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“Land Minds” gives us staff writers the swine breeding stock; better ways to opportunity to touch base on anything apply manure; new strategies on how to and everything we think will interest you get higher yields that are environmenfolks, our readers. Today, my touchstone tally friendly and at less cost; you name is one of the most interesting guys in this the new idea and farmers around the always-amazing world of agriculture. world are ready to take advantage of Yes, I sometimes think we write too much these opportunities.” about the economic challenge of farming These Boeing 747s carry 300 of these these days. But we don’t have the 250-pound hogs. “About like a full load of answers, other than suggesting stupenLAND MINDS humans on these trans-oceanic flights,” dous weather calamities might be a onenoted Fiedler. But selling live hogs overBy Dick Hagen year fix. seas takes some doing. “These are So instead, I’m sharing a few cash-only deals. Selling is done thoughts from a super “Pro-Ag” guy through a genetic company here in the who even flies pigs to China! states. We don’t get involved in the face-to-face contract work.” Jean Fiedler, Sauk Centre, Minn. business entrepreneur, isn’t bashful about trying “far out” opporYes, the incredible diversity of some of you farmtunities in global agriculture. Like periodically ers these days amazes me. Some, often including loading up a 747 jet with 250-pound pigs for deliv- your banker, say diversity is smart business these ery to China and Brazil and other world destinadays. Besides flying live pigs to overseas markets, tions. Fiedler’s swine operation involves about 70 barns and 10,000 sows. Plus, he also crop farms about He simply explains, “Yes, it’s kind 3,000 acres of corn and soybeans. But he’s very of a fun adventure. We truck them much a realist about the dilemma of world agriculto O’Hare Air Field in Chicago. Pigs ture. “We today have the ability to grow more than are loaded into wood crates, 10 pigs the world can consume and therefore prices aren’t per crate. Crates are stacked three as high as they should be.” high. Large blocks of ice, like 4-foot by 4-foot by 4-foot, are positioned But Fiedler is a pork industry stalwart. “We can on sides and tops of these crates to grow pork cheaper than anybody in the world. We keep the pigs cool. We also ship to have good roads and trucks to move our pigs to proJean Fiedler Brazil through the Miami airport. cessing plants. Plus, we have the most efficient Last year we shipped 14,000 breeding stock into transportation system to get our pork to China or Mexico. We drop our trailers at the Mexican border. anywhere in the world. Today we can out-produce The Mexican driver comes with their truck, hooks anyone with healthy, high quality products. We will up and delivers to the Mexican destination — bring- outcompete Europe where hog producers are being ing our trucks back the next day.” strangled with so many regulations they can’t compete.” Interviewed at the recent Central Minnesota Farm Show in St. Cloud, Fiedler somewhat nonHowever, Fiedler recognizes another growing chalantly commented, “It’s just another way of dilemma of modern agriculture. “Our consumers doing business. Agriculture is simply amazing keep demanding more information about just exacttoday. There is no limit to the possibilities. ly how we grow our pork, or our turkeys — even our Agriculture today is totally global. Whether it’s See LAND MINDS, pg. 4A



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Hogs have faster growth rates on less feed LAND MINDS, from pg. 2A corn and soybeans. But it seems to me they are also getting dumber. Their perceptions about farming are atrocious. I know our commodity groups are doing their best to educate the public on modern technologies in agriculture. Does the public even care? Pigs have 98 percent the same genetics that humans do. You would think the public would have genuine interest in learning about the replacing of damaged and dying human organs with pig organs. “For reasons I’ll not understand, it seems there are always people pushing against technology. Today there’s a cholesterol-free canola that could help in reducing heart disease. But some out there quickly say, ‘I don’t like GMO canola so I’ll keep buying the bad canola and I’m willing to take my risk to my health’. With people like that, you can only hope that in time, better judgment will win.” He talks of his grandkids growing up with GMO foods. They think nothing of it. “I credit lots of people doing fabulous work in the hog industry these days. That’s why markets keep expanding — both domestically and overseas. We started in the hog business 20 years ago averaging 20 pigs per sow. Today we’re at 30 pigs per sow. Our death loss is 2 percent. It used to be 4 percent. Today we put on a pound of gain with 2.6- 2.7 pounds of feed. So less feed, less death loss, faster growth rates, and disease-free pigs … that’s what Brazil and China want for their farmers too. So repeat customers are not an issue when you deliver quality.” Fiedler wishes he could talk to more consumers. He welcomes visitors to his farm. He welcomes visitors from foreign countries. And part of the diversity of this guy is, he’s also a “system marketer” — handling the Bazooka Farmstar liquid manure (or more specifically, the Titan Manure Applicating Bar). More on that issue in a later story. Sure, guys like Jean Fiedler are few. But you are out there. The word “can’t” isn’t even in your vocabulary. Regardless your break evens, you’ll soon be out planting your 2018 crops. My kudos! Dick Hagen is staff writer of The Land. He may be reached at v


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Trump budget rolls back gains in rural conservation Members of Congress are starting to shape the 2018 farm bill — a comprehensive food and agriculture bill passed about every five years. Most observers associate the farm bill with food policy, but it also provides about $5.8 billion yearly for activities such as restoring wildlife habitat and using sustainable farming practices. These programs affect about 50 million acres of land nationwide. They conserve millions of acres of wildlife habitat, and provide ecological services such as improved water quality, erosion control and enhanced soil health that are worth billions of dollars. Sixty percent of U.S. land is privately owned, so to conserve land and wildlife, it is critical to work with farmers and ranchers. Farm bill conservation programs provide cost shares, financial incentives and technical assistance to owners who voluntarily undertake conservation efforts on their land. President Trump’s 2019 budget request would slash funding for these programs by about $13 billion over 10 years, on top of cuts made in the last farm bill. In a recent study, we found that it is highly uncertain whether the benefits these programs have produced will be maintained if they are cut further. Conservation on private land produces tangible benefits for wildlife, water quality, erosion control and floodwater storage. Studies have shown that farmers appreciate the benefits they receive from participating in these programs, such as more productive soil and better hunting and wildlife viewing on their lands. Conservation programs can also be an important and stable income source during crop price downturns. In the 2014 farm bill, Congress reduced conservation spending by 6.4 percent, or about $3.97 billion over 10 years. These cuts reduced the number of farmers who were able to enroll in the programs. For example, the Conservation Reserve Program pays farmers to take environmentally


sensitive land out of agricultural production and convert cropland into ecologically beneficial grasses. In 2016, due to budget cuts, USDA accepted just 22 percent of acres that farmers offered for CRP enrollment. The Conservation Stewardship Program, which focuses on working lands in agricultural production, offers farmers financial incentives and technical advice for conservation measures such as cover crops or efficient irrigation systems. In 2015 the U.S. Department of Agriculture funded only 27 percent of CSP applications. The Trump administration’s proposed cuts have drawn criticism from conservation groups and farmers. Meanwhile, these programs appear to have bipartisan support in Congress. In a June 2017 hearing, Sen. Agriculture Committee Chair Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) said, “I’ve heard repeatedly from farmers and ranchers about the importance of these programs, how they successfully incentivize farmers to take conservation to the next level, and the need for continued federal investment in these critical programs.” Funding will be tight for this farm bill, as USDA has acknowledged. A set of guiding principles the department released on Jan. 24 pledged to provide “a fiscally responsible farm bill that reflects the Administration’s budget goals.” Further cuts to conservation programs would undermine environmental protection. Less land and wildlife would be protected, and fewer farmers would

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be able to enroll in these programs. Moreover, as our study concluded, landowners are unlikely to continue their conservation efforts when payments end. Ideally, owners would keep up conservation practices even when federal incentives end. We call this phenomenon “persistence.” But we have found very limited research on landowner behavior after incentive program contracts end. What research has been done indicates that persistence is highly variable and often does not occur. Persistence also depends on the practices landowners are required to perform. Structural actions, such as planting trees, are more likely to have lasting effects than measures that landowners need to perform frequently and may abandon, such as treating invasive plants with herbicides. Why would landowners continue with conservation behaviors after incentive programs end? They might have developed positive views of conservation, or want to be perceived as good land stewards. Repeated actions, such as moving cattle for prescribed grazing, might become habits. Finally, landowners with sufficient financial and technical resources are more likely to persist with conservation behaviors. Our research suggests that if farmers and ranchers are unable to re-enroll in conservation programs, many could resume farming formerly protected land or abandon conservation practices. Issuing longer-duration contracts and designing post-contract transitions that encourage continued conservation could help make program impacts more lasting. Further budget cuts will only reduce future conservation on private land, and could undo much of the good that these programs have already achieved. Ashley Dayer is assistant professor of fish and wildlife conservation and Seth Lutter is a master’s degree candidate at Virginia Tech. This article originally appeared in The Conversation, v

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Who is trying to kill the Bayer-Monsanto merger? While we watch the cat-juggling carnihelp the American farmers who grow our val that is Washington, D.C., these days, nation’s food and help the American famreal fake news experts (yes, there are ilies who consume that food.” experts in real fake news) are artfully The group, which lists no office, mixing fact with myth to influence how address, telephone number or contact Big Biotech’s mergers and buyouts play person on its website, named an out in American agriculture. “Advisory Board” who, according to its The biggest merger, Dow and DuPont’s own descriptions, includes growers, farm $150-billion hook-up, was completed last FARM & FOOD FILE group representatives, two “advocates,” August. Another big one, Bayer and and one “backyard poultry farmer.” By Alan Guebert Monsanto’s $66-billion marriage, remains Its key project, however, was a glossy, on hold. Farmers, too, are in limbo — 24-page white paper titled, “A Bayer/ although most suspect the buyouts will Monsanto Merger Will Raise the Price limit choices and increase prices of of Agricultural Inputs, Reduce Seed already-costly biotech seeds and correChoices and Increase Costs for U.S. Farmers.” sponding chemicals. The report, filled with warm photos of farmers Confirmation of their worries appears to come and families alike, is a sophisticated, detailed marfrom Syngenta (the Swiss-based biotech giant) and ket analysis of the national and international conseits cloudy connections to a farmer advocacy group quences that a completed Bayer/Monsanto deal will now lobbying the White House against the Bayer/ bring, the group claims. Monsanto deal. If true (and strong circumstantial Section titles like “Anticompetitive Market evidence suggests it is) that’s a problem; because Control,” “Vertical Monopoly through Tying and Syngenta is owned by ChemChina, a China-owned Bundling,” and “Reduced Innovation” make little state enterprise. Federal law prohibits foreign govsecret of the report’s main message: U.S. farmers ernments from lobbying U.S. officials. should tell Washington to kill this deal. The tale began in mid-December when a group “Merging the world’s largest seed seller calling itself Farmers and Families First, Inc. was formed to “advocate for free market-based policies to (Monsanto) to a company that is also the world’s


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largest agrochemical seller (Bayer),” it noted, “would only enhance its ability to raise agricultural input prices and engage in anti-competitive behavior using a variety of strategies Monsanto has employed in the past.” Nothing in its many pages, photos, and 112 footnotes, however, offered one clue as to who wrote it, paid for it, put together the loose advisory panel or was pushing it in print and online. A hint of authorship did appear in a Feb. 17 story in the Washington Examiner (a conservative weekly newspaper published in the nation’s capital). The newspaper connected Farmers and Families First, Inc. to DDC Public Affairs — a Washington, D.C., company that, notes on its website, “… has been helping clients navigate complex legislative, regulatory and policy issues… (to) sway public opinion and affect the political landscape.” According to the Examiner, the key political landscape DDC Public Affairs has been trying to “affect” lately lies just two blocks from its office — The White House. In a February ad campaign broadcast on Fox News, Farmers and Families First called on “President Trump to ‘stand with America’s farmers and please stop the Monsanto merger’ (because)… Trump voters… are ‘overwhelmingly’ opposed to the merger.” What DDC Public Affairs never broadcast, noted the Examiner, is that it “has long worked with Syngenta, a Swiss pesticide and seed company now owned by ChemChina.” As such, “it’s reasonable to ask whether the Chinese competitors of Bayer AG and Monsanto aren’t … behind this campaign to scuttle the merger.” In fact, it’s more than reasonable because, as the Examiner explained, “If it can be established that Farmers and Family (sic) First is merely a front group for ChemChina, then DDC should probably be required to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.” That’s a brilliant idea because, after all, enforcing our laws and preserving the integrity of our markets are two key jobs our representatives, senators and president were elected to do. Here’s another idea for them: lose the cat-tossing routine before November’s job review. It’s tiring and they’ve lost their audience. At least in the United States.  The Farm and Food File is published weekly through the United States and Canada. Past columns, events and contact information are posted at v

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‘Flat Broke’ memoir offers readers tragedy, choices, charm “Flat Broke with Two Goats: A Memoir of Appalachia” by Jennifer McGaha c.2018, Sourcebooks $15.99 (higher in Canada) 368 pages It could never happen to you. Other people have problems. They don’t plan, they don’t act, they aren’t paying attention and that leads to issues they can’t deal with. That kind of thing happens to other people. In the new book “Flat Broke with Two Goats” by Jennifer McGaha, it can’t happen to you — until it does. After the mailman bounced his way up a mile-long, rutted mud driveway to hand Jennifer McGaha a registered envelope, she didn’t want to open it. She knew what was inside. It was confirmation for something that had already happened. Her beautiful, sunfilled, large-kitchened house THE BOOKWORM SEZ in North Carolina was already in the process of being foreBy Terri Schlichenmeyer closed upon. The nightmare started with a bad economy. As neighbors and clients lost jobs, they stopped needing McGaha’s husband’s accounting expertise. Because of home repairs and private school tuition for the McGaha’s three children, there was little money for savings. And when McGaha heard her husband crying into his pillow in the middle of one night, things became worse. They were in debt to the Internal Revenue Service for a lot of money — as in, almost-mid-six-figures. Possible jail-term aside, McGaha was stunned and terrified. She’d grown up never having to worry about money. Now, the worry never left her mind and she considered walking away from it all. But her youngest son was still in high school. With few options left, the family moved to the only place they could afford: a lush valley with a snake-and-miceinfested, half-rotted ramshackle cabin with no internet, no cable TV, spotty cell phone reception, and a boiler for making hot water. Adding insult to injury, McGaha lost three beloved elderly relatives in quick succession. Bereft and grieving, she took a job out-of-state and contemplated staying in Illinois; but she couldn’t. Home was in North Carolina. So was her heart, a penitent husband, family, chickens, eventually goats and, eventually, a decision. In thinking about her old life and yesterday’s actions, says McGaha, “I choose this.” There but for the grace…

You may say that a time or two or ten as you’re reading “Flat Broke with Two Goats” — and for good reason. Statistics say that more than half of our neighbors are uncomfortably close to the first part of its title. For sure, author Jennifer McGaha tells a lip-biting

story that starts out bad and grows worse as tragedy piles on top of hardship stacks on humiliation. If you’re rolling your eyes, though, stop. While McGaha abundantly writes of the pain of loss and the turmoil in her emotions, she takes her share of See BOOKWORM, pg. 8A



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Ladies of the farm prove they are up to the challenge How well I remember it I just read something that from my growing-up years. talked about how farms are A well-meaning neighbor or generally assumed to other visitor might call or belong to a man — such as, stop by our farm to see Dad, “This is John Doe’s farm,” but was greeted first by rather than, “This is John Mom, who was — without and Mary Doe’s farm.” Or, even knowing it — the offi“This is John Doe. He farms cial face of the farm when north of Farmville. And this people stopped by. is his wife, Mary;” rather TABLE TALK than, “This is John and Often times that person By Karen Schwaller Mary Doe. They farm north would ask my mother, “Is of Farmville.” See the difthe boss around?” ference? My mother must have secretly Everyone contributes to the success cringed. But then, maybe not. It was a of the farm — even if part of that sucdifferent day. But I suspect that if cess is that the people who go out and someone were to ask that question do that greasy, dirty, smelly work have today to your average woman of the clean clothes to wear every day and farm, that person might get to whistle through a brand new pair of front teeth. something to eat. It all works together to create success. From the days of Carolyn Ingalls on But today’s woman of the farm is “Little House on the Prairie” to today, often so much more than the role in women have clearly played many roles which she is stereotyped. More women on the farm. Those roles are all importoday are working and running farms tant, even if the woman of the farm begets far fewer accolades for her con- than ever before. They are out helping tributions than her male farmer coun- in the livestock yards; running tractors, combines and trucks in the fields; terpart. overseeing livestock units; doing the

about what her male counterparts will think of her. Believe me, she feels selfconscious as it is. More women today are working and running Long gone are the days of, “A womfarms than ever before. an’s place is in the home.” While it’s They are out helping in wonderful if that’s what she wants, the livestock yards; run- today’s agriculturalists are made up more and more of women — including ning tractors, combines agronomists, tractor operators and and trucks in the fields; mechanics, veterinarians, researchers, overseeing livestock geneticists, farm managers, field repunits; doing daily livestock chores and getting resentatives, ag sales and business people, ag education teachers/FFA involved in the overall advisors, extension specialists, sale operation of the farm. barn workers, bookkeepers, and yes, actual farmers. daily livestock chores and getting And she performs her chosen vocainvolved in the overall operation of the tion while managing a home, family, farm. Sometimes it’s out of necessity. The children leave home and the work farm finances, the mowing, food preservation, baling, parts running, makforce is smaller. Sometimes they just ing birthdays and holidays happen plain want to do it. And sometimes every year, and holding the family they have to do it. together with the bonds that only she A woman I know took over the farm can provide. after her husband died. I have tremenThe job is demanding on all fronts: dous respect for her and other women physically, mentally, emotionally, intelwho have done that. I attended an lectually, and sometimes, even spiritu“Annie’s Project” course with her, and ally. But today’s women of the farm found her to be a courageous woman are meeting the challenge. who actively sought out answers to her questions. And they’re less likely to fold when a Some wise person once said, “... edu- well-meaning person asks, “Is the boss around?” cated people don’t have all the answers, but they know where to get Most people I know enjoy their front them.” That was very true of this teeth too much to ask something like woman, and of other women who have that today. found themselves new to running a Karen Schwaller brings “Table Talk” farm. They have to take a deep breath, to The Land from her home near walk into the elevator (or wherever) and ask questions for which they need Milford, Iowa. She can be reached at v answers — putting aside their fears

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responsibility here. She also admits how she almost didn’t do even that. The anxiety is almost like putty, it’s so thick. By the time you get to the section of this book that contains Author both a sense of uneasy Jennifer relief and droll humor, McGaha you’ll be wrung out and ready for it — especially if your imagination follows along. You’ll be alarmed, breathless and ultimately

charmed by “Flat Broke with Two Goats” because yes, it could happen to you. Look for the reviewed book at a bookstore or a library near you. You may also find the book at online book retailers. The Bookworm is Terri Schlichenmeyer. Terri has been reading since she was 3 years old and never goes anywhere without a book. She lives in Wisconsin with three dogs and 10,000 books. v

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Minn. hog farmers featured on national pork rig By DICK HAGEN Manure management has its The Land Staff Writer own criteria. Lagoons are agitated, then samples are pulled MINNEAPOLIS — A signififor complete analysis of fertilizer cant attention-getter at the Minnutrients. Manure is injected nesota Pork Congress was the into his fields accordingly — handsome 34-foot trailer at the based on soil analysis within Minnesota Pork Producers Assoeach field. That means variable ciation display. rates depending upon soil testHuge color photos of David and ing. But Richter also uses comKaren Richter, pork producers mercial fertilizer to fill in the from Montgomery, Minn., and holes for a balanced nutrient “Pork — Be Inspired” in bold letlevel. tering are emblazoned on this Photo by Dick Hagen When doing manure incorponifty rig. David and Karen Richter rations, it’s also good neighbor The Richters were hanging out time. at the trailer which led to an interview with David “We incorporate manure in everything,” he said. “If Richter and this leading question: How did you get we’re getting close to another house, we let them your handsome picture displayed on this trailer? know ahead of time. They frequently share with us A modest Richter answered, “That would mostly be how little odor (they detect).” because of what my wife Karen has done.” But that doesn’t mean there aren’t any bumps in Modest indeed! His wife Karen served two years as the road. “Things come through that you have to president of the National Pork Board 2013-2014. deal with. We did have PED (porcine epidemic diarShe also was president of Minnesota Pork Board in rhea virus) couple years ago. PRRS (porcine repro2004. She recently was selected to be a board mem- ductive and respiratory syndrome) can be a threat, ber of the U.S. Meat Export Federation, which set a but less an issue it seems. Our supplier talks pigs new record last November with 223.962 metric tons per sow per year. They’re in that 28-30 pigs category.” exported with a value of $615.6 million. Like any seasoned veteran in the pork business, Richter is a third-generation pork producer start- Richter said that you’re always tweaking things here ing as a farrow-to-finish operation until the mid- and there, but significant changes are unlikely. Rich1990s when he switched to becoming a contract fin- ter said a depreciation schedule typically is 10 years isher. He said, “I grow up with hogs because my dad on a barn, but the wear points are numerous, particand his dad were pig farmers. I went off to college, ularly ventilation fans which often are on a 24/7 then did a few business opportunities, but back to schedule. But in a 10-year span, you likely are the farm in 1991.” He grows out breeding stock for a source farm about six miles away. Breeding is York/Landrace. “We’re finishing out F1s. Yes, thanks to great genetics that means market weights of 285-290 pounds. Yes, cost efficiencies are part of these heavier markets. But credit goes to genetics. Today, we really do have lean pigs at 300 pounds. We’re not piling on fat those last 20-30 pounds.” As a contract finisher, break-evens fall on the owner of the pigs, not Richter. He gets paid a base cost for pig space. Thanks to strict conditions in the farrowing facilities, mortalities and “poor do-ers” aren’t really an issue for Richter if he and his crew maintain the same environments in the finishing cycle. Environmental issues and biosecurity are not what they used to be. That’s a tribute to the entire swine industry. Hog producers are particular people. At Richter Enterprises, you don’t even get into a finishing barn unless you sign an admission ticket which validates zero visits to any swine facility within the previous 48 hours. Once validated, visitors shower and slip on provided coveralls and boots before entering the barn. Visitors also shower out upon leaving the premises.

