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All throughout the United dramatically as Democrats States, when asked what folks flipped two congressional disare thankful for this tricts. Republican incumbent Thanksgiving, the answer was Rod Blum might still be wonnearly unanimous. Everyone dering what happened as he is thankful the political ads was upset by Democrat Abby have come to a halt. Finkenauer. Another close contest sent Democrat Cindy The 2018 mid-term election Axne to Washington over turned out to be as puzzling Republican incumbent David as a rubic’s cube. Democrats Young who was a strident were looking for a resounding LAND MINDS Trump supporter. declaration against Donald Trump’s By Paul Malchow antics. The rural and working class who Some political pundits feel the midvoted Republican in 2016 were supterm results will shake the rust off of posed to be fed up with the tariffs and the farm bill machinery. Republicans trade wars. On the other side of the supposedly will want to make concescoin, Republicans were steadfast in the belief the sions to pass a bill before the new kids move into country’s strong economy was proof of positive direc- Washington. tion. Immigration continues to dominate the headI hope they’re right, but I remain skeptical. First lines with a position to be tough with our trade of all, nothing happens fast in Washington and I allies and show the world the United States wasn’t don’t see Trump signing off on his get-tough stance going to get pushed around anymore. on the SNAP program. Second, how does Trump Neither party quite got the results they were look- maintain his position on immigration while at the ing for. While Democrats gained 38 seats to take same time provide agriculture with the workers it control of Congress, Republicans will rule the senate so desperately needs? And third, while watching a by picking up two more seats. fair amount of election coverage on Nov. 6, nobody but nobody was talking farm bill. In Minnesota’s 3rd congressional district, incumbent Erik Paulsen ran on his pro-Trump record and Without some real arm-twisting and sharp blows was soundly defeated by Democrat Dean Phillips. to the head, I see an extension of the current farm Republican 2nd District Congressman Jason Lewis bill which will allow everyone to kick the can down campaigned as far away from Trump as possible. the road for a while longer. None of this helps farmThe strategy did Lewis little good as he lost to ers who watch markets struggle mightily and try to Democrat Angie Craig. Jim Hagedorn and Pete decide what direction to take in the next year. Stauber took back Republican control of their disn tricts, but five of Minnesota’s eight congressional A few weeks ago I wrote about dogs on the farm districts will wave the blue banner in 2019. and my own experiences as a dog owner. It is with a Hagedorn captured the 1st congressional district heavy heart I now report that on Nov. 26 we said which was vacated by Democrat Tim Walz who was farewell to Wheeler, the leader of our pack. Wheeler elected as Minnesota’s next governor. was found as a puppy running with a pack of dogs Walz’s convincing win was escorted by a when we took him in. That was almost 14 years ago. Democratic landslide in which 74 of the available Despite his advancing age, Wheeler was active 134 State House seats were filled by DFL candidates. Republicans hold the slimmest of margins in right up to his final day — patrolling the grounds and playing fetch. His kind disposition and eagerthe State Senate. ness to please will be his legacy and he is sorely Iowans chose to give Kim Reynolds another stint missed. in the governor’s mansion as a strong rural vote Paul Malchow is the managing editor of The Land. carried her to a narrow victory over Democrat Fred Hubbell. Trump’s grip on the Hawkeye State slipped He may be reached at v


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Letter: Minnesota Milk should work for more dairy farmers To the Editor, Rural Minnesota needs more dairy farmers and that’s not the same as more cows. Minnesota Milk, who is funded by the check-off funds from dairy farmers like me, doesn’t seem to get that. The overwhelming majority of dairy farms in Minnesota are like mine — moderate-sized operations that are owned and operated by the family farmers who live on them. You can say this about all these dairy farmers: they love dairying and are good at it. This has to be true for them to have stayed in business during the down turn in prices we have had in the past and are currently facing. But Minnesota Milk and other corporate ag interests are pushing hard to help one of the state’s largest dairies expand despite the concerns of neighbors. Daley Farms in Lewiston, Minn. in Winona County wants to expand from 1,728 cows to 4,628 cows which would make them the tenth-largest dairy in Minnesota and the largest in southeast Minnesota. For some perspective, 97 percent of dairy farms are under 500 cows; 86 percent are under 200 cows, and only 92 dairy farms are over 500 cows. This massive operation would use 92 million gallons of groundwater a year and is proposed in a karst area where surface pollution can get into groundwater easily. The area has seen the collapse of municipal waste treatment lagoons. What if one of the manure lagoons — which will collectively hold 46 million gallons of liquid manure — fails? These are real concerns that those that live and farm near there want more information about. But the mandatory state environmental review was timed so that the public comment period happened during harvest when it would be hard for people to review the hundreds of pages and make comments. Neighbors asked for this comment time to be extended and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency granted a short two-week extension. It was then then that Minnesota Milk — along with the Agri-Growth Council (Land O’ Lakes, Cargill etc.) — sued the state saying that this two-week delay would do irreparable harm to the project and the public should not be allowed more time to review the documents. How can Minnesota Milk see a two-week extension of a public comment period as a crisis for dairy farmers big enough to use our check off dollars to hire lawyers, sue the state and issue a press release for one massive dairy? This isn’t surprising when you remember the Minnesota Milk testimony at the state legislature in February given by University of Minnesota Dairy Economist Dr. Bozic. He said, “We are going to see a number of dairy farmers that are no longer competitive … We would be doing them a disservice by offering some handouts that would prolong their hope but really there is nothing there to hope for.” Bozic then lifted Riverview Dairy, an 8,000+ cow dairy in Morris, Minn., as the prime example of what type of operation resources should be focused on. That is what Minnesota Milk is doing here. Helping the biggest.

So, Minnesota Milk sues our state to prevent nearby farmers and neighbors from having more time to understand what this massive Daley expansion to 4,628 cows means for their community. It turns out that one of the co-owners of the Daley farms, Shelly DePestel, is on Minnesota Milk’s board of directors. Time and time again I see Minnesota Milk swinging

hard for the big guy while doing little for the 97 percent of dairy farmers under 500 cows that pay the check-off. What have we got to show for the years of check-off dollars we have paid? Low prices, fewer dairy farms and disappearing communities. James Kanne Franklin, Minn.

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Miscanthus, cardinals provide beauty to the winter garden Looking through the window at the gara result, many things have the designaden in early winter is pleasant if the bird tion of ‘cardinal’. They include cardinal feeders have some food in them and some colors, cardinal directions, cardinal of the grasses and other plants with edible angels and cardinal sins. A ‘cardinal’ desseeds are left standing. ignation signifies importance. It is always a joy to see cardinals on the Birds visit all North American native feeders as well as on the snow covered grasses and feed on seed heads on the ground below the feeder. They are actually plants and also the seeds that fall to the ground feeders and prefer to forage for ground. In the spring the grass leaves IN THE GARDEN the seeds that have spilled on the ground. are favorite nest building material for Sunflower seeds are their favorite food. many birds.   By Sharon Quale With the high squirrel population, I find The view from my front window of that putting a small amount of bird Miscanthus ‘Purpurascens’ is food out twice a day is preferable to spectacular. There are numerous completely filling the feeders and varieties of Miscanthus available just fattening up a few squirrels. I that grow from two to over 6 feet have had limited success with the tall. (A common name is Maiden ‘squirrel proof’ feeders. grass.) This warm season, slow Cardinals are frequently associatspreading variety with reddished with being messenger birds and green blades will flower from the male’s brilliant red color offers an unsurpassed August until frost. It likes full sun and ample water visual impact. Cardinal red is a symbolic color for but will tolerate dry conditions when established. Christians. Roman Catholic high priests are called The flowering stems remain upright through the cardinals. The notion that cardinals are messengers winter and impart subtle motion and beauty to the of Spirit exists across many cultures and beliefs. As garden. Maintenance is minimal. As plants get older

than four years and form large clumps, they can begin to die out in the middle of the clump and lose some vigor. The plant can be divided into new small clumps and replanted. It is difficult to dig all of the roots out and another solution I read about is digging out the center that is dying and replacing it with good garden soil. Leave the foliage on the plant through the winter as this can protect the crowns from cold temperatures. In the spring cut the plants back to a few inches from the ground before new growth begins. Not many birds are as spectacular as the ‘messenger’ cardinal. When a cardinal suddenly appears and seems to demand attention it is significant and each person may interpret this sign in their own fashion. Not many garden plants serve as many useful purposes as Miscanthus grass. In addition to providing food and nesting material for birds and extraordinary garden plants, the grass has been used for paper products, crafts, roof thatching and more recently biofuels. Sharon Quale is a master gardener from central Minnesota. She may be reached at (218) 738-6060 or v

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The U.S. and trade: Another war to end all wars November 11 marked 100 years since House-imposed 10 percent tariffs on $200 the end of World War I, which U.S. billion of imported Chinese goods will President Woodrow Wilson called “the rise to 25 percent. war to end all wars.” How do you think China will respond? Wilson saw himself as a historic peaceBut this trade fight, like most wars, maker. Instead he became an ironic isn’t only bilateral. At the just-concluded phrasemaker. The Great War never Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meetbrought an end to war, or even an end to ing, a gathering of 21 nations that rim that war. The then-raging Russian civil FARM & FOOD FILE the Pacific Ocean, U.S. Vice President war continued for three more bloody Mike Pence and Chinese President Xi By Alan Guebert years. Jinping hammered each other for their Moreover, historians now estimate mutual trade intransigence. that more than 100 million military The hostility, the New York personnel, civilians, and victims of Times reported, was “reminiscent of genocide died in 20th century warfare that followed the uncompromising rhetoric heard during the Cold The Great War’s “peace” in 1918. War.” Peter O’Neill, prime minister of the meeting’s Worse, all that horror occurred despite a century host nation, Papua New Guinea, said Xi and Pence’s of new institutions — the League of Nations, the words frightened all: “‘The entire world is worried.’” United Nations, NATO, SEATO, the European The picture is equally troubling off America’s Union, the IMF, ASEAN, the G-20, the G-7, GATT, other coast. Presently, the European Union is lookthe WTO, the World Bank, and the OAS to name ing at the twin barrels of a deadly trade fight with but a few — designed to prevent war, promote both Great Britain and the United States that, peace, and underwrite global prosperity. three short years ago, would have been seen as preToday, some of those same institutions are failing posterous. to prevent another age-old conflict: trade wars. For But, in June 2016, British voters narrowly example, China and the United States are engaged approved “Brexit,” a vote to leave the European in an epic trade battle that both continue to escaUnion and, five months later, U.S. voters elevated late. On Jan. 1, 2019, in fact, the current White Donald J. Trump to the presidency.


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Both results signaled a rise of populist nationalism and a setback for the “liberal world order,” an international recognition by disparate nations to follow rules-based institutions (the UN, WTO, NATO…) to foster political stability and economic peace. Like American farmers and ranchers caught in the Trump-Xi trade fight, British farmers now face an uncertain future as Prime Minister Theresa May beseeches her deeply split fellow Conservatives in Parliament to approve a “leave” deal recently negotiated with the EU. It’s an uphill fight for the Prime Minister that may cost May her job whether she wins or loses. Her winning — leaving the EU, that is — will likely cost British farmers almost $4 billion in ag payments they receive each year under the European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy. American farmers and ranchers are also entering their own winter of discontent. Few market analysts or Land Grant economists have measured the actual rural cost of White House trade actions against Mexico, Canada, the EU, and China. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, however, pegs the American tab at $12 billion, the money it authorized the Commodity Credit Corp. to borrow to “mitigate the trade damages sustained” by tariff-slowed See GUEBERT, pg. 6


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Dairy cow culling up as more operations close This column was written for the marketing week ending Nov. 23. Increased output in milk per cow nudged October production above October 2017 and was the 59th consecutive month that output topped that of the year before. News and information for Minnesota and Northern Iowa dairy producers Preliminary data in the top 23 states belts, but the strength in the milk per cow It is the seventh-consecutive decline. Sellers brought shows output at a somewhat bullish MIELKE MARKET figure remains strong enough to counter94.7 million pounds to market — the highest 16.9 billion pounds, up 1.0 percent from WEEKLY balance the smallest milking herd since amount so far this year. 2017, with the 50-state total, at 17.9 By Lee Mielke Feb 2017.» billion pounds, up 0.8 percent. Revisions The losses were led by butter, down 9.6 percent, lowered the initial 50-state September Speaking of herd contraction; dairy cow which follows a 1.7 percent loss in the last event. estimate by 2 million pounds to 17.4 billion pounds, culling jumped in October as finances tightened on Anhydrous milkfat was right behind, down 9.4 perup 1.3 percent from 2017. the farm and many shutter their operations. The U.S. cent, after a 1.3 percent loss last time. Rennet casein was down 4.5 percent, after slipping 2.9 perOctober cow numbers in the 50 states totaled 9.37 Department of Agriculture›s latest Livestock Slaughter report shows an estimated 288,200 head cent. Whole milk powder and skim milk powder million head. This is down 2,000 from September and 30,000 less than a year ago, the fourth time cow were slaughtered under federal inspection, up 40,800 were down 1.8 and 1.6 percent respectively. Whole from September and 27,200 above a year ago. A total milk powder was down 2.9 percent last time, but numbers were below a year ago since May 2016. 2.6 million head have been culled in the 10-month skim milk powder was up 1.2 percent. Output per cow averaged 1,912 pounds, up 21 period, up 126,300 or 5.1 percent from 2017. pounds from the year before. Minnesota was off 0.5 Lactose and cheddar cheese were the only two in percent, on a drop of 6,000 cows far outweighing a n positive territory. Lactose up 1.1 percent, and ched15-pound gain per cow. Dairy trade took another blow in Nov. 20›s Global dar up 0.2 percent after it fell 4.6 percent last time. HighGround Dairy points out that milk producDairy Trade auction, event number 224. The FC Stone equates the GDT 80 percent butterfat tion growth fell below 1 percent for the fourth weighted average of products offered plunged 3.5 butter price to $1.6095 per pound U.S., down 18 report this calendar year, which has not occurred percent. This is the largest decline since Aug. 21 See MIELKE, pg. 7 with such frequency since 2013. «The U.S. herd size and follows a 2.0 percent drop on Nov. 6, a 0.3 percontinues to contract as U.S. farmers tighten their cent slip Oct. 16 and a 1.9 percent decline on Oct. 2.

