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Greek philosopher Heraclitus once said, seed varieties to farm implements to till“change is the only constant in life.” That age practices, producers change many saying holds true for me as the latest aspects in their farming operation. They change in my life is that I’m now staff need to. What worked 40 years ago, won’t writer at The Land. I’ve been around here work today and what works today won’t a long time, 14 years and two months to be applicable in the future. You can’t sit be exact. I started off as the copy editor/ back and do what has always been done. staff writer, then I became a stay-at-home Farm technology is changing rapidly and mom who did freelance work for The it’s vital that farmers stay current on the LAND MINDS Land and now I’m back with this wonderlatest resources out there to make their ful opportunity to write stories about farming operation as profitable as possiBy Kristin Kveno agriculture and beyond. ble. Change is inevitable. I started workWhen we head north to my in-laws ing at The Land in 2005 with no chilfarm, we often go walking through dren, and now I have four, the oldest their woods which is dotted with old being 13 ... a TEENAGER! The eye rolling is ramrelics of farm years gone by. These tractors and pant around my house! other equipment tell the story of hard work and While change happens, many things remain. Like perseverance. But so does the Case IH 325 heading out to the field to plant. They’re all part of the fabour coverage of producers from around the state ric of the farm, each vital to both the history and from planting to harvest. I’m thrilled to write the From the Fields reports again this year. I enjoy call- future of the operation. ing upon the producers to get the latest updates on Here’s what doesn’t change on the farm: neighbors what’s happening in their fields. I’m grateful that helping neighbors, conversations about the weather, they make time in their busy schedules to chat with mechanical breakdowns at the most inopportune me every two weeks. time and the satisfaction you feel at the end of the day (or night) that you did all you could to ensure Many of the 2019 FTF producers are full of optithat the crop has the best chance at success. mism for the crops this year. A few of them told me they have to head into every growing season like As I now have the opportunity to travel the counthat; otherwise they wouldn’t have made it this far tryside interviewing farmers and those in the agriin farming. It was a doozy of winter with many of us cultural industry, I’m excited to tell their stories, to wishing we had our toes in the warm sand rather share their triumphs and lessons they learned. than our toes in winter boots. What will the next Everyone has a story to tell and I’m looking forward few months be like? Only time will tell. But what is to sharing those stories with you, the readers. certain is that there’s continued optimism for better I’m thrilled to be back at The Land, telling the stodays ahead. Commodity prices have been less than ries that matter and giving voice to issues that are stellar; but what the future holds in terms of prices part of the agricultural landscape. I’ve gotten to is difficult to predict. meet so many fascinating people during my years of writing and I look forward to meeting many more. Change can be scary, but it can also be necessary. Change happens whether we like it or not, and I’m It makes you grow, it challenges you. Life would be excited and honored to be part of the change here at plain boring if nothing ever changed. Change is in The Land. the DNA of farmers. Even if they grew up on the land they now farm, even if they’re the fifth generaKristin Kveno is the staff writer of The Land. She tion to farm, change is part of who they are. From may be reached at v



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Talkin’ about my generation (what about yours?) It’s a truism in American agriculture It also proves true what every ag stuthat food-growing technology undergoes dent had hammered into their brain by an industry-shaking metamorphosis every ag instructor since 1950: Replace every generation. labor with capital every chance you get. Fifty years ago that meant replacing When Grandpa (both yours and mine) hired labor with ever-better machinfarmed, hybrid seed corn came in and ery. Today, it means replacing almost all oat-eating horsepower went out. His sons, labor with ever-better computing power. our fathers, were early adopters of anhydrous ammonia, 2,4-D, and, whoa, comAnd, boy, are we. In 1950, the United FARM & FOOD FILE bines. States still had five million farmers. By Alan Guebert Today, almost every full-time farmer in Twenty-five years later, our generaAmerica would find a seat in Iowa’s tional farm-changing moment arrived three largest football stadiums on any with genetically modified seed. It revogiven Saturday. lutionized farming as chromosomes replaced cultivators and seed, soil, and marketing That trend shows few signs of reversing and, in consultants became as important as customers. fact, several signs of increasing. Today’s dairy sector offers an example — even as it endures a crushing, Today’s farming generation is in another metathree-years-long shakeout. morphosis now. It’s changing from carbon-based power to silicon-based intelligence. Computers In 1970, America had 12 million dairy cows on acquire, analyze and deliver more data to manage 650,000 dairy farms. In 2017, there were 9.4 million farm machines — not farm people — now in one dairy cows and just 40,200 dairy farms. That change hour than NASA had to send its hired men to the is better dramatized in herd size: A generation ago, moon and back in a week. the average dairy farm milked 80 cows; today, the average dairy herd is 900 cows. What will follow this generation of ag geeks? Growing just as fast is the adoption of robotic If American agriculture remains on the same, milking machines. Dairying is the near-perfect farm well-trodden path, farming in 2040 will feature more technology, more production, and far fewer — maybe only a handful of — people. At least that’s what facts imply. For example, in 1900, The U.S. Department of Agriculture counted 5.7 million farmers nationwide. If you add in hired farm labor, 29.4 million Americans, or an astonishing 38 percent of the nation’s total workforce, sweated on farms back then. Today, according to the 2017 U.S. Ag Census, 3.4 million Americans claim to be “farmers,” and yet more than 1 million are over age 65, nearly another million are between the ages of 55 and 65 and, in fact, just 80,000 of them — or only four percent of the total — deliver two-thirds of all farm production. That dramatic drop in less than five generations shows the unimaginable power and culture-changing impact of technology on farming and rural America.


enterprise for machinery (capital) to replace people (labor) because milking a cow is simple, repetitive, and requires little decision-making. Moreover, robots never need a day off and can be reprogrammed whenever conditions change. As a result, worldwide sales of robotic milking machines will top $1.2 billion this year. Sales are estimated to double to $2.5 billion in just five years. That’s not a trend; it’s a tidal wave. And it’s not just in dairying. Consider this: If the U.S. Postal Service can send driverless semi-trailer trucks of mail from Phoenix to Dallas and back, as it began to do on May 21, someone will soon figure out how to turn a driverless tractor around at the end of a corn field. And when that is commonplace — surely within the next 25 years — U.S. farms, and rural America, too, will be enormously different than today. Be that good or bad, one thing is certain: that generation, like my generation, won’t be ready for it. The Farm and Food File is published weekly through the United States and Canada. Past columns, events and contact information are posted at v

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Spring planting: The Gambler takes on Mother Nature Kenny Rogers knew it back in the day. The lightning on Thursday night began Farmers everywhere still know it. as small, dim flashes in the southern sky — reminding farmers once again that “You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em, they are not in charge. Planters can only and know when to fold ‘em.” go so fast if a decent job will be the outThe spring of 2019 is stacking up to be come. So as much as they could, farmers another wet one; one that forces farmers remained vigilant on their second 20-hour to play one of the biggest, most costly day in a race against time that would games of “Chicken” that only Mother determine their livelihoods. Nature could invent. TABLE TALK As Thursday evening went on, the lightAfter all, She’s the only one who knows ning became more prominent and moved By Karen Schwaller the rules. into the western night sky. Patience and temperance in the tractor cab are imporMother Nature’s spring version of Chicken is a mentally exhausting race against time tant in times like that because just as nature demands, great things cannot be rushed. The urgenas farmers have their seed ready, machinery tuned cy of the day was contrasted by planters and field up and waiting, and help lined up. All they need now is a little bit of wind, heat and soil that doesn’t cultivators slowly strolling their way across fields. double as quicksand. Before long, quiet thunder began to announce This spring, as the raindrops and the numbers on itself, and became more prominent. the calendar both got larger every day, farmers By 1 a.m. Friday, the rains finally arrived as preweren’t so reluctant to pull their planters out if they dicted, planters were being folded up and farmers only had “this much time” to plant when nature were reluctantly, if not disgustedly, scurrying out of would allow. Getting a little corn in might not have fields and headed for the shed. accomplished much in terms of financials, but it Mother Nature wasn’t kidding. She brought a gave farmers something to do while waiting — instead of applying rubber to the walls of the rooms forecast of rain on Friday, and she didn’t let Friday’s beard get very scraggly before she began watering of their homes. land that couldn’t soak it in any more than parents Waiting past important deadlines is difficult and on college move-in day can absorb the fact that worrisome at best. their child is growing up. This planting season, the May 10 deadline passed “You could just feel the tension in the air,” a with precious little corn in the ground here in north- woman said to me the following morning, after she west Iowa. May 15 (a Wednesday) arrived with the had watched a farmer work earnestly into the wee hope that maybe some corn could be planted that hours of the morning. day and the next, since conditions finally cooperated. Tractor lights in the early morning hours reflect a With the forecast calling for rain on Friday, that farmer’s dedication to the land, hope for a good Wednesday brought sprayers, field cultivators and financial year, and their uncanny ability to get a planters out in full force. They ran until the wee mountain of work done without even a bit of sleep. hours of the morning, and farmers did it all over Even the most experienced farmers can get frusagain the following day, with Mother Nature niptrated with Mother Nature, though She also gets ping at their heels the entire time.

Begin crop scouting as plants emerge FOLEY, Minn. — Crops will start emerging soon with pest and disease issues following shortly behind. Annual crop scouting is the key to making sure we stay a step ahead of these problems. Common lambsquarters has already started emerging, and both field pennycress and shepherd’s-purse have bolted and in some cases started to set seed. While tillage will help control these early season weeds, keep in mind the timing of pre-emergence herbicide applications. If your pre-emergence herbicides were unable to go on around the time of planting, make sure the herbicides you are applying will control any new weed issues present. Keep in mind certain herbicides don’t act on the above-ground plant and may require a post emergence herbicide with the appropriate adjuvants included with that

application. This will require a second look at your field prior to herbicide application. During that second look, also be checking for crop emergence as different pre-emergence herbicides will harm crops if applied after crop emergence. As always, read the label of all pesticides prior to application. To get information on current scissor cut samples and Predictive Equations for Alfalfa Quality readings in the Stearns-Benton-Morrison county area, tune to KASM 1150 AM or KTLF 960 AM radio. On the internet, search for “Minnesota Extension Crop News.” This article was submitted by University of Minnesota Extension’s Nathan Drewitz. v

the credit for providing our bounty each year — a double-edged sword at best. All of this begs the question of why farmers sign up for this gut-wrenching race against time every spring and fall. The only answer: because it’s what they know, and what they love to do — even if there is no other plausible explanation. Explanations don’t matter. It’s the tenacious, persevering, unrelenting spirit of a farmer, handed down from their ancestors, who gave them an insatiable love of land and livestock. It’s just who they are. Knowing when to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em was especially true for field cultivators and planters this spring — wielded by some of the gutsiest gamblers Las Vegas will never know. They just wish they got Kenny Rogers’ salary for knowing these things. Karen Schwaller brings “Table Talk” to The Land from her home near Milford, Iowa. She can be reached at v

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Beloved Iowan veterinarian publishes his memoir PELLA, Iowa — “Get Up, Get Going: Tales of a Country Veterinarian” by Dr. A.J. Neumann, D.V.M., and Renae B. Vander Schaaf is a treasure almost 93 years in the making. The captivating memoir — and winner of the 2018 Write Place Book Contest — chronicles the life of “Doc” Neumann from his birth in the downstairs bedroom of his family’s farmhouse in 1926, through his Depression-era childhood and WWII service, to his decades-long veterinary career dedicated to the farm families of northwest Iowa. Along the way, Neumann has gathered a collection of lessons and stories. Some are heart-wrenching, many are heartwarming. In “Get Up, Get Going,” he and co-author Renae B. Vander Schaaf share his favorites — including the most important lesson of all: “There’s no such thing as luck. God’s plan is already in place.” For years, Vander Schaaf, an independent writer, columnist and published author from Alton, Iowa, heard stories about the local veterinarian and famed

draft horse expert. “My husband and I would often travel to Amish country or attend horse events, which I wrote about for agriculture papers,” said Vander Schaaf. “When someone found out we were from around Orange City, they would ask, ‘Do you know Doc Neumann?’ I didn’t, but my husband did. Doc Neumann was his family’s veterinarian when he was growing up.” In 2016, Vander Schaaf finally met Neumann in person over coffee and agreed to start writing down his story. Over the next year, they spent hours at a time sitting at Neumann’s kitchen table, talking about his childhood escapades, his most memorable cases, how he met his wife, Mary Virginia, and much more. He told stories while she typed, and soon they

had a full-fledged book on their hands. In December 2017, Vander Schaaf learned of the Write Place Book Contest — a biannual competition which provides aspiring authors a chance to win free publication. She decided to enter “Get Up, Get Going” just before the contest deadline and without telling Neumann. When the book won, it came as a wonderful surprise to both authors. “I never thought anyone would care to read about me and my experiences,” said Neumann. “But Mrs. Vander Schaaf and I have captured the spirit of my story.” “Get Up, Get Going” is available for purchase online at Amazon and An e-book version will be available soon. v

Do you know Doc Neumann? By RENAE B. VANDER SCHAAF The Land Correspondent There really isn’t a more fitting time to finally have this book published than during National Ag Week. The old-time veterinarian was mighty important to farmers as together they worked to keep livestock healthy and alive, thereby protecting their livelihoods.

AJ Neumann was fresh out of college when he came to Orange City in 1949. It was a town clear across the state from the eastern Iowa community that he grew up in. When he came to Sioux County, there were 2,971 farms with an average size of 161 acres. Livestock was plentiful. If you like numbers, here is what the See NEUMANN, pg. 7

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‘Get Up! Get Going!’ is a walk through veterinarian’s history NEUMANN, from pg. 6 census said about the animals in Sioux County: 78,200 cattle and calves, 215,460 pigs and hogs, 6,511 sheep and lambs, 593,812 poultry and 3,333 horses and ponies. Several of these species could be found on most farms. Over two years ago, Neumann and I began working on this book, “Get Up! Get Going!” We made this decision after having coffee together with Lee and Bonnie Meier at their charming store, Jubon Juweelen. In January we began recording his stories around his coffee table. As he spoke, I would type the words into my computer. Most of these stories I was hearing for the first time. He has an entertaining way of speaking, so at times we were laughing or close to tears. It never ceases to amaze me the life situations this man experienced. About mid-way through our work we would take a coffee and almond patty break to consider what we had just written. At the very last minute (and I mean last minute) I submitted the manuscript to The Write Place in Pella, Iowa. This is one time I was grateful computers are instant. Write Place offers a book contest every two years. One day my phone rang. It was Sarah Purdy from The Write Place with the most unbelievable news. Our manuscript had won. I knew Neumann’s story was good, for I enjoyed almost every minute of working with him on this project. But to win first prize was just the ultimate surprise! The Write Place has been so very patient and a real joy to work with. They have made very good suggestions and designed an excellent cover for us. There

Author Renae B. Vander Schaaf collaborated with Dr. A.J. Neumann to produce the award-winning book. are plenty of unknowns in the publishing world. The Write Place helped us in many ways. We thought we had done plenty of editing, but it seemed like there was always one more edit or addition. When a man has a great memory and has lived over 92 years, there is plenty of life to remember with the challenge of accurately recording it as best we could. “Get Up! Get Going!” is a walk back in history as Neumann remembers the Depression years well. Perhaps it’s the girl side in me, but I really like the chapter where he met his wife. It is just so special how their love blossomed. She truly was his life’s partner in his business.

