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No one said saving the planet was 11 million square miles of old fields and going to be easy, but sometimes it sure recovering forests across our planet,” does seem complicated. said Adam Clark, study co-author and CBS graduate. “In these spaces, active This week, the University of Minnesota restoration efforts may often be needed to released a study stating decades after restore biodiversity and prevent the farmland was abandoned, plant biodiverextinction of species.” sity and productivity struggle to recover. Don’t it always seem to go … you don’t Clark suggested these restoration know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone. efforts could include using prescribed LAND MINDS burns, dispersing seeds, using haying to Researchers examined 37 years of data remove nutrients added through fertilizatied to plant biodiversity (i.e., number of By Paul Malchow tion and reintroducing others in the different species) and plant productivifood chain (such as herbivores, predaty (i.e., biomass or amount of plants) tors) which had been pushed out of the related to 21 grasslands and savannas area. in Minnesota. Most of these fields had been ploughed and abandoned for agricultural use “This is an unprecedented opportunity for us — between one and 91 years prior. humans as species — to restore ecosystems and help mitigate the threat extinctions could have on Researchers then compared the plots to nearby our planet and our own well-being,” said Isbell. land which has not been significantly impacted by human activity. CBS Professor David Tilman and College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences The study found local grassland plant diversity Professor Peter Reich also co-authored the paper increased significantly over time, but incompletely which was published in the journal, Nature Ecology recovered, and plant productivity did not signifi& Evolution. cantly recover. One year after abandonment, the fields had, on average, 38 percent of the plant divern sity and 34 percent of the plant productivity for the Also generating public discussion is solar energy. land that was never ploughed. Not long ago the darling of renewable energy, solar But what really grabbed my attention was this: 91 power is showing some warts. years after abandonment, the fields had 73 percent Granted, not everyone is on the solar power bandof the plant diversity and 53 percent of the plant wagon. For a couple of years The Land has received productivity. Now granted, 91 years in the history of comments from readers questioning the practicality our planet is less than a drop in the bucket recovof solar panel arrays. Still, solar panel projects have ery-wise. But put these figures outside of Minnesota been sprouting up in rural countrysides at a steady and in a world-wide context where land has been — and some say alarming — rate. cleared for agriculture, logging or other human I know of three counties in southern Minnesota activities, and the picture isn’t pretty. (Le Sueur, Waseca and Blue Earth) who are consid“When taken at a global scale, fossil records indiering or have enacted moratoriums on solar “garcate plant species are going extinct at rates hundens” or solar “farms.” dreds of times faster than the natural extinction “Separation distances from residential properties rate,” said Forest Isbell, assistant professor in the U is one thing that people are very concerned about. of M’s College of Biological Sciences and co-author They don’t want to have these panels 50 feet from of the study. “At this localized level, we’re seeing how human activity can impact the loss of species.” their house, and by taking this time, we can actually work on an ordinance instead of pushing someBecause of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s thing through really quick,” said Le Sueur County CRP program, land acquisition by the Department Planning and Zoning Administrator Joshua of Natural Resources, and various efforts by wildlife Mankowski. Le Sueur County has placed a one-year groups, more and more marginal agriculture land is moratorium on conditional use permit applications being taken out of production. However, as this for solar panel arrays. research shows, simply no longer plowing ground is Waseca County Planning and Zoning Administrator not going to be enough. Mark Leiferman said a 180-day moratorium was put “The amount of land being used for agricultural See LAND MINDS, pg. 6 purposes has slowly been decreasing, leaving some


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Using a variety of control methods in a multi‑year field plan helps delay development of corn rootworm resistance. “Growers tend to find a hybrid with the corn rootworm control method they like, then plant it in the same fields year after year,” Tim O’Brien, Ph.D., explained. “They’re looking for something that gives them the best yield in a field—and too often they stick with what was successful the year before.” “To sustain high corn yields,” O’Brien, who is the Agrisure® traits manager at Syngenta, continued, “We need to get out of the mindset of what was best last year and get into the mindset of how we show corn rootworm something different.”

It uniquely expresses a protein that binds differently in the gut of corn rootworm. It’s always stacked with a second, proven mode of action against corn rootworm, delivering a powerful one‑two punch that uppercuts rootworm and fights resistance. “We can break the cycle by planting hybrids with Duracade,” said Syngenta entomologist Isaac Oyediran. “It brings a different mode of action against corn rootworm for a healthier corn crop and higher yield potential.” For more information about Agrisure Duracade trait stacks visit or talk to your local seed provider.

Rotate trait packages for higher yield potential According to O’Brien, “developing a multi‑year, field‑by‑field corn rootworm plan that rotates control methods over the years” is the best way to delay the resistance of corn rootworm and help harvest the best yields long term. Growers who rotate pesticide modes of action for maximum control and high efficiency must also rotate hybrid trait packages for the same reasons. The Agrisure Duracade® trait was created as the first engineered hybrid insect control protein.

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We’re not all crazy, but the times are Thanksgiving was the kickoff to a butchered; and the down-to-the-penny month of bookkeeping, depreciation profit the partners would pocket because schedules and checkbook balancing for of his (and frankly, her) skills. my parents on the southern Illinois dairy It was no accident their year-end work farm of my youth. It culminated in an and planning delivered. Silos rose, debts afternoon meeting, usually held the week fell, and sturdy lives were built. after Christmas, where my father would Institutions like family, church and state detail the farm’s annual performance to were critically important too, because his three city-dwelling partners and lay FARM & FOOD FILE they delivered support, hope and justice. out his plans for the coming year. Those days, like Mom’s congress, are By Alan Guebert The meeting bordered on solemn. We long gone. So, too, it often seems, is our children were ordered out of the house trust in the institutions and people so these serious people could discuss that guided us back then. For almost serious plans that involved serious 50 years, the farm partnership estabmoney without a giggle or footstep to distract their lished by my grandfather and continued by my deliberations. father operated on nothing more than a handshake The entire afternoon was so serious to my mother and the person’s integrity it represented. Today, that (who was never invited to the meeting — despite would be seen as crazy. possessing the best working knowledge of the farm’s Back then, crazy would have been partners so disfinances as its bookkeeper) that she called it “contrustful of each other that they needed a signed congress.” tract to keep each other honest. Had that been the No, not that Congress; it was her personal concase, I’m certain they never would have partnered gress — the one whose actions one afternoon each to create something new, productive and lasting out year could alter her family’s livelihood as soon as of the sand and black gumbo of the Mississippi next week and her children’s lives forever. River bottoms. As such, she made certain Dad knew where every Today, however, crazy seems to be exactly how farm dollar came from and went to; how many business is done in American agriculture. Proof calves, heifers and cows had been born, bought or abounds.


Right now, crazy is seeing a highly-contagious swine disease wipe out more hogs in China in six months than the United States will grow this year. And yet, U.S. cash hog prices are so low that independent producers are now losing $50 per head. Crazy is the U.S. Department of Agriculture now sending another $7.8 billion in trade mitigation payments (on top of the $6.69 billion sent earlier this fall and the $8.6 billion sent in 2018) to literally paper-over the White House’s no-end-in-sight trade war with China. Crazy is maintaining that this irredeemable, costly mess remains China’s fault because it responded to U.S. tariffs with, as Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue loves to say, “unfair trade retaliation.” Crazy is President Donald. J. Trump continuing to falsely claim that every penny of the $23.1 billion in mitigation money sent to farmers comes from import tariffs paid to the U.S. by China; when every economist — including those on the President’s own staff — say that’s provably untrue. Crazy is how low grain and livestock prices must persist before any responsible policy maker on either side of the government divide admits the obvious: that our crop insurance/export-centered ag policy continues to bleed equity and people out of rural America at an alarming rate while placing the See GUEBERT, pg. 5

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Prepare your taste buds for these hot sauce recipes Over half of the houserooster sauce is amazing, here’s a holds in America have hot pretty awesome recipe to try at sauce in their refrigerators home. This homemade sriracha is right now. We love our hot less thick as the store-bought varisauce. As people age, so do eties, but is more in line with the their taste buds. Their taste traditional Vietnamese hot sauces. receptors aren’t as in tuned Homemade Sriracha Sauce as they once were — thus needing more and more hot chili-pepper-recipes/hot-sauces/ COOKING sauce to get that tangy, homemade-sriracha-hot-sauceWITH KRISTIN spicy taste we crave. recipe/ By Kristin Kveno My husband started grow2 pounds mixed red chili peppers ing peppers in the back red jalapenos are preferred, though Fresnos or yard last year; from green peppers, to red Thai peppers are great habaneros to Carolina Reapers (the 1 quart unchlorinated water hottest pepper out there) — he grows 3 tablespoons sea salt them all. He created a few different 4 cloves garlic chopped hot sauces last year and is working on 3 tablespoons light brown sugar making more this year. He enjoys the 1 teaspoon granulated sugar process of making the hot sauce and 1 cup rice wine vinegar loves pouring it on everything from First, ferment the chili peppers. Process your eggs to pizza. fresh peppers in a food processor. If you don’t Here are some spicy and delicious have a processor, use a mortar and pestle or hot sauces you can make at home. Just simply finely chop them. Pack them into a jar, make sure you have a tall glass of milk leaving at least 1 inch of head space. The pepnearby when you give these a try. pers may rise a bit when fermenting. Next, mix 1 Over 20 million bottles of Huy Fong Foods sri- quart unchlorinated water with 3 tablespoons racha is sold every year. The sriracha craze in sea salt. Pour just enough brine over the peppers the United States is fervent and there’s little sign to cover them, pressing them down a bit as you that it’s slowing down anytime soon. While the go. It is important to keep the peppers covered

with brine to avoid spoilage. Check this daily. Screw on the lid and set the jar away from direct sunlight to ferment for at least one week. Ideal temperatures are between 55-75 F. The most active fermentation period is between 1-2 weeks, so be sure to monitor it during this time. “Burp” the jars often by unscrewing the lid a bit to let out some of the accumulating gases. Or, use an airlock or membrane for easier fermenting. After 1-2 weeks, the fermenting activity will diminish and the brine will turn cloudy and taste acidic. Pour the fermented peppers, including brine, into a pot along with the garlic, brown sugar, granulated sugar and vinegar. Bring to a quick boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes to reduce a bit and let the flavors meld. Cool slightly, then add to a food processor and process until smooth. Strain the mixture to remove the solids. Pour into hot sauce bottles and enjoy. n A good Louisiana hot sauce is always a welcome sight on any table. It’s smooth, spicy and tangy. Here’s a great recipe to make your own Louisiana hot sauce right here in the Midwest. Louisiana Hot Sauce 2 cups water 10 ounces fresh hot red chilies such as tabasco, cayenne or serrano 1 small onion, chopped 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 cup white distilled vinegar Crazier still is that none of us were 1 teaspoon Kosher salt raised that way. In a medium saucepan, bring the water, chilThe Farm and Food File is published ies, onion, garlic and salt to a boil. Reduce the weekly through the United States and Canada. Past columns, events and con- heat and simmer until the vegetables are very tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Let the mixture cool to tact information are posted at www. v warm, then puree in a blender with the vinegar.

These are crazy times GUEBERT, from pg. 4 nation’s food and fiber-growing future on fewer people and even bigger agbiz. Crazy is that every one of us, to some extent, large or small, is responsible for these failures present and future.

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Season with salt to taste, then place in a pint jar. Refrigerate for at least three weeks for optimal flavor. The hot sauce keeps refrigerated for at least nine months. n The Carolina Reaper is the hottest pepper in the world. Pepper heat is measured on the Scoville heat units scale which measures the amount of capsaicin, the component in peppers that give it heat. A Carolina Reaper is 2,200,000 SHU compared to a jalapeno which is between 3,500 and 6,000 SHU. The Reaper is HOT. If you like the burn then here’s the recipe for you. Carolina Reaper Hot Sauce 7 Carolina Reaper peppers 1/4 cup water juice from ½ lemon 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon sugar De-stem and cut peppers in half and place on cookie sheet, skin side up. Broil for seven minutes or until it starts to blister and blacken. Remove from oven and add all ingredients to blender. Blend well. Carefully store in airtight container and store in refrigerator. Whether you like your hot sauce a little spicy or painfully spicy, then one of these recipes is bound to be the perfect fit for your palate. Enjoy the heat! Kristin Kveno scours the internet, pours over old family recipes and searches everywhere in between to find interesting food ideas for feeding your crew. Do you have a recipe you want to share? You can reach Kristin at v

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We need to understand what’s beneath the surface “How are you doing?” I asked a co“Those are the sprayer tracks from this worker who is younger than my youngspring when it was so wet,” he said. est. The question was simple and Though the bushels above this patch of straightforward. Her response, not so prairie were bountiful, we could still feel much. the story below the surface. It was wet when he planted, wet when he sprayed, “I am doing just swimmingly!” she said. and now Mike was harvesting on frozen On the surface, swimmingly sounds ground. dreamy and good. But I’m not a swimFor better or worse, there’s always mer. Nor in my twenties. So I asked her THE BACK PORCH something going on more in-depth than to translate for this Gen Xer. By Lenae Bulthuis we can see. What takes place below the “It means I am swimming along just surface impacts what we see on the fine and am not drowning, which is great!” she said. ground. At all times, there is a story behind the story. I haven’t put swimming and great in the same sentence since I was about eight. I still remember As I pen this column, our nation has just experilosing my death grip on the corner edge of a local enced at least its 11th school shooting in 2019. pool when a swim instructor stepped on my head to Attacks are bigger than tracing, where weapons force me underwater. While living in the land of were registered and obtained. It’s digging under the 10,000 lakes may be swimmingly for many, there’s surface to understand why a child would be motimore going on under the surface for me. Things like vated to bring a gun to school with the intent to kill. the burn of water up my nose and thoughts of wantEach new day holds new mercies and new heading to throw in the beach towel and head home. lines of violence and injustice. What a difference it Everyone always has more under the surface than would make if we could get to the root of all that is what we can see. harmful, hate-filled and horrific before it bears fruit in our homes, schools and world. “Did you feel that?” Mike asked as he turned the combine at the end of the cornfield. In 1794, Captain James Saumarez was outgunned and he knew it. Phil Moore writes, “The French Buddy seats don’t hide much. I also felt the extra invasion fleet that was circling the British island of bumps. Guernsey carried over twice as many cannons as the few ships that Saumarez commanded to defend it.” But Saumarez had a distinct advantage over the enemy. He knew what was under the surface. He was as familiar with the underwater rocks around

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the island as Minnesota farmers are with the stones in their fields. So he fired on the French fleet and withdrew to the rocky waters that he could navigate, with the confidence that his enemy would be too fearful of following. Victories are obtained above the waves and at ground level when we understand what’s taking place under the surface. Healing can begin when we stop digging in our heels with new initiatives, programs and products, and instead start digging to the root of the problem. What is the root? “Love is at the root of everything — all learning, all relationships, love, or the lack of it,” said beloved Mr. Rogers. Farmers understand roots. To eradicate weeds, you need to get to the root. For an abundant harvest, you need a robust root system. Whether someone is bouncing on the ends of a cornfield or in the middle of life, Fred Rogers points us to the best response: The greatest thing that we can do is to help somebody know that they are loved and capable of loving. Beneath the surface, no matter who you are or where you are in your story, we share the same insatiable desire. We desire love. And whether you feel swimmingly or are water-up-your-nose drowning, the truth that won’t make the headlines is that you are loved — loved by God and loved by those anchored to Him. Nothing beneath the surface or at ground level can ever change that! 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

What do we do with old solar panels? LAND MINDS, from pg. 2 in place by the county board in March, while the planning commission looks at recommendations for solar array rule changes. He said the planning commission had earlier recommended to the board that if a solar array was within 500 feet of a residence there should be a setback of 200 feet from property lines. “The county board wasn’t sure that was strong enough so they put the moratorium in,” Leiferman said. But aesthetics aside, solar panels themselves are under fire from critics. With a life span of 20-30 years, solar panels’ individual effectiveness and efficiency are expiring. A safe disposal method for old solar panels needs to be found. Solar panels often contain lead, cadmium, and other toxic chemicals which cannot be removed without breaking apart the entire panel. “Approximately 90 percent of most PV modules are made up of glass,” notes San Jose State

environmental studies professor Dustin Mulvaney. “However, this glass often cannot be recycled as float glass due to impurities. Common problematic impurities in glass include plastics, lead, cadmium and antimony.” Another issue is panels damaged by natural disasters. Leaching from broken panels damaged during natural events such as hail storms, tornadoes, hurricanes and earthquakes is a big concern. There is real-world precedent for this concern. A tornado in 2015 broke 200,000 solar modules at the southern California solar farm Desert Sunlight. Old solar panels can be disassembled and many components can be used for new panels. But today, recycling costs more than the economic value of the materials recovered, which is why most solar panels end up in landfills. So much work remains to be done by government officials and solar panel manufacturers if solar power is to be considered truly environment-friendly. Paul Malchow is the managing editor of The Land. He may be reached at v

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Pine cones have many uses in holiday décor Pine cones are everywhere at this time onymous with of the year. They are prominent on lefse baking at wreaths, swags and baskets. my house. The traditional basI am particularly fascinated by the pine ket of scented cones strewn about under their mother pine cones is trees. A pine cone on the forest floor is an present. Pine indication of moisture and wildlife risk. In cones can be autumn, pine trees produce more of the sprayed and larger sized cones before a severe winter IN THE GARDEN attached to ribto make sure seeds will make it through bons to make a squirrel and bird feeding frenzies. By Sharon Quale flounce for All members of the pine family (spruce, wreaths, gift decfir, larches, hemlocks, cedars etc.) have cones, but orations, or individual place “pine cones” come only from pine trees. The largest cards for dinner parties. pine cones are from the Coulter Pines of California. Seed-bearing cones are I visited Baja California (one area where they grow) female, while pollen-filled and learned they are known as “widow makers”. cones are male. Both sexes These cones can weigh up to 11 pounds and have of cones grow on the same dagger-like scales. If one dropped on your head you tree, but male cones grow on would be a goner — thus the name “widow maker.” These cones are often displayed in holiday arrange- lower branches so that the wind can blow pollen up to ments and are unsurpassed in their size and symthe female cones. Likely all metry.       the cones you will collect for decorating are lady The Sugar Pine is the tallest of the pine trees and cones, since male cones are significantly less conhas the longest cone. The cones can be up to 24 spicuous. inches long. Indians used the sap as glue, as well as There are two seeds at the base of each flake (spochewing it like gum. The nuts are also edible. rophylls) of the cone. From the time young cones Seasonal decorating with pine cones is almost syn-

appear on the tree, it takes nearly three years for them to mature. The pineal gland in the center of the brain is so named because it is shaped like a pine cone. The pineal gland is considered our “third eye” and a center for enlightenment. Throughout history, pine cones have symbolized immortality and human enlightenment. The pine cone and the “third eye” are sources of inspiration for poets and artists. Looking closely at a common pine cone can prove to be an uncommon experience when the perfectly sequenced pattern of Fibonacci spirals is recognized. It is remarkable that cones from pines were eaten by dinosaurs so long ago and today are still a favored food source for many wild animals and birds. Sharon Quale is a master gardener from central Minnesota. She may be reached at (218) 738-6060 or v