replacing feed motors, fans and various electrical components. Demand With pork production escalating, the industry is looking at ways to increase per capita consumption of pork. When it comes to increasing consumption, Richter said it comes down to how pork is cooked. “To me it’s the issue of how to cook pork chops. My advice: you can’t be afraid to eat a pork chop with a bit of pink inside … or a roast with a little pink inside. People complain about the leaner cuts get dried out when cooking on the grill. I say, cook it to the right temp. and you will be amazed at how much better the taste. I think one reason consumption flattens out is people often over-cook their pork chops and beef steaks. I’m confident if they cooked slower and cooler, they would eat more because of that new delicious taste,” he said. Richter recommends using a meat thermometer and getting those chops off the grill or out of the oven at 145 F is the key. Then let it rest for 10 minutes. It will come up 10-15 degrees just letting it rest. “You’ve got the juice. You’ve got the flavor. You’ve got the moist, most tender product you could imagine,” he said. The Minnesota Pork Congress was held Jan. 16-17 in Minneapolis. v

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FFA members served tasty farm-to-school lunch

By MARIE WOOD Cover photo: On Feb. 22, during lunch periThe Land Associate Editor ods at St. Peter High School, FFA members ST. PETER, Minn. — The delicious aroma Cole Pankratz (left) and Ben Eide (right) of chicken noodle soup was in the air at St. served chicken noodle soup made with Peter High School. As students went through chickens they raised. the lunch line, FFA students ladled chicken noodle soup made with chicken they raised themselves. Members of the girls basketball team fueled up. “Fresh,” senior Kayla Oeltjenbruns said. “I wasn’t expecting it to be this good,” senior Olivia McCabe said. FFA officer Ethan Klaseus stopped by the table to answer their questions. Fellow members led an FFA trivia game and a slide show of the agriculture students working with animals and plants was displayed on screens in Photos by Marie Wood the cafeteria. Left to right: Seniors Kayla Oeltjenbruns, Olivia McCabe, Ellie JohnFFA advisors Gena Lilienthal (left) and Mike Some students said they chose the chicken son, Lexie Blaschko and Nasosra Daud enjoyed the chicken noodle Reeser (right) make a good team. noodle soup for a change over the pizza, burg- soup at the farm-to-school lunch at St. Peter High School. Standing, and tomato caprese salad. A caprese salad is Ethan Klaseus answered questions about the food raised by FFA ers and fries that are always available. tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, salt, black pepper, members. Spinach salad with a homemade poppy seed olive oil and a balsamic vinegar reduction. dressing and tomato caprese salad was also on them to a USDA-inspected plant for butchering. Using homegrown spinach and tomatoes was fanthe menu. The spinach and tomatoes were grown by Ruby Langr was one of the students who grew the tastic, he said. FFA students in the school’s greenhouse. tomatoes — 190 plants in all. She worked in the “You can taste the sunlight on them,” Barnes said. The school’s South Central Minnesota Agricultural greenhouse for 90 minutes a day during first semesScience Academy hosted its first FFA Farm-to-School ter, starting the plants about two weeks into the Paul Peterson, St. Peter Public Schools superintenLuncheon and Career Fair on Feb. 22 to celebrate school year. Her work came to fruition at the event. dent, stopped in for lunch. He was proud of the stuNational FFA Week. “It’s really exciting. You see the finished project,” dents who raised the food, bringing it from the farm to table. FFA advisor Gena Lilienthal said they received the Langr said. broiler chickens as chicks and started raising them “I devoured it. It was so good. The quality of the The students worked with the school’s food service in the classroom. Once the birds got too big for the food was just amazing,” Peterson said. classroom, student Brad Doherty-Bohn and Lilien- company, A’viands. Executive chef Jonathan Barnes thal finished raising the poultry on their own farms. and his company are committed to growing this agricultural partnership and making it sustainable. Doherty-Bohn said his family raises chickens and “We love farm to school, but how cool if the stuhe is the primary caretaker. Since they raise laying dents own the farm?” Barnes said. hens, he collects the eggs. Due to food safety laws, the students could not Broiler chickens take six to eight weeks to raise. make the soup. Barnes and staff prepared the soup They raised 55 chickens and Lilienthal transported from scratch. Barnes also made the spinach salad

Ruby Langr started and grew the tomato plants for the Farm-to-School Luncheon in the greenhouse at St. Peter High School. There were 190 tomato plants in all. See FARM-TO-SCHOOL, pg. 11A

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Career fair featuring local ag companies was successful FARM-TO-SCHOOL, from pg. 10A Jacob Pehrson, president of South Central Minnesota Agricultural Science Academy FFA chapter, took the lead in coordinating the event. His FFA chapter has a mix of kids growing up on a farm and those who are not. All are welcome. “It’s from plows and sows to drones and technology,” Pehrson said. Pehrson’s family farm raises poultry, but he also works at Herberg Dairy and Traverse Elevator in St. Peter. He enjoys the different viewpoints he receives from the members who don’t come from a farm background. Some of the FFA members drove their tractors to and from school for the event. Career fair The event included a career fair featuring agricultural companies recruiting employees. The industry is facing a worker shortage.

time work after high school or college. For high school seniors who are employed by Wakefield, they can apply for a scholarship if they are pursuing a college degree in agriculture. Wakefield is a family oriented company, added Lange.

“We’re willing to work with students who have a busy schedule,” Lange said. The South Central Minnesota Agricultural Science Academy is open to students enrolled in St. Peter, Cleveland, St. Clair, Le Sueur-Henderson and Nicollet public schools. v






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Bruce Potter ponders threat of soybean aphids in 2018 By DICK HAGEN The Land Staff Writer University of Minnesota Extension integrated pest management specialist Bruce Potter has a 20-year history with the S o u t h w e s t Bruce Potter Research and Outreach Center in Lamberton. Some respectfully refer to Potter as “the bug man.” Q: How big an issue will aphids be in 2018? Potter: The correct answer is, ‘It depends.’ Let’s talk about some things that will drive the issue. In southern Minnesota last season, we had a lot of parasitism by fungi, parasitic wasps, pirate bugs, etc. So there were lots of biocontrol populations tracking aphids. Plus, aphid-killing fungi thrive in cool, wet weather which was frequent last season. Q: Is this suggesting fewer aphids this season? Potter: Maybe, because we saw lots


of predators and parasites moving with the aphids to buckthorn last fall. That suggests lots of biological control going on as those aphids were mating and laying eggs on buckthorn. But the real driver on aphid probabilities this spring is how well the survivors do in getting from buckthorn into soybeans. Also, early season growing weather. Planting dates can make a difference. If soybean planting is delayed, aphid migrations to beans can be affected. Early volunteer soybeans can be inviting too. Weather can drive this also. Aphids like it on the dry side. The Red River Valley area last spring experienced early planting and dry weather. Get some moderately warm weather too and you have perfect aphid conditions. Soybean aphid populations really exploded after pyrethroid insecticides were sprayed on resistant aphid populations, killing a high percentage of beneficial insects, but a low percentage of aphids. Q: Are we more prone to aphids here in Minnesota and the eastern Dakotas?

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Potter: Yes, on a more consistent basis. Other states have buckthorn, but weather conditions and date of planting seems to favor spring movement of aphids to soybeans more readily up here. Q: South America, particularly Brazil, is now close to matching U.S. soybean production. Are aphids down there too? Potter: Not that I’m aware of. They’ve got other issues though, like soybean rust resistant to some fungicides. They now have soybean cyst nematodes and they’ve got a lot of defoliating insects — plus stink bug problems. Their lack of aphids might partly be because buckthorn is almost unknown down there. But if aphids get established in an area with a continuous soybean culture, that will keep them going. Q: What is the origin of the soybean aphid? Potter: We don’t know for certain where we got ours, but the original source is China and other areas in Asia where soybeans occur. There are even aphid populations in Australia. Q: With crop production expanding throughout Asia, will crop pests expand too? Potter: Very likely. If we get species from another area introduced here that are already insecticide resistant, there’s no reason to expect that species won’t start here with resistance issues. Then we’re behind the eight-ball right away. There’s the old world bollworm, now present in South America and the Caribbean. It’s native to the Eastern hemisphere and it has some serious pesticide issues. If this relative of corn earworm would be able to move and establish farther north, it could rather quickly be an issue here too. That is just one of the pests being watched closely by state and federal agencies. Q: Is genetic resistance a growing reality for some of these soybean issues? Potter: It depends on the pest. There are some resistant genes out there for soybean aphids. It looks like we may need to pyramid those resistant genes to make sure we have adequate control. Phytophthora and soybean cyst nematode are examples where resistance genes have been widely adopted … perhaps too much so.

On the corn rootworm side, they’re working on incorporating RNA (ribonucleic acid) to corn that interferes with needed activity of a specific gene in the rootworms. But the effectiveness of Bt is a little more dicey with westerns. We have documented some level of resistance to all the traits we have right now. We’re even seeing problems with pyramided traits out there. Yes, I think plant breeders are gaining confidence in building genetic control for more crop issues. But the seed industry has concerns about how long these new trait packages stay viable. Based on our past experience with insect, nematode, disease and weeds, it is important that farmers and advisers stay current on any effective pest resistance breeders may develop. Q: So how are break-evens looking for corn vs. soybeans in 2018? Potter: The numbers are looking better for soybeans. But we’ve got some issues with pyrethroid insecticide resistant soybean aphids. Plus weeds are more of an issue. To some extent, the pests are going to drive the decisions. If you’ve got some savings in fertilizer and seed costs with soybeans, but if you spend more on herbicides and insecticides, it might be a wash. You also need to consider what your rotation is doing for long-term profitability. Q: Are dicamba threats still likely? Potter: I’m hoping for fewer problems. Now we’ve got the 85 F and June 20 regulations. But we’re spraying more acres which tends to multiply risk probabilities. Paying attention to the day-by-day weather, neighboring crops and other federal and state label requirements will help minimize problems. Q: And your call on the most ideal weather this spring? Potter: Keep it on the dry side, because subsoil moisture is adequate. If we can get in these fields early, that is always an advantage. As I mentioned earlier, we may have to worry about aphids a little bit more with early planting, but let’s build off that high-yield potential that early planting into a good seedbed provides. The right amount of moisture at the right time always is the major determiner. See POTTER, pg. 14A

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Just enough phosphorus can attain yield potential By MARIE WOOD The Land Associate Editor MANKATO, Minn. — Farmers follow two philosophies regarding phosphorus, an essential nutrient for crops. One is sufficiency which means applying what the crop needs per year. The other is build and maintain which means applying what the crop needs for the year, plus extra. “With commodity prices these days, I would say the less you can apply the better,” said Paulo Pagliari, of the University of Minnesota Southwest Research and Outreach Center, Lamberton. Pagliari spoke at the Nutrient Management Conference in Mankato on Feb. 20. About 135 farmers, certified crop advisers and government officials attended the conference led by the Minnesota Agricultural Water Resource Center. Soil tests for phosphorus determine if your soil needs P and how much to apply. There are two tests: Bray for soils with pH less than 7.5 and Olsen for soil with pH 7.5 or greater. The soil tests assess the probability of response to applied fertilizer. For the last 30 to 40 years, the U of M has worked on field calibration to give meaning to the soil test P (STP) value and recommend rates. STP is rated from very low to very high: 0-21+ parts per million on Bray and 0-16+ ppm on Olsen. For instance, if your Bray STP is 12 ppm, the STP level is medium and the recommendation is to broadcast P2O5 at 50 pounds per acre for 200-plus bu./ acre of corn. Banding the fertilizer requires 35 pounds per acre. Less fertilizer is needed when it is banded because the nutrient is concentrated where the seed will be planted. Broadcasting spreads the fertilizer evenly over the field, but banding concentrates it in or near the row where the plants can best access it. “Phosphorus becomes much more available farther away from the band and also for a longer period of time,” he said. The sufficiency philosophy is more intensive because farmers must test every year or every other year, Pagliari noted. Grid sampling is advised because it represents the whole field. In a study where 20 lbs/acre of phosphorus was banded vs. 40 lbs/acre broadcasted, samples were taken three times in the growing season. Pagliari said early in the season 23.8 percent of the plant’s phosphorus came from the fertilizer in the band while the plant only pulled 2.8 percent of its phosphorus from the broadcasted fertilizer. “Early on we see that band application can really provide good conditions for plants to pick up that nutrient,” he said. Later in the season, the percentages are about the same, but Pagliari contends that the plant got the phosphorus to overcome that early stress. Another trial showed it took about twice as much

Minimizing the inputs as much as you can is the best way to maximize your profitability. You can save quite a bit of money on fertilizer. — Paulo Pagliari P to achieve the maximum yield in broadcasted compared to banded fertilizer. In medium STP, it took 30-40 lbs/acre banded vs. 70-80 lbs/acre broadcast. “Band application can really minimize the amount of phosphorus that you’re putting down,” he said. “It fits very well with the sufficiency type of philosophy.” He reminds farmers that when the STP is lower, recommendations are more liberal to offer a little more than the crop needs. When the STP is higher, the recommendations tend to be conservative. In build and maintain, producers can be less vigi-

lant than in sufficiency. Advantages are fields will have a high level, only require testing every three to four years and your system will be more tolerant to sampling errors. This approach isn’t right for all soil types, he noted. “You are not fertilizing the crop, you are fertilizing the soil,” Pagliari said. If you own the land, a build and maintain approach may make sense but not if you are renting. “You might as well use what the plant needs and get a good crop out of there.” Long term economic trials were conducted in Minnesota and Nebraska. The sufficiency approach was one-half to one-third the cost of the build and maintain approach. “Minimizing the inputs as much as you can is the best way to maximize your profitability. You can save quite a bit of money on fertilizer,” he said. The bottom line is in sufficiency strategies, the recommended rates are almost half of the rates of build See PHOSPHORUS, pg. 14A

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Sufficiency approach does not limit yield potential Ve t s c h a n d c o l l e a g u e s PHOSPHORUS, from pg. 13A embarked on long-term experiand maintain, Pagliari said. He ments to find out if this was acknowledged that sufficiency true. takes more intensive manageThey established plots in ment and soil sampling, but Becker, Lamberton, Waseca, farmers save on fertilizer in the Rochester, Crookston and Morlong run. ris. The study lasted from 2011 Yields Jeffrey Vetsch, soil science Jeffery Vetsch to 2017 and measured grain yield, phosphorus removal and researcher at the University of inputs. The fertilizer was Minnesota Southern Research and broadcast. Outreach Center in Waseca, has found “We can fertilize a low or medium that the sufficiency approach does not and get the same yield potential that limit yields. While Iowa, Illinois and Indiana tend we got where we had a high or very to build and maintain phosphorus at high soil test,” Vetsch said. In general, crops responded greater high levels, Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota tend to take the suffi- to phosphorus application in the low and medium classes, with little to no ciency approach. The sufficiency approach has been response in the high and very high labeled as limiting to yield potential so classes. The grain yield potential was

similar in applying annually based on the STP class rather than building and maintaining a high STP. “The argument that the sufficiency approach is too conservative or that it is going to limit yield potential — this study clearly showed that this is not the case,” he said. A grower might want to use a sufficiency approach but they only want to apply every other year so they question if there will be enough carryover in residual even in the low classes that have been fertilized. The study looked at residual effects of phosphorus in the year following applications. Vetsch found that corn yields and STP levels did not crash the second year. For instance, in 2015, P2O5 was applied at 150 lbs/acre to fields in low

STP class. Zero was applied in 2016. While the STP declined somewhat, it remained at medium to high and was adequate for crop production in 2016. The study concluded that the sufficiency approach of applying phosphorus fertilizer to low and medium STP classes produced the same yields as high and very high STP classes with or without fertilizer. “Clearly there is no yield advantage to having a build and maintain or crop removal type philosophy where we are going to keep soil tests very high,” he said. The build and maintain approach would result in greater input costs and lower returns, he said. For presentations from the 2018 Nutrient Management Conference, visit v

Plan ‘clever rotation scheme’ POTTER, from pg. 12A About an inch a week is the call of the old timers. Once into grain fill, then cooler temps for a while. All this and maybe we can get some of those 300-bushel yields that genetically are possible. And that would be 70-80-bushel soybeans too! Q: Are alternative crops a growing reality? Potter: Perhaps so, but they won’t be the same for all growers. Area soils, seed sources, market outlets are all part of that puzzle. But do some thinking. In some areas, edible beans are seeing an uptick because prices are good. But there you have to be careful about nematodes, other pest problems and marketing options. With corn and soybeans, concentrate on building yield packages so both crops are complementing the other. A clever rotation scheme can keep your pests under control. Q: Are cover crops part of this crop mix also? Potter: Cover crops might offer some

potential with weed control and better nutrient management. The easiest fit is for those that can graze or otherwise harvest the cover crop for livestock. But the pest issues can work both ways. If you’ve got some green vegetation growing out there, you’ll likely have some aphids colonizing them. Cover crops might attract and maintain populations of lady bugs and other beneficials. A downside is, cover crops can draw pests into the field: army worms, sometimes black cutworms. Last year, when fields stayed wet, we had some slug populations build up. That’s usually an eastern Corn Belt problem. Q: Which cover crop? Potter: It seems winter rye covers are most often implicated in pest problems with corn and soybean covers. A rye cover establishes quickly and can guard against soil erosion — especially wind erosion on these open winter and early spring fields. Bruce Potter was interviewed at the MN AG EXPO on Jan. 25. v

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Certain viruses can be transported in hog feed ingredients By DICK HAGEN The Land Staff Writer MINNEAPOLIS — Certain viruses that threaten pigs can be transported across oceans undetected in feed ingredients, according to Scott Dee Scott Dee, Director of Research at Pipestone Veterinary Services. Research was conducted at South Dakota State, Kansas State universities and Pipestone Veterinary Services. “Basically it looks like certain viruses transport very well in feed ingredients,” Dee said. “They can survive accumulated journeys across oceans and land so potentially viruses like PED (porcine epidemic diarrhea virus) may have entered the country from China through feed.” He noted this is a new concern never looked at previously. “Our group does quite a bit of work in China where they found PED before it came to the U.S. They also detected various Chinese feed ingredients at our local feed mills. We started questioning if the virus might have come to the United States through contaminated feeds.” The viruses are able to survive in feeds extremely long, said Dee. Their model showed virus contamination in Beijing, shipped to Shanghai, traveled across the Pacific to San Francisco, and eventually to Des Moines. “A 37-day simulation journey — yet this virus was still alive,” he said. Viruses may survive better in certain feeds. “One ingredient of particular interest is high protein soybean meal where we saw high survival of the virus, but not so in high fat soybean meal,” he said. “So that suggests protein level versus fat level of soybean meal could be an issue.” Dee’s concern is movement of viruses in imported feed stuffs potentially poses a national security threat. “Now we’ve got objective data. Part of the concern is that there are no screening procedures currently in place and it would be difficult, maybe impossible, to create such a system,” he said. Dee suggested studies now should determine which countries are of higher risk; what ingredients are of

higher risk; and can something be added to the feed to reduce the risk of virus movements? “I think it will be impossible to track it at the border before it gets distributed throughout the country. We simply can’t work that fast,” Dee said. “We’re having conversations with USDA, Pork Producers Council, and some key border states, to make certain everyone is aware of the issue and then we can start working together. “We need to understand that certain viruses live very well in feeds and some ingredients are more supportive. So we need to look at how do we source; where do we source from; and can we mitigate? Can we add certain additives to the feed to reduce survival of the viruses?” Besides soybean meal, Dee’s research shows other sources of virus contamination might be lysine, choline, even certain vitamins — including Vitamin D. But identifying precise sources is difficult because of the sheer volume of material, plus the multiple sources of these various feed ingredients. He admits it’s going to be difficult to get your arms around the issue. But progress is happening. Events such as the Minnesota Pork Congress help create more awareness said Dee. “We’ve been talking to several stakeholder groups in the feed industry and the animal health people. Lots of people are now in the loop,” he said. Would new vaccines be the logical eradication strategy on foreign animal disease viruses? Dee commented, “I know Congress is being lobbied hard by pork producers and other stakeholders for an FMD (foot and mouth disease) vaccine bank just in case FMD shows up. Work is continually underway on development of new vaccines but these are costly and time-consuming studies” Foot and mouth disease was eliminated in North America years ago. Dee said it is seldom detected in Europe, but still quite common in Asia, especially China. “But there have been outbreaks of FMD in Taiwan, Japan and several other Asian countries. So it’s out there, smoldering so to speak,” Dee said. Dee doesn’t believe that livestock producers are creating their own problems

with viruses from imported feeds due the expansion of huge confinement livestock operations in the United States. “U.S. livestock producers manage their operations so well that health status is good. Biosecurity is good. I think we’re becoming more efficient and producing more food for the world,” Dee added. Dee suggested as production increases, break-evens will decline. And he’s not concerned about the pork industry overbuilding its processing capacities. “You’ve got to meet demand,” said Dee. “I think production and demand are moving in tandem. As incomes increase for people around the world, protein from meats are more in demand. We know pork consumption keeps increasing in several Asian countries. The swine industry is making

good money on edible variety meats, especially since these products aren’t popular with American consumers.” Data from the U.S. Meat Export Federation shows $9.55 income per market hog from pork variety meats. Even though technology is now available nationwide, Dee said Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri and new expansions in South Dakota will keep this upper Midwest area the center of the American swine industry. “There are other areas in America where pig density isn’t an issue and pork production could be lucrative. And we could always use some more per capita consumption of pork here in America,” he said. Scott Dee was a speaker at the Minnesota Pork Congress held Jan. 16-17, in Minneapolis. v