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nity to learn about safe equipment operation and general farm safety. Completing this or other similar programs is required for youth who wish to work off of their family farm or homestead with equipment over 20 horsepower. — Contact Michael Cruse at or (507) 765-3896 June 18-19 — International Precision Dairy Conference — Rochester, Minn. — Topics include digital dairy trends; robotic milking; precision dairy management; producer panels; industry updates; and the latest research. Trade show features precision technology and equipment. — Contact Marcia Endres at or (612) 624-5391 June 18 — AgOvation — Spencer, Iowa — This is a researched-based competition that challenges youth teams to explore and develop innovative science-based solutions to agricultural problems that they identify in their communities. — Contact Jo Engel at or (712) 262-2264

Amidst the stories throughout the book, he grapples with an underlying question that is asked in the first chapter. He ponders a comment by a local pastor that never leaves his mind. He finds some answers when he experiences a life-changing incident in a small barn — an appropriate place for a country veterinarian. Life wasn’t always easy, nor did it go on auto-pilot. At the peak of his career, he abruptly closed his thriving veterinary practice and gained a reputation as “Horse Doc” which opened up a whole new life and experiences for him and his wife Mary Virginia. I first heard of this man when my farmer and I would travel to Amish Country or attend horse events while writing for agriculture papers. When they found out we were from Orange City, we would be asked, “Do you know Doc Neumann?” Of course, my farmer did, as Doc Neumann was their veterinarian when Dave was growing up. He has a few stories he can tell about the Vander Schaaf family. I am thankful that strangers piqued my interest on this man. Next time I am asked, the question, “Do you know Doc Neumann? My answer will be, “Yes, indeed. He is an amazing gentleman.” It has been a unbelievable privilege to work with AJ Neumann on this book. I hope you will enjoy it as much as we did in writing it. Feel free to contact me if interested in a book or having Neumann speak. He still is going strong. Renae B. Vander Schaaf is an independent writer, author and speaker. Contact her at (605) 530-0017 or v

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Ammonia fertilizer production in your back yard? By TIM KING Professor of Biorefining, estiThe Land Correspondent mates that ammonia fertilizer production uses “around one to MORRIS, Minn. — The two percent of the world’s total University of Minnesota’s West energy supply”. Central Research and Outreach Center has been proMike Reese, Director of ducing nearly carbon-free Renewable Energy at the ammonia fertilizer at its WROC, says conventional unique pilot wind to nitrogen ammonia fertilizer production plant since 2013. They are now also is generally done in large, ready to take small-scale green capital-intensive industrial nitrogen production to the facilities far from where its next level. end use will be. That’s because the necessary high pressure Ammonia fertilizers, such as and intense heat which are anhydrous ammonia and urea, required generally are best use large amounts of the methsuited to large industrial facilane from natural gas to obtain ities. the hydrogen required to produce the widely used fertiliz“Most of the anhydrous ers. The nitrogen is manufacammonia we use in this area tured from the atmosphere as comes from plants on the Gulf a by-product of making hydroCoast or Canada,” Reese said. gen. The two elements are sepThe idea for the ammonia arated from their original production facility at WROC material, methane and air, came when it was realized the using the Haber-Bosch process the University’s two wind gendeveloped by German chem- The West Central Research and Outreach erators, which generate 5,400 ists Fritz Haber and Carl Center’s pilot ammonia plant uses wind-genkilowatt-hours annually, had Bosch. Then the process com- erated electricity to capture hydrogen from more generating capacity than bines the nitrogen and hydro- water. what was immediately needed. gen, using a catalyst along Now, using about 10 percent of the electricity from with very high heat and pressure, to form ammonia. the wind generators, the small plant at WROC is able The process of making ammonia fertilizer, as it is to replace natural gas with water as a source for conventionally done, requires immense amounts of hydrogen. That hydrogen is then fused with atmoenergy. Roger Ruan, University of Minnesota spheric nitrogen to make ammonia.  “We are able to use electrolysis to separate the ON THE COVER: Interested parties tour the West Cen- hydrogen and oxygen that make up water,” Reese tral Research and Outreach Center’s nitrogen plant. said. Researchers believe the plant can be replicated by Once the hydrogen has been captured from water, cooperatives to drastically reduce the cost of ammothe Haber-Bosch process can proceed as usual using nia fertilizer. electricity from the research station’s wind generators. The result has been that WCROC, for a number of years, has been supplying a local cooperative it’s locally made-from-the-wind anhydrous ammonia.  University researchers had made their point. Ammonia fertilizer could be made on a small scale The Land office will be closed using wind-generated electricity and carbon-free on July 4th water as its source of hydrogen. “Even though the renewable ammonia pilot plant has capacity to produce 28 tons per year, we wanted to demonstrate that this could be done locally and for The Land on July 12th scaled up on a farmers cooperative scale,” Reese said. “We imagined farmers from two or three counties DISPLAY ADS - Ad copy due getting together and building one of these plants.”    Wednesday, July 3rd “We wanted to demonstrate that this could be done locally on a farmers’ cooperative scale,” Reese said. CLASSIFIED LINE ADS - Ad copy due “We imagined farmers from two or three counties Friday, July 5th getting together and building one of these plants.”  But the conventional Haber-Bosch system has inef-


Mike Reese (left) Director of Renewable Energy at the West Central Research and Outreach Center, explains the function of the Center’s renewable ammonia plant. The plant has the capacity to produce 28 tons per year. ficiencies. It’s similar to refining gasoline from crude oil. Neither system is efficient but both are necessary to sustain our way of life so we accept these inefficiencies, Reese says. Producing ammonia on a small scale, using electricity to separate the hydrogen from water, is even more inefficient. The restless minds of the University’s engineers and researchers found that level of efficiency to be unacceptable. So, they’ve spent a number of years experimenting and testing more efficient methods of making ammonia fertilizer. They’ve developed a system in the laboratory that is much more efficient and that require less pressure. Because the pressure requirements are less, it’s expected that small scale ammonia production facilities, using the new process, may be feasible. The new process is called “Absorbent Enhanced Ammonia Production” and it was developed by professors Ed Cussler, Lanny Schmidt, and Alon McCormick in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Material Science. The U.S. Department of Energy, which is helping fund the project through its REFUEL program, describes the process as follows: “The University of Minnesota will develop a smallscale ammonia synthesis system using water and air, powered by wind energy. Instead of developing a new catalyst, this team is looking to increase process efficiency by absorbing ammonia at modest pressures as soon as it is formed. The reactor partially converts a feed of nitrogen and hydrogen into ammonia, after which the gases leaving the reactor go into a separator, where the ammonia is removed and the unreacted hydrogen and nitrogen are recycled. The ammonia is removed completely by selective absorption, which allows the synthesis to operate at lower pressure. This reduced pressure makes the system suitable for smallscale applications and more compatible with intermittent energy sources. The success of preliminary See FERTILIZER, pg. 12

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By DICK HAGEN Fall application of urea has been an area of focus There are two types of inhibitors: nitrification and The Land Staff Writer Emeritus the past several years. Urea is a neutral molecule urease. Nitrification inhibitors slow the microbial that is water soluble, and can move without being action that converts nitrogen in the soil to nitrate — and BRAD CARLSON converted to nitrate first. Additionally, anhydrous making it subject to loss. Urease inhibitors prevent University of Minnesota Extension ammonia has nitrification (the process where nitro- urea from volatilizing and blowing off into the air. Be OWATONNA, Minn. — At the gen converts to nitrate, and is therefore susceptible careful to not confuse the two. The active ingredient, North American Farm and Power to loss) inhibition properties due to its temperature, NBPT, present in Agrotain and its generic equivaShow, which took place in midpH, and hydrophilic nature. Urea does not and will lents (as long as the percent active ingredient is March in Owatonna, Minn., Brad Carlson start to convert to nitrate rapidly following applica- taken into consideration), are recommended when University of Minnesota Extension tion. Historically, there was more evapotranspiration urea is going to be left on the surface without incorEducator Brad Carlson conducted a “Smart Nitrogen” (water being used or evaporated) than precipitation poration. If you band apply, or practice incorporation session. Carlson, a licensed professional soil scienin the western side of the state, meaning on average within a couple of days of application, you will see tist, got everyone’s attention when he posted quesurea would stay in place regardless of when it was little, if any benefit from their use. tions Minnesota farmers most frequently ask him. I applied. The climatic averages have changed draI split-apply my nitrogen and am conasked him to trim it down to six. sidering using two splits. Is there an Recommended, or Best Management Nitrogen suggestions for first and second-year corn following alfalfa advantage to this? First-year corn Second-year corn Practices for Nitrogen are applicable for a Soil Irrigated or Alfalfa age termination following alfalfa following alfalfa The philosophy of split applying nitrogen is high percentage of situations, but not all. They Texture non-irrigated (years) time (pounds N/acre) (pounds N/acre) that you are concerned you might lose some are based largely on soil types and climate Coarse Irrigated 1 Fall or spring 140-170 140-170 prior to the corn needing it. If you do not think averages. Due to variability of soils across the Coarse Irrigated 2 or more Fall or spring 70-150 70-150 you have risk to loss, there is no advantage to landscape and climate from year to year, one Coarse Non-Irrigated 1 Fall or spring 40-80 80-120 split applying. You would be better off saving should continue to evaluate application prac Coarse Non-Irrigated 2 or more Fall or spring 0-20 0-80 the cost of an additional trip across the field, tices based on the current situation. Nitrogen and the risk that the weather may make it difBoth 1 Fall or spring 40-80 80-120 behavior is dynamic in the environment and it Medium ficult to apply the split. Split applications are is not always possible to know the exact right Medium Both 2 or more Fall 0-20 0-80 often advantageous when there are several thing to do. Nevertheless, one should always Medium Both` 2 or more Spring 0-40 0-80 weeks to months between the time of applicamake decisions based on the science of how Fine Both 1 Fall or spring 40-80 80-120 tion and when the corn needs nitrogen. Most nitrogen fertilizer and nitrogen in general Both 2 or more Fall 0-20 0-80 split applications are applied from late May to behaves, as well as the current climatic condi- Fine Fine Both 2 or more Spring 0-40 0-80 mid-June. If you consider splitting twice, the tions. The following are a few questions which Notes: Includes pure stands of alfalfa and alfalfa/grass mixtures with at least 50 percent alfalfa in the stand. big question is when will the splits go on? Due have been posed over the years, and how one Coarse = sands and sandy loams; medium = loams and silt loams; fine = clays, clay loams and silty clay loams. to rapid growth of corn in June, it is likely your can walk through the situations logically to Alfalfa age at termination — includeing the establishment year if alfalfa was direct seeded without a small grain companion crop. splits will need to be applied within a couple make an informed decision on what is best. An additional 30-40 pounds of nitrogen per acre can be applied to corn during the growing season if necessary weeks of each other. Then the question is, what based on the University of Minnesota supplemental nitrogen worksheet — available at I farm on the boundary of a BMP is the risk of loss between the first and second region, with land on both sides. Which split? The answer is that under most circumstances matically over the last couple decades, meaning fall BMP should I use? applied urea is vulnerable to loss due to water move- the risk of losing a significant amount of nitrogen durThe BMP region boundaries follow county lines — ment through the soil profile, or soil saturation. ing this time of the growing season is very low, and mainly because it would be difficult to delineate exact Research conducted over the last several years at the therefore there is very little benefit to using two splits boundaries based on soil type. You should consider Southwest Research and Outreach Center in instead of one. Please note the two exceptions to this your nitrogen BMP to be the one that best reflects Lamberton has shown fall application of urea has are on coarse-textured soils where the risk of loss is your conditions. For instance, Rice County is in the drastically underperformed compared to anhydrous great, and when using a variable rate nitrogen techSouth Central BMP region, but the northeast corner ammonia, or spring application of urea. The bottom nology where your advantage is using the time of the county has shallow soils with limestone out- line is, as long as it stays relatively wet, the applica- elapsed to gather more information to make a better croppings similar to the Southeast BMP region. If you tion of urea in the fall is not advisable for both eco- rate decision. farm land with these conditions, you should follow the nomic and environmental reasons. It has been an exceptionally wet spring. Do I Southeast BMPs rather than the South Central ones. need to apply supplemental nitrogen? We had a drought last year. How should I Similarly, some parts of southwest Goodhue County For the most part, nitrogen needs to convert to that borders Dodge County have very heavy and wet adjust my nitrogen application? soils. In this area, a fall application of anhydrous Drought affects nitrogen in the soil in two ways. nitrate in order to be lost. Because this conversion is ammonia with a nitrification inhibitor is probably First, an underperforming crop will not use available a microbial process, two major factors which affect it fine. Other parts of the state where you want to pay nitrogen efficiently, leaving it behind. Second, the are temperature and time. The loss processes for particular attention to this include the southwestern loss processes for nitrogen are water based, meaning nitrate include leaching through the profile, and corner of the state which has loess soils similar to the in a drought, nitrogen is likely to stay put in the soil. volatilizing through denitrification when the soil is southeast (where fall application is not recommend- We typically do not consider carryover nitrogen as a saturated. It is not easy to know exactly how much ed), and parts of the central part of the state with fine factor; but the instance of a drought is a case where nitrogen may have been lost, but based on these factextured soils. In these situations, fall application of we can credit nitrogen already in the soil. The tors, one can get a good sense for risk based on “how nitrogen might be OK compared to the majority of University of Minnesota recommends taking a two- wet” and for “how long.” The University of Minnesota this area that has coarse textured soils. foot soil sample for nitrate in the spring and adjust- has a worksheet to assist with evaluating the risk based on conditions and your application practices. If The use of urea applied in the fall is consid- ing down your application rates based on the results. it is exceptionally wet in the early part of the growered an acceptable practice in western Should I use Agrotain or a similar product on ing season, you should use the worksheet to help Minnesota, but this fall has been particularly urea? decide whether supplemental nitrogen is warranted.v wet. Is it still OK?