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Cover crop studies provide much-needed data By TIM KING The Land Correspondent NORTHFIELD, Minn. — Soilsaving cover crops can be interseeded in corn without decreasing corn yields, according to the results from a number of farmer-led on-farm trials in recent years. In some cases, farmers even saw slight yield increases, according the study results which were published in the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s 2018 Green Book. Eight farmers in Rice, Goodhue and Waseca counties teamed up with the Northfield-based Cannon River Watershed Partnership during the

2016 and 2017 growing seasons on a $24,000 project called “Interseeding Cover Crop into Standing Corn in June.” The farmers interseeded a variety of cover crop seed mixes into corn at the V-5 to V-7 stage. “The results showed that while weather, herbicide carry over, and equipment availability are challenges to interseeding cover crops at this stage of corn growth, this method is viable and can be a successful and cost-effective method for farmers to establish cover crops,” the report stated. The question as to whether or not cover crops create a yield drag on corn

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Participating in the row width grant project were (left to right) Jim Purfeerst, John Jaeger, Tom Comstock and Ed McNamara. was secondary to whether cover crops can be successfully interseeded early in the growing season, Alan Kraus of the Watershed Partnership said. “We had two of the eight farms that did well on measuring yield,” Kraus, who joined the Watershed Partnership after the project was designed, said. “The project could have been designed better, but on the Alan Kraus farms that we checked we just didn’t see a yield reduction. One way to look at it is they didn’t lose yield; but another way to look at it is that they had an additional cost that they didn’t cover.” Kraus estimates it costs between $40 to $50 an acre to get a successful cover crop going. “At $3.50 a bushel for corn that’s more than ten bushels of corn that you should get to make up for that added expense,” Kraus said. Like the farmers in the Cannon River Watershed, Keith Hartman was interested in seeing if he could establish ON THE COVER: Jim Purfeerst grazed cattle on the cover crop test plots after the corn was harvested in early November.

interseeded cover crops early in the growing season. Hartman, who farms near Gibbon, Minn., had an on-farm research project funded by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture during the same time period as the Watershed Partnership farmers. He called his project, “Interseeding Cover Crops and In-Season Nitrogen in One Pass.” Hartman’s primary goal was to reduce fall tillage and maintain a living root system in the soil so as to keep soil in place during the winter. He kept his costs down by adjusting his seed mix and adapting equipment that allowed him to plant the cover crop at the same time as he side-dressed nitrogen onto V-6 stage corn in early July. In the second year of the project, Hartman seeded annual rye grass and radishes using a Yetter Magnum 10,000 fertilizer to apply the seed and fertilizer at the same time. “With the Yetter Magnum units I positioned the seed tube to distribute the seed at the base of the firming wheel to ensure that the seed was only covered by a quarter to half-inch of soil,” Hartman wrote in his project report. Using that equipment and seeding mix, Hartman experienced no difference in corn yield between side-by-side See COVER CROPS, pg. 12

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Ag Commissioner Petersen sees bright future for hemp By DICK HAGEN The Land Staff Writer Emeritus MINNEAPOLIS — Today’s reality is hemp events draw a crowd wherever the location. A good example is the Nov 6 event, “Building an Industrial Hemp Industry in Minnesota,” hosted by the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI). The forum took place at the Schulze Auditorium on the campus of the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis. This 1:30 to 5 p.m. session drew nearly 150 people! Commented Minnesota Department of Ag Commissioner Thom Petersen, “It’s just amazing to this turnout. And the location is somewhat unusual too. But I credit AURI with doing an excellent job. It has a most impressive lineup of men and women making presentations.” So a good lead question for the commissioner: “Is this hemp industry exerting itself too rapidly? Are the ambitions getting ahead of reality?”

“I worry about that somewhat,” admitted Petersen. “It’s just growing by leaps and bounds. We’re experiencing some growing pains. But it’s here to stay. This is not the Jerusalem Artichoke Thom Petersen adventure of years back. Yes, some will lose money, but hopefully many will make money as this new industry builds a foundation. For certain this will be a learning process for many!” Hemp promoters are stepping up big time. The Commissioner mentioned the City of Waseca has self-proclaimed themselves as the “Hemp Capital.” And at this event a few comments about Olivia … already the Corn Capital of Minnesota. But will the signage be changed to read: “The Corn and Hemp Capital?” Obviously this emerging new crop is

Weekend get-aways offered to farm couples AMES, Iowa —Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering four “Farm Couple Getaways” aimed at farmers wanting to take advantage of activities to improve farm family communication, work on farm or family goal-setting, farm transitioning, or who would just like a weekend away to discuss farm and family issues. The first event takes place Dec. 14-15 at EWALU Stone Center in Strawberry Point. The other offerings are at Hotel Winneshiek in Decorah, Jan. 31-Feb.1; Lake Shore Center at Okoboji in Milford Feb. 21-22; and at the Best Western Plus Hotel in Dubuque March 19-20. The getaways run from 12:30 p.m. on the first day to 3:15 p.m. on the second day. There is no cost to attend, as food, lodging and other expenses are being paid for by sponsorships. However, there is a $50 per couple deposit to hold each reservation, refundable on the second day of the getaway.

Each getaway will consist of ten farm couples and the extension facilitators. Registration will be on a firstcome, first-serve basis, due two weeks prior to each session. Registration brochures for the various sites can be obtained from Jenn Bentley at, or at the Winneshiek County ISU Extension office, at (563) 382-2949; Fred Hall, at, or at the Sioux County ISU Extension office at (712) 737-4230; or Larry Tranel, at tranel@, at the Dubuque County ISU Extension office at (563) 583-6496. More information is available in the event brochure at www.extension. files/farm_couple_getaway_brochure_2019-2020.pdf. This article was submitted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. v

catching the fever statewide. “We permitted hemp in 80 of our 87 counties for this 2019 season,” Petersen said. Being a good state promoter himself, Petersen said the neat thing about hemp is that it can grow virtually anywhere in the state. “We’re going to do well growing hemp compared to other states.” He inferred Minnesota soils, Minnesota weather fit this crop, and Minnesota farmers have a knack for gearing up rapidly if the market is ready for this new alternative crop. Petersen shared this data: This year, 700 Minnesota farmers applied for licenses to grow hemp. In 2018 it was less than 100. “We went from under 1,000 acres in 2018 to about 8,000 acres this year with just at 400 farmers licensed to grow the crop,” said Petersen. He admitted the Minnesota Department of Agriculture may have to hire a few more people — especially to do the farm-by-farm inspections which are part of the licensing agreement to grow the crop. Petersen noted the growth of this new industry in Minnesota is attract-

ing a variety of potential shareholders. He refers to processors of the crop for both fiber and medicinal purposes; builders of needed equipment; food industry reps who see marketing opportunities to food and pharmacy handlers, etc. Soon approaching his first year in the Ag Commissioner’s chair, Petersen admitted it’s an intriguing job. “You don’t know what’s coming up each day. Obviously I wish the economy for farmers was better. We’re looking at the worst net farm income year for farmers in 23 years. But you’ve got to be an optimist. We keep thinking it will get better. Tariffs are hurting us big time right now. Weather was challenging this entire season. Tomorrow I’m up to Moorhead. Beautiful potato crop, but much of it still in the ground. And with these freezing temps, lots of potatoes likely won’t get harvested. I wish I could jump in a truck and help deliver propane right now too. So one thing after another — but Minnesota agriculture is a dynamic industry with tremendous farmers getting the job done. And they will in 2020 also.” v

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AURI conference discusses hemp’s many applications By DICK HAGEN The Land Staff Writer Emeritus MINNEAPOLIS — At the Nov. 6 “Building an Industrial Hemp Industry in Minnesota” Conference in Minneapolis, I managed a quick interview session with Harold Stanislawski. An Agricultural Utilization Research Institute Harold (AURI) Stanislawski Project Development Director Stanislawski is always ‘newsy.’ The Land: How do you explain this huge 130-plus turnout for this event — especially in downtown Minneapolis? Stanislawski: I think the good attendance simply reflects the extreme interest in this crop. Plus we’re all looking for something to address the economic crunch going on in agriculture these days. So I’m not surprised. We need to continue down the road and cooperatively develop this new industry.

The Land: Can hemp be the new alternative that generates real cash for its growers? Stanislawski: I think it’s going to be a while. But certainly in the CBD side it has from other parts of the nation. We have enough growers here today going the CBD route. We’ll just have to see how their yearend data turns out. But as we heard on the panel earlier this afternoon, they all intend to be back into the CBD market next year. The Land: Are there some investors now willing to get into the building of equipment needed to make the extraction process doable for hemp growers? Stanislawski: In the case of CBD we already have six extractors in the state of Minnesota. In food processing we have one operation in Waconia. With fiber processing we’re still working on that project. That will take more time and more capital. The Land: Charles Levine, president of the Minnesota Hemp Association, has built his own processing facility. Is he a good example of hemp growers coming up with some of their own equipment for processing? Stanislawski: Yes, he continues to innovate. I know he has some design project underway for a larger plant. Hopefully that will materialize in 2020 and Levine could contract with growers for processing next fall. The Land: Levine told me earlier today that he contracted with a California buyer to ship four 30-gallon barrels of his hemp oil to California. Stanislawski: Good for him. I’ve used some of his oils in my kitchen cooking at home. It’s pretty good stuff. The Land: It seems we’re all concerned about healthier foods. Can hemp products be worked into an energizer drink? Stanislawski: That depends upon what you say is an ‘energizer drink.’ I know it’s in some beers right now and I know that energizes some people. I think in protein shakes it could be incorporated. It’s already an ingredient in some snack food materials and I think we’re already working on a pasta-durum product. There’s lots of innovations coming. The Land: As we heard at this conference, 700 licensed hemp growers in Minnesota this year. How many next year? Stanislawski: I think the Commissioner said that out of the 700 growers licensed, only 400 or so ended up growing some hemp crop. I suspect that will grow some; but not likely the huge jump like last year. When the growers of those 8,000 acres get their yearend data summarized, if they’re looking at mostly black ink, we can expect an increase again for 2020. If new market outlooks keep getting in the news, then definitely an acreage jump for hemp next year too. So where is hemp in the food value chain? A 70-page information booklet at this Nov. 6 conference provides considerable direction as to hemp’s food

value in America’s nutrition. But first this overview: Until the passage of the 2018 farm bill, industrial production of hem was limited because of its association with marijuana. With the passage, hemp is now reclassified for commercial use and removed from the Controlled Substances Act. However, the market for industrial hemp in the United States has been primarily dependent upon imports from countries with an established industry — such as Canada. Industrial hemp (Cannabis sativa L) contains no more than 0.3 percent delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Grown for industrial non-drug purposes, the crop lends itself for use in a variety of products including agricultural, textiles, automotive parts, furniture, food and beverages, paper, construction materials and personal care items. The crop has some history. Hemp was believed to have been brought to North America in 1606, grown primarily for fiber as a cash crop in settlements in Canada and the United States. As of 2017, there were reported to be more than 25,000 acres of hemp production in America — up from 9,770 in 2016. There were 1,420 registered or licensed growers and more than 30 universities conducting research. Currently, several states incentivize investments in processing capacity — including Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina and New York. Hemp has an impressive list of uses. Hemp can be found in nutritional supplements and medicinal products including pharmaceuticals. It can be used in composite products such a “hemp crete” — a hempbased alternative to concrete, insulation, hemp plastics and fiberglass alternatives. Products being developed include hemp protein beverages, milk replacements, protein concentrates and isolates, protein blends, protein bars, oils, flour, a brewing or distilling ingredient and non-GMO ingredients. Commenting in The Land Online, Ken Anderson of Prescott, Wis. who operates Legacy Hemp in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Kentucky and North Dakota, said, “There is a need to expand the market so more American farmers can grow hemp. The better job we do of expanding the market, the sooner it will be treated as a commodity. But that’s not yet a reality. If you grow hemp, you better know who your buyer is at the end of the day.” John Strohfus runs Minnesota Hemp Farms Inc. and is the largest producer of hemp products in Minnesota. Located near Hastings, Strohfus concentrates his business on growing the plant for food, fiber and CBD nutraceutical markets. Minnesota Hemp Farms also offers consulting, seed sales, planting and harvesting services; in addition to “Field Theory,” a food brand available for sale online and in retail stores. Strohfus worked several years with AURI and credits the organization with improving both his farming and his business. He says he will always grow hemp, but his future is in the business side. He enjoys marSee HEMP, pg. 12

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Hemp grower finds CBD provides new lease on life By DICK HAGEN The Land Staff Writer Emeritus MINNEAPOLIS — Her daily CBD dosage is 25 milligrams, but if she’s having an ‘off day’ she might take up to 50 milligrams. Meet Sara Kietzer, hemp grower, owner and business operator of Journey Organics, LLC. Kietzer was a panel member at the Nov. 6 “Building an Industrial Hemp Industry in Minnesota” conference in Minneapolis. The theme of this five-person panel Sara Kietzer was, “Beyond the Hype: Value Added Opportunities in Hemp.” And this young lady definitely was not talking hype. She related to her personal health challenge. Kietzer and her husband operate a conventional corn and soybean farm. But she had also started a hemp products CBD retail business to diversify their limited farm income. And this year they also added hemp to their farming package. But why the CBD business? Kietzer related, “CBD made such a huge difference for me personally. I was dealing with some ailments … fatigue, fibromyalgia, arthritis in my knees at a young age. We also have a daughter, Jadyn, age 10, who was born with generalized vascular lymphatic abnormalities. We doctored at Mayo Clinic. She had a large mass in her abdomen that was causing a lot of pain and was inoperable — plus a swelling in her feet. After a lot of discussion with medical people and knowing what CBD did to improve my general health, I decided use CBD with my daughter also. Within about a week’s time she was no longer complaining of pain.” Jadin is taking 25 milligrams of CBD daily. Said Kietzer, “I carry organic soft gels, plus you can mix with hemp oil. The soft gels are convenient. You can take them just like a vitamin. It’s an ‘easy button’ and everyone needs an easy button.” Kietzer’s science degree from Minnsota State University – Mankato was a factor in going the CBD route on

her own aching body. “I’m a born skeptic,” she admitted. “I was at my wits end. Show me the science and I might consider, I said to myself. I was able to do enough research on CBD success stories so I was convinced to give it a try. And the results have been wonderful. Energy has rebounded. My aching knees are no longer. I obviously am my own best documentary.” How did she source her CBD ten years earlier when she started her own health therapy? “I partnered with a Colorado supervisor,” she explained. “That was strategic. Colorado is a decade ahead of us in the use of hemp products in the health market. But when I became a hemp grower I hadn’t even considered using my own hemp and producing an end product I could stock on my own shelves. “There’s an art and a science to getting into retail sales with your own farm-produced hemp. I wanted to see that system develop in Minnesota where we have our own professionals … the technology, the facilities that are clean and safe to produce a clean product.” So far, Kietzer is seeing success. “It’s been a great year. We opened a second location and now I’m looking at a third location for our growing CBD market — plus other health-related pharmaceuticals from hemp. As a first year hemp farmer, it’s been a very steep learning curve — but very rewarding too. I just caution anyone interested in the growing side to do your diligence. Don’t get locked into long-term contracts. Try to avoid exclusivity agreements. I do not have any hand in the extraction, but working now on establishing a long-term partnership with a firm that already has the qualified chemists and scientists on staff to create quality products.” Kietzer’s farm location is in the Willow Creek, Minn. area, just west of Vernon Center. Her retail location is in Mankato. Journey Organics’ web site is Kietzer can be reached via email at or by phone at (507) 3274745. Meanwhile, the ‘healthy foods’ quest See CBD, pg. 12


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Fields with cover crops required less nitrogen to grow corn COVER CROPS, from pg. 8 corn with and without a growing cover crop. Additionally, he was able to establish a post-harvest cover crop to protect his soil for $15 in seed costs per acre. Hartman met his goal of economically protecting his soil over winter; but, as Kraus would point out, he still had an added cost he didn’t cover. And, as Kraus points out, reduced soil erosion and increased organic matter are not items which show up on today’s balance sheet. Increased soil organic matter will increase yields and reduce costs in the long run; but, on a year-to-year basis, they are difficult to account for. Kraus points out, however, there can be some short-term cost reductions from using cover crops.  “If you get a good cover crop establishment you will get good biomass carryover into the spring; and there can be definite opportunities for weed control. You may need to apply less herbicide,” he said.  The Watershed Partnership, along with its farmer partners, has also learned cover crops can reduce fertilizer requirements.  “In another project, we’ve seen that the fields with cover crops that had increased organic matter had a better conversion of nitrogen into corn,” Kraus said.