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Red Angus is good fit for Aitkin County cattleman By DICK HAGEN The Land Staff Writer ST. PAUL — Cattleman John Chute attended the Feb. 15 AgriGrowth Pre-Legislative Session Luncheon in St. Paul. No, he’s not a board member of Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association, but the AgriGrowth Council is always on his agenda. “AgriGrowth is just a great place for me to come to — to meet agribusiness friends and do the things I enjoy in this great world of Minnesota agriculture,” Chute said. He’s also a MARL graduate, Class VI, 2010-2012. MARL is Minnesota Agricultural and Rural Leadership program and now has 2,200 graduates since its inception in 1992. The program was created, designed and delivered to facilitate the development skills of people. For example, a business idea remains just an idea until a leader grabs it and runs with it. MARL gives access to the tools needed to reach the goal line. Because population shifts are redefining the face of politics, the program prepares its participants to more effectively participate in all aspects of politics. Socially, MARL activates new interests and new spirits of cooperation. Chute and his wife Debbie operate a 60 cow/calf farm in Aitkin County about 40 miles north of Mille Lacs Lake. He describes his location as being in that transition area between tourism, timber and cattle. With minimal snow storms this winter, he said, “This winter hasn’t been too bad. We haven’t had massive snow. Temperatures have been typical Min-

nesota winter and winter grazing has been minimal. I’m hearing some concerns about soil moisture in western Minnesota. But generally, in my area, our issues are too much water.” He also has perspective on farming in an arid climate. Talking about his MARL experience and visit to Morocco, one would question why visit a desert country? “It was a great visit to meet their people, view their agriculture and see how they adapt to their desert environment. Water is captured runoff from their mountains. Also they use drip irrigation in their plastic houses — we call them greenhouses. They grow almonds, olives and other orchard crops using drip irrigation. We certainly learned about the disciplines to practice the most efficient way of making each gallon of water do its job.” So what does Chute consider key issues facing the Minnesota Legislature? “All kinds of things,” he replied, “but I believe priorities would be taxes — particularly as it relates to the new federal tax program. Apparently, our Minnesota tax policies have to be revisited to see how we conform with these new federal policies. I think our property tax issues would be prime concern.” Chute is not concerned about the anti-ag messages that continue to haunt farmers.

“There’s always alternative people out there,” he said. “It’s something we’ve learned to live with. It’s part of our business. And that’s where AgriGrowth, our state cattlemen’s association and our various commodity groups work together to champion the role of agriculture.” Mid-March is start of calving season for Chute with a wrap-up by the first of May. “With proper management, we can usually accomplish this 45-day calving period.” Chute said we all have to learn to think outside of the box. “And that means looking for ways to cut corners without negatively influencing the well-being of our business. For us, our cattle come first. They need to be healthy.” Chute averages close to a dozen lactations per cow before the animals are put up for sale. “It’s a management and preference thing,” he explained. “Every cow man has their own strategies. We are a Red Angus operation. They work good for my environment.” Chute is a believer. The growing domination of the Angus breed speaks for itself. “The Angus people have created a phenomenal marketing tool. Originally just Black Angus, they now recognize the Reds as well. Carcass and performance data are virtually comparable,” he said. v

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Grain market hinges on trade deals By DICK HAGEN The Land Staff Writer During his many travels, Bob Zelenka hears a version of the same question: “We’ve got such a glut of corn and soybeans still on hand. Will we get it marketed before the 2018 crops are harvested?” And his answer, “One can hope so. Bob Zelenka Despite the disappointing markets we’re moving some grain. The West Coast market is getting better. But we still have a lot of grain with country elevators and out on farms too.” Zelenka is the executive director of the Minnesota Grain and Feed Association. He knows that with 50 percent of Minnesota soybeans and about 28 percent of Minnesota’s corn crop exported these days, the impact of South American producers keeps growing. “Right now, there’s a lot of uncertainties about exports,” Zelenka admitted. “We backed away from the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) agreement. We’re still negotiating with NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement). We’re confident NAFTA is going to get reworked and will maintain the strong agricultural markets we currently have with both Canada and Mexico. Additional overseas markets … remain to be seen. Some of these countries are eating our lunch so to speak right now.” Zelenka said he thinks President Trump understands the importance of agriculture to the total economy of America. “He was totally naïve coming in,” he said, “but with the leadership of Sonny Perdue as USDA chief, plus continual education from our commodity groups … corn growers, soybean, wheat growers, and so forth, I think the president has a much better understanding about how the economy of America really does hinge on the economy of its farmers and producers.” He also thinks Trump has softened his views on trade. “He’s still very adamant about having good trade deals. We understand that, but he’s understanding the economic power of America is much dependent upon the economic success of American farmers.” Zelenka also recognizes China’s huge efforts to industrialize its agriculture could have significant impact on future exports of U.S. agricultural products. “China is our largest market for soybeans, DDGs (distiller’s dried grains) and a very large market for corn too. So as China aggressively develops its agriculture, it will likely force us to look elsewhere for markets for our products,” he said. Zelenka also had a comment on the continual consolidation of grain elevators throughout Minnesota

Federal tax law blunder In a Feb. 16 article, Reuters reported that grain handlers are scrambling to register themselves as cooperatives after the country’s new tax law gave farmers a tax break for selling grains to co-ops rather than private firms. In essence, the wording permits a 20 percent deduction on grain sales to cooperatives. Reuters reported that lawmakers admit the mistake by including the clause in last-minute changes to the tax bill. The article said that the new code is pushing private companies to spend thousands of dollars to form co-ops or find alternative ways to get their hands on billions of bushels of U.S. corn and soybeans. This includes Archer Daniels Midland Co, Bunge, Cargill and Louis Dreyfus who fear they will struggle to buy grains next fall if the provision is not overturned. Reuters reported that Minnesota farmer Kirby Hettver will start committing his fall harvest to a local co-op instead of Cargill if the tax issue is not fixed by the time he starts planting crops in April. “It’s just creating turmoil and this uncertainty is driving everybody crazy,” said Zelenka in the Reuters article. — Reuters and the upper Midwest. “When I started in this work way back in 1981, Minnesota had 285 local grain co-ops. Today, we’re down to less than 70 with 240 branch locations. Tightening economics and a growing sqeeze on available labor are the primary reasons. Plus, better efficiencies are to be gained. If you have a unit train loading facility, you can move considerably more grain in less time with less labor and fewer trucks. But not many farm co-ops have the $25 million to build a unit train facility. However, I think consolidations are now slowing down.” So the big question: What happens if Minnesota is blessed with another good growing season and another huge crop? Zelenka responded, “You can only hope our trade negotiations continue to be favorable. We have 20 million bushels of corn that goes to Canada for various reasons — including Canadian whiskey. Plus, we have 20 ethanol plants in Minnesota which digest 400 million bushels of corn each year; and major soybean processing facilities right here in Minnesota. In a sense, we are blessed with good soils, great farmers, and an amazing amount of processing capabilities right here within our state borders. Obviously, a leaner crop this fall would help significantly in getting this production back in balance with market demands.” Bob Zelenka was interviewed prior to President Trump’s plan to impose a 25 percent tariff on steel and 10 percent on aluminum. Via Twitter, Trump said “trade wars are good” and “easy to win.” v


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Blogs and hogs: Patsche brings the farm to social media By KRISTIN KVENO The Land Correspondent Over one million. That’s how many people have viewed Wanda Patsche’s blog: While that number is impressive, for Patsche it’s the ability to connect with people from all walks of life that brings her joy through blogging. Wanda Patsche Patsche grew up in the town of Fairmont, Minn. — not far from the farm she now calls home. During her senior year of high school, she started working at the manufacturing company ArtsWay in Armstrong, Iowa. After graduation, Patsche transferred to Weigh-Tronix in Fairmont, working in information technology. It was during that time that she married her husband, Chuck, and began her life on the farm. “I worked nearly 20 years in IT and then went on with my own computer consulting businesses for a few years,” Patsche said. It was that experience in computers and technology that led Patsche to develop an interest in blogging and social media. “I learned about blogging and social media by watching and reading.” Patsche also attended a few AgChat conferences which brought people involved in agriculture and social media together. Living on a soybean, corn and pig farm,

Patsche said she is very passionate about agriculture. It was that passion that led her to grow increasingly frustrated about all the misinformation out there regarding agriculture. Thus Patsche’s blog was born over five years ago and the opportunity to educate, entertain and connect with readers began. Content A self-proclaimed introvert by nature, Patsche found that blogging was a perfect fit for her. Patsche writes about a variety of ag-related topics on her blog sprinkled with some travel material and recipes as well.   “I have a list of blog ideas,” Patsche said. These include some current events which she enjoys that show that human spirit. She is not afraid to address some public policies that affect agriculture. Patsche and her husband have three daughters and six grandchildren. The older two daughters know that she blogs, but it is not a topic of discussion. Her youngest daughter, Kristeena, works for Minnesota Soybean as a social media manager. “We have discussions because this is what she is involved in. She has guest blogged for me a number of times,” Patsche said. It was a guest blog post that Kristeena wrote titled “Tips and Tricks for Surviving Harvest while Dating a Farmer” that went viral. Patsche admits her daughter “is a much better writer than I am and I am fine with that.” Blogging can bring in some revenue through advertising. For Patsche, that advertising helps offset the cost of running the blog. Though she won’t advertise just anything on her blog. She only accepts advertising contracts if it’s something she believes in.  Connections Through her years of blogging, Patsche has valued the opportunity to really connect with people and develop relationships. She has had the chance to meet people in real life who she has known through social media. “Occasionally, I have people come up to me and recognize me with my blog,” Patsche said. She has a core number of readers that follow her. “They comment on a regular basis and it’s really nice to have a conversation with them.” Of all the ag topics Patsche writes about, the ones that she feels are most misunderstood by the general public are: GMOs (genetically modified organisms), how people use the word factory farms, antibiotic usage and hormones.

“My blog gives readers a different perspective compared to what they typically read and hear. And that’s why it’s important for farmers to talk with consumers,” she said. She feels those discussions don’t have to be just through social media. Person-to-person conversations are vital as well. What has changed in the blogging world since Patsche began over five years ago? “I’m getting less comments on my blogs and more comments on my Facebook page.” Patsche currently has 10,000 followers on her Facebook page. She is also is on Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. She believes addressing various ag issues through her posts has changed people’s minds. “But there are a lot of lurkers — people that just read and don’t participate. I need to keep that in mind at all times,” she said. Some people can be harsh and even cruel when writing comments. At first Patsche took them personally. She’s developed the thick skin needed to be a blogger in this day and age and doesn’t take those comments personally anymore. Instead she looks at those comments as a way to engage with that person and try to understand their way of thinking and roots of where they may be coming from. Patsche is also quick to point out: “You have to be aware of the trolls.” Those are the people who write malicious comments for the sole purpose of evoking an emotional response. On Patsche’s blog and social media sites, the “conversations have to be respectful.” Patsche shares a lot about her life on the farm and away from the farm, including an ag-related trip two years ago to Vietnam. The photos and her words illustrate her joy and wonder seeing agriculture all over the world.   Patsche has a Recipe Box on the blog where she posts special recipes that have been passed down in her family through the generations and some that are just her personal favorites. While she’s not a food blogger, Patsche wanted to share a few family recipes that are near and dear to her. How many years can one blog? For Patsche, she will continue writing her blog as long as she feels she’s making connections with people. Though over one million views may seem like a lot, Patsche’s passion to clarify misinformation may prove that may just be getting started. v

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Some are backing MinnesotaCare buy-in option By TREY MEWES The Free Press Staff Writer ST. PAUL — Consider it a restart. Gov. Mark Dayton and Rep. Clark Johnson, DFLNorth Mankato, are once again advocating for a public health insurance option for Minnesotans. Dayton proposed, during a news conference March 1, allowing residents to buy insurance through the state’s MinnesotaCare program. The proposal, sponsored by Johnson in the House and Sen. Tony Lourey, DFL-Kerrick, calls for Minnesota to ask for a federal waiver to sell MinnesotaCare on the market. MinnesotaCare is a health care program for adults, children and families with low incomes. It’s the third time such a bill has come before the Legislature. Former Sen. Kathy Sheran, DFLMankato, first spearheaded the effort before she retired after the 2016 legislative session. DFLers say offering a public option would help stabilize the state’s insurance market. Some Republicans question how effective a MinnesotaCare expansion would be in addressing health insurance increases. Johnson’s bill has yet to receive a hearing in the House, however, as the GOP-controlled Legislature favors other measures to reduce health care. Lawmakers passed a $540 million reinsurance program last year, in effect a stop-gap measure to cover insurance provider losses and stem rising costs for individual insurance plans. Republicans generally favor interstate insurance competition and moving

away from federal health care mandates as potential solutions. Under Johnson’s proposal, low-income residents who are eligible for MinnesotaCare would still receive subsidized care. Residents who bought a MinnesotaCare plan on the market would pay their own way, but it would cost an estimated 13 percent less than the average individual health insurance plan. If all goes well, Minnesota could start MinensotaCare buy-in coverage as soon as January 2020. Dayton said offering MinnesotaCare as a potential option makes sense for farmers, freelancers and other small business owners who buy individual insurance. “It may not be what the providers like, because nobody wants new competition, but it gives the consumers choice and it almost always improves the quality of the choice that consumers have,” he said. Dayton also challenged Republican lawmakers to take up the bill this session. Johnson said there have been few changes to the proposal he has sponsored for the past few years. Under this year’s plan, a gold MinnesotaCare option would be available on the state’s MNsure health insurance exchange to help offset high deductible costs. Johnson pointed to the interest seen at several Dayton administration town hall forums last fall and 14 Minnesota Farmers Union forums on health care as proof Minnesota is ready to at least discuss a MinnesotaCare buy-in.

Drop in land prices, input costs expected AMES, Iowa — Land and input costs for corn and soybean production are expected to decline in 2018, according to research conducted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The research, entitled “Estimated Costs of Crop Production in Iowa — 2018,” shows soybean costs falling by $10 per acre from 2017 levels and corn production dropping by $5 per acre. All cost estimates in the report look at average cost for farms in Iowa. The total cost per bushel of soybeans is projected at $9.46 for the herbicide tolerant variety and $9.41 for non-herbicide tolerant beans, at an expected yield of 50 bushels per acre. The total cost per bushel of corn following soybeans is $3.48 (180 bushels per acre) and $4.07 for corn following corn (165 bushels per acre). The drop in prices is attributed to a moderate decline in herbicide, fertilizer, lime and seed prices, as well as lower expected cash rent costs. These drops, however, are barely expected to offset increases in machinery, labor, insecticide and crop insurance costs. This is especially true for corn as diesel and gas prices are expected to increase fuel costs by $13-14 per acre. Cost of production has declined significantly since 2012, with total corn costs dropping 19 percent and soybean production falling 14 percent. These reductions in cost, however, are dwarfed by falling prices.

The price per bushel of corn is down 53 percent since 2012 and soybean prices have dropped 35 percent. Ag Decision Maker file A1-20 has Decision Tools that can help farmers better calculate their operation’s cost of production which are available at www. Since actual costs vary considerably from farm to farm, the editable spreadsheets can aid in understanding crop production budgets for 2018. This article was submitted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. v











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“This isn’t about insurance companies; this is about healthy Minnesotans and affordable health care,” Johnson said. Gary Wertish, Minnesota Farmers Union president, said the organization strongly supports the proposal as another way to help offset high costs. He told reporters he consistently hears from farmers who have had to pay tens of thousands of dollars for insurance. One farmer who considered dropGary Wertish ping his insurance had to pay $43,000 in combined deductible and premium costs. Wertish pointed out insurance is vital for farmers given how dangerous the work is; those who give up insurance could face catastrophic consequences. “You’re really putting your whole economic future at risk,” he said. Rep. Jeremy Munson, R-Lake Crystal, is one such farmer who decided to go without health insurance this year after he found out his family would need to pay $37,000 before insurance kicked in. Munson was unavailable for comment March 1, but he has criticized a MinnesotaCare buy-in in the past as an undue government expansion that could create more problems than it solves if the state pays medical care providers at lower rates than insurance companies. Munson has proposed offering more price transparency in medical care as a way to force providers to regulate themselves. Trey Mewes covers the Minnesota Legislature for The Free Press. The Land is owned by The Free Press Media. v

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Milk prices languish, herd sizes grow says USDA This column was written for the marand 2.8 percent above a year ago. Idaho keting week ending March 2. contributed 85.1 million pounds, up 0.4 percent from December and 3.2 percent The federal order benchmark milk price above a year ago. Minnesota, at 60.8 milhas dipped further, but looks to be at the lion pounds, was down 3.2 percent from bottom for the year. The U.S. Department December but 6.3 percent above a year of Agriculture announced the February ago. New Mexico produced 68.2 million Class III price at $13.40 per hundredpounds, up 2.3 percent from December weight, down 60 cents from January, and 1.1 percent above a year ago. $3.48 below February 2017, and the lowMIELKE MARKET est Class III since June 2016. The price Italian cheese output totaled 469.6 milWEEKLY equates to $1.15 per gallon, down from lion pounds, up 0.5 percent from $1.20 in January and $1.45 a year ago. December and 3.4 percent above a year By Lee Mielke ago. Mozzarella, at 363.1 million Class III futures reported latepounds, was up 3.1 percent. morning March 2 portended a March American-type cheese production price at $14.08; April, $14.04; May, totaled 428.9 million pounds, down 1 $14.25; and June at $14.72, with a percent from December but 2.7 percent above a peak of $15.95 in October. year ago. Cheddar output, the kind traded at the The February Class IV price is $12.87, down 26 Chicago Mercantile Exchange, totaled 312.4 million cents from January, $2.72 below a year ago, and the pounds, down 1.5 percent from December and just lowest Class IV price since April 2016. 0.3 percent above a year ago. The February 4a butter-powder price is $12.72, U.S. churns produced 185.5 million pounds of butdown 21 cents from January and $2.68 below a ter. This is up 9 percent from December and 4.3 year ago and the lowest 4a price since May 2016. percent above a year ago. The Daily Dairy Report’s Sarina Sharp warned in Yogurt output, at 368.7 million pounds, was down the Feb. 23 Milk Producers Council newsletter, 1.6 percent from a year ago. “continued growth in the milk cow herd will delay Dry whey totaled 87.1 million pounds, up 9.1 perthe recovery in milk prices. However, processing cent. Stocks totaled 87.1 million pounds, down 11.7 capacity limitations and financial pressures are percent from December, but 28.6 percent above a likely to stall further expansion. Auctions around year ago. the country are regularly announcing herd dispersal sales, and springer values are slipping.” Nonfat dry milk production totaled 161.7 million pounds, down 1.2 percent from December but 5.4 n percent above a year ago. Stocks hit 340.2 million Preliminary USDA data put January’s 50-state pounds, up 20.1 million or 6.3 percent from milk production at 18.5 billion pounds, up 1.8 perDecember and a hefty 113.4 million pounds or 50 cent from January 2017. The latest Dairy Products percent above a year ago. report shows where that milk went and pegged Skim milk powder production totaled 45.8 million January cheese output at 1.08 billion pounds, down pounds, down 8.3 percent from December and 17.2 1.0 percent from December but 3.4 percent above percent below a year ago. January 2017. n California produced 216.6 million pounds of that cheese, down 0.4 percent from December, but 2.7 FC Stone’s Dave Kurzawski wrote in his March 2 percent above a year ago. Wisconsin, at 283.9 milEarly Morning Update, “Cheese production seems lion pounds, was down 2.0 percent from December to have shifted a bit back towards mozzarella pro-


duction. While not blatantly bullish, this shift back toward mozzarella production is a positive sign for overall demand and may mean less cheese is available to be sold via the spot market.” Kurzawski still believes spot prices will “generally move higher going forward based on solid domestic demand at the moment, export interest and, perhaps, less cheddar production than meets the eye,” But he added, “mild weather and readily-available heifer replacements may keep markets cautious as milk per cow has been running way ahead of last year due to mild weather in most of the U.S. production areas. This increased milk per cow, with stronger average components, is helping to soften the blow to U.S. producers in general.” Cash cheese strengthened as February came to a close and traders weighed the Dairy Products report. Block cheddar closed March 2 at $1.56 per pound. This is up 6.5 cents on the week and 8 cents above a year ago, when it fell 9.5 cents. The barrels finished at $1.4750, up 1.5 cents on the week, 3.75 cents above a year ago, and a slightly higher than normal 8.5 cents below the blocks. Four cars of block traded hands on the week and 33 of barrel. Midwestern cheesemakers are reporting steady retail and food service demand, according to Dairy Market News. Mozzarella and provolone buyers, some of whom are located in other regions, are expected to add orders ahead of the college basketball tournament season. Spot milk loads were mostly discounted, although there were a few loads above Class. With spring flush ahead, a number of Midwestern cheese producers have suggested that spot milk will only garner their interests if it is “noticeably discounted.” Western cheesemakers are “trying to gain clarity of market signals,” says Dairy Market News. “Each participant is performing their own exegesis of recent reports to predict what market conditions may take hold. Buyers suggest they are getting plenty of cheese offers throughout the west, seeming to validate the idea that stockpiles are heavy. While some cheese manufacturers report strong See MIELKE, pg. 21A