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Award-winning ag program focuses on career opportunities By KRISTIN KVENO agriculture is part of so The Land Staff Writer many jobs in Minnesota. In his classes there may only BELLE PLAINE, Minn. be a few students who go on — Bruce Mathiowetz has to actually farm; but there been an agriculture educaare plenty of opportunities tor and FFA advisor for to find employment in the Belle Plaine junior high and ag field. high school for 19 years. Throughout all of that time, Mathiowetz classroom is Mathiowetz loves that no filled with taxidermy. Some two years of educating stuwas made in the classroom, dents are ever the same. others were purchased. But “Every year is unique,” he all of “it becomes a talking admits. He added he enjoys point” when Mathiowetz learning right along with teaches. Instead of showing the students and finding an image of an animal, he’s subjects that spark interest able to point out the feain them. tures on taxidermy model. It brings concepts to life in In the Belle Plaine school the classroom. district, agricultural education begins in seventh grade Being the advisor of FFA Photos submitted means, “my FFA chapter where Mathiowetz “covers every ag career pathway.” Belle Plaine middle school students’ hands-on learning earned mirrors what I do in my He teaches 165 students a the ag education program the 2019 Region VII Outstanding Mid- classroom.” For example, “I day from seventh to 12th dle/Secondary Program by the Minnesota Association of Agriuse FFA to develop contest grade. For the students, “my culture Educators. prep material,” Mathiowetz job is to expose you to the said. “But that’s also being The Belle Plaine ag education pro- used in the classroom.” career options.” His classes cover everything from working with honey bees, gram was recently honored as the 2019 There are currently 65 students small engines, pre-vet science, wildlife Region VII Outstanding Middle/ involved in FFA in the Belle Plaine management and even taxidermy. Secondary Program by the Minnesota chapter. FFA members are involved on Mathiowetz has “taught over 30 differ- Association of Agriculture Educators. the state and regional levels. A Belle ent courses.” As for future classes, he This award was voted on by ag educa- Plaine chapter member has served as a would like to add landscape and horti- tors from around the state, making it regional officer for the last four years. culture as well as manufacturing with that much more meaningful for Mathiowetz’s son and Belle Plaine CNC lasers. (CNC lasers utilize nitro- Mathiowetz. “I’m honored. I don’t know gen and helium atoms to produce inten- if I’m doing anything different than sive light which can be used to cut and any other teacher in the region.” He engrave various materials such as admits, “it’s nice to be recognized.” wood and metal.) Mathiowetz has plenPart of ag education for Mathiowetz ty of other class ideas as well. “The is helping the students discover that wish list is long,” he said.

Students’ work with honey bees included extracting the honey from the hives. chapter member, James, is the current state FFA sentinel. As technology has evolved over his teaching career, so has Mathiowetz. “I think the success of the program is that I’m meeting the students were they are and where they want to be.” While every student is different, it’s finding what ignites that spark of learning that Mathiowetz enjoys year in and year out. v

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Accurate records vital for nutrient management planning ST. CLOUD, Minn.— Applying manure at (or below) required nitrogen rates is one method to assure that ground water and surface waters are protected. Efficient manure management planning and keeping detailed records of manure and fertilizer applications is not only a requirement for many farms, but can also help greatly reduce production costs. Stearns County Environmental Services Department is available to provide information and examples to assist with keeping adequate records of manure application. Private consultants and co-ops are also resources for both manure management planning and manure record keeping, and the Soil and Water Conservation District may have incentive funds available that involve manure land application record keeping. The MN Pollution Control Agency factsheet, “Land Application of Manure: Minimum State Requirements” is helpful to know what requirements apply to your farm. Regular manure and soil testing is not only helpful in determining the appropriate rates of manure to apply to crop fields but also required for most animal feedlots. Once results from three consecutive years of testing show consistent nutrient content in the manure for animal feedlots — with manure storage structures storing manure from 100 animal units or more — manure testing is required to be done every four years. Soil testing is required to be done every four years for animal feedlots operating with 300 animal units or more. The University of Minnesota offers advice on manure and soil sampling on their website. Knowing what nutrients are already available to your crop from previous manure and/or fertilizer applications (starter, irrigation water, etc.) or from previously harvested legume crops (alfalfa, soybeans, etc.) is important in nutrient planning. The crop may need little to no fertilizer — depending on your crop rotation and application history. See the MPCA factsheet, “Determining Manure Application Rates,” for more information. The University recommendations provide a maximum return to N (MRTN) value. The MRTN is the rate that maximizes profit using a cost of fertilizer relative to the value of corn ratio. At N application rates which exceed the MRTN, there is an increased likelihood of N leaching/loss. Therefore, the MPCA expects N application rates to be consistent with the 3 4 t h Annual


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appropriate MRTN values. The maximum MRTN values are 180 pounds of nitrogen per acre for corn following corn; 140 pounds of nitrogen per acre for corn following soybeans. For corn grown on non-irrigated loamy fine sands with less than 3 percent organic matter, the University recommends reducing the nitrogen application to 100 pounds of nitrogen per acre for corn following corn and 70 pounds of nitrogen per acre for corn following soybeans. Alfalfa is a crop which often receives more nutrients than needed. The U of M does not recommend applying nitrogen to alfalfa that is seeded in medium or fine-textured soils because it might reduce nodulation. Small amounts of fertilizer supplying about 25 pounds of N per acre may enhance establishment when alfalfa is seeded in a coarse-textured soil. “In 2016, considerable changes were made to the nitrogen recommendations for corn following alfalfa. The recommendation for first-year corn following alfalfa is now 0-40 pounds of N for medium and fine textured soils when alfalfa is two or more years old at the time of termination — less than half of what was recommended prior to 2016. Large changes were also made to second-year corn following alfalfa on medium and fine textured soils, which limits N applications to less than 80 pounds an acre. The timing and age of alfalfa at termination both play a role in how much N is recommended.” There are a few things to keep in mind concerning manure handling. Manure pits need to be properly agitated before taking a manure sample. Maintain a perimeter fence around your manure pit to avoid any accidents. Inspect the pit liner during pump-out for any damage. Remove any trees growing around the pit to avoid potential damage to the liner. Keep a log book in your tractor to record any manure applica-

tions. Manure record keeping forms and instructions can be found on the MPCA feedlot webpage. Many farms are finding the service of a Certified Animal Waste Technicians helpful in making their spring and fall field work seamless. CAWTs are licensed by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to apply manure for-hire, meaning they bill or invoice for the service or receive other compensation for the service. The licensing requires CAWTs to follow University of Minnesota recommendations for nutrient applications and to ensure that over application does not occur. When selecting a CAWT, ensure they have a valid CAWT license. Ask for references from other landowners. Be sure your CAWT knows your manure storage capacity and keep lines of communication open to ensure you get accurate records of where your manure is being applied and at what rates. If possible, give the CAWT a copy of your most recent MMP so they know where manure was applied the previous crop year and which crops were previously grown. Review the Runoff Risk Forecast Tool from the MDA with your CAWT to ensure manure is applied at the appropriate time. Provide the CAWT a map of your sensitive features so the applicator knows where wells, open tile inlets and surface waters are located. All manure applications are required to meet setbacks to sensitive features. In general, if manure is surface applied and not incorporated within 24 hours, a 300-foot setback is required to all water features. For more information on regarding manure application setbacks, see the MPCA factsheet, “Applying Manure in Sensitive Areas.” This article was submitted by University of Minnesota Extension. v

Tractor to partially run on ammonia FERTILIZER, from pg. 8 experiments suggests that this new approach may be fruitful in reducing capital and operating costs of ammonia production.” The absorbent is an ordinary salt called magnesium chloride. Reese says that the magnesium chloride had some inefficiencies itself — because it wasn’t stable and needed to be replaced too often. “The absorbent isn’t stable unless it’s supported by being combined with an inert substance like sand” he said. The researchers have developed a way to make the salt last and they will be ready to start operating their new pilot plant in April. Reese says moving the process from the laboratory to a pilot plant involves a lot of unknowns. He calls the period of time between the successful laboratory process to the successful and prolonged operation of

a pilot plant “Death Valley.” If Reese and the research team can make it across Death Valley with the new process, they are imagining more than just small to medium-sized wind to ammonia plants locally producing fertilizer. “We are converting a diesel tractor to run partially on ammonia,” Reese said. But, he points out, when looking at the total energy required to produce corn, tractors and transportation aren’t actually major users of carbon fuels on the farm. Grain drying is. Reese and the research team are also looking at a system to substitute propane and liquid natural gas with home-grown ammonia fuel to dry corn. The possibilities, it seems, are nearly unlimited.   v

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Farmers dodge raindrops to get crops in the ground Brandon Fast, Mountain Lake, Minn. – May 24

Nancy Rys, Rock Creek, Minn. – May 19

“We’ve had a little over three inches of rain since Friday.” The Land spoke with Nancy Rys on May 19 as she reported that she was able to plant up until the rain came on Friday evening. “We got a bean plot planted Friday and a corn plot planted Friday night.” The plots were planted for a seed customer of hers.

“We’re at 50 percent done with corn.” The Land spoke with Brandon Fast on May 24 as he was waiting for fields to dry out to resume planting. Fast started planting on May 15 and was able to be in the field for a few days until the rain came. Then what was forecasted to be two-tenths of an inch of rain on May 23 ended up being an inch of rain, sidelining planting. “We haven’t been able to put together a four or five day stretch,” Fast said. While the weekend looks sunny and dry the following week unfortunately does not. “Next week there’s a 30 percent chance of rain.” Fast hasn’t started soybeans, but he estimates that in the area about 10 percent of beans have been planted. “We’re later by far compared to 2018.” While there’s no serious talk from his seed customers about prevent plant, some are switching from corn to beans and some are making the switch to an earlier variety corn. If Fast can get in the field in the next five days he plans to still plant 102-day corn. “It’s a possibility maybe on Sunday afternoon we can get out (to plant),” Fast said. He needs a solid four or five days of planting to get all the corn and beans in the ground. While he normally likes to plant and then roll the beans and do pre-emerge, this year Fast may have to have all the focus on getting the crop in the ground — then doing everything else after that.

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Fast is optimistic though this spring is testing even the hardiest of optimists. “This is really starting to wear on a guy. Everybody’s just frustrated.” If the weather doesn’t start to cooperate soon, Fast believes there will be some tough decisions which need to be made. He hopes that it won’t come to that point.

John Haarstad, Rothsay, Minn. – May 17

John Haarstad finished planting his crops moments before The Land spoke with him on May 17. Haarstad began planting on May 5. “I’ve been going off and on until today.”

Haarstad finished planting soybeans first, then corn. This was the first time in the history of the Haarstad farm that they finished beans first. Haarstad wanted to get beans planted much sooner, but the weather had other plans. He finished planting beans on May 16. Haarstad had read research about the benefits of planting beans early and looks forward to seeing how the earlier-planted beans do this year. The completion of planting for Haarstad comes at a perfect time as rain is in the two-week forecast for 10 of those days. “We’d loved to be done by May 1 (with corn.)” While the May 1 deadline didn’t happen, Haarstad is happy to have everything in the ground. Last year he finished planting on May 12 and it was the best corn crop Haarstad had ever had. Now that the crops are in the ground and more rain is expected, Haarstad is happy to have planting complete. “It’s been interesting, but every year it’s an interesting year.” It’s time to bring on some sun and warm temperatures soon!


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With all the rain that fell this weekend, it will be a while until planting resumes for Rys. “We probably are at least a week out.” With temperatures in the 30s, it’s hard to believe that it’s late May — especially when a little snow fell on the Rys farm today.

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“We need several days of sun and wind and I don’t know if that’s in the forecast for this week.” While the rain and the cold temperatures can be discouraging, Rys remains grateful. “We always have to be thankful when we get anything planted.” Once Rys can get back in the field, she most likely will be switching to an 87-day corn. She estimates there’s about five days of planting left to do. She needs those planting days to be sunny and dry and to come soon!

Dale Bissen, Adams, Minn. – May 28

“We finished corn a week ago.” The Land spoke with Dale Bissen on May 28 as he was thrilled to have the crop in the ground. He started planting on May 12. “The corn is emerging very nice,” Bissen said. There were enough good weather days in a row to get the corn in quickly. Bissen started planting soybeans on May 26. Rain on May 27 put a stop to planting as three and a half inches of rain fell. It will be a week before Bissen can get back in the field. He has 600 acres of beans to plant and needs four or five days in the field to get that done. He’s not the only one trying to get the beans in the ground. “There’s quite a bit of beans not planted.” Once planting is complete, Bissen will focus on spraying. Bissen and his son, Kim, both drive school buses. That’s almost three hours a day they spend doing that during the school year. It’s been hectic trying to juggle planting with the school bus schedule, but May 31 is the last day of school. That will make getting the bean crop in a little easier. While Bissen still has some planting left to do, he knows some people who haven’t yet started in the field. It’s been a wet and wild spring. The forecast for the week calls for more chances of rain with temperatures in the 70s which is not what Bissen needs to dry out the fields. “We just need nice, hot weather.”

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Hair care products have a flair of the farm By KRISTIN KVENO retirement, Legred was getting ready to The Land Staff Writer distribute her haircare products. She was almost 60 when she started her BRICELYN, Minn. — Haircare and haircare line and it’s currently in its farming have always gone together for third year. Paulette Legred. So it only made sense for Legred to develop haircare products While Farm to Fashion is a relatively derived from farm ingredients. new company, Legred has already had to expand the warehouse. “We’re just growLegred’s journey to creating her own ing so fast,” she said. Legred believes the haircare line began in Bricelyn, Minn. key to the haircare line’s popularity is where she was raised on a farm. She that the consumer appreciates the farmlater married her high school sweetderived products. heart, Kevin, and they started farming near Bricelyn. In addition to farming, The moisturizers are made from corn, Legred had a great interest in hair and beeswax, soybeans and macadamia nuts. began her career as a hair stylist at the The hair protein is from sheep’s wool. JC Penney’s salon in Albert Lea, Minn. The scents are from ruby red grapefruit. where she worked for four years and was Legred sells her products to hair salons also the salon manager. “It was a wonand to consumers directly from the comderful launching point for me,” Legred Photos submitted pany’s website. She initially began callsaid. ing on salons directly and knocking on Paulette Legred’s Lis’n products are made using farm-derived ingredients. Legred and her husband started their doors. The word quickly got out. “A few family and she stayed at distributor. She was also a guest artist for Matrix. distributors literally called me.” It was word of home for four years to She had the opportunity to work for Sam Brucato as mouth that really got sales going as “salons tell other care for her children, sales director. “It was an honor and a blessing.” It was salons about it.” Soon business was booming. “Last Alicia and Justin. In during her time as sales director though, that Legred year we had a 93 percent increase over the last year,” 1986, Legred opened began dreaming of her own haircare line. “That’s she said. Country Cutting in her when I started getting the bug,” she admitted. “Gee, Lis’n is currently found in salons in 12 states. “We’d house in the country. can I have my own brand?” love to expand,” Legred said. Her five-year goal is to Having the hair salon on Legred decided it was time to take the leap and have a stronger distribution network. “We say we the farm just made sense began to develop her own haircare line called Lis’n ship directly from our farm,” claimed Legred, and it as Legred believes that Farm to Fashion. She worked with a chemist and doesn’t get any closer to the farm than the warehouse farmers and hair stylists creative designer to produce the line. “Without those located right on Legred’s farm. share similar traits. two key people I couldn’t done it,” she said. Legred While Legred would like to continue to grow her They both have a pasgives credit to her husband for the name. It was business, she has definite ideas of what that expansion for their work. Kevin that came up with the idea to call it Farm to sion will entail and what it won’t. She would like to “They’re proud of what Fashion. continue to sell directly to salons and through her they do,” Legred said. website. “I have no interest in being in Ulta or Developing a haircare line that had clean ingrediShe sold her salon in or,” she said. ents was important to Legred. Using farm-derived 1998 and embarked on a products was vital in making quality products. The biggest challenge of having her hair care line career as an account When most people her age were getting ready for executive for a haircare Paulette Legred See LIS’N, pg. 15

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Lis’n is a family business LIS’N, from pg. 14 is inventory control. “I didn’t really anticipate the difficulty in that,” Legred said. Her daughter-in-law, Amy, is the vice present of operations for Lis’n and worked on the inventory control side. “She’s really, really good.” For Legred, what is one of the best parts of having her haircare line? “The people that have known me all these years were the first ones to support me.” It’s a family business as Legred’s daughter, Alicia is a lawyer and does all her contracts. Her son Justin has the vision for the company and provides the heavy lifting.