“That means it takes less pounds yields the highest cover crop of nitrogen to grow a bushel of quantity and quality along with corn. That’s something you can the total amount of corn grain measure and it’s better for the that’s harvested.” water too.”  “We don’t have any data yet, The farmers in the Cannon but in general, if you get that River watershed are continuing cover crop planted in June so it’s to experiment with, and learn immediately available in the fall how to use, cover crops to when the beans or corn are harimprove water quality in a way vested, that cover crop will be that works economically for immediately available as forage each farm. The use of earlyfor livestock.” planted cover crops for a source Kraus warns when planting of late-season forage is of parearly interseeded cover crops, ticular interest to livestock farmers need to be very thoughtfarmers in the watershed.  ful about their herbicide use. “We’ve got a study where we’re Herbicide carryover can kill a looking specifically at cover This photo shows how tall the cover crop cover crop, or it may not be crops for forage with four farm- grew in wide row spacing. A University of labeled for livestock. ers,” Kraus said. “We’re inter- Minnesota graduate student is holding a With that in mind, the experiseeding in June and varying the test quadrant for collecting cover crop ences of Keith Hartman and the row width. We’ve got corn plant- biomass samples. The cover crop mix farmers in the Cannon River ed in 30-inch rows, 60-inch rows, consisted of annual rygrass, kale, turnips, Watershed Partnership estaband then we have a series where African cabbage and cowpeas. lish that cover crops can have we plant four rows at 30 inches both short-term financial benefits as well as longand then skip two rows, so we’ve got this really wide term environmental benefits. v space. We’re looking at which of those treatments

CBD projected to be a $22 billion industry by 2022 CBD, from pg. 11 is growing the hemp market by the day. Roger Gussiaas farmed for many years before starting Healthy Oilseeds LLC in 2002. Located in Carrington, N.D., the company grows, processes and exports organic and non-organic grains and oilseeds. Today, Healthy Oilseeds is one of the larger processors in the United States. However, Gussiaas says the company is still very much a small business. But he’s very optimistic. “I think there is as much opportunity with hemp as any other well-balanced oil seed.” And older people are partially the reason why. Gussiaas explains, “People from 55 up to 80 years old are all asking about hemp (CBD). They know it is a very healthy product and may be able to get them off some of their medications and make


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CBC. Brightfield claims the popularity of hemp vs. pharmaceutical products in the health and wellness movement, plus the evolution and improvement of distribution channels, coupled with a steady stream of innovation and new products hitting the market, is the primary driving force behind increased investment. Supporters claim that CBD treats a diverse array of ailments. In a 2017 release, the World Health Organization’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence said CBD may benefit people diagnosed with inflammation, pain, acne, insomnia, nausea, Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety, depression, psychosis, post-traumatic stress, arthritis, heart disease and even cancer. Little wonder the excitement! The Hemp Business Journal predicts $450 million in U.S. hemp-based CBD product sales. v

Hemp seeing explosive growth HEMP, from pg. 10 keting, networking and coming up with ideas. He looks for ways to put the right people together to discuss hemp and the future of this new agribusiness industry.

“The future is everything. There is explosive growth everywhere. We have figured out this innovative product that actually gives people a lot of amazing benefits. It would be like discovering ibuprofen essentially,” sums up Strohfus. v

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Veteran’s Day program: You served and we thank you By DICK HAGEN The Land Staff Writer Emeritus GRANITE FALLS, Minn. — Veteran’s Day events splashed across America on Nov. 11. Each with special tributes to U.S. military veterans wherever they have served. I’m a veteran myself. However, in my many years of attendance at these commemorative events, my visit to the 66th annual Veteran’s Day celebration at the Fagen Fighters World War II museum on Nov. 11 tops the list! Many of you have visited this magnificent display at the Granite Falls airport created by Ron Fagen. It’s a tremendous history lesson. However, when you are there taking in the show at this Veteran’s Day celebration, you sense the tingling in your own body. After brief introductory comments by Yellow Medicine East Middle/High School Principal Ryan Luft and a kind welcome by Ron and Diane Fagen, the crowd of 600 people were asked to stand for the Advancement of the Colors. Sharply dressed in their military uniforms, the VFW/American Legion honor guard proceeded to lead 62 honored veterans into this spacious museum. Everyone was standing at attention and feeling proud. When the U.S. flag was slowly marched into this arena — accompanied with the cadence of a high school drum corps — our country America takes on special significance.

have parachuted into enemy territory. Red Cross deliveries. Most struggled to What happens now? Allied airman fill their time as they waited for the tried to evade German forces for as war to end. For the first POWs the wait long as possible. With help, some were lasted years. To keep busy they orgaable to hide for months. Upon capture nized sports teams; others staged plays; German soldiers told POWs, ‘For you still others planned how they were the war is over.’ They boarded trains for going to attempt their escape from this a central interrogation facility in camp. This note: Prior to the Battle of Frankfurt, Germany. After seven days the Bulge, two-thirds of American of solitary confinement and daily inter- POWs were airmen shot down as they rogations, they boarded trains for POW were flying missions to bomb Germany.” Camps. They had become KRIEGIES, Another display about German trains German shorthand for prisoners of war. in WWII reads: “The Nazis used any What was it like to be a POW? Captured and all available boxcars for their war Diane and Ron Fagen soldiers slept in crowded barracks livSee VETERAN’S DAY, pg. 14 We continued standing as Boy Scout ing on meager rations supplemented by Troop 269 led us in the Pledge of Allegiance, quickly followed by the Yellow Medicine East Concert Band with a sparkling presentation of the “Star-Spangled Banner.” Yes, everyone was indeed now in a commemorative and appreciative mood! I asked Ron Fagen about the history of this salute to Veterans. Said Fagen, 2003 KENWORTH T800 “We’ve been doing this for a few years. We’ve got a facility big enough to hanCAT C-12 dle a sizeable crowd, so doing this for 430 HP our local VFW and American Legion 3.9 REAR RATIO seemed logical.” 11R 22.5 TIRES ON ALUMINUM Indeed, there is some military history 10 SPEED in the Fagen family. Ron’s dad was a WWII veteran; Ron is a Vietnam veter474,3778 MILES an; his brother a Korean War veteran. CLEAN SOUTHERN TRUCK I said to Ron, “You seem to have a Price: $34,000 heart that keeps on giving.” He simply responded, “I just want to give back. We appreciate what all the Veterans have done for 2000 International 9200 America and the sacriCat c-12 fices for their families.” 410 hp The backdrop for this 4.11 rear ratio Veterans Day program included the many arti11R 22.5 tires on aluminum facts on display at the 10 speed museum — including a 503,020 miles German boxcar shipped over from Germany. Clean California truck Inside the crowded boxPrice: $27,500 car are mannequins depicting American GI MANY OTHER TRUCKS AVAILABLE POWs. Outside the boxcar, two German militia members are standing For Current Pricing Call: guard. A nearby kiosk disPhotos by Dick Hagen plays this narrative: “For GEA Farm Technologies This boxcar, depicting American POWs being unloaded you the war is over. GEA Farm Equipment by German soldiers, was shipped overseas from GerImagine your plane has 330074-1 Houle many. been shot down. You

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Over 400 students participated in honoring vets VETERAN’S DAY, from pg. 13 effort. When moving Jews, POWs and other targeted groups, box cars were filled well beyond capacity for journeys that lasted days — taking them to uncertain and terrifying destinations. This box car you are looking Ryan Luft at transported POWs and Jews destined to holocaust camps. In 2015 Fagen Fighters Word War II Museum brought the box car here to tell the stories of those who rode it.” Anyone who is familiar with the Fagan museums know you see aircraft hanging from the rafters. I asked Ron about a German fighter plane hanging in southeast corner. “That’s a German ME109. The Messerschmitt. That’s the enemy.” Ron has his own P51 U.S. military fighter plane. Each summer, a two-day air show with scads of visiting aircraft show up. Plus, Ron’s military craft also take to the air. Often a B17 WWII bomber makes a guest appearance. Luft said this is the fifth year his students have participated. “We used to have Veterans Day in our high school gym, but we’d have only about 8 to 10 veterans show up. But out here we’re averaging between 50 and 60 veterans. And this event is now a highlight for our community and for our students. You’ll see the pride in our students. At the end of the ceremony, our 400 students here today will line up along the east wall and shake the hand of every veteran as they leave. Our students enjoy this opportunity. And our veterans love this personal touch from each of our students.” Luft said this prior week students and staff helped prep for this event. “And today you’ll hear seven students share the speeches each wrote. The topic was ‘Why a Veteran.’ So a lot of the students sat down with their parents or family members who were in service to get some thoughts on military service. The class of 27 students each wrote up their speech. Seven were selected for presentation here today.” The speeches were delivered by Ameli Blue-Ochoa, Andrew Flaten, Hope For,

Jaselen Jimenez, Kaylee Luepker, Madasy Ludwig, Delaney Myers and Isabella Shultz. Luft is not a veteran, but his dad was and is currently the commander of the American Legion post in Curry, Minn. VFW Commander Matt Martin told about and single empty chair up front and the small table with a plate holding only a slice of lemon and a sprinkling of salt. “This a reminder of the many veterans killed in action but unaccounted for. Note the small MIA flag — Missing In Action. The slice of lemon reminds us of the bitter taste POW’s might have experienced; the sprinkled salt a reminder of the many family and friends left to wait. The empty chair speaks for itself. That veteran no longer is with us. Let us never forget the sacrifices of many of your military people.” An opening prayer was offered by Pastor Paul Drees of the Granite Falls Lutheran Church. The event’s guest speaker was Minnesota Air National Guard Master Sgt. Ashley Wilkins who grew up on a farm just three miles away. Her granddad was Allard Stevens, a World War II veteran whose story is among those shared in a museum video. She was a junior at Yellow Medicine East High School on Sept. 11, 2001. She told her audience reading and hearing about the terrorist attack on two sky scrapers, plus her grandfathers’ example of service to country solidified her decision to serve. She enlisted on Sept. 27, 2002 — just days after turning 17. And she reminded the students in attendance that her military experience helped earn money for college. Wilkins now has nearly 18 years of military service. “I appreciated the sense of belonging and serving. I never felt I needed to change to meet military standards. It continues to be an enjoyable and financially rewarding work.” Two Yellow Medicine East band members, Marcus Niemeyer and Quinton Staab, climbed a circular metal stairway to a second deck to present the penetrating trumpet sounds of “Taps.” The VFW/American Legion honor guard then proceeded with a Retirement of the Colors and this most remarkable event was history. v

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Paap on tariffs: ‘We’re running out of time’ By DICK HAGEN The Land Staff Writer Emeritus ST. PAUL — For a young farmer without much equity, it’s pretty obvious you’re looking at a tough road for the foreseeable future. That’s the painful assessment of agriculture’s immediate future said Minnesota Farm Bureau State President Kevin Kevin Paap Paap at a Nov. 6 ‘Tariff Talk’ session. According to Tariffs Hurt the Heartland Campaign, since the trade wars began nearly two years ago, Minnesota businesses have paid an additional $612 million due to the import tariffs. And of that, $60 million came in August alone. Because of the continuing financial squeeze in farming, Paap simply said, “I think there’s going to be some changes in farming next year. It’s going to be land that has different operators. Bankers will be shutting down a few younger guys who don’t have enough equity.” Looking at the current crunch, Paap says the number-one issue he hears from Farm Bureau membership is renewable fuels. “Pretty clearly, 15 billion gallons should mean 15 billion gallons. So real concerns with what the EPA is doing around the President. And we’ve got to get USMCA done. We’ve got to get that three-national trade agreement on the House floor for action before Christmas.” White House trade officials have been in closeddoor negotiations with the Chinese for months and

Congress has lagged in ratifying a new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico. You sense general consensus that this will happen — but when? Democrats, along with some farm and labor groups, are concerned about the treatment of workers’ rights, prescription drugs and environmental provisions. But the pain for Minnesota farmers continues, said Paap. “Nobody’s in the ’give up’ phase, but we’re running out of time. We have got to have something we can move forward with.” But another farmer/financial consultant at this discussion said the only way to resolve trade issues was to vote a new administration into office. “I think there’s two simple words what we can do. I think ‘dump Trump’ is what we need to do,” said Mark Brown, a St. James area farmer and treasurer for the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association. Noting he was a Republican, Brown ventured major trade deals are driven from the top on down. “And tariffs have proven to be very costly for American farmers. They’re not good for our country.” MISCO Speaker Company CEO Dan Digre, who hosted the session, warned that voting out the president wouldn’t prevent another administration from pursuing tariffs in the future. “It doesn’t matter what happens next November if whoever is in the White House or heading up the USTR (United States Trade Relations) believes that tariffs are the right way to negotiate a trade deal,” said Digre. “What we need to do is keep talking about it so everybody knows what a serious problem tariffs

Calendar of Events Visit to view our complete calendar & enter your own events, or send an e-mail with your event’s details to Dec. 3 — safeTALK Training: Preventing Suicide in Ag — Marshall, Minn. —Training teaches participants how to recognize someone having thoughts of suicide, how to engage them, and how to make sure they get help. Training is effective for people as young as 15 years old. — Contact Larry Schumacher at larry. or (651) 201-6629. Dec. 3 — Farm Transfer Workshop — Decorah, Iowa — Topics include farm leasing trends; how to communicate transition with family members; and steps of the farm transfer process. — Contact Debra Boekholder at or (515) 232-5661. Dec. 3-5 — Minnesota Milk Dairy Conference and Expo — Welch, Minn. — Topics include wellbeing; today’s trends and tomorrow’s opportunities; animal welfare; disaster planning; grant funding; dairy wellness; food defense;dairy check-offs; cover crops and animal performance; manure management; alfalfa management; MDA update; animal care standards;

humane treatment of dairy animals;growing and feeding forage sorghums; production costs; baleage; dairy market outlook; and cover crops. — Contact the Minnesota Milk Producers Association at mmpa@mnmilk. org or (763) 355-9697. Dec. 4-5 — Integrated Crop Management Conference — Ames, Iowa — Topics include crop diseases; fertilizer management; cover crops; trade; conservation practices; digital aerial imagery; soil health and weed management. — Contact ISU Extension and Outreach at or (515) 294-6429. Dec. 4 — Farm Transition and Estate Planning Workshop — Cologne, Minn. — Topics include family communications, farm goal setting, business structures, inheritance and transition, estate and gift taxes, retirement planning. — Contact Colleen Carlson at (952) 492-5386. Dec. 5 — Rural Legislative Forum — Mankato, Minn. — Forum provides an opportunity to have candid conversations about the high-profile issues facing the rural economy and potential solutions. — Contact GreenSeam at

have become.” And tariffs hurt both ways. Minnesota manufacturers and farmers who export their goods also faced another hurdle. Other countries have placed $343 million in retaliatory tariffs on American goods being sold overseas. In simple terms, “You pay our import tariffs or forget about selling to us anymore.” In a Nov. 13 telephone interview, Lynn Ketelsen was chatting with USDA Ag Sec. Sonny Perdue who commented, “Trade talks with China are getting close. And this would be huge … this would double the ag exports to China.” And the signing of this agreement might even be on an Iowa farm! Also, the next round of Market Facilitation Program payments will likely be even before Thanksgiving. On biofuels, Perdue said the President said that 15 billion gallons is exactly the deal. “And he’s not going to tolerate waivers or any other action that doesn’t add up to 15 billion gallons.” v

Paap re-elected as MFBF president County voting delegates at the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation’s 101 annual meeting re-elected Kevin Paap to a two-year term as President of the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation. The election was held Nov. 22 during the delegate session in Bloomington. Kevin and Julie Paap own and operate a fourthgeneration family farm in Blue Earth County growing corn and soybeans with their son Andy and daughter-in-law, Samantha. “I am humbled and honored to continue to do something that I truly love to do and am passionate about doing,” said Paap. “While agriculture faces many challenges, with every challenge there are opportunities. Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation will continue to be at the table in the public policy arena, build agriculture’s positive image and develop leaders at all levels.” This article was submitted by the Minnesota Farm Bureau. v

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2020 New Soybean Hybrids


Relative Maturity: 1.4 Yellow hilum with elevated protein. Very good defensive package with great agronomics. Strong yields across Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. PI88788 gene for cyst nematode protection. Very good tolerance to IDC on high pH soils. 


Relative Maturity: 1.7 Yellow hilum with high protein and very good yields. Protein usually above 42 percent. Good standing, medium bushy plant. Cyst nematode protection (PI88788). Widely adapted across Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.  


Relative Maturity: 1.9 Peking cyst resistance and high yields. Averaged over 61 bushels in 16 locations in Minnesota and Iowa. Ideal for tough cyst nematode acres. Excellent standing, bushy plant type. 


Relative Maturity: 2.1 Yellow hilum, high protein with good yields and agronomics. Good standing, medium-bushy plant. Rps1c gene for good Phytophthora tolerance. Resistant to brown stem rot and welladapted across Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

VIKING Organic O.2155N

Relative Maturity: 2.1 Impressive yield potential, keeping up with the best-traited beans in our trials. Good defensive package with good tolerance to IDC, Phytophthora, and BSR. Cyst nematode resistance (PI88788). Well adapted to Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota, Nebraska and Wisconsin.

VIKING Organic O.2702

Relative Maturity: 2.7 Topped replicated trials in 2017 and 2018. Out-yielded Viking 2299N by 7 bushels in 2018. Excellent standing, medium-tall, bushy plant.

Relative Maturity: 3.0 Widely adapted, excellent yields in three years of private testing. Medium-tall, bushy plant type with excellent emergence. Cyst resistant with good tolerance to IDC and SDS

Dahlman Seed

Roundup Ready 2 Xtend Relative Maturity: 1.5 Rps 1c gene, attractive gray/brown, BSR resistant, moderate tolerance to charcoal rot and a solid agronomic package that adapts well to variable soils and environments. A key variety that has consistent, top performance results from South Dakota to Wisconsin.


Roundup Ready 2 Xtend Relative Maturity: 2.1 Rps 1c gene, clean look and great standability all season. Offensive variety with a solid agronomic package adapting to variable environments. Consistent, multi-year top of trial performance data across southern South Dakota and Minnesota.


Enlist E3 Relative Maturity: .09 Rps 1a gene, medium lateral branches, good plant height, excellent emergence, stress tolerance and IDC. Earliest SCN Enlist E3 variety. Key is keep in RM zone on better soils.



Roundup Ready 2 Xtend Relative Maturity: 0.09 Rps 3a gene, great PRR field tolerance and rigid lateral branches that don’t get floppy. Excellent emergence for cold soils, IDC equal to 56009RR2Y and outstanding win rates vs. key checks in the 0.05-0.1 RM. Best performance positioned in high-yielding environments and off stress prone fields.


Roundup Ready 2 Xtend Relative Maturity: 0.4 Has a dark green look all summer, lateral branches that fill the row, outstanding IDC tolerance and very good PRR field tolerance. High yield performance in low or high-yield environments and adapts to many soils from the Dakotas east into Wisconsin.


Roundup Ready 2 Xtend Relative Maturity: 1.0 Excellent standability, strong IDC tolerance, resistant to BSR plus overall solid agronomic and disease packages. Top yield performance in all yield environments from northern South Dakota through central Minnesota. A good choice for continuous soybeans.


Roundup Ready 2 Xtend Relative Maturity: 1.4 Rps 1c gene, attractive gray/brown, excellent standability creates a clean look across the row. Great emergence for cold soils, very good stress tolerance, moderate resistant to BSR and weak IDC tolerance. Strong western yield performance with good northern movement into southern North Dakota. SDS tolerance is average.

Enlist E3 Relative Maturity: 0.4 Rps 3a gene, is a bush type plant with a uniform clean look, excellent emergence, early vigor, stress tolerance and BSR resistant. Very solid overall disease package making it well suited for a wide range of environments across North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota. Good choice for continuous soybeans.