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Mexico is number one market for U.S. dairy exports MIELKE, from pg. 20A demand and a growing opportunity to export cheese, a few say they are competing against low-priced European cheese in some international markets, such as Mexico. And although cheese contacts report a lot of sales activity, the bump for the Super Bowl did not meet expectations.” Dairy Market News adds that the market tone is “unsettled.” Facilities are running near full capacity and, with heavy milk supplies, there is concern the coming spring flush could exacerbate dairy market woes. n Cash butter saw a March 2 end at $2.20 per pound, up 2.75 cents on the week and 3.75 cents above a year ago, on a whopping 80 sales for the week. Dairy Market News says the “New Crop” butter rule which dictates that only butter produced after Nov. 30, 2017, can be traded on the CME after March 1, 2018, “could be affecting the market, as sellers do their best to liquidate older stocks.” Butter microfixing is on the rise in the Central region, according to Dairy Market News. That’s the process of thawing and cutting 68 pound blocks into consumer-ready blocks or sticks. There are numerous reports that cream loads in route to butter plants are becoming more difficult to come by as Class II and III producers are reentering the cream market. Butter demand is solid even as prices are climbing and the butter market tone is somewhat bullish, according to Dairy Market News. Butter inventories in the west are hefty. Domestic sales are flat to lower but Dairy Market News says demand from the export market is picking up “mainly due to a weaker value of the dollar and higher international butter prices.” But, total sales generally continue below current production levels, contributing to further growth of stocks. Cash Grade A nonfat dry milk closed the week a penny lower, at 66.25 cents per pound, and 14.25 cents below a year ago. Four carloads found new homes on the week at the CME. n


In politics, the United States better consider trade policy changes long and hard. A new study by Informa Economics says the current free trade agreement with Mexico is the driving force behind $1.2 billion in U.S. dairy exports to Mexico as well as billions more in economic contributions. A press release from the National Milk Producers Federation states, “Mexico is the number-one market for U.S. dairy product exports, accounting for roughly one-fourth of total U.S. exports. In 2016, the most recent year examined by Informa, the United States shipped $1.2 billion worth of dairy products to Mexico, up from $201 million in 2002. In 2016, Mexico accounted for 45 percent of total U.S. skim

milk powder exports to all destinations, as well as 30 percent of cheese exports, 10 percent of butter exports and 8 percent of whey exports.” The analysis states, “total economic contributions (direct, indirect and induced) created by dairy sales to Mexico show the true importance of these exports

to the overall U.S. economy. Including impacts to industries that are linked to U.S. dairy exports to Mexico, the aggregate 2012-2016 output value of $6.7 billion is magnified to $23.3 billion in economic output.” See MIELKE, pg. 24A

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The following marketing analysis is for the week ending March 2. CORN — Corn has now closed higher in six out of the last seven weeks! Underlying support from declining crop conditions in Argentina and the fund appetite for length propelled corn to fresh highs. The May contract hit $3.88 going into the weekend, before breaking its streak of four consecutive higher closes. For the week, May corn rallied 10.75 cents to settle at $3.85.25, July was up 10.25 cents at $3.92.5, and the December contract gained 7 cents at $4.04.25. PHYLLIS NYSTROM Demand for corn continues to CHS Hedging Inc. be robust. Weekly export sales St. Paul were substantially higher than pre-report forecasts. Sales this week were 69 million bushels, closing the gap vs. last year from 12 percent behind to only 9 percent behind. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s export forecast of 2.05 billion bushels reflects a year-on-year decline of 10.4 percent. It pays to be the cheapest source of corn in the world! The Buenos Aires Grain Exchange rated 77 percent of their corn crop as poor/very poor vs. 57 percent on Feb. 15. They reported 70 percent of the crop silking compared to 84 percent last year. They left their corn crop estimate for Argentina unchanged at 37 million metric tons. The USDA was last at 39 mmt.  As of Feb. 23, Brazil’s first corn crop was reported at 31 percent harvested compared to 29 percent last year and 33 percent complete in 2016. The planting of their safrinha corn crop was 46 percent complete, compared to 58 percent last year and 74 percent complete in 2016. Outlook: Strong demand for the cheapest source of corn in the world, which just happens to be U.S. origin, is contributing to the upswing in prices. Ongoing concern over what the effect of dry Argentine conditions and wet Brazilian conditions will have on the final crop size has pushed prices higher. These two headlines have captured the market’s attention since the calendar flipped to 2018. My crystal ball isn’t clear enough to say where we stop, but a run toward the magical $4 in May and $4.20 in December can’t be ruled out. If the weather changes, or we end up in some sort of trade war, the tide may turn in a flash. It seems prudent to reward the market for its action

March has started off like a bear if one is looking at the pricing of all livestock through the pricing mechanisms available. Not every day will bring lower prices, but the overall picture has some clouds in the price forecast. Supplies appear to be adequate to meet demand at this time for both cattle and hogs for the near term outlook. This does not necessarily mean there won’t be short term rallies, but the big picture appears to hold a negative price outlook. The cattle market has once JOE TEALE again experienced a negative Broker forecast via the latest U.S. Great Plains Commodity Department of Agriculture Cattle Afton, Minn. on Feed report released Feb. 23. This would indicate there will be more than adequate numbers of finished cattle to meet the current demand for beef. Despite the recent increase in the beef cutouts, the sale of the choice and select beef cuts have dwindled, suggesting consumer resistance to current price levels of beef at the retail level. Fear has enveloped the market also in that international trade wars may limit export demand which has sent the futures lower. The real problem on the international scene is that the herd size of all nations has been on the increase. The competition for each country’s share of the export market has increased at the same time. Therefore, the outlook (as we move

Most farms have a business plan, it just isn’t written down anywhere. If we all know the plan, why do we need to write it down? A written business plan is an excellent tool for both on-farm and off-farm use. On-farm, it’s a place for all of the farm’s stakeholders to pull together their accomplishments, goals and aspirations for the farm operation; and to create a roadmap for the future. Off-farm, it can be used to obtain funding to implement the plan. The process of writing a business plan can be daunting. Where PAUL DIETMANN Compeer Senior do we begin? What information Lending Officer should we include or exclude? Prairie du Sac, Wis. How long should it be? How will we know when it’s done? Let’s walk through the six basic parts of a farm business plan and what information is needed to complete each section. It helps to keep in mind though, that the business plan is never really completed. It’s meant to be a living document that changes as the environment in which the farm operates changes. Executive Summary — It’s the first piece that appears in a business plan, but should be the last part you write. It’s essentially the cover letter of the plan. It should be short, no longer than one page, and serve as a summary of the rest of the plan. Business Description — This is where you start writing, and it should be the easiest part. The business description is just a brief overview of the farm. Where is it located? Who owns and operates it? How many acres are owned or rented? What are the facilities like? What is the history of the farm, and what are some of the milestones achieved? You don’t have to get too detailed in this section. We’ll go deeper as we move ahead. Operations — This is the section where we dig deep. For a farm that primarily grows and markets commodities, the operations section will likely be the longest part of the business plan. What products or services does your farm offer? Describe your production systems and how they are unique. Talk about production and marketing risks, and how you manage risks. Explain your plans for improvement and expansion over time. Sketch out a timeline for imple-

See NYSTROM, pg. 23A

See TEALE, pg. 24A

See DIETMANN, pg. 23A




Year Ago Average: $3.20 $9.36 Grain prices are effective cash close on March 6. *Cash grain price change represents a two-week period.

Livestock Angles Outlook forecasts low prices

Information in the above columns is the writer’s opinion. It is no way guaranteed and should not be interpreted as buy/sell advice. Futures trading always involves a certain degree of risk.

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Proposed import tariffs could affect soybean surge NYSTROM, from pg. 22A with at least some old crop and new crop sales. SOYBEANS — May soybeans have now closed higher in six out of the last seven weeks! Front and center to the strength has been the declining crop in Argentina. This week, the BAGE cut the Argentine soybean forecast to 44 million metric tons. This compares to the USDA’s 54 mmt estimate on the February World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report. The trade is likely trading a crop somewhere between 46-48 mmt. Speculators are adding to their net long position and have not been compelled to change their ways. Why move out of a winning strategy? Any change in the Argentine weather forecast could catch many on the wrong side, but it seems every time a decent rain event pops up on the forecast, we are disappointed in coverage and/or quantities. May beans hit a new contract high at $10.82.5 per bushel this week and the November contract reached $10.42.75 per bushel. For the week, May beans popped 23.5 cents higher at $10.71, July rallied 23.25 cents to $10.79.25, and November managed a 9.25 cent increase to $10.37.25/bu.The meal market has been the leader, pulling beans with it, and closed $14.60 higher for the week at $392.90 per ton. Casting a cloud over the positive price action late in the week came out of Washington. Import duties 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum may be imposed as soon as next week. Traders are concerned of a trade war that may impact the agricultural sec-

MARKETING tor. The two biggest exporters of steel to the United States are Canada and Brazil. China is well down the list at number 11, but that doesn’t really ease anyone’s worry. Put this on your list of what to watch in the coming weeks. Updated production estimates this week confirmed ideas that Argentina’s soybean crop continues to deteriorate. The BAGE cut its Argentine bean production forecast by 3 mmt to 44 mmt. They rated 76 percent of the crop as poor/very poor vs. 56 percent on Feb. 15, with 84 percent blooming vs. 92 percent on average and 65 percent setting pods vs. 71 percent on average. The USDA was last at 54 mmt. This number is expected to drop on the March WASDE report. This contrasts with higher expectations for the Brazilian bean crop. ABIOVE raised its Brazilian estimate to 114.7 mmt from 109.5 mmt previously. They pegged ending stocks at 6.35 mmt vs. 4.49 mmt previously. The USDA’s February estimate was 112 mmt with ending stocks at 1.5 mmt, but production is expected to be raised on the March 8 WASDE report. Brazil’s soybean harvest as of Feb. 23 was reported at 24 percent complete — 6 percent behind the average. Weekly export sales were above estimates this week at 31.5 million bushels, rebounding after last week’s net cancellations of 4 million bushels. Old

crop sales commitments of 1.674 billion bushels are 13 percent behind last year. The USDA is projecting this year’s sales to be down 3.5 percent vs. last year. China’s commitments, so far this year, are 26.4 mmt, lagging last year by 7.8 mmt. New crop sales totaled 4.5 million bushels. Total new crop commitments are 58 million bushels, and now surpass the 55 million bushels on the books last year at this time. Next week’s sales report should be good with 824,000 metric tons of sales announced to China and unknown this week for the 2017-18 crop year, and another 123,000 metric tons for 2018-19. The January National Agriculture Statistics Service crush report released this week showed higher than expected crush at 174.5 million bushels, compared to estimates for 173.4 million bushels crushed. Soyoil stocks were also higher than anticipated at 2.229 billion pounds compared to the prereport estimate of 2.131 billion pounds. Outlook: Be wary of any further rumblings of possible trade retaliations resulting from our newest import tariffs, as well as any change in crop conditions in South America. These two features will be key to our next move. As the calendar moves forward, U.S. planting intentions and Midwest weather will become increasingly important to price direction. The rally we’ve seen in prices since the beginning of the year is giving growers a chance to begin putting on some sales for new crop. Pricing at new contract highs should be considered.  v  

Business plans are meant to change with farm conditions DIETMANN, from pg. 22A mentation of the business plan. Marketing Plan — In this section you’ll describe the broad market trends impacting your segment of agriculture and where your farm fits. Include historic and projected sales data for your major products. If you’re selling commodities, where is your production going and how is it being priced? If you are selling value-added ag products, who are your target customers? How are you pricing, promoting and distributing your products? Management and Organization — This is the section where you’ll describe the farm’s business management. Is the farm organized as a sole proprietorship, partnership, LLC or corporation? Who are the members of the farm’s management team? What knowledge, training, skills and talents do they bring to the team that enhance the farm’s success? Who are the key outside advisors that add value to the business such as accountants, lenders, veterinarians, crop or nutrition consultants, extension agents, or others? Financial Plan — This is a particularly important section if the farm is planning to present the plan to a potential lender. At minimum, include a current

balance sheet, month-by-month cash flow projections, detailed notes to back up the cash flow projections, a projected profit and loss statement for the next calendar year, and a summary of the financing request. It’s ideal to have historic balance sheets as of January 1 each year and projected balance sheets for two or three years in the future, in addition to cash flow projections and/or projected profits and losses for the next two or three years. Your business plan can be as brief or as long as you would like it to be. A “lean” business plan may only be two pages long. Some plans run hundreds of pages (which is way too long). If you’re presenting the plan to a potential lender, try to keep it concise — no longer than 15-20 pages. If you need to add more detailed information, attach it to the back of the plan as an appendix. A lender will typically read the executive summary, scrutinize the financial plan, and then skim through the rest of the document. Make sure your financing request is clear in both the executive summary and the financial plan sections. When writing a business plan, it is important to be brutally honest with yourself concerning the potential risks your farm might face as the plan is imple-

mented. Have someone who is not involved in the management of the farm read through the plan and give you an honest risk assessment. It’s much cheaper to fix a miscalculation in the business plan than it is to deal with it after implementation. There is good help available to you as you develop your business plan. Most areas of the country have a Small Business Development Center staffed with business planning experts who can provide free assistance. The Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) is a network of dedicated, experienced professionals who can provide advice and mentoring on various aspects of your business plan. The University of Minnesota has a business plan writing tool called AgPlan that is available online for free. The hardest part of writing a farm business plan is often just forcing yourself to sit down and pound out the first few words. Remember that the plan isn’t set in stone. It’s easy to modify and is meant to be changed along the way. Follow the guidelines above and you’ll have it sketched out in no time. You might even find it to be fun! To access a free business planning template and an example business plan, please visit www.Compeer. com. v

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Until then, one would expect the packer to take a more defensive approach in acquiring live inventories. The interesting pattern which has developed in the hog market is that prices are following very close to last year’s market: weak in the early spring months only to be followed by an upswing into the summer months. It is only conjecture at this time, however, if this pattern is repeated again this year. There remains hope for a strong recovery this summer. Producers should stay aware of market conditions and protect inventories when opportunities arise. v

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Farm Implements


035 Farm Implements

FOR SALE: '09 NH BB9060 Stormor Bins & EZ-Drys. FOR SALE:Used grain bins, 30 Ft John Deere #726 One ADVERTISING NOTICE: 100% financing w/no liens floors unload systems, stibaler, steerable tandems, Pass Finisher w/ Harrow Please check your ad the or red tape, call Steve at rators, fans & heaters, aercrop cutter, HarvesTech Good Blades & Sweeps (No first week it runs. We make Fairfax Ag for an appointation fans, buying or sellapplicator, auto greaser, every effort to avoid errors Welds) Good One. Farm ment. 888-830-7757 ing, try me first and also last bale eject, light pkg, by checking all copy, but King 13x36 PTO Auger Alcall for very competitive 29,000 bales, been thru sometimes errors are most New. 319-347-6677 contract rates! Office shop, field ready, 2 cammissed. Therefore, we ask hours 8am-5pm Monday – eras, $35,000. 320-510-0468 that you review your ad for Friday Saturday 9am - 12 Equipment saddle tanks, 30' correctness. If you find a 3pt spray boom 3 zones; noon or call 507-697-6133 mistake, please call (507) Hiniker tunnel sprayer 6R THANK YOU Ask for Gary 345-4523 immediately so w/extra tunnels; Hiniker that the error can be corfor reading spray commander w/anhyWilson grain trailer 40', alurected. We regret that we drous; White 6R 5700 semiminum, new ag hoppers, cannot be responsible for mounted planter w/Hinker electric roll tarp, electric more than one week's inridge cleaning units. traps, spring ride, $18,000. sertion if the error is not Haybuster bale shredder, Mapleton, MN, e-mail: (641) 590-1102 saves on hay & bedding, called to our attention. We You can call us at rakes up frozen and dusty cannot be liable for an OBO (or best offer) 507-345-4523 to place See The Land online at bales, used, starting at amount greater than the (504) 524-4305 $6,250. 320-543-3523 cost of the ad. THE LAND your ad in The Land. has the right to edit, reject or properly classify any ad. Each classified line ad is LOCATION: 16218 State Highway 22, separately copyrighted to Eden Valley, MN 55329 THE LAND. Reproduction without permission is strictly prohibited.



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FOR SALE by Owner: Central WI Grade A Dairy Farm. 196 acres (approx 105 acres tillable). New roof on house & barn, 51 stall barn w/ pipeline, liquid manure pit, (2)18'x60' silos, heifer shed w/feed bunk, 44'x80' machine shed w/shop, & 5 bdrm, 1 bath house w/wood & oil heat. (715)257-7350 Sell your land or real estate in 30 days for 0% commission. Call Ray 507-339-1272 021

WANTED: Land & farms. I have clients looking for dairy, & cash grain operations, as well as bare land parcels from 40-1000 acres. Both for relocation & investments. If you have even thought about selling contact: Paul Krueger, Farm & Land Specialist, Edina Realty, SW Suburban Office, 14198 Commerce Ave NE, Prior Lake, MN 55372.




50 acres, newer ranch home, 40 acres base, great views, located in Green County, WI. 30 miles south of Madison WI. (608)490-0891

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AUCTIONEER’S NOTE: After 30 years of farming the Huschle’s have decided to retire. Dale is known for his well-maintained equipment. Most equipment is shedded. Short auction with very few smalls.

For full list of items, registration, photos and terms, visit

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24400 MN Hwy 22 South, Litchfield, MN 55355 | 320.693.9371

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For information contact Dale at 320.333.7000 DALE & DEBBIE HUSCHLE or Eric Gabrielson at Steffes Group, 320.693.9371 or 701.238.2570

TERMS: All items sold as is where is. Payment of cash or check must be made sale day before removal of items. Statements made auction day take precedence over all advertising. $35 documentation fee applies to all titled vehicles. Titles will be mailed. Canadian buyers need a bank letter of credit to facilitate border transfer.

035 Farm Implements


320 JD skid loader, 200 hrs. FOR SALE: Van Dale maon new crate eng & tires, nure tanker, 4000 gallon, cab, $13,000. 715-572-5678 HD 28Lx26 tires, always shedded. Great shape. 320FOR SALE: JD 328 baler, 241-5442 w/#40 ejector, electric conJD 7000 8x30 planter, liquid trol. Also, Patz bedding fert, Yetter trash whippers, chopper w/Honda engine. corn & bean meters, $3,900; 715-896-2739 Case IH 183 8x30 vibra tine FOR SALE: JD 370 flail cultivator, $850; White 8x30 mower, 3pt, Cat I, 540 PTO, single shank cultivator, nice, $1800; Int'l 133 4R30” $450; NH 654 4'x6' round cultivator, shields, extra baler, twine tie, wide pickshanks, $600. (507)847-2710 up, nice, $5,450; Top Air TA1100, 80' sprayer, 13.6x38 FOR SALE: JD 7300 12R22'' tires, Raven controls, corn planter w/ bean plates $4,900; D&B 1000 gal tender & no-till coulters, good trailer w/ pump, hoses, 15 shape. Also JD 337 square gal chem inductor, $3,900. baler w/thrower. (320)352320-769-2756 6421

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FOR SALE: Int'l 5100 12' grain drill w/ grass & acre counter. 507-334-9333 MF 285 with loader, Batco 45' conveyor, 5000lb Cat forklift, 6"x51' electric auger, 2000-18000 grain bins, 25' Wilrich digger, 28" fan & burner. 320-760-1634 Retirement Sale: Tractors: 180 Allis w/ ldr, '82 JD 4440, '01 JD 8310 w/ triples & guidance system, Case 440 w/ triples. Trucks: '72 Ford 700, '74 GMC w/ a Convey-All grain fert tender, 575 United Farm Tool grain cart. Other Equip: 37' Case IH chisel plow, '83 Big Red grain dryer model 4FS12 240 BPH, JD model 7300 12R planter, 90' Ultimate sprayer, 42' JD model 960 cult, 42' John Blue N applicator, 235 8T Unverferth wagon, '97 24R H&S band sprayer. 218-4378120 Well kept up maintenance & shedded. For more info please call. Tile Injector 6" tile plow pull type tile plow, used very little, w/ new Intellislope GPS controls incl. base station, also new tile stringer, possibly would sell as separate items, $43,000. (641) 590-1102



Like new Farm Fans CF/AB 270 Grain Dryer

2009 Farm Fans CF/AB 270, Model 270-ILL08877, 12’ grain column, 36”, 15 hp., 230 volt, 1-phase, LP gas, on transport wheels with Dri-Tek Controls, only 400 acres per season, looks new

CO. After 50+ years of farming, brothers Leon & Ray Gergen have leased out their cropland to the neighbor, therefore, they will sell all of their machinery at a no-reserve farm auction. AUCTION LOCATION: 22628 Kirby Ave. S., Hastings, MN 55033.