Creating a successful haircare line utilizing farm-derived products is what Legred is proud of, but she’s also proud of her family which has been an integral part of the success of the company. As Lis’n continues to grow, so does the satisfaction that Legred feels for putting the best products out there that she can while at the same time honoring her agricultural roots. For more information on Lis’n, visit Editor’s note: Lis’n and Farm to Fashion are trademarked brand names. v

USDA reopens continuous CRP signup The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency will accept applications beginning June 3, for certain practices under the Conservation Reserve Program continuous signup and will offer extensions for expiring CRP contracts. The 2018 farm bill reauthorized CRP — one of the country’s largest conservation programs. FSA stopped accepting applications last fall for the CRP continuous signup when 2014 farm bill authority expired. Since passage of the 2018 farm bill last December, FSA has analyzed the language and determined a limited signup — prioritizing water-quality practices — furthers conservation goals and makes sense for producers as FSA works to fully implement the program. This year’s signup will include such practices as grassed waterways, filter strips, riparian buffers, wetland restoration and others. Continuous signup enrollment contracts are 10 to 15 years in duration. Soil rental rates will be set at 90 percent of the existing rates. Incentive payments will not be offered for these contracts. FSA will also reopen signup for existing Conservation Reserve Enhancement

Program agreements. FSA plans to open a CRP general signup in December and a CRP Grasslands signup later. A one-year extension will be offered to existing CRP participants who have expiring CRP contracts of 14 years or less. Producers eligible for an extension will receive a letter describing their options. Alternatively, producers with expiring contracts may have the option to enroll in the Transition Incentives Program, which provides two additional annual rental payments on the condition the land is sold or rented to a beginning farmer or rancher or a member of a socially disadvantaged group. Producers interested in applying for CRP continuous practices, including those under existing CREP agreements, or who need an extension, should contact their USDA service center beginning June 3. To locate your local FSA office, visit More information on CRP can be found at This article was submitted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. v

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ASF demands attention moving into the fair/exhibit season As African swine fever spreads around the globe, pork industry and its partners all pulling together to prevent the entry of ASF into U.S. pig herds. ASF is one of three foreign animal diseases U.S. livestock producers and partners are working to exclude from the United States. Another is foot and mouth disease which would infect not just pigs, but cattle, sheep, goats, deer and bison. Foot and mouth disease was eradicated from the United States in 1929. The third foreign animal disease being watched is classical swine fever which many of us know as hog cholera – a disease eradicated in the United States in 1978. Across the country, plans are in place establishing emergency foreign animal disease preparedness in livestock. Currently, secure food supply plans have been developed for milk, poultry, beef and pork. The purpose of the secure supply plan is to provide livestock producers with a workable continuity of business plan should a foreign animal disease occur. In the event of a foreign animal disease outbreak, livestock movement would be restricted, and preparation for such a catastrophe is the best way to ensure producers could continue to move animals off of the farm and move products to market. The secure supply plan also prepares producers for cooperating with animal health officials in the event of an outbreak, and provides consumers with confidence their meat, milk and egg supply is safe. State and federal officials, collaborating with the National Pork Board, industry and universities, have rolled out secure pork supply information to swine producers during 2018 and 2019. In Minnesota, Dr. Dave Wright’s appointment as the secure pork supply coordinator will end on June 30. Producers who have not yet put their secure pork supply plan into place are encouraged to get information from the national website (www.securepork. org), or through the University of Minnesota’s Extension website at UofMinnesotaSPSinfo. Extension swine educators Sarah Schieck and Diane DeWitte are also available to assist producers as they complete their farm’s secure pork supply plan. Traceability and movement management – It’s been proven that restricting movement of animals reduces the spread of disease; but that benefit has to be balanced with the costs of interrupting business. In addition, there is a real threat to animal welfare when they are kept in close proximity to diseased animals. A farm connected to a validated national Premises Identification Number is a key component in helping officials determine disease control areas and potential movement of animals. Enhanced biosecurity – Four important concepts have been identified to tighten up a producer’s biosecurity effort: Identify a biosecurity manager; maintain detailed records; draft a written, site-specific biosecurity plan and document the training; and create a premises map. Training, response and surveillance – Swine farm




personnel must become familiar with the three most common swine foreign animal diseases. It should be noted African swine fever, foot and mouth disease and classical swine fever are not public health or food safety concerns. SWINE & U Meat will still be safe to eat. By Diane DeWitte However, these diseases are very contagious in swine, and each team member on the pig farm should be able to recognize clinical signs. Currently, swine producers are asked to keep a daily observation record of their pigs, and doing so will help provide timely documentation in the event of a disease outbreak. If suspicious signs are observed, farm personnel will be asked to collect oral and nasal swab samples to submit for testing. Any suspicions about pig health should be reported to a veterinarian immediately. Premises ID number – The national premises ID number (PIN) is a unique seven-character identifier assigned to a premises where pigs are produced, kept or moved through. Each state’s Board of Animal Health manages the identification program and assigns the PIN for producers. National PINs are not specific only to swine and premises where any food animal is raised can have a PIN. Today more than 95 percent of swine premises use the national PIN. The pork industry is striving to reach 100 percent adoption of PINs. Not only will accurate PINs on every pig farm provide pinpoint accuracy to reduce disease spread, but PIN use demonstrates a superior traceability system to the United States’ international trade partners. PINs are a key component of the Pork Quality Assurance Plus (PQA+) site assessment, and many packers require a PQA+ site assessment as a condition of sale. Since January 2015, all sows and boars sold into the food chain must have an ear tag containing the farm’s PIN. The numbers are also required by many major swine shows and exhibitions. To obtain a PIN, producers can contact the Minnesota Board of Animal Health at www.bah. or call (651) 201-6816. Validate the correct PIN location – A team from University of Minnesota’s Department of Veterinary Population Medicine took a close look at PIN information and found two types of accuracy problems. First, PINs linked to a site with incorrect address or longitude and latitude coordinates. The PIN must be connected to the actual physical address where the animals are located. For emergency response activities, the PIN must correspond

to the animal location. There are also occasions when one PIN is recorded for several geographically distinct sites. Producers with more than one farm or barns on several locations need to get a separate PIN for each site. In the case of a disease outbreak, if multiple barns/farms are connected to one PIN, all of the facilities would be designated as infected, even if only one actually was. Swine exhibitors must implement meticulous biosecurity before, during and after a pig show. The University of Minnesota’s Biosecure Entry Education Trailer has hit the road this month to help 4-H livestock exhibitors learn about keeping their animals safe from diseases. Some biosecurity highlights for youthful swine exhibitors include these pointers: Before going to the fair, clean and disinfect all show equipment. If the animal is sick, DO NOT take it to the show! At the fair, wash hands often with soap and running water. If water isn’t available, use an alcoholbased hand sanitizer. Do not share equipment with other exhibitors. After the fair, isolate pigs for up to 30 days following the show and watch for signs of illness. Clean and disinfect all show equipment, feed and water buckets, pans and containers. Any pigs showing signs of illness should be seen by a veterinarian immediately. Next step – Minnesota’s Board of Animal Health has developed a “next step” for producers who have completed their farm’s secure pork supply plan. A checklist completed by their herd veterinarian can be submitted to the board of animal health. That information will further assist Minnesota’s animal health officers determine if a movement permit can be issued in the event of an foreign animal disease movement restriction. As swine producers learn more daily regarding African swine fever’s movement in other parts of the world, they will continue to hear about the secure pork supply plan. The SPS is voluntary. Countless hours and thought have gone into preparing the pig community for continuity of business in the event of a foreign animal disease outbreak. More details or assistance can be found at www., or by contacting University of Minnesota Extension swine educators Sarah Schieck at or Diane DeWitte at Diane K. DeWitte is a University of Minnesota Extension Swine Educator located in Mankato, MN, and can be reached at v

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Trade and tariff news brings relief to dairy farmers This column was written for the marCouple that with a 1,000-head decrease keting week ending May 24. in April.” The May 17 announcement that the Dairy cow culling dropped in April from United States would lift steel and alumiMarch, but was above April 2018. The num tariffs on Canada and Mexico drew latest Livestock Slaughter report shows praise from dairy producers and procesan estimated 268,500 head were slaughsors this week and raised hopes in the tered under federal inspection. This is dairy industry. Mexico, in turn, lifted its down 33,900 head from March, but retaliatory tariffs against U.S. cheese 19,600 or 7.9 percent above a year ago. MIELKE MARKET exports. The break in the log jam could The four-month total stands at 1.15 milWEEKLY improve dairy prices and the chances for lion head, up 62,100 or 5.7 percent from passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Free a year ago. By Lee Mielke Trade Agreement and perhaps help Market analyst Jerry Dryer said in end the trade dispute with China. the May 27 Dairy Radio Now broadThe U.S. Department of cast he expects U.S. cow numbers to Agriculture announced details of its plan to aid to continue to decline. He looks for milk output to fall U.S. farmers hurt by the China trade war. $14.5 bil- below a year ago, possibly even in April from revilion will be given in direct payments to farmers, sions we will see next month. based on single payment rates by county (which n have yet to be determined). The announcement Milk output will also likely be impacted down the drew praise from dairy producer groups and dairy road considering what weather is currently doing to processors. crop planting. The latest Crop Progress report The National Milk Producers Federation estishows only 49 percent of the corn crop was planted mates that dairy farmers have lost at least $2.3 bil- as of the week ending May 19. This is up from 30 lion through March due to the higher tariffs. percent the previous week, but down 29 percent Details on dairy’s share of the package are from a year ago and 31 percent behind the five-year unknown, but the International Dairy Foods average. Nineteen percent of the corn has emerged, Association stated, “The package will include important market facilitation payments to dairy farmers as well as financial resources to continue USDA purchases of dairy products including fresh, nutritious milk to benefit food banks and food insecure Americans.” IDFA added,”While we welcome this support for the dairy industry, we strongly hope trade mitigation measures are replaced in short order by expanded trade opportunities.” n


Meanwhile, while U.S. milk production in March fell below that of a year ago for the first time in six years, the USDA’’s preliminary 50-state data put April output up 0.1 percent according to the May 20 Milk Production report. Output was pegged at 18.43 billion pounds, with output in the top 23 producing states at 17.4 billion pounds, up 0.3 percent. Revisions lowered the original 50-state March total by 40 million pounds, to 18.873 billion pounds, down 0.6 percent from March 2018. April cow numbers in the 50 states totaled 9.328 million, down 1,000 from March, 90,000 below a year ago, and the 10th consecutive month that cow numbers were below a year ago since May 2016. Output per cow averaged 1,976 pounds, up 21 pounds from a year ago and the 42nd consecutive month of gain. The United States is decreasing its herd, says FC Stone. “There was a material downward revision in cow numbers for March (down 15,000 head from last month’s report), which means the herd fell a total of 25,000 head between February and March.

up from 10 percent the previous week, but 28 percent behind a year ago and 30 percent behind the five-year average. The report shows 19 percent of U.S. soybeans are in the ground, up from 9 percent the previous week, 34 percent behind a year ago, and 28 percent below the five-year average. n The cold storage data is “headed in the right direction,” Dryer said. Demand is “steady – nothing to write home about, but it is positive and moving product.” He added that removal of the tariffs will make it easier to move product into Mexico; though he admitted that the tariffs didn’t have a lot of negative impact. Dryer sees “a distinct possibility” of cheese hitting $1.90 to $2 per pound and butter approaching $3; adding the caution: “It will be supply-driven as we see the milk supply retrace here and other parts of the world.” The May 21 Global Dairy Trade auction ended 11 sessions of gain as the weighted average of products offered dipped 1.2 percent, following a rise of 0.4 percent on May 7. Sellers brought 34.2 million pounds of product to the market, up from 33.9 million in the last event. See MIELKE, pg. 18

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Dairy margins: Milk demand is up, so are feed supply costs MIELKE, from pg. 17

CME block cheddar closed the Friday before Memorial Day at $1.6825 per pound, up a penny on The losses were led by butter and powder. Butter the week and 7.25 cents above a year ago. The barwas down 3.2 percent after holding steady last time. rels finished at $1.58, down 4.5 cents on the week, Whole milk powder was down 2.1 percent following 3.5 cents below year ago, and 10.25 below the a 0.5 percent slippage. Anhydrous milkfat was off blocks. Only one load of block sold on the week and 1.4 percent after it was up 1.4 percent last time. 27 of barrel. Cheddar led the gains – up an impressive 15.2 Dairy Market News reported on the stark contrast percent after it dipped 2.4 percent on May 7. Skim this year in milk availability ahead of the Memorial milk powder was up 0.5 percent, following a 2.8 perDay holiday. It stated that at week 21 in 2015, cencent rise last time. tral spot milk prices reached $10 under Class. Week FC Stone equates the GDT 80 percent butterfat 21 spot milk prices in 2017 and 2018 averaged $4 butter price to $2.3441 per pound U.S., down 8.3 under and $3.50 under, respectively. Currently, cents from the last session. Chicago Mercantile reported prices ranged from 50 cents over to $2 Exchange butter closed May 24 at $2.3875. GDT under Class. cheddar cheese equated to $2.2006 per pound, up 28.8 cents from the last event and compares to May 24’s CME block cheddar at a bargain $1.6825. GDT skim milk powder averaged $1.1471 per pound, and Cheese production is steady week-over-week, compares to $1.1436 last time. Whole milk powder although down due to the marked difference in milk averaged $1.4423, down from $1.4737 last time. availability, according to Dairy Market News. CME Grade A nonfat dry milk closed May 24 at “Cheese demand was a little more bullish this week, $1.0450 per pound. but mostly steady. Cheese inventories remain long n nationwide, but regionally they are a little more in balance.” The USDA’s latest Cold Storage report shows April 30 butter stocks totaled 290.8 million pounds. Western contacts indicate the back track on This is up 21.1 million pounds or 7.8 percent from cheese prices prompted a little more interest from March, but were 16.5 million pounds or 5.4 percent buyers. Domestic demand is steady and more interbelow those in April 2018. national buyers seem willing to entertain offers. Inventories remain heavy, but the seasonal draw on American-type cheese, which includes cheddar, barrels and processed cheese products has helped was virtually unchanged, totaling 782.6 million bring stocks into better balance. Many cheese plants pounds, down 2.2 pounds from March but 2.3 milare running at or near capacity. lion pounds above a year ago. Butter saw some slippage on May 21, but rallied The Daily Dairy Report says while the American to close the week at $2.3875 per pound. This is up cheese decline was small, “the direction is remarkable in that American cheese stocks have not waned 4.75 cents on the week, but 2.75 cents below a year from March to April since 1993.” The Report adds it ago on seven sales. “helps explain why the CME spot cheddar barrel Dairy Market News says cream has been more market climbed to new calendar-year highs in April available for butter makers – likely due to the and traded at even greater values earlier this Memorial Day holiday. But plant managers saw month.” more cream than expected the previous week. Butter demand remains at or slightly above expecThe “other” cheese category climbed to 588.5 million pounds. This is up 20 million pounds or 3.5 per- tations. cent from March and 52.7 million pounds or 9.8 perWestern butter sales are mixed with reported cent above a year ago. declines in some areas and increases in others. The total cheese inventory climbed to a tad under However, the increases seem more prevalent than the declines. Cream supplies have been tightening 1.4 billion pounds, up 14.5 million pounds or 1 perin recent weeks and multiples are a bit up. Spot cent from March and 54 million pounds or 4.0 perloads of cream are still available to butter makers; cent above a year ago and the 54th consecutive but the volumes are lower and many are actively month stocks topped a year ago. producing butter to insure later coverages. n Spot Grade A nonfat dry milk closed May 24 at The June Federal order Class I base milk price $1.0450 per pound. This is a quarter-cent lower on was announced at $17.07 per hundredweight, up 65 the week, but 20.25 cents above a year ago. Twentycents from May, $1.82 above June 2018, and the one carloads exchanged hands on the week. highest Class I price since January 2017. It equates CME dry whey saw a May 24 close at 36 cents per to about $1.47 per gallon, up from $1.41 in May and pound, up 2 cents but 1.25 cents below a year ago, $1.31 a year ago. The six-month Class I average with seven sales reported for the week at the CME. stands at $15.94, up from $14.47 a year ago and compares to $16.27 in 2017. n


