

MOORHEAD, MINN. — Larry Jacobson has been farming his whole life. “It’s something I’ve done since I was a little kid. When I was big enough to sit in the seat and turn the steering wheel, I was doing it,” he said. And he doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon, but it’s getting more and more difficult. “The margins are…

North Dakota Ranks High for Blackbird Crop Damage

North Dakota ranked first in bird damage to confectionery and oilseed sunflowers.

BISMARCK, N.D.–North Dakota agricultural officials say there’s help available for the millions of dollars in crop damage caused by blackbirds each year. Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Wildlife Services program loans nonlethal management equipment to farmers to help disperse blackbirds that attack sunflower and grain crops. The USDA says of eight states with significant…

NDSU Helps Farmers Create Succession Plan

There are two million farms in America, according to the USDA

  FARGO, N.D. — It wasn’t until after his father and grandfather passed in 2012 that Jon Bertsch decided to take over the family farm in Hillsboro. With it came the many challenges farmers face daily. “A lot of things are out of our control, mother nature,  the trade war, different things in regards to the ethanol industry. It’s harder to…

LIVE: Barnesville’s Potato Days on National Potato Day

Lefse us tell you about all the great things happening this week for Potato Days.

It’s National Potato Day this Monday, and we couldn’t be more chipper about the whole event, because potatoes are something most people in this region get pretty steamed up about. That’s especially true in Barnesville, Minn., where residents have been serving the Red River Valley its Potato Days festival every year in late August. A smash hit for young and…