Enlist E3 Relative Maturity: 1.4 Rps 1c gene, medium tall wider plant, BSR resistant and very good IDC tolerance. Consistent top yield performance and very high win rate in 2018 sends it into a yield class of its own. Position across South Dakota and Minnesota and moves north of adapted RM zone well.

Dairyland Seed DSR-0119E

Relative Maturity: 0.1 New 0.1 RM Enlist E3 soybean with excellent northern performance. Handles early planting in less-than-ideal conditions. Strong emergence and vigor supported by Rps1c. Can tolerate moderate IDC pressure.


Relative Maturity: 0.5 New 0.5 RM Enlist E3 soybean with very good standability and above average IDC defense. Good out of the ground. Average height with nice lateral branching. Very good on tougher soils and environments.


Relative Maturity: 0.7 New 0.7 RM Enlist E3 soybean with excellent yield potential. Rps3a with very strong emergence. Fits across various row widths and management styles.


Relative Maturity: 0.7 New 0.7 RM Enlist E3 soybean with excellent yield in its maturity. Very good SCN protection and good emergence.


Relative Maturity: 0.8 New 0.8 RM Enlist E3 soybean with outstanding yield potential. Broad and compact plant type. Great PRR field tolerance with Rps1c gene and nice standability scores.


Relative Maturity: 1.6 New 1.6 RM Enlist E3 soybean with great field tolerance and Rps1k to battle PRR. Good IDC protection and strong on brown stem rot. Impressive early season growth and tremendous early season vigor.


Relative Maturity: 2.0 New 2.0 RM Enlist E3 soybean with outstanding yield potential. Rps3a and 1c delivers top shelf PRR defense. Will respond to reduced plant populations.


Relative Maturity: 2.2 New 2.2 RM Enlist E3 soybean with excellent emergence and early vigor. Top shelf PRR combining Rps1c and 3a gene protection. Awesome BSR protection and above-average SDS tolerance. Standability is great for extended harvest situations.


Relative Maturity: 2.2 New 2.2 RM Enlist E3 soybean with outstanding yield potential. Very good emergence and standability scores and good SDS defense.


Relative Maturity: 2.5 New 2.5 RM Enlist E3 soybean with stable, consistent performance. Solid phytophthora protection and moderate tolerance to BSR. Very good emergence.

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Relative Maturity: .09 This bean fits best in northern high yield environments. With good plant height and width, it responds very favorably to fertility. H04E8 Relative Maturity: .4 Place this bean in your high pH and low yield soils. This variety is a grinder with good plant height, standability and emergence!


Relative Maturity: 1.0 You can’t find a much better bean for touch acres and western stress! A powerful defensive package helps this variety stand up to almost anything.


Relative Maturity: 1.1 If you have IDC susceptibility, Hefty 11E0 is a great choice! The strong emergence and early establishment general leads to good plant height, even in difficult areas.

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Relative Maturity: 2.5 This 2.5 maturity is an important variety for northern Iowa and Illinois with all the key characters to thrive. 25E0 works best when planted later in soils with pH levels below 7. Relative Maturity: 5.1 This number packs a punch! It has best-in-class frog eye tolerance and strong yields for the Delta. Hefty 51E9 is a high yielder that works well in all soil types and responds well to fertility with added potassium.


Relative Maturity: .06 With tall, upright branding plants, this variety shows soil yield performance across all environments! It’s tough enough for lower yielding environments, but you can still push yield potential with intense management.

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Relative Maturity: .01 The heavy pod load holds well with strong later branching and good stability! Plant Hefty 01X0 on your best yield ground and push it for top performance.


Relative Maturity: .4 Strong emergence with Hefty 04X0 has been key. Dark, healthy branches close the canopy quickly and help conserve moisture in lighter soils.

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Hefty Seed Company soybeans H07X0

Relative Maturity: .7 This variety handles SCN, phytophthora, and brown stem rot well in addition to having good stress tolerance. You can expect it to respond well to higher potassium and sulfur fertilization with strong stability and larger seed size.

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Relative Maturity: 2.0 A great yielding soybean with excellent standability for low pH soils! The strong emergence and protection from SCN and brown stem rot make this an attractive line.

Relative Maturity: 1.6 You will love this bean! It has excellent yield potential and amazing consistency thanks to a strong defensive package.


Relative Maturity: 1.7 Hefty 17X0 has strong yields especially come west through Minnesota into South Dakota. It’s a big, tall bean with good IDC and SDS tolerance. The quick canopy helps with weed control and drought tolerance.

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Relative Maturity: 2.3 This is a defensive gem! Hefty 23X0 has one of the best packages you’ll find with great IDC tolerance, standability, BSR resistance and drought tolerance.


Relative Maturity: 2.5 For a yield champ with solid defense to back it up, look to H25X0. It has very good IDC, standability, BSR resistance and maintains good plant height — even in stress.

Relative Maturity: .9 An all-around stud for broad acre placement! It handles IDC, brown stem rot, and phytophthora H28X0 issues well with good responses to intensive Relative Maturity: 2.8 fertility management. As one of the best new lines coming on in 2020, the yield potential is amazing! This H09X1 number is acre friendly and fits across the Relative Maturity: .9 Racehorse yielder! Place this bean on the best soybean belt with a dependable defense ground and get the bins ready. H09X1 jumps out package. of the ground and stands well all year. H33X0 Relative Maturity: 3.3 H10X0 You’ll love the height and width of this number. Relative Maturity: 1.0 It’s a powerful yielder that fills the canopy and With versatile placement in high and low helps fight late weed escapes. yielding areas, this bean is a great fit for Minnesota and the surrounding areas. It has H34X0 monster yields with an incredible defensive Relative Maturity: 3.4 package. This standout performer topped yield trials throughout Iowa, Illinois and Missouri and H14X0 showed very good frog eye tolerance and brown Relative Maturity: 1.4 stem rot resistance. This bushy plant handles stress! The quick canopy helps greatly with weed control and H46X0S drought stress tolerance. Plant in soils with Relative Maturity: 4.6 a pH predominantly below 7 and manage It’s a flat-out winner! Hefty 46X0S is aggressively for white mold. consistently at the top due to stem canker resistance, best-in-class SDS tolerance, very H14X1 good standability, and is a salt excluder. Relative Maturity: 1.4 Place this bean on most every acre. With good stress tolerance and defense, it loves being pushed with intensive fertility management.



Mustang Seeds C-220N CONV.

Relative Maturity: 2.2 Very high yielding soybean, good agronomic package, plus Peking cyst resistance, great emergence, bushy type plant.

12E220 Enlist E3

Relative Maturity: 1.2 Excellent IDC of a 1.5 with Rps1c Phytophthora, 1.2 soybean that is on top of the yield chart and will cluster pods at the top for additional yield.


Relative Maturity: 1.3 Very adaptable soybean in high yields and stress environments, good IDC score and emergence and yielding with the late group I soybeans.

15E520 Enlist E3

Relative Maturity: 1.5 Very high yielding soybean with good agronomics, very good emergence, with excellent IDC and medium tall plant with lateral branching.

23E620 Enlist E3

Relative Maturity: 2.3 Very good emergence and standability, cyst protection along with Brown stem rot resistance and 2.3 group soybean with very strong yields.

27E720 Enlist E3

Relative Maturity: 2.7 Medium-tall plant type that maintains height even under stress, very adaptable soybean plant and very impressive plot yields, with Rsp1K and very good field tolerance.

G1420L LLGT27

Relative Maturity: 1.4 Has Rps1K Phytophtora, best placed in high yield environments and additional trait with added yield over LL soybeans.

G1620L LLGT27

Relative Maturity: 1.6 Excellent standability, with very good white mold tolerance, excels in high yield environments and BSR resistance and Rps1k Phytophthora.

G2220L LLGT27

Relative Maturity: 2.2 Offensive type soybean with high yields, good IDC with very good Phytophtora field tolerance and very strong yield performance in two-year testing trials.

NK Seeds soybeans/nk S14-U9X

Relative Maturity: 1.4 Broad adaptation with a strong disease package. Performs well across soil types. Very good tolerance to SDS and Sclerotinia white mold. Rps1c gene with excellent field tolerance to Phytophthora.


Relative Maturity: 2.0 Great yields with full disease package. Selected with SDS and SCN in mind. Rps1c/3a stack and excellent tolerance to Phytophthora root rot. Great row spacing flexibility.


Relative Maturity: 1.7 Combines strong yield with agronomics. Strong Sudden Death Syndrome tolerance. Superb standability with strong Sclerotinia white mold tolerance for the highly productive acre. Stable across environments.


Relative Maturity: 1.9 Stable performance allows for ease of placement. Excellent emergence for a strong start. Rps1c Phytophthora root rot gene with very good field tolerance. Strong Sclerotinia white mold tolerance with great standability.


Relative Maturity: 2.5 Great agronomics and well-rounded disease package. Yields strong across MG 2 from west to east. Handles wet soils where compaction and SDS go hand in hand. Great choice for the SCN and iron deficiency chlorosis acre.


Relative Maturity: 1.1 Rps1k Phytophthora root rot gene with solid field tolerance. Very good iron deficiency chlorosis tolerance. Excels in high yield environments. Strong performance north and south of zone.


Relative Maturity: 0.7 Strong yield for maturity. SCN protection with good tolerance to iron deficiency chlorosis. Rps3a with solid field tolerance to Phytophthora root rot. Bush type bean is quick to canopy.

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2020 New Soybean Hybrids Always follow stewardship practices in accordance with the Product Use Guide (PUG) or other product-specific stewardship requirements including grain marketing and pesticide label directions. Varieties with BOLT® technology provide excellent plantback flexibility for soybeans following application of SU (sulfonylurea) herbicides such as DuPont™ LeadOff ® or DuPont™ Basis® Blend as a component of a burndown program or for double-crop soybeans following SU herbicides such as DuPont™ Finesse® applied to wheat the previous fall. Always follow grain marketing, stewardship practices and pesticide label directions. Varieties with the Glyphosate Tolerant trait (including those designated by the letter “R” in the product number) contain genes that confer tolerance to glyphosate herbicides. Glyphosate herbicides will kill crops that are not tolerant to glyphosate. Always follow grain marketing, stewardship practices and pesticide label directions. Varieties with the Genuity® Roundup Ready 2 Yield® (RR2Y) trait contain genes that confer tolerance to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup ® brand agricultural herbicides. Roundup ® brand agricultural herbicides will kill crops that are not tolerant to glyphosate. Genuity®, Roundup ® and Roundup Ready 2 Yield® are registered trademarks of Monsanto Technology LLC used under license. Individual results may vary, and performance may vary from location to location and from year to year. This result may not be an indicator of results you may obtain as local growing, soil and weather conditions may vary. Growers should evaluate data from multiple locations and years whenever possible. Varieties with the DuPont™ STS® gene (STS) are tolerant to certain SU (sulfonylurea) herbicides. This technology allows post-emergent applications of DuPont™ Synchrony® XP and DuPont™ Classic® herbicides without crop injury or stress (see herbicide product labels). NOTE: A soybean variety with a herbicide tolerant trait does not confer tolerance to all herbicides. Spraying herbicides not labeled for a specific soybean variety will result in severe plant injury or plant death. Always read and follow herbicide label directions and precautions for use. Varieties with the LibertyLink® gene (LL) are resistant to Liberty® herbicide. Liberty®, LibertyLink® and the Water Droplet Design are trademarks of Bayer. DO NOT APPLY DICAMBA HERBICIDE IN-CROP TO SOYBEANS WITH Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® technology unless you use a dicamba herbicide product that is specifically labeled for that use in the location where you intend to make the application. IT IS A VIOLATION OF FEDERAL AND STATE LAW TO MAKE AN INCROP APPLICATION OF ANY DICAMBA HERBICIDE PRODUCT ON SOYBEANS WITH Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® technology, OR ANY OTHER PESTICIDE APPLICATION, UNLESS THE PRODUCT LABELING SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZES THE USE. Contact the U.S. EPA and your state pesticide regulatory agency with any questions about the approval status of dicamba herbicide products for in-crop use with soybeans with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® technology. ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW PESTICIDE LABEL DIRECTIONS. Soybeans with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® technology contain genes that confer tolerance to glyphosate and dicamba. Glyphosate herbicides will kill crops that are not tolerant to glyphosate. Dicamba will kill crops that are not tolerant to dicamba. Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® is a registered trademark of Monsanto Technology LLC used under license. Varieties with Enlist E3™ technology (E3) are jointly developed by Dow AgroSciences and MS Technologies™, L.L.C. The Enlist weed control system is owned and developed by Dow AgroSciences LLC. Enlist Duo and Enlist One herbicides are not registered for sale or use in all states or counties. Contact your state pesticide regulatory agency to determine if a product is registered for sale or use in your area. Enlist Duo and Enlist One herbicides are the only 2,4-D products authorized for use in Enlist crops. Always read and follow label directions. P = Plenish® high oleic soybeans for contract production only. Plenish® high oleic soybeans have an enhanced oil profile and are produced and channeled under contract to specific grain markets. Growers should refer to the Pioneer Product Use Guide on for more information. SCN = Resistant to one or more races of soybean cyst nematode.

SEED SELECTION GUIDE Peterson Farms Seed Renk Seed PFS 20EN12 Enlist E3

Relative Maturity: 1.2 Another combination of excellent IDC and yield. Medium-tall, intermediate plant with nice cluster on top. Grab early - we have limited availability for 2020.

PFS 20X01 RR2X

Relative Maturity: 0.1 A full package early bean. Good IDC with Rps3a phytophthora gene. This bean works on all soil types.

P3 2002E Enlist E3

Roundup Ready 2 Xtend Relative Maturity: 1.0 An early group 1 maturity that has a full package on disease tolerance, strong standability, and a very good iron deficiency chlorosis rating on high pH soils.

Relative Maturity: 0.2 Very good IDC rating. Sister line to 1902E. Versatile bean that works on any soil type.

P3 2003E Enlist E3

Renk RS150NX Relative Maturity: 0.3 Full SCN variety. Works well in and outside the valley. Be careful Roundup Ready 2 Xtend Relative Maturity: 1.5 to watch your placement in salty ground with this bean. A mid group 1 maturity soybean that is the Roundup Ready P3 2005E Enlist E3 2 Xtend version of the reliable and long proven RK153NR2. ConRelative Maturity: 0.5 sistent high end yield and a very wide area of adaptation.  A very complete, well-rounded soybean. SCN, Rps3a, IDC,

brown stem rot and yield! Good choice if you want an earlier bean Renk RS170NX Roundup Ready 2 Xtend as it can compete with the higher maturity. Relative Maturity: 1.7 PFS 20X05 RR2X A mid to late group 1 maturity. This is the Roundup Ready Relative Maturity: 0.5 2 Xtend version of the popular RK195NR2, with improved white Excellent IDC package and yield allows for placement anymold tolerance and like RK195NR2 will see high yield potential on where. Showed great performance in our 2018 plots. Nice width productive fields. over the row to canopy early.

P3 2006B LibertyLink GT27

Relative Maturity: 0.6 New line with SCN. Do not place where IDC is needed. LLGT27 gives you that nice option to spray glyphosate or glufosinate.

P3 2008B LibertyLink GT27

Relative Maturity: 0.8 Great SCN and IDC ratings. Can handle tough and heavy ground. Good replacement for L07-16N.


Relative Maturity: 0.9 Full agronomics of IDC, Rps3a and standability. We may have found the replacement for 14R09N. Seventy percent win rate in 2018 plots, which is outstanding!

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Renk RS100NX

Relative Maturity: 1.0 Good IDC and phytophthora package. This bean doesn’t have a bad day. A good fit for heavy soils.


Relative Maturity: 1.2 A bean that can be planted from east to west. Good IDC rating. Good replacement for both 18X11N and 18X13N.

Renk RS200NX

Roundup Ready 2 Xtend Relative Maturity: 2.0 An early group 2 maturity that has great emergence and standability. Excels in high yield environments. Caution on high pH soils and fields with a history of white mold.

Genesis G0840E

Enlist E3 Relative Maturity: 0.8 A late group 0 with very good tolerance to iron deficiency chlorosis and phytophthora. It will be a tough soybean to beat in its zone in Minnesota and North Dakota.

Genesis G1340E

Enlist E3 Relative Maturity: 1.3 An early to mid group 1 with strong iron deficiency chlorosis tolerance and brown stem rot tolerance. Handles stress well and can be a big yielder in the absence of sudden death syndrome and white mold.

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Enlist E3 Relative Maturity: 2.3 An early to mid group 2. A very good all around disease package, as well as excellent drought tolerance. Strong performance in Iowa.

