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Amid the machinery, marketing and ing sticks, the efforts are going well. hustle of this year’s Farmfest, I came Peterson estimated 3,500 walking sticks across two exhibits which were definitely will be distributed by Farmfest’s end. agriculture-related, but had to do more “The rural community is a community with the soul than the soil. of faith,” said Peterson. “People are glad If you attended this year’s event, which we’re here.” took place Aug. 6-8 at the Gilfillan Estate Peterson grows corn and soybeans near in Minnesota’s Redwood County, chances East Chain, Minn. Once the crops are in were good you met Doug Peterson. Part the ground and on their way, he spends LAND MINDS farmer, part musician and part evangethe months of June, July and August list, Peterson was working the crowd on By Paul Malchow attending town festivals, fairs and events behalf of the Fellowship of Christian such as Farmfest to work the FCFI Farmers International. ministry. The FCFI is made up of about 4,000 He is also an accommembers who actively plished musician. The support the ministry Peterson family and through prayer and friends have assembled a financial giving. Nearly band, Heart Song, which 15,000 members are on performs about 30 shows the organization’s role. a year. The group has The group has been recorded 16 albums. involved in what it calls Proceeds from Heart “Rapid Action” operations Song concerts and dona— assisting farmers and tions derived from the ranchers dealing with CDs help fund the walkweather-related disasters. ing sticks and FCFI misFCFI also sends teams of sion work. volunteers on mission “I became interested in projects to nations Photos by Paul Malchow music in college, where I around the world such as Many Farmfest attendees could be seen sporting Mexico, Albania, Russia, walking sticks provided by the Fellowship of Christian met my wife,” Peterson said. “Music was my Romania, East Africa, the Farmers International. The ministry handed out thousweet spot. We’ve had the Philippines and India. sands of the sticks during the three-day event. opportunity to record our These projects involve music in Nashville and things like construction even became associated of churches, well drilling, with Reba McIntyre. In installation of irrigation the 40 years we’ve been systems and distribution doing Heart Song, we’ve of seeds. given away about Peterson and his merry 200,000 copies of our band of volunteers stood CDs.” in the hot sun greeting Handing out thousands Farmfest attendees — of walking sticks and givhanding out walking ing away boatloads of sticks, exchanging pleasCDs for all of these years antries and getting in a doesn’t come cheap, yet quick couple of sentences Peterson and his crew about FCFI’s work as keep going. “It’s a miracle people hurried off. Judging by the number of people toting those walk- See LAND MINDS, pg. 8A


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WHEN IT COMES TO SOYBEAN THREATS, THE BEST DEFENSE IS A GOOD OFFENSE. Primary methods of controlling soybean threats in fields used to be fairly straight forward. Start with the most resistant variety available, and then apply your fungicides and insecticides in a timely manner. Rotating with corn or other non-host crops was always an added management practice many farmers considered. However, there is a trifecta of threats to soybean crops that are increasing in severity and causing drastic economic losses in fields throughout the Midwest. “Nematodes, white mold, and sudden death syndrome (SDS) are three of the biggest yield-robbers in soybeans,”says Jim Schwartz, director of Practical Farm Research and Agronomy at Beck’s. “Depending on conditions this summer, it’s possible farmers will see an increase in these three threats. Not only are they destructive when they hit, but once present in a field, they’ve proven to be difficult to manage and control.”

Sudden Death Syndrome

Management Solutions

Sudden death syndrome (SDS) occurs when the plant is infected by the fungal pathogen Fusarium virguliforme. Though symptoms of SDS typically do not appear until later in the growing season, the initial infection occurs only in the growing season.

The most important thing farmers can do when looking to control this trifecta of destruction is to be proactive. Always select the highest performing genetically suited soybean variety for your geography. Stay ahead of these threats and work to control them early by utilizing a comprehensive seed treatment to diminish the potential for yield loss. Beck’s now provides farmers with the option to add a broad spectrum nematicide, Nemasect™, as well as modes of action to control SDS and white mold in their fields.

Often influenced by weather, SDS is most severe when soybeans are planted early into cool, wet soils that are heavily compacted and poorly drained. Initial symptoms include leaf yellowing and loss of the upper leaves. As it progresses, tissue between the veins will begin to yellow, and eventually the leaf will die while the petiole will remain attached. And here’s the challenge. These symptoms can appear similar to the symptoms caused by brown stem rot, which makes it increasingly difficult to diagnose. There are no corrective actions that control SDS after the infection has occurred.


White Mold

Nematodes are silent killers as the damage they cause is a result of feeding on roots, which can impact plant growth. The bigger issue with this pesky parasite is that their devastation typically occurs below-ground, invisible to the human eye.

White mold (Sclerotinia stem rot) is influenced by weather and thrives in cool, wet conditions and can drastically diminish soybean yields. In the presence of white mold, farmers are often faced with making tough management decisions that leave them choosing between what is best for disease management and what is best for maximum yield potential.

Even if above-ground symptoms do occur because of significant infestation, they can often be confused with other problems such as drought stress or nutrient deficiencies. Each year, nematodes are responsible for more than $3 billion in losses, with soybean cyst nematodes (SCN) being the most menacing of all. With the potential to cut yields by as much as 30 percent or more, SCN can cause stunting, early death, reduced nodulation, and can serve as an entry point for other diseases.

White mold symptoms first occur during the early reproductive stages and is typically most prominent in products selected for high-yielding environments. Infected fields will see a reduced seed number and weight and also a negative impact on their seed quality and reduced germination. Similar to nematodes and SDS, once white mold symptoms are identified, it’s too late. The damage has been done.

Includes 8 different modes of action to control or suppress 7 diseases, 5 soil-dwelling insects, and 3 of the most common nematode species.

“Over two-year field trials, Nemasect, along with the active ingredients to suppress white mold and SDS have a 2.9 Bu./A. yield advantage when compared to a standard fungicide and insecticide treatment,” says Schwartz. “Escalate, Nemasect, and SDS+ work together to drive performance. The combination of a hard chemistry, a bio-fungicide, and a bio-stimulant provide effective nematode protection while also controlling SDS and providing suppression of white mold. It really is a complete seed treatment package.” Beck’s base seed treatment, Escalate®, comes standard on every bag of soybeans at no charge. But because each farm is different and every year is unique, farmers now have the choice to two additional treatment packages so they can select the level of protection that’s right for their operation. To learn more visit Escalate® and Nemasect™ are trademarks of Beck’s Superior Hybrids, Inc.


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Simple craft project provides home for bees ing the fascinating Mason bee informaThe well-deserved attention pollinators tion, I purchased a house and the advenare getting has fostered garden items for ture began! My bee hotel had its first sale that include “insect hotels” which are occupants in less than a week. It was houses made for solitary tunnel nesting interesting to see how many “suites” were insects. I was a skeptic when I first saw filled each day. There is some maintethese little houses, but now appreciate nance and the house needs to be cleaned their role in helping preserve our pollinain the spring or new tubes put in to distors. courage disease. Houses should be I became interested in these special IN THE GARDEN mounted facing south about six feet off houses when our county Master the ground. Gardeners offered a children’s program at By Sharon Quale Mason bees are solitary tunnel nesters the county fair which focused on pollinain contrast with honey bees who have communal tor awareness. We provided an array of materials hives. Mason bees do not have drilling mouth parts for kids to assemble their own “Bug Hotels.”  The so they can’t make their own nesting holes and use materials included rolled paper tubes, blocks with holes previously made by woodpeckers or carpenter drilled holes and assorted other items for fillers. bees. Like honey bees, the female Mason bees do all The kids assembled their bug houses inside gallon of the nesting and foraging to care for the young. juice bottles cut in half and bound together with After mating, the females search for nectar and polduct tape. It was a hit with the kids and also with len and bring it to the tube home they have selected their parents. and form it into a sticky nectar ball. Then she lays In keeping with the pollinator theme, we had a speaker telling us all about Mason bees. After hear- an egg on the food ball and seals it in the tube with

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mud. She does this repeatedly and caps the end of the tube with mud. The eggs hatch and the larvae eat the food left by mom and pupate (form cocoons) inside the tube. They stay there until spring when they emerge from the cocoon and the cycle repeats itself. Most solitary bees Mason bees cannot make have a short life span their own nesting holes and and once they select rely on found holes – often their nesting hole will made by woodpeckers or only fly a few hundred carpenter bees. feet in search of nectar. The world is home to over 21,000 species of bees and 90 percent of them are solitary. Mason bees don’t sting and they are cute little creatures. Providing housing for bees is a low-maintenance hobby and the pollination payoff is huge. Since their range Building bee hotels is an is close to their nesting excellent children’s project. site, they make perfect They can be constructed out pollinators for home of a variety of materials gardens and fruit found around the house. trees.   Sharon Quale is a master gardener from central Minnesota. She may be reached at (218) 738-6060 or v

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Trade wars: The enemy of my enemy remains an enemy Most rural Americans are old enough to the nationalist smoke and political hot air. remember when their president Commodity markets, however, are not noted that “trade wars are good, and lost. Most can be found sinking near 2019 easy to win.” contract lows. New crop December corn That was, after all, several tariff hikes, futures, at $3.50 per bushel, are a solid dozens of trade meetings, and more than $1 below June highs and appear glued to 15,000 presidential tweets ago. It may chart lows. seem like a lifetime but it was just 19 Other futures, like November soybeans, months ago, on March 2, 2018. FARM & FOOD FILE seem to be on speculators’ near-perfect What most have forgotten about the elevator — up 10-cents one day, down By Alan Guebert tweet, though, is that President 11-cents the next — to allow easy, day Donald J. Trump’s “easy to win” line trading profits while prices slowly drift was just the preface to an even more into harvest lows. outlandish claim. “Example,” he conAll of this, as well as an uninformed, tinued, “when we are down $100 billion with a cerrecent gaffe by the president (“Japan only buys our tain country and they get cute, don’t trade anymore wheat to make us feel good…”) and a cutting wise— we win big. It’s easy!” crack by Secretary of Agriculture Sonny “Whine That wishful thinking turned out to be, in fact, Cellar” Perdue, has left farmers and ranchers wonwishful thinking. Despite the imposition of U.S. tar- dering who their real enemy might be. iffs on Chinese imports shortly thereafter, the U.S. They’re not alone. Central bankers from Germany trade deficit with China, the tweet’s “certain counto Singapore are watching their nations’ economies try,” grew from $375.4 billion in 2017 to $419.5 bilslow to a worrisome crawl. The dreaded “R” word, lion in 2018. So much for cute and easy. recession, is creeping into their speeches. Of course, most farmers could have told you that In the United States, Wall Street spent the usualtrade wars aren’t good for rural or urban America; ly sleepy month of August going up and down more they definitely are not easy to win; and, in fact, no often than a mountain goat. Analysts worry about one on either side of these tariff-fueled battles ever inverted yield curves, upcoming monthly Federal wins anything — big, little or in between. Politicians, however, are slow in memory recollection and collective action. Both President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping continue to increase their nations’ tariffs in the ongoing trade war so much so that neither feels he can climb out of the tariff mud to restart clean, detailed truce talks. In the meantime, the key issue that ignited this fight, intellectual property theft by China, is lost in


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Reserve meetings, and $1 trillion federal budget deficits. They, too, are searching — mostly in vain — for good news and safe harbors. The emerging reality for all, however, is even more worrisome. The key players in the global economy are, as the recent G-7 meeting in France laid bare, at a stiff-necked impasse on trade, the glue that holds the increasingly fragile global economy together. Worse, no international leader appears willing to lead while the established leader, the United States, continues its us-against-the-world, tariffs-on-everyone strategy in trade talks with ... well, everyone. Evidence of that strategy’s failure — a flagging ag sector, steel plants shutting down, the slowing U.S. economy, and a quickly devaluing Chinese currency — has yet to turn heads and, more importantly, minds in the White House. All of which leaves American farmers in the no man’s land of a trade war with little recourse but to keep their heads down as the big boys slug it out from their deepening trenches. So much for good trade wars and easy wins. 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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Zero visibility does not have to mean zero hope Of all the days to take in aerial tram in the United the glorious views of the States. According to its proSandia Mountains on a motional information, it tram ride, this was not it. takes 15 minutes to ascend The number of days on our the 10,378-foot crest of the short trip to see our youngmountains. On a clear day, est daughter and her husyou can take in an 11,000 band in Albuquerque, N.M. square mile panoramic were limited. And Day 2 view. But that wasn’t the THE BACK PORCH story on this April day. was the day we promised our fellow Minnesota travAfter our tickets were in By Lenae Bulthuis eling companions, grandhand and we were waiting boys Landon (8 years) and Jackson (6 to board the tram, we watched the years), that we would take the tram. clouds descend. Once we were aboard, So we did. there was much beauty to take in for The Sandia Peak Tram is the longest the first half of the ride; but by the

time we approached the peak, our tram operator announced that we now reached a level of zero visibility. My first thought was that the boys would be disappointed. The adults in our group had experienced this tram ride before. The boys had not. Their response reiterated that everything I knew about raising girls means nothing in the life of boys. Zero visibility had zero ability to diminish their excitement. Jackson said, “I’ve always wondered what it would be like to be in the middle of a cloud!” Landon agreed. And when the tram doors opened at the peak of our destination, the kids reached up and grasped at the clouds, expecting to grab cotton candy. Nothing. The adults reached up and expected to feel water. Nothing. Which is a picture of what life can feel like at zero visibility. Nothing. No joy, hope or happiness. No appetite, sleep or focus. Which is depressing for a day, and can be devastating when you’re not sure if and when the clouds will lift again. She said it through tears. “I’m so sick of people telling me to give it time.” Her cloud cover was three months long, with no light in sight. My heart wept with her eyes. There is no 60-day guarantee with hard roads. I’ve known others who have heard, “Give it time,” and are

many more months down the leg of their zero-visibility journey. How much time does it take to make your way through depression, grief, separation, suffering, or a season of hard transition? I’ve got nothing — no timelines and no pat answers. But this I know: zero visibility does not mean zero availability to the help needed. To those who dare to voice their pain, there are people ready and willing to help. I’ve been the giver and the receiver on that pendulum. You probably have, too. We need each other, and we are better together. Here’s the thing, people are not the primary ones to help us through. God is with us at all times and places. I’ve known that since age 5, but as an adult (thanks to author Alli Worthington), I’ve also learned that I don’t have to fake it until I make it. Instead, I can faith it until I make it. By grace, I can be confident of what I cannot yet see. On bright days and zero visibility days, we always have a choice. Will we trust God or not? What this farmgirl knows is even when we reach up to grab the clouds of our circumstances and seemingly grab at nothing, God is there. He loves us, is for us, and is with us always. And on all days, that’s enough for me. Lenae Bulthuis muses about faith, family, and farming from her back porch on her Minnesota grain and livestock farm. Her blog can be found online at and she can be reached via email at v

Panel of ag commissioners to open WIA Summit MINNEAPOLIS — Four of the 14 women who serve as U.S. commissioners of agriculture will be featured in the opening day keynote panel at this fall’s Women in Agribusiness Summit. The summit take place Sept. 25-27 at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis. The panelists include: Kate Greenberg, Colorado commissioner of agriculture; Celia Gould, Idaho director of agriculture; Bettina Ring, Virginia secretary of agriculture and forestry;

and Kim Vanneman, South Dakota secretary of agriculture. Other speakers on tap at this year’s Women in Agribusiness Summit include those from CF Industries, CHS Inc., Corteva, Envirologix and Nutrien. For a full lineup of speakers and more agenda information, visit womeninag. com. This article was submitted by Women in Agribusiness. v

