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In December of 2019 I attended way beyond my “ordinary perceptions.” GreenSeam’s Rural Forum dinner in Vast Self may just be hitching up with Mankato. The featured speaker that evePETA to get a piece of the $50 million ning was Richard “Rick” Berman, pie; but to quote Lowell George, “To a boy President of Berman and Company, a from the woods this don’t sound so good.” Washington, DC-based public affairs firm A couple of days later I read a story by specializing in research, communications Donnelle Eller of the Des Moines Register and creative advertising. titled, “Charges dropped against animal Berman’s message that evening was a rights activitist who secretly filmed Iowa LAND MINDS wake-up call for agriculture to pay attenpigs being killed.” tion to the anti-ag messages permeating Eller’s story states, “a northeast Iowa By Paul Malchow print, visual and social media. Most of county attorney has dropped trespass these efforts are quite subtle, Berman charges against an animal rights activwarned, yet have a definite impact on ist who secretly filmed a company the public’s perception of ag products destroying thousands of pigs it was unable to send — especially meat. He said unless agriculture to packinghouses during last spring’s coronavirus mounted their own campaigns to dispel anti-ag shutdowns.” myths, the grocery-buying public will support those Grundy County Attorney Erica Allen filed the myths which will turn into habits — and eventually motion at the request of West Des Moines-based — truths. Iowa Select. (Iowa Select is the nation’s fourthAmerica’s appetite for meat has been an agricullargest pork producer). ture battleground for generations now, but the “Iowa Select … has denied any wrongdoing and financial stakes are getting higher all of the time. said it worked with veterinarians to determine how This is probably why I’m seeing more press releases best to destroy the animals it was unable to slaughdealing with farm and animal security. ter,” Eller wrote. “(Iowa Select) asked that the Most anyone who has owned animals for profit or charges be dropped because it ‘cannot be distracted pleasure is familiar with PETA (People for the by individuals who choose to break the law and Ethical Treatment of Animals). PETA makes no grandstand.’» bones about using controversial methods to create Pursuing the trespassing charge in court would splashy headlines in the name of “animal rights.” have put Iowa Select employees and owner Jeff One of PETA’s standard guerilla tactics is to release Hansen on the stand to defend not only the euthacontained animals into the wild where, ironically, nasia of the pigs, but the company’s general practicthey are left to starve or die from exposure. es as well. At best, a public relations nightmare. Ethical treatment indeed. Yet in 2019 PETA took But while big corporations have long been targets in revenues exceeding $50 million. of espionage and hidden camera-toting activists, A couple of weeks ago I read an email titled, there is a growing concern these activists may be “PETA owns a secret to ending animal farming and coming to a farm near you. The Covid-19 pandemic other unfortunate animal-human relationships.” has created a surge in farm-to-table public interest The article stated Vast Self Public Charity and consumers buying their food directly from the announced the sharing of a newfound secret grower. with PETA which will help end animal farming and During a recent Dairy Business Association’s annuother unfortunate relationships between humans al conference, Hannah Thompson-Weeman voiced and animals currently protected by the law. concerns over animal rights activists’ access to farms Now there’s an attention-getter. and warned of the need to protect against it. A little Google digging revealed Vast Self Corp is a Thompson-Weeman is the vice president of stratepublic charity whose “mission is world peace and gic engagement at Animal Agriculture Alliance, a happiness. This is achieved by demonstrating that nonprofit organization working to “bridge the comour ordinary perceptions are mistaken.” Vast Self munication gap between farm and fork.” She says in does not go into detail as to why their perceptions the age of activism, some resort to extreme meaare spot-on. sures, going undercover on farms whether as a visiAnyway, Vast Self’s “newfound secret” is based on tor, customer or employee. “the fact that the senses of most humans cannot Thompson-Weeman suggests when farmers perceive that they and animals are the same self. receive a visit request to search for their profiles on Since humans and animals are the same self, social media. “You can tell a lot about a person by humans cannot ‘own’ animals. Ending animal farm- posts and photos,” she said. “Be careful. There are ing by reversing the view that animals can be prop- such things as fake profiles. So, search for people erty will bring great benefit to humans, animals, with Google or other search engines. Of course, not and the environment,” Vast Self claims. everything on social media is true, so try an oldI’m no Rhodes scholar and this philosophy goes See LAND MINDS, pg. 4




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Life on the Farm: Readers’ Photos

Hartland, Minnesota’s Al Batt sent in a supply of photos showing visitors you might find at your feeder this winter. At top left is a black capped chickadee and next to him is a red bellied woodpecker. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, few bird feeders are complete without the resident fox squirrel (bottom left).

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Brown County resident Rose Wurtzberger sent in a couple of photos she took of farms in Sigel Township. Her other photo graces the cover of this edition of The Land.

Even small farms should be cautious of visitors, employees LAND MINDS, from pg. 2 fashioned approach: call. Talk to them verbally. Being able to ask questions not only provides a clear picture of what the customer wants, but also requires them to answer quickly.

Sometimes that exercise alone can provide you with a sense of the person’s motives.” Thompson-Weeman also suggests to meet off the farm. Consider delivering farm products to a neutral location






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such as a local gas station or grocery store parking lot. This allows safety for both farmer and consumer to complete the transaction. If you must have customers, employees or visitors on the farm, use a check-in procedure complete with visitor identification badges. Consider visitor escorts while customers are on the farm. Set up times for customers, allowing for one visitor at a time. Make sure areas like office doors, file cabinets and animal product storage are locked down. If your farm is hiring new employees, Thompson-Weeman urges you to screen job applicants and check references. “Is your candidate over-educated or inappropriately educated for the job they are applying for? Does their license and other information contrast with the background they’ve shared with you or their past work history? If something doesn’t feel right, explore it further,” Thompson-Weeman said. “If hired for seasonal or full-time work, monitor new employees, making sure they leave the farm after a shift and stay away from restricted areas.” The Dairy Calf and Heifer Association has scheduled a webinar, “Consumer Perceptions and Animal Welfare Considerations.” It takes place on March 2 at 1 p.m. “Animal welfare is an ever-increasing concern for our consumers,” DCHA says in a release announcing the webinar. “In a world where we have end-