Saturday, March 17, 2018 10 A.M. This line-up of machinery is as clean and well-maintained as any to be auctioned off in the spring of 2018. One-Owner-All machinery shedded-All bought new at local John Deere Stores. Live & On-line bidding at Proxi-Bid. Low-Houred Clean John Deere 9220 4WD & John Deere 8225R Tractors

2006 John Deere 9220 4WD, 1,895 act. hours, 620/70/R42 80%, (6) 205KG rear wheel weights, 4 hyd., rock box, active seat, inst. Seat; 2011 John Deere 8225R, 1,154 act. hours, 380/85R/34 frt., 480/80R/46 duels 90%, 4 hyd., 3-pt. QH, 540/1000PTO, 360 lighting, rock box, 16-power shift, Command Center

Clean John Deere 9570STS, John Deere 606C StalkMaster C.H., John Deere 620F Bean Head 2010 John Deere 9570 STS combine, 1,019 sep. hours/1,649 engine hours, Bullet Rotor chopper/spreader, bin topper, 30.5L32, Contour Master, clean; 2012 John Deere 606C StalkMaster, 6R30”, poly, hydraulic plates, knife rolls, single point hookup, looks new; 2006 John Deere 620F Hydra Flex bean head, full finger, poly skids, single point hookups; Horst 4-wheel head trailer, 25’

One-Owner John Deere 4040 Open Station, 4430 & 4020 w/JD Loader 1980 John Deere 4040 Open Station, 6,981 hours, Quad Range, 2 hyd., 3-pt., 540/1000 PTO, 18.4R38 90%,; 1975 John Deere 4430 2WD, 8,493 act. hours; John Deere 4020 Open Station diesel, SYNCRO Trans., 2 hyd.

John Deere 1760 Conservation 12R30 Planter, TOP-AIR TA800 Crop Sprayer, Other Sprayer Items Like New Brent 644 & 640 Gravity Boxes, Other Good Gravity Boxes, Westfield Grain Auger 2014 John Deere 2623 Rock Flex Disk w/Rolling Basket, DMI Case IH 3250 Nutri-Placer Applicator, Other Good Tillage Equipment 2014 John Deere 2623 Rock Flex disk, 30’8”, 24” blades, rolling basket harrow, hydraulic adjust rolling basket, looks new, SN:XCD0755187; Case IH-DMI-Nurti-Placer 3250 NH3 applicator, 13-shank, hydro wings, 3-pt., Raven Super Cools, Raven SCS 440 monitor, looks new, SN:CIHJFH0030418; John Deere 714 disc chisel, 11-shank, excellent cond., SN:X005913; John Deere 980 field cult., 32.5’

1974 IHC 1600 Loadstar Truck, Farm King Snow Blower, Flatbed Hay Racks, Other Farm Related Items

Special Note: Viewing of machinery from March 10 through March 17, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Go to for 100+ photos. Terms: Cash, check, credit cards. All sales final. All sales selling as-is. All items purchased must be paid for the day of auction, unless prior arrangements have been made.

Leon & Ray Gergen, owners/sellers Leon: 651-437-7849 • 651-206-8899

We Sell the Earth & Everything On It. MATT MARING AUCTION CO. INC. PO Box 37, Kenyon, MN 55946 507-789-5421 • 800-801-4502

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We buy Salvage Equipment Parts Available Hammell Equip., Inc. (507)867-4910 Tractors


'07 8130 JD MFD, 540 foward/1000 PTO, buddy seat, auto steer 2600/3000, $67,000. 715-572-1234 '81 JD 8440, 8 new tires, 3 hyd, 3pt, no PTO , 2993 hrs, original paint, new interior, very nice, $25,000. '83 JD 4250 power shift, 3 hyd, 3pt, PTO, new tires, duals, 2591 hrs, cab mirrors, 60 series steps, front weights, original paint, looks new, $35,000. (507) 382-8457 Case 2390, 1982, New engine 200 hrs, near new 12.5-54 duals & 11-16 fronts, 3spd power shift, AC, air seat, 3 remotes, 3pt hitch, 600 gal saddle tanks, set up for 20” rows, $20,500. (641) 590-1102 John Deere 8770, 3pt, hitch, 4,783 hrs, 5208542, tires 90%, $45,000. (920)205-3213 — “Where Farm and Family Meet”

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Taking Consignments For: Spring Consignment Auction

Saturday, April 21, 2018 9:00 am 55780 St Hwy 19, Winthrop, MN 1/4 mile west of Hwys 19 & 15 Intersection

NEW AND USED TRACTOR PARTS JD 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 55, 50 Series & newer tractors, AC-all models, Large Inventory, We ship! Mark Heitman Tractor Salvage 715-673-4829

Advertising deadline is March 27th, 2018

Tractor chains Y15329 16.930, 16.932, good shape, Sparta area, $300. (608)797-4264

Harvesting Equip


FOR SALE: Super B 185 continuous flow dryer w/ Cal-Cu-Dri, $8,000. 320-510-0468 JD 18R20 cornhead 90 series row units, auger slow down kit, JD poly snouts, Headsight height control, Truesight row guidance, knife rolls, Hyd deck plates, some extra parts, $32,000. (641) 590-1102 Planting Equip


FOR SALE: JD 7100 12R vertical fold planter, corn & soybean units, monitor, liquid fertilizer, lift assist, shedded, good condition, $6,250/OBO. 507-567-2442 or 507-456-8139 FOR SALE: JD 750 10 ½' notill drill, 7 1/2” spacing, w/ dolly wheel hitch & mounted drag. Melroe 911 4-16s auto re-set pull type plow. Both in good condition. 612810-6558 FOR SALE: Yetter shark tooth row cleaner wheels, 16 left & 16 right, 1 yr old, exc condition, $960. 651-7643612 HYDRAULIC FLAT FOLD MARKERS. Will fit anything, $3,500. Ray's Machine Shop, call or text 712297-7951 120 DAY SPECIAL JD 1890/1910 air seeder 2004, 36', 10" spacing, 195 bus, new openers, boots, closing wheels, seed firming wheels, w/ 900 ac use, Agtron monitor, $55,900/OBO (or best offer) (507) 317-0178



Auctioneer taking Consignments:

Matt Mages 507-276-7002 Lic. 08-17-003

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Farmers - if you’re looking for a great seasonal opportunity with Medical Insurance, contact us. We understand farming!


Farm Implements

OPENS: Wed. Mar. 7 / CLOSES: Thu. Mar. 15

CDL with tanker endorsement, Hazmat and TWIC cards. The loads pay on percentage of the total revenue starting at 25% – with standard runs this would be $71,400.00 per year. Benefits: Full medical and disability insurance.

Sign on bonus of $5,000.00 The runs are daily and home nightly. We are based out of Rosemount, MN by Pine Bend Terminal. Please send resume to: For more information, please leave a message at (507) 867-4552!


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For consignor information & location, complete terms, full lot listing & photos visit Auctioneers & Clerk: Steffes Group, Inc. West Fargo, ND Grand Forks, ND 701.237.9173 701.203.8400 Ames, IA Sioux Falls, SD 515.432.6000 712.477.2144

Litchfield, MN 320.693.9371

Mt. Pleasant, IA 319.385.2000

Scott Steffes ND81, MN14-51, WI2793-52

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clean - like new - one owner John Deere - farm retirement selling at "absolute auction" MATT MARING

CO. Long-time farmers in the community, Legacy Family Farms PTR., will sell all of their farm machinery at an Absolute No Reserve Public Auction. Auction Location: Corner of MN State Hwy 13 and 400th St., Montgomery, MN (4 miles straight south of Montgomery, MN on State Hwy 13). Montgomery, MN is 40 miles SW of Minneapolis, or 40 miles NE of Mankato, MN.

Thursday, Mar. 15, 2018

10 A.M. Due to bio-security, the auction will be helD in the seller's fielD, one-half mile from the farmsteaD. we ask that noboDy Drive onto seller's builDing site or finishing barn site. the seller has leaseD out this hog facility. Please resPect this request. go to for more PhotosanD information.

2013 John Deere 9560rt - 2011 John Deere 8335rt - John Deere 4650 mfwD - JD gs DisPlays anD globes 2013 JD 9560RT, 1,206 act. hours, side track weights, 5 hyd., 36" tracks 90%, GS ready; 2011 JD 8335RT, 2,646 hours, 18" tracks 90%, wide stance, IVT, 1,000 PTO, 3-pt., 5 hyd., GS ready; (3) 2630 displays; (3) StarFire 3000 Globes, 1 w/RTK; 1983 John Deere 4650 MFWD, 5,985 hour, 42" duals, clean tractor

2013 John Deere s690 rwD - JD 612c stalkmaster JD 635f Platform (2) stuD king heaD carts - brent 1082 grain cart 2013 JD S690 RWD, 702/953 hours, 650/85/R38 duals 95%, Contour Master long auger, GS3, hopper camera. This combine goes through JD shop every year. Sharp, clean!; 2013 JD 612C Stalkmaster, hyd. decks; 2013 JD 635 platform, 1.5" cut; (2) Stud King head carts, 32' and 38', tricycle front, lights and brakes; 2012 Brent 1082 grain cart, 32 tires, backup camera 2011 John Deere 4830 sPrayer 2011 JD 4830 sprayer, 1,638 hours, 1,000 gal., 100' booms, foamer, 46" tires; Lift kit for JD 4830; 1999 Great Dane semi van, sprayer tender, 4,000 gal. poly tank, remote start pump, elec. hose reel; 2013 B&B Double Cone portable filling station, (2) 3,000 gal. poly, pump like new John Deere tillage tolls 2013 John Deere 2623VT, vertical tillage tool, 40'8" rolling basket; 2013 JD 2210 field cult., 64.5'; 2011 JD 512 ripper, 8 shank; Rite Way F3-42 land roller, 42' John Deere 1770nt ccs 24r30", through JD clinic, fielD reaDy unverferth 2750 seeD tenDer, roll tarP, scale (3) 2007 sterling 9500 Day cab, merceDes 5 430 hP, auto shift, 630-725k miles, gooD rubber (3) hoPPer grain trailers, 2016 wilson Pacesetter, 41' elec. roll tarP, (2) maurer 41', one alum. w/elec. roll tarP, one steel 41' roll tarP, all are like new conD. fuel caDDy - tool boxes - much more suPPort equiPment

Legacy Family Farms PTR. Jeff Gibbs • 507-330-0252 Shawn Onken • 507-262-0514

MATT MARING AUCTION CO. INC. PO Box 37, Kenyon, MN 55946 507-789-5421 • 800-801-4502

go to for more details & photos. terms: cash, check, all items sell as-is, where is. all items to be paid for the day of auction. all items sell absolute to highest bidder.

We Sell the Earth & Everything On It.

Matt Maring, Lic. #25-28 • 507-951-8354 Kevin Maring, Lic. #25-70 • 507-271-6280 Adam Engen, Lic. #25-93 • 507-213-0647 Gerry Webster

THE LAND — MARCH 9/MARCH 16, 2018 — “Where Farm and Family Meet”


for subscribers who return their 2018 subscription form to The Land. Mention this ad when you call The Land at 507-345-4523 for one free basic classified line ad to run full circulation in The Land Magazine. Retail value $18.79. Ad must be 7 lines or less (up to 25 words including phone number) and does not include photo, border or bold text. Ad must publish on or before May 25, 2018. Good for one run only. Must mention this offer while placing the order. Offer good for new ads only. Limit one line ad per subscription address. Valid only if 2018 Land subscriber card has been returned. Offer expires 4/30/18. Clean - Well-Cared For - Field Ready Farm Retirement Auction MATT MARING


CO. The Stoen family has sold their farm; therefore, Ron & Rod Stoen shall sell all their excellent farm machinery. AUCTION LOCATION: 10081 670th Street, Claremont, MN 55924. DIRECTIONS: From Claremont, MN, Hwy. 14, take Co. Rd. 3 south for five miles to 670th Street, west on 670th Street 2.6 miles; OR from Blooming Prairie, MN, take Hwy. Co. Rd. 16 north for 7 miles to 78th/670th, then east on 78th/670th Street. (Watch for Auction Signs.)

Saturday, March 24, 2018

9:30 A.M.


1993 John Deere 4960 MFWD, 7,331 hours, 460/85/ R46 duals 90%, 3-pt. Q.H., 3 hyd., big 1000 PTO, weighted rock box, wheel weights, New Style step, sharp looking tractor, SN:P005014 - 1980 John Deere 8640, 4WD, 50-series engine, 23.1x34 duals, 6,982 hours, 3 hyd., 3-pt., 1000 PTO, SN:H004862R - (8) JD suitcase weights - JD weight brackets - JD rock box


Case 2290 2WD, 6,146 hours, 18.4x38 axle duals, rock box, 3-pt., 540/1000 PTO, 2 hyd., cab, air, heat, good tractor - Farmall 460 gas W/F, 14.9x38 Fast Hitch, good T.A., good tin



2003 Case 60XT skid loader, full cab, heat, act. hours, hand controls, H-Pattern, aux. hyd., 70" bucket


1999 John Deere 9610 Maximizer combine, 18.4x38 duals 70%, 4,263 engine/2,768 separator hours (2nd owners), Big Top bin topper, chopper/spreader, Ag Leader monitor, Contour Master, very clean, SN:X680469 - (2) John Deere corn heads: 843 knife rolls, $2,000 work in last two years; 643 corn head, straight shafts. Both in good condition John Deere 930 bean head, poly skids, dual PTO, SN:F661638 - (2) Shop built head trailer, 4-wheel


1975 Chevy C-65 tandem axle truck, Target Master 427 V8 gas, 5x2 speed trans., 20' steel box & hoist, new drive tires, very clean, road ready - 1974 Ford F700 tandem axle truck, 361 V8 heavy duty gas, 5x2 speed trans., 18' steel box & hoist, very clean truck TERMS: Cash, check, credit cards. All sales final. All sales selling in as-is condition. All purchases must be paid in full on auction day.

John Deere 7200 planter, 16-row, 30" front fold, liquid fert., (8) fertilizer tanks, row cleaners, thumper piston pump, finger pickup, seed firmers, corn & soybean units, JD 250 monitor - Case IH DMI 730B, made to 530B 5-shank ripper, double disk front, disc. levelers rear - Case IH 4300 field cult., 38.5', 4-bar harrow - (2) 6' wings, Case IH 4300-4800 field cult. Wings - WilRich Model 2500 field cult., 30.5' 3-bar harrow - John Deere 520 drill, 20'x8" spacings, markers, gauge wheels, 3-pt. Elk Creek 3-pt. drill caddy/cart lift assist, like new - John Deere 400 rotary hoe, 3-pt., 20' stone guard - IH 710 plow, 5x18s, auto resets, 3-pt. - IHC 700 plow, 7x18s, auto resets, on-land hitch - Case IH 183 row crop cult., 12-row, 30" rolling shields, gauge wheels - 1,000 Gal. nurse tank on 10'x8' flat rack with 10-ton gear - 500 Gal. crop sprayer, single axle, 40' X-fold booms, PTO pump - Case grain drill w/grass seeder, 12'x5" spacings, manual lift, low rubber - Sun Master FK170 stalk chopper, 15', 540 PTO - Krause Model 14, 21.5' disc - Kovar 22' pony drag on cart


John Deere 1210A grain cart, 1000 PTO, 20.3x30 tires, front auger - Dakon 350 gravity box w/10-ton gear - Dakon 250 gravity box w/6-ton gear - FlowEZ 250 gravity box w/EZ-Trail 072-W gear - Parker 275 gravity box w/8-ton gear - JM 250 gravity box w/7-ton gear - JLCO grain dryer 300 bushel batch dryer on transports, 1 phase LP gas - Lowery 1,000 bushel holding bin - Westfield 15'x8" unload auger for holding bin, 5 hp, 1 phase, like new - Farm King 831 grain auger, 5 hp. on transports - Feterl 10"x61' grain auger, PTO - Hutchinson 8"x53' 10 hp motor on transports (2 yrs. old)


John Deere 1209 haybine, 9' cut, 540 PTO, very good condition - New Holland 352 mixer mill, extra screens, Magnet 540 PTO, good condition - New Holland 328 manure spreader, single axle - Notch round bale spear skid loader plate - Snow blower, 3-pt., 7', 540 PTO - 7' Rear blade w/Fast Hitch - New Holland 6' sickle mower - 3-Pt. bale mover - 16'x7' Livestock trailer, tandem axle, bumper hitch 350 Gal. slide-in poly water tank pickup box - John Deere 4-bar hay rake - 3-pt. post hold auger, 540 PTO - Stock water tanks, feed bunks


1,000 and 550 Gal. fuel tanks w/electric pumps - 40 Gal. of Cenex SAE15W-40 engine oil - Super Star 2020 tire changer - Lincoln 180 AMP stick welder - Parts washer - Sock sets ¼ - ¾ - Large amount of tools, hand & power - Chop saw - Bolt caddy - Several IH, Farmall, Case & JD manuals - Forks & shovels AUCTIONEER'S NOTE: Very well-cared for machinery, used on approx. 300 acre farm. Viewing from March 17 through March 24, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Go to for more photos Can't attend the auction? Bid live online at

ROD & RON STOEN We Sell the Earth & Everything On It.