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Classroom or combine, these recipes keep you on the go to 6-quart slow cooker. Combine tomato sauce, vinThe time has come to dust off the old n egar, brown sugar, the salt, cayenne pepper and backpacks, get that snazzy new haircut, These bars have yogurt and fruit in them so ditch the spoon black pepper in a medium bowl. Pour over pork and and enjoy this portable treat that will leave you thinking, “why and head to the store with supply list in onions. Cover and cook on low for 10 to 12 hours or did I ever enjoy fruit and yogurt any other way?” tow. It’s back to school time. Of course, on high for 5 to 6 hours. Transfer pork to a cutting back to school time also means it’s about Yogurt Fruit Bars board; reserving cooking juices and onions. When harvest time. Packing harvest or school cool enough to handle, cut pork off bones and lunches can be a challenge. You can coarsely chop. Combine pork, onions and as much quickly get burnt out of the same sand1-1/2 cups flour of the juices as desired to moisten in a bowl. For wich day after day, and finding creative 1 teaspoon cinnamon COOKING creamy coleslaw: combine mayonnaise, sour lunch ideas can tough. 1 teaspoon baking soda WITH KRISTIN cream, vinegar, sugar, celery seed and salt in a 1/2 teaspoon baking powder Here are some fresh recipes to brighten By Kristin Kveno large bowl. Stir in cabbage and carrot. Cover and 1/2 teaspoon ginger up anyone’s lunch — whether it’s eaten chill for at least 2 hours before serving. Serve pork 1 package of mixed dried fruit in a school cafeteria or in a combine. on buns with creamy coleslaw. 1 cup yogurt Tuna sandwiches may seem kind of blah; but this recipe takes 1 egg n tuna, spices it up and puts it in a wrap. It’s portable, it’s fresh 1/4 cup apple juice concentrate Needing a quick snack or easy breakfast on the go, then this is and it’s delicious. I made this for my family and was thrilled to Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a pan with cooking the recipe for you. Bananas and chocolate chips are the star stufind a tuna recipe that was this tasty. spray. Chop the package of dried fruit. Mix the dry ingredients in dents in this recipe. You’ll be giving these muffins an A+ after Spicy Tuna Wrap a bowl and then add the chopped fruit. In a separate bowl, mix trying these tasty treats. the yogurt, egg, oil and apple juice concentrate. Make a well in Banana Chocolate Chip Cups 4 ounce can tuna the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. When ingredients are well blended spread into prepared pan. 1-1/2 - 2 tablespoons mayonnaise cups-recipe-video/ 1 teaspoon soy sauce Bake for 50 minutes and let the bars cool before cutting and 2 teaspoons sriracha 4 overripe bananas, mashed serving. 2 wraps 2 large eggs Whether Please you’reread heading the school bus or head2/3 cup matchstick carrots AD COPY INSTRUCTIONS attachedtoemail 2 cups milk ing to the field, make a few of these lunch recipes to 1/2 hass avocado, sliced 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed keep your belly full and your mind ready to take on 1/2 cucumber, peeled and sliced into long sticks 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder any task at hand. CODE AND REP NAMES ALREADY ON AD THE LAND 3.7461 x In a small bowl, mix together the tuna, mayonnaise, soy sauce 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Kristin Kveno scours the internet, pours over old 2 teaspoons cinnamon and sriracha. Divide the tuna salad between the two wraps. family recipes and searches everywhere in between 4 cups large flake rolled oats Divide the vegetables between the two wraps. Wrap and enjoy! to find interesting food ideas for feeding your crew. 1 cup chocolate chips n Do you have a recipe you want to share? You can Preheat oven to 250 degrees and spray or line two muffin pans reach Kristin at Pulled pork is a hit whether you’re enjoying it in the field or in v the school cafeteria. This recipe smoothers tender pulled pork in with liners. In a large bowl combine bananas, eggs, milk and a tangy bbq sauce and puts it on a fresh kaiser bun with creamy brown sugar with a whisk until smooth. Add baking soda, vanilla and cinnamon and whisk until smooth. Stir in oats and chocolate coleslaw. chips. Fill muffin cups three-fourths full and bake for 25 to 30 BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches minutes until golden brown on top. Store in refrigerator for up to week or in the freezer for three to six months. es/print/?recipeType=Recipe&servings=16&isMetric=false n 1 tablespoon vegetable oil Great salami can take a good sandwich and make it awesome. 4 pounds pork shoulder roast This recipe adds fresh mozzarella and roasted red pepper for a 1 large onion, thinly sliced sandwich worth heading back to class for. 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce Salami Mozzarella Red Pepper Sandwich 2/3 cup cider vinegar tablespoons brown sugar, packed wich-recipe-4107031 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1-5 inch Italian sub 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1 tablespoon really good olive oil 16 kaiser rolls split and toasted 4 thick slices of fresh mozzarella creamy coleslaw: 1/2 cup roasted red peppers 2/3 cup mayonnaise 1/4 pound genoa salami 1/3 cup sour cream a handful of fresh basil 2 tablespoons cider vinegar salt and pepper to taste Darin Zanke 2 teaspoons sugar New Ulm/Mankato Area Use a serrated knife to cut the Italian sub roll in half. Place sub 1/2 teaspoon celery seed David Baldner Austin, MN roll on butcher or wax paper and drizzle both sides with olive oil. 1/4 teaspoon salt Michael Terry Add mozzarella to one-half and sprinkle with salt. Next, add Fairbault, MN 4 cups shredded red or green cabbage roasted red peppers, genoa salami and a handful of fresh basil. 1 cup shredded carrot Close sandwich and tightly wrap the butcher or wax paper Heat oil over medium-high heat in a very large skillet. Brown around it. Roll and cut down the middle. Serve immediately or pork in hot oil on all sides. Place browned pork and onions in 5- wrap it up for later.


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Farming community quick to support those less fortunate LAND MINDS, from pg. 2A how God has provided,” Peterson admitted. “As long as we can keep going, we’re going to do it.” To learn more about the work of FCFI and donate to its cause, visit their website at Heart Song also has a website where you Doug Peterson can listen to some of their songs, order CDs and see a schedule of appearances. They can be found at Not far from Peterson’s encampment sat an ordinary-looking grain bin bearing the statement, “THIS IS A HOUSE.” And indeed it is, but not just any house. The structure is a Safe T Home designed

by Sukup Manufacturing. Sukup Safe T Homes are modified grain bins designed to provide safe, stable, short and long-term housing for people in developing countries. Sukup developed the Safe T Home in 2010 and has partnered with GoServe Global to distribute the structures to those in need. GoServ Global is a faith-based non-profit organization founded in 2011 by Iowa farmer Ken DeYoung and pastor Terry Baxter. It’s mission is to provide essential humanitarian aid to some of the most impoverish nations on the globe — especially those which have experienced catastrophic natural disasters. GoServ Global has also responded to disasters here in the United States. GoServ Global’s Chipper Fyfe provided a quick tour of the Safe T Home. The building is 18-feet in diameter, providing 254 square feet of space. While the 20-guage galvanized steel exterior resembles a basic grain bin, there are several features you won’t find on the farm. The Safe T Home has a double roof structure which allows for ventilation to keep the interior cool. There are two “ballast boxes” on the outside

GoServ Global representative Chipper Fyfe conducted tours of a Safe T Home at Farmfest on Aug. 8. Designed by Sukup Manufacturing, the structures are distributed to provide shelter to those in need. which can be filled with material to help anchor the home. Safe T Homes can also be anchored to a concrete slab or secured to the ground using soil-penetrating anchors. “We had 200 Safe T Homes set up in Haiti when hurricane Matthew hit in 2016,” Fyfe said. “Every one of them survived the storm.” The Safe T Home has a full-size, lockable steel door and two windows with lockable exterior doors. The windows are covered with 16-guage perforated steel screens to help ventilation and provide security. There is a loft and ladder inside the home which provides additional living space. Multiple units can be grouped together. Homes can be assembled on site using simple hand tools. Sukup expects the Safe T Home to have a life span of at least 70 years. It costs GoServ Global about $7,000 to purchase, ship and build a Safe T Home. Fyfe said the organization relies on donations to continue its mission. For more information on GoServ Global and the Safe T Home, visit the organization’s web site at Paul Malchow is the managing editor of The Land. He may be reached at v

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Current trade situation will slow global economy By DICK HAGEN The Land Staff Writer Emeritus MORGAN, Minn. — Advice from a marketing guru at Farmfest was this brief comment: “Watch out for yourself first. Don’t Michael watch so much what is Nepveux happening to the guy down the road. The guy who has a problem has to market differently than the guy who doesn’t have a problem.” So this lead question to Farmfest speaker Michael Nepveux: “How long will it take China to clean up their African swine fever dilemma?” Nepveux is a Texas native, but for the past six years, Washington D. C. has been his hangout — specifically as economist with the American Farm Bureau Federation. “Some people say it will be at least five more years; maybe even 10 years or longer,” Nepveux replied. “Nobody seems to know. Some Chinese hog producers already totally decimated because of the disease tried everything to clean up their hog barns. They repopulated with more pigs; the disease got them again. This isn’t just your smaller farm herds. Bigger operations have been getting wiped out also. “Before all this started, China pig industry represented about 50 percent of world swine population. Some, like RABO Bank, are saying at least 50 percent of China’s swine herd is now decimated. I always question data coming out of China. But if it is 50 percent, that would be 25 percent of the entire world swine herd. And it is now a Southeast Asia problem with at least six more countries being wiped out. “Yes, it has the African swine fever label because that is where it apparently originated. It’s been in eastern Europe and Russia. It’s been around for a few decades.” So the big question: can we keep it out of America? Nepveux, being an experienced economist, I didn’t expect a direct answer. He simply responded, “It depends upon whom you talk to. At an animal health conference I attended this May, some were saying we’ll have it by the end of June; others by the end of July; others by the end of August. Apparently,

nobody knows. It’s now August and no word. I’m told the way it could arrive is visitors to China bringing home tainted pork products in their luggage. We have tremendous security at our airports. This is huge challenge for the Beagle Brigade (the nickname for ‘sniffer dogs’ of the U.S. Customs patrol). The number of beagles at U.S. airports receiving international flights has been increased considerably I’m told. But with millions of passengers coming in from China every year, this has become a tremendous task for U.S. customs.” Will poultry make up for this deficit in pork production in China? Not with the current trade situation between China and the United States, said Nepveux. “Yes, this is a huge missed opportunity for U. S. pork. But even before this trading blockage, China didn’t accept U.S. poultry. That’s because of a trade restriction China imposed on U.S. poultry years back … and I’m told it related to the chlorine wash of U.S. poultry products prior to shipment.” Some say the U.S. economy — especially in agriculture products — is now virtually non-existent to China. When will China growth expansion slow down? We keep hearing of economic issues over there too. “One can speculate if their economic explosion has really been as big as they boast,” said Nepveux. “It seems like China always overstates their numbers just a bit. If they say it’s at 12 percent currently,but in reality only 10 percent, that is still really huge. But I think China has structural issues. I don’t believe they can keep this pace forever. This trade situation isn’t helping us, but it’s not helping China either. “However, if this trade situation continues, you’re going to see a slowdown in the global economy. That’s the impact of the huge role of China and the United States.” Does President Trump overplay his role in these ongoing trade battles with China? “I heard someone put it pretty well when he said, ‘You know, you started a fire with Canada and Mexico; you started a fire with China; you’re trying to start a fire with Europe. It’s time to start putting out fires before we start anymore,’” Nepveux stated. “I’m not questioning the overall strategy. I’m not arguing the fact that China shouldn’t be challenged. I think they

should because they obviously have been trading unfairly. But trying to fight a front on every front you have is challenging. There’s simply too many other players in world trade anymore.” Talking domestically, it seemed logical to ask this Texan this question: “Is agriculture struggling in Texas too? Or don’t we hear about your issues?” Nepveux paused briefly then commented, “The trade war definitely hurts beef producers in Texas. But remember, U.S. beef had a record year last year in terms of exports. Where I’m from in Texas, a heavy cow/calf operation, we’re getting along pretty well. But if you grow rice or cotton, those Texas boys got hit hard and are still feeling the pain.” “Dealing with the EU on agricultural issues is always frustrating. They always rely on what they call a ‘precautionary principle’ which basically

implies that even though the science right now says there is no harm with these products, we’re going to keep out GMOs; hormone-produced beef. “Back in 2009, the WTO (World Trade Organization) ruled against the EU not allowing hormone-raised beef. We signed a memorandum of understanding which gave us 45,000 metric tons of non-hormone treated beef into market. It’s called High Quality Beef … grainfed U.S. beef that has to meet certain quality measurements. But since 2009, other countries also protested the EU trade restriction. So Australia, Uruguay and other South American countries now also are in this market. So we can thank WTO back in 2009 for partially opening a market into the European Union for U.S. beef. “This new agreement just agreed to See NEPVEUX, pg. 10A

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Kyllo Crowned 66th Princess Kay of the Milky Way ST. PAUL — Amy Kyllo, a 19-year-old college student from Byron, Minn., representing Olmsted County, was crowned the 66th Princess Kay of the Milky Way in an evening ceremony at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on Aug. 21. Kyllo will serve as the official goodwill ambassador for nearly 3,000 Minnesota dairy farm families. She is the daughter of Paul and Susan Kyllo, and attends the Association Free Lutheran Bible School. Ten county dairy princesses from throughout Minnesota competed for the Princess Kay of the Milky Way title. Elizabeth Krienke of Lester Prairie, representing McLeod County, and Brittney Tiede of

Le Center, representing Le Sueur County, were selected as runners-up.   Rachel Paskewitz of Browerville, representing Todd County, Grace Jeurissen and Krienke were named scholarship winners. Kyllo was also named Miss Congeniality.  Throughout her yearlong reign as Princess Kay of the Milky Way, Kyllo will make public appearances to help connect consumers to Minnesota’s dairy farm families. She will work to bring dairy to life through conversations, classroom visits and various speaking engagements. v

Calendar of Events Beef shut out of EU NEPVEUX, from pg. 9A on Aug. 8 starts at 18,000 metric tons and increases up to 35,000 metric tons. The EU shut us out on beef exports in the late 80s, so we hadn’t shipped beef to Europe for a long time.” Nepveux says European agriculture is not cranking up on new technologies and expansion. “They tend to take more of a protectionist approach. Plus, their populations are more stable. I said in my speech that U.S. farmers have a comparative advantage over the rest of the world. I’m not denying the competition in Brazil and Argentina. But U.S. farmers produce more economically, more effectively and more efficiently.” And his read on the Georgia farm lad who is now U.S. Secretary of Agriculture? “It’s always nice to have someone in that chair who comes from ag, understands ag, and understands that regulatory policy after regulatory policy is not the answer for U.S. ag.” v

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Visit to view our complete calendar & enter your own events, or send an e-mail with your event’s details to Sept. 10 — Life in the Pits: A Look at Soil Management and Crop Health — Granite Falls, Minn. — Farmers and agronomists are invited to this unique, small-group field day “in the pits” to learn about soil health. Participants will see how soil responds to different tillage, topography and crop management practices by examining the soil profiles in four different pits. — Contact Mary Jo Fox at or (320) 235-0726 x2001. Sept. 10 — Crop Production Field Day — Clarks Grove, Minn. — Topics include soybean gall midge; waterhemp and giant ragweed management; nutrient management; the 2019 harvest and preparing for 2020; palmer amaranth in Minnesota. — Contact Ryan Miller at Sept. 11 — Guiding Minnesota Farmers to Legal Resilience: A Workshop for Agricultural Providers — St. Paul, Minn. — Learn how to answer law-related questions that come up in your work with farm clients. This free workshop will guide you through six core farm law areas, including business structures, insurance and liability and employment law. — Contact Eva Moss at Sept. 12 — Southern Research and Outreach Center Open House — Waseca, Minn. — Free family event features a corn maze, farm animals, 4-H games and projects, horse-drawn trolley, drones, wine and beer samples and prizes. — Contact Deanne Nelson at (507) 835-3620. Sept. 13 — Discovering Careers in Agriculture — Boone, Iowa — Join us for a day of learning about issues in crop production and the opportunities in agricultural careers. Topics include equipment; pest management; soils; and use of drones and other technology. — Contact Maya Hayslett at hayslett@

Sept. 14 — Farm at the Arb Field Festival — Chaska, Minn. — Learn the plant-to-plate story about where our food comes from and how food is grown to meet the needs of the future. Sample Minnesota grains, shop for apples. — Contact Minnesota Landscape Arboretum at (952) 443-1400. Sept. 16 — Cover Crops, Tillage and Trout: How are they connected? — Northfield, Minn. — Explore the watershed connections between agriculture, conservation, water quality and habitat. Topics include how to better manage tile drainage, an electro fishing demonstration, habitat, a stream table and aquatic insect presentation. — Contact Alan Kraus at or (507) 786-3913. Sept. 18 — Dirt Rich: Building Soil Health — Becker, Minn. — Topics include grazing full-season cover crops, no-till, perennial pasture management and interseeding cover crops in cash crops. A soil pit demonstration and rainfall simulator will also take place. — Contact Jason Walker at or (844) 922-5573 ext. 702. Sept. 18-19 — Minnesota Nutrition Conference — Mankato, Minn. — General session will focus on current technology and the future of animal production. Topics include consumer perspective on animal disease; feed efficiency; the role of omics in animal nutrition; and an update on animal protein and feed ingredient markets. Day two features experts in ruminant and monogastric nutrition. Topics include micronutrients; traditional and alternative feed sources; and the latest information on African swine fever. — Contact Alfredo DiCostanzo at (612) 590-7395. Sept. 25-27 — Women in Agribusiness Summit — Minneapolis, Minn. — Topics include leadership; sustainability; fertilizer innovations; commodity risk management; American commodities in China; workplace stress; negotiation skills. — Contact Women in Agribusiness at (612) 370-1234.

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Soybeans are on pace for an October harvest Brandon Fast, Mountain Lake, Minn. – Aug. 30

Nancy Rys, Rock Creek, Minn. – Aug. 23

Brandon Fast has been walking fields lately and not exactly liking what he sees. The Land caught up with Fast on Aug. 30 as he reported he found more green snap in corn than he previously thought. He estimates 40 percent of his crop — if not higher — has been affected. “The yields will be dramatically down.” There’s “disappointment and slowness when it comes to the corn crop.” “Not any beans turning around here yet.” Fast believe that it could be Oct. 10 to 15 before he starts combining soybeans. It could be November before he harvests the corn. “I think we’re going to have a good beans harvest. It will be fun to combine beans.” Temperatures have been around 70 to 73 during the day. While that’s pleasant weather for humans, it’s not great for the crops. “It opposite of what we need.” In the next few weeks, Fast will be getting bins ready to go along with the bean and corn heads. Right now it’s hurry and up wait for the crops to mature. Fast is ready for harvest, but unfortunately his crops are far from ready. He knows that it’s going to be a late harvest this year.

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“It’s kind of quiet.” The Land spoke with Nancy Rys on Aug. 23 as she reported there’s actually not much to report out in the field. As she put it, after all the storm damage last month, no news is good news. The soybeans were sprayed with fungicide almost a month ago and that application sustained some of the plant health. “The pods are beginning to fill.” “We need time, mainly on the corn,” Rys said. It was 48 degrees this morning and temperatures next week are only expected to be in the mid-70s. That’s far from ideal temps to get the corn maturing quickly. “We need some heat.” Though the crop looks good, it just needs some time. The pollination went well, the ears are filled out. “In the next few weeks we’ll start getting some machinery ready and the grain system ready,” Rys said. “We’re good on moisture.” Rys quickly added that they can always use a little more. The rain has been timely and just the right amount.