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Optimize tillage results with one-pass high speed discs Farming, like any business, is a constant balancing act: weighing the pros and cons of products, equipment and processes to improve efficiency and keep everything operating in the black. Implementing a strategic tillage program can provide many benefits. It can be used as mechanical weed control for herbicide-resistant weeds or as part of an organic farming operation. Tillage also encourages preseason weed germination, allowing farmers to spray safely before planting. Strategic tillage can also improve soil structure and water infiltration, making it a viable option in regions with heavy soil and on fields with poor drainage and soil health. For high-residue crops, tillage further improves soil health by incorporating organic matter into the soil where it breaks down into needed nutrients. In cooler regions, spring tillage is used to warm and dry soil, allowing farmers to get crops in the fields faster and take advantage of every growing day. On the other hand, there are several drawbacks to a conventional tillage program. Soil compaction, growing operational costs and ever-increasing volumes of residue from high-yield crops have left farmers searching for more efficient solutions to keep their operations profitable. A growing number of farmers are finding success with equipment designed to counter conventional tillage drawbacks and achieve perfect seedbed preparation in a single pass. Compaction With increased weight and traffic on fields, compaction has become a major concern for modern farmers. Compacted soil limits crop potential — especially for today’s high-yield varieties. Shallow tillage easily breaks up surface compaction in a single pass. But for deeper compaction, farmers must use multiple implements and make several passes. Each pass increases subsurface compaction and requires more time and fuel. To combat this, implement manufacturers have designed heavy-duty high-speed discs which produce ideal seedbeds in a single pass. This one-pass solution allows farmers to take advantage of strategic tillage benefits while reducing one of its biggest drawbacks for both spring and fall applications. One-pass tillage implements are designed for difficult soils and hard work. For deep compaction relief, look for high-speed implements with 29-inch (73.6 centimeters) serrated, concave discs. These machines can work up to 8 inches (20 centimeters) deep — even in applications previously restricted to cultivators. Discs which are individually attached using a pretensioned spring element (compared to rubber cushions) are able to accurately maintain depth — even in hard soils — and exert optimal pressure to maintain working position and tripping force. For a high-quality seedbed in a single pass, discs should be equipped with one or more harrows to

guide and smooth soil flow. Ideally, an implement would combine two harrows: an impact harrow for intensive mixing and crumbling; and a leveling harrow to create a flat surface. The impact harrow slows soil flow before it reaches the leveling harrow, allowing perfectly leveled seedbeds even with operating speeds up to 10 mph. With some manufacturers, additional rollers can be attached to high-speed discs to seal in moisture, prevent soil erosion and create firm, seed-ready seed beds. For this option, look for an implement which can easily accept and distribute the weight of this attachment while still allowing one-pass operation. There is no way to completely avoid compaction. But with the help of high-speed discs capable of relieving deep compaction in a single pass, more farmers are able to utilize strategic tillage to increase efficiency and crop yields — both important factors for a healthy bottom line. Growing operational costs The cost of farm implements has grown along with their size. In general, the cost of farming has steadily increased over the years. From machinery and fuel to seed and labor costs, expenses continue to creep up. Like any practice, strategic tillage comes with an associated cost. There is the initial price of equipment, maintenance and repairs, and the annual operational costs. While there is no way to do away with these expenses completely, one-pass implements significantly reduce these costs. Again, it starts with design. High-speed discs with a symmetrical disc arrangement are key to successful one-pass tillage. This design produces symmetrical forces on both sides of the high-speed disc, reducing overlap and the need for correction when working with GPS. It also offers precise directional stability — even when driving on slopes. Within the frame, the middle discs are offset to prevent blockages and clogging. This ensures even cultivation over the full working width. So, not only are farmers doing more in one pass, they are saving time and money by not having to cover ground they’ve already worked. Additionally, the symmetrical design eliminates side draft, saving even more fuel. For worry-free one-pass tillage and optimum ROI, look for an implement which pairs a symmetrical design with heavy-duty construction. Hardened and tempered discs will deliver maximum service life — even in difficult soils. This ensures the implement is tough enough for one-pass tillage and reduces maintenance costs over its lifetime. High-quality disc bearings are another area where respected manufacturers can save farmers money on maintenance. Implements with maintenance-free angular ball bearings do not need lubrication or adjustments, saving time and money on routine maintenance. Specially-designed seals can further protect bearings from dust, moisture, coarse dirt and coiling, keeping machinery in the field and out of the shop.

High volumes of crop residue Changes in farm implements and practices have been driven by changes in crops — specifically highyield crops. But higher yields mean larger volumes of crop residue after harvest. For strategic tillage operations, this can be a blessing and a curse. The incorporation of organic matter is one of the key benefits of strategic tillage, and with large amounts of residue, farmers have the opportunity to greatly increase soil health and nutrient levels with limited expenditure. Fall tillage is often cited as the first step to a good harvest because it forces crop residue underground where it begins decomposing and releasing nutrients into the soil in time for spring planting. However, with high volumes of crop residue or weather-related delays that push tillage back to spring, this advantage can be lost. Decomposition takes time. If residue is too large, inconsistently mixed or too close to the surface, valuable time and nutrients are being wasted. In some cases, farmers must resort to using several implements to adequately chop and incorporate residue from high-yield crops, increasing fuel and labor costs and adding to compaction worries. Working with heavy-duty high-speed discs which provide deep, homogeneous residue incorporation in one pass ensures optimum decomposition — even when farmers have to wait for spring. Intensive mixing means more soil to organic contact, leading to faster, more even decomposition. Industry-leading working depths add even more time for decomposition before crop roots are established. Strategic tillage has many advantages; and its disadvantages are easily alleviated with the right equipment. But choosing the practices and implements that will increase efficiency and benefit the bottom line can only be evaluated on an individual basis. For best results, look for trusted manufacturers with a proven track record of innovative solutions and customer service. Many of these companies have decades or even centuries of experience in the agriculture industry. They know how to build machines that can tackle difficult conditions year after year. And they know how to support customers with aftermarket service and genuine replacement parts. Partnering with an implement manufacturer that designs for unique and evolving operations and offers an individualized approach will result in the best ROI every time — regardless of your tillage approach. This article was submitted by Jim Balstad, vice president of sales and marketing, Lemken USA. Lemken is global manufacturer and supplier of professional crop cultivation implements for strategic tillage, sowing and planting protection. For more information, contact Lemken USA, 1920 Queensbury St., West Fargo, N.D.; phone (701) 630-9154. Balstad can be reached via email at v

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Grain Outlook Corn continues to hit the skids The following marketing analysis is for the week ending Nov. 22. CORN — Corn slipped lower this week as harvest marched forward and growers and elevators struggled with shortages of dryer fuel, falling test weights, rising foreign material levels, and high moisture levels. There has been trade war rhetoric thrown around during the week, but it mostly leaves us back where we started with no deal and many believing we won’t see one until 2020. December corn prices dropped to their lowest level since mid-September as corn posted a weekly loss for the third week in a row. Weekly export sales were at PHYLLIS NYSTROM the high end of expectations at CHS Hedging Inc. 31 million bushels and the secSt. Paul ond-largest of the marketing year so far. While good, we are still running 45 percent behind last year’s pace with 522.1 million bushels of export commitments. Weekly sales need to average 31.1 million bushels to hit the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 1.85-billion-bushel export target. We did have daily corn announcements three of the five trading days this week totaling 16.9 million bushels to unknown destinations. Weekly ethanol production was higher for the eighth consecutive week, up 3,000 barrels per day to 1.03 million bpd. Ethanol stocks fell by 500,000 barrels to 20.5 million barrels. This is the lowest inventory in nearly three years. Margins improved 8 cents to 24 cents per gallon. As of Nov. 17, 76 percent of the U.S. corn harvest was 76 percent complete compared to 92 percent on average. From all reports, we will see a higher percentage than normal of the crop left in the field until conditions improve to allow harvest. North Dakota was the furthest behind with only 23 percent of the corn harvested vs. 85 percent on average. Minnesota was 77 percent harvested vs. 94 percent average, South Dakota 53 percent complete vs. 91 percent average, and Wisconsin at 44 percent vs. 77 percent average. Illinois was 80 percent harvested compared to 97 percent average, Iowa 77 percent vs. 91 percent average, Indiana 80 percent vs. 91 percent average, and Nebraska 85 percent complete vs. 91 percent average. The USDA announced they will extend crop progress reporting into December due to this year’s unusual harvest. They will decide on a week-to-week See NYSTROM, pg. 27

Cash Grain Markets corn/change* soybeans/change*

Stewartville Edgerton Jackson Janesville Cannon Falls Sleepy Eye

$3.33 -.03 $3.77 -.01 $3.55 -.03 $3.47 -.06 $3.38 -.07 $3.47 -.01

$8.26 -.13 $8.37 -.20 $8.39 -.10 $8.46 -.04 $8.33 -.19 $8.32 -.05

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Livestock markets have been struggling for most of the month of November and either are trapped in a rather small trading range or have seen price weakness. With the onset of the holidays it would appear little will change in this present pattern in both cattle and hogs without some significant news to alter this sluggish activity. Export business appears to be fine, but the numbers of head in all livestock seem to be just enough to offset the demand at this juncture. Without any significant changes in the supply and demand at the present levels, it may be next year before the current trading ranges in all JOE TEALE livestock change. Broker Great Plains Commodity As for the cattle complex, the Afton, Minn. recent U.S. Department of Agriculture Cattle on Feed report released on Nov. 22 indicated the projection for very large placements was not as high as anticipated. This could give a quick boost to the market on the initial opening following the report. However, the roadblock seems to be the $120 level in both cash and futures. If this area were to be penetrated and held, the outlook could possibly change. Also released was the monthly Cold Storage report which indicated for the second month in a row a decline in beef stocks. Obviously a bit friendly, but is it enough to break through that and push prices through that $120 area? The other factor appears to be the turn from higher

Many operators have made tremendous progress in using technology and precision to boost their yield or cut input costs. In recent years, many operations have grown in size. However, I wonder if those same operations have made a similar level of growth and improvement in their financial management and records. Simply just working harder, or operating more acres, doesn’t guarantee more profit. Commodity prices have dropped in recent years, resulting in reduced profit margins and for some, negative earnings spread across several years. Does your operation have the financial information necessary to be successful in these challenging times? Are you able to answer quesBOB AUGUSTIN tions such as these? Compeer • How do you know if you were Senior Credit Officer profitable in 2019? Your checking Northfield, Minn. account balance is down, but do you have more grain in storage, or expect to receive a crop insurance settlement? • Do you need to make changes to your business to reduce losses which eat up equity? Can you turn a negative enterprise into a profit center? • Can you move forward with a planned expansion or major capital purchase? What will it do to your financial position? • Have you held off on some necessary capital replacement because of the crop prices; and if so, can you afford to make that purchase now? • Does your farm unit currently support bringing a daughter or son into the business? • Can you demonstrate to your trusted lending partner that approving your operating loan for next year is an easy, positive decision? • What is your earnings breakeven, or what price do you need for your grain sales to cash flow expenses and debt service? What is available for your family to live on? • How do you compare to your peers? Can you compete with them in the future? Strong financial management is based on accurate, easily analyzed financial information. What do strong financial records and information look like? Top level management reporting includes a fiscal year-end balance sheet with supporting schedules

See TEALE, pg. 27

See AUGUSTIN, pg. 28




Year Ago Average: $3.18 $7.90 Grain prices are effective cash close on Nov. 25. *Cash grain price change represents a two-week period.

Livestock Angles Little change forseen in market

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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Soybeans lack news to support any price relief NYSTROM, from pg. 26 basis when they will discontinue the reports. Outlook: For the week, December corn fell 2.5 cents to $3.68.75, March corn was 2.25 cents lower at $3.78.5, and December 2020 dropped 3.25 cents to $3.92.5 per bushel. We did see improved demand this week with export sales announcements three out of the five trading days, but it wasn’t enough to kickstart fund buying. In fact, funds added to their net short position in corn. The market will be going into holiday mode as we head into a holiday-shortened week and then only four weeks until Christmas. Basis should remain firm to keep bushels in the domestic pipeline and eventually the board may have to do some work to make flat prices to farmers more attractive. Casting a shadow over the market will be improving South American conditions and caution about demand for U.S. corn. The December World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report on Dec. 10 will keep acreage and yields intact, but usage categories may likely see declines. The expectation for now is a rangebound trade with March futures from $3.70 to $3.95 per bushel, but oversold conditions could give us a short-term boost. Looking into next year, without a crop problem in South America, forecasts for U.S. corn acres stay in the 92-95 million acre range, and if we don’t have weather issues, it will be difficult to build a bullish scenario for corn prices. Thanksgiving holiday market hours for grains: the grain markets will trade normal hours on Nov. 27, closed for Thanksgiving on Nov. 28, and trade from 8:30 am CT to 12:05 pm CT on Nov. 29. December corn has closed lower the day after Thanksgiving in eight out of the last nine years, including all six of the last six years.

MARKETING SOYBEANS — Allow me a little rant this week. Just wake me up when and if a trade deal with China ever gets done! The market is tiring of the “little boy who cried wolf” activity associated with the backand-forth between the United States and China. Whether sound bites come from news articles or through Twitter, they do affect market action. The problem comes when an opposite view is forthcoming soon afterward. Both the United States and China sides continue to state that progress is being made, but there are stumbling blocks. China wants the United States to roll back tariffs. The United States wants China to commit to buying specific dollar amounts of agricultural products and make concessions on forced technology transfers and protection of intellectual property. Then add to the mix the passage of a bill in the U.S. Senate called the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. This bill must still go through the House and be signed by the President. The bill essentially supports human rights and democracy in Hong Kong and says the United States will take an annual look to ensure that Hong Kong is enforcing U.S. export regulations and UN sanctions. China would like us to stay out of their internal affairs. Near the end of the week, China invited U.S. officials to China for face-to-face negotiations, but no date has been set. This has made for a bumpy, uncertain ride and markets don’t really like uncertainty. Most would agree that a trade deal will get signed before the end of the year. The next round of tariffs is due to go into effect Dec. 15 if no deal is reached. I’m done now, thank you. On a bright note, it looks promising that the U.S.Mexico-Canada agreement may get done this year, but there’s still a lot of work to be done.

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Hog cash price trend continues lull TEALE, from pg. 26 beef cutouts to a drop as the week approached the Thanksgiving holiday. There appears to be a battle brewing between the supply of cattle and the demand for beef. Producers should remain aware of current market conditions and protect inventories if needed. Volatility remains the norm in the hog market. One factor which continues to move the hog price — especially the futures prices — is the proposed trade agreement with China. Each time something about this agreement is in the news, whether positive or a disappointment, the futures market moves in either direction. On the other hand, the cash trade follows the China news, but not to the degree as the futures prices.

Most disappointing is that the cash price trend has continued to weaken overall during the past few months. This is an indication hog numbers continue to be more than enough at the present time to offset the demand for pork. One positive for the market is the Cold Storage report which indicated a draw down on stocks of pork. This indicates that domestic usage is good and that the export of pork is also positive. Once again, the supply and demand are going to be a major factor in the price direction for the hog market into next year. Producers should remain cognizant of factors which will determine price direction and act accordingly. v

Other news this week was scarce, but South American weather forecasts improved the chances of rain in both Brazil and Argentina. Planting progress has caught up with 71 percent planted vs. 73 percent on average. The Brazilian real was lower this week and Brazilian growers took advantage to make forward sales. It’s estimated they have sold 35 percent of the crop they are planting. Argentina’s soybean crop is estimated at 31 percent planted vs. 29.6 percent complete last year. While the United States may capture some business in the next couple of months as their available supplies dwindle, the outlook for our soybean exports fades beyond February. Domestically, basis levels have maintained strength with growers unwilling sellers at these price levels, except if a bill or two needs to be paid. Weekly export sales surpassed trade expectations at 55.7 million bushels. This pushes us 5 percent ahead of last year with 871.6 million bushels of total export commitments. China accounts for 312 million bushels of the total commitments. We need 22.4 million bushels of sales per week to reach the USDA’s 1.775 billion bushel forecast. Argentina sent their first shipment of chilled pork to China as China continues to grapple with the effects of African swine fever. China’s breeding sow inventory saw its first month-on-month increase in nearly 19 months when it was up 0.6 percent in October. As of Nov. 17, U.S. soybean harvest was 91 percent complete vs. 93 percent on average. North Dakota was 84 percent harvested vs. 98 percent average, Wisconsin 77 percent vs. 95 percent average, Minnesota 97 percent complete vs. 99 percent average, and South Dakota 95 percent complete vs. 99 percent average. Outlook: While weekly exports were strong, there were no daily soybean export sales announcements this week. South American weather has turned more favorable for crop development. Trade war developments are unpredictable. January soybeans dropped to their lowest price since Sept. 20. These factors, and funds liquidating their moderate net long positions, put soybeans on the defensive. We need a reason to rebound higher. Soybeans have closed lower for the last three weeks. For the week, January soybeans crashed 21.25 cents to $8.97, July tumbled 15.5 cents to $9.37, and November 2020 soybeans were 10.75 cents lower at $9.42.5 per bushel. January soybeans have closed higher the day before Thanksgiving in all four of the last four years. Nystrom’s Notes: Contract changes for the week ended Nov. 22. Chicago December wheat rallied 12.5 cents to $5.15.25, Kansas City gained 7 cents at $4.24, while Minneapolis fell 11 cents to $4.92.75 per bushel. As of Nov. 17, winter wheat planting was 95 percent complete, right on the average. Winter wheat conditions fell 2 percent from the previous week to 52 percent good/excellent. Winter wheat emergence was 83 percent vs. 86 percent average. v

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Product continues climb at Global Dairy Trade This column was written for the marfederal inspection, up 30,400 head from keting week ending Nov. 22. September but 2,100 or 0.7 percent above a year ago. The 10-month cull count The U.S. Department of Agriculture stands at 2.7 million head, up 79,000 or 3 reported preliminary October milk outpercent from a year ago. put at a bearish 18.1 billion pounds, up 1.3 percent from October 2018. Output in Dairy cow slaughter for the week endthe top 24 states totaled 17.3 billion, up ing Nov. 9 totaled 62,700 head, according 1.7 percent. Revisions added 7 million to the USDA’s weekly summary. This is pounds to the original September total, down 800 head from the previous week MIELKE MARKET now put at 17.7 billion pounds, up 1.3 and down 2,300 or 3.5 percent from that WEEKLY percent from September 2018. week a year ago. By Lee Mielke Cow numbers were up in October. The n 50-state count totaled 9.327 million Strength remains in the internahead, up 5,000 from the September tional dairy market as this week’s count, which was revised up 7,000 weighted average of products offered cows, but is still 40,000 head below in the Global Dairy Trade auction was up 1.7 perOctober 2018. Output per cow averaged 1,941 cent. This is down from the 3.7 percent jump on Nov. pounds, up 51 pounds from September and 33 5, but is the fifth consecutive session of gain. Sellers pounds above a year ago. brought 83.7 million pounds of product to the market Wisconsin was up 1 percent on a 30-pound gain on Nov. 19, down from 85.3 million in the last event. per cow. Cow numbers were down 6,000 from a year Rennet casein led the gains, up 5.6 percent, which ago. Minnesota was up 1.8 percent on a 50-pound follows a 5.1 percent gain last time. Skim milk powgain per cow offsetting 4,000 fewer cows.   der was up 3.3 percent after jumping 6.7 percent, Dairy cow culling in October took a jump from and GDT cheddar was up 2.5 percent, after slipping September, but fell below October 2018, according to 0.6 percent. Whole milk powder was up 2.2 percent, the USDA’s latest Livestock Slaughter report. An following a 2.6 percent rise, and lactose was up 1.3 estimated 286,100 head were slaughtered under percent after falling 1.9 percent last time.