less dietary options and choices, we must build consumer trust around our farming practices. Animal welfare and calf care specifically, are highly sensitive topics for consumers. We will discuss consumer insights around production animal agriculture and dive into specific future considerations for management, diet, health treatments, housing and more.” If interested in registering for the webinar, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/ webinar/register/WN_n0WSE72vTTqCPpC9gCZTbg. Can you be a farmer and an animal activist? The farmers I’ve ever known knew the importance of animals to their livelihood and work long days to ensure their animals’ well-being. A healthy animal is a productive animal and an asset to the farm. True, there are instances where animals are mistreated, but it’s wrong to condemn an entire profession for the practices of a few. It is also true that few farm animals die of old age. It’s a valuable lesson every farm kid learns early on. If you want to eat meat, cheese and eggs, and if you want to drink milk, this is where it comes from. It involves imposing our will over the “rights” of animals. Does this make us cruel monsters? If so, I guess heaven is full of vegans. Paul Malchow is the managing editor of The Land. He may be reached at editor@TheLandOnline.com. v


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Livestock processing: The best way to start is to start Forty years ago, two editors step in the long process happened in at Successful Farming magazine, Gene plain view of government regulators who Johnston and Dean Houghton, won most either blessed these unions outright or major ag journalism awards with a story ordered minor conditions for the deals to titled, “Who will kill the hogs?” be approved. The piece (not available online) tracked a Then, in early 2010, the Obama new, potent shift just beginning to hit the Administration announced the U.S. 600,000 hog farmers in the United States. Department of Justice, along with U.S. Local meatpackers were being squeezed Department of Agriculture leaders, would FARM & FOOD FILE sponsor a series of “workshops … to disfor hogs and markets by other, aggressive packers who were buying competitors to cuss competition and regulatory issues in By Alan Guebert shutter them and build new, huge, highthe agriculture industry.” The key tarly-efficient slaughtering plants. get was meatpackers. The story was a clanging bell that a Farmers, ranchers, farm and comsector-rattling shakeout was underway and few had modity group officials, industry experts, and conany idea of who would be left standing when the sumer groups eagerly told bureaucrats how the bloodletting was over. “dynamics of competition in agriculture markets” affected their farms, businesses, food and communiWe, of course, now know. What’s left is a handful ties. of massive packers and not enough hog farmers to fill a university basketball arena. The result was … well, not much — because there was little anyone could do. In truth, we knew this within 10 years of the magazine story. By the early 1990s, major stockyards No antitrust laws, in fact, had been broken by the like Omaha, Kansas City and Chicago were falterpackers or the shrinking number of machinery coming as packers moved to buy hogs “direct” from panies, seed sellers, fertilizer suppliers, grain buygrowers rather than the more-costly stockyard ers, and food retailers examined in the hearings. “commission houses.” Their climb from being just a cog in the ag machine That new strategy was made easier since 400,000 to becoming the ag machine was, they explained, hog farmers had exited the business in just the pre- simply the market at work. vious decade. (Until recently, anyway, when several meatpackIn the mid-1990s, this column and other publications pointed to how the now-powerful packers had integrated hog production into their business model to lock-in ready supplies and consistent quality in OWATONNA, Minn. — With regard to the current their 24/7/365 search for efficiency and profit. event capacity restrictions in Minnesota, Tradexpos By the early 2000s, with the takeover of pork now Inc. has cancelled the 2021 North American Farm complete, the packers began to buy each other. For and Power Show scheduled for March 18, 19 and 20. example, in 2001, Tyson Foods (principally a poultry Show Director Brock Nelson said, “We’ve held off on integrator) bought the big beef packer IBP for $3.2 making this decision for as long as possible, but it’s billion. important to us that our exhibitors have enough Again, none of this occurred in the dark. Every advanced notice to adjust their marketing plans and


ers, Tyson included, agreed to settle civil lawsuits filed by meat buyers who alleged some packers engaged in market manipulation which drove up buyers’ costs.) Which brings us, again, to calls for the Biden Administration to break up highly integrated and concentrated ag sectors like meatpacking. How? There is no definitive plan, but you can bet the packers will fight in the courts and Congress to prevent one chicken leg or a single pig’s ear to be taken from them without legal cause. And rightly so. We may dislike or even hate Big Meat; but slicing them up looks like a very, very long shot indeed. A better investment of time and talent is for the federal and state governments to shower their favoritism — grants, low interest loans, waived meat inspection fees, zoning assistance, and the like — to foster new, smaller, community-based competitors into the meat game. For this to work, however, will take time. Remember, it took the Big Boys decades to get where they are today, so it will take years before the field tilts anywhere near level again. But the best way to start is to start. Hearings should focus on the future, not the past. v

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As individuals, we all decide what to put into our pockets