Dairy margins were mixed over the first half of May, improving slightly in some periods while slipping slightly in others, according to the latest Margin Watch from Chicago-based Commodity and Ingredient Hedging LLC. “The markets have been mixed as well with milk selling off briefly following a recent high in early May, while corn prices have spiked in response to continued planting delays,” the Margin Watch stated. “Milk is drawing strength from improved supply/ demand dynamics. According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau data for March, U.S. cheese exports rose to 82 million pounds. This is up 9.9 percent from last year and 3.3 percent more than February on a daily average basis. Large increases were noted for South Korea, Japan and Mexico in particular.” Whey exports however, continue to languish from the ongoing trade spat with China; as well as lower feed demand from the country in general due to fallout from the African swine fever epidemic ravaging their domestic herd. U.S. whey exports in March totaled only 35.2 million pounds, down 26.8 percent from last year. On the feed side, both corn and soybean meal prices have advanced recently in response to continued planting delays. “Significant delays are noted for key production states including Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Minnesota and South Dakota,” the Margin Watch concluded. Regarding the swine fever in China, FC Stone’s Shanghai office reports, ”The epidemic is still a complete mess. Another two cases were reported in the past week. These cases were in central China, 200300 kilometers away from prior outbreaks reported six months ago. It’s not easy to contain this virus, and some of our customers in China suggested every hog in the country may be at risk as their entire production model is doomed for a systematic collapse with their poor biosecurity standards. Let’s hope they’re overreacting,” FC Stone concludes. n Cooperatives Working Together member cooperatives accepted six offers of export assistance from CWT this week to help sell 335,103 pounds of cream cheese and 599,657 pounds of whole milk powder. The product is going to customers in Asia and South America from May through September. CWT’s 2019 exports now total 26.696 million pounds of American-type and Swiss cheeses, 3.962 million pounds of butter (82 percent milkfat), 2.308 million pounds of cream cheese and 26.511 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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Grain Outlook MFP questions are many, answers few The following marketing analysis is for the week ending May 24. CORN – Corn gapped higher to start off the week and extend the previous week’s string of higher closes. Corn closed higher a total of eight straight sessions – the longest streak in two years – before pulling back slightly when the first details of this year’s Market Facilitation Program were announced. Corn has closed higher nine out of the last 10 trading sessions. Weather provided the impetus for the recent rally when only 30 percent of the corn crop was planted by May 14 and 49 percent was planted by May 19. The average progress by May 19 is 80 percent complete. This left approximately 47 million acres of PHYLLIS NYSTROM corn to plant as of that date. CHS Hedging Inc. Illinois only had 24 percent of St. Paul their corn in the ground by May 19, which is 65 percent behind the 89 percent average. Minnesota was 56 percent planted vs. 83 percent average; South Dakota 19 percent vs. 76 percent average; Indiana was 14 percent complete vs. 73 percent average; and Iowa was 70 percent complete vs. 89 percent average. Corn was 19 percent emerged compared to 49 percent on average as of May 19. The average planted progress for May 26 is 90 percent complete. Forecasts continued to show above-average rainfall for the corn belt which limited progress as final planting dates approached. Let me preface this next section by saying we do not have all the details on the MFP.  Here’s what we see so far: Payments this year will be based on a single rate per county – not by commodity. There will be one level of payment paid out over three separate payments (if there are three payments), based on estimated trade damage per county.  Calculations for trade damage include U.S. exports to China, European Union and Turkey. The payment will be based on this year’s planted acres, but can’t exceed 2018 planted acres. It does not matter what commodity you plant, as long as the crop is program eligible. The payment price was not released. It could be different for every county. A total of $14.5 billion will be in direct payments to farmers. The first payment will be made in July or August. The second payment would be in November and the third in January (if See NYSTROM, pg. 20

Cash Grain Markets corn/change* soybeans/change*

Stewartville Edgerton Jackson Janesville Cannon Falls Sleepy Eye Average:

$3.64 +.42 $3.98 +.52 $3.89 +.34 $3.82 +.40 $3.65 +.42 $3.78 +.47


$7.63 +.25 $7.76 +.25 $7.73 +.25 $7.89 +.38 $7.64 +.24 $7.71 +.25


Year Ago Average: $3.51 $9.43 Grain prices are effective cash close on May 28. *Cash grain price change represents a two-week period.

Livestock Angles Little movement in livestock market

As we move toward the summer months, the livestock markets continue to remain in very unsettled positions. Many factors continue to dominate the future outlook for both the cattle and hog industries. There are the tariffs, the African swine fever which has dominated these markets, as well as the weather which has had its influence on market conditions. This has put the livestock markets in a rather large holding pattern through most of the spring — until a better long-term direction is found. Within these range bound situations over the past few months, the volatility has remained at the forefront as quick big moves JOE TEALE in either direction have not disBroker appeared. Great Plains Commodity The cattle market, which has Afton, Minn. been the most benign of the livestock trade, has remained in a virtual trading range from the end of October 2016 to a high in April 2017 and has remained in between that high and low to date. This means the supply and demand for beef has remained fairly stable with a few exceptions during this period. This points at the present time that a significant change in the supply and demand outlook will need to change significantly to break out of this long term trend. The latest U.S. Department of Agriculture’s monthly Cattle on Feed report released on May 24 indicated lighter placements than anticipated. This report is not likely to be enough to violate the upper limits of the long-term trading range, but will assist in supporting the low end of the trading See TEALE, pg. 21

Grain Angles Planning is a team effort In today’s environment, it’s important that producers continually challenge themselves and evaluate their business processes — not only to ensure the operation is growing, but that it’s also adapting to changes within the industry and marketplace. It’s easy to underestimate the power of trusted partnerships and measuring the operation’s success — both during the beginning stages of a new operation and regularly throughout the operation’s lifetime. Regularly evaluating what’s working well and what isn’t will help ensure the right practices are in place and the best people are on the team to achieve the business goals. As an operation grows and the industry evolves, it’s critical for individuals on the CASSIE MONGER team to have the right expertise Compeer Dairy Lending and skillset to adapt to the Specialist growth and continue driving the Waite Park, Minn. business forward. Prioritizing your goals and understanding how to build your team affects not only the success of your business, but also influences your team engagement and your role as a leader. If you want to remain successful in this industry well into the future, it’s paramount to embrace change initiatives and recognize that it doesn’t have to be done alone. Building Your Team When you start building your team, consider people who can hold you accountable for achieving your goals. Think beyond just your immediate team of employees and make sure you have connections to industry advisors and experts who can guide you in decision making by providing input. This core group of people will also be instrumental in following up with you on the success of your initiatives. It may involve stepping out of your comfort zone and involving individuals who are not currently in your circle of peers. Most businesses require a strong relationship with their advisors to be successful. Depending on the type of operation, your circle of influencers might include an accountant, financial advisors and lenders, nutritionists, agronomists and your veterinarian. Some of the greatest team members are those who are just there to listen and truly understand the goals and needs of your business. Look for team members who will be objective with an unbiased point of view and are able to point out bottlenecks and highlight overlooked opportunities. See MONGER, pg. 20

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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Delayed corn planting news nudges soybean prices higher NYSTROM, from pg. 19 market conditions warrant). Confused? Most are. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said it didn’t want growers to base this year’s planting decisions on the MFP. There have been requests to raise the insurance guarantee percentage for prevent plant acres from 55 percent to 70-90 percent. There isn’t much confidence in that happening. Prevent plant as an option this year is getting a lot of attention. In virtually every state, discussions are on-going between growers and their crop insurance agents and landlords. Without knowing what the MFP payment will be, how do you decide to go prevent plant or not if the calculation is close? I wish you all good luck. As far as weather is concerned, it may be an easy decision for those who won’t be able to get in the field for 7-10 days once the rain finally ends. The late planting will not only cut acres, but yields will likely see a significant drag from the USDA’s last 176-bushel per acre outlook. Private estimates are using a 170 bu./acre or less yield on their balance sheets. Prevent plant acres are currently estimated at 2-4 million acres, with some guesses as high as 6-10 million acres. At this juncture, a number of at least 4-6 million acres is gaining popularity. A corn carryout closer to 1–1.5 billion bushels vs. 2.485 billion bushels is becoming common. Weekly export sales were unexciting at 17.4 million bushels for old crop and below the 23 million bushels per week average needed to hit the USDA’s 2.3 billion bushel forecast. Total commitments are 12 percent behind last year, compared to the USDA’s forecast for a 5.7 percent decline in year-on-year exports. New crop sales were 7.3 million bushels, keeping total new crop commitments on par with last year. Weekly ethanol production was up 20,000 barrels per day to 1.071 million bpd. Stocks at 23.4 million barrels were up an impressive 1.1 million barrels. Margins were a negative 12 cents per gallon.

African swine fever in China has been discussed over the past several months. Next up, armyworms. It has been found in 13 Chinese provinces and is expected to spread into the northern corn areas. It has no natural predators in China. Fall armyworms have cut corn yields in other areas of the world by up to 20 percent with its favorite food being corn. In the United States, Bt corn is genetically engineered to kill the fall armyworm. Outlook: Weather (including prevent plant fall out), MFP details and trade relations around the globe are the drivers. The significant short position held by funds will add to the volatility and extend of the price moves. Look beyond your backyard for planting progress and what’s in store for the United States weather-wise for the next few weeks. The contract high in the December contract is $4.24 per bushel and will be the next upside target. There’s a lot of balls in the air for this time of year to base your marketing decisions on. Sharpen up those pencils and enjoy the ride that Mother Nature is giving us. Just don’t forget that things can change quickly when dealing with weather. For the week, July corn jumped 21 cents to $4.04.25, December soared 21.5 cents to $4.19.75, and December 2020 rallied 6.25 cents to settle at $4.14 per bushel. SOYBEANS – Perceptions of delayed corn planting meaning a larger switch to soybeans kept soybeans in a consolidation mode this week. Technically, soybeans posted a key reversal lower on May 21 which limited the upside for the balance of the week. As mentioned above, how the MFP and payments will play out for planting decisions is a big unknown. Some of the trade chatter suggests the trade war with China may drag out now that the farmer will receive a payment. Trade relations with China did not improve this week. In fact, they may be moving backwards. China said the United States needs to correct its wrongs to move negotiations along. No additional meetings

have been scheduled. Secretary Perdue hopes negotiations resume after the G20 summit at the end of June. China was a big buyer of Brazilian soybeans over the last two weeks. China still has nearly 265 million bushels of U.S. soybeans bought but unshipped. Will those bushels get executed, rolled into next year, or cancelled? Weekly export sales were within expectations for old crop at 19.7 million bushels, but virtually non-existent for new crop at 200,000 bushels. Old crop sales were the highest in seven weeks, but we’re still 17 percent behind last year vs. the USDA’s expectation for a 16.6 percent decrease in exports year-onyear. We need to average 7 million bushels per week to hit the USDA’s target of 1.775 billion bushels. Soybean planting as of May 19 was 19 percent complete vs. 47 percent on average – the slowest planting pace in 20 years. Illinois was only 9 percent planted vs. 51 percent average; Minnesota was 22 percent complete vs. 57 percent average; South Dakota 4 percent vs. 39 percent average; Iowa 27 percent complete vs. 55 percent average; and Indiana 6 percent compete vs. 43 percent average. This left an estimated 68.2 million acres of soybeans to plant. Soybean emergence was 5 percent compared to 17 percent on average. The trade is expecting soybean planting at 34-35 percent complete as of May 26 compared to 66 percent on average.  China announced they would run clinical trials on an African swine fever vaccine. There currently is no cure or vaccine for ASF.  Outlook: For the week, July soybeans gained 8 cents to settle at $8.29.75; November settled 9 cents higher at $9.56.25, and November 2020 soybeans were up 9.25 cents at $9.05.75 per bushel. Soybeans at this point are seen as being pulled higher by the weather driven rally in corn and wheat. As we approach June, ideas that soybeans may gain acres from the Market Facilitation Program could gain traction, but with the funds still maintaining a short position and other markets in an uptrend, soybeans will likely go along for the ride. v

Utilize your advisory team to pinpoint goals

MONGER, from pg. 19 It’s natural to assume family and friends should be a part of your advisory team. However, it’s not always appropriate for them to play this role. Emotions can run high and take precedence over fact-based decisions. It’s key to hold good working relationships. Whoever you chose, you need to trust them. Make sure their strengths fill gaps in your skillset and that they can challenge you to ensure the needs of the business are being met in accordance with your values. Behind every successful producer, there is a team of trusted supporters who cheer them on and help maintain focus. Identifying Goals Now that you have a strong team in place, utilize them to identify which areas of the business are most critical and begin to evaluate. Pinpoint where the

organization has opportunities to improve and where it’s already performing well. Conducting this analysis first will help you determine what opportunities are available. Next, do a market analysis. Where is the industry headed? Utilize the expertise of your advisory team and invite them to actively participate in the discussion as it pertains to your business. It will be useful in determining where your focus should be. It’s key to keep your past performance in mind. Know where you’ve come from to dictate where you are going. This step of the process can be challenging, but keep an open mind. Recognize it’s not easy to allow others to share their perspective or express their constructive feedback on something you are passionate about. It may feel they are being too critical at times, but as long as they truly understand the busi-

ness and know your goals, trust that they have your best interest in mind. Most importantly, be sure your team is setting achievable goals. It’s okay to challenge yourself with a few stretch goals, but setting objectives that are unobtainable will limit your progress and can leave you feeling defeated. Prioritizing and Creating an Action Plan Once you have established your goals, it’s time to bring them to life. Don’t let the list overwhelm you. A great place to start is by prioritizing which items are time sensitive, which make the most sense and which are the most valuable for your business. Break it down. Figuring out how to execute on your list of goals can be a challenge. To drive momentum, See MONGER, pg. 23

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Carlson leads Sustainable Farming Association’s new era By KRISTIN KVENO The Land Staff Writer The Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota’s mission is to support sustainable farming practices through farmer-to-farmer networking, education, innovation and demonstration. This non-profit organization has been a voice and a Connie Carlson resource in sustainable farming for over 25 years and counting. There’s currently nine chapters in SFA which cover the varying agricultural landscapes found in Minnesota. As newly-elected president of SFA, Connie Carlson brings her vast experience in both the agricultural and business sectors to the organization. Sustainable farming is nothing new for Carlson. In fact, she was raised on a diversified organic farm in Madison, Minn. The farming operation included hogs, small grains, corn and soybeans. Her parents, Carmen and Sally Fernholz, own A-Frame Farm and instilled in Carlson the importance of taking care of the land. “I had a deep connection to the land, soil and community.” After high school, Carlson went to the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn. where she earned her degree in English and theater. Life took her away from the farm and into sales and marketing where she worked for 20 years in the metro area. For six to seven of those years, Carlson collaborated on various food projects. “I got hooked backed into ag and the food world.” It was during that time she found out about the SFA Crow River chapter. She started sitting in on their board meetings and soon became passionate about SFA and what the organization represents in sustainable agriculture. “I started working on their garlic fest.” The festival is a celebration of all things garlic and is held every August at the McLeod County Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Minn. Carlson also started a food council. The Crow River Food Council was created by Carlson in 2014 to connect those in the community with healthy, local food choices.