MATT MARING AUCTION CO. INC. Kenyon, MN 55946 507-789-5421 • 800-801-4502

Matt Maring, Lic. #25-28 • 507-951-8354 Kevin Maring, Lic. #25-70 • 507-271-6280 Adam Engen, Lic. #25-93 • 507-213-0647


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In order to settle the estate of Craig Meyer a no reserve public auction will be held. Location; 12442 70th St. S Hastings, MN. From Hastings take Hwy 61 north, turn right (north) on Hwy 95 go 5 miles, turn right on 70th St. S, first place on left side of road. (Watch for Houghton's auction signs)

CASE IH QUAD TRACK, 4WD, MFWD, 2WD TRACTORS 2010 Case IH 535 Quad trac, 2,651 second owner hrs. AFS Pro 700 monitor, HP/XP receiver, 5 hyd. PTO, 30" tracks, Luxury cab, Flange axle w/ differential, high capacity hyd pump, frt.; 1992 Case IH 9280 4WD, 9,106 hrs., Ez steer, 4 hyd, 20.8R x 42 triples; Farm Hand F358 Hyd. loader; Int. 856 custom, dsl. 6,301 hrs. 3pt. dual hyd, dual PTO, Dual 3100 loader, 18.4 x 34 CASE IH COMBINE & HEADS 2015 Case IH 8240, 823 Sept. hrs. 1386 engine hrs. Meyer's are the second owners, auto guidance Nav II controller 700 Pro monitor, backup camera, luxury cab, HC independent cross auger control, grain tank, 620/70R 42 duals, Fully reconditioned pre 2017 harvest at MN Ag Group; 2014 Case IH 4412F, 12R folding chopping corn head, outside power augers, Hyd deck plates, Case IH auto sensors, One Owner; Stud King 38 tandem axle head trailer; Horst 4 wheel steer 40 ft. head cart; 2010 Case IH 2162, 40 ft. draper platform, One Owner LIKE NEW GRAIN CARTS & FUEL TRAILER & AUGERS 2016 Brent 1596 grain cart, tracks, roll tarp, scale & printer, like new; West field MK130-91, 13" x 91' auger swing hopper; 2013 J&M 1501 grain cart, tracks, roll tarp, scale Westfield WR80-71, 8" x 71' auger; 2012 Thunder Creek 1,000 gal tandem axle fuel trailer, w/DEF compartment MILLER SPRAYER, SPRAY TRAILER, SADDLE TANKS, FERTILIZER TANK 2004 Miller Nitro 2275HT self propelled sprayer 2,700 hrs. 4 WD, 1,400 gal stainless steel tank, 90 ft. booms, Ag Leader integra display w/auto swath unlock w/Norac ISO unlock, Ag Leader direct command, Ag Leader on trac 2 GPS steering, Norac auto height sensor kit, 380/90R 46 tires; 1997 Great Dane 40 ft. semi van trailer, sliding tandems, w/ 3 1,500 gal poly tanks, inductor pump; Big John twin 500 gal saddle tanks w/bracket; 5,000 gal. ploy tank - 11,000 gal steel fertilizer tank; 2013 1,100 Gal. nurse tank mnt. on tandem TRL., transfer pump, honda motor, like new KENWORTH TRUCKS & TIMPTE HOPPER BOTTOM TRAILERS, SERVICE TRUCK & GOOSENECK TRAILERS 2007 Kenworth W900, sleeper, 716,000 miles, 30,000 miles on complete eng. OH, Cat C15 engine, Alum rims; 1988 GMC 7000 service truck, 64,900 miles, GM 8.2 dsl. 6 sp. IMT 315A crane, air compressor; 2004 Kenworth W900 day cab, 618,000 miles, Cat C13 engine, Alum rims; 1993 Kenworth T600A sleeper, Cat 3406 engine; 2007 Timpte 40 ft. hopper bottom, 66" sides, air ride, alum rims, roll tarp; 2004 Timpte 40 ft. hopper bottom, 66" sides, air ride, roll tarp; 2003 Felling FT18, 30 ft. gooseneck,tandem duals, dove tail, ramps; 1989 Top Hand 24 ft. gooseneck, tandem axle

LATE MODEL PLANTING & TILLAGE EQUIPMENT & SEED TENDERS 2008 Friesen Seed Titan 4SE seed tender, tandem axle; Unverferth 400 seed box tender, 4 box trailer ; Krause 4976, 30 ft. disc, 5 bar spike tooth drag - Case IH 181, 3pt. 30 ft. rotary hoe; Farm Hand 6R, 3pt. cult.; 2012 JD 2410, 33 ft. chisel plow, 3 bar harrow, very low usage, nice; 2012 Landoll 6230-36, 36 ft. cushion gang disc; 2014 Case IH Tiger Mate 200, 60 Ft. field cult. rolling basket, 2 bar harrow, very nice; 2017 Degelman Pro Till 33, 33 ft. vertical tillage, Absolutly like new has only done a couple hundred acres; 2014 Case IH 1255 Early Riser 24R30" planter, liq. fert. bulk fill, 500 gal frt. tank w/Case IH pump, 22 gpm PTO pump, trash whippers, in cab pneumatic down pressure, One Owner very nice; Wishek 862NT, 26 ft. disc, harrow; 2002 Case IH Tiger Mate II (red), 46.5' field cult., 4-bar harrow, narrow transport 2008 CHEVY PICKUP, FARM EQUIPMENT, SKID LOADER ATTACHMENTS 2008 Chevy 2500HD, Z71, LT dsl. 4x4, 4 dr. cab, 169,000 miles; Triton Elite Alum. 2 place tandem ax. snowmobile trailer w/covor; Loftness 8 ft. 3pt. snowblower; Western 9 ft. pro plus snow plow; Knight 8030 Pro Twin slinger manure spreader; Woods D315, 10 ft. bat wing mower; Minnesota 250 gravity wagon, MN 10 ton gear; 12 ft. roller packer; Kewanee 7 ft. 3pt. back blade; Virning 90" Hyd grapple; Virning 90" rock bucket NEWER GRAIN SETUP, DRYER, 3 GRAIN LEGS, GRAIN BINS & WET HOLDING BINS GRAIN SETUP WILL SELL AFTER MACHINERY 2012 Grain Handler dryer, model GH616, hold 2,000 bushel, fan under, 3 phase, 10 hp fan motors, gravity fill, natural gas, can be converted to LP; 2012 Sukup 130 ft. grain leg, 3000 bushel per hour; Suckup 70 ft. grain leg, 3000 bushel per hour; Schlagel 90 ft. grain leg ; Westeel 9,000 bushel wet holding bin ; 4,000 bushel wet holding bin; 2012 Brock 150,000 bushel grain bin, 60' w x 59' h, 2 Brock fans; Westeel 75,000 bushel grain bin, 48' diameter, Westeel fan; Westeel 60,000 bushel grain bin, 42' diameter, Sukup fan; Butler 12,000 bushel grain bin; Butler 8,000 bushel grain bin, drying floor; Stor Mor 9,500 bushel grain bin; 9,500 bushel grain bin (located@ different farm); 6,000 bushel grain bin

FUEL BARRELS & TOOL & RELATED ITEMS 12,000 gal fuel barrel, pump; 8,000 gal fuel barrel , pump; 40 ft. shipping container; PU fuel tank - Polt totes; Iron rack; George A Rolfes Comp. Mod C2010, 10HP fan; Assort. of hand tools; plus more related items AUCTIONEER NOTE: Make your plans to attend this auction which offers a great line of late model always shedded field ready equipment. EVERYTHING SELLS NON RESERVE. BUYER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR REMOVAL, REMOVAL FOR THE THREE LARGE BINS WILL BE AFTER JULY 1, 2018. TERMS: cash, check, major credit cards. ®

Planting Equip


JD 7000 Corn Planter 2R, 3pt, $1,800. Fert Avail. $300/Row. 715-234-1993 Tillage Equip


'02 Great Plains Turbo Till Vertical Tillage unit Model TT 3000 Series I, center weight package, hydraulic wing down pressure, rolling spike tooth and basket harrow, 30' working width, $15,000. (641) 590-1102 2014 GREAT PLAINS #8326 (26 Ft 5”) Discovator/Finisher (2000A) Almost New. Mandako 46 Ft (2015) Land Roller 3” Shafts, 2500A Like New. 319-347-6138 Can Del Case IH 36R20 cultivator 36R20” cultivator set up for side dressing, 60' width, 2pt lift w/ rear assist wheels, double fold, double bar, gauge wheels, plumbed w/ variable rate orifices, $15,000. (641) 590-1102 FOR SALE: 32' IH field cultivator w/3 bar drag, $5,000/OBO. (715)410-5975 FOR SALE: JD 960 24 ½' field cultivator, 3 bar JD harrow, shank extension, nice; Mayrath 8x41' auger, used little. 507-766-9697 Machinery Wanted


All kinds of New & Used farm equipment – disc chisels, field cults, planters, soil finishers, cornheads, feed mills, discs, balers, haybines, etc. 507-438-9782 WANTED: Case DC tractor for grinding feed. 320-3040462 or 320-589-1908 WANTED: Tractors, running or not running, salvage, repairables, prefer John Deere, will consider others, 1990 & older, must be reasonably priced. Call anytime. (507)317-6760 Spraying Equip


'01NH SF550 60/80 Foot Boom with 5 section shut off controlled by a Trimble 500 with EZboom box. Tires are 70% Michelin Agribib 320/85R38. Foam marker works new product pump 2017. Booms are straight very clean sprayer. Always Farmer owned, $26,000. (651) 380-6475 FOR SALE: Century 1000 gallon sprayer, hyd Ace pump, Hiniker 86605 rate control, foam markers, hyd 60' Xfold boom, self leveling, $6,750. 507-276-3174 FOR SALE: Hardi Navigator sprayer, 575 gal tank, 60' self-leveling & self-folding boom, w/rinse tank, looks new. (320)587-4437 Very nice TopAir 1100 sprayer w/1100 gal tank, 200 gal rinse tank, 4 gal hand wash tank, 60' boom w/hyd fold, new Raven 440 monitor w/new elect valves, hyd driven pump, wide tires in good shape, field ready, $8,200. (507)380-6001

THE LAND — MARCH 9/MARCH 16, 2018 — “Where Farm and Family Meet”


Red River Valley Fairgrounds 1805 Main Ave. West, West Fargo, ND West edge of West Fargo, ND, I-94 Exit 343

Over 500 Lots to be Sold!

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 2018 | 10AM

AUCTIONEER’S NOTE: Auctioneers will run multiple rings with live online bidding. There will be no loading assistance until 1:00 PM. Cars and pickups may enter grounds at 12:00 Noon for self-loading. Equipment removal by March 16, unless other arrangements are made. Hauling and loading are available. Contact auctioneers for owner information, new consignments, or changes at 701.237.9173 or 800.726.8609.


2014 JD 9560RT, premium CommandView II cab, 1,580 hrs. 2014 JD 9560RT, deluxe CommandView II cab, powershift w/ efficiency manager, 5 hyd. 2012 Case-IH 550 Quadtrac, luxury cab, powershift, 6 hyd. 2014 Case-IH 540, Quadtrac, deluxe cab, heated leather seat, 6 hyd., 1000 PTO, auto steer


Registration, terms, & details at

2015 JD 9620R, premium CommandView III cab, 18 spd. powershift, 1,830 hrs. 2014 JD 9560R, premium CommandView cab, leather, buddy seat, powershift, 2,699 hrs. 2008 Case-IH 485, deluxe cab, 5 hyd., auto steer ready, Pro 700 monitor, 3,300 hrs. 1998 JD 9300, 24 spd., 4 hyd., 4,442 hrs., S/NRW9300H010553 1995 JD 8970, 24 spd., 4 hyd., Outback auto steer, 8,100 hrs. 1989 Versatile 876, 12 spd., 8,190 hrs., OH at 6,600 hrs., S/N330427


2011 JD 8360R, IVT, ILS, deluxe CommandView II cab, buddy seat, 4 hyd., return flow, 3 pt., quick hitch, 1000 PTO, 2,550 hrs. 2014 JD 6190R, 16 spd. PowrQuad Plus, deluxe cab, 3 hyd., Cat III 3 pt., 540/1000 PTO, 5,818 hrs. 2016 JD 6155R, AutoQuad plus, premium cab, GS3 7” display, 3 hyd., 540/1000 PTO, 516 hrs. 2009 JD 8530, deluxe cab, buddy seat, IVT, ILS, 5 hyd., 60 gpm pump, return flow, shows 4,850 hrs. 2001 JD 7410, deluxe cab, PowrQuad, 3 hyd., 3 pt. less third link, 540/1000 PTO, shows 1,800 hrs. 2000 Case-IH MX270, buddy seat, 3 pt., 1000 PTO, LED lights, tach shows 4,180 hrs., 8,500 total hrs. 2000 Case-IH CX100, CAH, syncro shuttle w/creeper, LH reverser, 2 hyd., 3 pt., 540/1000 PTO

2012 JD S670, STS, Contour-Master, premium cab, 812 sep. hrs., 1,267 engine hrs. 2010 JD 9870, 2WD, STS, ContourMaster, deluxe cab, 2,230 sep. hrs., 3,006 engine hrs. 2009 JD 9770, 2WD, STS, ContourMaster, premium cab, 2,792 sep. hrs., 4,230 engine hrs. 2008 JD 9770, 2WD, STS, ContourMaster, deluxe cab, deluxe controls, 2,830 sep. hrs., 4,014 engine hrs., 500 hrs. on New engine installed


2015 JD 640FD, 40’, AHH


2013 JD 635F, 35’, low dam 2011 JD 635F, 35’, low dam 2010 JD 635F, 35’ 2008 JD 635F, 35’, low dam 2004 JD 630F, 30’, high dam


2013 JD 612C, 12x30” 2012 JD 612C, 12x20” 2011 JD 612C, 12x30” 2005 Geringhoff RD1200B, 12x22”


NH 971 rigid head, 25’, bat reel NH 971 pickup head, 12’


2014 Brent 1196, 1,100 bu., 21” auger, hyd. spout, S/NB33550113


2011 Case-IH SDX40, 41’, with ADX3380 tow-behind cart, 3-compartment, 380 bu. JD 9400 press drills, (4) 10’s JD 520 soybean drill, 3 pt., 20’


2008 White 8524 CCS, 24x22”, spring down pressure, electric/hyd. drive, 1/3 width disconnect JD 7300 MaxEmerge II vacuum, 24x22”, vertical fold, ground drive, plumbed for in-furrow liquid fertilizer JD 7300 MaxEmerge II vacuum, 12x22”, 3 pt., eSet plates, 250 gal. 2WD TRACTORS fertilizer, insecticide 1973 JD 4430, CAH, quad range, 2 JD 7100, 12x30”, 3 pt., 1.6 bu. hoppers hyd., 3 pt., 540/1000 PTO, shows JD 7000, 12x30”, front fold, 2 pt., no 5,445 hrs., S/N4430H013981R till coulters, finger pickups, insecticide 1980 JD 2940, open station, synchro, boxes, bean cups 2 hyd., 3 pt., 7,715 hrs. JD 1780 vacuum, 16x30”/31x15”, 2011 JD 6130D, open station ROPS, front-fold, hyd. variable rate, 3 bu. shows 4,732 hrs. hoppers, JD brown box IHC B, hyd. lift, 12v electrical system, JD 7100, 4x30”, bean cups & finger Woods 59” belly mower pickups, 1.6 bu. hoppers 2009 Koyker 645 loader, 8’ quick attach bucket w/grapple FIELD CULTIVATORS JD 158 hyd. loader, 8’ bucket, 4-tine JD 2200, 50-1/2’, floating hitch, 6” grapple, 40 Series mounts spacing, AccuDepth, S/NX001097 JD 980, 45’, walking tandems, knockHARVEST EQUIPMENT on shovels, S/N00980X008552 2012 JD S690, Contour-Master, 2002 Wil-Rich Quad X, 46’, 7” premium cab, PRWD, 1,210 sep. spacing, C-shank DBL springs hrs., 1,726 engine hrs.

1976 IHC Loadstar 1600 tandem,

DISCS, COULTER CHISELS, 345, 4&2 spd., 28,873 miles 1972 GMC 6500 tandem axle, 366, RIPPERS, & OTHER 5&2 spd., 86,022 miles TILLAGE EQUIPMENT FERTILIZER & SEED Wil-Rich Quad X, 58’, 2-section fold, TENDER TRUCKS 7” spacing, C-shank DBL springs

Case-IH 4900, 36’, wing fold, walking tandems, Summers harrow 2009 Wishek 862NT disc, 22’ Summers Supercoulter Plus, 40’, 10” disc spacing, S/NL2173 Wil-Rich 957 DDR disc ripper, 9 shank, V rippers, S/N453685 Flexi-Coil coil packer, 44’ Summers coil packer, 40’, wing fold Flexi-Coil 820 chisel plow, 34’ Flexi-Coil harrow, 82’, 5-bar harrow JD tandem disc harrow, 12’, adj. angle 1990 Summers culti-harrow, 70’, 5-bar sections, very good teeth Case-IH crumbler, 45’, 5-section fold


Alloway 2130, 12x22” IHC 183 cultivator, 12x30”, 3 pt.


1990 Freightliner FLD120 tandem axle, Cat, Eaton 9 spd., air susp. 1987 Freightliner FLC tri-axle, day cab, air up/down pusher, NTC350 Cummins, Eaton 9 spd., shows 486,518 miles 1997 Ford AeroMax tandem axle, 60 Series Detroit, 365 hp., 9 spd., air ride, 129,429 miles Freightliner M2, day cab, C7 Cat, cruise, 295/75R22.5 tires 1975 Chevrolet C60 single axle, 366, 5&2 spd.


2004 Manintex boom truck, 30 ton, 55,086 miles, 8,870 hrs. 1993 Ford LTL9000 Aeromax, 12.7L Detroit, 435 hp., 9 spd., 474,533 miles, Title will be delayed 1981 Ford 8000 dump truck, 3208 Cat, Allison auto., 76,000 miles

2009 Freightliner Cascadia condo sleeper, 14.8L Detroit, Eaton 10 OTHER TRUCKS spd., 1,088,072 miles 2013 IHC ProStar, tandem axle, mid- 1993 Ford F450 single axle, reg. cab, 7.3L diesel, 120,234 miles roof sleeper, 483,050 miles 1993 GMC C6H02 single axle, 2006 Volvo VN, mid-roof integral propane, 5 spd., 237,616 miles sleeper, D12 Volvo, 473,500 miles 1978 IHC S Series tandem axle DAY CAB SEMI TRACTORS septic truck, diesel, 13 spd. manual, 2,800 gal. tank 2006 Freightliner Columbia, day 1973 White 4000 tandem axle cab & cab, Mercedes, 10 spd., approx. chassis, 290 Cummins, 394,752 miles 1,100,000 miles, OH at approx. 650,000 miles PICKUPS 2006 Freightliner Columbia CL120, 2002 Ford F250, 4 door, ext. cab, 5.4L factory day cab, MBE4000 engine, V8 gas, shows 108,000 miles 410 hp., 896,000 miles 2004 Freightliner Columbia CL120, 2000 Ford F150, XLT, 4 door, ext. cab, short box, Triton 5.4L factory day cab, MBE4000 engine, 1995 Ford F350, XLT, 4 door, crew 410 hp., 679,000 miles 2005 IHC 8600, day cab, C13 Cat, 430 cab, 8’ box, 7.3L Powerstroke diesel 1982 GMC, one ton, crew cab, long box hp., 596,000 actual miles 2005 IHC, day cab, ISX Cummins, 400 HOPPER BOTTOM hp., shows 450,000 miles TRAILERS 2005 Sterling AT9500 tri-axle day 2004 Frontier steel, 40’, ag hopper cab, Mercedes, 10 spd., white 1992 Timpte Super Hopper tandem 2004 Volvo, tandem axle, day cab, axle, 42’x96”x78” D12 Volvo, 10 spd., engine brake 2000 Freightliner C120064ST, day IMPLEMENT TRAILERS cab, N14 Cummins, 13 spd. 1994 Peterbilt 379, day cab, 3406E Jantz Mfg expandable platform Rust Mfg combine/sprayer trailer, Cat, 10 spd., diff lock Bill of Sale only, No Title 1989 Freightliner FLD120, tandem Shop-built, 53’, spread axle axle, Cat, Eaton 9 spd. Trail Tech tri-axle double combine Freightliner FLD120 tandem axle, trailer, 53’, No Title, Bill of Sale only N14 Cummins, 480,000 miles SSR Pump tri-axle combine trailer, 33’, No Title, Bill of Sale only BOX TRUCKS 1996 IHC 8100 tri-axle, air up/down SSR Pump tandem axle combine trailer, 28’, No Title, Bill of Sale only tag axle w/duals, 430,000 miles 1993 Ford L9000 lifting tag axle, DROP DECK & STEP DECK 3306 Cat, 10 spd., 373,300 miles TRAILERS 1988 Kenworth T800 twin screw 2001 Doepker tandem axle drop tandem, air up/down steerable deck, 48’x102” pusher, shows 549,709 miles

1970 Load Trailer double drop trailer, 38’6”, air ride 2000 Talbert step deck, 48’x102”


2014 Farm King 2620 liquid applicator, 24x30” 2014 Kongskilde F3450 side dresser/knifer, 12 or 16 row 2012 Blu-Jet liquid side dresser, 24x22”, 1,500 gal. tank Horvick Duolift tandem axle fertilizer tender trailer, 1,250 gal. main tank, 300 gal. rear tank


NH 790 pull-type forage harvester Vermeer 605F round baler

2011 Sidump’r 325 tri-axle trailer 1997 R Way tri-axle belly dump 1979 Raven tri-axle aluminum end dump, 28’x54” sides


1985 Dorsey tandem axle reefer, LIVESTOCK EQUIPMENT 48’x96”, spring susp., swing doors Great Dane van trailer, 32’ 2005 Meyers 3550 tandem axle 1978 Theurer tandem axle container manure spreader, 550 bu. trailer, 20’ SEED TENDERS, 1980 Utility tandem axle dry van, GRAIN VACS 36’, (2) 1,650 gal. poly tanks 2012 Unverferth 3750XL tri-axle FLATBED & UTILITY gooseneck seed tender TRAILERS Unverferth 335 seed tender 2008 ABU tandem axle gooseneck Yetter Seed Jet seed system trailer, 40’, ramps Brandt 5000EX grain vac 1998 Fontaine flatbed trailer, Handlair 560 grain vac 48’x102”, spread axle, air susp. Handlair 3000 grain vac, 5” tubing 1988 Wilson spread axle aluminum/ WHEEL LOADER & steel combo flatbed, 48’x96”, air ATTACHMENTS susp. 1988 Utility tandem axle steel 2002 Komatsu WA320-3MC wheel flatbed, 48’x96”, spring susp. loader, CAH, 7,622 hrs. 1987 Lufkin tandem axle steel (2) JRB quick tach forks flatbed, 48’x96”, spring susp. TELEHANDLER & MANLIFTS 1974 Transcraft tandem axle Ingersoll Rand VR-843C telehandler, flatbed, 42’x96”, spring susp. open ROPS, 8,000 lbs., 4x4 1973 Brown tandem axle flatbed 1999 Grove manlift, 86’, Ford gas trailer, 40’x96”, wood deck 1999 Grove manlift, 116’ 1972 Hobbs tandem axle steel flatbed, 45’x96”, spring susp. DOZER & EXCAVATOR 1971 Delta flatbed trailer, 40’x8’ BUCKETS 1996 Road Boss tandem axle Caterpillar D4H Series II LGP dozer gooseneck trailer, 35’x102” 2005 Overbuilt tandem axle pintle Dirt bucket, 65”, 2-1/2 pin WF ditching excavator bucket, 72” hitch trailer, 26’x102” 2013 Big Tex tandem axle deckover HEADER TRAILERS trailer, 24’ NH3 TANKS US Cargo enclosed gooseneck snowmobile or car hauler, 30’x8’6” BIN EQUIPMENT




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(2) 1997 Terragator 1803 floater 1995 RoGator 844 self-propelled sprayer, 90’ boom, 800 gal. tank 1994 RoGator 664 self-propelled sprayer, 90’ boom, 800 gal. tank

2002 Spray Air 3400, 90’ boom, 800 gal. tank, triple nozzle bodies Spray Air 3290, 90’ suspended booms, 800 gal. tank Riverbend, 2 pt., 800 gal. tank, 90’ hyd. folding suspended booms Summers, 2 pt., 65’ suspended booms, 500 gal. tank

2015 Schaben LA9000 liquid applicator, (23) coulters

TERMS: All items sold as is where is. Payment of cash or check must be made sale day before removal of items. Statements made auction day take precedence over all advertising. $35 documentation fee applies to all titled vehicles. Titles will be mailed. ND Sales Tax laws apply. Canadian buyers need a bank letter of credit to facilitate border transfer.