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2018, down from $16.45 in 2017 and compares to $14.80 in 2016. It ranged from a low of $13.36 in March to a high of $16.33 in October. n Checking the markets, cash cheese prices plunged in the Thanksgiving holiday-shortened week. The cheddar blocks fell to $1.34 per pound on Nov. 20 — the lowest CME price since May 2016; but closed Nov. 21 at $1.3450, down 10.75 cents on the week and a heartbreaking 26.5 cents below a year ago. The barrels rolled to $1.24 per pound on Nov. 21, approaching lows seen just four weeks ago: down 12 cents on the week, 43.5 cents below a year ago, and put the spread at 10.5 cents. Fifteen cars of block traded hands on the week at the CME and six of barrel. Many Midwestern cheese plants allotted more time off this week, according to Dairy Market News. Reported spot milk prices were all discounted, ranging $1 to $3 under Class. Although discounts were reported, spot milk prices from Thanksgiving week a year ago were as low as $5 under Class. Inventories vary from plant to plant, while barrel producers have begun to see a necessary downshift in stocks the past two weeks. Some cheese producers relay that markets have slowed sales for most of the fall, while others are not as affected. There are contacts who foresee a bullish 2019 ahead and suggest that cheese inventories will begin to clear up as milk intakes have been tighter than in recent years, creating an improved supply/demand balance. Western cheese demand has remained steady. Contacts suggest domestic buyers continue to seek cheese for retail and food service accounts and seasonal holiday demand appears to be picking up somewhat. The strong dollar is creating headwinds for export sales. Inventories, especially for barrels, are heavy in the west and milk supplies are ample for most cheese making needs. Cash butter started the week jumping a nickel and a half but then came the Nov. 20 GDT and it was downhill from there. Butter closed Nov. 21 at $2.28 per pound, still a half-cent higher on the week and 5.75 cents above a year ago with 33 cars trading hands.

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Midwestern butter makers report demand is expectedly strong, according to Dairy Market News. Cream is more available, but not as much as was expected during the holiday week. Some central region churns were clearing cream from the west, as locally produced cream continues to make its way into Class II manufacturing within the region. Butter markets are “steadily bullish.” Western cream inventories are adequate for butter manufacturing. As transportation allows, eastern buyers are sourcing their butter needs in the west due to limited butter availability in their region. Grade A nonfat dry milk crept to 89.75 cents per pound, up 1.25 cents on the week and 18.5 cents above a year ago. Thirteen cars were sold on the week. Global demand for powder has been quiet, says FC Stone. “The uncertainty surrounding trade wars along with a strong U.S. dollar are a few factors keeping global demand weak.” The spot dry whey price closed the shortened week at 42.5 cents per pound, a half-cent lower on the week, with 11 cars finding new homes. n The latest Crop Progress report shows 90 percent of U.S. corn is now harvested as of the week ending Nov. 18, up from 84 percent the previous week and 89 percent a year ago, and compares to 93 percent for the five-year average.  Soybeans are at 91 percent harvested, up from 88 percent the previous week but compares to 96 percent a year ago and 96 percent in the five-year average. The October Consumer Price Index for the all food category is 254.4, up 1.2 percent from 2017. The dairy products index is currently 216.8, 0.2 percent lower from a year ago. Fresh whole milk was up 0.2 percent; cheese, down 1.0 percent; and butter was up 0.6 percent. Cooperatives Working Together member cooperatives accepted 23 offers of export assistance from CWT to help capture contracts to sell 8.607 million pounds of cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese, 716,502 pounds of butter, and 1.721 million pounds of whole milk powder. The product will be delivered through May 2019 and puts CWT’s year-to-date sales at 1.3 billion pounds of milk equivalent on a milkfat basis. The total consists of 62.4 million pounds of Americantype cheeses, 14.6 million pounds of butter (82 percent milkfat) and 54.6 million pounds of whole milk powder. Lee Mielke is a syndicated columnist who resides in Everson, Wash. His weekly column is featured in newspapers across the country and he may be reached at v


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Recognizing and preventing lameness in dairy cows ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Lameness in your dairy cows is detrimental not only to herd health, but to your bottom line as well. Economically, the results of foot disease are much greater than the treatment costs. Reduced milk yields, lower reproductive performance, increased involuntary cull rates, discarded milk, and the additional labor costs to manage lame cows lead to the largest monetary loses. Studies in New York have shown that lameness is one of the most expensive health problems, at a cost of $90 per cow. How can you avoid these problems and the high costs they bring? Step one is knowing how to identify lameness. We all know cows that are limping or are favoring a certain leg are lame; but typically those cows can been lame for quite some time. To reduce pain and negative impact, catching lameness early is important. Let’s review locomotion scoring using the scale developed by Zinpro, which scores cattle on a 1-5 scale. A score of 1 indicates a normal cow. She stands and walks with a level back, and makes long, confident strides. A score of 2 is a cow that is mildly lame. When standing, her back will be flat, but will arch when she walks. Her gait will be slightly abnormal. A score of 3 is given to a moderately lame cow. She stands and walks with an arched back and short strides with one or more legs. Slight sinking of dew-


claws in limb opposite to the affected limb may be evident. A score of 4 is a cow that is lame. When standing and walking, her back is arched. She’ll favor one or more limbs, but can still bear some weight on them. Sinking of the dew claws is evident in the limb opposite of the affected limb. A score of 5 indicates a severely lame cow. There will be pronounced arching of the back, she will be reluctant to move, and will almost completely transfer weight off of the affected limbs. There are three main areas to encourage hoof health and reduce lameness. First is hoof trimming. Regular hoof trimming once or twice a year can improve cow comfort and performance. Keep in mind that hoof trimming can be stressful for cows and may lead to a 10 percent reduction in milk yield directly after trimming. However, regular trimming has the potential to increase the longevity by one lactation. A popular time for many dairies to trim hooves is during the early dry period, as this can reduce or avoid some of the adverse effects of the stress of hoof trimming. Another area to focus on in preventing lameness is nutrition. Most lameness occurs in the first 100 days of lactation, when cows are susceptible to a whole host of problems. Proper nutrition can help combat many of these issues. Rations that lead to acidosis can also lead to laminitis. The difficult

part is typically managing the high percentage of carbohydrates in the diet. To feed carbohydrates correctly, measure fiber levels using neutral detergent fiber and acid detergent fiber values. Fiber also must be in high enough concentration and have the right physical form and particle size. Increased particle size increases cud chewing and, therefore, increases saliva production and aids in efficient digestion. Successful feeding programs will maximize feed intake, minimize acidosis, while maximizing energy intake during early lactation. Lastly, housing and environment play a huge role in preventing lameness and hoof problems. Cows confined to concrete all day are at higher risk for feet

and leg problems. Cows should have sizeable, comfortable stalls and there should be 10 percent more stalls than there are cows. This will encourage at least 10 hours a day of laying time, which has been shown to reduce claw problems. If possible, provide cows time to be on dirt or pasture. When moving cows, allow them to go at their own pace to prevent slips and falls. As always, for prevention and treatment of hoof problems consult with your veterinarian as well as your hoof trimmer and nutritionist. They can help you develop a thorough prevention plan and treatment plan for lame cows. This article was submitted by University of Minnesota Extension. v


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Don’t overlook the enormity of the small things She plopped in a back row most glorious pictures on seat across the aisle from my phone,” she said. “All me. And though this wasn’t taken through an airplane my first time in the back of window.” a plane, it was a casual Not wanting to miss the move for a stewardess. But majesty of the moment, I the passengers were served peered through my pane. and her spirit was chatty on “Not that window,” she corher final flight in a string of rected. “All my pics were days blurred by the crissTHE BACK PORCH taken through this window.” crossing of time zones. She then stood up, rounded By Lenae Bulthuis She looked out her winthe corner, and pointed to a dow and commented on the tiny porthole in the galley. magnificence she’s seen from the It maxed out at maybe three inches in heights: Mt. Rainier, cloud formations, circumference. prairies and lakes below. “I have the She then handed me her cell phone



and said, “Look at these.” And as I scrolled her photos, I saw breathtaking beauty framed in the small. She was going home to make a calendar with the pics. I went home contemplating the splendor contained in smallness. It can seem so small to speak a word of blessing, squeeze a shoulder, or smile big. It may seem small to open a door or pull out a chair for another, or to keep the cell phone in your pocket instead of your palm. It may seem small and even silly to place a single stick of gum in a card and mail it to a child. Yet I remember the aunt who did just that for me and I loved it. Every single time. But small feels … well … small. Like Holley Gerth wrote, “We feel like we could be doing something more, something bigger. We can resist the smallness.”

In the past month, I’ve had the joy of connecting with a handful of my elementary school teachers—one in a grocery store, some at a veteran’s dinner. They’re in their 70s and 80s, one over 90 years. And I told them that when I had stepped back into that school where they had poured into me, I couldn’t get over how small it all seemed. As a kid it felt huge and I was too intimidated to even look, much less walk, across the divide between the elementary and high school buildings. And though the hallways, desks, and even the restroom sinks seem miniature today, that season of life did big things in me. Those teachers and aids did not resist the smallness of teaching small people. They wiped tears, tied shoes, and listened to us awkwardly share our show and tell. They were patient as they helped us sound See BACK PORCH, pg. 14

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Holiday treats guaranteed to keep coal out of your stocking A tasty treat, especially around The holidays are upon us Christmas, is the gift of toffee. This and the gift-giving season isn’t any ordinary toffee. The name is here. What can you give truly says it all. There may be a lot the person who seems to of steps in this recipe, but it’s have everything? Food, of worth it and would be an awesome course. gift for anyone you know that has Food never goes out of a sweet tooth! style, it’s always needed you don’t have to worry COOKING than-anything-toffee-recipe/ if it will fit. Food is the WITH KRISTIN answer for any gift giving 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans By Kristin Kveno occasion. Here are some of 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter my favorite foods to give as 1 cup granulated sugar gifts. Remember, it’s the thought that 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt counts and as long as the thought is 1 teaspoon vanilla extract food, you can never go wrong! 1 cup milk chocolate chips I have a vivid memory of Christmas 1989. I Spray a 9-inch square baking dish with cookwas 10 years old and my parents were hosting ing spray and line with parchment paper. Spread Christmas at our house. My aunt Kathy brought the chopped pecans in a single layer on top of us a tin containing the best crackers I had ever the parchment. Add butter, sugar and salt to a had. I can still remember the enjoyment I had heavy-bottomed three quart pot. Bring to a boil consuming those delicious crackers. I’ve made over medium low heat, stirring frequently to disthem many times since that fateful Christmas solve the sugar. Once the candy is boiling, stir and still love these things as much as I did 29 occasionally, slowly and evenly, until the candy years ago.  has reached 290 F to 300 F, or “hard crack” on a candy thermometer. Once the candy has Ranch Oyster Crackers reached 290 F to 300 F, remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Carefully pour oyster-crackers/ 1 (1 ounce) package Ranch-style dressing mix  the mixture over the chopped pecans. Let the candy sit for a few minutes, undisturbed, before 1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed sprinkling the chocolate chips over the top. 1/4 cup vegetable oil Cover the baking dish with foil and let sit for 5 1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper (optional) minutes or until the chocolate has softened. 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder Remove the foil and gently spread the softened 5 cups oyster crackers chocolate into an even layer. An offset spatula Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees works best for this. Place the candy in the C). In a large bowl, combine the dressing mix, refrigerator and let cool completely. Give it at dill weed, vegetable oil, lemon pepper and garlic least two hours. Lift the parchment out of the powder. Add oyster crackers and toss to coat. baking dish and place the toffee on a cutting Spread evenly on a baking sheet. Bake for 15 to board or solid surface. Use a knife to gently 20 minutes in the preheated oven, stirring gen- break it into smaller pieces. Store in an airtight tly after 10 minutes. Remove from oven, and container in a cool place. allow to cool before serving. n n

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When the holiday season rolls around, nuts seem to be in great abundance at the grocery store. Time to stock up on almonds and give this wonderful recipe a try. Cinnamon Vanilla Toasted Almonds 2 egg whites 6 teaspoons vanilla extract                                             4 cups raw almonds 1/2 cup white sugar 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar (light is fine) 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon In a large bowl beat egg whites until frothy; beat in vanilla. Add almonds; stir gently to coat. Combine the sugars, salt and cinnamon; add to nut mixture and stir gently to coat. Spread evenly, in one layer, onto greased baking sheet. Bake at 300 F for 25 to 30 minutes or until almonds are crisp, stirring once halfway through. Cool and serve. Store in an airtight container. n Here’s something that’s a little salty and a lot sweet, the perfect combination for anyone on your gift giving list this season.