You never know what you might find in similar tale. When she recently cleaned a farm kid’s pockets. Pockets hold a out her purse she had a knife, duct tape, child’s most precious treasures, even if and twine string! Stuck in the wrong it’s just a rock. My daughter Cora, much place at the wrong time and I’d be bringlike Cinderella, has pocketed many of her ing her a file in a cake! animal friends, including toads and Pockets, in my opinion, are the unsung worms. I have pictures of her with kitheroes of the fashion industry. In more tens in her pockets as well as her boots. primitive times, pockets were more utiliMy boys always puff their chests out and tarian and weren’t sewn into the lining DEEP ROOTS strut a little when they are armed with a of the modest attire but worn around the pocket knife. I’ve sent more pocket knives By Whitney Nesse neck in the form of a pouch. I bet those through the washing machine than I can pouches saved many surprises of forgotcount. With the number of bullets that have gone ten pocket treasures during laundry day! through my washing machine, one might think that 1 Samuel 17 tells the account of the importance of I had taken up a new hobby of washing .22 shells! pockets when we read the story of David and I’ve learned to check and double-check the pockets Goliath. of my kids after they have been riding in the tractor David, the youngest of eight sons, who was in with their Uncle Bud during harvest season. Uncle Bud has been known to fill up the kids’ pockets (not charge of his father’s flocks of sheep, was likely the boy who always had his pockets full of treasures. just one or two, but every pocket he can find) with When David was out tending sheep, he probably soybeans or corn. came across all sorts of pocket-worthy riches like My Aunt Kathy has a hilarious recollection of a arrowheads and spearheads, coins, and of course, time when she forgot to check her then toddler, rocks. Leah’s, pockets. Leah had spent the morning helpDavid was always armed with his slingshot when ing my Dad, Mark, with pig chores many years ago. tending the flocks of his father’s sheep. We are told Kathy had dropped little Leah off to “help” Uncle in verse 36 of 1 Samuel 17 that David had defended Mark with chores. Unbeknownst to Kathy, my Dad was docking tails that morning. Leah found it amus- his father’s sheep against both bears and lions by striking them down and killing them. ing to pick up those little black, pink and rust-colored tail ends and pocket them. Later on, Kathy was When the time came, David spoke out against washing Leah’s barn clothes. She opened the washGoliath to the Israelite armies, inquiring which of ing machine mid cycle and much to her surprise she the Israelites would go against him. David’s words found dozens of tail stubs that looked like worms spread like wildfire and reached King Saul in no floating in her washing machine! A startling sight time. King Saul summoned David and David courafor her, to say the least. geously offered to go out and fight against Goliath the Philistine — reminding King Saul of his bouts Last week I was standing at my kitchen counter, with lions and bears in which he was always the emptying the pockets of my barn jacket and bib victor. King Saul agreed to allow David to take on overalls before throwing them in the wash. As my pocket paraphernalia was laid out before me, I real- the Philistine. However, before David went out to confront Goliath, Saul gave David his suit of armor, Please readIattached emailrather incriminating items ized that had some that could lead a person to believe that I was work- helmet and coat of mail. David respectfully tried ing in a far different profession than farming! I had ALREADY ON AD THE LAND and FREE PRESS 3.7461 x ” a razor blade for cutting net wrap, a syringe and extra needles for treating cattle, a lighter for our recent brush fire, a flashlight, and some odd screws. HAMPTON, Iowa — Rural residents and those Caught by the wrong person, I could be looking at who associate with them are encouraged to partake jail time! I shared my amusement with a friend in a webinar series called “Rural Resiliency: Caring who also farms and she said that her purse tells a for You and Yours.” The series takes place from 7:30-


them out but replied to King Saul (in verse 39) “I cannot go with these for I have not tested them.” So David put them off. Then David, armed with his slingshot and five smooth stones from the brook (which he put in his pocket) took on and defeated Goliath in the name of the Lord. Saul had a mold which he tried to fit David into — the mold of a warrior, fully suited in armor. David tried to fit into that mold, but he didn’t. It was clumsy and ill fitting, not uniquely tailored to David. Had David chosen to go forth in a mold that wasn’t fitted to him, he would surely have been defeated. God had presented David with the earlier challenges of defending his father’s flocks of sheep against lions and bears. God was preparing David during these battles against wild animals for his battle with Goliath. David knew God and trusted that the Lord would deliver a victory to the one who would stand up to Goliath. David’s approach to battle was unique. So unique in fact that his opponent made fun of him. Little did Goliath know, David used his uniqueness to show the world the living God. David announced that he came against the Philistine in the name of the Lord and that the battle belonged to the Lord. The contents of his pocket, quirky as they were, delivered a fatal blow to the giant. The battle indeed belonged to the Lord and the Lord used David, His servant, to bring victory. Humanity does not have a one size fits all mold. Our uniqueness is as evident as the contents of our pockets. Looking through David’s pockets, I would have pegged him as a rock collector, not a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22). Our uniqueness is used to show the world the living God. It’s also a good reminder to check pockets before doing the laundry. Whitney Nesse is a sixth-generation livestock farmer who is deeply rooted in her faith and family. She writes from her central Minnesota farm. v

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8:45 p.m. on four consecutive Tuesday evenings, March 2, 9, 16 and 23. “This webinar series is a discussion starter and healthy mindset promoter for dealing with rural behavioral and brain health, communication skills and relationship enrichment for self, marriage and families,” according to program speaker Larry Tranel, a pastoral psychologist and ISU Extension and Outreach dairy specialist. Local churches or ag businesses are encouraged to host a community site, following COVID restrictions, to allow farmers and interested rural associates to

come together for group discussion and support. Sessions are as follows: March 2 — “Farm Stress Resiliency and Grief;” March 9 — “Personality Keys When ‘Married’ to Farm Stress;” March 16 — “Dealing with the Stresses of Men, Women and Children;” and March 23 — “Brain and Behavioral Health ‘Hacks’ to Mitigate Distress.” Register for the series at http://www.aep.iastate. edu/stress. Questions about the program can be directed to Larry Tranel at (563) 583-6496 or tranel@ iastate.edu. This article was submitted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. v


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Pansies are perfect indoor starters for spring One variety of seeds that gardeners or blue, but is most often seen with a may start growing indoors are for panvariety of colors in a single bloom and sies. This lovely member of the violet with or without black lines radiating out family has flowers which look a little like from the center (which is usually yellow). faces. Pansies thrive in all but the hottest “Swiss Giants” are a well-known variety part of the growing season and survives with large colorful blooms. Pansy bloseven then with sufficient watering. soms are edible, so they are safe to grow around children and pets. The name “pansy” is thought to come GREEN AND GROWING from the French word pensée meaning a Pansy seeds are very tiny and should thought or remembrance. Today’s pansies be planted six to eight weeks before the By Linda G. Tenneson expected last frost. However, starting were formed when English gardeners began to cultivate and cross breed them earlier will result in bloomthem in the 1800s and created the ing plants that are not too large to five-petaled bloom we are familiar manage indoors. Pansies can withwith. Those breeders started with stand some cold temperatures or the various kinds of violas which light frosts and may be moved outhave been known since 400 B.C. doors earlier than other annuals. Breeders are still working with When planting, barely cover the pansies; so new colors and varietseeds with soil and keep it moist. ies will appear in the catalogs. In A plastic cover is one way to prethis area, pansies are annuals; but serve moisture while the seeds are the plant may be moved indoors germinating which may take two and held over winter. or three weeks. Remove the covers once the first sets of leaves appear. Place the Pansy blossoms range from one to four inches in young plants in individual pots once they have width. They love full sun but will grow in semigrown a second set of leaves. shade. The plant does not grow very tall, but will spread and has attractive leaves with notches on Pansies may be grown in outdoor beds set about them. The petals may be a single color, often yellow six inches apart or planted under larger annuals or