Steffes Group, Inc., 2000 Main Avenue East, West Fargo, ND 58078 | 701.237.9173 | Scott Steffes ND81, Brad Olstad ND319, Bob Steffes ND82, Max Steffes ND999 Ashley Huhn ND843, Eric Gabrielson ND890, Randy Kath ND894, Scott Gillespie ND1070, Shelly Weinzetl ND963

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Location: 24400 MN Hwy 22 S Litchfield, MN 55355

THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2017 | 10AM

AUCTIONEER’S NOTE: Auctioneers will run multiple rings with live online bidding available on major equipment. Contact auctioneers for owner information, new consignments, or changes at 320.693.9371. Registration, terms, & details at

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John Deere 7100 planter, 12x30” John Deere 8110, MFWD John Deere 4450, powershift, 3 hyd John Deere 9500, 2WD John Deere 620F HydraFlex head John Deere 643 corn head, 6x30” IHC 8100, 3176 Cat, 7 spd., GMC Brigadier, 855 Cummins, 5 spd. John Deere 960 field cultivator, 28-1/2’ IHC 55 chisel plow, 20’ Shop-Built ripper, 7 shank, 7” pts., 3 pt. DMI 2500 ripper, 5 shank, 10” points Loftness pull-type stalk shredder, 20’ Nu-Built gravity box, 12.5L-15 tires Fork-type rockpicker


2010 John Deere 8345RT, IVT, powershift, 4 hyd., 44 gpm hyd. pump, 3 pt., quick hitch, AutoTrac ready, 7” display, power mirrors, HID lights, cold weather pkg., Camoplast 5500 25” tracks, 4,109 hrs.


2015 Ford New Holland T475, MFWD, ROPS, powershift, left hand reverser, 2 hyd., 3 pt., 540 PTO, joystick controls, canopy, w/Ford New Holland quick tach loader

4WD & 2WD TRACTORS Case-IH 9130 Row Crop Special, 4WD Case 4694, 4WD, CAH, 4 hyd., 3 pt. Allis Chalmers 7020, wide front, CAH 1970 IHC 1456, wide front, open station 1979 IHC 1086, cab, diesel, 2 hyd. IHC 1086, wide front, cab, heat, diesel, 3 hyd. 1963 Oliver 880 Row Crop Special, wide front, 1965 IHC 706, cab, diesel, 1 hyd., 3 pt.


1959 Farmall 340, narrow front, gas, 1 hyd. 1951 Minneapolis Moline BF, wide front 1941 Farmall H, narrow front, gas, 1 hyd. 1939 Farmall F20, narrow front, gas, PTO JI Case 500, diesel, standard, 1 hyd., 540


IHC 2250 quick tach loader, w/bucket & manure fork, fits IHC 86 Series tractors


2008 John Deere 9770, STS, Contour Master, bullet rotor, 2WD, GreenStar ready, 5” display, John Deere folding hopper, HD unload auger, fine cut chopper


spreader 50’ Ag Systems tandem axle fertilizer 1996 John Deere 1520 drill, 20’, 10” spacing spreader, 40’ John Deere 520 drill, 20’, 7” spacing DOZER McCormick Deering grain drill, 12’, hyd. John Deere grain drill, 10’, w/grass seed 1988 Caterpillar D8N, cab, heat, powershift, attachment



2010 Wil-Rich X2 field cultivator, 34-1/2’ John Deere 980 field cultivator, 44-1/2’ Case-IH 4900 field cultivator, 30’, 7” Case-IH 4300 field cultivator, 36-1/2’ Wil-Rich 3400 field cultivator, 32’ IHC 475 field cultivator, 18’ Case-IH 183 row crop cultivator, 12x30” Row Runner row crop cultivator, 6x30”


Komatsu 40 FD4072 forklift, ROPS, diesel, side shift, 2 stage mast, 8”x48” forks


2011 Gehl 5240 skid steer loader, cab, heat, 2 spd., aux. hyd., hyd. quick tach, Bobcat 853 skid steer loader, aux. hyd., 5’ material bucket

SKID STEER LOADER ATTACHMENTS (2) Redline walk through pallet forks, 48” (2) Redline weld-on solid quick tach plate (2) Redline receiver hitch plate 2000 Case-IH 3900 disc, 34’ Redline bale spear, double tine Case-IH 496 rock flex disc, 32’ Redline tree/post puller IHC 470 disc, 18’ Redline rock bucket, 72” Summers diamond disc, 35’ Redline grapple bucket, 72” Case disc, 20’ Lowe 750 hyd. auger, 12” Miller Series III plowing disc, 14’ Stout 66-9 brush grapple OTHER TILLAGE EQUIPMENT Stout 72-8 brush grapple Stout HD72-4 brush grapple John Deere 200 crumbler, 18’ Unverferth 122DISCw double basket, 55’ Stout XHD84-6brush grapple Stout 72-3 rock grapple bucket Melroe 452 multiweeder, 35’ Stout tree & post puller Lindsay harrow, 4-section Stout add-on fork grapple, New IHC 70 plow, 3x18” Minneapolis Moline plow, 2 bottom, 3 pt. Bobcat 15C posthole auger, 9” Rock bucket, 86” Farmall plow, 2x16” Bobcat grapple bucket, 5’ (4) Trash hoppers SEMI TRACTOR (2) Skid steer loader concrete placement 2005 Freightliner Columbia day cab buckets (3) Fork extensions, 72” BOX TRUCKS 1974 Ford 900 single axle, V8, gas, 5 spd. (3) Fork extensions, 84” (6) Skid steer loader buckets, 66” 1967 Ford 700 single axle, V8, gas, 5&2 (4) Skid steer loader buckets, 78” trans. (4) Snow/mulch buckets, 90” (2) Root rakes, 34.5-69.625 TRAILERS (8) Skid steer loader attach frames 2016 Timpte hopper bottom, 42’x72” Fork round bale mover 2015 Timpte hopper bottom, 42’x72” Manure bucket 2012 Jet hopper bottom, ag hopper (2) Weber receiver hitch plates 2014 PJ tandem axle bumper hitch (2) Weber bale spears, 3,000 lb. trailer, 22’ 1989 Towmaster 5th wheel tandem axle Work Saver bale spear Manure fork 60” trailer, 28’x102” Rock bucket, 60” 1988 Great Dane dry van trailer, 45’ Single axle bumper hitch swather trailer Pallet fork, 42” Receiver plate



2009 Redball 570 sprayer, 90’ boom Summers Ultimate sprayer, 90’ boom F/S sprayer, 2 pt., 90’ boom


2011 John Deere 854 Silage Special round baler 1992 Gehl 1870 round baler New Holland 664 round baler NH3 APPLICATORS New Holland 1495 self-propelled haybine DMI Nutriplacer 5250 NH3 applicator, New Holland 1475 mower conditioner, 14’ 19 shank Tonutti V-rake, 12-wheel, front fold DMI 3200 NH3 applicator, 13 shank New Holland 56 roll bar rake Ag Systems Nitro Master NH3 applicator, Throw rack 21 shank Small square bale throw rack, 16’ Blu-Jet NH3 applicator, 37’, 17 shank Hay wagon, 16’ Blu-Jet Land Runner NH3 applicator, 37’, Notch 8-round bale trailer 17 shank Ag-Systems Nitro Master NH3 applicator, FORAGE & FEEDING 52-1/2’ EQUIPMENT Shop-Built granular applicator, 20’ boom, Blumhardt fertilizer tank, 600 gal. 2011 Penta 4120HD TMR single axle

2006 John Deere 1770NT planter, 24x30” 2004 John Deere 1790 planter, 24x22” 2005 John Deere 1770NT planter, CCS 2008 White 8222 pull-type planter, 12x30” Case-IH 1200 planter, 12x30”, 3 pt. Case-IH 900 planter, 12x30”, 1000 PTO John Deere 7200 planter, 12x30”, front fold John Deere 7300 planter, 12x30”, wing fold John Deere 7000 pull-type planter, 6x30” White 5100 planter, 8x30”, pull-type FERTILIZER SPREADERS AgCo White 6100 planter, 12x30”, vertical fold Tyler tandem axle fertilizer spreader, 50’ Case-IH 900 planter, 6x30” Ag Systems fertilizer spreader, 50’ Ag Systems tandem axle fertilizer

mixer Penta 4110 low pro TMR Kuhn Knight 3300 single TMR, 540 PTO, Gehl 135 grinder mixer

New Holland 353 grinder mixer, hammer mill, 17’ folding discharge auger, scale

MANURE SPREADERS 2012 Meyers VB750 manure spreader New Idea 3632 tandem axle manure spreader Knight 8114 tandem axle side slinger manure spreader Knight 7110 single axle side slinger manure spreader Badger 5400L tandem axle vacuum manure spreader Hagedorn 275 II tandem axle manure spreader Gehl 1287 tandem axle manure spreader John Deere 780 hydra push tandem axle manure spreader John Deere manure spreader James-Way manure pump (2) Patz manure agitators Manure alley scraper insert

LIVESTOCK EQUIPMENT (80) Continuous fence panels, 20’ (40) Interlocking corral panels, 12’x5’ (10) Cattle/calf feeders, 30x90 Weber round bale feeder (13) Wire cattle panels Misc. gates & panels Misc. calf hutches (5) Cattle scratchers Schaffer barn fans

OTHER EQUIPMENT Rayman 2810G belt loader, 28’ Feterl MDL85 grain screener, PTO Top Air belt conveyor, 30’ Crown reel type rockpicker, hyd. drive Schulte reel type rockpicker, hyd. drive Yetter drill caddy, 3 pt., tandem wheel Minnesota running gear, 6 ton Shop-Built IHC quick hitch blade Frontier blade, 8’, 3 pt. Diamond ditch mower, 5’ Case-IH 250 guidance system 1993 Gordon Smith pull-type air compressor Generator, 10kw, Isuzu diesel engine

SNOWBLOWERS Lorenz snowblower, 3 pt., (3) augers, Farm King snowblower, 8’, 3 pt., 2 stage

LAWN & GARDEN SNOWBLOWERS & TILLERS 2014 Cub Cadet 528SWE walk-behind snowblower, 28” 2014 Cub Cadet 945SWE walk-behind snowblower, 45” Briggs & Stratton walk-behind snowblower, 22”, New Briggs & Stratton walk-behind snowblower, 24”, New Briggs & Stratton walk-behind snowblower, 32”, New Cub Cadet 353 mounted snowblower, 44” Honda FRC-800 self-propelled rear tine tiller, 20”, 270cc Honda GX240, 225 rpm, Honda FC-600 rear tine tiller, 26”, 163cc Honda GX160, 84 rpm, adj. transport wheel,

wheels, 120,000 miles 1998 Ford F150 ext. cab, 4.6 liter, V8, gas, No Title Pickup snow plow w/Bobcat attachment plate

AUTOMOBILES 2001 Buick LeSabre, 4 door, 3.8 liter, V6, 2001 Pontiac Montana, 4 door, 3.4 liter, V6 2000 Chevrolet Suburban, 4WD 2007 Chevrolet Impala 4 door, parts only, No Title 2005 Ford Focus 4 door, parts only, No Title 2004 Dodge Stratus 4 door, parts only, No Title 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 2 door, parts only, No Title 2001 Dodge Neon, parts only, No Title 2001 Lincoln Continental 4 door, 4.6 liter, parts only, No Title 1999 Chevrolet Malibu, parts only, No Title 1997 Ford Aspire, parts only, No Title 1997 Chrysler Sebring, parts only, No Title 1997 Mercury Mystique,parts only, No Title 1996 Honda Civic, parts only, No Title 1992 Chevrolet GM4, parts only, No Title Chevrolet S10 blazer, parts only, No Title

ATV & UTVS (2) Kubota RTV900 UTVs, cab, heat, diesel, 4x4, turf tires


2007 Marathon PTO generator Airco welder Misc. tools (10) Heavy duty work benches w/shelves, 29.5”x60”, New (2) Heavy duty welding shop tables w/ shelves, 30x57, New Tire changing cage ViperTZ500 tire changer Tool boxes


Poly tank, 1,650 gal., B&S Pacer 9.5 hp. pump Fuel tank Gas tank, 350 gal. Fuel tank, 350 gal., 120V pump


(4) Maxam 12-16.5 skid steer loader tires (4) Firestone 275/70R18 tires (4) Solideal 14-17.5 skid steer loader tires (2) Continental 380/85R24 tires (4) 270/95R48 tires, on 10-bolt rims, 22” (2) Firestone 18.4R46 tires, 23 degree


2008 Dodge 3500 Lariat, quad cab, short box, 6.7 liter Cummins, automatic, 4WD, IGR delete, leather, windows & locks, DVD player, receiver hitch, 5th wheel ball, alloy TERMS: All items sold as is where is. Payment of cash or check must be made sale day before removal of items. Statements made auction day take precedence over all advertising. $35 documentation fee applies to all titled vehicles. Titles will be mailed. Canadian buyers need a bank letter of credit to facilitate border transfer.

Steffes Group, Inc., 24400 MN Hwy 22 South, Litchfield MN 55355 | Ashley Huhn MN47-002, Eric Gabrielson MN47-006, Randy Kath MN47-007, Shelly Weinzetl MN86-79, Scott Steffes MN14-51, Brad Olstad MN 14-70, Bob Steffes MN14-09, Max Steffes MN14-031 | 320.693.9371 |


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THE LAND — MARCH 9/MARCH 16, 2018 — “Where Farm and Family Meet”

farm retirement auction exceptional – clean – low hour – low acre One Owner john deere farm machinery MATT MARING


The Hylen Bros. Dennis & Darrell have farmed for 40+ years and now have leased out all their crop land to a neighbor. Therefore they will sell all their excellent one owner farm machinery. Auction Location: 49729 – State Hwy. 60 Lake Crystal, MN 56055. (just 3 miles south of the city of Lake Crystal, MN) Lake Crystal MN, is south of Mankato, MN on state hwy. 60

Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018

9:30 A.M.

Only 15 minutes Of small items then On tO machinery Viewing Of machinery: tues. & wed., mar. 20 & 21. 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. all majOr jd machinery & grain trailers bOught new by the hylen brOs. special nOte: parking On blue earth cO. rd. 109 Only. (nO parking On hwy. 60). there will be shuttle Vehicles, shuttling peOple tO the auctiOn site all day. 2013 jOhn deere 9510rt – 2010 jOhn deere 8320rt bOth are selling with ag-stOrm pOwer rOck bOxes 2013 John Deere 9510RT, 1,457 one-owner hours, 36” Camoplast tracks, wide swing bar, 4-hyd., touch screen, deluxe cab, 360 lighting, Ag-Storm power remote rock box with Rock Hawk power remote winch, trash scrapers on drive wheels, SN:RHDP902866, Warranty until 8-13-2018, GS ready.; 2010 John Deere 8320RT 2,603 one owner hours, 3-pt. 1000 PTO., 4-hyd., 360 lighting, 25” Camoplast tracks 95%, touch screen, GS ready, trash deflectors, selling with AG-Storm power remote rock box and Rock Hawk power remote winch, SN: RKAP901520; Both 9510RT and 8320RT qualify for all Kibble equipment for the KEAP, extended warranty program. Call Dave Hurn at Kibble Equip. 507-387-8201 2013 jOhn deere 7200r mfwd with h480 lOader – 1995 jOhn deere 7200 mfwd Open statiOn w/ 740 lOader 2013 John Deere 7200R MFWD, 416 act. one owner hours, 540/1000 PTO, 3-hyd., 3-pt. Q.H, 480-80-R46 95%, touch screen, 20/20 power quad, 360 lighting with John Deere H480 Q.T. loader, 96” bucket, set of pallet forks, SN: RJDA011286; 1995 John Deere 7200 MFWD Open station, 9682 hours, 18.4-38 95%, 3-pt., 2-hyd., 540/1,000 PTO, power quad, sells with JD 740 loader, joystick, SN: H002739; Frontier 57” pallet forks JD hookups; Notch 81” rock bucket JD hookups; JD extended warranty on 7200R until 8-162018; 2013 jOhn deere s670 rwd cOmbine 2013 jOhn deere 612c stalk master 12-rOw 20” cOrn head head trailer - 2011 brent 882 grain cart, rOll tarp & scale 2013 John Deere S670 RWD Combine, 938 sep./ 1255 act. hours, 650-85-R38 duals 95%, contour master, bin ext., long auger, 2-speed gear box, chopper/spreader, 360 lighting, single point warranty until 9-02-2018, SN: SED0756716; 2013 John Deere 612C stalk master, 12- row 20” rows, hyd. deck plate, knife rolls, yield saver gathering chains, Lankota stalk stompers, 2-PTO, single PT. hookups, SN:CPDC755452; 2011 Brent 882 Grain Cart, 30.5-32 tires, roll tarp, scale, SN:B28-290-130; 2013 Dose head trailer, 32’ tricycle front, fenders, light kit; Both S670 and 612C qualify for KEAP extended warranty program only through Kibble Equip. Call Dave @ 507387-8201


(4) ihc semi tractOrs – (2) wilsOn pacesetter hOpper bOttOm grain tractOrs 2007 IHC 9400I Eagle, standup sleeper, Cummins ISX 435 diesel, 10-sp. Air Ride, alum. wheels, deluxe cab, 919,250 miles, exceptionally clean 22.5 rubber 95%; 1997 IHC 9200, Cummins M11, 10-sp. Wet kit, sleeper cab, air ride, 22.5 80%, tow hooks, 680,875 miles, very clean; - 2002 IHC 9200I Eagle pro sleeper, Cummins ISX 400 hp., 10-sp. 877,272 miles air ride, alum. wheels, jake brake, saddle tanks, 22.5, tow hooks, very clean; 1995 IHC 9200 Bunk Sleeper, M11 Cummins, 10-sp., 22.5 90%, 713,100 miles, very clean; 2013 Wilson Pacesetter, DWH-500 grain hopper trailer, air scale, air ride, alum. wheels 22.5 rubber 80%, belt drive tarps, 41’x96”x66” roll tarp; 2008 Wilson Pacesetter, DWH-500 grain hopper trailer, air scale, air ride, alum. wheels 24.5 rubber 80%, roll tarp 41’x96”x66”; “These trailers have very low miles”, Hylen farm is just across the road from Ethanol plant and only a few miles down the road to Mankato soybean market. case ih true tandum 330 turbO case ih tigar mate ii 200 - case ih 870 ripper - white 6700 planter 12-rOw 20” Other related machinery Case IH True Tandum 330 turbo vertical till, flex gang disc, turbo disc blade, 34’ depth control, rolling basket, SN:YDD069220; Case IH Tiger Mate 200 field cult. Double fold, 2-bar harrow, rolling basket, 50.5’, SN:YBD055913; 100 Gal. sprayer PTO pump, pull type; - Case IH 870 Ripper, 9-shank, double front disc, rear disc lever, rear rolling basket, SN:Y0D060732; IHC 720 Plow, 5x18’s, 3-pt.; John Deere MX7, 3-pt. mower, 540, 7’; White 6700 Planter, 12-Row 20” 3-pt. tool bar, corn +bean plates, lift assist monitor; MN 10 Ton running gear (2) pOlaris 6x6 utV – (2) fOrd super duty dump trucks – trailers – rOad grader – misc. related items 1997 Ford F350, dually, 7.3 diesel, auto 4x4, 9’ hyd. dump box, 168,399 miles; 1993 Ford Super Duty, 7.3 diesel, 5-speed, 2-WD, 10’ dump box, 228,659 miles; Northfield Iron Company draw bar pull type 11’ blade, 2 rear wheels; Travel Tow 25’ tri-axle trailer, ramps; Rolling ladder firearms – lOng guns Marshall Co. side-by-side 12 ga., Open hammers; W. Morre Co. side-byside 12 ga.; Winchester Model 37 20 ga.; Stevens 410 ga. Single shot; Champion 410 ga. Single shot; Brazil 410 ga. Single shot; Ilhaca M-66 20 ga. SS; MAS French M. 1939; Springfield 98, 1936; 30-40 Craig; Remington 10, 12 ga.; Winchester 1200, 12 ga. 3”; 1873 Civil War Era Bolt the hylen bros. are known for being outstanding farmers, good neighbors, stewards of the land, and giving all their equipment the very best of care. terms: cash, check, credit cards, all sales final. all sales selling as-is, where is condition. all purchases paid for the day of auction. photo id required. all jd machinery carrying factory warranty shall be transferred to new owner any bidder/buyer wishing to purchase additional warranty through the keap program must contact kibble equip. at 507-387-8201

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Bros. Darrell & Dennis Hylen 507-381-3843 • 507-327-8143

MATT MARING AUCTION CO. INC. PO Box 37, Kenyon, MN 55946 507-789-5421 • 800-801-4502

We Sell the Earth & Everything On It.