Anhydrous milkfat and butter made up the losses, down 1.5 percent and 1.3 percent respectively, after respective gains of 2.6 percent and 0.2 percent in the last event. FC Stone equated the GDT 80 percent butterfat butter price to $1.7969 per pound U.S., down 2.5 cents from the last event. Chicago Mercantile Exchange butter closed Nov. 22 at $2.0250. GDT cheddar cheese equated to $1.6788 per pound, up 4.2 cents and compares to Nov. 22’s CME block cheddar at $1.8425. GDT skim milk powder averaged $1.3683 per pound and compares to $1.3262 last time. Whole milk powder averaged $1.5063, up from $1.4762. CME Grade A nonfat dry milk closed Nov. 22 at $1.22 per pound. n The December Federal order Class I base milk price was announced by the USDA at $19.33 per hundredweight, up $1.19 from November, a hefty $4.28 above December 2018, and the highest Class I price since December 2014. It equates to about $1.66 per gallon, up from $1.29 a year ago. The 2019 Class I average is $16.99, up from $14.84 in 2018 and $16.45 in 2017. Declines in CME cheese prices paused the week See MIELKE, pg. 29

Make compiling a balance sheet an annual year-end event AUGUSTIN, from pg. 26 — the foundation of your annual analysis. An accrual income statement ties the cash income and expense information to the balance sheet changes to calculate a true earnings number for the operation. A reconciliation of owner equity change to the accrual income statement accounts for depreciation of assets and weeds out revaluation to give true earnings. When reconciled, it gives confidence in the


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results. A statement of cash flow accounts for all dollars moving in and out of the unit — including asset purchases and sales, in addition to family living draw. A projected cash flow for the next year is necessary to determine operating loans, marketing decisions and asset purchases. Comprise an enterprise analysis based on yields, cost per bushel and cost per acre. Knowing your break-even is necessary to decide on land rent or purchases, grain marketing and input decisions. A best practice is to have a marketing plan in writing to aide you in marketing and risk management decisions. You might look at this list and feel overwhelmed. Moving to a top level of financial information will take several years, so take the first step in the journey. Year-end is a great time to make that move as the balance sheet is the base for all other reporting. You can build on that foundation going forward. Complete your balance sheet as of your business at year-end date. Many operations defer income or prepay expenses at year-end. To have a correct statement, the year-end transactions need to be placed in the correct year to match the income statement. Your balance sheet should include accurate inventories valued at current price, plus accurate lists for account payable and receivables. It should also pro-

vide details which would be included on the debt schedule: Interest rates, accrued interest due and payment terms. Provide correct balances of your checking account. Outstanding checks can skew the results greatly. Be sure to account for them. Be sure your asset list reflects the capital purchases and sales made during the year. Proper handling of CCC grain loans is vital. Remain consistent on treating them as income or loans. Again, be aware of transactions occurring near year-end. In future years, this report can be laid out side-byside with historical statements for easy analysis of year-over-year change. When you start with a well-completed balance sheet, the next steps to determine accrual earnings and reconciling the two statements should flow well. I urge you to take the time to complete the entire balance sheet in a timely manner. Then I encourage you to make this an annual year-end event. By making these steps a priority, you will be well on your way to better financial management. Bob Augustin is a Team Leader-Scorecard Credit at Compeer Financial. For more insights from Augustin and the rest of the Compeer credit team, visit Compeer. com. v

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Dairy margins strengthened in the first half of November MIELKE, from pg. 28 before Thanksgiving as traders awaited Nov. 22’s October Cold Storage report. The cheddar blocks fell to $1.8375 per pound on Nov. 19, the lowest since Aug. 2. But they closed Nov. 22 at $1.8425. This is still 4.75 cents lower on the week and the third consecutive week of decline, but were 49.75 cents above a year ago when they lost 10.75 cents. The barrels dipped to $2.15 on Nov. 19, but closed at the end of the week at $2.1850. This is down 1.25 cents on the week and 94.5 cents above a year ago, when they rolled 12 cents lower. They were still at an inverted 34.25 cents above the blocks. Only nine cars of block traded hands on the week at the CME and three of barrel. n Butter barely remains above $2 per pound, closing Nov. 22 at $2.0250, down 4.25 cents on the week and 25.5 cents below a year ago, with 18 sales on the week. Butter makers say cream is readily available at similar multiples to the past month; while others say it’s available, but are having a hard time finding favorable rates. Some continue to source loads from the west. Expectations are that cream will be readily available Thanksgiving week. Butter churning is generally steady and inventories are in a general balance. Organic butter output is increasing regionally, with organic cream becoming more available of late. Butter markets continue to maintain at just above the $2 mark. Undoubtedly, higher domestic stores and an increasing amount of imports are keeping butter markets toward the lower end of their rangebound status, according to Dairy Market News. Grade A nonfat dry milk saw a fourth consecutive week of gain, closing at $1.22 per pound. This is up a quarter-cent on the week, the highest CME price since Nov. 4, 2014, and 32.25 cents above a year ago. Twenty-one cars found new homes on the week. CME dry whey strengthened and less product is moving to Chicago. It closed Nov. 22 at 34.75 cents per pound, up 2.75 cents on the week but 7.75 cents below a year ago, with only 12 sales on the week, down from 29 the previous week. n The USDA’s Nov. 15 Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook stated, “Lower expected growth in milk cow numbers and higher expected milk per cow for the latter part of 2019 are expected to carry into 2020. Milk cows are forecast to average 9.335 million head in 2020, 5,000 less than last month’s forecast. Milk per cow is forecast at 23,830 pounds, 105 pounds higher than last month’s forecast. With higher yields expected to more than offset lower growth in the milking herd, milk production for 2020 is forecast at 222.4 billion pounds, 0.8 billion pounds higher than last month’s forecast.” Matt Gould, editor of the Dairy and Food Market Analyst, warned of rising milk output in the United

States in the Nov. 25 Dairy Radio Now broadcast. He said the weather was cold in the United States in October, so output would likely have been higher had it not been for the cold, and the milk supply is growing in Europe. “If you just look at the supply side of the equation, you might conclude things are pretty price negative,” Gould said. “However, there’s a number of very positive things on the demand side,” and he pointed to the five-year highs on nonfat dry milk and skim milk powder prices — driven by purchases from Southeast Asia and China. Gould added he’s hearing rumblings that China is getting its hands around its African swine fever situation and is coming back to the United States for feed for those newborn piglets. “There’s a lot to be optimistic on the international demand side” he said. Cheese prices hit the highest levels since 2014 and remain strong, despite the recent fall. When asked if he agreed with USDA’s latest prediction of a 1.7 percent increase in milk output in 2020 over 2019, Gould said, yes, as we are adding cows again. “If you hold cow numbers flat, we tend to increase milk production by a little over 1 percent; so 1.7 percent growth rate means more cows,” he concluded. “However, USDA is also projecting the highest milk prices in 2020, the highest since 2014.” n Dairy margins strengthened the first half of November as milk prices continued to advance while feed costs remained relatively steady, according to the latest Margin Watch from Chicago-based Commodity and Ingredient Hedging LLC. The Margin Watch stated, “Forward margins remain above the 90th percentile of historical profitability through the first half of 2020, with third quarter very close to that benchmark as well. Nearby Class III milk corrected following a drop in cheese futures, although extreme volatility remains between block and barrel prices in the spot market. The CME Group announced a new block cheese futures contract will be launched in January to address this volatility and provide both producers and end users with a better hedge.” n Negotiations between House Speaker Nancy




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Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Trade Rep. Robert Lighthiser on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada free trade agreement have been halted for the time being, according to Bob Gray, editor of the Northeast Dairy Farmers Cooperatives newsletter. No reasons were given, but Gray warns, “There are very few legislative days left on the calendar for the rest of this year.” A posting at the U.S. Dairy Export Council website shows a state-by-state breakdown of how dairy exports benefit each state. Wisconsin’s economy leads the country with more than 12,700 jobs from dairy exports alone, says USDEC. Lee Mielke is a syndicated columnist who resides in Everson, Wash. His weekly column is featured in newspapers across the country and he may be reached at v —”Where Farm and Family Meet”



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2016 Harvestec 6308C Cornado TRACK TRACTORS chopping corn head 2012 Caterpillar Challenger MT755C track tractor, 2,025 hrs. PLANTER & SEEDER 2007 Caterpillar Challenger 2012 Great Plains Yield Pro MT865B track tractor, 4,256 hrs. 1625A-32TR planter,199 hrs., MFWD TRACTOR & 2WD TRACTOR 4,237 acres 1997 New Holland 8160 MFWD, Brillion Sure Stand SS-10 8,447 hrs. seeder 1968 IHC 656 2WD, 5,683 hrs.


2005 Caterpillar 420D tractor loader backhoe, 11,350 hrs.

ripper 2012 RiteWay F-5 land roller COMBINE & HEADS Wil-Rich QX2 field cultivator 2012 New Holland CR8080 track John Deere 220 disc combine, 526 preharvest sep. GRAIN CART hrs., 985 sep. hrs. J&M 1050-22S Grain Storm 2017 MacDon FD75-S flex draper grain cart

Snow bucket, 8’ TRAILERS Pallet forks Fertilizer tender trailer Stud King MD-38 header trailer OTHER FARM EQUIPMENT Sprayer SEED TENDER 2013 Meridian 375-RT seed tender Kiser Dragmaster arena groomer AUGERS (12) Grain barriers (2) Westfield MK100-71 auger John Deere 660 roto tiller (2) Westfield WR80-31 auger Minnesota No 130 flare wagon Westfield WR60-61 auger Snow bucket MOWERS Pallet Forks 2012 Bush Hog 2615L Legend PARTS / GATOR / SHOP rotary mower EQUIPMENT / LAWN & John Deere 390 flail mower John Deere 25A flail mower GARDEN / POLY TANKS


2001 Bobcat 773 skid steer loader, 6,921 hrs.

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

RICHARD “DICK” AMES | MATT (FARM MANAGER) 612.366.4024, CORY 612.250.5318 or Randy Kath at Steffes Group, 320.693.9371 or 701.429.8894

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. Randy Kath MN47-007



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LOCATION: 6963 136th Ave SE, Lisbon, ND 58054. From the stop light in Lisbon, ND, 5 miles east on ND Hwy. 27, 2-1/2 miles south on Ransom County Hwy. 55 or 136th Avenue. AUCTIONEER’S NOTE: Please note the Cenex 10 year warranties on the 9370R, 7200R, and the S660 and that most pieces were purchased new. Also, oil analysis completed and available on several pieces. Major equipment begins selling at 10:30AM. Live online bidding available on major equipment. Registration, terms, & details at

Red River Valley Fairgrounds | 1805 Main Ave. West, West Fargo, ND


Complete terms, lot listings, photos, & details at AUCTIONEER’S NOTE: Auctioneers will run multiple rings with live online bidding. There will be no loading assistance until 12:00 PM. Cars and pickups may enter grounds at 11:00 AM for self-loading. Equipment removal by December 6, unless other arrangements are made. Hauling and loading are available. Contact auctioneers for owner information, new consignments, or changes at 701.237.9173 or 800.726.8609. Live online bidding available on major equipment. Registration, terms, & details at

2018 JOHN DEERE 9370R 2012 JOHN DEERE S660 2009 JOHN DEERE 9230 INCLUDES: 4WD Tractors, MFWD & 2WD Tractors w/Loaders, GPS Equipment, Harvest Equipment, Grain Cart, Swathers, Air Seeder & Drills, Planter, Sprayer, Tillage & Row Crop Equipment, Trucks, Pickup, Trailers, NH3 & Chemical/Fertilizer Equipment, Hopper Bins & Grain Handling Equipment, Augers, Rockpickers, Other Equipment, Fuel Tanks, Tires, Shop & Farm Support Items

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or Brad Olstad at Steffes Group, 701.237.9173 or 701.238.0240 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. Brad Olstad ND319




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Scott Steffes ND81, Brad Olstad ND319, Bob Steffes ND82, Max Steffes ND999, Justin Ruth ND2019, Ashley Huhn ND843, Eric Gabrielson ND890, Randy Kath ND894, Scott Gillespie ND1070, Shelly Weinzetl ND963 TERMS: All items sold as is where is. Payment of cash or check must be made sale day before removal of items. Statements made auction day take precedence over all advertising. $35 documentation fee applies to all titled vehicles. Titles will be mailed. ND Sales Tax laws apply. Canadian buyers need a bank letter of credit to facilitate border transfer.



From Sparta, WI, 6.2 miles south on WI-27 S, 3 miles north on Co Hwy XX, 1/2 mile north on Katydid Ave.


LEGAL: The East Half of the Northwest Quarter; and the Northeast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter and the West Half of the Northwest Quarter of the Southeast Quarter all in Section 9, Township 105, Range 29, Blue Earth County, Minnesota. TERMS: The real estate shall be sold upon the terms described below: 1. Potential Buyers shall submit a sealed bid accompanied by a certified check in the amount of $10,000. The check shall be made payable to the Koberoski Law Trust Account and submitted to Margaret K. Koberoski, Attorney at Law, of Koberoski Law, LLC, 10 W. Main Street Madelia, Minnesota 56062. The bid and checks shall be received by 5:00 p.m.. on December 13, 2019. 2. The bids shall be opened at Koberoski Law, LLC, 100 Warren Street, Suite 300 Mankato, MN 56001, at 9:30 a.m. on December 16, 2019 and the auction will begin at 10:00 a.m. All persons submitting a written bid will be allowed to raise their bids after the bids have been opened. 3. The successful bidder will be required to execute a purchase agreement on completion of the bidding and the initial check received will be applied to earnest money. 4. Real estate taxes due and payable in 2019 will be paid by sellers and the successful purchaser will be responsible for all taxes and assessments due and payable thereafter. 5. This property is being sold in an “AS IS” condition and the sellers make no representations as to its acreage, tiling, or condition. The potential buyer shall inspect and be familiar with the present condition of the subject property, including but not limited to soil suitability, slope, grade or grades of land, irrigation, flood plain, weed and pest spectrum, habitat areas and the general flow and direction of irrigation waters and drainage. 6. An abstract of title shall be furnished to the successful bidder. 7. The owner specifically reserves the right to reject any and all bids and to waive any irregularities in the bidding process. Sellers reserve the right to establish a minimum starting bid upon commencement of the bidding process. The Auctioneer shall determine when bidding shall cease. Owner: John C. Urban, Christine L. Frisby, Margaret A. Raine-Raver and David C. Urban and the Merten E. Urban Testamentary Trust. Information concerning this land or viewing this land may be obtained from Margaret K. Koberoski of Koberoski Law, LLC, 10 W. Main Street Madelia, Minnesota 56062, Phone: 507-642-2112 Email:




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2017 John Deere S660 combine, 2010 John Deere 9230, 487 hrs. 207 sep. hrs., 320 engine hrs.


2017 John Deere 625F flex head 2010 John Deere 625F flex head 2017 John Deere 608C corn head, New 2010 John Deere 608C corn head


1979 John Deere 4840 2WD, 196 hrs. 1980 John Deere 4440 2WD, 4,249 hrs. 1979 John Deere 4440 2WD, 128 hrs. 1980 John Deere 4640 2WD, 9,636 hrs.


2009 Kinze planter


Ez Trail 680 header trailer Ez Trail 672 header trailer Unverferth HT25 header trailer


Miller 1000 pull-type sprayer


Unverferth 2750 seed tender

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

KOWITZ ESTATE | NATHAN GEIER PR, 608.487.5278 or Brock Skov at Steffes Group, 320.693.9371 or 507.272.4818 Complete terms, lot listings and photos at / Ashley Huhn WI2788-52

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Stormor Bins & EZ-Drys. ‘95 IH grain truck, 466 auto, Harms Mfg. Land Rollers, 100% financing w/no liens or 16’ box, $10,000; ‘66 JD 3020 Brand New, 12’-$6,800; red tape, call Steve at Fair- tractor, completely restored, 14’-$7,000; 16’-$8,000; 24’fax Ag for an appointment. new engine & tires, $11,000. $14,800; 32’-$17,500; 42’All very nice. trade for a $21,500. Others from 8’-62’. 888-830-7757 skid loader. 507-330-3945 715-234-1993


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Mower County: Approx 121 ac bare farmland, pattern tiled. Very good tenant in place. SE edge of Austin Mower County: PENDING Approx 73.7 ac, 62 tillable. Older building site, separate purchase possible. NW of Austin. Mower County: SOLD 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: PENDING 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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THE LAND — NOVEMBER 29/DECEMBER 6, 2019 — “Where Farm and Family Meet”

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LOCATION: 10679 Peyton Ave., Cokato, MN 55321




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Terms: Cash, Cashier’s Check or Personal Check and Letters of Credit from your Bank. Nothing to be removed until settled for, settlement must be made by conclusion of Auction. MN Sales Tax to apply. Every-thing Sold As-Is. You are responsible for items after making purchase. Statements by Auctioneer take precedence over any printed material.

PREVIEW: By appointment / LOADOUT: By appointment AUCTIONEER’S NOTE: Randy and Rebecca have decided to retire. All equipment is shedded and in good working order. Please no phone calls after 8:00PM. TRACTORS

1990 John Deere 8760 4WD, 5,841.5 engine hrs. 1998 John Deere 8100 MFWD, 3,631 hrs.


Enduraplas poly tank Fuel barrel, 1000 gal. L-shape fuel tank

2004 Freightliner Century factory day cab, 509,960 hrs. 2013 Jet hopper bottom trailer 1989 Strick water trailer

(3) Barn cleaner chains Pacerwater pump (2) Hyd. cylinders Air hose reel Misc. parts Transfer pump

1998 John Deere 9610 Maximizer Mug Hog PRWD, 1,846 engine hrs. 2009 Harvestec 4308C chopping corn head, 300 acres SPRAYER per year Hardi Navigator 1000M sprayer PLANTER 2004 John Deere 1760 planter, GRAIN HANDLING 9,000 acres EQUIPMENT


2013 John Deere 2720 disc ripper, 300 acres/yr. John Deere 2200 field cultivator

2012 Speed King 240G twin compartment seed tender Westfield MK100-71 auger DMC stirator

590 ACRES +/- FREEBORN & MOWER CO., MN • Dec 7 @ 10 am

Tract 1 Total Deeded Acres: 154 Total Cropland Acres: 149.71 CSR2 Soil Rating: 82.4

Tract 2 Total Deeded Acres: 155.65 Total Cropland Acres: 144.85 CSR2 Soil Rating: 88.9


Wil-Rich row crop cultivator John Deere 2810 auto reset plow John Deere 220 disc John Deere 400 rotary hoe


#1799 James Hiebert Farm



2012 Can-Am Commander XT, 1,219 actual miles


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

RANDY & REBECCA SCHURMANN | RANDY 612.751.7045 Eric Gabrielson at Steffes Group, 320.693.9371 or 701.238.2570

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

Tract 3 Total Deeded Acres: 157.37 Total Cropland Acres: 154.29 CSR2 Soil Rating: 92.2

Tract 4 Total Deeded Acres: 124.33 Total Cropland Acres: 123.60 CSR2 Soil Rating: 91.4 Terms and Conditions on 2% Buyers fee will apply.