perennials, providing an interesting contrast to other plants. They are often planted in between spring bulbs and will begin blooming as tulips and other bulbs are dying back. Pansies suffer from a few diseases such as root rot, leaf spot and mildew. These problems may be avoided if the plants are watered at the soil level keeping the leaves as dry as possible. Aphids, spider mites and slugs may eat the leaves. However, those pests have attacked my pansies much less frequently than other flowers. On a side note,the Benton County Extension Master Gardeners’ gardening seminar is schedule for April 15 at 7 p.m. Entitled “Ornamental Invasive Plants,” the event is free; but online registration is required at z.umn.edu/SpringSeminar. Registrants will receive a link to the event by email the day before. The program will include: What is a native and non-native plant; why and how invasive plants succeed; how they were introduced into our environment; what to do with those already in our yards; and how to stop their spread. Additional information may be obtained at www. extension.umn.edu/Benton or by calling (800) 9644929. Linda G. Tenneson is a University of Minnesota master gardener and tree care advisor. v

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Bundle up these wraps for an easy meal 1 tablespoon shredded cheddar cheese There’s nothing like taking some delicious filling and putting it in a wrap, rollHeat a frying pan to medium heat. In a small ing it up and devouring it. Wraps are a bowl, whisk together the eggs and sour cream. simple and easy way to eat on the run or The sour cream makes the eggs fluffy! Pour the around the table with family. Here are eggs into the pan and top with bacon bits. some of my favorite recipes, so whether Scramble the eggs in the pan. Once they are you’re in the mood to begin your day with cooked, remove from the heat and top with a wrap in the morning or finish up the shredded cheese. Meanwhile, spread the day with a wrap in the evening, you can’t laughing cow cheese wedge on the Flatout COOKING go wrong either way. wrap. Place the cooked bacon and egg mix in WITH KRISTIN the center of the wrap and roll it up. Cut in half Why start your day with dry toast when you can By Kristin Kveno and enjoy! properly greet the morning with a cheesy egg and n bacon burrito? Enjoy it leisurely at the kitchen table or take it wherever you need to go. This is a quick way to fill you up and When I was a teenager, some of the best memories I had were begin your day off right. from days out with my mom at the Southdale Shopping Center in Edina, Minn. Sure, we had a mall closer to us, but Southdale at Bacon and Egg Breakfast Wrap that time to me was the pinnacle of cool, sophistication and home Bacon and Egg Breakfast Wrap - Alex Daynes to one of my very favorite restaurants: P.F. Chang’s. There was 1 Flatout wrap nothing like ending a day of shopping with some delicious 2 eggs Chinese food. It wouldn’t be a dining experience at P.F. Chang’s 1 tablespoon sour cream without having the chicken lettuce wraps. The ground chicken 1 tablespoon bacon bits impeccably spiced, the crunch of the chestnuts wrapped in fresh Laughing Cow lite cheese wedge lettuce made the perfect day out with my mom complete. I’ve discovered this recipe that tastes just like the real deal, so if you’re in the mood for a light appetizer then give these wraps a try.

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

P.F. Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps {Copycat Recipe} - Averie Cooks

1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon sesame oil 1 pound ground chicken (I’ve also used ground turkey with good results) 1 medium/large sweet Vidalia or yellow onion, diced small 1/3 cup hoisin sauce 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar 1 tablespoon Asian chili garlic sauce, or to taste (sriracha may be substituted) 3 cloves garlic, finely minced or pressed 1 teaspoon ground ginger or 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger, or to taste one 8-ounce can water chestnuts, drained and diced small 2 to 3 green onions, sliced into thin rounds 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste butter lettuce leaves, for serving To a large skillet, add the oils, chicken and cook over mediumhigh heat until chicken is cooked through; stir intermittently to crumbly while cooking. Add the onion, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, chili garlic sauce, stir to combine and cook for about 5 minutes, or until onion is soft and translucent and most of the liquid has been absorbed; stir intermittently. Add the garlic, ginger, stir to combine and cook for about 1 minute, or until fragrant. Add the water chestnuts, green onions, salt and pepper to taste and cook for about 2 minutes, or until tender. Taste filling and make any necessary flavor adjustments, like more soy sauce, hoisin, pepper, etc. Spoon about 1/4 cup of the mixture into the lettuce leaves to serve. n Since most of us aren’t doing much traveling, enjoying a triedand-true Philly cheesesteak in Philadelphia isn’t going to happen anytime soon. Here’s a tasty alternative to the traditional Philly

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Philly Cheesesteak Wraps

Best Philly Cheesesteak Wraps Recipe-How To Make Philly Cheesesteak Wraps—Delish.com 1 pound flank steak 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil kosher salt freshly ground black pepper 1 white or red onion, thinly sliced 1 green bell pepper, thinly sliced 8 slices provolone 4 large whole wheat tortilla wraps Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brush steak with oil and season with salt and pepper on both sides. Cook steak until pink just disappears in the middle, 6 to 8 minutes on each side. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest, 5 minutes. Meanwhile, in the same skillet, cook onions and peppers until tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low. Thinly slice steak across the grain and transfer back to skillet. Top with provolone and cover until cheese is melty, 2 to 3 minutes. Fill tortillas with steak mixture, wrap tightly and serve. n I love any recipe that has the name slow cooker in the title. Throwing something in the slow cooker in the morning and letting it do all the work while I enjoy the delicious aroma all day makes me happy. This wrap recipe marries the slow cooker pulled pork and the tangy crunch of the coleslaw.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Wraps with Coleslaw

Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork Wraps with Coleslaw Recipe BettyCrocker.com 1 boneless pork roast (4 pounds) 1 bottle (18 ounces) barbecue sauce 1 / 2 head green cabbage, shredded 2 large carrots, shredded (1 cup) 3 / 4 cup mayonnaise 1 / 2 cup buttermilk 3 tablespoons sugar 1 - 1 / 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar 1 tablespoon lime juice 1 / 2 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 / 4 teaspoon onion powder 1 / 4 teaspoon ground mustard 1 / 4 teaspoon salt 1 / 4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 2 4 (8-inch) flour tortillas Place pork in 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker; pour one bottle barbecue sauce over top. Cover, cook on low heat setting 9 to 10 hours. Thirty minutes before pork is done, in large bowl, toss cabbage and carrots until mixed. In small bowl, mix remaining ingredients except tortillas with whisk until sugar is dissolved. Pour over cabbage mixture; toss until coated. Transfer pork roast to bowl. Shred pork, using two forks. Skim fat off surface barbecue sauce liquid in slow cooker; pour over shredded pork. Stir in more barbecue sauce, if desired. Using slotted spoon, spoon about 1/3 cup pork mixture over tortillas. Top with about with about 1/3 cup coleslaw; roll up. However you like to wrap, these recipes offer lots of options for you to have a scrumptious meal all wrapped up! v