She was able to do all that while working from home. The more opportunities she had to volunteer in the food and agriculture arenas, the more Carlson saw it as chance to make a difference. She then decided to apply for the position of New Crop Market Integration Specialist with the University of Minnesota Extension Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships. That led to the opportunity to serve as co-director of Statewide Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems with the RSDP and specifically with the Forever Green Initiative. FGI works towards developing new highvalue commodity crops with conservation in mind. As agriculture continues to evolve, more and more women are getting involved whether it’s farming or in agricultural leadership positions. For Carlson, “I’m excited about the range of voices we see coming to the table.” She points out that statistics show there’s been an increase in women farmers. Having a wide breadth of people involved with SFA gives the organization the depth of knowledge and experience that will only continue to strengthen it. “Our board is evenly populated of people and experiences.” There are farmers, chefs and business leaders who serve on the board and their wide-range of expertise is a great asset to the organization. In her role as president, Carlson sees opportunity to collaborate with those in the agriculture sector and beyond. “I’m excited to see where we can continue to innovate and bring those voices together. Agriculture is in a very challenging place right now. Farming is shifting. It’s a big time of change.” Whether it’s the low commodity prices or climate change-related issues, there are concerns in the agricultural community. Carlson understands those concerns and looks forward to the chance to work on those issues in her role in SFA. Carlson is proud of the work SFA is doing for soil health. She sees the importance of soil health for not only farmers, but for the community as a whole. That work includes hosting the Midwest Soil Health Summit which showcases experts in the soil health field. “As president, my work is to support the executive director, Theresa Keaveny.” Carlson feels that

Hog market acting ‘a bit tired’ TEALE, from pg. 19 range. Producers should remain aware of market conditions and protect inventories as needed. The hog market has been in a similar trading range since March 2015 to the present — although the trading range is considerably more volatile than the cattle market. The supply and demand for pork has had more dramatic changes during this period which accounts for the large swings in price during this large trading range. The same dynamics of the news which has affected all the livestock markets has particularly affected the hog market more than the other livestock. Currently we are near the top end of the large trad-

ing range and the market acts a bit tired at this juncture. It would appear we need to have further good news to assist in moving higher in prices in the short term; or this market could slip back in better support areas. The obvious area to assist in holding the market in the current area and having the potential to move higher would involve the demand for pork increasing from the African swine fever depletion of supplies in the Asian continent. This will continue to keep the hog market in potentially unsettled condition with a potentially volatile condition. This means that producers should stay in contact with current market conditions and protect inventories if needed. v

“Theresa is really the engine behind SFA.” Carlson will also be there to support the board of directors as well. She will assist SFA in implementing strategic planning connecting farmers and business leaders throughout the state. When Carlson is not busy collaborating with farmers and business people, she enjoys spending time with her family which includes husband, Eric; daughters, Madeline, 17 and Ingrid, 14 and son Leif, 11. There’s plenty of change and uncertainty in agriculture today; but what is certain is that Carlson is committed to helping sustainable farming in Minnesota. She sees an opportunity to continue the dialogue of so many in our community to strengthen agriculture in our great state. v

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West Central products work to maximize program efficiencies By DICK HAGEN The Land Staff Writer Emeritus WILLMAR, Minn. — Nineteen years as Director of Product Development for West Central Distribution, Brian Kuehl obviously has ‘inside tracking’ on what’s going on in the crop protection industry. West Central is a wholesale distributor of crop protection products, crop nutrient products, micronutrients, seed treatments and inoculants. So how do farmers keep up on this constantlyexpanding choice of products introduced to make crop production more rewarding? Kuehl admits it’s a difficult challenge. “With continual advances in hybrid genetics and pesticide technology, producers are indeed challenged. That’s called progress. But today’s farmers are smart. They’re aware of weeds adapting to changing environments. Aggressive high-performance hybrids are requiring more aggressive fertility practices. Farmers are changing their strategies too. Cover crops are becoming common; but that triggers more questions. In this challenge of building healthier soils, tillage practices are changing with reduced tillage now the norm. Even crop rotations are changing.” Kuehl said weed challenges faced by farmers today depends on location. “For decades, kochia has been a difficult weed. Today you’ve got resistant rag weed and waterhemp that have been a problem in many geographies for years. And now, resistant Palmer amaranth is being detected in more geographies.” Finding more efficient ways to tackle weeds is always a high priority. That drives the continual research for new herbicides or new adjuvants to help existing herbicides work better. This need fueled West Central’s launching of Last Chance. “Last Chance is one of our new products designed to significantly increase performance over the standard adjuvant program,” said Kuehl. He went on to say Last Chance is compatible with a broad range of conventional and traited crop herbicides as well as non-crop situations. “Yes, this product is an excellent

addition to a grower’s tool belt,” he said. Adjuvants have been around for some time. “Essentially, they are like a coach,” Kuehl explained. “They help a pesticide perform to its peak activity. They can do everything from improving coverage on the plant’s surface to allowing for better deposition within that plant’s canopy. And they help keep that spray application in place — in essence, reducing drift tendencies. Adjuvant is a catch-all term covering surfactants, drift control agents, oils and even specific water conditioners to help prevent antagonism. When the spray water source is mineral saturated or of unknown quality, there can be a loss of active ingredients efficacy.” Staying technical on us, Kuehl explained that for decades one of the best adjuvants for glyphosate activity was the tallow-amine surfactant. But it’s not cheap. Sometimes when you think of adjuvants you think of something fairly benign with little worries about safety. However, you need to be careful — which means proper handling, no contact with your eyes and normal safety procedures which are followed with pesticide applications. “New ingredients are the core to Last Chance adjuvant with components including a product which helps the spray droplets stay wetter longer. These active ingredients significantly increase performance over the standard adjuvant program,” said Kuehl. Plus, Last Chance is compatible with a broad range of conventional and traited crops as well as non-crop situations. “We came up with what we consider the perfect blend of ingredients to help maximize the efficacy of glyphosate, also glufosinate and dicamba and 2,4-D technologies as well.” Is this product giving new life to glyphosate? Kuehl chuckled, “I would not call this a new life for glyphosate. Glyphosate doesn’t need new life. It’s been around a long time and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. It’s the backbone of many of our applications. But we feel these new adjuvants are giving us

better efficacy. When we named this product Last Chance we were thinking if you are in a difficult weed situation, this is your last chance. But we realize now it has not only ‘rescue value,’ but also as a regular in-season application during the course of the year.” Another new product from West Central is Paralign — a 5-15-3 fertilizer with 0.8 percent chelated zinc. It contains a 1-to-3 ratio of nitrogen to phosphorus which is the ideal ratio for the two nutrients to work synergistically to maximize early season growth and development. Kuehl indicated research has shown deficiency symptoms can appear — not from a lack of nutrients, but rather not having the right ratio with other nutrients. He explained a starter fertilizer provides easier access to nutrients resulting in better early season growth. The small seedling with immature root systems have a more difficult time pulling nutrients out of the soil. Paralign features two unique modes of actions: the Levesol chelate and the enzyme hemicellulase. Levesol increases the amount of phosphorous available by ensuring the nutrient does not combine with positively-charged metal ions in the soil. Levesol is a first-of-its-kind chelating agent which can be added directly to other starter fertilizers — liquid or dry. Soil extraction analyses demonstrated available phosphorous can be increased by up to 47 percent when Levesol is applied with a dry starter such as MAP or DAP. Studies show even higher increase for micronutrients like zinc, iron, manganese and copper. With colder soils likely for this planting season, will there be any changes in strategy? Kuehl suggests not to make significant changes in crop rotations or hybrid and variety selection unless absolutely necessary. “Things can get messed up for future plans. So don’t deviate unless you absolutely have to. But there are considerations. Both seed treatments and starter fertilizers should be considered to improve the health and development of the crop. Talk with your local retail agronomist. There are many highly-trained professionals ready to assist.” For a listing of West Central crop protection products, go For information on using cesses along the way. Finally, encourage the team to any of these products, ask your local agriculture prodadjust their mindset and shift their attitude toward uct retailer. v optimal results. Doing this sets the wheels in motion for successfully executing new strategies now and in the future. Accomplishing all of this isn’t simple. However, following a process and utilizing your team of trusted advisors can have a huge impact on how well the • 6 Year business does at prioritizing and executing goals. • Lowest Rates Warranty What got us here will not get us there. A collabora- • Quality • Free Workmanship tive approach and willingness to embrace change Estimates • Insured will get us to where we need to be. For additional insights from Cassie and the CALL Clint 507-528-2243 Compeer team, visit v Specializing in applying ribbed steel to barns, garages and outbuildings.

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CO. Once Again We Have A Very Diversified Line Up Of Excellent Farm Machinery, Collector Tractors, Autos, ATVs, Power & Hand Tools Auction Location: Maring Auction Lot Higway 56 North, Kenyon MN 55946

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SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2019 • 9:30 A.M.


LOCATION: From Austin, MN, 2 miles north on Hwy. 218, then half mile east on 262nd St. WATCH FOR AUCTION SIGNS!

TRACTORS • CARS • TRUCKS • BACKHOE • MACHINERY TOOLS • MISC. ITEMS Please Note: There are approximately 17 tractors on this auction with the majority not running and are for parts tractors along with older machinery. Farmall 806 diesel, shows 5869 hours, S.N. 9649 (runs) • M.M. G-900 diesel, runs • International 3414 utility tractor w/loader, runs • John Deere A, runs • Farmall F-20, runs • Case SC • Ford 8-N • International 300 Utility • 4-Farmall H’s • Farmall F-20 • Massey Harris 44 diesel. • Many automobile & tractor parts

LLOYD OTTERSON - OWNER 53229 262nd St., Austin, MN 55912



#7405002 ELLENDALE, MN (507) 684-2955 OR (507) 456-5128 (CELL)

AUCTION Tuesday, June 4, 2019 @ 10:00 a.m.

1500 E. Bridge St. Redwood Falls, MN


Steffes Auction Calendar 2019

For more info, call: 1-800-726-8609 or visit our website: Wednesday, June 5 at 10AM Hobby Farm 8± Acres Glencoe, MN Wednesday, June 5 at 11 AM Gadberry Farms Farm Retirement Auction, Grandin, ND Opening June 6 & Closing June 13 Richard Ruch Farms Equipment Auction, Cogswell, ND, Timed Online Auction Opening June 7 & Closing June 12 Online Steffes Auction - 6/12, Upper Midwest Locations, Timed Online Auction Opening June 10 & Closing June 18 Zych Estate Farm Auction, Beardsley, MN, Timed Online Auction Tuesday, June 11 at 12 PM Quality Tested Hay Auction, Steffes Group Facility, Litchfield, MN Monday, June 17 at 12 PM Jon & Alison Ragatz Farm Auction, Cassville, WI Tuesday, June 18 at 10 AM Steven & Jennifer Kahlbaugh Farm Retirement Auction, Mahnomen, MN Wednesday, June 19 at 10 AM Morris Vigen Estate Farm Equipment Auction, Adams, ND Thursday, June 20 at 10 AM Morris Vigen Estate Collectible Auction, Adams, ND Opening June 21 & Closing June 26 Online Steffes Auction - 6/26, Upper Midwest Locations, Timed Online Auction Friday, June 21 at 11 AM Harvey Sand & Gravel Auction, Harvey, ND Thursday, June 27 at 10 AM Short & Sweet Farms Inc. Retirement Auction, Grandin, ND Wednesday, July 10 at 10 AM Don Hanson Farm Retirement Auction, Hillsboro, ND Tuesday, July 16 at 12 PM Quality Tested Hay Auction, Steffes Group Facility, Litchfield, MN Wednesday, July 31 at 9 AM Aglron West Fargo Event, Red River Valley Fairgrounds, West Fargo, ND Thursday, August 22 at 10 AM Aglron Mt. Pleasant Event, Steffes Group Facility, Mt. Pleasant, IA Friday, August 23 at 11 AM Voigt Dairy Farm Retirement Auction, Grove City, MN Wednesday, August 28 at 10 AM Aglron Sioux Falls Event, Steffes Group Facility, Larchwood, IA Thursday, August 29 at 10 AM Heller Farms Retirement Auction, Danube, MN Wednesday, September 4 at 10 AM Hamann Retirement Auction, Wheaton, MN

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~Top-Air Sprayer – JD 7300 Planter – Row Crop Cultivator – Tanks~

CO. The Family Has Ordered All Farm Machinery To Sell At No Reserve Public Estate Auction. Auction Location: 16651 770th Ave. Albert Lea, MN 56007 (From Albert Lea Go South On I-35, Take Hwy 65 Exit Towards Glenville, MN, Go East On 65 To 770th Ave., South On 770th Ave. Approx. 1 Mile).