Snowflake Mix 3 cups bite-size rice square cereal 3 cups bite-size corn square cereal 1 cup small pretzel twists or pretzel sticks 1 cup honey-roasted peanuts 2 - 12 ounce packages white baking pieces 1 - 12 ounce package mint-flavored candycoated milk chocolate pieces In a very large bowl combine cereals, pretzels and peanuts; set aside. Melt baking pieces according to package directions. Pour melted chocolate over cereal mixture. Stir gently to coat. Spread on a large piece of waxed paper or parchment paper. Sprinkle with chocolate pieces. Cool and break into pieces. Store in an airtight container for up to one week or in the freezer for one month. Makes 16 cups.  May your holiday season be filled scrumptious food to eat and lots of family and friends to share it with. Merry Christmas and happy New Year! Do you have a recipe you want to share? You can reach Kristin at v

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BACK PORCH, from pg. 10 out letters and taught simple math that was simpler for some than it was for me. I thanked them for the gift and later wondered, “Did they ever feel like they should have done something more, something bigger?” Maybe it’s a question you’ve wondered yourself at your stage of life or this season of the year. Sometimes what spurs the wondering is the snap of the comparison trap. We compare our lives to others and we can feel small — insignificant, worthless, not enough. Or sometimes out of their own insecurities, people try to make us feel small. As if our lives don’t measure up to theirs. Even in the seemingly small, we have a choice. Which is good news for those like me who live a very ordinary life in a very rural community. We can choose to focus on the frame or what it contains. Those who focus on the 3-inch circumference of their life will focus on the small and believe they don’t matter much, if at all. But those who focus not on the size of the frame, but what it contains will gasp at beauty and legacy when life is lived on purpose — loving God and loving people. I couldn’t agree more with Ann Voskamp who wrote, “You are doing something great with your life when you’re doing all the small things with great love.” Lenae Bulthuis muses about faith, family, and farming from her back porch on her Minnesota grain and livestock farm. She can be reached at or @LenaeBulthuis. v

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Fast-growing willows make great windbreak foundation By RICHARD SIEMERS as a windbreak tree.” The Land Correspondent However, Karsten doesn’t suggest a Salix matsudana x alba is its scientific shelterbelt of all willows. They are fastname, but most people simply refer to growing and will give a workable windthem as the fast-growing hybrid willows. break quickly, but a variety of slowerFirst introduced by Karsten Nursery at growing trees can add the element of a Worthington, they now grow all over the windbreak still growing when the wil48 states and have been shipped to lows decline after 30 years. Plus, other Alaska. They are sold as a windbreak species can add fall color and fruit to tree. harvest. “They are perfect for their application,” As a horticulturalist, Joel Karsten said Joel Karsten, whose father, Glen, doesn’t favor monoculture. He likes a founded Karsten Nursery in the early shelterbelt to be a mix of evergreens and 1980s. “They’re not a lawn tree. They hardwoods. don’t have nice fall color or big leaves for “It emulates a natural environment, a shade. But as a windbreak tree, they’re natural forest that has many varieties, perfect. It’s all those small branches.” so if one species gets wiped out, there are Their most obvious asset as a windother things that fill the holes,” he said. break tree is that they grow fast. It should be noted that as willows, Ken Behrendt can attest to that. A these trees have the same narrow leaves farmsite south of Redwood Falls is home as a weeping willow, but the branches to his trucking company. grow upward and do not weep. “I used to have a grove down there,” Joel’s parents ran the business for Behrendt gestured. “It was a farm yard Photos by Richard Siemers many years. When his mother died seven This multi-species windbreak grows at the nursery farm. The trees in the back and I made it into a truck lot.” years ago, he came back to help out. The are 30-year-old willows which were slated for removal. Karsten said after 30 business is focused around windbreak He planted the fast-growing willows years the willows become more brittle and begin to decline. material to farmers and sells 120 species along the north and west edges of the of trees. As a wholesale business, with site. They would have arrived as 12 to Glen planted the clones in his tree most sales via the Internet, they sell in lots of 10. 24-inch slips — the size the nursery sells. nursery and found them to be hardy. Karstens’ willows are started in grow houses. Most “I got 300 slips, and look at them now,” Behrendt “He did selections over the years,” trees can be sold bare root, but the salix matsudana said. “I planted them four years ago and I would esti- Joel said. “Years ago he found one x alba has really fine hairs, and if you pull the dirt mate they are 25 feet tall.” that he really liked the shape and off, it pulls the roots right off the tree. Through Joel Karsten was skeptical when his father brought size of and he took cuttings from experimenting, the Karstens came up with a unique the willow samples back from Australia. The that and cloned them himself.” way to grow them. Australian who developed them wanted something Joel figures most of the fast-grow“We grow them in a narrow tall container the size fast-growing and strong enough to provide shade for ing willows you see in the Midwest Ken Behrendt of a soda can, but surrounded by a plastic envelope cattle on the outback. Livestock could also browse on probably originated from a Karsten them, because they grow quickly and come right back. tree. Other people are selling them, See WILLOWS, pg. 18 but “basically they are propagating off of plants they originally got from us,” he said. But back to the fast-growing part. “I was amazed when I first saw them and my first thought was, it’s going to be really weak because it Joel Karsten grows so fast,” he said. “That’s not true. It gets some brittle, broken branches when they get to be 18-20 years old — that’s the peak of their life. They start to decline after that. I think 30 years is a good lifespan for a windbreak tree. They get big in a hurry.” There are claims on the Internet that these trees have a long life — maybe 70 years. Karsten’s willows are reknown for growing quickly. “They claim all kinds of things on the Internet,” These trees are only four years old. Karsten said. “Others claim they would be so weak These willow slips growing in Karsten’s greenhouse that they’d break off. I have a degree in horticulture. are all that remain after filling this year’s orders. The I’ve seen a lot of trees in the nursery industry. These plastic sleeves protect the trees during shipping. ON THE COVER: Ken Behrendt stands in front of willows growing on his farm south of Redwood Falls. are good trees. They are perfect for their application

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Farm bill discussion highlighted ag lender’s seminar By RENAE B. VANDER SCHAAF The Land Correspondent ORANGE CITY, Iowa — The sun was shining brightly when pickups and other vehicles drove on the Triple Box driveway near Orange City, Iowa on Nov. 1. With declining prices for commodities, talk of trade wars, farm bill debates that continue, just how does one do any financial planning or give advice to those wanting to borrow money? The Ag Lender’s Seminar planning committee chose its speakers and topics with those dilemmas in mind. It was attended by ag lenders and those involved with agriculture — either as a producer or with a business directly dependent on agriculture. Attendees came from five different states. Northwest Iowa Extension Dairy Specialist Fred Hall organized this second annual Ag Lender’s Seminar. “When I came on board with Extension in Iowa last year,” said Hall, “I found no programming for ag lenders serving the dairy industry.” Hall modeled this program after the Tri-State Lenders program in Dubuque, Iowa where it is has been serving lenders for over 30 years. He strove to put together a seminar focusing on market outlooks and “nuts and bolts” lender issues. Topics covered during the seminar were the 2018 farm bill; milking robots; dairy markets outlook; market outlook; barn safety; and accrual accounting. Ag lenders at the seminar appreciated the opportunity to hear the speakers. They all agreed that lending was up, as was the number of struggling farmers. It was still a small percentage increase for those in financial trouble. But they were seeing farmers being proactive in reducing spending and other costs. Dr. Joe Outlaw, professor and Extension economist in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University gave an update on the current farm bill. Outlaw also co-directs The Agricultural and Food Policy Center located at Texas A&M. The AFPC’s

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Texas A&M Agricultural Economics Professor Joe Outlaw presented an update on the farm bill. Outlaw often testifies before the ag committee. This is the sixth farm bill Outlaw has worked with.

mission is to provide unbiased and objective economic analysis of the impacts for policy alternatives on stakeholders. To do this, Outlaw says he and his colleagues try to dream up all of the “what if’s?” which can affect agriculture. They also meet regularly with farm families across the United States. Some of these families have been visited since the start of AFPC 34 years ago. This is the sixth farm bill Outlaw has worked with. He often testifies before the ag committee. Both the house and senate version are very similar to the current farm bill. “Getting seed cotton covered and dairy enhanced in the Bipartisan Budget Act was way bigger than the leadership gets credit for,” said Dr. Outlaw. “Cotton producers wanted some type of coverage.” A cotton plant produces a boll, which contains both lint and cottonseeds. It is at the gin where the lint or cotton fiber is separated from the cottonseed. The debate is pretty heated on the house bill version that would require SNAP participants to work 20 hours a week or receive job training for able-bodied adults between the ages of 18-59 with no children

Willows may be used for ethanol WILLOWS, from pg. 15 that can be closed so soil doesn’t fall out in shipping,” Karsten said. “So we can ship live trees. The root structure is never exposed. It is planted directly into the ground and the plastic is slipped off.” The willows may have other uses besides windbreaks. They have a lot of leaf matter that grows back fast when cut, and Karsten said he’s been contacted about testing them for ethanol production. He’s also been contacted by sawmills in India because it is the particular kind of lumber they use for cricket bats. Glen Karsten is now retired from an active role in

the nursery. Joel oversees production and is in charge of sales and marketing. (He also developed straw bale gardening and is the author of best-selling books on the subject, but that’s another story.) Developed in Australia and further developed in a southwestern Minnesota nursery, this upright, conical, fast-growing willow now grows across the country providing shelterbelts and windbreaks. More information is available at Karsten Nursery’s website, v

under six years old. The Senate bill has no change in the work requirement and does not restrict eligibility. It does end a bonus program designed to reward states for reducing error in making SNAP benefit payments. The SNAP program is approximately 75 to 80 percent of the farm bill budget. Another issue is the proposal by Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow who wants funding for rooftop gardens and other urban agricultural pursuits. She is the ranking Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee. “The Senate bill calls for renaming the Margin Protection Program to Dairy Risk Management,” said Outlaw. “Do not be surprised if they figure out a way to grant larger farms a break. In the past, the large dairy farmers haven’t minded the help going to smaller dairy producers. But now we are hearing, ‘you are helping them enough, now I want something’.” The Senate bill wants to legalize industrial hemp and make it eligible for federal crop insurance. “I have seen many of these wonder crops come and go,” said Outlaw. Remember how the Emu was going to save agriculture?” The debate continues, sometimes very heatedly. “The farm bill is very close to be finished,” said Outlaw. “In my opinion, it will be a positive for lenders. Crop insurance was not harmed and commodity programs allow for a shift between ARC and PLC. Changes have been implemented for farmers that farm in multiple counties. “A farm bill is important to farmers, as many producers would not have lenders if not for the farm bill programs,” he said. “It also provides a safety net.” Note: this event took place prior to the 2018 midterm elections. Renae B. Vander Schaaf is a farmer’s wife, speaker and author living on a farm in northwest Iowa. Contact her at v

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Grain Outlook Corn market is leaking air

Cash Grain Markets

Grain Angles Know your break-even

corn/change* soybeans/change* Stewartville $3.11 -.07 $7.85 +.07 Edgerton $3.22 -.10 $7.91 +.08 Jackson $3.17 -.11 $7.97 +.12 Janesville $3.25 -.11 $7.99 +.12 The following marketing analysis is for the week Cannon Falls $3.17 -.06 $7.84 +.01 ending Nov. 23. Sleepy Eye $3.16 -.07 $7.82 +.01 CORN — Holiday-shortened weeks can breed vola- Average: $3.18 $7.90 tility, but that wasn’t the case in the corn market this week. Without attention-grabbing headlines of its Year Ago Average: $2.80 $8.90 own, corn eased lower throughout the week to prices Grain prices are effective cash close on Nov. 27. not seen since Oct. 1. Political comments between the *Cash grain price change represents a two-week period. United States and China kept ears to the ground for the next whisper of direction. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the cancellation of 201,000 metric tons of U.S. corn to unknown to add to the negative tone in the first half of the week.  Huge losses in the energy markets also lent pressure to the corn market. Crude oil fell to its PHYLLIS NYSTROM The livestock markets continue in their attempt to lowest point since October 2017!  CHS Hedging Inc. improve in price as we approach the end of the month Farmer sales have dwindled to a St. Paul of November. Both cattle and hogs are struggling to dribble, but basis levels contingain momentum in price improvement, but the path ued to firm. However, doggy ethhas been slow and very choppy. News regarding the anol margins are taking a toll on the aggressiveness export business has played a major role in the uneasat some ethanol facilities, or at least slowing the iness in the livestock complex. grind. There were reports of ethanol plant closings Hopefully, the month December due to negative margins.  Funds were sellers during will bring about more stability to the week, pushing their estimated net position to a these markets. small net short. The cattle market has been on With corn harvest at 90 percent as of Nov. 18, there a slow grind in price appreciawas still approximately 1.4 billion bushels of corn left tion for weeks and it may be in the field. Farmers are pushing to finish up, but showing signs of more improvelater yields are expected to suffer. Many are already ment in the weeks ahead. One expecting a slightly lower yield on the December factor is that the latest U.S. JOE TEALE World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates Department of Agriculture Cattle Broker report on Dec.11. Soybean harvest was 91 percent on Feed report released Nov. 21 Great Plains Commodity complete, suggesting over 400 million bushels were was seen as friendly since placeAfton, Minn. still in the field. ments were lower than anticiWeekly corn export inspections were near the bot- pated. This along with the Monthly Cold Storage tom of estimates at 31.4 million bushels. We need report which indicated a draw down on beef stocks in 45.5 million bushels per week to hit the USDA’s storage. On the cash side of the market, the prices 2.45-billion-bushel export target. We haven’t hit the paid for live inventory continue to inch higher for the average needed in four of the last six weeks. Weekly past couple of weeks indicating the demand for beef export sales were decent at 34.5 million bushels. We continues to be firm and supplies appear to be slipare 13 percent ahead of last year’s pace with 956.8 ping. million bushels of sales on the books. The USDA is Overall, the cattle prices appear to be edging highforecasting year-on-year exports to be virtually er. However, at this juncture, it does not appear that unchanged from last year. We need to average 36.1 there will be any major breakout in prices to the million bushels of sales per week to hit the forecast. upside. Producers should continue to monitor market Weekly ethanol production fell 25,000 barrels per conditions and protect inventories as needed. day to 1.042 million barrels per day. Stocks were

As this year’s harvest season winds down, it’s a great time of year to reflect on the challenges and successes the past year presented. Ask yourself if you have the parameters to identify the strengths and opportunities of your operation. As you begin planning for the year ahead, what drives your decisionmaking process? Understanding your cash flow break-even price can serve as one of the greatest factors impacting the decision-making process for your business. The cash flow break-even price is the price necessary for your operation to cover all operational costs and inputs. No matter the enterprise you are in – whether it is crop, livestock or dairy, understanding your break-even will provide you NICOLE SKROCH with a foundation to drive deciCompeer sion making. Financial Officer If you are just getting started Waite Park, Minn. with this concept, let’s look at a crop example. First, identify the number of acres for a crop and a realistic yield. On the expense side, identify all expenses collectively. Operating expenses should include taxes, insurance, interest, depreciation, crop insurance, cash rent, full time employees and all crop input costs. Once your operating expenses are totaled, to get to your cash flow break-even you should add back any family living drawn from the farm and all term principal payments. Depreciation and any off farm or custom income should be reduced from this number to come up with a true operating expense. Now that you have a total operating expense, determine whether or not a weighted percentage for each crop needs to be placed to better suit the true expense to grow each crop. Ask yourself, ‘does a corn acre cost your operation the same as planting a soybean acre?’ This weighted percentage is operation-specific. If this is new to you, refer to industry guidelines, your financial officer or start with a 60 percent corn and 40 percent bean percentage weight. Next, take your operating expense total multiplied by the percentage you set on the specific crop. This number divided by the acres and yield will get you to your break-even price for each crop. Once you understand how to arrive at this number, you can begin to utilize your cash flow break-even to drive business decisions. What might this number