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John Haarstad, Rothsay, Minn. – Aug. 23

Dale Bissen, Adams, Minn. – Aug. 30

“Things are going slow.” The Land spoke with John Haarstad on Aug. 23 as he reported that the cooler temperatures have somewhat slowed crop growth on the farm. There’s been sun, but the temperatures have been in the upper 60s and low 70s this past week. Haarstad’s soybeans have lots of pods. He discovered loopers on some leaves, though still below the threshold for spraying. Loopers are unusual for Haarstad’s bean fields as he hasn’t seen any pests except aphids in

the last few years. “The corn has come a long way in the past couple weeks,” Haarstad said. He quickly points out that there’s still a long way to go. The crop is fully pollinated with nice full cobs. “We’ve been working on getting the bin site ready to go.” Haarstad is doing some electrical updates to the site. He’s also has been working on the excavating business with his brother. Overall, Haarstad wishes that August would feel more like August — full of heat. Though, “I’m cautiously optimistic. We’ve got too far to go to get too excited yet.” He’s feeling a little nervous about the full moon in the middle of September and the concern that frost could go hand and hand with that.

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“We are most definitely concerned about the heat,” Rys said. She feels that the crops need all of September and into October to be frostfree. Theses cooler temperatures have a lot of producers a little nervous, Rys included. A nice warm-up in September would be more than welcome across the state.

Rain is on the request list at the Bissen farm. The Land spoke with Dale Bissen on Aug. 30 as he reported that it’s been at least a week without any measurable rain. The soybeans are looking good though moisture is needed. “We need some rain to save some bushels,” Bissen said. Thankfully aphids haven’t been an issue, so no spraying for them has been needed. Bissen doesn’t expect to start harvesting beans until at least the first week of October. “The corn looks good.” The corn can take being a little on the dry side compared to the beans. Bissen plans to chop silage in about two weeks and Bissen predicts some moisture will follow. “When we chop silage it always rains.” “The vineyard is coming along.” Bissen expects to be harvesting the grapes in about a week. It take between six to eight people to pick grapes. “It’s always a big relief when we have those picked.” “This weather’s cooler, it makes you think fall.” Though Bissen’s optimistic that the threat of frost will stay away for a while. Rain and some warm weather would be the perfect start to September. “It’s all on Mother Nature now.”

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Soil health is key to agriculture’s longevity By DICK HAGEN The Land Staff Writer Emeritus REDWOOD COUNTY, Minn. — Are we destroying our soils because we are working them too intensely? That’s a frequent question as agriculture acknowledges increasing production per acre, but declining profitability. At the three-day Soul Health Academy hosted at Dawn and Grant Breitkreutz’s farm (better known as Stony Creek Farm in Redwood County, Minn.) Ray Archuleta responded this way: “I think we are hurting our soils because it’s the lack of understanding and relationship to nature’s system. In college it seemed I was taught a ‘fear based’ ecology … to control, to enforce and to yield. That was the wrong premise. I should have been taught to emulate, to understand, to nurture nature and work with her, collaborate with her.” Photo by Dick Hagen Archuleta was one of the three instructors conduct- Participants at the Aug. 13-15 Soil Health Academy ing this mind-probing event which took place Aug. got down and dirty at Dawn and Grant Breitkreutz’s 13-15. The event attracted 40 students from various Stony Creek Farm in Redwood County, Minn. American colleges, even three from overseas.

Archuleta, along with partners Gabe Brown from North Dakota, and Allen Williams from Mississippi, are the teaching/training team of Understanding Ag. LLC. Understanding Ag is a privately-owned business which conducts soil health studies across America. Classes at Stony Creek were Grant’s farm shop equipped with some chairs and tables, plus two flat-bed trailers when ‘students’ moved from classroom to field labs. Archuleta shared some history after WW II when chemical fertilizer became available. Soon thereafter, the industrial chemical industry became the doorway to greater farm productivity and the race was on. “Go back to the 1600s and 1700s, the two sciences that predominated were chemistry and physics. Biology was so complex nobody really understood it,” said Archuleta. “In the 1930s and 1940s, however, some of the best soils biologists were in Russia. The father of micro-soil biology was a Russian scientist.” Some of Archuleta’s own history includes seven

By DICK HAGEN The Land Staff Writer Emeritus A strong statement — yet a common comment — of the 34 participants attending the Aug. 13-15 Soil Health Academy hosted by Dawn and Grant Breitkreutz’s Redwood County, Minn. farm. Grant emphazied this was not just a farm changing event, but a “life changing event.” Why? “Because you are taught how to work and function back with nature. And if you watch nature, you have to believe there is a God.” Grant said his new mind frame about soil health started kicking in about 11 or 12 years ago. “We just didn’t know what we were doing to soil health,” he admitted. “The grazing habits of our cattle were showing us some things. Because of intensive grazing, moisture was being held on our hill tops rather than rushing downhill. We really increased production on our grass land. So if we fixed those issues by better pasture management, why aren’t we doing this on our cropland? So is this the first chapter in how we remake American agriculture? “I firmly believe it is,” Grant responded. If you look at the whole of regenerative agriculture, the starting point is putting carbon back into our soils. Grant explained when the bison where roaming these prairie lands, organic content was about 12 percent. “Yet when we started, our soils were under 2 percent,” he said. “Our soils were dying as we farmed them. Yet carbon is the heart of everything. So putting the tools to work to rebuild carbon levels quickly became top priority. Now we’re back to 5 percent organic content.” Soil testing tells you the organic matter content of

your soils. “The Hainey Test takes into account a lot of the biological activities of our soils which even accounts for nitrogen portions that don’t show in other tests. This year, for example, our test on fields planted to corn showed we had about $80 worth of nitrogen content. And that let us reduce our starter fertilizer levels accordingly,” noted Grant. Stoney Creek is a 1,400-acre farming operation including about 400 acres of corn, soybeans, oats, wheat and cereal rye — plus a bunch of native pastures which have never seen a plow; plus significant acres of grassland pastures for the 180 mama cow herd which even involves grass finishing of some of these critters (Red Angus breeding progeny). Cattle get new pasture every day thanks to electric fencing. “We use quick ‘step in’ posts and a single strand of poly wire. It’s key to have good energizers; but once they are trained, they don’t push because they know they are being moved every day. We calculate how much forage the will need. They are never short of feed. When they hear our Kumota side-by-side, they know they’re going to move. So no fencing issues — simply because the cows and calves are full. Huge used industrial tires sourced through a Montana company provide a water trough in each pasture.” But get this: total fertilizer costs for their corn production is about $48 per acre! Yes, Grant admits to sacrificing some yield, but look at that fertilizer expense. “We have not applied potassium or phosphorous for eight years except for the minor amount in our starter fertilizer. We use a three-gallon product, a 10-20-10 in the furrow at planting time. We’ve cut back on corn populations too. Used to be 34,00036,000. Now we’re interseeding cover crops into our corn at V2 to V4 so we’re at 30,000. We use flex-eared See BREITKREUTZ, pg. 13A

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More people on the land, fewer ‘mega-farms’ needed ACADEMY, from pg. 12A years with the Peace Corps in Guatemala which impacts his commentary. “Our agriculture is causing more starvation because those Guatemalan farmers can’t compete with American farmers. If we farmed ecologically, we could easily feed 10 billion people!” Archuleta shared this startling factoid: “Most of our food gets lost through spoilage, transportation and bureaucratic bungling at all levels.” Does Archuleta and his two colleagues sense an exceptional hunger amongst students as they teach and explore with them this incredible world of soil biology? He responded, “People are desperate. They are coming to the same conclusion that modern agriculture is not working. Farm stress keeps building … and thus the increasing number of farm deaths by suicide. “Farmers are the poorest millionaires I know. They have to maintain millions of dollars of infrastructure just to make a living, yet it’s extremely stressful for many. I call it ‘death by tools’. Everybody selling the tools, such as the farm equipment companies, the fertilizer manufacturer, the chemical industry … all these tool makers are making money while farmers are barely surviving.” Archuleta, Williams and Brown do indeed travel the world — even doing soil health training sessions in Australia, a vast country of endless miles of dust and desert environments. So why do Australian farmers seemingly get along very well? Archuleta answered, “Australia is very unique. They have no subsidies. Farmers get no help. But

farmers learned that by collaborating with other farmers, this working together enables all to succeed. And they use nature as their template. It’s amazing when no one is giving you a check how quickly you are willing to learn! And that is why Austrailian farmers love coming to America to see what they can learn from U.S. farmers!” So has the United States Department of Agriculture, through its huge Extension education program, helped fuel this relentless urge towards ever-increasing production? Archuleta looks back to the 1970s and 1980s when farmers were going broke. “USDA, through extension, started chanting, ’get bigger, get bigger … or get out”. We even had an energetic ag secretary who encouraged ‘fence line to fence line’ crop production; but no remedies to guarantee markets for this excess production. What we really needed to do was get much more diversity into our farmlands. “The problem is, we have both a human and an animal distribution challenge — what we call Confined Cities … CAFOS. Too many humans in one area; two many animals in one area. We need more people on the land, not more of these mega farms that sprawl across county lines. Today’s average farmer age is 59 and it keeps increasing. Even with automation and GPS driven technologies, this is not forever sustainable. There is a saying: ‘the health and fertility of your soil is in proportion to the number of footsteps you put upon it.’ In simple terms: get too big and you no longer have a relationship with your farm.” With this growing age gap between the ‘wannabe’

and the 60-plus active duty farmers, are younger people even wanting to be educated about the science of farming? Do they really even care about the ‘living life’ beneath their shoes? Archuleta is encouraged. “I am seeing a pattern … the females, our beloved ladies, are picking it up quicker… because farming is nurturing. It’s not forcing, it’s not controlling.” With productive efficiencies continuing as the capitalistic goal of American agriculture, what’s the future role of the USDA — specifically the nationwide Extension service? Or will U.S. farmers continue to produce beyond market demands simply because that’s what happens in a capitalistic society? Archuleta hesitated only briefly, then ventured, “Until everyone decides to really want to understand how nature works, we will be a struggling economy. Government never fixes anything. It usually just gets bigger with more and more band-aid fixes. Read the Gospel about the grandiose revolutions like 12 fisherman changing the world; and Martin Luther impacting the entire Christian world. In recent times, Martin Luther King and a small group of people changed society. It’s people with integrity, people with moral standards, and people with love and compassion for the soils of this planet that are making a difference. So is no-till and cover crops the starting point for a healthier planet? A self-sustaining earth? Summed up Archuleta, “The most important thing is changing the way you see things. Understand this: Nature doesn’t till. She has a living root all the time.”v

Breitkreutz’s machinery inventory helps minimize costs BREITKREUTZ, from pg. 12A hybrids which can make up some yield loss of the lower populations.” Grant admits his Stoney Creek Farm won’t be producing yield records. “But our cost per bushel is so much lower and we’re still producing respectable yields. I give credit to the tremendous soil health we have regenerated because of no-till, our multi-species cover crops, our cattle grazing much of our crop lands and the incredible biological activity going on in our soils.” Breitkreutz’s machinery inventory is minimal. With his brother, some custom haying also fits into their schedule. “We don’t have much tillage equipment left. We’ve got a 12-row planter, two 20-foot grain drills (one with 10-inch spacing; the other 8-inch) that are always on the move. As we harvest a crop, those drills are out seeding a cover crop. Power is a couple of wellused rigs: a 200-horsepower front-wheel assist and a 140-horse two-wheel drive. Yes, our tractors are old, but they’re something I can fix. I enjoy fixing stuff so our aging machinery isn’t an issue.” “Our machinery costs are minor,” Grant continued. “I think we can do better if we get a successful cereal rye interseeding. Mother Nature has been a little tough on that particular detail. But I firmly

believe we’ll soon be producing soybeans with no chemicals. We’ve got an agreement with a neighbor to use his roller-crimper. We’ll fall seed the cereal rye. It comes back next spring. When it starts flowering, we’ll plant the beans, then roller crimp them and that’s our weed suppression.” “Two years ago we did not post-apply any herbicides on much of our soybeans because we had such good weed suppression from this matted cereal rye.” So after eight years of regenerative farming for Grant and Dawn, is there anything left to learn? “The farther I get into regenerative agriculture, the less I know. It’s just amazing to me what you see. I say to myself, ‘wow, we’ve been missing this all this time!’ It’s amazing how little we know about nature. We sent a man to the moon, yet we know so little about the soil — that amazing body of microorganisms beneath our feet that feeds us. We should be learning everything we can about how that soil is supposed to function in a healthy environment.” These Soil Health Academys are expanding in popularity. Gabe Brown, Ray Archuleta and Dr. Allen Williams are hiring more soil scientists to accommodate the growing demand. “These guys love doing these three-day events. They are genuinely great

guys and tremendously dedicated to teaching the many intricacies of making our earth healthy again. And with increasing hunger issues around the world, healthy soils are an absolute must.” A coalition ‘kickoff’ meeting on Aug. 16 at Stoney Creek Farm was a preliminary schedule for the 2020 Soil Health Academys across America. “Eight area farmers — after hearing comments by Gabe and Ray — told me they should have been here all week,” Grant said. “Yes, admittedly I’m biased because I know what better soil health is doing for our farming. But often some of our 34 ‘students’ were saying, ‘this was the most productive week of my life!’ Tuning in to Mother Nature is indeed an addictive happening. Dawn and I both agree … there couldn’t be a better addiction for our planet.” “Yes, saving the earth has become a political platform for many. ‘Sounds great!’ we are tempted to say; but until, unless there is a regeneration of sol health around the world, we’ll mostly just be dealing with endless chatter. It starts with rebuilding the chemistry of their soils. And practicing just six principles of soil health tells us how.” For more information on the Soil Health Academy, visit the website v

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Williams has dedicated decades to improving soil health By DICK HAGEN The Land Staff Writer Emeritus REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. — During a three-day Soil Health Academy hosted by Grant and Dawn Breitkreutz, 48 ‘students’ from across America and three other countries certainly stayed in touch with the basics. Dr. Allen Williams, Allen Williams chief ranching officer of Joyce Farms in Starkville, Miss., gave the Academy this purpose: “The main thing we are learning is the basics of soil health. We need to understand that soil health is the basis of everything we do in agriculture.” And that’s a whole lot of learning. Williams said that means the biology of soil, the physical characteristics, the chemical characteristics and much more. “I’m basically a scientist, but also a farmer and a rancher,” Williams said. “What we have done the last seven decades is paying almost 100 percent attention to soil chemistry while ignoring soil biology. But we have learned both function together. And if we want to restore our mineral cycles, our water cycles and our carbon cycles to full function, we need to recognize that biology is an absolute necessity.” With our continual emphasis on more production per acre, are we destroying soil health in the process? “Yes, if we do it the wrong way,” Williams agreed. “Unfortunately, that has been our emphasis. I’m a farmer and rancher myself, so I live in that world too. But we are seeing farm net margins steadily declining the last 40 years — despite the fact that we have higher yields virtually year after year. So we are leaning yield alone is not the key to farm profitability. And it is certainly not the key to building and regenerating soils and eco systems. “If we change the emphasis to optimum productivity rather than maximum, we quickly learn that optimum can come about by working with the soil and emphasizing biology as well. That’s how we find the sweet spot for net margin profitability.” Describing Mississippi soils, Williams said they vary widely from the very rich delta soils built by a millennia of flooding, “including some of your Minnesota top soils transported by the Mississippi River. Along the southern coastal plain we have very sandy soils, and the ‘black belt’ prairie of the northeastern quadrant. “We run the gamut on soils; and contrary to public opinion which suggests with these various soil types impact agriculture in many different ways. But we have found that is not the case. Once you involve biology, soil type becomes much less of an issue. “We didn’t start typing soils until 100 years ago, so all of our soil types were based on soils that had already been heavily degraded. Your agriculture is younger, but that same degradation continues up here too. We have now observed that farmers that have been practicing regenerative agriculture for several years are changing their soils. We have had University soil scientists come out and reclassify soil

type. So we’re learning that biology works across any soil type because biology mitigates those soil types.” And biology can impact rather quickly — even with just a one year no-till and cover crop implementation. “But the more soil health practices we can implement, the more rapid that progress will be,” Williams said. “One thing we know is no-till alone is not the key. It’s just a temporary fix and then you stagnate. But if we plant complex cover crop mixes, that speeds the process. If we add livestock to graze those complex mixes, then we are adding another biological impact component that further speeds the process. “Yet we have many farms simply going to no-till and diverse cover crop have seen significant improvement in carbon organic matter and water infiltration rates.”