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Proper soil care and a little luck make for solid yields By DICK HAGEN The Land Staff Writer Emeritus A 15-minute telephone interview with Darren Hefty on Jan. 29 generates enough for a “Here’s How To Do It” handbook. Hefty is the ‘PhD’ seedsman at Baltic, S.D.’s Hefty Seed Company. Because of his vast agronomic skills, coupled with his grandfather’s diligent teachings, he agreed to share our conversation with readers of The Land. The Land: What is your crop outlook for this new season? Hefty: We look forward to this 2021 growing season. Farmers are excited for a lot of reasons. Yes, the pandemic continues to be a struggle for many folks. The mental health of many is down. But being able to get back in their fields planting their crops will be the tonic boost for farmers everywhere. Obviously, these stronger commodity markets are the added touch. The Land: Do you think we can continue to depend on China as a price booster for U. S. soybeans? Hefty (without pause): Their demand is so strong. Even the combined totals of the next four buyers of U.S. soybeans don’t come close to China’s purchases. Yes, China has become an important player for U.S. farmers. They’re rebuilding their huge hog industry quickly. They have a huge population. And already this year on a global basis we’re short on soybeans. We need more acres; we need big yields. We don’t know how long these market prices will last. But short term … once farmers have their input costs locked in they should also lock in some new crop prices. Farmers are excited about seeing where crop insurance prices break out. February markets will be a big deal in determining some of that. The Land: Let’s say I’ve got 400 acres corn and 400 acres soybeans. How should I use those acres this year? Hefty: I think for farmers already in a 50-50 rotation, stick with it. They’ve gotten to that 50-50 ratio for a lot of reasons, and those reasons still exist. However, for a young farmer cash renting, his singular goal is making the most money on every acre this year! Right now on soils with good fertility, it appears corn looks like it will dollar out better. Also, it seems some younger farmers do a better job raising soybeans. I know for lots of North Dakota farmers, soybeans looks like a ‘no-brainer.’ On our farm operation just north of Sioux Falls, we’ll pretty much continue with our regular corn/soy rotation. I suggest if you aren’t willing to lock in some of those fall prices right now, you’re taking a chance on what’s ahead. We see it happen so often … plant more soybeans and the corn market goes up. Come next fall we’d be wishing we had more corn. It pays to be a contrarian; but unless you have a big reason to do so, diversifying your acres is still the good option. The Land: I’m a nervous Norwegian. Should I contract 25 percent of my anticipated production? Or 50, 80 percent or the whole works? Hefty: About three-quarters of my background is Norwegian; so I’m a bit conservative I suspect. But

my Grandpa Hefty taught me, “You can’t go broke if you’re taking a profit. So if you can lock in prices at profitable levels, go for it. Your ag banker gives good advice when suggesting to lock in a portion of your anticipated crop at a profit because that lessens your gamble on the rest. So determine what storage you have for new crop; then consider advance selling the remainder. The point being, we don’t have certainty on commodity markets. I recall another story from my Grandpa. When young farmers would ask him about when to sell, he would tell them, ”I would sell 1/52nd of your crop every week throughout the year. Then you don’t need to worry about when to sell. Instead, you could spend all your time on the agronomics of how to grow more bushels per acre the next season.” My Grandpa’s advice was ‘be content selling for the average price.’ Those folks who study the markets say two-thirds of farmers sell in the bottom third of the market. So my Granddad felt if he was getting an average price that put him in the top third of all farmers. He added, “And if I’m in the top 10 percent on yield, how can I lose?” The Land: Are treated soybeans a must anymore? What seed treatments are you recommending? Hefty: Treated soybeans are an absolute must. I recall in the ‘80s and ‘90s when soybeans were like $10 a unit, cleaned and bagged. Now we’ve got $50 and $60 soybeans. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out you’ve got a lot of seed dollars out there. Yet for a few dollars we can protect that seed cost. With soybeans, the fungicide is so critical — especially when looking at some of these new traits like Enlist soybeans and Extend Flex. These new beans yield really well; but in some cases, they have some defensive weaknesses. Protecting them with a fungicide or insecticide seed treatment is absolutely critical. On our farm acres, and for other farmers, we’ve found additional treatments really helping. I’m talking about beneficial microbes. We’ve been putting inoculants on soybeans for years to help produce more nitrogen. Now we’re seeing real benefits from other microbes that help bring in additional nutrients for your growing soybean plants. We’re seeing faster and healthier early growth and net result is more yield. The Land: So will you have enough of this new seed to meet expected demand? Hefty: That’s a great question. At this point, supply is still good. But there are more acres competing for these seeds this year … perhaps more corn, edible beans — even perhaps some new hemp acres too. The Land: I’m hearing talk about planting soybeans earlier … even ahead of corn? Explain. Hefty: Earlier corn planting gets talked both by University folks and farmers; but think additional seed treatments if planting corn into colder soils. That is why some farmers are planting soybeans first if their ground is still too cold for planting corn. They’ve found soybeans to be much more resilient. Also, when you’re planting five times as many soy-

bean seeds compared with corn seeds per acre, you’ve got more flexibility if you lose a little bit of stand. The 2019 South Dakota soybean yield champ credited some of his exceptional yield was because he planted ahead of his corn planting. That works because we’re growing indeterminate soybeans which start flowering when day-length starts shortening. So June 21, the longest day of the year, your beans are into full flowering. This South Dakota grower also noted planting earlier produced a larger soybean plant. So his soybeans enjoyed two weeks of ‘longest day length’ benefits. Net result: More key blooming days and 10-bushel more yield compared with the other half of the same field which he planted after he finished planting his corn. See HEFTY, pg. 14