See NYSTROM, pg. 21

See SKROCH, pg. 22

Livestock Angles Demand for beef may be rising

See TEALE, pg. 21

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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Brazilian soybeans could be available for export early NYSTROM, from pg. 20

down 700,000 barrels to 22.8 million barrels. Net ethanol margins as of Nov. 21 improved 2 cents per gallon for the week to a negative 14 cents per gallon. For the week, December corn dropped 5.75 cents to settle at its lowest point since Sept. 28 at $3.59, March corn fell 5.5 cents to $3.70.25, and December 2019 corn was 2.75 cents lower at $3.95.25 per bushel. Outlook: Corn is suffering from slower export sales and inspections (shipments), the anticipation of a big increase in U.S. corn acres next spring (an increase of 6-7 million acres?), and the resulting uptick in 2019-20 ending stocks. Weakness in the energy markets and strength in the U.S. dollar added to corn’s struggle to find a reason to rally. Anticipation of early corn planting in Brazil may reduce the risk their corn will pollinate in the worst heat of their summer. Corn prices have retreated to an area that has provided support in the last two months. Can it hold once again with the meeting between President Trump and President Xi approaching?  Political events heading into the G20 Summit will likely take center stage into the end of the month.  SOYBEANS — The meeting between President Trump and Chinese President Xi is nearly upon us. They are scheduled to meet at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires on Dec. 1.  Words continue to fly between the two countries.  This week, unlike corn, beans traded sharply lower to begin the week after comments from Vice-President Pence at the AsiaPacific Economic Cooperation Summit were deemed less than complimentary to China. With the negative political rhetoric, beans plunged to test technical support near its 50-day moving average. Technical support held and verbiage quieted in trade leading into the Thanksgiving holiday.  Both corn and soybeans upheld the seasonal of closing higher the day before Thanksgiving. It’s felt both sides would like to agree to a loose framework agreement, at the least. But neither wants to be seen as

MARKETING being forced to accept the others’ terms. The results of the U.S. investigation into China’s technology trade practices indicated China had not made any progress in this area. This was a major issue that led to the first tariffs that we put into place on Chinese goods. If no agreement is reached in the coming week, President Trump seems prepared to implement an additional $250 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods effective Jan. 1. Weekly export sales were 25 million bushels, at the mid-range of estimates. Sales are running 32 percent behind last year’s pace at 831.5 million bushels. The USDA is expecting year on year export sales to fall 10.7 percent this year to 1.9 billion bushels. We need to average 27 million bushels per week to achieve the projection. Weekly export inspections were 38.8 million bushels, down about 50 percent from last year and the lowest in six weeks. We need to average 34.9 million bushels per week to achieve the USDA’s 1.9-billion-bushel forecast. The Chicago Mercantile Exchange is considering launching a new soybean contract based on Brazilian soybeans. The current contract offered on the B3 exchange in Brazil has no volume.  According to Terry Duffy, the CME chief executive, they are seeing how “we can cooperate on a derivatives product between a Brazilian exchange and the CME.”  The Brazilian exchange was not named. Argentina’s efforts to reach an agreement with China to export meal into China have hit a snag. China wants to inspect Argentina’s crush plants, and Argentina is not too keen on the idea. Argentina had hoped to have something to announce by the G20 Summit. AgroConsult updated their Brazilian crop prospects with comments Brazil’s soybean production could reach 123 million metric tons to 129 mmt if

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Pork cutouts continue to slip TEALE, from pg. 20

The hog market has been fairly volatile in recent weeks due the concerns over the outbreak of African swine flu in the Asian continent. This has moved the futures market from a discount to cash to a premium to the lean index. This has prompted the idea that the U.S. exports of pork could possibly be increasing in the weeks and months ahead. There is also the fear that ASF may spread elsewhere in the world if not contained fairly soon. At this point, the pork cutouts have so far continued to slip — which causes some concern that the

demand for pork is still not enough to overtake the current supply of pork. The Cold Storage report did indicate that pork supplies are continuing to decline on a month-to-month basis as well as lower than last year at this time. This trend shows some promise that the hog market could improve into the winter months. As always, the supply and demand for pork will dictate the price and direction of that price in the future. Producers should keep a close eye on market developments and protect inventories as needed. v

current favorable weather conditions continue. Their current outlook for soybean production is 120 mmt vs. USDA at 121 mmt. Last year, Brazil produced 119.3 mmt. Safras is predicting Brazil’s soybean crop at 121.1 mmt. They currently are forecasting a corn crop of 95.3 mmt with exports of 31 mmt. The USDA is at 94.5 mmt with 29 mmt of corn exports. For the week, January soybeans tumbled 11.5 cents to $8.80.75, March was 11.25 cents lower at $8.94.25, and November 2019 soybeans were down 7.25 cents at $9.30 per bushel. Outlook: Let’s assume the United States reaches some sort of agreement with China at their meeting and we avoid adding another $250 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods in January. This would likely spur an upside spike in soybean prices. How high could it go, and more importantly, will it last? Even if an agreement looks favorable, the Brazilian soybean crop is off to an excellent start and could surpass last year’s record production. Early soybeans could be available for export as soon as January. There were also reports of Russian soybeans being imported into China. Russian exported over 800 tmt of soybeans into China in the 2017-18 marketing year. World soybean stocks to use ratio is forecasted at a record high 32 percent. China is already cutting their feed protein by 0.50 percent. Combined with China’s African swine fever problem, China’s soybean imports could be reduced by 3-4 mmt from the USDA’s current 90 mmt outlook. In 2017-18, China imported 94.13 mmt of soybeans. Where does this leave us? Next week’s summit will give us a much better idea, before then we could expect more rangebound trade. Nystrom’s Notes: Contract changes for the week ended Nov. 23: Minneapolis December wheat gained 3 cents to $5.74.25, Chicago fell 7 cents to $4.99.75, and Kansas City plunged 21.5 lower to $4.61.25 per bushel. Crude oil crashed $6.16 to $50.42, ULSD crumbled 19.75 lower, RBOB dove 18.5 cents lower, and natural gas rallied 3.5 cents. The U.S. dollar index was up 522 ticks. v


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Think about this year’s practices when planning next crop FOLEY, Minn. — Even though corn and bean planting for the 2019 harvest is at least six months away, right now is the time to start evaluating your crop production systems. While yields are going to be the primary concern, weed, fungal and insect issues can have a major influence on yields and should factor into management changes for next season. Look back at past years’ field histories to help determine if these problems have increased in severity or are being resolved by the current management scheme. This may be difficult as it is easy to forget what problems were present in corn or beans when you rotate those two crops sequentially, and may be even more difficult if there are other crops in the mix. Keep a physical copy of your field history and not just a mental copy. Finally, consider everything you are doing in your cropping system that influenced yield, a specific pest, or other concerns in question. A great example of this is cropping system influence on white mold in soybeans. Fact sheets, articles and journals have

stated there was a need to use integrated management or a holistic approach for white mold management. While it is easier to think of foliar fungicides, row spacing, plant population, variety selection, weed control, cover crops and soil fertility as separate issues, each one is known to have some influence on white mold infection severity. White mold management begins by selecting a seed variety with a good level of resistance. This alone will only address a small piece of the problem. Increased row spacing, reduced plant populations and a timely fungicide application have also been shown to aid in disease management. Because foliar fungicides have performed inconsistently and may be costly to use, sole reliance on fungicides for management is not usually recommended. Choosing an optimal planting date, relative maturity and structural characteristics of the soybean plants may help, but effectiveness is highly determined by weather conditions during soybean reproduction. High weed presence may also add to the canopy

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which may favor disease development. High soil fertility promotes plant growth and early canopy closure which can contribute to white mold development. All of these factors have one thing in common. By themselves, they won’t provide 100-percent control over white mold. On the other hand, together they can help limit yield losses and reduce

white mold in fields. By recording what worked and what didn’t, you can turn the management dials and adjust them to better manage white mold. Keep this in mind while evaluating this fall as decisions made now will have a lasting impact next spring. This article was submitted by University of Minnesota Extension. v

Break-evens impact decisions SKROCH, from pg. 20 impact? Think about any purchase decision on the operation – especially purchasing inputs for the following year or setting triggers for your marketing plan. Once triggers are set, you can fine tune your plan as opportunities arise or changes necessary for increased efficiency. With the economics currently facing the ag industry, operations that know and execute decisions based on their cash flow break-even are able to capture opportunities, even in short timeframes. As increasingly difficult decisions arise, you can utilize your breakeven to consider taking on new rented acres or purchasing additional land. Furthermore, knowing your break-even can assist you to making changes to your operation if your cash break-even price can’t be met to prevent operational loss. Understanding that every operation is different is important because no two cost structures are the same and they can change quickly. Once you are able to create a decision making structure using your break-

even price, it will allow you to take advantage of opportunities as they arrive more quickly. Using benchmarking to measure your operation’s cash-flow break-even against others across the industry grants you even greater power. It will help you analyze what competitive advantages or disadvantages your operation has. In addition to addressing questions like, where do you have staying power? With the potential for limited opportunities for prices above your break-even, allow your breakeven to drive the decision while putting your emotions aside. If you are looking for additional resources, Compeer Financial offers a free margin manager tool on Compeer. com that can be used to help you assemble this data, and allows you in just a few clicks to be on your way to making a positive impact on your operation’s success. For additional insights from Nicole and the rest of the Compeer team, visit v

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97 Acres Of Prime Class A Cropland In Sec. 20 Of Transit Twp., Sibley Co. MN.

Wed., December 12, 2018 6 P.M. Sharp Good Soils – 95.27 Acres Tillable – Lays Nice

97 Acres Of Prime Class A Cropland In Section 20 Of Transit Township, Sibley Co. MN PID: 23.2003.00 – 80 Acres, Taxes For 2018 $2,924.00 & PID 23.2004.010 – 17 Acres, Taxes For 2018 $830.00; Area: 97+/- Deeded Acres; Tillable Acres: 95.27 Acres according to FSA; Crop Productivity Index: 91.4 CPI average; Great soils, lays very nice, drainage ditch on north side of property; To be sold by the acre Terms: $20,000.00 down the day of the auction, which is nonrefundable if buyers fail to close. The balance is due and payable in full to the sellers on or before January 22, 2019; at which time the buyers shall receive possession and a clear, marketable title. All real estate is selling in as-is condition with any and all faults. All real estate sells with no warranties or guarantees expressed or implied. All real estate is selling with no contingencies whatsoever. All bidders and buyers must have their finances in order prior to auction date. Directions To Farm: From Winthrop, take County Road 57 north for 2.5 miles, farm on east side of road. Watch for signs. Go To for a video and buyer’s informational packet or call 800-801-4502

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MATT MARING AUCTION CO. INC. PO Box 37, 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 Broker: Maring Auction & Realty Co. Lic. #40241191 Allen Henslin

Opening November 20 & Closing November 30 Kraig Lee Farm Retirement Auction, Roseau, MN, Timed Online Auction Opening November 21 & Closing December 5 Park River Implement Year End Auction, Park River/Rolla/Cando, ND locations, Timed Online Auction Opening November 23 & Closing November 30

CO. The Willard Braun Estate has decided to sell their excellent farm at public auction. Auction Location: 206 North Main Street, Hahn’s Dining & Lounge, Winthrop, MN 55396


Stearns County, MN - Farm/Recreational Land Auction 71 +/-Acres, Timed Online Auction AUCTIONEER’S NOTE: Mike & Barb have decided to retire after a lifetime of farming. Please note these are preharvest hours and miles. Auction also includes race trailer & Snap-On tools. Kinzie 1040 grain cart MFWD TRACTORS SKID STEER LOADER & 2015 John Deere 8345R, 920 hrs. AUTOMOBILE ATTACHMENTS 2004 John Deere 8420 Ford Crown Victorian police Timberline HT tree shear interceptor 2WD TRACTORS Stout SG13R stump grinder Oliver 1750 TRAILERS FARM SUPPORT IHC 560, wide front 2014 Haulmark The Edge tri-axle EQUIPMENT Farmall F20 narrow front enclosed race trailer, less than John Deere 410D backhoe, Allis Chalmers C narrow front 800 miles 2010 Neville hopper bottom trailer 4,671 hrs. COMBINE & HEADS 2011 Haulotte 4527A teleboom lift 2009 John Deere 9670, 2,122 sep. 2001 Jet hopper bottom trailer, 2011 Seed King 4-box tote 2007 PLG end dump trailer hrs., 1,500 engine hrs. conveyor 2010 John Deere 635F flex head 1999 Four Star Fabrications Rem 2700 grain vac, 92.3 hrs. 2008 John Deere 608C chopping tri-axle step deck trailer SHOP EQUIPMENT Hayvan tandem axle 5th wheel corn head Snap-On Muscle mig/tig welder trailer GPS EQUIPMENT Snap-On brake rotor machine Americas 37F header trailer Ag Leader RTK system Snap-On heavy duty hot washer SPRAYER PLANTER Snap-On Classic 78 top box 2009 Hagie STS16X self-propelled 2014 AgCo 9824 planter, Briggs & Stratton pacer pump sprayer, 1,692 hrs w/2” Banjo fittings,New approx. 7,000 acres NH3 APPLICATORS Snap-On Counselor II TILLAGE EQUIPMENT 2009 Hagie side dress bar oscilloscope 2013 John Deere 2210 field Vetronix MT3000A engine BALER cultivator 2010 Case-IH LB333 big square analyzer 2011 Krause 8200 disc Heavy duty floor jack baler, 19,650 bales John Deere 2410 chisel plow Jack House transmission jack John Deere 2700 disc ripper MANURE & LIVESTOCK Engine stand CONVENTIONAL TRUCKS EQUIPMENT Transmission jack 2004 Peterbilt 385, 475,411 miles 2013 Nuhn Magnum 7000 TM7025 Pressure washer floor scrubber 1995 IHC 8200, 407,266 miles tandem axle liquid manure tank, Husqvarna K760 manual saw 1991 IHC 9300, 674,433 miles low acres Blue Point transmission jack 2013 Dryhill DH220 agitator Powermate 6250 generator GRAVEL TRUCK Enduraplas UTV sprayer Chevrolet C70 tag tandem axle (14) Stainless wet/dry hog feeders, New gravel truck, 98,918 miles LAWN & GARDEN