The 6 Principles of Soil Health: Know your context. Our soil health practices are a reflection of ourselves and our stewardship of the road. Do not disturb. In nature, there is no mechanical or chemical disturbance. Cover and build surface armor. To protect the soil’s “skin’. Mix it up with diversity of plants, microbes, insects, wildlife, livestock. Mother Nature did not grow monocultures so why should we. Keep living roots in the soil as long as possible each year. Roots feed soil microorganism, which feed our plants. Grow healthy animals and soil together. Grazing has been an essential components of all soils at one time or another. Why do grazing livestock speed the process? “We call it the principal of compounding,” Williams explained. “There are no singular effects, but because of soil chemistry we get a series of compounding and cascading effects because we’re dealing with nature and biology. But what we find is that if we are able to combine impacts such as adding livestock to graze these diverse cover crops, the hoof action of these livestock simulates the hoof action of wildlife such as bison used to do, creates a stimulatory affect on the soil microbes. The microbes remember the wild ruminants impacted this land. Every cell — even in our bodies — has cellular memory. It’s called biomimicry and ecomimicry. “And no, grazing beef cattle do not compress the soil. High density, short duration grazing does just the opposite. It de-compacts the soil. Compare it to a deep tissue massage. If we leave this cattle too long on this grazing field, it would reverse the process, however, and start compacting the soil. So timing is critical as well.” Williams shares a bit more about this fascinating topic of soil health. “Microbes communicate. It’s called quorum sensing. Livestock shed microbes in their saliva, from their hair coat and in their manure. So every step they take across your pastures they are shedding microbes which than communicate with the microbes in the soil. This stimulates them … it

hyper-activates them and start replicating. And that’s what enriches soils. It takes a critical mass of fertilizer to work on more crops. It’s the same thing with microbes in the soil. So building the critical mass of microbes in our soils is what livestock grazing accomplishes.” Williams apparently practices what he teaches. He is 100 percent no-till — selling all tillage equipment a few years back “…so we’re not even tempted anymore. We don’t grow any commodity products anymore. We grow heritage and specialty small grains and corns that we direct market. We’re selling to bakeries, to restaurants, to micro-breweries and distilleries. We have organic market gardens which produce about 50 different produce and herb items that we market to restaurants. We built a CSA to market direct to consumers. Plus we do grass-fed beef, pastured lamb, pasture eggs, pastured poultry and pastured pork. Plus lots of honey production from our more than 400 bee hives, plus timber production. “We’ve gotten into this mind set on agriculture that any given acre can only produce one revenue stream annually. But because of our weather patterns, we’ve discovered that every acre can produce multiple revenue streams every year. On some acres we have as many as six to eight revenue streams annually. That has permitted multiple revenue sources which simply adds to the profitability of Joyce Farms.” Yes, this Mississippi outfit does some market research too. Williams summed up, “We don’t put a seed in the ground, hatch an egg, or breed an animal without knowing where our market is at the other end!” In his work with Soil Health Academy, Williams literally travels the globe. And he has observed weather challenges this season. “There is not an area anywhere in North America that has not experience significant weather issue in 2019. In Mississippi we were extremely wet and cooler than normal through late spring. In mid-May the spigot got turned off; it got extremely dry and extremely hot. Now we’re running heat index values of 110 to 120 every day.” Williams said soil health is not just a U.S. issue and the future is even more challenging. He said the areas decertification keep increasing every year. The areas of desert are continuing to expand. Williams is a member of a consulting company called Understanding Ag — a private business which gets hired for soil health training sessions around the world. He grew up on his family farm in South Carolina which dates back to 1840. He earned his PhD at LSU and has been a tenured professor at Mississippi State for 15 years. But the past 20 years traveling and teaching is his proudest accomplishment. “This is putting my boot on the ground. Farmers around the world are learning soil health. And they do some teaching for me too.” Williams can be reached via email at; or by phone at (662) 3126826. v

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Life on the Farm: Readers’ Photos

Carolyn Enstad of Walnut Grove, Minn. sent in this photo. “My brother using a tractor that was once owned by our dad.” A master of camouflage, this duck was discovered by Char Lightfoot of Vesta, Minn.

Regular contributor Al Batt of Hartland, Minn. shows his blue jays are nuts for peanuts.

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For Rent Machine Sheds, Bins, and Outdoor Spaces: rent one or rent all, 2 miles west of Elmore at 36402, 15th St. Sheds: 60x100 shed $4500/yr, 40x80; Quanset shed w/cement floors, 16wX14h overhd doors, $2000 pr/yr each; a 40x40 Quanset shed w/cement flr, 16wX14h overhd door, $1,000 pr/yr; a 30x60 shed, gravel flr, 24x12.5h overhd dr, $1100 pr/yr; Bins: 12,000 bu. $1200 pr/yr; 9500 bu. $1000 pr/yr; Outdoor spaces: $250 pr/yr pr/vehicle or boat etc.

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MT865C track tractor, 3,879 hrs. Great Plains Solid Stand 20 1997 Ford New Holland 9682 4WD, PLANTER 7,089 hrs. 1996 AgCo 9675 MFWD, 7,755 hrs. 2013 AgCo 8500 planter, approx. 15,000 acres 1985 Allis Chalmers 6070 MFWD, 3,100 hrs. TILLAGE EQUIPMENT 2018 Salford 8206 auto reset plow, COMBINE & HEADS 2004 Case-IH 2388 combine, 3,730 less than 1,500 acres 2013 Summers Super Roller land sep. hrs., 4,691 engine hrs. roller 2015 Drago S12TA Series II Allis Chalmers 2500 disc chopping corn head, 12x20” 2013 Wil-Rich Quad X2 field GPS EQUIPMENT cultivator Ez-Guide 250 display Wil-Rich Quad 5 field cultivator Case-IH Trimble FM750 display Alley-Way row crop cultivator w/receiver Case-IH 730C disc ripper SPRAYER Ag Chem Terragator 1603 liquid fertil- Yetter 3415 rotary hoe izer sprayer, 5,776 hrs., 24,903 miles

cab semi, 787,485 hrs. 1990 IHC 9400 tri-axle grain truck, 813,982 miles, 300,000 miles on engine major 2006 Chevrolet 2500HD service truck, 230,000 miles 2004 Chevrolet 3500 quad cab, 213,911 miles

2016 Vermeer 605N Cornstalk Special round baler, 3,437 bales New Holland 258 roll bar rake H&S AR1261 rake (2) Bale wagons


Westfield WR80-41 auger 2015 Sudenga TD1036EG auger TRAILERS 2009 Wilson Pacesetter DWH500 Feterl truck unload auger SKID STEER LOADER & hopper bottom trailer 2003 ABU tandem axle gooseneck ATTACHEMENTS / OTHER FARM trailer EQUIPMENT / TANKS / PARTS Trailmobile OlAAIUAL MISC. ITEMS / ATV & DIRT BIKE 2009 Exiss STK24 tandem axle all aluminum livestock trailer


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FOR INFORMATION CONTACT DEAN 952.367.6205, RYAN 952.367.6337 OR STEFFES GROUP 320.693.9371, ERIC GABRIELSON 701.238.2570 OR ASHLEY HUHN 701.238.1975 TERMS: All items sold as is where is. Payment of cash or check must be made sale day before removal of items. Statements made auction day take precedence over all advertising. $35 documentation fee applies to all titled vehicles. Titles will be mailed. Canadian buyers need a bank letter of credit to facilitate border transfer. Ashley Huhn MN47-002, Eric Gabrielson MN47-006


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THE LAND — SEPTEMBER 6/SEPTEMBER 13, 2019 Farm Equipment ‘13 Gleaner S67 combine, all updates, 240 sep hrs; w/new bean & corn head; RT155A Agco tractor, 800 hrs; 839 Parker grain cart; everything like new & always shedded. 507-276-8840 (2) 2600 Parker boxes with gears, $3,400/ea; (3) Ranger 8, (1) Ranger 10 Smidley hog feeders, shedded, $400/ea. 507-524-4637

Brent 644 gravity box w/ fenders, 445x22.5 tires, $9,450; Demco 550 gravity box, 445x22.5 tires w/ roll tarp, $6,900; Case IH RMX370 25’ cushion gang disk w/ Case IH mulcher, $22,900; Case IH 1083, 8x30 cornhead, good cond, $3,900; IH 720 7x18 3pt onland plow, $2,900; IH 720 rys. 6x18, 3pt onland plow, $2,450. s or 320-769-2756 airent.FOR SALE: Badger liquid manure pump, model BN104, 40’ of 6” hose, hitch extended, always shedded, load or agitate, $3,995. 500 gal LP tank on steel wheel trailer, uss, $750. 507-381-6719

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Auction run dates 9/5/2019 – 9/19/2019 Bidding will begin 6:00 pm on Sept. 5th and begin closing 6:00 pm on Sept. 19th

Preview of items: Sunday 9/8/19 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm AND Sunday 9/15/19 from 12:00 to 4:00pm. Previews will be held at the Hefner farm located at 45535 150th Street, Easton, MN 56025 1963 John Deere 4010 Diesel 1936 John Deere D S# 125238 S# 43846 w/fenders 1956 John Deere 720 S# 7201944 1956 John Deere 70 S# 70008821 1959 Oliver 770 S# 81524 1946 John Deere BW S# 188249 1953 Oliver Row Crop 66 1948 John Deere G S# 28992 S# 4292600660 1949 John Deere R Diesel S# 2887 1955 Oliver Super 455 S# 19076 John Deere Type E 3HP Ford Jubilee Tractor hit & miss engine S# 289293 1979 Chevrolet Silverado K10 International Harvester Type LA 1939 John Deer H S# 6472 hit & miss engine 1029 John Deere GP S# 207901 Terms: Payment required upon pick up. You must pick up your purchases during the allotted pickup times OR make arrangements with the auctioneers. We will accept Cash, or Credit Card as payment. A 10% buyer’s premium (Maximum of $1,000.00 per item) applies to all winning bids. A 3.5% convenience fee for credit card charges.

Checkout & pickup: Saturday, September 20th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm AND Sunday, September 21st from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Please call or email auctioneers with your approximate arrival time. NOTICE: If you cannot pickup during these times, Please contact Richard Koons Auction clerking at (507) 2362902 to make payment via credit card or electronic transfer. A 3.5% convenience fee will be added to all purchases for use of credit card or electronic transfers.

Don & Sharon Hefner - Owners • Auctioneers: Berndt Auction Services 507-525-2423; Richard Koons Auctions and Appraisals 507-236-2902

LOCATION: From Dodgeville go North on Hwy 23, 2 blocks turn right (east) on Co. Rd. YZ, go 2 miles to Co. Z. Turn left onto Co. Z Go 1 1/2 miles. 2nd Farm on left. Watch for Auction Arrows. AUCTIONEER’S NOTE: Brian has decided to downsize his farming operation and will sell the following equipment absolute! TRACTORS/SKID LOADER: NH T 9-450, 1013 hrs., one owner; NH TJ480, 2126 hrs., one owner; NH T 8 275, 2, 2609 hrs., one owner; 1989 Cat B Model 65B w/ Cat 3306 engine, 30” Tracks, 10 speed powershift, PTO, 3 pt., 4 remotes, 4,316 hrs., SN (7YCO1114). NH LS160, manual detach, 10-16-5, 1671 hrs., one owner, SN 026353. COMBINES & HEADS: 2005 Cat Lexion 585R C-12 Cat engine, 35” tracks, Mud Hog with 28L-26 rear tires, auto contour, adjustable feeder house pitch, variable drive feeder house, straw chopper, chaff spreader 3-D sieves, variable rotor speed, Ag Leader yield monitor, 28’ unloading auger, hour 3425 engine, 2399 separator, 2nd owner; 2003 Geringhoff 18 row 20 inch roto-disc chopping corn head, hydraulic deck plates, headsight (Insight); Cat 18 row 20 inch cornhead, hydraulic deck plates, Calmer Snoots, headsight (Insight), JD 12 row 20 inch coarn head, Clarke machine built, GVL poly manual deck plates; 2012 Mac-Don FD-70 Flex-Draper, 40 ft. Fore-Aft., hydraulic tilt, double drive, one owner; EZ-Trail GC41 Header Transport 41’ tri-axle 235-80-R16 tires, ball & coupler dolly; 4 wheel electric brakes, torsion spring suspension, tie-downs, Like New, One Owner, SN GC41F120010; Unverferth AWS 36’ Header Cart, all wheel steer, transport lights, tie downs, 11l-15 low profile tires, one owner, Like New. SN A55-930-303; EZ-Trail 680 Header Cart 30’, 9.5-15 tires, SN 680E1019132; E-Z Trail 680 20’ header cart. HARVEST EQUIPMENT: Kinze 1040 Grain Cart, Digistar electronic scale, transport lights, Trackman 36” tracks, roll tarp, new augers and bearings in fall of 2018. SN 503999; Kinze 1040 Grain Cart, 36” tracks, transport lights, roll tarp, 18” extensions. SN 502749; Case-IH LBX 431R Square Baler 3’x4’ Bale, auto greaser, last bale eject, 4104 Phiber 3 bale accumulator, harvest tech applicator, 7841 bales, 2nd owner SN 364326006. Kelly Ryan 2W-94 Centerline 9’ silage bagger, manual rewind, 200 ft. cables, 540 PTO. TILLAGE EQUIPMENT: 2010 Brillion SBA 221 21 shank soil saver, 4 inch twisted shovels, hydraulic adjust Disc Gangs, depth control, transport lights, one owner low use, SN 204020; Brillion ZXF 8302 10 shank pull type inline ripper, spring reset, coulters, no-till and parabolic shanks, transport lights, one owner SN #204058; DMI 2500 Ecolo-til 9 Shank 3 pt, no-till points, spring reset, transport lights SN 823118; Mandako L4540 Land Roller 45’, floating hitch, transport lights, 42” - 5/8” Drum, one owner, SN 345201; Brillion TP18 18 foot roller, pull type; WIL-RICH QUAD 5 Field Cultivator 44’, 5 bar spike harrow, back hitch, transport lights, new sweeps SN 445689. PLANTING EQUIPMENT: Kinze 3700 36 row 20” corn planter, mechanical drive, shark tooth row cleaners, spaded closing wheels, 20-20 monitor, Tru-count row clutches, RTK gauge wheel arm kit and rubber gauge wheels & blades, put on 1700 acres ago, corn & bean meters. SN 750510; Kinze 3700 24 row 20” corn planter, mechanical drive, Marten floating row cleaners, no-till coulters, Marten spaded closing wheels KPM 2 monitor, corn meters & JD radial bean meters. SN 750270. Kinze 2000 12 row 20” corn planter, no-till coulters, KPM II monitor, corn & bean meters, have parts to turn back to 8-30 with splitters. SN 607666. TRUCKS & TRAILERS: 1999 Freightliner FLD 120 Classic, 12.7 litre Detroit 500 HP, 35-75-24.5 13 speed, Jake Brake, cruise, tilt steering, 3.58 axle tires, 802,014 miles, VIN 1FUFDSZB2XPA27975; 1981 GMC Brigadier Grain Truck, 6V92 Detroit Diesel 20’ steel box 8 speed Road; Ranger, double frame, 11R-22.5 tires, 18F, 38R, 222,105 miles; 1997 Cornhusker Trailer 800, 42’x96”x72” tires, air ride, 2 speed hopper, front & rear ladders, tarp, alum. Wheels, ag hopper; 2004 Merritt Trailer 40’x66”x96”, spring ride, 11R-24.5 tires, tarp, front & rear ladders; 1992 Honda 4x4 Mini Truck, 3 cyl. gas, 5 speed, heat, lights, 23-8-23 tires, 88,316 miles SPRAYERS: Top Air sprayer, 3 pt. 300 gallon, 45’ X-Fold manual booms, SN D50-400-110; Ace hydraulic pump, Tee-Jet controller; Ag Chem Pick-up Sprayer, 500 gallon tank, 45’ boom, 8 hp Honda motor, 3 way nozzles, foamer, Raven Hi volume injection system, Raven 440 monitor, will need some work. MISC.: Raasch D70 Drive Over Pit, 10” hydraulic drive unload. SN 71191; IH 720 5 bottom plow, coulters, auto-reset, sidehill 3 pt. hitch; 2 - J&M 250 Gravity Boxes w/extensions, H&S 10 ton gear, 11L-15 tires. TERMS: CASH OR GOOD CHECK. Not responsible for accidents or losses. FINANCING AVAILABLE on machinery purchases of $5,000 or more. All financing must be approved by Larry Bomkamp at least 3 days PRIOR to the sale. WISCONSIN REGISTERED AUCTIONEERS Perry Wilkinson, No 31, Muscoda, WI and Dave Koning, No. 604, Monroe, WI. SALE MANAGERS: Hennessey Auction CO., WRACL #37, Dodgeville, WI . Larry Bomkamp (608)574-7419. Hennessey (608)574-2104 Larry Bomkamp Bill (608) 574-7419 • Bill Hennessey (608) 574-2104

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FOR SALE: Used ‘13 Hiniker FOR SALE: 2012 Wood5206D FOR SALE: Allis 185 2000 hrs, FOR SALE: Fantini chopping 6000 ST 1R30” strip til ma- stalk shredder, pull type, cab, 540-1000 PTO, $12,500; 8R & 12R CH; 70’ Elmer chine w/ 7 ton single hopper, used 2 seasons, less than Allied 595 loader, $5,000; NH drag, Merritt alum hopper Hiniker Cold Flo NH3, set 1000 acres, like new, $10,500. baler 311, $7,500; JD pick-up grain trailers; 24R30” JD pl head, $1,500. 507-524-4637 on Kinze bar; Big A floater; up w/ AgLeader cables, no 651-792-6518 175 Michigan ldr; IH 964 AgLeader display available. Sell your farm equipment CH; White 706 & 708 CH & John Pemble 507-381-7097 Please support the advertisers you see here. in The Land with a line ad. parts; White plows & parts; Tell them you saw their ad in The Land! Please recycle this magazine. 507-345-4523 54’ 4300 IH field cultivator; JD 44’ field cult; 3300 Hiniker field cult; header trailer. 507-380-5324

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The Matthees have sold their cows and are retiring from farming, therefore they will sell their equipment at non-reserve auction. LOCATION; 23216 Co. 9 Blvd., Goodhue, MN. From Goodhue take Goodhue Co. 9 east 2.7 miles; farm is on south side of road. (watch for Houghton Auction signs). 