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Grain Outlook Look for jump in corn, soybean acres

Cash Grain Markets

corn/change* soybeans/change* Stewartville $5.02 -.01 $13.20 +.33 Edgerton $5.14 +.11 $13.40 +.38 Jackson $5.22 +.15 $13.17 +.30 Janesville $5.14 +.09 $13.19 +.30 The following marketing analysis is for the week Cannon Falls $5.06 +.10 $13.22 +.37 ending Feb. 12. Sleepy Eye $5.16 +.09 $13.29 +.30 CORN — Did I mention that we’d be in for a bumpy Average: $5.12 $13.25 ride? The highlight this week was the release of the February World Agriculture Supply and Demand Year Ago Average: $3.63 $8.34 Estimates report. This report is usually a non-factor Grain prices are effective cash close on Feb. 16. for the market, but this year that was not the case. *Cash grain price change represents a two-week period. The trade was expecting the 2020-21 carryout to be reduced from 1.552 billion bushels to 1.392 billion bushels. A new contract high in old crop corn contracts was set just ahead of the release of the monthly numbers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture must not have read the memo, instead raising PHYLLIS NYSTROM The month of February has started off with all exports only 50 million bushels CHS Hedging Inc. livestock in the midst of a fairly good rally in prices. to 2.6 billion bushels. This fed St. Paul Weather has played a significant role in this price directly to the carryout which appreciation from the standpoint of the extremely fell to 1.502 billion bushels. cold temperatures and the heavy snowfall in some While still a relatively “tight” year, the trade was areas. These weather conditions have hampered the leaning long and rushed to exits in post-report tradmovement of animals as well as ing. March corn reached $5.74.25 into the report product which contribute to the before finding buyers two days later at $5.24.75 per firmness in the live prices as well bushel — a huge 49.5 cent retracement and its lowas the product movement which est price since Jan. 26. The average farm price on the has been mixed for the cutout WASDE report was increased a dime to $4.30 per values — depending on whether bushel and the stocks-to-use ratio fell from 10.6 to it is beef or pork. It is very likely 10.3 percent. that the live prices for both cattle There were some questionable world changes this and hogs will see the potential month. The USDA finally raised China’s corn import for some setbacks as the weather JOE TEALE forecast from 17.5 million metric tons to 24 mmt, moderates in the weeks ahead. Broker which is much more in line with private estimates. So the probability of some volatil- Great Plains Commodity China has already purchased 17.7 mmt of U.S. corn ity is quite possible in the future. Afton, Minn. for this marketing year. What is curious about this The cattle market has appar6.5 mmt increase is that 4.5 mmt was added to their ently reached a point where there has become some carryout and only 2 mmt to increased usage.  Many resistance to the increase in the cutout value as in question why China would be adding to stocks at recent days the movement of beef has slowed. At the these price levels instead of waiting until new crop same time, live prices have slipped — suggesting the supplies become available in the United States or packer is not as aggressive in accumulating a lot of South America. live inventory as it was weeks ago. The USDA also cut EU corn imports 2.5 mmt and The futures market appears to be dominated by lowered both South Korea’s and Japan’s corn imports speculation that prices will continue to move higher. .5 mmt each. However, as cash drifts lower, and considering the The USDA did not make any changes to Argentina’s premiums carried by the futures, if cash prices don’t or Brazil’s corn production projections at 47.5 mmt move higher the futures are vulnerable to the posand 109 mmt, respectively.  World ending stocks were sibility of corrective type action. Considering the termed bearish at 286.5 mmt compared to the esti- past placements numbers of cattle into the feedlots, mate of 279.8 mmt and last month’s 283.8 mmt figure. the future of further price appreciation could be See NYSTROM, pg. 11 See TEALE, pg. 11

Livestock Angles Cold weather heats up market

Financial Focus Budget checkup: Tax time is right time According to 2019 data from the Internal Revenue Service, every year about 140 million households file their federal tax returns. For many, the process involves digging through shoe boxes or manila folders full of receipts; gathering mortgage, retirement, and investment account statements; and relying on computer software to take advantage of every tax break the code permits. It seems a shame not to make the most of all that effort. Tax preparation may be the only time of year many households gather all their financial information in one place. That makes it a perfect time to take a critical look at how much money is coming in and where it’s all going. In other words, this is a great time to give MARISSA the household budget a checkup. JOHNSON A thorough budget checkup Profinium involves six steps. Investment Advisor Creating some categories — Fairmont, Minn. Start by dividing expenses into useful categories. Some possibilities: home, auto, food, household, debt, clothes, pets, entertainment and charity. Don’t forget savings and investments. It also may be helpful to create subcategories. Housing, for example, can be divided into mortgage, taxes, insurance, utilities and maintenance. Following the money — Go through all the receipts and statements gathered to prepare taxes and get a better understanding of where the money went last year. Track everything. Be as specific as possible, and don’t forget to account for the cost of a latte on the way to the office each day. Projecting expenses forward — Knowing how much was spent per budget category can provide a useful template for projecting future expenses. Go through each category. Are expenses likely to rise in the coming year? If so, by how much? The results of this projection will form the basis of a budget for the coming year. Determining expected income — Add together all sources of income. Make sure to use net income. Doing the math — It’s time for the moment of truth. Subtract projected expenses from expected income. If expenses exceed income, it may be necessary to consider changes. Prioritize categories and look to reduce those with the lowest importance until the budget is balanced. See JOHNSON, pg. 16