Westfield MKX130-94 auger, low hrs. Parker 7250 Grain Chariot gravity Westfield MK100-71 auger wagon Farm King C1234DG auger Year-A-Round gravity wagon

Gravely FM260 zero turn lawn mower, 876 hrs. Crary Bearcat chipper

Opening November 27 & Closing December 5 Johnson Seeds Farm Retirement Auction, Dassel, MN, Timed Online Auction Friday, November 30 at 10AM Meeker County, MN Land Auction - 200+/- Acres - 2 Tracts, Grove City, MN Opening November 30 & Closing December 7 Meeker County, MN Land Auction - 44+/-Acres, Litchfield, MN, Timed Online Auction Monday, December 3 at 10AM Cass County, ND Land Auction - 320+/-Acres, Casselton, ND Opening December 3 & Closing December 13 Arnold Companies, Inc. Auction, St. Cloud, MN, Timed Online Auction Opening December 4 & Closing December 12 L.H. Peterson Farm Retirement Auction, Paynesville, MN, Timed Online Auction Wednesday, December 5 at 10AM Jon & Cheryl Farber Farm Auction, Green Isle, MN Wednesday, December 5 at 1PM Jon & Cheryl Farber Dairy Cattle Auction, Green Isle, MN Opening December 5 & Closing December 13 Allen Johnson Realignment Auction, Devils Lake, ND, Timed Online Auction Thursday, December 6 at 10AM Ronald & Sally Mellies Farm Retirement Auction, Hector, MN

Friday, December 7 at 11AM


Tuesday, December 11, 8AM -12PM

Steffes Group, Inc., 24400 MN Hwy 22 S, Litchfield, MN 55355 For information contact Mike, 515.341.1167

For information contact or Eric Gabrielson at Steffes Group, 320.693.9371 or 701.238.2570

Complete terms, lot listings and photos at / Eric Gabrielson MN47-006

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LOCATION: 310 Greenwood Ave W, Hector, MN 55342

Our Annual Pre-Harvest Consignment Auction Event will be held at the Wieman Auction Facility located at 44628 SD Highway 44, Marion, SD or from Marion, SD, 1-mile South and ½ mile West on Highway 44 on:

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12TH 8:45 A.M. CDT Lunch by the Presbyterian Church Ladies

This Auction will offer over 700 items in total. A Large Assortment of Tractors (3 – 4x4’s, 30+ MFD’s, 15+ 2 WD, and 25+ Collector Tractors), 2 – Payloaders, 5 – Skid Loaders, 25+ Combines, Large Assortment of Corn Heads, Bean Heads, Dummy Heads, Head Transports, Grain Carts, Gravity Boxes, Augers, Planters, Tillage, Haying & Forage Equipment, Skid Loader Attachments, Trucks, Trailers, Fencing, Miscellaneous and more! FOR FULL AUCTION AD VISIT OUR WEBSITE: WWW.WIEMANAUCTION.COM

Auctioneers Note: This is another large and interesting auction of consignments by Area Farmers & Dealers. Online bidding will be available at with a 2.5% buyer’s premium and a $750 maximum per item. The auction starts with older equipment at 8:45 AM with 2- auction rings all day. A 3rd auction ring will sell trucks-trailers-vehicles-augers @ 11 AM. For more details/pictures, please call our office or visit us online at South Dakota sales tax will be charged. This ad is subject to additions and deletions. All consignments must have been approved by the Wiemans - sorry we are full! We have excellent loading and unloading equipment. Financing and trucking are available. We are in our 70th year of selling. We offer honest and fair treatment to all because we appreciate your business! Bring a friend and come prepared to buy! If you are driving a good distance – please call to make sure the item is here. Welcome to the “Machinery Mall of South Dakota!” Our next auction is March 6th, 2019.

WIEMAN LAND & AUCTION CO., INC (SINCE 1949) 44628 SD HIGHWAY 44, MARION, SD 57043 AUCTION OFFICE: 800-251-3111 or 605-648-3111 MACHINERY OFFICE: 888-296-3536 or 605-648-3536 Email: Website: EVENINGS: Ryan Wieman 605-366-3369 • Kevin Wieman 605-660-1587 • Rich Wieman 605-660-0341 Derek Wieman 605-660-2135 • Mike Wieman 605-351-0905

AUCTIONEER’S NOTE: Ron and Sally have decided to retire after many years of farming. Equipment is extremely well cared for and shedded. Major equipment begins selling at 10:30 AM. Live online bidding available on major equipment. Registration, terms, & details at OTHER FARM TRACTORS TILLAGE EQUIPMENT SUPPORT ITEMS 2006 John Deere 9520 4WD, John Deere C11 field 4,030 hrs. 2008 John Deere 8130 MFWD, 3,847 hrs.,


GRAIN CART 2009 Killbros 110 grain cart

COMBINES & HEADS 2008 John Deere 9770 combine, 2,138 sep. hrs., 3,130 engine hrs. 2010 John Deere 612C chopping corn head 2009 John Deere 635F flex head


John Deere 2630 display w/RTK StarFire 3000 RTK globe John Deere brown box w/ mobile processor SFI & key card StarFire ITC globe

PLANTER 2014 John Deere DR2422 planter, owner states 6,900 acres, used 2630

TILLAGE EQUIPMENT 2015 Krause 4855 Dominator disc ripper Wil-Rich Quad XII field cultivator


Nabors rock nabber H&H Fabrication rock bucket John Deere moisture tester


NorthStar 8000 generator 2007 Mack Vision CXN613 John Deere AC2700G day cab, 587,591 hrs. pressure washer Motorcycle lift TRAILERS 2001 Timpte hopper bottom Waste oil tote Oil station trailer 2000 Towmaster T-12 deck Torch w/cart Air hose reels over trailer Portable air tank Hitch Doc Travis tandem axle bumper hitch seed cart DeWalt power tools Bumper hitch dump trailer Power tools Killbros UT-36 header trailer CP air tools Air tools Maurer header trailer Toolbox w/hand tools TANKS Napa battery charger Portable fuel tank, 1,000 gal. Measuring wheel Portable fuel tank, 550 gal. Shop vac Poly tank Hyd. jacks Fuel tank, 2,000 gal. Cordless grease guns Buffer OTHER FARM Chains & binders SUPPORT ITEMS Misc. oils & lubricants Hyster forklift, 4,446 hrs. Nut & bolt racks Tebben TC94-800 rotary mower PARTS, TIRES Degalman R570P fork style AND MORE! rockpicker

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


For information contact Steffes Group, 320.693.9371, Ashley Huhn 701.238.1975, or Eric Gabrielson 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. - Ashley Huhn MN47-002,Eric Gabrielson MN47-006

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Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. +/- 80 acres of farmland Located in Brown County



5 miles West of Hanska, MN 17 miles Southwest of New Ulm, MN



Closes: Fri., Dec. 7 | 10AM

LAND LOCATED: Southwest of Litchfield, MN

44 acres Single Tract

AUCTIONEER’S NOTE: One building reconstruction allowed. Includes tillable acres, building site, and woods.

Sale held at: Hanska Community Center 201 Broadway, Hanska, MN

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‘13 JD 7230R, 20 speed Command Quad Plus transmission, 380/90R50 rear duals, 540/1000 PTO, 4 remotes, HID lights,

840 hrs .............................................................................. $95,500 ‘13 JD 8295R, powershift, 1300 front axle, 6 remotes, LED lights, 380/90R54 rear duals, 380/80R38 single fronts, 4890 hrs ............................................................................ $92,500 ‘15 JD 825I Gator, power steering, bed lift, 310 hrs ........ $8,500 CIH 1200 12X30 stack fold mounted planter, row cleaners, lift Assist wheels, very nice planter ................................... $12,000 ‘11 CIH Magnum 290 MFWD, 19 speed powershift, 480/80R50 single Tires, 3 point hitch is missing, 14000 hrs............... $24,000 ‘12 New Holland L218 skid steer loader, no cab, 72” bucket, 365 hrs .............................................................................. $19,750 ‘10 JD 9770 combine, 800/70R38 single tires, tank ext. 2WD, contour master, chopper, tank ext., 1650 sep. hours, Just though service program ............................................ $87,500 ‘13 JD 2720 17’6” disc ripper, rolling baskets ............. $17,000

– AgDirect Financing Available – Please call before coming to look.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018 10:30 A.M. FARM EQUIPMENT RETIREMENT AUCTION

Directions from Hollandale MN: 1 mile north on Cty. Rd. 28, then 1 mile west on 290th St., then 1 mile north on 825th Ave. Watch for auction signs!

Very Sharp John Deere Combine – Heads – Tractor Planter – Semi-Trailers John Deere S680 combine, 1,545 engine hrs., 1,142 separator hrs., power tail board, 650/85R38” w/ duals, 23.1R-26” rears, SN: 1H0S680SVD0757351, (one owner); John Deere 612C Stalkmaster chopping head, 12 row x 30”, Ankota stalk stompers, individual row shutoffs for chopper, hydraulic deck plates, stubble liquids, single point hookup, SN: 1H00612CHCC746310

John Deere 640FD flex draper head, 40’, single point hookup, w/Crary air tube, SN: 1H0640FDCD0756208; Stud King 32’ high speed head trailer, SN: 6042; Stud King 42’ high speed head trailer, SN: 8081 John Deere 7700 tractor, MFWD, 4,012 hrs., 18-speed power shift, 3 hydraulics, 540/1000 PTO, 18.4-38” rears, 14.9 R-28” fronts, w/John Deere 740 classic hyd. loader, SN: RW7700P010560 (one owner); John Deere 1790 CCS planter, 16/32 row planter, 16-row x 30” or 32-row x 15”, (2) 50 bushel tanks, 450 gal. liquid fertilizer, hydraulic markers, SN: A01790C710344

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

Litchfield, MN 55355

For a detailed Buyer’s Prospectus with complete terms and conditions contact Eric Gabrielson at Steffes Group, 320.693.9371 or 701.238.2570

TERMS: 10% down upon signing purchase agreement with balance due at closing in 30 days. This is a 5% buyer’s premium auction. Eric Gabrielson MN47-006 / Scott Steffes MN14-51

2007 Peterbilt, C-13 Cat engine, 13-speed, 559,500 miles, 22.5 tires; 2012 Dakota 41’ grain trailer, Ag-Hoppers, roll tarp, spring ride, 22.5 tires 2005 Ford F-350 Lariat Super Duty truck, V-10 engine, automatic, 4x4, crew cab, dually, flatbed, 159,227 miles; Hyster forklift, 3,205 hrs., 4-cyl gas, SN: B3D9075P; Summers fork-type rock picker; H+H 6 ½ ‘ x 10 ½ ‘ single axle trailer w/ ramp; L+D Ag. 500 gal. fuel tender, tandem axle, 5 ½ HP pump, 2” hose; Aluma motorcycle trailer; Suncast 7’x7’ resin storage shed; John Deere Green Star 2630 display; John Deere StarFire 3000 receiver; Misc. Tools Terms: Cash or good check, picture ID required. No property removed until fully settled for. Sales staff and owners are not responsible for accidents. Any verbal announcements made day of auction takes precedence over print. Auctioneer’s note: After 46 years of successful farming, Jerry has decided to retire and hold a public auction on his well-cared for farm equipment. Approx. 15 min. of small items. Machinery buyers please be on time. -Tracy Holland


JERRY RAVENHORST - owner 29888 825th Ave., Hollandale, MN - 507-383-5220



Ellendale, MN, (507) 684-2955 or (507) 456-5128 (cell) CLERK: HOLLAND AUCTION

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TRACTORS 2001 Case-IH STX 440 Quadtrac, 6,570 hrs. 2003 Buhler Versatile 2160 Gen 2 MFWD, 4,244 hrs. COMBINE & HEADS 2012 Case-IH 8120 combine, 1,326 sep. hrs., 1,846 engine hrs. 2011 Case-IH 2162 flex draper head 2009 Case-IH 2612 chopping corn head

1988 Volvo 613H single axle van truck, cab, 275,158 miles 2008 GMC Sierra SLT 2500 HD crew cab, 129,652 miles TRAILERS 2012 Jet aluminum hopper bottom trailer 1996 John White hopper bottom trailer 2008 Doolittle tilt deck trailer 1984 Fruehauf van spray trailer Bumper hitch liquid fertilizer/ water tender trailer Shop-Built truck axle bumper hitch dump trailer American 435 header trailer

Ez-Flow 300 gravity box GRAIN HANDLING EQUIPMENT Handlair 566 grain vac Westfield MK130-71 auger MOWER Howse 6018 rotary mower SNOWBLOWER Buhler Allied 8520 snowblower

FARM SUPPORT ITEMS Fuel tank, 2,000 gal. (3) Fuel barrel, 1,000 gal., (2) Fuel barrel, 500 gal. Poly tank, 1,500 gal. LP tank, 1,000 gal. Sotera chemical shuttle TILLAGE EQUIPMENT TRUCKS John Deere 2700 disc ripper, pump & meter 2009 Freightliner 30”, 7 shank, 7” points, single AUTOMOBILE Cascadia day cab, 1,196,344 pt. depth, rear disc leveler 2011 Chrysler Town & miles Summers Super Coulter, 30’, Country Edition mini van, 2003 Freightliner Columbia wing fold, wave coulters, rock 185,218 miles day cab, shows 385,271 miles flex gangs, weight package SHOP EQUIPMENT 1998 International Eagle day 2017 Magnum 4000 Gold SPREADER cab, 524,247 miles. Series pressure washer Rogator 664 dry box 1989 White Volvo WA64T Futura pressure washer spreader, 3,653 hrs. sleeper semi, 912,711 miles Mercury Mc14 pressure GRAVITY BOXES 1992 Ford L8000 fertilizer washer, 110v Killbros 350 gravity box tender truck, 278,761 miles PLANTERS 2012 Case-IH 1250 Early Riser planter John Deere 7300 planter John Deere 7100 planter Ashley Huhn MN47-002

Steffes Group, Inc., 24400 MN Hwy 22 S, Litchfield, MN 55355 BRAD NOYES ESTATE

For information contact Ashley Huhn at Steffes Group, 320.693.9371 or 701.238.1975

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.