JD TRACTORS, JD BROWN BOX & GLOBE John Deere 7820 2WD, cab, 8,830 hrs. 4,000 hrs. on new engine, power quad, E range is out, 3-pt. quick hitch, 4-hyd, 540 & 1000 PTO, 420/80R 46, duals - 2004 John Deere 7320 2WD, 16,295 hrs., 3-pt., 3 hyd., PTO, 18.4Rx38 - 2000 John Deere 7710, 2WD, cab, power quad, 10,990 hrs., 3-pt., 3-hyd., PTO, 18.4Rx42 duals - JD brown box - JD globe JD universal auto steer. JOHN DEERE WHEEL LOADER & ATTACHMENTS 2017 John Deere 324K highlift, cab, AC, heat, radio, 4,130 hrs., quick-coupler, aux. hyd, bucket, warranty - (3) Bale, bale spear - MDS 2 1/2-yard bucket - 2017 MDS 40, 2-yard bucket - Silage rack wheel loader mnt. - Adaptor plate from JRB coupler to skid loader - Skid loader attachments include: Bobcat hyd. post hole auger, 18" & 28" auger - Berlon silage defacer - Woodchuck sand bedder - Tire feed pusher Tire scrapper - 84" bucket - 66" manure fork - Rock bucket - Receiver hitch. JOHN DEERE COMBINE & HEAD 2004 John Deere 9560 STS, 2,256 Sept. hrs., 3,532 eng. hrs., JD brown box, bin ext., 30.5L-32, through the shop yearly at SEMA - 2005 Geringhoff RD600, Roto Disc 6R corn head, poly. HAYING & CHOPPING EQUIPMENT 2014 New Holland Speedrower 200 discbine, cab, 462 hrs. 2,225 cut acres, 16 ft. discbine head, one owner - 2014 Dion F41 chopper, tandem, processor, metal vision, preservative tank, two 1000 PTO shafts, Dion Model 61-120 4R rotary corn head - Dion model 65-108 10 ft. hay head - 2005 Meyer TSS 4220, 20' front & rear unload chopper box, Meyer 1604 HD gear, 425/65R 22.5 truck tires - Meyer 4220, 20' front & rear unload chopper box, Meyer 1604 HD gear, 425/65R 22.5 truck tires - H&S HSM12, 12 ft. merger - H&S 14 wheel rake, hyd. cart - Bale wagon, Meyer 12 ton tandem gear - (3) Sets of quick hitches.

PLANTING & TILLAGE EQUIPMENT John Deere 7200 Max Emerge 2, 6R vacuum planter, liquid fert. 2006 Brillion SL2121, 12 ft. seeder, high lift - 2015 Brillion Mod. WFP36, WFP series, X-fold cultipacker, 30 ft. - Wilrich QX2 34 ft. field cult., walking tandems, rolling basket, 3-bar harrow - Sunflower 4510 11-shank ripper, frt. & rear disc. ROTO MIX TMR, LIVESTOCK TRAILER, MANURE SPREADERS & EQUIPMENT, GOOD FARM MACHINERY 2007 Roto Mix 745 Cyclone TMR, scale, dual wheels - 2001 Kiefer Built 20 ft. alum. gooseneck livestock trailer, tandem, rubber floor mats - 2006 PJ 25 ft. gooseneck tandem trailer, dove tail, ramps - 2013 H&S 5134, 3,400 gal. Top Shoot manure spreader w/lid, upgrade to heavy duty tandem axle gear & tires - Meyers M425 manure spreader, hyd. end gate, top beater - 2007 Balzer 3350 Magnum tandem manure tank, vacuum - 2017 Houle GEA 8" load stand Cornell 4514-EM18DBK booster pump w/Case IH motor, mnt. on trailer w/fuel tank, pump has pumped less then 850,000 gallons Brent 774 grain cart, 30.5L-30 tires - 2013 Brent 757 gravity wagon, brakes, lights, fenders, 455/55 R22.5 tires - Bush Hog 12715 Legend 15 ft. bat wing mower - Bison 10 ft. 6-way hyd. back blade - Winco mod. 75FPTOC-17-3, 75,000 watt generator on trl. - Semi trailer dolly - 9 ft. hyd. dump trailer, dual wheels - 1974 Ford F600 truck, 16 ft. box, not running - Bio Logic 12 ft. ATV disc - ATV cultipacker - 1,500 & 450 Gal. poly tank. PRESSURE WASHER, TOOLS, LIVESTOCK EQUIPMENT, FARM RELATED Alkota 420X4 elect. hot water pressure washer, on cart - Elite series 2,800 PSI, 6.75 hp pressure washer - (3) 20 ft. fence line bunk feeders - (7) 10' poly feeders - (4) Schaefer 24" hanging fans - Sioux water tanks - Livestock supplies - Cow mats - (3) Power cow brushes - Hyd. septic tank agitator - Zero 2000 gal. bulk tank, doesn't cool - Honda water pump & hose - Central AC unit - LP furnace - LP hanging heater - Vent fan - Assort. of hand tools - Lights - Sump pump Lumber - Used tin - Imp. tires - Side wall tires - Rock bags for bunker covering - Plus more related items AUCTIONEER'S NOTE: Make your plans to attend, a nice line of quality machinery to be sold. TERMS: cash, check, major credit cards. ®


Todd Houghton, MN Lic. #25-47, WI Lic. #181 Red Wing, MN - 651-764-4285 Brian Sander, Lic. #25-89, Red Wing, MN - 651-301-2344

FOR SALE: Sudenga bin unload auger, PTO, 45 degree, 6” under bin and 8” up. 507640-0146 Gehl 1540 blower, 1000 RPM, excellent condition, $400. 715-896-1050 Harms Mfg. Land Rollers, Brand New, 12’-$6,800; 14’-$7,000; 16’-$8,000; 24’$14,800; 32’-$17,500; 42’$21,500. Others from 8’-62’. 715-234-1993 Hesston 4750 big sq. baler, also bales corn stalks, excellent. Vermeer 605F round baler, Steiner 325 stationary tumble mixer. Mensch sand fluffer. Brady portable all hydraulic mixer mill. 507313-0033 John Deere 115 stalk chopper, like new. 507-995-9676 Loftness 20’ stalk chopper, rear mounted, very good cond, $5,000; ‘95 JD 8300, MFWD, good cond, field ready, $55,000; ‘77 Chevy C65 grain truck, tandem axle, air brakes, Allison auto trans, 20’ box w/ hoist, roll tarp, $15,000. OBO 507-7442472 WANTED: Brillion pull type packer. 320-493-3394 We buy Salvage Equipment Parts Available Hammell Equip., Inc. (507)867-4910

Tractors ‘12 JD 6125R MFWD, pwr Quad, 24/24, LH reverser, 3 remotes, H340 SL loader, 4240 hrs, clean. 507-724-5129 NEW AND USED TRACTOR PARTS JD 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 55, 50 Series & newer tractors, AC-all models, Large Inventory, We ship! Mark Heitman Tractor Salvage 715-673-4829

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ingRETIRING. Case IH 9150, 6200 FOR SALE: ’06 JD 512 5-shank mer hrs, 280HP, 4WD, 4 hyds, 3pt ripper, 12’ 6”, exc cond, alper w/ quick hitch, all tires at ways shedded, $9,950; JD D pl 70%, good condition. ‘81 Int’l 724 soil finisher, 24’ 5-bar ter; 1086, 4214 hrs, 4 hyds, 3pt, harrow, $5,800. 507-317-3396 964 straight metal, good condiH & tion. Best Offer. 507-947-3859 RETIRING: DMI 530 disc ripper, 12.5’, all new points rts; or 507-381-6576 & disc blades, exc cond; IH or; ini-Retiring. For Sale: NH TM165 490 disc, 31’; (2) White 588 ler. tractor, 2WD, auto steer, du- plows, 4x18 & 5x18. 507-947als, wgts, 2074 hrs, planter 3859 or 507-381-6576 & sprayer tractor, always Read the latest Ag un- shedded, excellent. 507-640news and information in ree, 0146 THE LAND! 507-

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★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★ ★ pAyLOAdeR, dOZeRS & SKId LOAdeRS COLLECTOR CARS & TRACTORS, 1975 Terex 7241 payloader w/IH 466 engine; (2) Pay loader tires & ★ FARM MACHINERY, LARGE ASSRT. rims; Int TD 18A dozer; Cat D4 track o vator; 1960s Melroe 3 wheel ★ skid loader; Gehl 4500 skid loader for parts; 1950s Adams Road ★ OF TOOLS & FARM RELATED ITEMS Grader w/IH UD16 engine ★ ★ CARS & pICKUpS 1964 Buick Riviera, 2 dr.; 1928 Chevy 4 door ★ sedan; 1940s Willy Jeep; 1961 Pontiac Grand ★ Prix, 2 dr.; 1978 Lincoln Town car; 1968 Olds ★ Toronado, 2 dr.; 1971 Cadillac Fleetwood ★ limo; 1978 Cadillac ★ Eldorado; 1970s Houghton’s Auction Service Red Wing, MN ★ Chrysler Cordoba; Nathan has moved into the nursing home, therefore they will 1971 Chevy Custom Camper 20, one owner; ★ have a large multi-ring auction. Make your plans to attend! 1968 Chevy C20 pickup, no motor, AZ truck; ★ 1982 Chevy 1 ton, 4x4, 454 eng.; 1975 Chevy ★ Location: 33970 Mower Freeborn Road, Blooming Praire, Mn. 3/4 ton, 4x4; 1978 Cadillac Eldorado 2dr. ★ From Blooming Praire take Highway 218 south ½ mile, turn right convertible; 1985 Olds Toronado ★ on Steele county #36 (Mower Freeborn Road) go ½ mile. off-road FARM MACHINeRy & OLd IH COMBINe ★ Handlair 560 grain vac; Gehl 7190 TMR; ★ parking available. (Watch for Houghton auction signs). MC Rotary 12’ scythe; NH 144 inverter; DMI Tiger Two 5 shank ripper; Int 480, 21 ft. disc; ★ Int 490, 32 ft. disc; Hagie Hi Boy sprayer, WI ★ 9:00 a.m. • Can’t attend the auction? Bid live online engine; Brillion 21 ft. culti packer; Wilrich 28 ★ ft. field cult.; Int 700, 8x18s plow, auto resets; ★ at Buffalo ridge 12R cult. w/guidance; Alloway ★ 12R ridge cult w/guidance; 12R sprayer bander; Alloway 20 ft. 3pt. ★ COLLeCTOR TRACTORS Farmall Reguler w/1R Mounted picker, stalk chopper; (3) 12R tool bars; Int 550, 6x18s & 5x16s plow; ★ Restored; Int 806 dsl. 466 eng. 3pt. dual Gehl flail chopper; JD factory 2 planter hitch; JD 494A, 4R planter; ★ hyd, dual PTO; Int 806 dsl cab, 3pt. dual Int 33 hay crimper; Roto Mix 414-4B TMR, scale; Lorentz feed ★ hyd, dual PTO; Int 806 gas for parts; Int mill -Tandem axle Fert. spreader; Flow Ez gravity wagon; Vermeer 650 dsl.; Int Super WD9; (2) Farmall 300, TS-44A tree spade; Vermeer 605 super J round baler; 5 Sect. drag on ★ cart; Hesston #10 stacker; Hesston 3pt stack mover; Dump wagon; ★ WF; (2) Farmall 400; Kewanee 6’ 3pt back blade; Winpower PTO generator; Int 237, 12’ ★ Int WD9, eng. OH; Int disc; Auger wagon; (6) JD 115 chuck wagon, chopper boxes; Farm ★ W400 standard; Int WD6; Int W6, no motor; Hand chopper box; (2) Farm Hand power wagons; MN flare box; ★ Farmall F20; (2) Farmall F20, over drive; Int (2) Int 720 chopper, 2R corn head; Int 650 chopper, hay head; Fox ★ 660 dsl.; Farmall F14; Farmall H; Farmall H, chopper; McCormick 12’ grain drill; Sickle mower; MF 1560 round ★ live power, M&W hand clutch; (2) Farmall F12, over drive, steel; (2) McCormick 22-36 on steel, 1 free, 1 stuck; baler; NH 271 baler; NI Uni supper chopper, GM dsl. 3R corn head; ★ McCormick Deering 10-20; Farmall Cub; Farmall Super C; Farmall NH 495 haybine; NH 78 baler; Jaeger air compressor, gas engine; B; Int 4366, 4WD, runs needs rear end work; Farmall M, WF; Case (3) Int 375 swathers, 1w/German dsl ; Int 175 swather, WI engine; ★ McCormick Deering #80 pull type combine; Int 503 combine, hydro, ★ VAC, WF; Cab for 1206; ROPS for 706-806 915 quick tach throat; Int 403 combine, hydro; Int 101 combine; Int ★ THReSHING MACHINeS & COLLeCTOR FARM eQUIpMeNT 812, 20 ft. bean head; 500 gal sprayer tank on trailer; Several pieces ★ Case threshing machine; MM Junior all wooden threshing machine; of equip. for scrap ★ McCormick Deering threshing machine; LIVeSTOCK eQUIpMeNT ★ McCormick Deering corn binder; MM corn sheller; Wooden Bobsled; Wooden sleigh; Fromost cattle chute; 16 ft. livestock trailer; 28 ft gooseneck ★ McCormick Deering corn sheller; Potato livestock trailer; Silver King cattle chute; 8 Ton bulk bin -Crop feeder ★ digger; Van Brundt wooden grain drill; Horse on transport; Round bale feeders; Cut tires for silage pile; Fencing ★ drawn cult.; McCormick Deering Mnt. 2R equipment ★ planter; McCormick Deering one row tank corn picker; IH mnt RIdING MOWeRS, pARTS, TOOLS & ReLATed 8’ disc & 8’ digger; 2R planter; Several 1,2,3,4 bottom plows; Toro Groundsmaster 327 mower; Easy Go golf cart, battery w/ ★ McCormick Deering silo filler; McCormick Deering mnt. 2R corn charger; 1980s Yamaha 400 special; Pepsi soda machine; Cherry ★ picker; 2 way plow; Hay loader; RR luggage cart picker; 320-90-50 tires & rims; 12 Blue Jet Fert. colters; Planter ★ parts; Front axle for Int 5488; Fuel tanks for 2plus2; Tractor weights; ★ IH AdVeRTISING, COLLeCTIBLeS & WINdMILL IH tall upright dealership lighted sign; IH Fuel Rater; Metal Gas powered reel mower; New barb wire; Used tin; Lumber; Parts; ★ ★ International Harvester Farm equipment LC Hanson, Winnebago Good Assrt of hand tools; Large amount of scrap iron sign; 1920s - 1930s IH manuals; Magnuson seed corn sacks; Large ★ barn cupolas; 40 Ft. windmill; Texas longhorns; One man saw on ★ wooden stand; Nail bin out of hardware store; Forge; Silo fillerplus ★ more related items ★ MOTORHOMe, TRUCKS & TRAILeRS ★ 1998 Spectrum 2000 Winnebago, 460 Ford eng. NO title; 1968 ★ Diamond T truck, Allison auto, gas, flatbed; 1975 Int 4300 Transtar ★ semi, 290 Cummins; 1978 Int tandem dump truck, 290 Cummins; 651-764-4285 ★ 1977 Int 4300 semi, 3406 Cat; 1975 Int 4200, 6.8 Detroit; 1955 GMC ★ Todd Houghton, MN Lic. #25-47, WI Lic. #181 tandem w/roll back, 471 Detroit over hauled, bad tranny; 1962 Ford ★ F700, 14 ft. box & hoist; 1968 Int 190 semi, not running; 1982 Ford Red Wing, MN - 651-764-4285 single ax, w/feed body; Several 1950s Int trucks; 1956 Ford dump ★ Brian Sander, MN Lic. #25-89, truck; 40’ semi flatbed trailer; 1986 East 20 ft. end dump trailer; ★ Red Wing, MN - 651-301-2344 Several vehicles for parts & scrap ★ ★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

SATURdAy, SepTeMBeR 14, 2019

Nathan Magnuson - Owner

Planting Equip JD 7000 Corn Planter, 2 Row, 3PT $1,800, Fert. Avail. $350/ Row. 715-234-1993

Harvesting Equip 2000 JD 9550 combine, 4100 engine hrs/3000 sep hrs, single point header hook-up, Contour Master, Green Star ready, always shedded, nice shape, $39,500. 507-276-8830 ‘98 Gleaner R62, 3659 eng/ 2592 sep hrs, rebuilt eng (2 hrs on it) w/ new injectors, new turbo, all rebuilt inj pump, Yield Monitor, torrent auger, auto header hgt, chopper, nice shape, $49,799. 320-5832504 Leave message. FOR SALE: ‘06 9760, 2spd, PRWD, 2779 hrs, 2050 sep hrs, Contour Master, single point latching, Maurer topper, power cast tailboard, $63,000. 507-381-4406 FOR SALE: ‘95 JD 9400 combine, 3500 sep hrs, well maintained, field ready, $24,000; 920 bean head, $2,500; 444 low tin cornhead, $1,200. All good cond. 507-459-7854 FOR SALE: JD 3940 chopper, corn & hay, $2,450. IH 830 chopper, corn & hay, $1,250. Short hopper blower, $500. 2 silage boxes, $1,000/ea. 952467-4006 FOR SALE: JD 6620 combine with rear wheel assist, looks nice, works well, $9,000; 6R30” cornhead, $2,500; 20’ bean head, $1,200. $11,500 for group. 507-794-7801 FOR SALE: 1680 IH combine, field tracker, 1063 cornhead, 1020 24’ bean head, 810 pickup head, hopper topper, good condition. 320-292-4284 FOR SALE: ‘98 9610 combine, duals, 3800 eng hrs/2800 sep hrs, 12R22” cornhead, 925 flex bean head. 320-905-9427 Gehl Forage Harvester 1275 chopper 3R cornhead, new gathering belts, 2 yrs ago, Tandem, 9’ hay head, processor, very clean, always shedded. Sold the cows. 320290-4475 or 320-250-0084 MF 850 with 1163 cornhead and 2381 bean head, good condition, good rubber, $7,500. 507-239-2422 Retiring. For Sale (4) Demco model 750 gravity boxes; (2) red w/ tarps, 455/55R22.5 tires; (2) green, 445/65R22.5 tires. All very good condition. 320-630-1777


Grain Handling Equipment

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Mower County: Approx 121 ac bare farmland, pattern tiled. Very good tenant in place. SE edge of Austin Mower County: Approx 73.7 ac, 62 tillable. Older building site, separate purchase possible. NW of Austin. Mower County: PENDING Approx 80 ac, 74.47 tillable. Prodex 79.1. Possible building site. Grand Meadow Township Mower County: PENDING Approx. 138 ac, 135.5 tillable. Pattern tiled, excellent soils. Waltham Township


Racine: Completely remodeled 10,000 sq ft building on 2.12 acres. Many possible uses including event center, daycare, offices, retail. Stewartville: Great retail/commercial space in desirable location close to I-90 & Rochester. 8000+ sq ft with ample parking. Many possibly uses. LeRoy: PENDING Unique multi-use building with retail space, apartment &auditorium. Many updates include lift, wiring, HVAC, solar panels, $79,900. Need assistance with rental rates, government programs or environmental issues? Call us for your farm management needs!