Matt Maring, Lic. #25-28 • 507-951-8354 Kevin Maring, Lic. #25-70 • 507-271-6280 Adam Engen, Lic. #25-93 • 507-213-0647 Gerry Webster


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Retirement Auction

Saturday, March 24th - 9 am 16594 Co Rd 13, Springfield, MN

Auctioneer’s Note: This is a great lineup of farm machinery and household that has been well taken care of. Be prepared for two rings! Tractors, Truck & Farm Equipment: Case IH 7140 MFWD, 6600 hrs, dual hyd 1000 rpm, front weights, rock box, hub duals, good rubber; AC 7045, 9093 hrs, hub duals, rock box; AC 7020, 7085 hrs, 3pt, dual hyd, rock box; AC 185 w/Work-Master 800 loader, 2047 hrs, fresh overhaul w/ receipts; Duetz D7206, diesel, dual hyd, rock box; Chevy C65 tandem, auto trans, steel box, twin screw; Mustang 940 E-Series, 519 hrs; Edge Ind. articulating snow blade; pallet forks; ’11 Triton aluminum utility trailer, 6x12’; Glencoe SS7400 Soil Saver plow, 9-shank, extra leveler; Boat, Mowers & Shop: ‘98 Larson 176 SEI, 3.0 in-board Volvo Penta motor, w/ trailer; Grasshopper 620 mower, 165 hrs, 52” power fold deck; Grasshopper 725D zero-turn mower, diesel, 506 hrs; Simplicity Broadmoor lawn tractor, 341 hrs, 20 hp, 44” deck w/ bagger; Simplicity Prestige lawn tractor; ’13 Ahrens AX369 snowblower; ‘12 PJ tandem car trailer, 20’, dovetail, 7000 lb axle; Polaris TX snowmobile; ATV sprayer; yard drag; 2-wheeled ag trailer; aluminum 4-wheeler ramp; All America U3000 hot pressure washer; 60k lb hyd press; 5 ton cherry picker; Toys, Household & Misc Items: Cr ocks include: 2-6 gal, 4 gal birch leaf, 4 gal wing, 3 gal, 2 gal; toys include: JD 5020, JD 7030D Precision, JD Model A, Farmall 300, AC D17 Precision, AC 220, AC D19, AC D14, Napa tow truck, Tonka trucks & Winnebago w/people & items; Filter Queen air purifier; Sony flat screen tv; sewing machine cabinet on wheels; vintage sewing machine; dining room tables & chairs; dressers; bed sets; wooden ammo boxes; assort of household items & furnishings; View terms, complete list & photos at:

Owner: Richard Boettger

Auctioneer: Matt Mages, 507-766-1874, Lic 08-17-003

Auctioneers: Matt Mages, New Ulm Lic 08-17-003; Larry Mages, Lafayette; Joe Wersal, Winthrop; Joe Maidl, Lafayette; John Goelz, Franklin; Ryan Froehlich, Winthrop Clerk: Mages Land Co. & Auction Ser vice, LLC. Terms: No Buyer ’s Premium. Buyers of large equipment need to bring a letter of approval from your bank.

Court Ordered Grant County, Wisconsin

Wednesday, March 28,10AM


Land Auction

1,850 acres Multiple Tracts

Auction held at Grant County, Fairgrounds, 916 East Elm Street, County Road A, Lancaster, WI 53813 - Feed Lot with 100 x 456 Cattle Shed, additional outbuildings and home - Hog Facility with 4 Barns and 16 Bins - Brick Rambler with 40 x 60 Pole Building / on acreage - Numerous Tracts with Machine Sheds

Steffes Group, Inc. 24400 MN Hwy 22 S | Litchfield, MN 55355

For a detailed Buyer’s Prospectus with complete terms and conditions, contact our office at 320.693.9371 or Registered Wisconsin Auctioneer Steffes Group, Inc. 457-53, Randy Kath WI-2789-52, Ashley Huhn WI-2788-52, RE-WI-85831, Integrity Realty TERMS: 10% down upon signing purchase agreement, payable by cash or check. Balance due at closing in 45 days. This is a 5% buyer’s fee auction. Details at

050 Feed Seed Hay

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This week’s Back Roads is the work of The Land Correspondent Tim King. Photos by Jan King.

The last camp


n the 1920s, you could order a kit house from the Montgomery Ward catalog and it would arrive by train — ready for assembly in your town. So it wasn’t surprising to anyone when Franklin Roosevelt’s administration began putting similar kits on trains shortly after his 1933 election. The kits were for quickly assembling over 2,500 military-style Civilian Conservation Corps camps across the country. The CCC was Roosevelt’s solution to unemployment which ran as high as 70 percent for men ages 17 to 21 years old. In the Chippewa National Forest in north-central Minnesota, 23 camps housing 6,000 to 7,000 men were rapidly assembled. The men in those camps set to work replanting the forests that had been cut a generation earlier. They also built the roads and bridges that are still in use in the area today.. One of those camps was Camp Rabideau on Benjaman and Carl lakes south of Black Duck, Minn. Rabideau was assembled in August 1935 by CCC Company 3749 from Bennett Springs, Mo. There were 25 buildings including a bakery, hospital, mechanics garage, education building, barracks and officers’ quarters. But the Missouri men couldn’t handle the cold and returned to the south. Then a group of men from northern Minnesota moved in. Records say that those men came in open trucks with -45 F temperatures.

Black Duck, Minn.

When World War II began, the camps closed — although a few were used for Prisoner of War camps. Almost all of them fell into disrepair and were scavenged or burned. Rabideau was the exception. From 1946 to 1972, the University of Illinois used the buildings for forestry and engineering instruction. After 1972, the Rabideau buildings (which had no foundations) were abandoned for a quarter of a century. They were not intended to last time’s test. Buildings shifted, roofs leaked and rodents took charge. By 1999 something had to be done. The U.S. Forest Service recognized that although Rabideau was in serious disrepair, it was unique. There were no other remaining CCC camps left in the country. To preserve Camp Rabideau was to preserve an important historical artifact. So, with numerous partners and many volunteers, the USFS set about restoring many of the buildings and caring for the grounds. Today, Camp Rabideau is on the National Register of Historic Places. Self-guided tours are available any time and large group tours can be arranged through the Forest Service in Black Duck. Call them at (218) 8354291. v


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Owatonna hosts North American Farm & Power Show The North American Farm and Power Show makes its annual return to Owatonna, Minn., March 15, 16, and 17. Stroll through the large indoor exhibit space in Four Seasons Centre at Steele County Fairgrounds. You can also view the large equipment outside.

Looking for new farm and ranch technology, feed and seed data, building technology, field sprayers, tiling? You will find it all at the NAFP Show. The Steele County Fairgrounds’ Four Seasons Centre is located at 1525 South Elm Avenue, Owatonna.

March 15-16, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. • March 17, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Steele County Fairgrounds — Owatonna, Minn.

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Educational Seminars will be held in the Second Level Meeting Room. 9 a.m. — Exhibit floor opens 10 a.m.-12 p.m. — Farm and Business Succession Planning with Callyn Bedker, Pluto Boes Legal PLLC and sponsored by The Linder Farm Network 1-4 p.m. — Managing Nitrogen in Minnesota Crops is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Extension 1 p.m. — Impacts of a Cover Crop on Nitrogen Availability with Randy Pepin, University of Minnesota Extension 2 p.m. — Management Tools that Maximize Profit and Minimize Nitrogen Loss with Jeff Vetsch, University of Minnesota 3 p.m. — Variable Rate Nitrogen: Based on What? With Brad Carlson, University of Minnesota Extension 5 p.m. — Exhibit floor closes — “Where Farm and Family Meet”


Register to win ... Grand prize drawing Register to win a Husqvarna 455 Rancher 18 inch chain saw prize package, a $600 value. The package includes gloves, cap, carrying case and more. The chain saw is provided by Miner’s Outdoor & Rec in Blooming Prairie. Register at the information desk in the lobby of the Four Seasons Centre. You must be 18 years of age to enter. Drawing will take place at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17. Need not be present to win.

Friday, March 16 Educational Seminars will be held in Second Level Meeting Room. 9 a.m. — Exhibit Floor opens 10 a.m.-11:45 a.m. — Key Fundamental and Technical Factors Influencing the Market in 2018 with Theresa Erickson of PMA Merchandisers and sponsored by The Linder Farm Network Noon-5 p.m. — Current Issues in Manure Management is sponsored by University of Minnesota Extension and Minnesota Association of County Feedlot Officers. This program meets the education requirements for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Commercial Animal Waste Technician Licensing Program. Noon — Registration 1 p.m. — Welcome 1:05 p.m. – CAWT License Program Update from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture 1:25 p.m. — Runoff Risk Advisory Forecast from Heather Johnson, MDA 2:05 p.m. — Tile Drainage and Manure Application from Tim Raddatz, Discovery Farms 2:45 p.m. — Break 3 p.m. — Record Keeping and Review from Steve Schmidt, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency 3:40 p.m. — Manure Math and What’s New at the U from Melissa Wilson, University of Minnesota Extension specialist 4:20 p.m. — Final Remarks and Instructions 5 p.m. — Exhibit floor closes

Saturday, March 17 Educational Seminars are held in the Second Level Meeting Room 9 a.m. — Exhibit floor opens 8:30-10:30 a.m. — Southern Minnesota Irrigators Association Annual Meeting 10:30 a.m.-noon — Minnesota Cover Crops with T J Cartes, Saddle Butte Ag and sponsored by Saddle Butte Ag 3:30 p.m. — Grand Prize Drawing for the Husqvarna 455 Rancher Chain Saw Bundle. Need not be present to win. Sponsored by Sponsored by Miners Outdoor & Rec. 4 p.m. — Exhibit floor closes Schedule submitted by Tradexpos.

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Educational seminars take place Thursday and Friday University of Minnesota Extension and the Minnesota Association of County Feedlot Officers are offering educational seminars at the North American Farm and Power Show in Owatonna during the afternoons of Thursday March 15 and Friday March 16. Informational sessions with University of Minnesota Extension and the Minnesota Association of County Feedlot Officers are located upstairs, just above the show. Thursday’s theme is Managing Nitrogen in Minnesota Crop Systems and will feature new research which addresses how to use nitrogen effectively and profitably, presented by University of Minnesota Extension. Randy Pepin, University of Minnesota Extension educator, will discuss the best practices for managing Every year, the Minnesota FFA Foundation nitrogen availability with holds a silent auction at the North American cover crops, specifically in Farm and Power Show in Owatonna. Browse a system using manure. and bid on children’s farm toys, clothing, tools, Jeff Vetsch, University of art, home décor, farm tools and supplies and Minnesota soil scientist, more. will talk about how to Dollars raised support agricultural scholarmanage nitrogen to maxiships presented to FFA members by the mize profit and minimize Minnesota FFA Foundation. Items included in nitrogen loss. Brad the silent auction are donated by show exhibiCarlson, University of tors. Some exhibitors have donated for more Minnesota Extension

crops educator, will discuss how nitrogen behaves in the environment in order to examine the philosophies employed to make variable rate nitrogen recommendations. The session will run from 1 to 4 p.m. and is free to attend. The Minnesota Association of County Feedlot Officers will be offering a Current Issues in Manure Management training session for commercial manure applicators and livestock producers who want to learn more about the developments in manure application. The workshop costs $10 per person, will run from 1-4:30 p.m. Friday, March 16. Attendance at the entire program meets the education requirements for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Commercial Animal Waste Technician Licensing Program.

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than 10 years while some are donating for the first time. Bidding runs all three days of the show, coming to a conclusion at 3 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. The Minnesota FFA Foundation provides support to agricultural education and the FFA in the areas of scholarship, youth leadership, teacher preparation, state convention and special projects. There are 195 chapters across the state of Minnesota that provide opportunities for the nearly 11,000 FFA members. v

Please contact Claire LaCanne, Extension educator for Rice and Steele counties at (507) 444-7691 with any questions. This article was submitted by the University of Minnesota Extension. v

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Stop by The Land booth 502 when you attend the farm show in Owatonna. Our staff will be there all three days, March 15-17. Say hello to Danny Storlie, our longtime advertising sales representative. He will be at the booth and visiting with exhibitors throughout the show. The Land general manager Deb Petterson will be visiting with readers and show-goers on Thursday, March 15. Be sure to look for Beth Plumley, our newest advertising representative. Our editorial staff will be taking questions and comments. Managing editor Paul Malchow plans to be at The Land booth on Friday, March 16. Tell him what’s happening on your farm or in your community. Our best stories come from you! Staff writer Dick Hagen also will attend the show. You may catch him in the booth, but it’s more likely you’ll find him roaming the trade show floor talking with exhibitors and show visitors. “Best of Back Roads” The Land is offering “Best of Back Roads: Stories of hidden gems in Minnesota and Iowa” at our special farm show price of $25. This archival hardcover book makes a great keepsake or gift for people who value farming and rural life.


The “Back Roads” feature is a reader favorite that scription address. Mention this offer when placing has appeared on the back page of every issue of The your ad. Offer expires April 30, 2018. Your ad must Land since 2003. Since then, “Back Roads” has taken publish on or before May 25, 2018. readers to town festivals, country churches, powwows, small town cafes and farmers’ fields. “Best of Back Roads” celebrates rural life along with the interesting people and unique places that define Minnesota and Iowa. Daily Giveaway Enter to win a free copy of the “Best of Back Roads” book! No purchase necessary. We will be giving away a book each day of the show. You do not need to be present to win. Subscription card You don’t want to miss a single issue of The Land in 2018. If you haven’t sent in a 2018 subscription card, stop by and fill out your card at our booth. Your signed cards help us qualify for lower postage rates and ensure local and national advertisers that The Land is being requested by readers. Your subscription cards make it possible for us to publish The Land every week. As a bonus, readers with a returned subscription card receive a free basic classified line ad to run full circulation in The Land magazine. The offer is good on new ads only and for one run only. Ad must be seven lines or less (up to 25 words with phone number) and does not include photo, border or bold text. Only one classified ad per sub-

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Blue Horizon Energy............................... 409 Boss Supply Inc..................................... 206 Brian Welke Agency............................... 115 Bridgeview Mfg...................................... 725 Broskoff Structure, Inc........................... 302 Buckey’s Sales & Service....................... 810 Byron Seeds.......................................... 610 C C&C Steel Roofing................................. 705 C&E Tanks and Silos.............................. 731 Center for Agricultural & Food Science.................................. 635 Central Farm Service............................. 615 Changing Times..................................... 428 CHS, Inc................................................. 814 Clean Cutter Flail & Tiller Blade Co......... 608 Compeer Financial................................. 609 Conklin Products.................................... 812 Copperhead Agricultural Products.......... 314 Courtland Waste Handling, Inc................ 607 Crystal Valley Co-op............................... 823 Culpitt Roofing, Inc................................. 510

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D Dairyland Seed Co. Inc................................................... 732 Dan’s Custom Welding Tables........................................ 534 Dean’s Ag...................................................................... 506 Delux Grain Dryers......................................................... 612 Derson/Clean Burn......................................................... 139 DPA Auctions................................................................. 735 E Ellingson Drainage....................................................... 251C Express Pressure Washers, Inc....................................... 433 F Fastline........................................................................ 253A Fine Twine Co................................................................ 253 Flex-Till......................................................................... 236 FluidAll.......................................................................... 425 For-Most Inc.................................................................. 611 Freeborn’s Pride Builders, Inc......................................... 628 G Gard Specialists............................................................. 101 Gold Country Seed......................................................... 825 GPS Services/Farm-Tech, Inc......................................... 402 Green Energy Products.................................................. 520 Greener World Solutions................................................. 508 Greenleaf Inc. /KSI Group............................................... 601 — “Where Farm and Family Meet”



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H HH Fabrication & Repair..................................................418 Hazelwood Enterprises.................................................837A Heatmaster SS/SteelTech, Inc.......................................261A Hewitt Drainage Equipment, Inc......................................712 Hodgman Drainage Co., Inc.............................................133 Holmes Ag Supply...........................................................404 Hoover Tarp Sales...........................................................637 Hud-Son Forest Equipment.............................................516 I IBA Dairy Supplies..........................................................726 International Steel Erectors, Inc.......................................737 J Janesville Tire Service Inc...............................................802 Justice Brother Additives/Lubricants...............................423 K K&S Millwrights, Inc........................................................113 Kathy’s Collectables/House of Signs................................401 KBS ................................................................................815 Kibble Equipment............................................................102 Kruge Air, Inc...................................................................324 L L&E Farm Drainage.........................................................414 Lake Place/Landbin Realty.......................Outside East Arena Land O’Lakes Co-op Trucks............................................127

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The Land.................................................................502 The Last Glue.................................................................538 Lee J. Sackett, Inc...........................................................806 Lodermeier’s, Inc............................................................624 Loken Excavating & Drainage.........................................800 M Manke’s Outdoor Equipment & Appliances......................832 Martin Till.......................................................................408 Mathews Company.........................................................630 Mathiowetz Construction................................................703 McPherson Crop Management........................................602 Mealman Farm Toys.............................................East Lobby Meg-Mo Systems...........................................................717 Midwest Autosteer..........................................................335 Midwest Power Up of MN................................................633 Mike’s Repair..................................................................123 Miner’s Outdoor............................................................601A Minnesota Farm Guide....................................................259 Minnesota Farmers Union...............................................722 Minnesota FFA Foundation..................................Main Lobby MK Service & Repair.......................................................625 Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation.................................407 Morton Buildings, Inc......................................................512

N Nordaas American Homes...............................................406 Northland Buildings, Inc..................................................416 Northland Farm Systems, Inc..........................................122 NuTech Seed..................................................................620 O Osakis Silo Repair...........................................................809 P Pioneer Seed..................................................................606 Pondlift Aeration/Aerobic Treatment..............................502A Powerlift Doors by French Repair Mfg.............................830 Prairie Brand Seed..........................................................237 Precision Farm Parts Inc.................................................424 Preferred Welder Sales...................................................702 Prime Attachments.........................................................232 Principal.........................................................................826 Pritchett Twine & Netwrap...............................................710 Producers Hybrids..........................................................336 Pro-Stitch Closing Wheels...............................................820 Q Quality Craft Tools...........................................................522


R Real-Tuff, Inc..................................................................119 Richland Repair..............................................................801 Rob-See-Co....................................................................326 Rueter’s..........................................................................429 Rush River Steel.............................................................720 S S.I. Feeders.....................................................................328 Saddle Butte Ag, Inc........................................................616 Sanco Equipment............................................................112 Schaeffer’s Specialized Lubricants..................................728 Skarpohl Pressure Washer Inc.........................................713 South Dakota State University.........................................117 Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation........................405 Specialty Enterprises......................................................707 St. Joseph Equipment.....................................................310 Steffes Group Inc............................................................805 Stor-Loc.........................................................................819 Streamline On-Site Repair..............................................634 Structural Buildings Inc...................................................706 Sunopta Grains & Food, Inc.............................................629

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University of Wisconsin-River Falls......... 137 Upper Midwest AC Collectors Club....... 237A W Walters Buildings................................... 526 Weatherstar Company........................... 716 Wholesale Tire & Wheel......................... 255 Wilbur-Ellis Company............................. 618 Wilson Trailer Sales of Minnesota........... 827 Wingfield Manufacturing........................ 430 Z Ziegler Cat............................................. 216 Zoske’s Sales & Service......................... 316

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T Temple Electric Motor Service................ 135 Thompson’s Garage Door & Openers...... 261 Timewell Drainage Products.................. 504 Timpte Inc.............................................. 103 Titan Pro................................................ 708 Todd Norton Construction, Inc./ Wick Buildings................................... 808 Toppers & Trailers Plus........................... 334 Tractor Interior Upholstery...................... 719 Tractor Zoom......................................... 514 U Ultimate Ag............................................ 243 Uncle Tom’s Cornburning & Pellet Stove.701 University of Minnesota Extension Service............................ 253B


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"Since 1976, Where Farm and Family Meet"

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"Since 1976, Where Farm and Family Meet"