MN & IA BROKER / AUCTIONEER Albert Lea, MN 507-383-1067

Broker Greg Jensen - MN, IA / Broker Brian Haugen - MN, SD, IA, WI, IL / Broker Amy Willett - MO LandProz Real Estate, LLC. 111 East Clark Street, Albert Lea, MN 56007


Steffes Auction Calendar 2019

For more info, call: 1-800-726-8609 or visit our website: Opening November 25 & Closing December 2 at 7PM McCartney Cattle Farm Equipment Auction, Princeton, MN, Timed Online Auction Opening November 25 & Closing December 3 at 4PM Meeker County, MN Tillable Farmland Auction, 85± Acres, Litchfield, MN, Timed Online Auction Opening November 25 & Closing December 3 at 4:30PM Kandiyohi County, MN Tillable Farmland/Hunting Ground Auction 145± Acres, Kandiyohi, MN, Timed Online Auction Opening November 26 & Closing December 5 Kowitz Estate Farm Equipment Auction, Sparta, WI, Timed Online Auction Opening November 26 & Closing December 6 at 1PM Raguse Farms Inventory Reduction Auction, Wheaton, MN, Timed Online Auction Opening November 27 & Closing December 5 at 7PM Randy & Rebecca Schurmann Farm Retirement Auction, Cokato, MN, Timed Online Auction Opening November 28 & Closing December 5 at 2PM Presler Farm Services Equipment Auction, Oakes, ND, Timed Online Auction Opening November 28 & Closing December 5 David Brant Estate Collectible Car Auction, Steffes Group Facility, West Fargo, ND, Timed Online Auction Monday, December 2 at 11AM Mille Lacs County, MN Hobby Farm/Feedlot and Tillable Land Auction 4 Tracts - 252± Acres - Princeton, MN Opening December 2 & Closing December 10 at 3PM Wright County, MN Farmland Auction, 37± Acres, Cokato, MN, Timed Online Auction Opening December 2 & Closing December 12 Arnold Companies, Inc. Auction, St. Cloud, MN, Timed Online Auction Opening December 2 & Closing December 12 at 7PM Byro Farms Retirement Auction, Winthrop, MN, Timed Online Auction Tuesday, December 3 at 10 AM Marvin & Jane Ristau Farm Retirement Auction, Mansfield, SD Wednesday, December 4 at 10 AM Aglron West Fargo Event, Red River Valley Fairgrounds, West Fargo, ND Wednesday, December 4 at 1 PM Fillmore County, MN Farmland Auction, 95± Acres, Rushford, MN Thursday, December 5 at 11AM Richard “Dick” Ames Estate Farm Auction, Green Isle, MN Friday, December 6 at 10AM Ron & Mary Lou Bussmann Farm Retirement Equipment Auction, Grey Eagle, MN Opening December 6 & Closing December 11 Online Steffes Auction - 12/11, Upper Midwest Locations, Timed Online Auction Opening December 9 & Closing December 17 Scott Peterson Farm Retirement Auction, Atwater, MN, Timed Online Auction Opening December 9 & Closing December 17 at 7PM Karau Farm Retirement Auction, St. James, MN, Timed Online Auction Tuesday, December 10 at 10AM Wallace & Kris Carlson Charitable Remainder Trust Farm Retirement Auction, Lisbon, ND —”Where Farm and Family Meet”

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PRIME RENVILLE CO. FARMLAND FOR SALE - CALL FOR NEW PRICE 198.22+/-Deeded Acres 190.62 +/-Tillable Acres Average CPI = 90.2 Camp Twp, Renville Co.

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2015 Mandako 46 Ft Land GREAT PLAINS 2006 33 Ft -5” Roller (3” Shafts not 2 7/16”) Discovator/Finisher Original 4000 acres, $33,500/OBO. Blades 19 1/2” Low Acres 2006 Great Plains 36 Ft (No Welds) A-One Cond. Discovator/Finisher Double $18,900/OBO. 2015 5 Ft heavy Fold Narrow Center Original Duty Rock Picker #HDRP5 Blades 18 3/4” No Welds Real 5 Ft Wide Forks, All Hyd Good, $19,500/OBO. Retiring. New Cond. New $18,900 Half 319-347-2349/319-347-6150 LM Price $9,500/OBO. Retiring 319-347-6282/319-347-6150 LM

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LAND AUCTION | WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4 LAND LOCATED: From Rushford, MN, 5.5 miles south on Hwy 43, 1.7 miles southwest on Cty Rd 10, 3.5 miles west on Cty Rd 10. Land is on the north side of the road.



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AUCTION LOCATION: Rushford Village Town Hall, 43038 MN-30, Rushford, MN 55971

TRACTORS – COLLECTOR TRACTORS – COMBINES – HEADERS – SKID LOADERS FORAGE/HAYING/FEEDING EQUIPMENT – PLANTERS – ASST. MACHINERY VEHICLES – TRUCKS – AUGERS Our Annual Year-End Consignment Auction Event will be held at the Wieman Auction Facility located at 44628 SD Highway 44, Marion, SD or from Marion, SD, 1-mile South and ½ mile West on Highway 44 on:




AUCTIONEER’S NOTE: 94± acres prime farmland with weighted soil average over 84.

24400 MN Hwy 22 South, Litchfield, MN 55355

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For a detailed Buyer’s Prospectus with complete terms and conditions, contact Steffes Group, 320.693.9371, Brock Skov 507.272.4818 or Shelly Weinzetl 763.300.5055

This Auction will offer over 700 lots in total. A Large Assortment of Tractors (3 – 4x4’s, 20+ MFD’s, 20+ 2 WD, 20+ collector tractors), 20+ Combines, Large Assortment of Corn Heads, Bean Heads, Dummy Heads, Head Transports, Grain Carts, Gravity Boxes, Augers, Planters, Tillage, Haying & Forage Equipment, Skid Loader Attachments, Trucks, Trailers, Fencing and more!

TERMS: Ten percent down upon signing purchase agreement, payable by cash or check. Balance due at closing within 30 days. This is a 5% buyer’s premium auction. Seller financing available. Shelly Weinzetl MN47-017, Scott Steffes MN14-51

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Auctioneers Note: This is another large and interesting auction of consignments by Area Farmers & Dealers. Online bidding will be available at with a 2.5% buyer’s premium and a $750 maximum per item. Older equipment starts promptly at 9 AM sharp with 2-3 auction rings all day. A 3rd auction ring will sell trucks-trailers-vehicles-augers @ 11 AM. For more details/pictures, please call our office or visit us online at South Dakota sales tax will be charged. This ad is subject to additions and deletions. All consignments must have been approved by the Wiemans - sorry we are full! We have excellent loading and unloading equipment. Financing and trucking are available. We are in our 71st year of selling. We offer honest and fair treatment to all because we appreciate your business! Bring a friend and come prepared to buy! If you are driving a good distance – please call to make sure the item is here. Welcome to the “Machinery Mall of South Dakota!” Our next auction is March 4th, 2020.

WIEMAN LAND & AUCTION CO., INC (SINCE 1949) 44628 SD HIGHWAY 44, MARION, SD 57043 AUCTION OFFICE: 800-251-3111 or 605-648-3111 MACHINERY OFFICE: 888-296-3536 or 605-648-3536 Email: Website: EVENINGS: Mike Wieman 605-351-0905 • Ryan Wieman 605-366-3369 • Kevin Wieman 605-660-1587 Rich Wieman 605-660-0341 • Derek Wieman 605-660-2135 • Nathan Timmermans 605-351-1273

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THE LAND — NOVEMBER 29/DECEMBER 6, 2019 Planting Equip


cart, tandem running gear, press drill (grass), off-set disk. 218-428-6525


For Sale - Bare Farmland

-5”JD 7000 Corn Planter, 2R, 3PT, WANTED TO BUY: Older dienal $1,800, Fert. Avail. $350/Row sel utility tractor w/ 3pt & res 715-234-1993 power steering in good condition. 507-236-3099 nd. avy Hay & Forage WANTED: Damaged CornRP5 Equipment Paying Competitive Prices Hyd Based On Quality. HalfHay for sale, 300 tons. ing WANTED: NH square baler, Zane Hanson (507) 459-8653 LM Semi/grain hopper, fertilizer

Wanted — “Where Farm and Family Meet”


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

All kinds of New & Used farm equipment - disc chisels, field Cattle cults, planters, soil finishers, cornheads, feed mills, discs, balers, haybines, etc. 507- Registered Pulled Herford Bull, 18 months old, Very 438-9782 Gentle. 715-879-5766

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Year End Area Farmers Auction

~Livestock & Related Machinery~

MATT MARING CO. We Sell the Earth & Everything On It. Auction Location: Maring Auction Lot, Hwy 56 N. Kenyon, MN 55946

Saturday December 14, 2019 9:30 AM CST

Full Details And Online Bidding At ~From Dale Meyer Farm Retirement Red Wing MN~ ‘81 JD4440 Quad Range, 9,572 Hrs, Rear Weights, New A/C, Fresh Oil, 18.4x38 Vermeer BP7000 Bale Chopper, 1000 PTO ‘99 Mack CH613 Day Cab, Wet Kit, 13sp, Jake, E7-460, 22.5, Nice ‘78 JD4240, 6,474 Hrs, Fresh Oil, 18.4x38, 8 Sp PS; JD 210 Disc, 16.5 Ft; Notch 8 Bale Round Bale Wagon; ‘95 SS 18’ Livestock Trailer, New Tires; JD 450 Hydra Push Manure Spreader; NH 190 Tandem Axle Manure Spreader; Westfield 8” x 51’ Grain Auger, PTO; Schuld 2 Ton Holding Bin; JD 60” Bucket For 148 Loader; 3 Section Spike Tooth Drag On Cart, 16’; (2) Bin Sweeps, 6’ & 8’; Dura-Built Round Bale Feeder; 14’-16’ Sioux Gates This Is Only A Partial Listing Terms: Cash, Check, Credit Card. All Sales Are Final. All Sales Selling As-Is, Where-Is. All Items Must Be Paid For Same Day As The Auction. Minnesota Sales Tax May Apply.

Peterson Built Feeder Wagon, 32 Head Locking Gates; Gehl 120 Mixer Mill, Hydro Orbit; H & S 8’ x 16’ Throw Rack; NH 499 Haybine; NH 316 Baler; NH 28 Blower; NH 1012 Bale Stalk Wagon; Roto Mix 354-12 TMR, 540PTO, Scale; NH 56 Tri-Cycle Front Rake; NH 40’ Elevator; For-Most Head Gate

~ Semi’s, Straight Trucks & Forklift ~

‘01 Mack 612 Day Cab, Single Axle, E7, 9sp, 22.5; ‘98 Mack CH612 Single Axle E7, 9sp, 22.5; ‘04 GMC TopKick Single Axle W/Air Tag, 3208 Cat, 5 x 2, Willmar 10 Ton Box Tender; ‘01 GMC Straight Truck M-11, 10sp, Air Brakes, 2-1500 Gal Poly Tanks, Inductor; ‘93 Chevy Kodiak Single Axle, 6sp, 3116 Cat, Tyler 10 Ton Box Tender; ‘95 Ford F350, 7.3L, Dually, 2WD, Road Runner Aluminum 17’ Rollback, 5sp, 134,000, Exc Cond; ‘02 IHC 4700 Low Pro, Single Axle, 466 Diesel, 6sp, 20’ Flat Bed; Morgan 24’ Van Body, Roll-Up Rear Door; Cat 40 Forklift Elec, Charger, Hard Tires, 48” Forks, 5,730 Hours; ‘90 Mack CH613 Dump Truck, Spring, Pintal Hitch, E6-300hp, 8sp, Like New 22.5, Crysteel 16’ Dump Box w/Roll Tarp

~Tillage – Byron 8400 Harvester – Dump Cart – Gravity Flow Boxes – Snowblower~

J&M TF212 Soil Conditioner, Double Rolling Basket, Tine Harrow, Hydro Fold, 26.5’, Like New; Byron 8400 Harvestor 4x4 Hi/Low 16’ Conveyor, JD Diesel, 15,836 Hrs, Byron 3600 Corn Head 6R30; Byron 1512 Hydro Dump Cart, 20.8x38 Tires; AGCO White 6105 2WD, 540/1000PTO, AGCO 670 Hyd. Loader, 2hyd (Engine is stuck); (2) Danuser 3pt, 74” Mud Scrapers; JD 3300 Dsl Combine, Gear, 2,694 Hrs, 18.4x26; JD 343 Corn Head, 3R30”; JD213 Bean Head; IHC 710 Plow, 3x18’s, 3pt; Bush Hog, 3pt, Chisel Plow, 7 Shank; MF880 Plow, 4x18’s, 3pt; DMI 4200 Anhydrous Tool Bar, 42’; (2) Farm King Augers 8-51 And 8-36; (6) Good 3pt Snowblowers; Gleaner 3000 Corn Head 8R30”, Elec. Deck Plates, SP Hook-Up, Clean; (2) 5,000 Gal, (2) 4,000 Gal, (2) 1,500 Gal Poly Tanks; (6) Good Gravity Boxes From 600-200 Bushel, Parker 7255, Parker 4000

300+ Lots of tractors, combines & machinery to include John Deere, JD Precision, Case, International, Farmall, MM, Massy Harris, Die-Cast collector cars, Trucks, Old Collector Cars & Trucks, Trains, Airplanes Belt Buckles, Cat Pedal & other small toys. Most toys are NIB and range in scale model of 1/16, 1/18, 1/24, 1/32 & 1/64. LIVE AND ON-LINE BIDDING AVAILABLE AT WWW.KERKHOFFAUCTION.COM

~Pickups, Autos, Tools & More ~

Floe 100”x18’ Alum Snowmobile Trailer; Kubota 6500 Watt Generator; Aero 50’ Windmill With Head & Tail; Cardboard Baler 22”x42”, Single Phase; 3pt Wood Splitter; ‘07 Chrysler Town & Country Van, 140,000 Miles; Several Good 2WD – 4x4 Pick Ups; Trailers From 12’ – 20’; Good Amount Of Snap-on Hand Tools; Snap-on Tool Chest

Area Farmers AUCTIONEERS: Doug Kerkhoff - 507-829-6859 Zac Kerkhoff - 507-829-3924 1500 E. Bridge Street Redwood Falls, MN 56283 Office - 507-644-8433

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Pets & Supplies

FOR SALE: Yorkshire, Hamp- FOR SALE: Purebred Ka- Golden Doodle Puppies, Farm shire, Duroc & Hamp/Duroc tahdin rams, approximately Raised, Used to Children, boars, also gilts. Excellent 100 lbs, 6 months old, good Some with Unique Markings, selection. Raised outside. health, $120/each. 507-236- Vet Checked, Shots, $750. 715-644-2387 Exc herd health. No PRSS. 3099 Delivery avail. 320-760-0365 Spot, Duroc, Chester White, Boars & Gilts available. Monthly PRRS and PEDV. Delivery available. Steve Resler. 507-456-7746

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Located: Off Interstate 90 at Dexter, MN exit #193 then ¼ mile East on Hwy 16 (130 State Hwy 16, Dexter, MN 55926) ONLINE BIDDING AVAILABLE CHECK WEBSITE FOR COMPLETE & UPDATED LISTING & PICTURES

Be on time - we will be selling with 2 rings. We will have approximately 3 hay racks of small items. Very few pallet items. Farm machinery will start selling at 9:30 and the other ring will start at 9:30 selling rack items and pallet items Equipment taken in thru Sat. noon, Dec. 7th, no equipment taken in Dec. 8th thru & including sale day. Sales tax charged on all applicable items - Listing includes several farm lines. TRACTORS: 2007 NH T8050 tractor, mfd, w/duals, wts, power shift, 3454 hrs, 4 remotes 3 pt, pto; 2011 C/IH Magnum 315 tractor, mfwd, 2069 hrs, ps; 2015 JD 6130r tractor, mfwd, 24 spd, auto quad; 2007 C/IH 275 Magnum, mfd, 500 IH auto steer; 2004 JD 8520, 16 speed, ps, ILS 4 hyd. remotes; Farmall M; FARM EQUIP - SPRAYERS - CONST. ITEMS: 2013 Soil Pro 513 Wil Rich ripper, 18’; JD #2700 ripper, 7 shk; IH #6000 disc chisel, 9 shk; DMI Ecolo Tiger #730 disc ripper; 2012 JD #2625 disc, 40’8”; JD #630 disc; 2013 C/IH 200 field cult, 35’; JD #726 30’ mulch finisher; Schaben LA9000 16 r 28% bar; Best Way 750 gal. sprayer, 60’ boom; AC #260 pull scraper; Woods 15’ bat wing mower; TRUCKS - TRAILERS - PICKUPS - CARS - END DUMP - SANDER TRUCK: 2000 Int. 4700 single axle w/20’ van body; 1995 Mack 250 single axle, w/10’ flat bed; 1986 Ford L9000 truck, 3406 Cat, 8 spd; w/sander, side wing; 1997 Raglan 36’ frameless end dump, tandem; 2004 Great Dane 53’ refrigerator trl; 1984 Holden HLB 50’ lowboy trl, quad axle; Constructors 20’ hyd. tilt deck trl, pickups & cars; COMBINES & HEADS: 2002 JD 9550 combine, 3367 eng. 2017 sep. hrs, 2wd, 20’ unload tube, Greenstar yield & moisture; Gleaner F combine & heads; JD #643 corn hd, w/Case adaptor plate; JD #220 flex hd; PLANTERS: 2007 JD 1770 12r30”, dry. Fert, flex fold, vacuum, 350 monitor; 1996 JD 1770 12r30”, liq. Fert; JD 1750 planter, 6r 30”; JD #1240 4 r planter; LIVESTOCK EQUIP: NH 3400S Dura Tank manure spreader, 2 ½ years old; Calumet #2800 liq. Manure tank; HAY EQUIP: 2014 JD 559 round baler, mega wide, wrap; 2015 JD 1330 square baler, tandem axles, Harvest Tec preserve kit; Gehl #420 V rake, 8 wheel; WAGONS & AUGERS: 2005 Brent #1080 grain cart, 1000 bu, 20” auger, scale; M & W 400 bu. gravity wagon, 2 door; (2) Unverferth #630 gravity wagons, left hand unload, 625 bu; Harvest Int. 13” x 68’ auger, swing hopper; Farm Sale #1 - Retirement auction - Moenning Farms - Phn. 507-923-5717 or 507-421-5952 - TRACTORS: 1978 JD 8430, 3 pt, pto, 750 hrs. on complete overhaul; 1975 JD 4630, quad, hyd. front assist; 1971 JD 4620, c/h/a, quick hitch; 1972 JD 4020 w/JD fact. cab, 3 pt, pto, syncro; 1985 Versatile 856 Designation 6, 12 spd, ps, 3 pt; COMBINES - CHOPPERS - HEADS: 2001 JD 9650 walker contour master comb, 18.4 42 tires & duals, Green Star ready, long auger, 3280 eng. & 1978 sep. hrs; 1980 JD 8820 comb. RWA, chopper, 17’ auger; 2008 Drago N8 chopping corn head, auto deck plates, header height control; 1996 JD #893 corn hd, knife rolls, hyd. deck plates; JD #653A corn head, 6r30”, header ht. control; 2003 JD 925F bean head, full finger; 1997 JD #925 bean head, poly snouts; 30’ head trl; JD 5400 chopper, 3200 hrs, 2wd; JD 3 r corn hd for 5400 chopper; JD #443 corn hd, high tin; JD 5 ½’ hay head; GRAIN CART & WAGONS: Brent 520 grain cart, scale; Year Round 550 bu. wagon & gear; (2) Brent 500F Grain Train wagons; other smaller wagons; (3) JD 214 chopper boxes; PLANTER - DRILL - PARTS: JD 7000 16 r 30” planter; Yetter 4 box Seed Jet II seed box system; misc. planter parts; TILLAGE: Krause 4927A rock flex 27’ disc; Deutz-Allis #2500 rock flex disc, 27 ½’; Krause 6150 Landsman XT soil finisher; JD 550 Mulch Master 21’; JD #712 disc chisel, 9 shank; Krause 4241 field cult, 45’; JD 1000 field cult, 24 ½’; Krause 4610 F3 row crop cult, 16r 30”; Krause 4612 F3 12r 30” row crop cult; Krause 4608 F3 8r 30 row crop cult; JD 2800 6x on land plow; IH #315 22’ packer-mulcher; Melroe 60’ pull type drag; SKID LOADER: Bob Cat 610 skid loader, 3718 hrs, (needs motor); SPRAYER: Hardi Navigator NAV 1000 sprayer, 60’ boom; HAY EQUIP: Hesston 4600 in-line baler; NH 495 hay bine, 12’; Ag Bagger G6000, 8’ w/200’ cables, 540 pto; GATOR: JD 825i gator, 4x4, c/h; other misc.; Farm Sale #2 - Virgil Bergene Trust Estate: JD 4020 d tractor, wf, 3 pt; Int 684 d tractor, 540 pto, w/Westendorf loader & bucket; Int. 400 planter, 4 row; Int 720 4x plow; Int. #55 chisel plow; NH #850 round baler; JD #1000 field cult. 3 pt; H & S tedder; Farm King 8’ snow blower; JD grain drill; NH 315 square baler, chute; other misc; Sale #3: consigned by person moving to smaller apartment: Real nice selection of shop and hand tools (two full racks) Sale # 4 Consigned by Kenneth DeWitt Estate: 2015 C/IH 75C tractor, mfd, 3 pt, 1050 hrs, w/C/IH WL-620 self leveling ldr w/84” bucket; Edge High Reach Clipper Model 50504250, 3 pt. (tilts to cut small trees): Consigned by Mower County: 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan; 2001 Ford F-250 pickup, 4x4; 2001 flat bed trl; V plow; several motors; hyd. hammer; welder; misc.