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MONDAY, SEPT. 16 •10 A.M. LOCATION: 11951 510th St., Thompson, IA

Tractor, Antique & Generator Auction

FROM THOMPSON, IA–6 miles north on Co. Blktp. R34 or 100th Ave., 1 mile east on Co. Blktp. A16 or 490th Ave., 2 miles north on 110th Ave., 500 ft. west on 510th St.. FROM KIESTER, MN–2.5 miles south on Hwy. 22 to IA/MN border or 510th St., 3 miles west on 510th St.

Saturday, September 14th - 9:00 am Auction held at: Mages Auction Site 55780 St Hwy 19, Winthrop, MN

NOTE: The Aske's have decided to retire from farming and will be selling all of their low-houred farm equipment at public auction. Gayle farmed approx. 300 acres per year. Several equipment pieces are one owner. Make plans to attend this auction—Bruce & Gary.

Tractors & Equipment: Oliver 1650 w/ IH 1701 loader & bucket, 4995 hrs, PTO, 2 hyd; Minneapolis-Moline 445 NF, 1954 hrs, 3pt; Case 130 garden tractor; Woods 72 Brushbull mower, PTO; JD 220 bean head; Erskine Sno-Prince PTO snowblower; Antiques & Collectibles: Far mfest 76 entr ance sign; Nutr ena Feeds sign; fr amed 1921 map of New Ulm; wringer washer machine; 50+ advertising posters and signs including: Farmfest 76, Coca -Cola, LBJ for the USA, NFO, Dekalb, Abso-Pure Ice & Coal Co., NU Rendering Co., Hutchinson Rendering Service, Lips Stix Cheese, Funks Hybrid, Van Dale, Estherville Co-op Creamery, Lester’s, Finck’s Overalls, Tomco Bred Corn, 10 gal RW crocks; 10 gal Monmouth crock; 8 gal RW crock; 2 gal RW crocks; 30+ cheese & butter crocks from Kaukauna Klub, Wierwill Bros & The Mansfield Store; FC Murphy cattle prints; 25+ gunny sacks; steel wheels; Guns, Tools, Furniture & Miscellaneous: Stevens 12ga SxS; Glenfield Model 60, .22 L.R., semi; Ariens Deluxe 30 snowblower; Lincoln 225amp arc welder; Sears, Roebuck & Co. table saw; air compressor; 2-man saws; assortment of hand & yard tools; wheelbarrow; ladders; glass front secretary’s desk; display cabinet; dressers; armoire; tables; shelving; wooden chairs; lamps; wicker elephant end table; steamer trunks; school desks; card catalog cabinet; light table; rocket themed coat hanger; Minneapolis-Moline shop cabinets; books; snowshoes; canning jars; luggage;

Owner: Galen Hansch

100+ New Kipor Generator & Pump Units: Qty of 9 - KGE 6500ED gasoline generator sets, 120/240V, electric start; Qty of 13 - Sinemaster IG3000E inverter generators, 120V, electric start; 1 - KGP30 gasoline self-priming pump; Qty of 93 - KGP20T gasoline trash pumps; Qty of 34 KGP20 gasoline self-priming water pump;

Emergency Power Equipment & Jody Koberg View terms, complete list & photos at:

Auctioneer: Matt Mages - 507-276-7002 Lic 08-19-001 Auctioneers: Matt Mages, New Ulm; Lar ry Mages, Lafayette; J oe Wer sal, Winthr op; Joe Maidl, Lafayette; John Goelz, Franklin; Ryan Froehlich, Winthrop; Clerk: Mages Land Co. & Auction Ser vice, LLC. Terms: No Buyer ’s Premium, Sales tax applies some items Note: All buyer s of large equipment br ing a letter of approval from your bank.


For more information contact Gayle at 507-402-3239 500 miles since restoration great) I.H. model 45 field cultivator, 18.5' Yetter model 3415 rotary pull hoe,type, 3pt., 15’ TRACTORS, COMBINE & HEADS TOOLS & SHOP (drives EQUIPMENT I.H. model 55 chisel plow, 3pt, 13' model 153 cultivator, 3pt., 6 row 30” 1957 1981 I.H. 1460 axial–flow Combine, I.H. AnvilChevy (75 partial to 100body lbs)& frame, 2dr. Hdtp, no I.H. 720 toggle plow, 4 bottom, 3pt. cultivator, 3pt, 6 row 30” motor 28L×26 frt. tires, 11:00×16 rear tires, I.H. Cam bearing I.H. model 710 ARS133 plow, 5 bottom, 3pt. or interior,installation parts only tool 1957 hydro, air, 3000 hrs., serial #025303, one I.H. model 470 tandem disc, duals, 15.5' Tap Chevy & die trunk set lid, 2-frt fenders, hood, I.H. model 37 tandem disc, pull type, 13.5' 2-doors, misc. other body parts GRAIN TRUCK & WAGONS owner. Nice machine SideChevy grinder Yetter model 3415 rotary hoe, 3pt., 15' 1983 Monte Carlo, V-6, auto, (early stage 1980 Chevy C 70 grain 366 of I.H. model 153 cultivator, 3pt.,truck, 6 row 30" restoration. Not finished) I.H. 863 corn head, 6 row 30” Black & Decker valve grinder w/ hard seat I.H. model 133 cultivator, 3pt, 6 row 30" Several small V-8, 5×2 speed trans., P .S., single axle, w/ I.H. 820 grain platform, 20’, hyd. reel drive grinder block Chevy engines, 2 & 4 barrel intakes for small blocks, 396 short block, 1989 Case I.H. 7110 MFD, C.A.H, 3pt w/ Omaha 16’ box & hoist, 10:00×20 tires, 4Tire bead breaker barrel intake for 396, GM bell housing w/3 trans.,wheel many other misc. car parts from the quick coupler, dual COMBINE p.t.o., dual valve hyd., very good rear tires, less than 30,000 sp. Bubble balancer TRACTORS, & HEADS 50's & 60's to0 numerous to mention. I.H. 1460 frt. miles, one owner (very good) 2 killbros Manual tire changer frt.1981 weights, frt axial–flow tires 13.6Combine, R×28,28L×26 rear tires rear tires, 3000hrs., hrs., 375 bu. side dump gravity wagons, exten- Tire expander 18.4tires, R ×11:00×16 38 ( inside tireshydro, new)air,3100 TOOLS & SHOP EQUIPMENT serial #025303, one owner. Nice machine sions, w/ 10 ton, Minnesota running gears Anvil 100 lbs) serial 1/2 (75 tontochain hoist I.H. # 863004542 corn head, 6 row 30" Cam bearing installation tool Year/Round model 525 side dump I.H. 820 grainI.H. platform, 20', hyd. reel drive 1990 Case 7110 C.A.H., 3pt w/ Engine Tap & die stand set gravity wagon, extensions, 450 bu., quick coupler, triple valve hyd., dual Craftsman Side grinder tool sets, combination wrenchBlack Deckersets, valve grinder hard seat p.t.o., frt rock box, frt tires 11.00×16, 425×65×22.5 truck tires es, &metric socketw/sets, screwdriver grinder rear tires,18.4×38, 2126 hrs, serial # 2 flair boxes w/running gears, one metal, Tire sets, many more too numerous to mention. bead breaker one wood w/I.H. 55 end gate seeder, both Bubble wheel balancer GRAIN TRUCK & WAGONS 0021462, one owner Manual tire changer 1980 hoist’s Chevy C 70 grain truck, 366 V-8, 1981 I.H. 886 C.A.H., wide frt., 3pt w/quick have MISCELLANEOUS Tire expander speed trans., P.S., single axle, w/Omaha coupler, dual p.t.o., dual valve hyd., frt. 5×2 Cub 3186 lawn tractor, hydro, Kohler tonCadet chain hoist 16' box & hoist, FUEL 10:00×20 tires, very good rear 1/2 TANKS stand tires 10:00×16, rear tires 18.4×38, 2500 tires, less than 30,000 miles, one owner (very Engine 18 hp., w/54” deck 1000 Craftsman tool sets,lawn combination good)gal. L.P. tank hrs, serial # 17459, one owner Lawn General tractor,wrenches, 17 hp., w/42” metric sets, socket sets, screwdriver sets, sidetanks, dump gravity wagons, 22 -killbros 500 375 gal.bu. Fuel one w/elec.pump Koyker K5 hyd. Loader w/7’ bucket, 250 deck more I.H. too 7’ numerous sickle mower, mounted, pitmany to mention. extensions, w/oil 10tank ton, Minnesota running gears gal. Fuel Year/Round model 525 side dump gravity mounted on I.H. 886 (to be sold separately) manless 21” push mower 1989 Case I.H. 7110 MFD, C.A.H, 3pt w/ MISCELLANEOUS extensions, 450 bu., 425×65×22.5 quick coupler, p.t.o., dual valve 1949 Farmall M,dual gas, tractor, widehyd. frt.,, frt. se- wagon, Several hyd. cylinders Cub Cadet 3186 lawn tractor, hydro, Kohler 18 truck tires VEHICLES & AUTOMOTIVE weights, frt tires 13.6 R×28 , rear tires 18.4 rial # 211873 38”w/54" rear tractor chains deck 2 flair boxes w/running one one 283 hp., Restored 1957 Chevygears, Belair 2 metal, dr. Hdtp, R × 38 ( inside tires new) 3100 hrs., serial # Lawn wood w/I.H. 55 end gate seeder, both have Farmall C gas tractor w/woods 5’ belly Log General chains lawn tractor, 17 hp., w/42" deck 004542 hoist's4 barrel V-8, auto, black w/black in- I.H. 7' sickle mower, mounted, pitmanless 1990 Case I.H. 7110 C.A.H., 3pt w/quick mower Splitting stand for older Farmall tractors push mower FUEL TANKS terior, 500 miles since restoration (drives 21" coupler, triple valve hyd., dual p.t.o., frt rock Frt. mount bean bar Several hyd. cylinders 1000 gal. L.P. tank great) box, frt tires 11.00×16, rear tires ,18.4×38, 38" rear tractor chains 2 500 gal. Fuel tanks, one w/elec.pump PLANTER & TILLAGE Tractor umbrella 2126 hrs, serial # 0021462, one owner 1957 Chevy body & frame, 2dr. Log chains 250 gal. Fuel oilpartial tank 1981 I.H.900 886 cyclo C.A.H.,planter, wide frt.,63pt w/quick Case I.H. row 30”, liq- Hdtp, no motor or interior, parts only Several small Splitting stand for augers older Farmall tractors coupler, dual p.t.o., dual valve hyd., frt. tires Frt. mount bean bar uid 10:00×16, fertilizer, rear herb, monitor, cond.) tires 18.4×38,(good 2500 hrs, serial # 1957 Chevy trunk lid, 2-frt fenders, hood, Misc. tires & rims Tractor umbrella Case17459, I.H. one model 4300 pull type field culti- 2-doors, misc. other body parts 18.4 × 38” Good Year rear tractor tire owner Several small augers Koyker hyd. Loader w/7' bucket, mounted on vator, 28’,K5walking tandems, 3 bar harrow (verytires good) & rims 1983 Chevy Monte Carlo, V-6, auto, (early Misc. I.H. 886 (to be sold separately) 18.4 38" Good rear tractor tire (very (very good) I.H.×split rear Year wheel weights stage of restoration. Not finished) 1949 Farmall M, gas, tractor, wide frt., serial # good) I.H. 211873 model 45 field cultivator, pull type, Several small block Chevy engines, 2 & 4 I.H. Barbwire roller split rear wheel weights Farmall C gas tractor w/woods 5' belly mower 18.5’ I.H. model 55 chisel plow, 3pt, 13’ B & S 8hp. roller Vert. Shaft motor barrel intakes for small blocks, 396 Barbwire I.H. 720 toggle plow, 4 &bottom, 3pt. short block, 4 barrel intake for 396, GM bell B & S 8hp. Vert. Shaft motor PLANTER TILLAGE 900plow, cyclo 5 planter, 6 row 30", liquid I.H.Case 710I.H. ARS bottom, 3pt. TERMS: CASHCash OR or GOOD housing w/3 sp. trans., many other misc. TERMS: GoodCHECK Check VEHICLES & AUTOMOTIVE fertilizer, herb, monitor, (good cond.) I.H.Case model 470 tandem disc, duals, 15.5’ car parts1957 fromChevy the 50’s too283 numerRestored Belair&2 60’s dr. Hdtp, I.H. model 4300 pull type field cultivator, Lunch Available 4 barrel V-8, auto, black w/black interior, I.H. 28', model 37 tandems, tandem disc, pull type, LUNCH AVAILABLE walking 3 bar harrow (very13.5’ good) ous to mention.

BRUCE HELGESON Lake Mills, Iowa 641-592-2754

GARY HEYDT Ventura, Iowa 507-421-2001

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FOR SALE: Westfield 13”x61’ auger, PTO, $8,700; also Westfield 8”x61’ EMD $5,800, both in very good condition. Electric auger is like new, comes w/ motor. 320-359-2692

FREE SHIPPING when booked this month for a MN or SD install for a grain dryer, piers, new valves, pipe, unload station, crane included. Available for up to two 15,000 gallon propane tanks this month only. $69,000. (651) 762-3972

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x61’WANTED: 50’ & 60’ belt feedalso er, 12’ conveyor, must be in 800, good condition. 320-250-5634 ion. ew, Wanted 692

All kinds of New & Used farm equipment - disc chisels, field cults, planters, soil finishers, cornheads, feed mills, discs, en balers, haybines, etc. 507a 438-9782 a ew WANTED: 500 or 1000 gal ta- LP tank, also Case IH FWA ail- tractor, 215/225 Series or oth00 er sizes w/ low hrs. Factory his steps for 826 & 1066 IH trac51) tor, 3RN JD chopping cornhead. 320-282-4846 Wanted Damaged Corn Paying Competitive Prices Based on Quality. Zane Hanson (507)459-8653

Livestock FOR SALE: Black Angus bulls also Hamp, York, & Hamp/Duroc boars & gilts. 320-598-3790

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FOR SALE: 5 Surge One FOR SALE: Yorkshire, Hamp- 2 Hamp mrkt type aged rams, FOR SALE: Dorset & Suffolk FOR SALE: ‘79 Int’l 466 MoTouches, 6 classic 300 units, shire, Duroc & Hamp/Duroc Kinsley breeding, reas. ram & ewe lambs. 952-466- tor, Allison Auto, Tandem Sutorbilt vacuum pump, boars, also gilts. Excellent Wood/metal gates, variety 5876 Twin Screw, Day Cab, 150K Surge pipeline, Electrobrain selection. Raised outside. lengths. Variety wood/metal miles, no rust, 18’ of Frame auto pipeline washer. 320- Exc herd health. No PRSS. bunks. 5x10 feed trailer. 40’ behind Cab; ‘94 Freight LinHorses & Tack wheeled motorized hay conv. 250-5634 Delivery avail. 320-760-0365 er 120 Day Cab, 60 Series DeHutchinson 320-587-9238 troit, 20Spd Trans, Tandem MN STATE BROWN SWISS Spot, Duroc, Chester White, Arabian bay mare with black Twin Screw, 23’ of Frame SALE, SEPT. 14, NOON. Boars & Gilts available. Dorset & Hampshire rams & colt, $1,500; Chestnut mare behind Cab, Low Miles; ‘97 Milk cows, close heifers & Monthly PRRS and PEDV. ewes for sale. Lambs, large and colt, $1,200. OBO on colts Int’l, 10Spd, Wet Kit, Tanproject calves. St. Charles, Delivery available. Steve framed w/fast growth that by Sept 15th. 608-297-2021 dem Twin Screw, Cummings will put extra lbs on your MN, Brown Swiss Cattle Resler. 507-456-7746 Eng, 370HP, Nice Older lambs. I can deliver. Gene Assn. Truck, 670K miles. Call: 302Cleaning out a shed? Sanford (507)645-4989 Pets & Supplies 632-8950

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’15 JD 690, 4x4, 1745/1160 sep hrs, CM, chopper, 650x38 tires & duals ....................$185,000 ’15 JD S680, 1465 Eng/731 sep hrs, CM, chopper cast tailboard ................................$165,000 ’13 JD S660, 892/1180 CM, chopper duals ............................................................$132,000 ’04 JD 9760, 2268/3460 CM, chopper duals ..............................................................$54,000 ’01 JD 9650 STS, 3014/4325 CM, chopper, duals ..............................................................$39,000 ’00 JD 9650 STS, 2645/3623 chopper, duals ..............................................................$39,000 ’01 JD 9750 STS, 3013/4156 CM, chopper, duals ..............................................................$39,000 ’15 Case/IH 6140, 685/810, Tracker, Rt, chopper .......................................................$149,000 ’14 Case/IH 5130, 660/926, Tracker, Rt, chopper .......................................................$129,000 ’11 Case/IH 8120, 1650/2250 Tracker, Rt, chopper, duals ..............................................$92,500 ’11 Case/IH 7120, 1610/2200 Tracker, Rt, chopper, duals ..............................................$92,500 ’10 Case/IH 7120, 1650/2250 Tracker, Rt, chopper, duals ..............................................$92,500 ’09 Case/IH 7088, 1275/1807 Tracker, Rt, chopper, duals ..............................................$89,000


‘14 Case/IH 350 Rowtrac, 1865 hrs, 18” belts, 120” spacing, 1000 PTO, .................$152,000 ’12 JD 9360R, 1970 hrs, 1000 PTO duals ............................................................$150,000 ’11 NH T9390, 705 hrs, ps duals ....................$120,000 ’14 Case/IH 370 HD, 7065 hrs, 1000 PTO duals ..............................................................$78,000 ’90 Ford 876, 8523 hrs duals ..............................$24,500 ’15’ Case/lH 370 HD, 895 hrs, 1000 PTO, full guidance, 4850 tires and duals ..................$169,000 ’16 Challenger 845E, 4270 hrs, 4 hyd 30” tracks ...........................................................$125,000


’12 JD 8235, 2WD, 1235 hrs, ps, 1000 PTO duals ............................................................$109,000 ’13 Case/IH 290, 1400 hrs, 1000 PTO duals ............................................................$109,000 ’12 Case/IH 260, 1784 hrs, loaded, 1000 PTO duals ..............................................................$98,000 ’11 Versatile 305, 690 hrs, 1000 PTO duals ..............................................................$95,000 ’14 NH T8330, 2140 hrs, MFWD 1000 pts, 3 pt 4 Valves, 380x54 rear tires & duals, 320x42 front tires & duals .............................$97,000

FOR SALE: 1 Hamp ram, 3 FOR SALE: ‘78 Bison air up/ 1/2 yr old, Quam breeding, FOR SALE: Tri-colored pure- air down, third axle, 855 also 1 Poly Pay ram, 2 1/2 yr bred border collie pups; 1 Cummins, 13spd, aluminum male/1 female Blue Merle old. 952-465-4523 pups, all vet checked & cur- box, new battery, new roll rent vacc, extremely intelli- tarp, runs perfect, working Please recycle this magazine. gent, working parents, exc man’s truck, 80% rubber. $40,000. 320-760-0736 cattle dog/pet. (651)206-8307


‘13 Drago 6R, 30” chopping for JD combine ........................................................$25,000

‘13 Drago 6R, 30” chopping for JD combine ........................................................$25,000 ‘09 Drago 6R, 30” chopping fits JD ....................$19,000 ‘06 Drago 8R, 30” chopping fits Case/IH Flagship.........................................................$14,500 ‘13 Case/IH 3408 8R, 30” for Flagship ................$19,500 ‘08 Case/IH 2408 8R, 30” fits Flagship ................$11,500 ‘02 Case/IH 2208 8R, 30” fits 1400-2000 series combines ............................................$11,000


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This week’s Back Roads is the work of The Land Correspondent Richard Siemers.