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AUCTIONEER’S NOTE: Brad loved farming and took pride in his equipment. Most equipment was purchased new, professionally maintained, and shedded when not in use. This auction includes a full line from planting to harvest. Live online bidding available on major equipment. Registration, terms, & details at

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John Deere 9420 & 9220 4x4 – 2016 5220 MFD - JD 4020, 5020, 2510 – JD 4455 MFD 1,899 hours - Other Good Tractors JD 9420 4x4, 6,400 hours, 24 sp. Quad, 800/70/38 75%, 20 suitcase weights, 5-hyd. rear wheel weights, $16,000 spent at JD, SN:H011046, GreenStar ready; JD 5220 MFD, w/JD 541 loader, 200 act. hours, full cab, PTO, 3-pt., SN:5422523; JD 4455 MFD, 1,899 act. one owner hours, City of Kenyon, 15 sp. P/S, 3-pt., 3-hyd., 540/1000 PTO, SN:P008044; JD 9220 4x4, 2,160 act. hours, 24 sp. QR, 620/70/42 rubber 70%, 4 outlets, wheel weights, SN:H041219, clean tractor, GreenStar ready; JD 5020 dsl. Wheat Land, 1000 PTO, 2-hyd., 3,054 hours, SN:021976R; John Deere 4020 gas Power Shift, 3-pt., 2-hyd.; John Deere 2510 gas, 3-pt. PTO, SN:008105R; MF 165 dsl., 3-pt., 540 PTO, 6,204 hours; White 2-105, 3-pt. PTO, 3-hyd., 3,775 hours, w/Farmhand loader; Case IH 7120 MFD, 3-pt. PTO, 42” tires, 6,821 hours; Vaughn hyd. loader, fits 20 Series tractor Skid Loaders – Loader Attachments Livestock Machinery Related Items New Holland 355 mixer mill, scale, hyd. drive, (4) screens, ext. auger; Better Built 2300 gal. vacuum manure tank, 1000 PTO, 4-knife injector, clean; 1990 W+W tandem livestock trailer, 18’, bumper hitch; Mustang 2054 skid loader, 2,640 hours; Gehl 4510 skid loader, gas, 2,416 hours; 84” Skid loader bucket; Stout skid loader, tree/post puller; VTS logger, 18” skid loader tracks; Bushhog 9’ heavy duty 6-way, rear 3-pt. blade; CIH 550 manure spreader; NH 469 haybine; Hesston 6450 self- propelled 12’ swather; Knight 8018 manure spreader 300 bushel side slinger, 540 PTO; Lorenz Model 100 mixer mill, hyd. drive; Bushhog 121-09 3-pt. hyd. tilt, & angle rear blade; (16) Calf hutches; H+S 9’x6’ throw bale rack, 7-ton gear; 30’ Bale conveyor on transport; Meyers 3954 tandem manure spreader, triple auger, rear discharge

Can’t attend the auction? Bid live on-line at proxi-bid auction proxibid ® Terms: Cash, checks, credit cards, all sales final. All sales selling as-is, where-is with any and all faults. All items purchased MUST be paid for same day as auction. MN sales taxes applies

Pull Type Dirt Scraper 16 Yards – Like New Snowblowers Tillage Machinery – Other Good Farm Machinery 2008 J&M 1150, 22D grain cart, tarp, 22” auger, duals; AC model 260 pull-type dirt scraper, 16 yards; Hitch Doc. 3-pt. double auger, HDS 8205 snowblower, 8’, 540 PTO, hyd. spout; Glenco 7400SS, 9-shank disc chisel, hyd. gangs; Buhler Allied YC 1080C snowblower, 3-pt. 9’ cut., 1000 PTO, hyd. spout, like new; John Deere 686 snowblower 3-pt., 540 PTO; Inland DA92 snowblower, 92”, 540 PTO; (2) 1,000 gal. NH3 tanks on running gears; Glenco SS7400 chisel plow, 5-shank; Ag Leader Opt. RX, nitrogen system, crop sensors, for vari rate; Loftness 8” snowblower, 540 PTO, hyd. spout; E-Z Flow 300 gravity flow w/1074 gear; 3-pt. 81’ drag; Brillion Model G-L-P 643, 3-pt., Cultipacker seeder; HiCo 64” 3-pt. mower, 540 PTO; Oliver plows; Field cult. 18’-38.5’ Semi Tractors - Semi Trailers 2007 Mauer grain trailer tandem axle, 40’ x 60” x 96”, Model 4022, 24.5 rubber; 1998 East end dump 34’ tri-axle, sweet corn, silage sides, liner, grain doors, spring ride; 1998 Utility flatbed spread axle semi trailer, 48’x102” steel, alum. combo, air ride, 14 winches; (2) 1999 Mack CH613 day cab, 9-speed, E-7 350 engine, air ride; 1996 Mack CH612, 8-speed, spring ride; 1996 International 8200 day cab, 7-speed, spring ride Good Utility Trailers – Service Trucks (16) Ford, Chev., Dodge ½, ¾, & 1 ton pickups 2012 P&J 20’x83” tandem trailer w/ramp; (16) Chev, Ford, Dodge ½, ¾, 1 ton 4x4 gas + diesel pickups, all 4x4 from 84,000-225,000 miles, from 1996-2007; 2003 Delta tandem axle 25’ deck over trailer, w/5’ beaver tail ramps, dual jacks, 30’ total length; 1996 Ford F350 service truck, reg. cab, 460 gas, 4x4, 3,000 lbs. hoist, 200 gal. fuel tank, air compressor Tools – Fuel Tanks Pacific 8500 watt generator; Gas powered air compressor, 18 hp. on trailer, like-new, painted JD yellow & green; (2) 550 Gal. fuel tanks w/ pump; 1,000 Gal. fuel tank w/pump; 2,100 Gal. poly tank “This is only a partial list” Go to for new additions.

Area Farmers We Sell the Earth & Everything On It.

MATT MARING AUCTION CO. INC. PO Box 37, 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 Reg. WI auctioneer #2992-52

THE LAND — NOVEMBER 30/DECEMBER 7, 2018 Farm Equipment

Tractors — “Where Farm and Family Meet”

Livestock Equipment

We buy I FOR SALE: JD 9420T, 425HP, Hog Feeders For Sale: Tube Salvage Equipment for 2228 hrs, 36” tracks, 18spd feeders, 3 tubes & 2 tubes. Parts Available P/S, front weights, 5 SCVs, Lou Mfg. feeders, 5 hole eraHammell Equip., Inc. integrated auto steer, stainless steel, 4’ long, very and (507)867-4910 good condition. Call 507-380$105,500. 507-360-7927 res. 3908 for more information. estJD 4240 powershift, 5800 hrs, ven Tractors 3 outlets, 18.4/38 Firestone onrears (75%), matching duals Wanted m& Re-‘13 JD 7215R, 4672 hrs, 4 valves, (40%), 4 rib front (80%+), New 1000 PTO, Active Seat, Auto rock box, quick hitch, clean All kinds of New & Used farm Trac Ready, MFWD, Power cab, $22,500/OBO. (507) 451equipment - disc chisels, field om Quad, 320/90R50 Rear Tires 9614 or (507) 213-0600 cults, planters, soil finishers, w/duals, Thru Service Incornheads, feed mills, discs, Sell your farm equipment spection at 4500 hrs, $68,500. balers, haybines, etc. 507in The Land with a line ad. Call 1-320-979-9460 438-9782 507-345-4523 1958 JD 820 diesel; 1959 JD 730 diesel, both older res- NEW AND USED TRACTOR Livestock hay, torations, very strong trac- PARTS JD 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, aw. tors. 320-248-1360 55, 50 Series & newer tracundFOR SALE: JD 6115D, MFD, tors, AC-all models, Large FOR SALE: Black Angus ble. w/ JD H310 loader & snow Inventory, We ship! Mark bulls also Hamp, York, & 218- bucket, 400 hours. 507-381- Heitman Tractor Salvage Hamp/Duroc boars & gilts. 715-673-4829 320-598-3790 5781



Outside Sales Representative The Land, a weekly farm and rural life magazine going strong for over 40 years, is looking for an Outside Sales Representative for the Southeastern Minnesota territory. Candidates should have professional sales skills to service existing clients and to prospect and develop new businesses in a designated territory. Also essential is self-confidence, strong organizational habits, keen attention to detail and superior written and verbal communication skills. This position requires reliable transportation and a good driving record. The successful candidate must have a motivation for sales and may be allowed to work primarily from their home office. A company laptop will be provided. This position is full time, salary plus commission, mileage allowance, and other benefits.

Interested candidates should email their resume, salary requirements and a cover letter to

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162 ACRES+/- • 1 TRACT 1053 ACRES± • 5 TRACTS



This 162 acres is just a few miles northeast of Hayward, MN is in prime farming country. The man that has been renting this farm for over 20 years has production records what we will have available. He says this farm has always raised excellent Crops.


Online Bidding Available


Agricultural & Recreational Real Estate / Auctions / Farm Management

Broker/Auctioneer GREG JENSEN • Agent/Auctioneer BEAU JENSEN Broker Greg Jensen - MN, IA / Broker Brian Haugen - MN, SD, IA, WI / Broker Amy Willett - MO LandProz Real Estate, LLC. 111 East Clark Street, Albert Lea, MN 56007



The Zaitz family is offering these beautiful farms at public auction on Thursday, Dec. 13th at 10:00. You will find no better land than this 1053 acres. The CPI’s are all in the 90’s ranging from 92 to 96. All of these tracts are also pattern tiled and open to farm in 2019!


Online Bidding Available

Tract 1: 314.42 Deeded acres / 307.28 Tillable acres / CPI - 95.4 • Tract 2: 286.25 Deeded acres / 264.92 Tillable acres / CPI - 92.8 • Tract 3: 40 Deeded acres / 38.04 Tillable acres / CPI - 96.4 • Tract 4: 293.22 Deeded acres / 280.15 Tillable acres / CPI - 94.5 • Tract 5: 120 Deeded acres / 112.10 Tillable acres / CPI - 94.5 • Terms: $50,000 down on each Tract the day of the sale, remainder due on or about February 14, 2019. 2% Buyer’s Fee will apply. "The Experienced Farmland Professionals!" Broker Kirk Swenson 507-254-5468

Broker Wendy Forthun Auctioneer Greg Jensen 507-251-1637 507-383-1067

1 Stop Realty, 20 4th St. SE, Kasson, MN 55944 LandProz Real Estate, LLC. 111 East Clark Street, Albert Lea, MN 56007

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Classified Line Ads in The Land

LARSON SALVAGE Good selection of tractor parts - New & Used All kinds of hay equipment, haybines, balers, choppers parted out. New combine belts for all makes. Swather canvases, round baler belting, used & new tires.

Purchase one line ad at regular price and get the second one free. Offer good for one full circulation combo. Free ad must be of equal or lesser value and run in the same editions. Hurry! Offer ends soon.

507-345-4523 or 800-657-4665


6 miles East of

CAMBRIDGE, MN 763-689-1179

We Ship Daily Visa and MasterCard Accepted

333 ACRES+/- • 2 TRACTS



These two century farms are pattern tiled and ready to go for the new owner. Good soil types with a location south of Austin, MN, west of Rose Creek. Both tracts have been grid sampled every year by Northern Country Coop. Sold in 2 Tracts


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Agricultural & Recreational Real Estate / Auctions / Farm Management

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3 ½ mi E of the Fort Dodge, IA Airport on D14 (170th)

2771 170th Street Fort Dodge, IA Thursday Dec 6, 2018 11 AM SHORT SALE BE ON TIME ALL HOURS PRIOR TO HARVEST

TRACTORS: ‘12 CIH 400 HD 4 WD, deluxe cab, air susp, factory weighted, HD draw bar, Ag Leader 250 Easy Steer, will do 30” spacings, 520/85R/46 duals, only 678 hrs; ‘08 275 CIH MFWD, frt & rear duals, 1906 hrs.; ‘97 8200 JD MFWD, 3 remotes, quick coupler, frt & rear duals, 4155 hrs; ‘67 JD 4020 dsl, WF, syncro, 2 valves , w/148 loader w/joystick, 7’ bucket, 6568 hrs.; ‘57 MM 5 Star L-PWF, restored. COMBINE. HEADS: ‘99 9610 JD, Ag Leader PF yield monitor, Mauer grain tank ext., 18.4-38 duals, been through shop every year, 2564/3755 hrs.; ‘01 30’ JD 930 F platform; 32’ MD Stud King head trailer; ‘00 8-30 JD 893 poly cornhead, hyd deck plates, knife rolls; WAGONS: 2- 744 Brents; 644 Brent, roll tarp & fenders. PLANTER. SEED TENDER: ‘12 16-30 CIH 1250 Centerfill, pneumatic down pressure, trash whips, hyd section control, Pro 700 monitor, 5639 acres; Friesen 240 RT tandem seed tender, Honda, Digi-Star scale. TILLAGE. STALK CUTTER: 870 CIH 7 shk Ripper w/5 bar clod buster rolling basket; 44 ½’ CIH 200 tiger Mate field cult, rolling basket; 20’ MC Flail stalk cutter; 20’ IH 480 tandem disc. REAR BUCKET. BLADE: 12’ Gnuse 3pt bucket; 7’ 3 pt blade, hyd tilt. PLUS MISC & SHOP ITEMS PICTURES ON THE WEB AUCTIONEER NOTES: This is a super clean sale with the best of care and most has been shedded. TERMS: Cash or good check. Picture ID required. Everything sold AS IS. OWNER RICHARD & MAUREEN MERRILL 515-570-1125

Broker/Auctioneer GREG JENSEN • Agent PAT REEVE Broker Greg Jensen - MN, IA / Broker Brian Haugen - MN, SD, IA, WI / Broker Amy Willett - MO LandProz Real Estate, LLC. 111 East Clark Street, Albert Lea, MN 56007

AUCTIONEER: Eugene Ryerson Office: 515-448-3079 Gene’s Cell: 515-689-3714 Eagle Grove, IA


Industrial & Construction — “Where Farm and Family Meet”

Trucks & Trailers

Spot, Duroc, Chester White, Boars & Gilts available. Monthly PRRS and PEDV. Delivery available. Steve FOR SALE: ‘04 Volvo VNL630, 500K miles, auto transmisResler. 507-456-7746 sion, excellent condition, $20,000. 218-791-3400

Cars & Pickups

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Sell your farm equipment in The Land with a line ad. 507-345-4523 REINKE IRRIGATION Sales & Service New & Used For your irrigation needs 888-830-7757 or 507-276-2073

‘98 Chevy 2500 series, good cond, 148,000 miles, 2 & RETIRING: ‘68 C050 Chev Winpower Sales & Service 4WD, good tires, w/rollup truck, 6 cyl, 4-2 transmis- Reliable Power Solutions tarp. Call mornings or noon sion, 14’ steel box, good Since 1925 PTO & automatic (507) 375-4289 tires; ‘73 C-60 Chev truck Emergency Electric Gener350, 5-2 transmission, 16’ ators. New & Used Please support the advertisers you see here. Rich Opsata-Distributor box, good tires, used this Tell them you saw their ad in The Land! 800-343-9376 fall, hoists work. 507-360-9413



Friday, December 7, 2018 10:30 A.M. FARM EQUIPMENT ESTATE AUCTION

Directions from New Richland MN: ½ mile west on State Hwy. 30, then 1 mile south on county Rd. 1 or 130th Street. Watch for auction signs!