For any questions, call HAMILTON AUCTION COMPANY at 507-584-0133 OFFICE. Website - Terms: Cash or good check. Nothing to be removed until settled for. All announcements the day of the sale take precedence over any advertised material.

Sale conducted by:

HAMILTON AUCTION COMPANY 130 State Hwy 16 • Dexter, MN 55926 Auctioneers: Andrew Hamilton #50-128; Bill Hilton #50-24


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Tell your auctioneer to advertise your auction in The Land LOCATED: 34085 Teal Avenue, Taylors Falls, Minnesota. From Taylors Falls, MN go northwest on Highway 95 (St. Croix Trail ) 4 ½ miles to farm.

EXCELLENT MACHINERY DISPERSAL ON-LINE ONLY AUCTION BIDDING: Sale starts to end on Monday, December 9, 2019 at 7:30 PM. PICK UP & PAYMENT: Tuesday, December 10 from 11:00-2:00. VIEWING: View items at your convenience from December 1-9. FARM IS SOLD: Owner’s are retiring after a lifetime of very successful farming. Machinery is excellent and well-maintained. Field ready. You can buy with confidence! SHARP JD TRACTORS - JD 8320 MFWD Tractor (Serial # RW8320P026688), 4967 hours, 480/80R50” rears w/duals, 380/80R-38” fronts w/duals, 4 hyd outlets; JD 8300 MFWD Tractor (Serial # RW8300P011078), 4795 hours, duals; JD 8560 4x4 Tractor, 6161 hours, 800 hours on new JD motor, 18.8x38” duals, bare back, 4 hyd outlets; Kubota MX5100 Tractor, 422 hours, 3 pt, PTO. EXCELLENT JD COMBINE & HEADS - JD S660 Combine (Serial # 1HOS660SLC0746940), only 899 separator and 1430 engine hours; JD 608C Chopping Corn Head, single point hook up; JD 625F Flex Head, single point hook up; (2) UM HT25 Head Carts. SPRING EQUIPMENT: JD 1750 8RN Planter, liquid fert, 3 bu seed boxes, Martin trash whips; JD 1530 No-Till Drill w/1530 cart; JD 10’ Grain Drill, DD, grass seed; Krause TL6200 24’ Field Finisher; Sunflower 5035-28 Field Cultivator w/4-bar harrow; Sunflower 4212-11 Disk Chisel w/buster bar; JD 637 26’5” Rock Flex Disk; UM 1225 Folding Rolling Harrow on trans; Hardi 500 gal Sprayer, 60’ hyd folding booms, tall tires. FARM MACHINERY: (2) Unverferth 530 Gravity Boxes, 22.5 tires, brakes; (2) Minnesota 400 Gravity Boxes, 16.5-16.1 tires; Parker 300 Gravity Box; EZ Trail Seed Wagon w/ Brush Auger & Roll Tarp; Brandt 1060 PTO Auger, swing hopper, hyd lift (like new); JD 24T Baler. CATTLE TRAILER: Featherlite Aluminum Gooseneck 7x20 Cattle Trailer, 1-owner. MISC FARM ITEMS: Bison 8’ All Angle Rear Blade; Poly Hydraulic Brush Auger; 3 pt Bale Fork; Hiniker 7’ Pickup Snow Plow; Wood Poles; Very few small items.

TERMS: 5% Buyer’s fee. Cash or bankable check. SEE FULL LISTING:



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‘15 JD 690, 4x4, 1745/1160 sep hrs, CM,chopper, 650x38 tires & duals ............... $179,000 ‘14 JD 680, 2211 Eng/1561 sep hrs, CM, chopper, 650x38 duals .......................... $109,000 ‘13 JD 660, 892/1180 CM, chopper duals ............................................................. $129,000 ‘04 JD 9760, 2268/3460 CM, chopper duals ............................................................... $50,000 ‘01 JD 9650 STS, 3014/4325 CM, chopper, duals................................................. $37,000 ‘00 JD 9650 STS, 2645/3623 chopper, duals ................................................................ $37,000 ‘01 JD 9750 STS, 3013/4156 CM, chopper, duals................................................. $39,000 ‘14 Case/IH 5130, 660/926, Tracker, Rt, chopper.................................................... $125,000 ‘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


‘90 Ford 876, 8523 hrs duals ............................... $24,500 ‘15’ Case/lH 370 HD, 895 hrs, 1000 PTO, full guidance, 4850 tires & duals .................. $169,000 ‘14 Case/IH 370 HD, 7065 hrs, 1000 PTO duals ................................................................ $75,000 ‘08 Case Steiger 435, 2460 hrs, power-shift, complete auto steer system, 800x38 duals... ................................ $108,000


‘14 Case 350 Rowtrac, 1865 hrs, 120” spacing, 1000 PTO ....................................... $149,000 ‘15 Challenger MT 765E, 2217 hrs, 3 pt, 1000 PTO, 25” tracks, 72”-88” spacing... .............. $110,000 ‘15 Challenger MT 765E, 972 hrs, 3 pt, 1000 PTO, 25” tracks, standard gauge, 72”-88” spacing............................................. $149,000 ‘15 Challenger MT 755E, 965 hrs, 3 pt, 1000 PTO, 25” tracks, standard gauge, 72”-88” spacing............................................. $145,000


‘08 CAT 12M VHP, 3568 hrs, 14’ blade ............... $100,000


‘11 Case 580N, 4x4 cab 2540 hrs ........................ $42,000


‘14 NH T8330, 2140 hrs, MFWD 1000 pts, 3 pt 4 Valves, 380x54 rear tires & duals, 320x42 front tires & duals .................... $97,000 ‘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


‘09 Drago 6R, 30” chopping fits JD...................... $17,500 ‘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 Case/IH 1083 8R, 30”.............................................. $7,900


‘10 Kawasaki 65 ZV-2, 6510 hrs with 2.5 yd bucket................................................... $54,000 ‘12 Volvo 50F, 5785 hrs, QC, 2 yd bucket............ $65,000 ‘13 Kawasaki 8027, 5533 hrs, cab, air, quick coupler w/ 4.25 yd bucket, 23.5Rx25 tires ...................... $89,000 ‘13 Case 821F, 6485 hrs, quick coupler, 4.5 yd bucket, aux. hyd. ................................. $77,000 ‘17 Case 621GXR, 3860 hrs, ride control, quick coupler, 4 yd bucket... .......................... $89,000


‘11 JD 290GLC, 3347 hrs, 12’6” stick, 42” bucket ..................................................... $120,000 ‘11 Case CX300C, 2658 hrs, 12’ stick, 54” bucket ..................................................... $117,000


‘17 Case CX57C, cab & air, 333 hrs rubber tracks ................................................... $50,000 ‘11 Bobcat E45EM, cab & air, 2965 hrs, rubber tracks ................................................... $30,000


Set of steel tracks to fit JD 9600-9660 Combines .................................... $3,500


JD 512, 5 shank disc ripper ................................... $8,500 ‘10 Wishek 862NT-30, disc 30’ rock flex, good blades...$24,000

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

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FARM EQUIPMENT FOR SALE ‘17 JD Gator TS, 4X2, bed lift, 500 hrs ............ $5,250 ‘15 JD 7230R, IVT transmission, front suspension, 380/90R54 duals, front weights. 2255 hrs .... $109,500 ‘15 Case 621F, XR extended reach wheel loader, coupler, bucket, ride control, 8200 hrs, just serviced ........................................................... $65,000 ‘15 Case SV270, skid steer loader, cab w/ heat and air, air ride seat, E-H controls, 72” bucket 1550 hrs .................................................................... $24,000 12 JD 608C, 8X30 stalkmaster chopping cornhead ......................................................... $26,500 ‘13 JD 635F, flexible platform ......................... $13,500 ‘11 Brent 1082 grain cart, 900/60R32 single tires, scale, roll tarp, nice condition ............................ $26,000 ‘13 Summers Superroller, 45’ land roller, nice condition. ......................................................... $21,000 ‘96 JD 8100 MFWD, new 18.4R46 rear duals, new 16.9R30 front tires, 7700 hrs, just through service program............................................................ $48,000 ‘90 JD 4755, 2WD, powershift, 14.9R46 duals, 6230 hrs. ................................................................... $26,000

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NEW NH T4.75, T4.90, T4.120 w/loader.. ...... On Hand NEW NH Workmaster 60, 50, 35’s/loaders ... On Hand NEW NH T9.645 ............................................. On Hand NEW Massey 4710 w/cab and loader ........... On Hand NEW Massey 4710 rops/loader..................... On Hand NEW Massey 6713 w/cab and loader ........... On Hand NEW Massey 1735 w/cab and loader ........... On Hand NEW Versatile 610 ......................................... On Hand NEW Versatile 570DT trac .................................Just In ‘13 NH T8.275, 495 hrs ................................. $145,000 ‘12 Buhler 280..................................................$99,500 ‘09 Versatile 435 3000 hrs ............................ $128,000 ‘08 NH 8010 .................................................. $110,000 ‘08 Agco RT 155A ........................................... $86,500 ‘03 Versatile 2310, PS ..................................... $79,500 ‘96 White 6175 FWA....................................... $41,500 White 2-135 ..................................................... $13,900



CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT NEW NH E26C mini excavator ...................... On Hand NEW NH track & wheeled skidsteers............ On Hand NEW NH L228/L220/L232 wheeled units ...... On Hand NEW NH C227/C237 track units.................... On Hand ‘06 JD 332 trac/cab h/a................................... $24,500


NEW Fantini chopping cornhead ........................... Call ‘15 Gleaner S88 ............................................ $230,000 ‘12 Gleaner S77 ............................................ $200,000 ‘03 Gleaner R65, CDF ..................................... $85,000 ‘98 Gleaner R62 .............................................. $76,500 ‘98 Gleaner R62 .............................................. $70,000 Gleaner 3308 chopping corn heads ...................... Call TILLAGE Geringhoff parts & heads available ‘14 Sunflower 4412-05.....................................$30,000 ‘13 Wilrich QX2 60’FC w/Bskt......................... $47,500 MISCELLANEOUS ‘10 Sunflower 4412-07 .................................... $24,000 ‘10 Wilrich QX2 37’ w/basket.......................... $38,500 NEW Salford RTS Units .......................................... Call ‘09 Wilrich QX 55’5 w/bskt.............................. $37,500 NEW Salford Plows................................................. Call ‘05 CIH 730b cush. w/leads............................ $16,500 NEW Unverferth Seed Tenders .............................. Call ‘03 NH ST250 40’FC w/Bskt ........................... $30,500 NEW Westfield Augers ........................................... Call ‘95 JD 726, 30’ ................................................ $19,500 NEW REM VRX Vacs. .............................................. Call JD 512 9-24 blades ......................................... $12,500 NEW Hardi Sprayers............................................... Call JD 512 7-30 blades ............................................$8,500 NEW Riteway Rollers .............................................. Call NEW Lorenz Snowblowers ..................................... Call PLANTERS ‘15 White 9816FS 16-30 w/Agleader .............. $83,500 NEW Batco Conveyors ........................................... Call ‘12 White 8186, 16-30 w/liq. fert. .................... $53,000 NEW Brent Wagons & Grain Carts ......................... Call ‘11 White 8516 CFS, Loaded .......................... $75,000 NEW E-Z Trail Seed Wagons .................................. Call ‘06 White 8516 cfs .......................................... $54,000 NEW Rock Buckets & Pallet Forks ......................... Call ‘05 White 8182 12-30 w/liq ............................. $22,900 REM 2700, Rental ................................................... Call JD 7200 8-30 w/dry fert ..................................... $7,500 Pre-Owned Grain Cart ................................... On Hand White 6122 w/bean unit ................................. $12,500 New Horsch Jokers ....................................... On Hand

All Equipment available with Low Rate Financing (507) 234-5191 (507) 625-8649 Hwy. 14, 3 miles West of Janesville, MN

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40 Square Cooperative Solution ......................................................................11 Albert Lee Seed House ...................................................................................24 Anderson Seeds ..............................................................................................17 Beck's Hybrids ..................................................................................... 1, 20, 21 C & C Roof ing ..............................................................................................15 Carol Anderson ..............................................................................................35 CornerPost Marketing ..................................................................................... 7 Courtland Waste ............................................................................................13 Dairyland Seed Co .........................................................................................18 Fladeboe Land ...............................................................................................34 Greenwald Farm Center ..................................................................................38 Hager Auction Service ...................................................................................37 Hamilton Auction ...........................................................................................36 Henslin .............................................................................................. 30, 32, 37 K & S Millwrights Inc ..................................................................................... 4 Keith Bode .....................................................................................................38 Kerkhoff .................................................................................................. 33, 35 Koberoski Law ...............................................................................................31 Land Resource management ...........................................................................32 LandProz .......................................................................................................33 Larson Brothers Implement ............................................................................38 Mabus Agency ................................................................................................ 9 Matt Maring Auction Co ........................................................................... 33, 35 Mealman Wendy .............................................................................................. 6 MFCP-YMT Vacations ...................................................................................29 Pioneer .................................................................................................... 22, 23 Pruess Elevator ..............................................................................................38 Renk Seed ......................................................................................................17 Ronald Kuehl .................................................................................................34 Rush River Steel & Trim ................................................................................10 Schweiss ........................................................................................................39 Smiths Mill ....................................................................................................39 Southwest MN K-Fence ..................................................................................12 Spanier Welding .............................................................................................. 5 Steffes Group ............................................................................... 30, 31, 33, 34 Syngenta ......................................................................................................... 3 US Elevator & Feed Mill ................................................................................. 8 Wieman Land & Auction ................................................................................34 Wingert..........................................................................................................35

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This week’s Back Roads is the work of The Land Staff Writer Kristin Kveno. Photos by Pat Christman.

Art on a grand scale


he Ardent Mills facility in Mankato, Minn. was established in 1876. A fixture in the area since that time, the mill features eight 122-foot grain silos which stand tall along the banks of the Minnesota River. The steel-gray colored concrete structures have seemingly blended in with the surroundings for decades, until now. The CityArt committee, comprised from the Twin Rivers Council for the Arts and the City Center Partnership had been searching for ideas for incorporating art onto the Ardent Mills silos. The silos are still in operation, so that had to be taken into consideration when deciding the type of visual art that would be best suited for the project. The mill adjacent to the silos, according to the Ardent Mills website, has a daily capacity of 990,000 pounds of flour. The mill is thriving in providing jobs in Mankato — utilizing wheat grown by area farmers and producing flour that is distributed around the region, Canada and the Dominican Republic. The CityArt committee came across the works of Guido van Helten, an internationallyrenowned artist from Australia whose largescale murals on various structures around the world evoke emotion by the veracity and connectedness of his art.

Mankato, Minn.

The committee then worked on fundraising efforts with Ardent Mills matching the donations to bring van Helten and his talents to greater Mankato. After visiting Mankato two times and working with local photographer Sara Hughes — as well as meeting with local native and non-native community leaders — van Helten came up with his vision for the mural and began painting in October. Van Helten’s aim is to capture the heart of the community in which he creates his mural art for. The Ardent Mills silos is one of the largest murals he’s painted. Van Helten is focusing on the diversity of the people and rich history of the area. As the mural is taking shape, the spirit of a Native American child is exquisitely painted with photographylike precision. While van Helten’s murals are monochromatic pieces, it adds to the depth and breadth of the art, providing more a lifelike appearance. As the mural continues to be created, it will unveil the very essence of what van Helten is trying to capture. The silos can be seen from U.S. Highways 14 and 169 in Mankato. The mural will stand as an artful testament to the true grit, resolve and beauty of the people in this area. v

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