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Soybean market looks to remain volatile for a while NYSTROM, from pg. 10 If you exclude China’s corn ending stocks of 196.18 mmt, world stocks are down 2 mmt year-on-year at an eight-year low. Even including China’s stocks, the world stocks-to-use ratio is at a seven-year low. Conab updated its Brazilian corn production number to 105.48 mmt from 102.31 mmt. The majority of Mato Grosso’s corn crop in Brazil is expected to be planted outside the optimal planting window or beyond the third week of February. Argentina has received moisture, but the forecast turns drier once again after Feb. 20 which could still affect corn yields. The Buenos Aires Grain Exchange put Argentina’s corn production at 48.5 mmt, up from their previous forecast of 46 mmt. Argentina’s trucker strikes have been resolved and the government announced they would not increase export taxes on farm goods. Argentina’s corn is now the cheapest in the world. Weekly export sales of 57 million bushels were very good compared to expectations. Total commitments rose to 2.265 billion bushels or 87 percent of the new 2.6 billion bushel target. This is the highest percentage on record. We need to average 10.3 million bushels of new sales per week to ring the bell. On the daily export flashes, we sold approximately 10 million bushels of old crop corn and 2.3 million bushels for new crop. There was also an announcement of 5.2 million bushels canceled to unknown. Weekly ethanol production was up 1,000 barrels per day to 937,000 bpd. Stocks were down 500,000 barrels to 23.8 million barrels. Ethanol crush margins were a penny better at a negative 4 cents per gallon. Margins have been negative since the beginning of December. Lawsuits are expected to be filed to challenge Mexico’s announcement late in 2020 of their intention to stop importing GMO corn and the herbicide glyphosate. The Mexican Farm Council says for one thing, the measure does not differentiate between yellow corn used for feed and white corn that is used for human food. Outlook: The next numbers to watch will be from the USDA Outlook Forum which will be held virtu-

ally on Feb. 18 and 19. They will issue our first look at the 2021-22 balance sheets (non-survey numbers). A very well established and respected private consultancy is pegging U.S. corn acres at 94.2 million acres, up 3.4 million acres from last year. Their early balance sheet puts 2021-22 ending stocks at 1.091 billion bushels, a 411 million bushel year-on-year decline. A Reuters survey estimates 2021-22 corn acres at 92.9 million, up 2.1 million from 2020-21. The production estimate is 15.243 billion bushels, up 1 billion from last year and ending stocks of 1.725 billion bushels, up 223 million from 2020-21. We may be moving into a period of consolidation. If we don’t see demand destruction and safrinha corn planting continues to be slow, corn may trend back toward the $5.75 - $6.00 area. The fight for new crop acreage will be gaining attention with next week’s USDA meeting. Repeating myself, but we bent the uptrend again this week, but I don’t believe we broke it. For the week, March corn fell 9.75 cents to settle at $5.38.75, July dropped 11.25 cents to $5.25, and December corn was 3 cents lower at $4.48.75 per bushel. China’s markets were closed until Feb. 17 for the Lunar New Year, the Year of the Ox.  SOYBEANS — The February WASDE report numbers were not as impactful as in the corn, but prices reacted in the same fashion as managed money trimmed their long positions despite a neutral-to-friendly report. In the two sessions following the report’s release, nearby soybeans performed a nearly perfect 62 percent retracement from the January low of $12.98 to the high just before the report at $14.09.5 per bushel. March soybeans crashed 72.25 cents from the Feb. 9 high to the Feb. 11 low before finding traction. The USDA’s WASDE numbers were close to expectations. Soybean exports were raised 20 million bushels to 2.25 billion bushels. This flowed directly to the bottom line with ending stocks falling 20 million bushels to 120 million bushels. The average trade estimate was 123 million bushels. The on-farm average price was unchanged at $11.15 per bushel. The U.S. ending stocks-to-use ratio at 2.6 percent is extremely tight. We can’t afford any glitches this year. World ending stocks were neutral at 83.4 mmt, spot on the average estimate, and slightly lower than

Strong exports supporting hog market TEALE, from pg. 10 likely if the economy remains positive in the months ahead. The short term outlook is in question because of the slowing beef movement and the slipping cash prices for cattle at the present time. The hog market has seen a very nice rally over the past several weeks as prices have moved to levels not seen since May of 2019. Product movement has been the catalyst to push prices to the current levels.

The export market as well as domestic demand have been main features in this current strength in hog prices. The fact that pork in cold storage in the last report was less than expected indicated the strong demand for pork. Weather has also contributed to the rapid increase in prices during the month of February as movement of animals and potential death loss have created a lot of concern. The main concern for the remainder of the month would be as temperatures begin to warm, will the prices be able to maintain current price levels? v

last month’s 84.3 mmt projection. Argentina’s soybean production was 48 mmt vs. 48.4 mmt estimated and down 2 mmt from last month’s 50 mmt number. Brazilian soybean production at 133 mmt was larger than the 131.4 mmt estimate, but unchanged from last month. From BAGE, 72 percent of their soybeans were flowering vs. 80 percent average, 34 percent were setting pods vs. 11 percent average, and 4 percent were filling pods vs. 22 percent average. They raised crop conditions from 19 percent good/excellent last week to 23 percent good/excellent. The poor/very poor category declined 1 percent to 8 percent. Argentina’s recent rains have helped but forecast turn drier again after Feb. 20. Datagro out of Brazil estimates their farmers have sold 60 percent of this year’s soybean crop, above the average of 41 percent. Next year’s soybean crop is 9 percent sold vs. 2 percent on average by this date. Their forecast for Brazil’s 2021-22 soybean crop is 141.2 mmt. Conab this week raised their Brazilian soybean production .1 mmt to 133.8 mmt. Weekly export sales at 29.6 million bushels were at the top of estimates. Total export commitments at 2.185 billion bushels are 97 percent of the USDA’s 2.25 billion bushel forecast. Eighty-two percent of our sales have already shipped, easing concerns that we’ll see heavy cancellations. We only need to average 2.9 million bushels of sales per week to achieve the goal. China’s unshipped U.S. soybean purchased are pegged at 77.2 million bushels. New crop sales this week were 6.6 million bushels, bringing total new crop sales to 162.6 million bushels. Last year, new crop sales were only 11.6 million bushels. Outlook: This week’s WASDE report was neutral to bullish, but managed money chose to lighten their length. This makes for volatile markets which will likely be with us for a while. Brazil will have to work around rain to harvest soybeans and plant their safrinha corn. How fast they can get bushels to ports will be essential in filling their export obligations. If there are further delays, we could see additional U.S. business.  A Reuters survey expects U.S. soybean acres at 89.8 million, up 6.7 million from 2020-21. We had 10.1 million acres of prevent plant last year when it usually runs 2-3 million acres. 2021-22 soybean production is estimated at 4.52 billion bushels, up 385 million year-on-year. Ending stocks are expected to increase 59 million bushels year-on-year to 179 million bushels. For the week, March soybeans gained 5.25 cents to settle at $13.72, July rallied 9 cents to $13.56.75, and November soybeans jumped 12 cents to close at $11.73 per bushel. Nystrom’s notes: Contract changes for the week as of the close on Feb. 12: Chicago wheat down 4.5 cents at $6.36.75, Kansas City down 8.5 cents at $6.16.75, and Minneapolis dropped a dime to $6.16 per bushel. v