FOR SALE: Yorkshire, Hamp- Case 320 crawler tractor, 1/2 PARMA DRAINAGE PUMPS shire, Duroc & Hamp/Duroc yd bucket, not running, not New pumps & parts on hand. boars, also gilts. Excellent stuck, great restoration proj- Call Minnesota’s largest disselection. Raised outside. ect, $1,000. Maple Lake, MN tributor HJ Olson & Company Exc herd health. No PRSS. 320-963-5377 Delivery avail. 320-760-0365 320-974-8990 Cell - 320-212-5336

Planter - Sprayer – Tillage – Trucks – Bobcat Backhoe – Farm Equipment John Deere 1770 vacuum planter, plumbed for liquid fert., row cleaners, Redball system, mechanical drive, cut off unit frames, w/JD Pro 40 seed metering, SN:H01770A670165; SpraCoupe 4440 sprayer, 3,136 hrs., 400 gal. tank, diesel, 80’ booms; John Deere 980 field cultivator, 44 ½’, w/3-bar harrow and rolling basket; Case IH 4300 field cultivator, 46’ w/3-bar harrow; John Deere 2700 disc ripper, 9-shank x 24” w/rolling basket; John Deere 512 disc ripper, 9-shank x 30”; John Deere 3710 plow, 10-bottom x 18” w/coulters IH 800 plow, 10-bottom x 18”; Oliver 272 disc, 30’; John Deere 16-row x 30” cultivator, flat fold, plumbed for side dressing; John Deere 16-row x 30” cultivator, flat fold; Sommers 52’ multi-weeder; John Deere 1010 field cultivator 30½’, w/3-bar harrow; 1993 Freightliner, Cat 3176 engine, shows 446,951 miles, 10-speed, twin screw, w/2,500 gal. poly tank w/transfer pump + inductor tank 2001 Chevrolet 2500 HD pickup, regular cab, auto, V-8 engine, 4x4, gas, 151,832 miles; 1976 Ford single axle truck w/1,625 gal. poly tank, transfer pump, inductor tank; 1970 Chevrolet C-30 boom truck, V-8 engine, 4-speed; 1968 Chevrolet C-50 feed truck, 6-cyl., 6-ton w/ (3) compartments, shows 104,800 miles; Bobcat 753 skidloader, diesel, 78” bucket, show 2,820 hrs.; Case 580C backhoe, Extendahoe, shows 6,684 hrs.; Bulk seed tender Model 107R220, tandem axle; Woods 3240 batwing mower, 20’, small 1000 PTO; John Deere 709 rotary mower, 3-pt.; Woods 6’ rotary mower, 3-pt.; Tile plow, 3-pt., 4” boot; Homemade tile stringer; Rite-Way RR250 reel rock picker; Nitro-Master 8000 Series, 52’ nitrogen applicator; John Deere 48 hyd. loader w/dirt bucket, mounts for JD 3020; John Deere 3-pt. grader blade; Demco SideQuest axle mount saddle tanks, (2) 500 gal tanks, fits JD 8030 Series; Westfield 13” x 71’ grain auger, swing hopper; Westfield 10” x 61’ grain auger, swing hopper; Westfield 10” x 31’ grain auger, newer motor; John Deere Gator, 4x2, shows 3,270 hrs.; Hunter DSP 9100 tire balancer; John Deere 275 snowblower; (3) ITC globes; StarFire 3000 globe; JD Brown boxes; Misc. shop items

Sharp Low-Houred John Deere Tractors – Combines – Heads John Deere 9520T, 3,498 hrs., 36” tracks, Auto Trac ready, 4-hyd., 18-speed Power Shift, (22) front weights, SN:RW9520T906074; John Deere 9520, 3,722 hrs., 710R42” tires w/duals, weight set on rear, Auto Trac ready, 3,000 lbs. rear wheel weights, 4-hyd., 18-speed power shift, SN:RW9520P031378; John Deere 8130, 4,693 hrs., 18.4-46” rears w/duals, 320/85/38” fronts w/duals, 4-hyd., Auto Trac ready, Power Beyond, 16-speed Power Shift, Quick Hitch, rockbox, SN:RW8130P016521; John Deere 9770 STS combine, rear wheel drive, 2,873/2,078 hrs., 650/38” tires w/duals, fixed feeder house drive, Auto Trac ready, dicks topper, SN:1H09770SL00735446 John Deere 9750 STS combine, 4,606/3,237 hrs., 20.8R-42” rice tires w/duals, fixed feeder house drive, dicks topper, SN:H09750S686423; John Deere 635F grain head, 35’, AWS 2000 air reel, Hydro Flex, SN:1H00635FTA0737949; PLEASE NOTE: BAD WEATHER DAY SATURDAY DEC. 8. WATCH WEBSITE. Geringhoff Rota Disc corn head, 8-row CAN’T MAKE IT TO THE AUCTION? x 30”, hyd. deck plates, header heights control, single point hookup; John Deere 635F grain head, 35’, Hydra Live On-line bidding available at Flex, SN:H00635F712061; John Deere 4230, Quad Range, 3-hyd., Carol Schlaak – owner shows 4,915 hrs., SN:18160; Unverferth HT35 head trailer; John Deere 507-381-9849 (Neil) 3020, diesel, Power Shift, 1-hyd., WF, 3-pt., dif. Lock, SN:58847; Ford 507-456-5510 (Keith) 8N tractor, w/overdrive Auctioneer’s note: For all who knew Harlan, you know how strong 22069 130th St., New Richland, MN 56072 of a passion he had for the agriculture industry. He loved the farm and took great pride in his farm equipment. Approx. ½ hour of small items. Machinery buyers please be on time. - Tracy Holland Terms: Cash or good check, picture ID required. No property removed (507) 684-2955 • until fully settled for. Sales staff and owners are not responsible for AUCTIONEERS: TRACY HOLLAND & ASSOCIATES #7405002 accidents. Any verbal announcements made day of auction takes Ellendale, MN, (507) 684-2955 or (507) 456-5128 (cell) precedence over print.





We pay top dollar for your damaged grain. We are experienced handlers of your wet, dry, burnt and mixed grains. Trucks and vacs available. Immediate response anywhere. CALL FOR A QUOTE TODAY

PRUESS ELEV., INC. 1-800-828-6642


FARM RETIREMENT 72700 185th St., Dassel, MN 55325

OPENS: TUES., NOV. 27 / CLOSES: WED., DEC. 5 | 7PM PREVIEW: By Appointment / LOADOUT: By Appointment





LOCATION: From Dassel, MN, 1.7 miles south on MN Hwy 15, 2.6 miles southeast on Cty Rd 18, 1 mile east on 190th St., 1 mile south on 730th Ave. (which turns into 185th St.). 4WD TRACTORS 1990 Ford New Holland 946 Designation 6, 8,052 hrs. 1984 John Deere 8650 4WD, 8,616 hrs. 2WD TRACTORS 1990 Case-IH 7130 2WD, 8,766 hrs. 1990 Case-IH 7120 2WD, shows 3,180 hrs. 1990 Ford 7710 Series II wide front, 6,411 hrs. 1975 IHC 766 wide front, approx. 1,000 hrs. on engine overhaul 1971 IHC 1456 2WD, 5,688 hrs. 1969 IHC 856 2WD ANTIQUE TRACTORS 1953 Allis Chalmers WD45 wide front, low hrs. on rebuilt engine 1952 IHC Super M narrow front 1951 IHC M wide front 1940 Ford 9N wide front COMBINE & CORN PICKER 2000 Case-IH 2388 2WD, 3,179 sep. hrs., 4,729 engine hrs., New Idea 800c uni-harvester, HEADS 1998 Case-IH 1064 corn head 1996 Case-IH 1020 flex head IHC 810 pickup head IHC 844 corn head, 4x38”New Idea 6516 corn head, 6x38”, hyd. deck plates New Idea 846W corn head, 6x38”

SWATHERS (2)Versatile 400 swather GRAIN DRILLS & DRILL TRANSPORT (2)John Deere 8300 grain drill 3pt. drill transport, hyd. lift PLANTERS (3)John Deere 7000 planter TILLAGE EQUIPMENT John Deere 2410 chisel plow DMI 530 disc ripper Case-IH 800 auto reset plow, IHC 800 auto reset plow Case-IH 720 plow Case-IH 496 disc Case-IH Tigermate II field cultivator Glencoe field cultivator Case-IH 183 row crop cultivator Glencoe row crop cultivator DETASSELERS RJ Manufacturing detasseler, 1,498 hrs. Hagie 470 detasseler, Hagie 437 detasseler TRUCKS & BUS 1987 IHC 9300 flat top sleeper, shows 143,593 miles Ford L9000 tri-axle Chevrolet C60 school bus TRAILERS 1999 Timpte hopper bottom trailer S&S bumper hitch livestock trailer

GRAVITY BOXES & WAGON (3) J&M 350-20 gravity box SPRAYER Hardi Navigator 50’ hyd. fold boom HAY EQUIPMENT New Idea 5209 pull-type mower conditioner Vermeer R-9B hay rake John Deere 328 square baler (8) Bale throw racks w/wood floors LIVESTOCK EQUIPMENT (3) Load King forage wagons Crown forage wagon, Gehl 1250 forage harvester Gehl 99 forage blower New Idea 3639 manure spreader S.I. AF-20 bunk wagon S.I. bunk wagon Bunk wagon Husk wagon GRAIN SCREENER & VAC Feterl grain screener Handlair 560 grain vac AUGERS Westfield WR80-51 auger (2) Westfield WR80-41 auger ALL CROP ELEVATORS (2) Kewanee 500 all crop elevator OTHER FARM EQUIPMENT FARM SUPPORT ITEMS TIRES / SHOP EQUIPMENT AND MORE!

Steffes Group, Inc., 24400 MN Hwy 22 S, Litchfield, MN 55355 | 320.693.9371


For information contact or Eric Gabrielson at Steffes Group, 320.693.9371 or 701.238.2570

Complete terms, lot listings and photos at / Eric Gabrielson MN47-006

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‘03 Versatile 2310, PS ..................................... $85,000 ‘12 Buhler 280...............................................$109,000 NEW Massey GC1715 w/loader ............................. Call NEW Massey 7722 FWA CVT ................................. Call ‘05 CIH MX210 ................................................ $79,000 NEW NH T4.75, T4.90, T4.120 w/loader.. ...... On Hand NEW NH T9.645, w/Smart Trac .............................. Call NEW NH Workmaster 60, 50, 35’s/loaders ... On Hand NEW NH T8.410 ...................................................... Call NH T8.275, 495 hrs ....................................... $145,000 ‘08 NH 8010 .................................................. $110,000 ‘99 NH 9682 .................................................... $67,000 ‘96 White 6175 FWA....................................... $49,500 Allis 185..............................................................$8,750 Kubota L245 2wd ...............................................$6,500

New NH Hay Tools - ON HAND

TILLAGE 14’ Sunflower 4412-05.....................................$32,500 10’ Sunflower 4412-07 .................................... $31,000 ‘95 JD 726, 30’ ................................................ $21,500 10’ Wilrich QX2 37’ w/basket.......................... $38,500 Wilrich QX 55’5 w/bskt..................................... Coming CIH 730b cush. w/ leads ................................ $19,500

PLANTERS NEW White Planters ............................................... Call White 8182 12-30 w/liq ................................... $27,900 ‘12 White 8186, 16-30 w/liq. fert. .................... $45,000 ‘11 White 8516 CFS, Loaded .......................... $85,000 White 8186 16-30 w/liq .................................... Coming


New NH W80C wheelloader .......................... On Hand New NH E37C mini excavator ....................... On Hand New NH E26C mini excavator ....................... On Hand New NH track & wheeled skidsteers............. On Hand NH 230 w/cab & heat ...................................... $37,900 ‘99 Bobcat 863F .............................................. $16,800


Get rid of stuff you don’t need or use anymore and make some $$$. Put a classified ad in THE LAND today!