Sat., June 8, 2019

9:30 A.M. CDT • A Few Small Items. Buyers BE ON TIME! More Details, Photos & On-line bidding at

~ 6 Good John Deere Tractors ~

'90 JD 4955 MFWD, 5,173 Hrs, 20.8xR42 w/Duals 90%, 3pt Q.H., 3hyd, PTO, Weighted Rock Box, Trimble 250 EZ Guide, Rear Wheel Weights, SN: P005943; ‘82 JD 4640, 7,976 Hrs, 18.4x42 Duals 60%, 3pt Q.H., 3hyd, Rock Box, PTO, Quad, SN: 0294920R; JD 4320, 5,407 Hrs, Syncro, Cab, 3pt Q.H., 2hyd, PTO, 18.4x38 70%, SN: 027386R w/JD 158 Loader; JD 4430, 13,323 Hrs Showing, Quad, 3pt Q.H., 2hyd, PTO, 18.4x38, New Style Step, SN:035442R; JD 4020 Diesel, 11,662 Hrs Showing, Cab, Front Weights, 18.4x34, 3pt Q.H., 2hyd, PTO, Syncro; JD 3020, Gas, Open Station, 6,851 Hrs, Front Weights, 3pt, 1 hyd, Syncro, Fenders, 16.9x34, SN:101836R; Trimble FM750 With Globe & Steering Motor; JD Front Weights & Bracket; IHC 3788 2+2, 18.4x38 Duals All Around, 3pt, 540/1000 PTO, 2hyd, Showing 2,721 Hrs, Western Interior, T/A Not Working, SN: 08608; Farmall 560, Gas, NF, Fast Hitch, 15.5x38

~ John Deere 9660 STS Combine w/896 & 935F Heads ~

‘07 JD 9660 STS Bullet Rotor 1,743 Sep/1,876 Eng. Hrs, 520/85/R38 Duals, Bin Topper, Chopper/Spreader, Contour Master, Yield Moisture Monitor, Green Star Ready, Single Point, Very Clean, SN: S720592; ‘07 JD 893 Corn Head, Poly, Hyd Deck Plates, Knife Rolls, Very Good Condition, SN: X721289; ‘07 JD 635F Bean Head, 3” Cut, SS Pan, SN:721580; Unverferth 35’ Head Trailer

~2013 Bobcat S650 – Skid Loader Attachments~

2013 Bobcat S650 Skid Loader, 393 Act. One Owner Hrs, AC/Heat, 2 Speed, Aux. Hyd., Pilot/H Controls; 72” Material Bucket; 2013 Bobcat SB200 Snowblower, 78”; 2012 Bobcat Root Grapple w/ Forks, 6’; Virnig 66” Rock Bucket

~ GSI 40,000 Grain Bin – Super B SD 250V Grain Dryer – 9,000 Bushel Sukup Drying Bin – LP Tanks~

2015 GSI 40,000 Bushel Grain Bin, Air Floor, Power Sweep, 10” Semi Unload Auger, 2-7.5hp Single Phase, Looks New; Sukup 9,000 Bushel Drying Bin, 5hp Fan, Burner; Super B SD 250V Single Phase, Energy Miser, Crop Dryer, LP Gas, 230 Bushel, 2,259 Hrs, SN:SD250V12100966A, Very Good Condition; 6” x 60’ Auger, 5hp; 1,000 & 500 Gallon LP Tanks; Buyer Will Have 6 Months To Remove Bins And Dryer

Top-Air 1,000 Gal. Crop Sprayer, 60’ Cross Fold Booms, Hyd. Pump, Quick Fill, Tandem Axle, Foamer; JD 7300 Planter 12R30”, 3pt, Vacuum Meter, 250 Monitor, Row Cleaner, Red Ball Valves, Liquid Fertilizer, Lift Assist, Insecticide Boxes; Demco 200/400 Gallon Saddle Tanks; Semi Flat Bed Trailer Front Dolly Draw Bar Hitch, 36’, 2-1300 Gallon Poly Tanks, 5hp Honda Pump, Inductor; CIH 183 Row Crop Cultivator, 3pt, 12R30”, Hyd. Flat fold, Rolling Shields, Gauge Wheels; JD 85 Row Crop Cultivator, 3pt, 12R30”, Rolling Shields; JD 400 Rotary Hoe 30’

FOR SALE: Fantini chopping FOR SALE: 4 Tractor Tires 8R & 12R CH; 70’ Elmer with rims, duals 380/90R50 drag, Merritt alum hopper GY tires, 75% tread, nice, grain trailers; 24R30” JD pl off JD tractor, $4,500. Please on Kinze bar; Big A floater; call 507-847-2710 175 Michigan ldr; IH 964 CH; White 706 & 708 CH & FOR SALE: EZ Flow trailparts; White plows & parts; er w/Sudenga brush auger; 54’ 4300 IH field cultivator; Mel-Cam fork style rock JD 44’ field cult; 3300 Hini- picker; CIH 183 12R30” culker field cult; header trailer. tivator. 507-640-0146 507-380-5324 FOR SALE: (4) H&S and MeyFOR SALE: ‘75 JD 7520 trac- ers 9x16 steel thrower racks tor 4x4; ‘95 JD 12R30” front w/ gears and good floors, fold vac planter, liq fert, $1,050/choice. 612-655-1053 herb, insect, monitor, Vetter Sell your farm equipment row cleaners; JD 28’ digger; JD 3600 6x18 onland plow; in The Land with a line ad. 507-345-4523 White ripper. 507-276-3654

~Very Good Tillage & Related Machinery~

Alloway 20’, 3pt, Stalk Chopper, 1000PTO, 4Wheel, SN: 26319; JD 980 Field Cultivator, 30.5’, 3 Bar, 12’ Main Frame, Walking Tandems, SN: X010052; CIH 527B Ripper, 5 Shank, Double Disk Front, Rear Disk Levelers, SN: JFH0052684; JD 630 Tandem Disk, 26’, 9” Spacings, 20” Blades, Hyd. Depth Adjustment, SN: X004844; JD 2800 Plow, 6 Bottom, Vari-Width, Auto Reset; Mohawk 3010, 3pt, Chisel Plow, 12 Shank; Melroe 420 Multi Weeder, 40’, Hyd.; DMI 527 Ripper, 5 Shank, Disk Levelers; JD 450 Plow, 5 x 18’s, 3pt

~Brent 472 Grain Cart – Gravity Boxes – Grain Augers – Bin Sweeps~

Brent 472 Grain Cart, 1000PTO, Diamond Tires 23.1x26, Corner Auger; Brent 540 Gravity Box, Rear Brakes, 22.5 Tires, Light Kit; MN 375 Gravity Box w/Extension, 450 Bushel, MN 12 Ton Gear, 16.1x16.5 Tires; Westfield WR80-26 & W80-31 Augers w/5hp Motors; Fetral 10”x58’ Auger, Hyd. Lift, PTO; Westfield 8” Jump Auger, Ele. Motor; 4 Poly Auger Hoppers; 2 Grain Bin Sweeps 11’ and 13’, 1hp



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


~ IHC Dresser Dozer Crawlers – Lo Boy Trailer ~

IHC TD20 Crawler Dozer, 10’ Blade, 22” Pads, Wench, Draw Bar Hitch, 9,563 Hrs, Very Good Condition, TD-20-BP5951; IHC Dresser TD-15C Crawler Dozer, 10’ Blade, 3 Shank Rear Ripper, Ropes, 22” Pad, Good Under Carriage, 4,682 Hrs, SN: U002028; Lo-Boy Semi Trailer w/Front Dolly Draw Bar Hitch, 23’ w/5’ Beaver Tail

1-800-828-6642 If you’re having a Farm Auction, let other Farmers know it!

~ Kenworth Day Cab Semi Tractor – Wilson Grain Trailer – Woods Mower – Portable Generator~

1995 Kenworth Day Cab Semi, 60 Series Detroit, 10sp, Jake Brake, Air Ride, Sliding 5th Wheel Plate, 24.5 Rubber 80%, 722,274 Miles; 1966 Wilson 32’x96”x60” Hopper Bottom Grain Trailer, Roll Tarp, 24.5 Rubber; Woods BB720X, 72” Rotary Brush Mower, 3pt, 540PTO; Dayton 3W954 Portable Generator On Trailer, 50KV Surge, 25KV Continuous, 540PTO, w/Lincoln 225 Welder; 2-550 Gallon Fuel Tanks w/Ele. Pump; New Holland 56 Hay Rake

Upcoming Issues of THE LAND Southern MNNorthern IA June 14, 2019 June 28, 2019 *July 12, 2019 July 26, 2019

Terms: Cash, check, credit cards. All sales final. All sales selling as-is, with no warrantee or guarantees expressed or implied. All items must be paid for in full the day of the auction.

Auctioneers Note: Good, Very Well Maintained, Farm Estate Auction.

VanRyswyk Estate

Farm Equipment


Northern MN June 7, 2019 June 21, 2019 July 5, 2019 July 19, 2019 Aug. 2, 2019

Deadline is 8 days prior to publication. Indicates early deadline, 9 days prior to publication.

Viewing Dates: June 1-8 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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, Registered WI Auctioneer #2992-52 MN Lic. #25-93 • 507-213-0647

PO Box 3169 • Mankato, MN 56002 Phone: 507-345-4523 or 800-657-4665 Fax: 507-345-1027 Website: e-mail: Ask Your Auctioneer to Place Your Auction in The Land!

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FOR SALE: H&S 820 blower, Victor 200 blower: H&S twin 12 merger. 651-380-2861 Kuhn GA7501 rotary rake, center delivery, 3pt, 540 PTO, very good cond; (2) heavy duty hay racks, 10 ton gear, good rubber. 320-808-5723

Can Deliver – DEALER

A.L. Buseman

Home Phone 319-347-6150 Leave Message Industries 319-347-6282 (9am-4pm)

Taking Consignments For: Summer Consignment Auction

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 ~ 9:00 am 55780 St Hwy 19, Winthrop, MN

WANTED TO BUY: JD 3020 dsl w/ dual hyds, w/ or w/o loader. Call 507-359-3065


Spot, Duroc, Chester White, Boars & Gilts available. Monthly PRRS and PEDV. Delivery available. Steve Resler. 507-456-7746

Auction Location: 7341 Rattlesnake Road, Cassville, WI 53806 From Beetown, WI 1.5 miles south on Cty Rd U, west on Rattlesnake Rd.


594 acres H




offered in 10 tracts





FOR SALE: Demco 750 gal Swine sprayer, PTO pump, tandem axle, 45’ all hyd booms, always shedded, $2,500 or FOR SALE: Yorkshire, Hampbest offer - $12,000 new. shire, Duroc & Hamp/Duroc boars, also gilts. Excellent 507-595-3658 selection. Raised outside. Exc herd health. No PRSS. Hay & Forage Delivery avail. 320-760-0365



FOR SALE: JD 7000 Corn Polled Hereford bulls. Big Planter 2R 3PT $1,800; Fert. growthy yearlings, and 1 Avail. $350/Row. 715-234-1993 calving ease 2 year old. Semen tested, delivery available. Jones Farms Le Sueur MN 507-317-5996 Spraying Equip


RETIRING: Case IH 9280 w/ FOR SALE: Polled Black, pwr shift, 7300 hrs, exc cond, BWF, reg Simmental, Sim $38,500; Case IH 4300 field Angus bulls. Top AI sires, secult, 38’, $7,500; White 6122 men checked. John Volz 50712R planter, w/ fertilizer & 520-4381 trash whippers, exc cond, Limousin bulls, low birth $11,500. 507-340-1001 wgt, Red or Black, 2 yr olds & yearlings. John Goelz, Planting Equip Franklin, MN 507-215-0309


Auctioneer taking Consignments: Mages 507-276-7002 Lic. 08-19-001



Advertising deadline is June 14, 2019


All kinds of New & Used farm equipment - disc chisels, field cults, planters, soil finishers, cornheads, feed mills, discs, balers, haybines, etc. 507438-9782

NEW AND USED TRACTOR PARTS JD 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, Big, thick, Polled Hereford 55, 50 Series & newer tracbulls. Semen tested. AI tors, AC-all models, Large sired, calving ease. DelivInventory, We ship! Mark ery available. Also, cow/calf Heitman Tractor Salvage pairs. 715-828-7271 715-673-4829

FOR SALE: 1340 Hesston disc bine, 1550 gallon fertilizer tank, 2000 gallon fertilizer tank. 612-597-0764 or 320-2382302

$12,000 DISCOUNT On New 2019 MANDAKO 40 Ft (Never Used) Heavy Duty Land Roller (3/4” Wall x 42” Dia Rolls-3 Section) 3” SHAFTS (Not 2 7/16”) Heavier Frames. Several Like New MANDAKO Rollers 40-42-46 Ft. Copy is 2.5 x 5.16


FOR SALE: 2001 440 Case STX tractor, 4490 hours, guidance system, P.S., 4 hyLivestock draulics, triples, 520-85R42s, front 6 are brand new. 218437-8120 FOR SALE: Black Angus FOR SALE: ‘74 IH hydro 100 bulls also Hamp, York, & Farmall, 90% rubber all Hamp/Duroc boars & gilts. around, 18.4x38 rears, ex- 320-598-3790 tremely clean, $13,000. 320983-2593 Randy


Road Construction & Commercial Operators


resHarms Mfg. Land Rollers, New. 12’-$6,800; R50 Brand ice, 14’-$7,000; 16’-$8,000; 24’32’-$17,500; 42’ase $14,800; $21,500. Others from 8’-62’. 715-234-1993 ailWe buy er; Salvage Equipment ock Parts Available culHammell Equip., Inc. (507)867-4910 Meycks Tractors ors, 3 FOR SALE: ‘72 JD 4020, front weights, rear axle weight w/ axle duals, very nice, $17,500; JD 1520 bean drill, 10” spacings w/ hyd down pressure & JD markers, $6,500. 320-226-3453

Hay & Forage Equipment



Farm Equipment — “Where Farm and Family Meet”




Working Cattle Ranch

Hunting Land


Commercial / Ag Building

Tillable Ground

Residential House

Auctioneer’s Note: 594+/- Acres Multiple tracts auction featuring a working cattle ranch, a meat shop / ag building with box stalls, residential home on acreage and numerous tracts of land. Tillable land currently rented for 2019, crop rent to be prorated between the buyer and seller. Prime hunting and recreational tracts with natural springs, mature hardwoods and Grant River frontage. Timber buyers take note as mature hardwoods and highly sought out walnut trees as well as ginseng has been seen on the property. Endless opportunities from hunting, four wheeling, hiking, tubbing, kayaking, fishing and the list goes on. Buy one or more tracts turn your dreams into reality. Come bid and buy at your price. Tract 1 – 156.13± Acres Tract 8 – 9.41± Acres – Cattle Ranch Tract 9 – 5.19± Acres – Residential House Tract 2 – 45.05± Acres Home (4500± finished sq ft / 4BR/4BA) Home (4BR/2BA) / Horse Barn (80’x60’) / Machine Tract 3 – 43.60± Acres Shed (64’x40’) / (2) Loafing Barns with Paddocks Barn Tract 10 – 9.6± Acres – Commercial/Ag Building Tract 4 – 104.79± Acres (28’x68’) / Cover Feeding Lot (100’x24)Covered Feed Building with 20’ Lean-to (60’ x 160’) / Shop Area Tract 5 – 26.35± Acres Lot -(6) Pens / Commodity Shed (30’x30’) Garden Shed Agricultural Area Tract 6 – 152.36± Acres (10’x20’) Tract 7 – 42.16± Acres



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

For a detailed Buyer’s Prospectus with complete terms and conditions, contact Steffes Group at 320.693.9371, Shelly Weinzetl 763.300.5055, or Randy Kath 701.429.8894

Steffes Group, Inc. 457-53, 938382-91, Randy Kath WI-2789-52, Ashley Huhn WI-2788-52, RE-WI-85831-94, Michelle (Shelly) Weinzetl RE-WI-58566-90. Real Estate Terms: 10% down upon signing purchase agreement, payable by cash or check. Balance due at closing within 30 days. This is a 5% buyer’s fee auction. Equipment 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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ANNUAL SUMMER CONSIGNMENT EVENT Our Annual Summer 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, JUNE 5th, 8:30 A.M. CST Lunch by the Presbyterian Church Ladies