Stepping back in time takes time


n the interest of transparency, let it be known that Net’s Old Barn Antiques in Madison is not in an old barn. The building started life as a service station and garage, and has served other purposes. However, it does seem appropriate that Annette Hassenstab, who started her antique business on a farm, has ended up in a structure resembling a barn. “Net” has been in Madison four-and-a-half years, but has been in the antique business 23 years. “I wasn’t even into antiques,” she said. “When we bought a farm place near Clarkfield, some previous owners left some antiques they didn’t want. I started selling them and that’s how I got hooked. I got to like antiques as well as make a business out of them.” After selling off of the farm for a while, she had stores in Green Valley and Wabasso. After her husband died she eventually met another man and that’s what brought her to Madison. It just worked out that the antique store owner was ready and willing to sell when she broached the subject with him. At the Old Barn you find all of the items you would expect:

glassware, toys, tools, kitchen items, furniture, hats — and some you wouldn’t expect. There is a wooden milk cooler that looks like a large round tub and would be hooked up to a well, using water to cool the milk. She also has a Holden’s Ideal Corn Tester used to select your seed corn. Patented by Prof. Holden, the unit has trays with 100 cells each. You put kernels from individual ears in each cell along with water and wait to see which ones germinate. Those are the ears you use for seed. “I specialize in variety,” she said, and her huge inventory backs up that statement. Despite the expansive building, some items must be displayed outside. That includes horsedrawn machinery, like a potato planter. In fact, her inventory is so large that people come in looking for parts. If you want to examine everything, don’t be in a hurry. “My record for customers spending time is five hours,” she said. “They left to go and eat and came back, but it was five hours.” Net’s Old Barn Antiques is at 101 8th Ave. in Madison (along U.S. Hwy. 75 at its junction with State Hwy. 40). She is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, or by appointment. The business phone is (320) 598-3669; cell: (507) 530-0312. v

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Dairy exports to Japan could triple in next 10 years This column was written for the marketing week ending Aug. 30. United States President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe announced they have struck a free trade agreement in princiNews and information for Minnesota and Northern Iowa dairy producers ple. A formal signing is expected next month during the United Nations HighGround Dairy adds, “China’s appetite difficult to reflect gains,” says HighGround Dairy. General Assembly meetings in New MIELKE MARKET was fulfilled by Oceania and the EU in the The Chinese Yuan has slid to 11-year lows and will York. The announcement came as leadWEEKLY month and turned away from U.S. purchas- reduce its purchasing power heading into fourth ers of the G7 countries, Canada, By Lee Mielke es.” quarter. France, Germany, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom, and the United States met in July skim milk powder volume from the “While China’s total whey imports unsurprisingly France. United States totaled just 300,000 pounds, down 95 remained lower vs. the prior year, the gap continued percent. Imports from New Zealand surged higher to close as the country imported the highest monthHighGround Dairy reports aspects of the trade ly volume since January even as year-to-date deal include industrial tariffs, agricultural and digi- and were stronger from Australia and the EU. imports remain well below prior year. The United tal trade; and called it “welcome news for U.S. agri“Butter imports were the weakest for July since States remains the top source for whey products culture as Japan is a huge net-importer and this 2013 however, as product from New Zealand with 38 percent market share in the month, trade deal should provide economic advantages for dropped off. 2018 was an exceptionally strong year market share growth.” for China’s butter imports and continues to make it See MIELKE, pg. 2B U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue stated, “Japan is a significant market for U.S. agriculture exports, making today a good day for American agriculture. By removing existing barriers for our products, we will be able to sell more to the Japanese markets. At the same time we will be able to close gaps to better allow us to compete on a level playing field with our competitors.” A study commissioned by the U.S. Dairy Export Council suggests that U.S. dairy exports could triple to Japan in the next 10 years. Cheese could be the biggest winner, as the United States exported 74.2 million pounds in 2018, representing just 12 percent of Japan’s total imports. USDEC says market share could improve to 24 percent by 2027. Meanwhile, the tariff tit-for-tat with China continued. President Trump again criticized China for stealing America’s intellectual property and called on American companies to move their operations out of China. The spat is keeping the United States from participating in China’s current import appetite. HighGround Dairy reports, “Chinese skim milk powder demand surged in July, remaining higher year-over-year for the 11th consecutive month, and jumped to the highest monthly volume since January. Imports marked impressive demand in the middle of the year in a country where purchases peak in January due to tariff agreements before usually remaining relatively flat for the remainder of the year.”


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Milk market continues support by positive fundamentals MIELKE, from pg. 1B though volumes fell 22 percent,” according to HighGround Dairy. n Back home, dairy margins continued to strengthen over the first half of August following a sharp drop in feed costs as milk prices were mostly flat, according to the latest Margin Watch from Chicago-based Commodity and Ingredient Hedging LLC. “The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s August World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report was considered extremely bearish for the corn market,” the Margin Watch stated. “The yield forecast was raised to 169.5 bushels per acre, up from 166.0 in July with production pegged at 13.9 billion bushels. This was up 26 million from last month and 737 million above the average of pre-report estimates. It was also outside of the range of estimates between 12.719 and 13.55 billion bushels. Ending stocks were raised to 2.18 billion bushels which again was well above the average trade estimate of 1.60 billion, as well as outside the range of expectations between 1.297 and 1.90 billion bushels.” “The milk market continues to be supported by positive fundamentals. USDA reported U.S. July milk production at 18.3 billion pounds, essentially unchanged from last year with improved efficiency

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in the milking herd — particularly in California — making up for a continued decline in cow numbers. USDA revised down the milking herd from June’s figure by a further 4,000 cows and noted an additional 9,000 head decline last month. The dairy herd has been particularly decimated in the Mideast and along the East Coast with significant declines noted in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Virginia,” the Margin Watch reported. “Combined milk output in the EU, U.S., Oceania and Argentina was 1.7 billion pounds less than 2018 through the first five months of the year, a decline of 0.6 percent, while a severe heat wave across Europe has crimped summer output also as July was the hottest month on record,” the Margin Watch concluded. n Chicago Mercantile Exchange cheese shot higher the last week of August. The cheddar blocks hit a new high for 2019 and the highest price since November 2016, at $1.93 per pound, up 5 cents on the week and 23.5 cents above a year ago. The barrels finished at $1.7375, up 7.25 cents on the week and 9.25 cents above a year ago, but an unsustainable 19.25 cents below the blocks. There were 22 cars of block that traded hands on the week at the CME and 36 of barrel. Milk is a bit tighter in the Midwest and FC Stone reported that the four-week rolling slaughter average dropped below year-ago levels for the first time all year, but, “we’re still killing them faster than we can replace them.” Typical fall demand is helping maintain cheese orders, according to Midwest cheese producers, and block and process cheeses requests are strong, according to Dairy Market News. Students are returning to classrooms spurring food service buying. School milk bottling is pulling heavy volumes from cheese vats but manufacturers are finding adequate amounts of milk. Spot milk offers were not very prevalent early week, but contacts expected more discounted loads to become available over the Labor Day holiday weekend. Western cheesemakers relay that cheese demand is strong. U.S. cheese prices have been well above international levels for some time, making export markets more challenging, but contacts are still seeing steady interest. The domestic pull on supplies has reduced inventories and manufacturers are running at or near full capacity. Milk supplies are in good balance with processing, says Dairy Market News. Butter fell to $2.1850 per pound on Aug. 29, which is the lowest since Dec. 19, 2018, after plunging 11.25 cents last week. But butter closed the next day at $2.19, 3.75 cents lower on the week and 2.5 cents below a year ago, with 40 sales on the week. Butter churning was fairly active this week as cream was plentiful in the Central region. Bulk but-

ter continues to be available and offered at discounts, says Dairy Market News. The western butter market tone kept its stability of the previous week. Restaurant and food service sales are very good but retailer demand was down. Cream availability has been increasing since the reopening of schools and ice cream makers are demanding fewer loads for their production. Grade A nonfat dry milk climbed to $1.0475 per pound on Aug. 27, the highest since July 1; but closed Aug. 30 at $1.04. This is up a quarter-cent on the week and 15.5 cents above a year ago, on 39 loads exchanging hands. CME whey closed on Aug. 30 at 39 cents per pound, down a half-cent on the week and 11 cents below a year ago, with no sales reported on the week at the CME. n In other news, the dairy industry has always had its detractors and imitators and the latest are plant-based beverages which call themselves “milk.” But a future foe is in the works, according to Hoards Dairyman managing editor Corey Geiger. Geiger previewed an article in an upcoming issue in the Aug. 26 Dairy Radio Now broadcast which looked back to the late 70s and early 80s on what was referred to as “health cheese” and how the dairy industry responded. He reported one manufacturer simply added vegetable fat as a replacement for milk fat, Geiger said, while others produced a concoction of vegetable fat, casein and nondairy proteins to make a fake mozzarella and reduce the cost of a pizza. The savings amounted to about 3 cents an ounce or 80 cents less per pound for the “cheese” portion, according to Geiger. How did the dairy industry respond? “That’s when the Real Seal was born,” Geiger said. It started in California and eventually went national via the United Dairy Industry Association. “But, ultimately, words like taste, natural and real — words that we’re still talking about today — won the day in the late 1980s.”  “This is a little different,” Geiger warned. “Our future foe is really being created in a lab by genetically modifying yeast and bacteria.” One company called Perfect Day Foods has produced an ice cream from lab proteins which are essentially the same as that made from dairy cows. Another company called New Culture produces mozzarella and promotes it as “cow cheese without the cow,” he said. The USDA and the Food and Drug Administration are battling over who will regulate these products, according to Geiger. “These manufacturers want to claim that their products are free of genetically modified organisms,” he said, “but even putting my dairy cap aside, that’s a stretch. They’re genetically modifying the yeast See MIELKE, pg. 3B


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There’s plenty of ‘loafing’ at the Arends family farm By RICHARD SIEMERS The Land Correspondent WILLMAR, Minn. — Alan and Helen Arends are still figuring out how to develop the 250-acre farm on which Alan is the fourth generation to live. It has been transitioned to organic, but Alan is still experimenting to determine which crops and markets will bring a good return. Alfalfa sold to a dairy farmer and grass-fed beef are the main farm enterprises right now. They’re not certain what the end-product will look like.

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teenager who served as an interpreter for his group. They obviously were attracted to each other. “He had a very original pick-up line,” Helen said with a laugh. “He asked, ‘Can you help me memorize John 1:1 in Russian?’” It was good enough to start a relationship which resulted in marriage in 1995. Helen, “always open for an adventure,” moved to Minnesota. She wasn’t concerned about adjusting to the change. See ARENDS, pg. 5B

Extension: So far, 2019 has been a slow year for aphids By DICK HAGEN we’re pleased for our farmers but the The Land Staff Writer Emeritus simple fact is this annual battle against aphids was good money for us aerial LAMBERTON, Minn. — It seems app guys. strange, but Mother Nature apparently is on your side regarding the 2019 soy“Get a normal season with crops bean aphids season. How can that be? planted on time is what our farmers really need. Plus crop prices so they can Explained Bruce Potter, Extension get above their break-even income plant pathologist for the University of stranglehold and we’ll all be happy … Minneosta in an Aug. 20 visit, “So far even we aerial guys can make this busiit’s been a slow year for aphids. A few ness work without the aphid explofarmers are doing some spraying, but sions.” very little so far. 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250-acre farm profits limited with conventional crops ARENDS, from pg. 4B Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s “We were starting a new life together, a famCottage Food Exemption which allows her to ily together,” she said. use her own kitchen without meeting comAlan’s widowed grandfather still lived on mercial standards; but requires all sales be the farm. Alan worked with his father in direct to customers — no mail or store sales manufacturing in Willmar. In 2000, the couple — so her customers tend to be local. moved to the farm to be with his grandfather What makes the bread so popular is more and stayed on after his death. Alan had often than a good loaf, in Helen’s estimation. visited his grandparents on the farm, helped “I think bread has so much more to it than with the garden and butchering chickens. just food. It unites families around the table.” When he was old enough to start learning She also thinks part of the popularity is that about crop farming, the mid-1980s farm crisis it is sold at the farmer’s market, that it is hit and his grandfather quit farming and home-baked, and that it’s not available every rented out the land. day. The couple tried their hand at running a “About all I had learned was how to drive a coffee shop where the bread was available on tractor,” Alan said. a daily basis. It didn’t sell as well. Even though Alan was not a farmer, having Since they had the dough business down, worked in manufacturing for 20 years, he they expanded into pizza. After learning to said, “I was well-aware that a 250-acre farm use a wood-fired oven, they acquired one on was not what it was 50 years ago and it would wheels which they now take to events and be tough to get a return with conventional private parties. corn and beans.” “We bake and sell Neapolitan pizza with a When he took over the land, Alan began the Photos by Richard Siemers farm twist,” Helen said. “We raise our ingreditransition to organic and tried various glutenents.” free grains and alternative crops. Currently, the Helen (left) and Alan Arends took over his grandfather’s farm and found a niche in baking to help make ends meet. farm produces the alfalfa that he sells, rotationShe couldn’t find such bread in our grocery stores, and Willmar didn’t have a bakery. Her only choice was to learn to bake it, and she did. She was also home-schooling their children. “Sometimes I would read to my two oldest daughters,” she said. “To keep their hands busy, they would make jewelry while they listened.” When the jewelry piled up, they decided a lesson in entrepreneurship would be good for the girls, so they took them to the weekly market in Willmar to sell jewelry. One week, Helen decided to bake bread and take it along. She baked 11 loaves and sold seven. The bread was a hit. “It went from 11 to 20 to 30 to 40 loaves,” Helen said. Eventually she was up to 100 loaves and people were lining up to buy bread before the market opened. She now bakes 120 loaves — plus scones, fresh baklava, pies, biscotti, and other pastries and dessert items. They are sold at the market and by subscription. With help from the MDA’s Cottage Food Exemption, Helen is able to use her own kitchen without meeting Since the market was seasonal and she wanted a commercial standards. year-round stream of income, a daughter suggested ally grazed beef, and free-range chickens. It is the she have a subscription service — like a magazine. During farmer’s market season, subscribers can pre- Helen fills a special baking order for a regular cuscropland that he has not yet settled into a rotation. order rather than take their chances at the market. tomer. In the meantime, Helen was learning to be a home- The rest of the year subscribers get a weekly loaf, maker — which included learning how to cook. If she plus they can special-order with smaller minimums The vegetables and herbs are from their organic missed anything about Russia, it was the bread with than required on non-subscriber special orders. Once garden, the meat from their grass-fed beef. They its crisp crusty exterior and chewy texture — what a week, Helen brings the orders to Willmar for pick- design pizza around what’s in season. This spring today might be called artisan bread. they had an asparagus pizza. When their strawberry up. “My mother would give me 20 kopeks and send me Helen’s Bukovina Old World Bakery is actually her patch produced well, Alan came up with a strawberry to the bakery for a loaf of bread,” she said. “By the farmhouse kitchen. Her bakery is licensed under the See ARENDS, pg. 11B time I got home I had eaten half of it.”