507 345-4523 or 800-657-4665 ~ NEW EQUIPMENT/BIG INVENTORY ~ Port-A-Hut Shelters:

S-I Feeders:

• All Steel Shelters for Livestock & Other Uses

Gleaner R65 ................................................... $105,000 ‘12 Gleaner S77............................................ $205,000 ‘03 Gleaner R65 ............................................... Coming ‘98 Gleaner R62 .............................................. $79,500 ‘98 Gleaner R62 ...................................................... Call Gleaner 3308 chopping corn heads ...................... Call NEW Fantini chopping cornhead ........................... Call Geringhoff parts & heads available


NEW Salford RTS Units .......................................... Call NEW Salford Plows................................................. Call NEW Unverferth Seed Tenders .............................. Call NEW Westfield Augers ........................................... Call NEW REM VRX vacs. .............................................. Call NEW Hardi Sprayers............................................... Call NEW Riteway Rollers .............................................. Call NEW Lorenz Snowblowers ..................................... Call NEW Batco Conveyors ........................................... Call NEW Brent Wagons & Grain Carts ......................... Call NEW E-Z Trail Seed Wagons .................................. Call NEW Rock Buckets & Pallet Forks ......................... Call REM 2700, Rental ................................................... Call Pre-Owned Grain Cart ................................... On Hand

All Equipment available with Low Rate Financing (507) 234-5191 (507) 625-8649


• • • • • • • • • •

JBM Equipment:

Feeder Wagons - Several Models Self-locking Head Gates • HD Feeder Panels Self-locking Bunk Feeders Tombstone Horse & Horned Cattle Feeders Skid Feeders • Bunk Feeders Bale Wagons • Bale Thrower Racks Flat Racks for big sq. bales Self-locking Feeder Wagons Fenceline Feeders Several Types of Bale Feeders

Smidley Equipment:

• Steer Stuffers • Hog Feeders • Hog Huts • Calf Creep Feeders • Lamb & Sheep Feeders • Cattle & Hog Waterers • Hog & Sheep Scales – We Rebuild Smidley Cattle & Hog Feeders –

Sioux Equipment: • • • •

Gates • Calving Pens • Haymax Bale Feeders Cattle & Feeder Panels • Head Gates Loading Chute • Hog Feeders Squeeze Chutes & Tubs • Calf Warmer

Notch Equipment:

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Rock Buckets • Grapple Forks • Manure Forks Bale Spears • Hi-Volume Buckets & Pallet Forks Bale Transports & Feeder Wagons, 16’-34’ Adult & Young Stock Feeders & Bale Feeders Land Levelers

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Squeeze Chutes - Head Gates Large & Small Animal Tip Chutes Open Bar Corral Tub Round & Square Calving Pens Tub & Alley Chutes • Crowding Tubs

For-Most Livestock Equipment:

• Mid-Size and Full-Size Bunks • One-Sided Juniors and Adult Bunks • Arrow Front 4-Wheel Feeders, 12’-36‘

Mar-Weld Sheep & Goat Equipment: • • • • •

Lambing Pens • Crowd Tub Grain Feeders • Scale Round & Square Bale Feeders Sheep Head Locks Spin Trim Chute • Creep Feeders

• “Farm Built” Hay Feeders w/roof • Poly “Hay Huts” W or W/O Hay Nets •


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GT (Tox-O-Wik) Grain Dryers, 350-800 bu. 150 Bu. Steel Calf Creep w/wheels Bohlman Concrete Waterers Calftel Hutches & Animal Barns R&C Poly Bale Feeders Ameriag Poly Mineral Feeders Snowblowers ~ Special Prices Miniature Donkey & Fainting Goats APACHE Creep Feeders


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4WD TRACTORS ‘14 JD 9560R, 1045 hrs, 5 hyd valves, 800x38 tires & duals, whl wgts ..............................................................................$210,000 ‘14 JD 9360R, 2550 hrs, power shift, 5 hyd valves, 480x50 tires & duals 90%, ext warranty to 3/27/2020 or 4,000 hrs .......$140,000


LOADER TRACTORS ‘11 Case SV300 skidsteer, cab, air, 1040 hrs, 2spd, ride control, aux hyd, 72” bkt .............................................................$26,900


‘13 JD 9360R, 1970 hrs, 1000 PTO, pwr shift, 620x42 tires & ‘13 JD S660, 1066 sep/1598 eng hrs, 4x4, 2630 display, duals .............................................................................$155,000 Contour-Master, chopper, long unloading auger, 20.8x32 tires ‘02 JD 9320, 5341 hrs, pwr shift, 1000 PTO, 3 hyd valves, 8 new 18.4x46 tires & duals, universal auto steer ...................$89,000 & duals ........................................................................$139,000 ‘92 JD 8760, 7558 hrs, 24spd, 3 hyd valves, eng OH at 6264 ‘13 JD S660, 892 sep/1180 eng hrs, Contour-Master, chopper, hrs, 20.8x38 tires & duals ..............................................$31,000 520x38 tires & duals ...................................................$139,000 ‘13 NH T9.390, 2557 hrs, pwr shift, 1000 PTO, 480x50 tires & duals, susp cab ..........................................................$120,000 ‘04 JD 9760, 2268 sep/3460 eng hrs, Contour-Master, chopper, ‘11 NH T9.390, 905 hrs, pwr shift, 4 hyd valves, hi-flow, HID lights, 480x50 tires & duals ........................................$120,000

ADVERTISER LISTING 40 Square Cooperative Solutions .......................................... 22 Albert Lea Seed ............................................................... 4, 13 Anderson Seeds .................................................................... 10 Beck's Hybrids ............................................................1, 16, 17 C & C Roof ing ...................................................................... 8 Courtland Waste Handling ...................................................... 5 Curt's Truck & Diesel ............................................................. 3 Dairyland Seed .................................................................... 19 Doda USA ............................................................................. 6 Fairmont Toy Show................................................................. 6 Freudenthal Dairy & Mfg ....................................................... 7 Grizzly Buildings ................................................................. 10 Holland Auction ................................................................... 25 Holland Auction ................................................................... 29 Keith Bode ........................................................................... 25 ................................................................ 27, 28 Larson Implement .......................................................... 28, 31 Lundeen Auction .................................................................. 28 Matt Maring Auction ...................................................... 23, 26 Minnwest Bank .................................................................... 11 Peterson Farms Seed............................................................. 14 Pruess Elevator .................................................................... 29 Roy E Abbott Futures ........................................................... 22 Ryerson Auction................................................................... 28 Schweiss Doors .................................................................... 25 Smiths Mill Implement ......................................................... 30 Somsen, Mueller & Franta .................................................... 25 Sorensen's Sales & Rentals ................................................... 30 Southwest MN Farm Business ................................................. 5 Southwest MN K-Fence .......................................................... 6 Steffes Group ................................................ 23, 24, 25, 26, 29 Wieman Auction ................................................................... 24 Wingert Realty ..................................................................... 26

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‘94 C-IH 9270, 8533 hrs, pwr shift, 4 hyd valves, front wgts, 650x42 tires & duals, Outback auto steer .....................$33,500


480x42 tires & duals .....................................................$54,000 ‘01 JD 9750, 3013 sep/4156 eng hrs, Contour-Master, chopper, 520x38 tires & duals .....................................................$42,000 ‘01 JD 9650 STS, 3014 sep/4325 eng hrs, Contour-Master, chopper, 520x38 tires & duals .......................................$39,000

‘15 C-IH 500 Quadtrac, 2750 hrs, 36” tracks, cab susp, HID ‘00 JD 9650 STS, 2645 sep/3623 eng hrs, single point hookup, lights, Pro 700 monitor & receiver ...............................$175,000 chopper, bin ext. ............................................................$42,000 ‘14 C-IH 350 Rowtrac Quadtrac, 1865 hrs, 1000 PTO, 120” spacing, 18” tracks, 4 hyd valves, hi-flow ...................$152,000 ‘14 C-IH 5130, 660 sep/928 eng hrs, rock trap, chopper, ‘14 C-IH 340 Magnum Rowtrac, 290 hrs, lux cab, susp front axle, 18” belts, 6 hyd valves, 1000 PTO, 3pt .......................$180,000 ‘15 Challenger MT 845E, 3909 hrs, 30” belts, 4 hyd valves, HID lights ....................................................................$142,500

tracker, 700 monitor, 900x32 single tires .....................$132,000 ‘11 C-IH 5088, 1541 sep/1743 eng hrs, rock trap, chopper, tracker, 30.5x32 single tires. ..........................................$88,000

‘09 C-IH 7088, 1275 sep/1807 eng hrs, rock trap, chopper, ‘04 Cat Challenger MT 755, 4844 hrs, 16” tracks, 3 pt, 1000 PTO, 88” track spacing, JD ATU ..........................$65,000 tracker, HID lights, Pro 600 monitor, 520x42” duals .....$92,000

ROW CROP TRACTORS ‘12 Challenger MT 665D, 1332 hrs, front susp, 3pt, 1000 PTO, 5 hyd valves, 480x50 duals & front duals .......................$95,000 ‘12 JD 8235, 2WD, 1235 hrs, pwr shift, 3pt, 1000 PTO, 4 hyd valves, 18.4x46 duals, extra clean...............................$110,000

‘11 Claas Lexion 740, 1466 sep hrs/1899 eng hrs, 4x4, power bin ext, Contour-Master, chopper, 620x42 tires & duals ......$98,000


‘13 Drago 6R30 chopping, fits JD combine............................$25,000 ‘13 C-IH Magnum 260, 577 hrs, 540/1000 PTO, 3pt, 4 hyd valves, hi-flow, 420x46 tires & duals............................$110,000 ‘09 Drago 6R30 chopping, fits JD combine ........................$19,000 ‘13 C-IH Magnum 290, 1250 hrs, 1000 PTO, 3pt, 4 hyd valves, big pump, 480x50 tires & duals, front duals & wgts...$110,000 ‘06 Drago 8R30 chopping, fits flagship C-IH combine .............$14,500 ‘12 C-IH Magnum 260, 1784 hrs, susp front, 1000 PTO, 3pt, 4 ‘13 C-IH 3408 8R30, hyd deck plates, fits flagship combine ....$21,000 hyd valves, 480x50 rear tires & duals, front duals ......$105,000 ‘08 C-IH 3208 8R30, hyd deck plates, fits flagship combine...$12,500 ‘04 C-IH MX285, 5540 hrs, 4 hyd valves, 3pt, 1000 PTO, 10 front wgts, 18.4x46 tires & duals, fresh eng OH ...........$59,000 ‘02 C-IH 2208 8R30, hyd deck plates, fits older 1600-2000 ‘13 NH T8.360, 1200 hrs, lux cab, 1000 PTO, 3pt, 4 hyd valves, 480x50 tires & duals, complete auto guide syst...........$110,000

series C-IH combines ....................................................$11,500 ‘05 Geringhoff 8R30 chopping, fits JD combine ................$17,500

‘06 NH TG210, MFWD, 4240 hrs, pwr shift, 540/1000 PTO, 3pt hitch, 4 hyd valves, 380x46 rear tires & duals, 380x30 front ‘83 JD 643 6R30, low tin, oil drive ..................................... $6,500 tires & duals ...................................................................$56,000


‘03 NH TG230, MFWD, 3346 hrs, pwr shift, 540/1000 PTO, Mega flow hyd, 4 valves, 3pt, 380x46 tires & duals......$59,000

‘11 Versatile 305, MFWD 690 hrs, 3pt, 4 hyd valves, 1000 PTO, JD 512 5 shank disc ripper .................................................. $9,500 HID lights, 480x46 tires & duals ....................................$95,000 JD 2700 9 shank disc ripper, rear covering discs. ............$12,500



‘06 JD 7420, MFWD, cab, air, 5164 hrs, IVT trans, 3pt, 540/1000 PTO, 3 hyd valves, JD H360 ldr w/QT bkt ....$62,000 Brent 740 gravity box........................................................... $9,800 ‘04 JD 7320, MFWD, cab, air, 3pt, 540/1000 PTO, 2 hyd valves, Parker 450 bushel gravity box 2 doors ................................ $3,300 JD 741 ldr w/QT bkt & joystick ......................................$52,000 ‘09 NH TV6070, bi-directional, 3543 hrs, cab, air, 3pt, 540/1000 PTO, 2 hyd valves, NH ldr w/84” bkt ............................$54,000

STEEL TRACK SET-UP FOR 9610 JD COMBINE ............................................................................... $4,500

LARSON IMPLEMENTS 5 miles east of Cambridge, MN on Hwy. 95 763-689-1179

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This week’s Back Roads is the work of The Land Managing Editor Paul Malchow.

Farmer’s market is theatre’s second act


ucked away on Central Ave. in downtown Faribault, Minn. is the Paradise Center for the Arts. The Center is a delightful mixture of an old theatre with modern, multi-functional facilities. It is also a tribute to hard work and a community dedicated to preserving the arts. As far as buildings go, the Paradise has had more lives than a cat. The facility is built on the original foundation of the 1885 Faribault Opera House, which was completely destroyed by fire in 1929. The Paradise is an example of an “atmospheric” theatre, a Hollywood-inspired genre of architecture. Atmospherics are rich in fantasy décor, designed to divert the audience away from everyday cares and set the stage for the show to come on stage and screen. The architectural design and decorative scheme in an atmospheric theatre were planned to evoke the illusion that patrons were seated outdoors. This effect was achieved by projecting images of stars and moving clouds onto a painted, seamless ceiling, using a brenograph, which is a special type of projection equipment designed expressly for this purpose. The auditorium appeared to have no roof, and patrons seemed to be sitting outside under a starry summer sky. The theatre served Faribault as a movie house until the early 1990s, when it fell victim to the more modern, multiplex theatres which had sprung up in the region. After several years of vacancy and decay, the building was extensively renovated in 2006 to include art galleries, classrooms, clay and textile labs, a gift shop and rehearsal spaces, in addition to a 300-seat

Faribault, Minn. auditorium. The Paradise Center for the Arts opened to the public in 2007. In 2008, The Paradise Center for the Arts received the Minnesota Preservation Alliance Restoration/Rehabilitation Award. The image created for the Paradise is one of a walled Moorish courtyard. Branching off of the main foyer are gift shops displaying the work of a variety

of local artists. In 2016, the Paradise became home for the Faribault winter farmers’ market. Local vendors set up their wares in the lobby and auditorium. “The Chamber of Commerce helped us get started,” said Tiffany Tripp of Graise Farm, one of the original 12 vendors in the market. “This year we’ll have 24 vendors. We also have gift wrapping and live music.” Vendors offer a wide variety of goods including apples, baked goods, eggs, hot pepper jelly from homegrown peppers, locally roasted coffee, maple syrup, honey, beef, chicken, fish, microgreens, soap, lotion, essential oils and yarn goods. The market kicked off its season on Nov. 17 and will continue at the Paradise every Saturday through Dec. 22. After a January hiatus, the market will be open on the first Saturday of February, March and April. But the farmers’ market is only a piece of the Paradise Center for the Arts offerings. A local actors group, The Merlin Players, are performing “Santa Diaries Part Two — A Christmas Wedding” from Dec. 7-16. On Dec. 20 Mick Sterling takes the stage with a “Grand Ole Opry Christmas with Memphis & The Meantimes.” Kat Perkins, a finalist on NBC’s “The Voice,” will perform in “A New Year’s Celebration” on Dec. 30. There are also numerous craft and art classes held throughout the year. A complete schedule is available on the Center’s website, Stay abreast of the Faribault winter farmers’ market on Facebook. v

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