This Auction will offer over 1200 items in total. A Large Assortment of Tractors (3 – 4x4’s, 20+ MFD’s, 20+ 2 WD, 50+ collector tractors), 5 – Skid Loaders, 20+ 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. Miscellaneous starts at 8:30 AM sharp and older equipment at 9 AM with 2-3 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 71st 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 August 28th, 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: Derek Wieman 605-660-2135 • Mike Wieman 605-351-0905 • Ryan Wieman 605-366-3369 Kevin Wieman 605-660-1587 • Rich Wieman 605-660-0341

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THE LAND — MAY 31/JUNE 7, 2019 Sheep — “Where Farm and Family Meet”


140 ewe lambs from OPP test- Barn and Quonset Roofing and ed negative flock. 605-997- Straightening. Also polebarn repair and giving more head 2060 or 605-864-8811 room. Kelling Silo. 1-800-3552598

Cars & Pickups

2015 Chevy Silverado 1500, 2 door, 8’ box, 2 WD, 4.3 V6, 18,500 miles, towing pkg, $19,650. Mapleton, MN 507340-3914 or 507-524-3980

Industrial & Construction Ford NH backhoe B95C, 360 hrs, $69,000. 507-964-2297

Miscellaneous WANTED FREON R12. We pay CA$H. R12 R500 R11. Convenient. Certified professionals. 312-291-9169

PARMA DRAINAGE PUMPS New pumps & parts on hand. Winpower Sales & Service Call Minnesota’s largest dis- Reliable Power Solutions Since 1925 PTO & automatic tributor Emergency Electric GenerHJ Olson & Company 320-974-8990 Cell - 320-212-5336 ators. New & Used Rich Opsata-Distributor 800-343-9376 REINKE IRRIGATION Sales & Service New & Used For your irrigation needs 888-830-7757 or 507-276-2073

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Grandin, ND




AUCTIONEER’S NOTE: Major equipment begins selling at 11:00 AM. Live online bidding available on major equipment. Registration, terms, & details at DIRECTIONS: From Grandin, ND, 2 miles north on Hwy. 81, 3-1/2 miles east on Traill County Road 1; or from Hendrum, MN, 5-1/2 miles west on MN Hwy. 25/Traill, ND Co. Road 1.

‘08 Case-IH Magnum 245

‘05 Peterbilt 378

‘88 Case-IH Magnum 7120

4WD Tractors, MFWD & 2WD Tractors & Loader, Combines, Heads & Header Trailers, Swathers, Grain Cart, Planter, Air Seeder, Tillage Equipment, Row Crop Cultivators, Semi Tractors, Box Trucks, Service Truck, Trailers, Sprayers, Grain Handling Equipment, Scraper & Grader, Collectible Dozer & Tractor, Other Equipment.

Steffes Group, Inc., 2000 Main Ave E, West Fargo ND 58078


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Wayne Gadberry, Roger Madson | 701.371.9650 or Brad Olstad at Steffes Group, 701.237.9173 or 701.238.0240

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GREENWALD FARM CENTER Greenwald, MN • 320-987-3177 14 miles So. of Sauk Centre USED TRACTORS

‘03 Versatile 2310, PS ..................................... $82,000 ‘12 Buhler 280...............................................$109,000 NEW NH T4.75, T4.90, T4.120 w/loader.. ...... On Hand NEW NH Workmaster 60, 50, 35’s/loaders ... On Hand NH T8.275, 495 hrs ....................................... $145,000 ‘08 NH 8010 .................................................. $110,000 ‘96 White 6175 FWA....................................... $49,500 New Massey 4710 w/cab and loader ............ On Hand New Massey 4710 rops/loader...................... On Hand New Massey 6713 w/cab and loader ............ On Hand New Massey 1735 w/cab and loader ............ On Hand 09 Versatile 435 3000 hrs .................................Just In 95’ Agco Allis 9670 fwa .................................. $39,750 08’ Agco RT 155A ........................................... $92,500


New NH Hay Tools - ON HAND


New NH E26C mini excavator ....................... On New NH track & wheeled skidsteers............. On New NH L228/L220/L232 wheeled units ....... On New NH C227/C237 track units .................... On


‘15 Gleaner S88 ............................................... Coming ‘12 Gleaner S77 ............................................... Coming Gleaner R65 .................................................. $105,000 ‘12 Gleaner S77............................................ $205,000 ‘03 Gleaner R65 ............................................... Coming ‘98 Gleaner R62 .............................................. $79,500 ‘98 Gleaner R62 ...................................................... Call TILLAGE Gleaner 3308 chopping corn heads ...................... Call 14’ Sunflower 4412-05.....................................$32,500 NEW Fantini chopping cornhead ........................... Call Geringhoff parts & heads available 10’ Sunflower 4412-07 .................................... $31,000 ‘95 JD 726, 30’ ................................................ $21,500 MISCELLANEOUS 10’ Wilrich QX2 37’ w/basket.......................... $38,500 NEW Salford RTS Units .......................................... Call Wilrich QX 55’5 w/bskt............................................ Call NEW Salford Plows................................................. Call CIH 730b cush. w/leads ................................. $19,500 NEW Unverferth Seed Tenders .............................. Call ‘03 NH ST250 40’FC w/Bskt ........................... $34,500 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 JD 7200 8-30 w/dry fert ...............................Let’s Deal REM 2700, Rental ................................................... Call Pre-Owned Grain Cart ................................... On Hand New Horsch Jokers ....................................... On Hand


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4WD TRACTORS ’13 JD 9360R, 1970 hrs, 1000 PTO, pwr shift, 620x42 tires &

520x38 tires & duals ....................................................$135,000

’11 NH T9.390, 905 hrs, pwr shift, 4 hyd valves, hi-flow, HID lights, 480x50 tires & duals ..........................................$120,000

480x42 tires & duals ......................................................$54,000

’14 C-IH Steiger 370 HD, 7052 hrs, 1000 PTO, big hyd pump,

’01 JD 9750, 3013 sep/4156 eng hrs, Contour-Master, chopper,

710x38 tires .....................................................................$79,000

520x38 tires & duals ......................................................$42,000

’90 Ford 876, 12spd, 8253 hrs, 520x38 duals .................$25,000

’01 JD 9650 STS, 3014 sep/4325 eng hrs, Contour-Master,

valves, 18.4x46 duals, extra clean ................................$109,000 ’13 C-IH Magnum 290, 1250 hrs, 1000 PTO, 3pt, 4 hyd valves,

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’13 JD S660, 892 sep/1180 eng hrs, Contour-Master, chopper, ’04 JD 9760, 2268 sep/3460 eng hrs, Contour-Master, chopper,

’12 JD 8235, 2WD, 1235 hrs, pwr shift, 3pt, 1000 PTO, 4 hyd

A.L. Buseman Industries ............................................... 27 Albert Lea Seed House ....................................................3 Anderson Seeds ............................................................. 11 Balzer Inc .......................................................................6 Beck's Hybrids ................................................................1 C & C Roof ing ............................................................. 23 Courtland Waste Handling ............................................. 17 Dahl Farm Supply ...........................................................7 Greenwald Farm Center ................................................. 30 Holland Auction ............................................................ 25 Kannegiesser Truck Sales .............................................. 14 Karsten Nursery ..............................................................9 Keefe Auction ............................................................... 25 Kerkhoff Auction .......................................................... 25 Larson Implement ......................................................... 31 Mages Auction .............................................................. 27 Matt Maring Auction ............................................... 24, 26 Pioneer ......................................................................... 13 Pruess Elevator ............................................................. 26 Rush River Steel & Trim .................................................5 Schweiss Doors ............................................................. 24 Smiths Mill Implement .................................................. 30 Southwest MN K-Fence ...................................................4 Steffes Group .................................................... 25, 27, 29 Wieman Auction ............................................................ 28 Wingert Realty .............................................................. 25


duals ..............................................................................$150,000




chopper, 520x38 tires & duals ........................................$39,000 ’00 JD 9650 STS, 2645 sep/3623 eng hrs, single point hookup, chopper, bin ext. .............................................................$42,000 ’14 C-IH 5130, 660 sep/928 eng hrs, rock trap, chopper, tracker, 700 monitor, 900x32 single tires ......................$132,000 ’15 C-IH 6140, 810 eng/685 sep hrs, rock trap, chopper,

big pump, 480x50 tires & duals, front duals & wgts ....$110,000

tracker, pro 700 monitor................................................$155,000

’12 C-IH Magnum 260, 1784 hrs, susp front, 1000 PTO, 3pt,

’11 C-IH 7120, 2200 eng/1610 sep hrs, rock trap, chopper,

4 hyd valves, 480x50 rear tires & duals, front duals ......$99,000

tracker, 600 monitor, 520x42 duals .................................$95,000 ’10 C-IH 8120, 2250 eng/1650 sep hrs, rock trap, chopper,

’11 Versatile 305, MFWD 690 hrs, 3pt, 4 hyd valves, 1000 PTO,

tracker, 60 monitor, 520x42 duals ...................................$92,500

HID lights, 480x46 tires & duals .....................................$95,000

’09 C-IH 7088, 1275 sep/1807 eng hrs, rock trap, chopper,

’11 Challenger MT665C, 2703 hrs, MFWD, 5 hyd, CVT trans,

tracker, HID lights, Pro 600 monitor, 520x42” duals ......$92,000

3pt, complete auto steer syst, 540/1000PTO .................$82,500


INDUSTRIAL EQUIPMENT ’11 JD 410J, 500 hrs, ldr backhoe, 4WD, cab air, extendahoe,

‘13 Drago 6R30 chopping, fits JD combine ..........................$25,000

Quick Tach front bkt ......................................................... $48,000

‘09 Drago 6R30 chopping, fits JD combine ......................$19,000

’12 JD 710K, 2424 hrs, ldr backhoe, 4x4, cab, air .......... $79,000

‘06 Drago 8R30 chopping, fits flagship C-IH combine ...........$14,500

’11 Case 580N, 2540 hrs, ldr backhoe, 4x4, cab, air ...... $42,500

‘13 C-IH 3408 8R30, hyd deck plates, fits flagship combine ...$21,000

’11 Bobcat E45EM excavator, 10000 lb machine, cab air, 2964

‘08 C-IH 2408 8R30, hyd deck plates,

hrs, Quick Tach bkt, dozer blade, aux hyd, track rubber .. $32,000

fits flagship combine .......................................................$12,500

’11 JD 290LC excavator, 3350 hrs, 42” bucket .............. $120,000

‘02 C-IH 2208 8R30, hyd deck plates,

’11 JD 120D excavator, 3460 hrs, hyd thumb, 24” Quick Tach

fits older 1600-2000 series C-IH combines ....................$11,500

bkt .................................................................................... $75,000


’17 Case LX57C excavator, 336 hrs, cab air, 13000 lb machine, 19” bkt, aux hyd, push blade, 15.5” rubber tracks like new ..................................................................................$53,000

‘15 C-IH 500 Quadtrac, 2750 hrs, 36” tracks, cab susp, HID lights ..............................................................................$169,000 ‘15 C-IH 370 Rowtrac Quadtrac, 918 hrs, 1000 PTO, 80” spacing, 4 hyd valves, hi-flow ................................$159,000 ‘14 C-IH 350 Rowtrac Quadtrac, 1865 hrs, 1000 PTO, 120” spacing, 18” tracks, 4 hyd valves, hi-flow ....................$152,000 ‘14 C-IH 340 Magnum Rowtrac, 290 hrs, lux cab, susp front axle, 18” belts, 6 hyd valves, 1000 PTO, 3pt ........................$180,000

’11 Case CX300C excavator, 2658 hrs, 54” bucket ........ $117,000 ’11 JD 850J LGP Dozer, 6926 hrs, blade .......................... $95,000 ’08 Cat D6T XW dozer, 5860 hrs, blade, winch............... $132,000 ’11 JD 672G, 5720 hrs, motor grader, 14’ blade ........... $110,000 ’11 JD 624K wheelloader, 4450 hrs, w/ quick coupler, w/ bkt, ride control ....................................................$92,000 ’12 Cat 924K wheelloader, 3355 hrs, quick coupler, w/bkt, ride control ............................................................$91,000


’10 Kawasaki 65ZV-2 wheelloader, 6510 hrs, w/2.5 yd pin on bkt... $54,000

JD 512 5 shank disc ripper ................................................ $9,500

’06 ASTEC RT960 trencher, 3000 hrs .......................................... $18,500

‘08 JD 512 5 shank disc ripper .........................................$11,500

’-06 Volvo G960, 6460 hrs, motor grader, 14’ blade ........$65,000

’08 Kawasaki 80ZV wheelloader, 5773 hrs, 4.25 yd pin on bkt .. $65,000

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

Look at our website for pictures & more listings:

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

A nature appreciation primer


rairie Woods Environmental Learning Center near Spicer is 500 acres of prairie and wetland vistas, great hiking, skiing, or kicksledding trails, attractive buildings, and a long term vision of the value of this hilly central Minnesota land that at times seems surrounded by water. “As the area around here is developing, this undeveloped land is immensely valuable today,” Dave Pederson, the Center’s executive director said. “Just think how valuable it will be 100 years from now.” Although much of the programming at the Learning Center is focused on teaching children about the environment and the area’s early history, the Center is open to all. Casual visitors are welcome to drop in to enjoy the scenery, hike the trails, picnic and visit the education center. The unique architecture, combined with the grand views, also make the learning center an excellent location for weddings, family reunions and other special occasions or meetings.  “Plus, we can use our challenge course and climbing wall to help with team buildings for corporate groups or other groups that want to improve their teamwork skills,” Pederson said. The Learning Center opened in 1992 and since then has continually looked for ways to get people out into the natural world to enjoy it and to learn from it. Last winter they pur-

Spicer, Minn.

chased more than 20 kicksleds to add to their collection of snowshoes and cross country skis. The kick sleds are a lot of fun on icy paths or frozen ponds, according to the Prairie Woods newsletter, “The Warbler.” “We are now working on a mountain bike trail that will be open to everybody as long the trails aren’t too wet,” Pederson said. The trail, which is being developed in collaboration with a local mountain biking club, may eventually become a four-season fat tire bike trail. Some of the other programs at the Learning Center are a sporting clay shooting league, firearms safety classes, evening family canoe outings, and a limited special deer hunt for people confined to wheel chairs or who are otherwise disabled. The idea behind all the outdoor activities, whether they are hiking, studying aquatic insects, or kick-sledding, is that if you get people out into nature they will value it more, Pederson says. And if people value the natural world they will want to protect it for their children, grandchildren, and for children 100 years from now. The Learning Center’s web site is v

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Find Out For Yourself Why Sentinel Customers Stay Sentinel Customers! Buffalo Lake, MN (320) 833-2228 24 HOUR REPAIR SERVICE CRANE/BOOM TRUCK SERVICE SITE DESIGN EXCAVATION

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1994 - 2019


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