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Red Hen Ranch introduces youth to show poultry By TIM KING birds since her children began The Land Correspondent showing poultry in 4-H about 15 years ago. BLUE GRASS, Minn. — When Lisa and Ray Cochran “I hatch out 75 to 100 chicks traveled last year from Wadena between January and March for County in central Minnesota, to 4H-ers who have asked for birds Farmfest in southern Minnesota for breeding pens in the Poultry to get their Wadena County Farm project,” she said. “I always tell Family of the Year award, Lisa kids who are interested that I expected the other families would need to know what they want no all be from big, highly specialized later than November, since that operations. is when my breeding pens get kept back and put together. I like She was surprised, however. to have the Buff Orpingtons eggs “There were other farms like in the incubator by the middle of ours,” Lisa, who admits to raising December and I hatch them until a little bit of everything, said. mid-February. If your standard “There was even somebody that birds aren’t out by then, they’ll raised bait fish. I think that farm never be mature for competition. families may be changing.” I try to run the bantam chicks Among the numerous projects about six to eight weeks behind at the Cochran family’s Red Hen the standard chicks. I also like to Asher Hoeper’s Leghorn earned the Ranch is the poultry breeding have 4H-ers keep the date of Grand Champion Poultry award at the project. The project involves raistheir county fair in mind when 2019 Wadena County fair. Hoeper ing the birds from the egg to the selecting birds. Early fairs are leases birds from Red Hen Ranch in exchange for cleaning pens. Photos submitted frying pan (or stew pot) with generally favorable to quickerRay (left) and Lisa Cochran received the Wadena various stops between.  maturing bantam breeds.” County Farm Family of the Year award in 2018. town and isn’t able to keep birds comes Lisa has been raising show Although the poultry breeds out and helps clean the barn. He also don’t have a breed registry, like larger prepped his project here — learning livestock, Lisa does select for certain how to bathe, trim beaks and toenails, characteristics in her breeder birds and and all the little insider tips to make Fairfax, MN she follows the genetics of her improved your birds stand out in competition. 320-848-2496 or 320-894-6560 lines through her top roosters. “Some 4H-ers just pay as if they were | “I can look at the comb of a bird and buying them because they love having DIVERSIFIED say, for example, that one came from birds to raise and show, but don’t want that rooster that came from Indiana,” to winter them.” she said. Poultry showing tips from Red Hen Lisa sells the Bantam chicks (which Ranch are nuggets to be valued.  include Bantam White Leghorns, “We have had many county fair, state Barred Plymouth Rocks, and Rhode fair and Northeast Island Reds) for seven Livestock Champion dollars per chick. She birds hatched here,” sells her Buff Orpington Lisa said. chicks, which are her In addition to breedonly large chickens, for ing and raising champiten dollars. ‘17 JD S680 PRWD, 472 Hrs, Tilt F&A, Chopper W/PowerCast, ‘15 JD 9520R PS, 4-WD, 1336 Hrs, 710/70R42’s, Hydra-Cushion onship poultry, Red Hen Serviced, Shedded, JD Warranty Till 6/2022 ........ $289,500 Suspension, 59 Gal Pump W/4-Remotes, Warranty... $214,500 “I also lease chicks to Ranch is involved in the several families and I more ordinary work of try to work with them poultry production. A all,” she said. “For sign at the end of the instance, one family driveway advertises raising and showing my “egg for sale.” chicks returns them in “I’ve sold a lot of eggs, the fall, with all the laychickens and lamb ers they also showed. chops with that sign,” That keeps my egg proLisa said. “We live on duction birds in fine Lisa Cochran has been raising highway 23, which is a rotation.  show birds for about 15 years. short cut to the Park ‘18 JD 640FD Flex Draper, Flip-Over-Reel, Spare ‘18 JD 635FD Flex Draper, Flip-Over-Reel, Spare “Another new-to-poul-


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Grain Outlook Little happening in corn market The following marketing analysis is for the week ending Aug. 30. CORN — What changed this week to move the markets? Nothing really. The market continued to consolidate ahead of the long Labor Day weekend and the Sept. 12 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report. The weather wasn’t threatening, but neither did it push the crop to maturity. Overall temperatures remain cool, but no frost is in the forecast for the next 10 days. Players got a little better idea of where planted acres are headed for the September WASDE report when the Farm Services Agency issued a report which PHYLLIS NYSTROM raised both corn and soybean CHS Hedging Inc. acreage from their latest report St. Paul by approximately 800,000 acres. The change pushed corn acres up to 86.7 million acres. For soybeans, they have acreage at 74.8 million acres. The August WASDE report used 90 million planted corn acres and 76.7 million soybean acres. From a technical perspective, December corn posted a key reversal higher at mid-week after trading to its lowest point since mid-May. For the week, December corn held above the $3.63.75 contract low and traded a range from $3.64.25 to $3.77 per bushel.  It closed 2 cents higher this week at $3.69.75 per bushel. The July 2020 contract was up 1.75 cents at $3.97 per bushel.  For the month of August, December corn was down 40.5 cents, its biggest percentage monthly decline in four years. U.S. corn conditions improved 1 percent week-onweek as of Aug. 25 to 57 percent good/excellent.  Seventy-one percent of the crop was in the dough stage vs. 87 percent on average.  Only 27 percent of the corn was dented compared to 46 percent on average which is the eighth slowest on record. A farmer survey by Farm Futures estimated U.S. corn acreage will increase 4.5 percent in 2020 to 94.1 million acres. U.S. soybean acres are predicted to increase 9 percent in 2020 to 83.6 million acres. Weekly old crop export sales were poor with net cancellations of 100,000 bushels. New crop sales were better-than-expected 33.8 million bushels. Total old crop commitments are 1.97 billion bushels vs. the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s outlook for 2.1 bilSee NYSTROM, pg. 10B

Cash Grain Markets corn/change* soybeans/change*

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Grain Angles Choose rational thinking for success

The futures market has continued to lead the market lower during this downward price move as it has stayed at a deep discount to cash. This has enticed hedgers to move cattle to take advantage of the discounts to add to the sale of their cattle by capturing that discount. There is some hope in the future as the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture Cattle on Feed report was interpreted as friendly. The key to a turnaround

It’s no surprise the ag industry has had a challenging few years. This has pushed us to re-evaluate how tasks are done on the farm to gain efficiencies, while continuing to position ourselves to remain competitive. Due to some challenges we have had in the industry, we challenge you to reflect on how confident you are in where your business is at right now; and ask yourself where you want to be if an investment opportunity presents itself. Are you able to say, “I’m ready or it’s not the right timing?” As we evaluate the position of the farm, here are five methods to remain confidently disciplined in making business decisions. Assess your business Take the time to accurately CASSIE MONGER assess how the business is doing. Compeer Dairy Lending If you plan to expand or grow your Specialist business, think about how much Waite Park, Minn. growth you’re able to tolerate. While also determining what risks you need to be aware of. It’s important to be able to understand your business well enough to predict the consequences of disruption, so you can plan accordingly and be proactive with your decision making approach. Truly understand what your strengths are, then evaluate the weaknesses or critical areas which may need more time to develop. Once you have identified those areas, continue to evaluate how you are doing and track your progress to achieve the positive results you hope to accomplish. Set goals. Ask the right questions in determining where you see your business in the next 5-10 years and what steps need to be taken to get you there. Setting realistic goals and putting a plan in place to achieve them will set things into motion. Be strategic Evaluate your strategy for holding yourself accountable. Regularly communicate with your team to share goals and visualize what it might look like if they’re achieved. Your team will play a big role in staying on the right path and following through. Reflect and look back on what you have achieved already. When investment opportunities come up, it’s sometimes hard to say no; but keeping past and current goals in mind will help you be more disciplined. Control temptations along the way Are you in the right mindset to resist temptation?

See TEALE, pg. 10B

See MONGER, pg. 10B




Year Ago Average: $3.03 $7.38 Grain prices are effective cash close on Sept. 3. *Cash grain price change represents a two-week period.

Livestock Angles Demand erratic, supplies strong As we start the month of September, the livestock markets are definitely on the defensive. Both the cattle and hog futures have lead the way to lower levels as numbers of animals of each has overwhelmed the market. Demand for both beef and pork has been slightly erratic which also has contributed to the weakness for the past several months. Technically these markets are approaching oversold conditions which may slow the decent in each market in the weeks ahead. It will be demand for product which will turn each of these markets in the long run. Looking at the cattle market JOE TEALE overall, the market has been on a Broker downward price slide since the Great Plains Commodity beginning of May. Cattle numAfton, Minn. bers of available market-ready cattle have overwhelmed the market during that period creating a heavy inventory of available beef product. During the period, exports improved slightly; however, not enough to change the downward spiral of the beef cutout price.

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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U.S. soybean price competitive on the world stage NYSTROM, from pg. 9B lion bushels with one week left in the marketing year. Total new crop commitments are 218 million bushels compared to 441 million bushels on the books last year. Weekly ethanol production was up 15,000 barrels per day to 1.038 million bpd, but is still down 3 percent for the same week last year. It’s estimated that corn for ethanol usage is down about 5 percent this year vs. last year. Ethanol stocks were down 400,000 barrels to 23 million barrels. Outlook: Another relatively boring week with action centered on month end pricing of delayed price

bushels and cleaning up September positions. Funds are carrying a net short position with little weather premium believed to be built into current prices. The forecast for the next two weeks stays cool, but with no immediate threat of a frost/freeze. Technically, we could be setting up for a bounce ahead of the September WASDE report as we ward off any new contract lows. SOYBEANS — November soybeans traded to their lowest point since late-May when they fell to $8.66 per bushel in the middle of week. A key reversal higher at mid-week led to firmer markets ahead of the three-day weekend. For the week, November soybeans were 12.5 cents higher at $8.69 per bushel

TEALE, from pg. 9B toward higher prices will be the influx of demand for beef via the domestic and or foreign markets. The hog market has been hampered by the deep drop in the pork cutout over the past several weeks which has related into sharply lower prices paid for hogs. This deep drop in the cutout has increased the interest in pork products as movement of product has increased in the past couple of weeks. The overall pattern in the hogs in looking at a chart over the past several years has been equivalent to that of a roller coaster ride. The peaks and valleys

in price have been close in proximity each year since 2015. At present we are approaching the time frame for one of those seasonal lows that fit this pattern. Obviously, this pattern could change at any time, so the next several weeks will be interesting to see if this pattern continues. If the pattern repeats, the possibility of a low in the next several weeks is a possibility. The underlying key is demand for pork which will have to expand while supplies decrease to establish a real change in the current direction, which has been lower prices paid for hogs. Producers should continue to monitor market conditions and stay current with inventories.v

Hog peaks, valleys following pattern

Think creatively to move forward MONGER, from pg. 9B Be honest with yourself and spend more time thinking about the consequences and “what if” scenarios. Don’t dwell on the negative, but consider all alternatives so you have an exit strategy or plan B if it doesn’t work out. Sometimes temptation finds us when our weaknesses overwhelm us. Refocus your attention to strategy and goals versus letting the emotion make the decision. Seeking feedback from your team will help eliminate any biases or blind spots so you have the support to redirect you if necessary and not be tempted to steer away from your plan. Focus on problem solving As a business owner, the responsibility for finding a solution many times falls on you. Keep in mind, each time you effectively resolve a problem, you gain valuable experience, which in return builds confidence. Continue to think outside the box to be innovative and creative. Doing something the way we have always done may not be the best approach moving forward. Be open minded to new ideas, rather than making a decision because it is quick and easy. We need to be more strategic in our thinking, and not expect that every solution equals a big investment which may cause financial strain on the busi-

ness. It might be something simple and cost effective that makes the most sense. Your next step and a reasonable timeline Be sure your timeline is in pencil as things will likely change along the way. The only thing which should remain unchanged are the intentions you have for yourself and future generations. So what’s next? Don’t expect to have it all figured out. You have now spent the time to really understand your business needs. We encourage you to be confident in what you do know and don’t let irrational decisions derail you from your timeline. To wrap things up, it has taken more than luck to get where you are today, and much of the credit is due to the self-discipline already demonstrated. This is done by making sound choices based on rational thinking rather than your emotions. We should continue to be optimistic, but still remain cautious. Continue to stick to these methods to be sure the financial decisions you make fit within your own plan. Sometimes the best investment opportunities present themselves at the right time. Passing on them now can many times lead to a better one in the future. For additional insights from Monger and the Compeer team, visit v

after closing higher four out of the last five trading sessions. The July 2020 contract was up 6 cents, settling at $9.14.25 per bushel. November soybeans were down 12.5 cents for the month of August. Supportive chatter this week came from news that China had made a phone call to the United States to propose a return to the negotiating table. China denied the call, but late in the week China stated they were having “effective communication” with the United States. If no agreement is reached, the next round of U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods is to take effect Sept. 1. Brazilian farmers were heavy soybean sellers this week as the Brazilian real fell to its lowest level in nearly a year. China was reportedly buying Brazilian soybean cargoes throughout the week.  Weekly old crop soybean sales were better than expected at 3.5 million bushels.  Total old crop commitments are 1.8 billion bushels vs. the USDA forecast for 1.7 billion bushels. China still has 1.9 million metric tons of unshipped old crop bushels on the books so we may or may not see everything get shipped in this marketing year. New crop weekly sales were at the low end of expectations at 13 million bushels, bringing total commitments to 206 million bushels compared to 486 million bushels last year. This year’s new crop sales are the lowest in 13 years for this date. With the exception to China, U.S. soybeans are competitive on the world stage. Next week’s July USDA soybean crush is estimated at 178.5 million bushels. If accurate, it will be the biggest monthly crush since March. The weather remains cool across the Midwest and the market is aware we need some heat to finish the crop.  A saving grace is the absence of a killing frost in the near-term forecasts. Crop conditions as of Aug. 25 showed soybeans improved 2 percent to 55 percent good/excellent.  This is still the lowest U.S. rating for this week since 2012. Ninety-four percent of soybeans were blooming on this date vs. 99 percent on average and 79 percent were setting pods vs. 91 percent on average. This is the second-slowest rate on record for setting pods. Fires in the Amazon rainforest continue. Comments from a reliable source said there is no real impact to agricultural areas. Some wildfires are attributed to a burn down on pasture land, but it’s still considered a wildfire. Conab is forecasting Brazilian soybean acreage this coming year will be up 1.7 percent to 89.9 million acres. They expect Brazilian corn acreage to increase 5.7 percent to 45.2 million acres. Outlook: Weather and politics will stay in the forefront of news items into the Sept. 12 WASDE report. We know the crop needs time and cooperative weather to get to the finish line. At these levels, it doesn’t feel like the market has factored in much of a weather premium. As for politics, traders are tired of all talk and no action. Funds are carrying a mediocre net short position and don’t seem in any hurry to move much in either direction. Traders want definitive action on the trade war with China to get excited, so we’ll watch and wait. v

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Cochran farm also features sheep, goats and turkeys RED HEN RANCH, from pg. 8B Rapids lake area, and I get many people from the Twin Cities coming by. I’m afraid to open my freezer when they are out there because they want to buy my family’s meat.” One of the visitors that stopped by for eggs was former Green Party candidate for vice president, Winona LaDuke. “She has a farm and is interested in sustainable agriculture,” Lisa said. “We talked for quite a while.” The lamb chops that LaDuke, or other visitors, might buy from Lisa come from the farm’s flock of Hampshire/Suffolk cross sheep. “We bought a registered Suffolk ram last year,” Lisa said. Red Hen Ranch also raises registered Boer goats.  “If you raise goats, it’s basically like a beef operation,” Lisa, who used to have a beef herd, said. “They are like little beef cows. We sell some for breeding stock and we’ve sent them as far as North Dakota and Wisconsin.”

She is also trying to direct market them on the hoof or after they’ve been slaughtered. “I sold three kids on the hoof to my vet,” she said. “He loves red meat, but is totally health conscious. He knows that goat is leaner than poultry and really healthy for you. Its taste is very similar to beef, but more the texture of venison. If you’re concerned about fat and cholesterol, goat is for you.” Lisa is having some success selling goat meat to discerning Twin Cities customers. But her main marketing outlet for kids and lambs is a service that comes right to her farm and buys them. She’s been selling livestock with this service for five years. “Goats like to shrink when they are sitting in the sales barn for a while,” she said. “They can lose five percent of their body weight. With pick-up at the farm, I don’t have shrinkage and I don’t have to pay commission.” The Red Hen Ranch multi-species farming operation is going well enough so that Lisa and Ray are putting an addition on to their barn. Lambing and

Farm has many options ARENDS, from pg. 5B cheesecake dessert pizza. At the same time, the Arends continue to plan for the future. Someday they hope to have a commercial kitchen, and they are working with an architect about remodeling their barn into an event center for weddings, reunions and gatherings. They would like to develop their farm site as a destination. “Al and I love to have people over,” Helen said. “We love the hospitality aspect.” There is also a desire to help people reconnect with the land — especially since there is a growing interest in people to know where their food comes from. “Al has a strong connection with this land,” Helen said. “He also has a big heart for people and for restoring their roots (i.e. their own connection with the land).” They love to see kids come out, put away their phones, and go dig in the non-chemical dirt of their garden, snacking on the produce.

As for the ag side of the farm, this year Alan put in 50 acres of organic field corn. But many acres are still in alfalfa. “After 4-5 years in alfalfa, I have to start coming off of that to get a rotation going,” he said. “I’m not a farmboy, so everything has a learning curve for me.” Whatever they do, it will all be tied to their farm, and it will be a team effort. “We have so many options, so many dreams,” Alan said. “[We have to decide] what do we do now, what do we shelve for later, what don’t we do at all.” What started as a Moscow romance has blossomed into raising a family on the Arends family farm near Willmar. Their children are the fifth generation to live on these acres they call The Back 40. They love the life and want to introduce others to their love for the land and the food it produces. Just how that will play out is not yet certain. What is certain is that when their family gathers around the table, there will be homemade bread. More can be found on the Arends’ farm at v

kidding overlapped last winter and things got pretty crowded in the barn, according to Lisa. With the purchases of building supplies, feed, veterinary services and other farming needs, Lisa estimates their little family farm supports onethird of a job in town.

“I think it would only take about three farms like ours to support an employee at the feed mill,” she said. Oh yes! Lisa has some Red Bourbon turkeys that she’s raising. “There’s going to be a lot of Thanksgiving dinners out there,” she said. v

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