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The time is now for making 2021 crop insurance decisions During the next few weeks, many farm base prices in the upper Midwest were $7 to $10 per acre) compared to optional units for operators will be finalizing their crop estimated at $4.52 per bushel for corn comparable revenue protection and revenue protecinsurance decisions for the 2021 crop year. and $11.66 per bushel for soybeans. The tion with harvest price exclusion policies. Producers March 15 is the deadline to purchase crop current 2021 base price estimates comshould be aware that enterprise units are based on insurance for the 2021 crop year. pare to 2020 base prices of $3.88 per larger coverage areas, and do not necessarily cover bushel for corn and $9.17 per bushel for losses from isolated storms or crop damage which The rise in corn and soybean prices in soybeans. The 2021 crop insurance spring affect individual farm units such as damage from the past several weeks will likely enhance base prices will be finalized on March 1. hail, wind or heavy rains. So additional insurance, the available crop insurance coverage for such as hail or wind insurance, may be required to 2021 compared to recent years. However, A historical analysis for the past 14 FARM PROGRAMS insure against these types of losses. It is also imporpremium costs are also likely to be higher years (2007-2020) shows the final crop than a year ago for similar crop insurinsurance harvest price for corn has been See THIESSE, pg. 17 By Kent Thiesse ance products. lower than the spring base price in 10 of the 14 A comparison of revenue protection and yield Producers have several crop insuryears — including from ance policy options to choose from, protection insurance coverage for corn 2013-2019. That trend including yield protection policies Based on an actual production history of 200 bushels per acre; an 85 percent yield protection was reversed in 2020 when the harvest bushel guarantee of 170 bushels per acre; a yield protection market price of $4.50/bushel and revenue protection policies, supplemental crop price for corn was $3.99 per bushel, (CBOT December futures estimate); revenue protection/ revenue protection with harvest price option, enhanced coverage option and other private exclusion spring base price of $4.50/bushel (CBOT December futures estimate); and an 85 which was 11 cents above the $3.88 per insurance policy options. There are also decisions percent revenue protection minimum guarantee of $765 per acre. bushel spring price. The only other years with using “enterprise units” vs. “optional units,” as which saw an increase in the harvest Estimated Actual 2021 Production (Bushels per Acre) well as decisions on the use of “trend adjusted” actuprice were 2010, 2011 and 2012. The Insurance Type 210 200 190 180 170 160 al production history yields. range has been from an increase in the Yield protection insurance policy options provide Estimated Insurance Indemnity Payment Per Acre harvest price of $1.82 per bushel in 2012 for “yield only” insurance protection, based on histor- to a decline of $1.27 per bushel in 2008 (Before premium deductions) ic actual production history yields on a given farm and a decline of $1.26 per bushel in 2013. Yield Protection (85%) 0 0 0 0 0 $45 unit. Yield protection prices are based on average For soybeans, the harvest price has Chicago Board of Trade prices for December corn Revenue Protection (85%) increased in six years (2007, 2009, 2010, (CBOT harvest price futures and November soybean futures during the 2012, 2016 and 2020), decreased in seven month of February — similar to revenue insurance per bushel) years (2008, 2011, and 2014-2019) and products. Producers can purchase yield protection $4.75 0 0 0 0 0 $47.50 insurance coverage levels from 50 to 85 percent, and stayed the same in 2013. The range has $4.50 0 0 0 0 0 $45 been from an increase of $2.84 per bush- losses are paid if actual corn or soybean yields on a $4.25 0 0 0 0 $42.50 $85 el in 2012 to a decline of $3.00 per bushfarm unit fall below the yield guarantees. el in 2008. In 2020, the final harvest $4.00 0 0 $5 $45 $85 $125 In recent years, most farm operators chose reveprice for soybeans was $10.55 per bushel, $3.75 0 $15 $52.50 $90 $127.50 $165 nue protection or revenue protection with harvest an increase of $1.38 per bushel from the $3.50 $30 $65 $100 $135 $170 $205 price exclusion insurance policy options which prospring price of $9.17 per bushel. vide a guaranteed minimum dollars of gross reveMany producers in the upper Midwest nue per acre (yield times price). This minimum A comparison of revenue protection and yield guarantee is based on actual production history and have been able to significantly enhance protection insurance coverage for soybeans the average CBOT prices for December corn futures their insurance protection in recent Based on an actual production history of 60 bushels per acre; an 85 percent yield protection and November soybean futures during the month of years by utilizing the trend-adjusted bushel guarantee of 51 bushels per acre; a yield protection market price of $11.50/bushel yield endorsement, with only slightly (CBOT December futures estimate); revenue protection/ revenue protection with harvest price February. The revenue protection and revenue prohigher premium costs. The actual proexclusion spring base price of $11.50/bushel (CBOT December futures estimate); and an 85 tection with harvest price exclusion insurance polipercent revenue protection minimum guarantee of $586.50 per acre. duction history yield exclusion option cies function essentially in the same manner, except Estimated Actual 2021 Production (Bushels per Acre) that the guarantees on revenue protection with har- allows specific years with low production to be dropped from crop insurance actual Insurance Type 60 55 50 45 40 35 vest price exclusion policies are fixed at the base production history yield guarantee calcuprice level and are not affected by harvest prices Estimated Insurance Indemnity Payment Per Acre which exceed the base price. The revenue guarantee lations. Several counties in the upper (Before premium deductions) Midwest and plains states are eligible for for revenue protection policies is increased for final yield exclusion for corn and soybeans in Yield Protection (85%) 0 0 $11.50 $69 $126.50 $184 insurance calculations if average CBOT prices dursome of the past several years. For inforing the month of October are higher than the Revenue Protection (85%) mation on which counties, crops, and February CBOT prices, which is why the revenue (CBOT harvest price years are eligible for yield exclusion, go protection policies tend to be more popular for corn per bushel) the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s and soybean producers. $12.00 0 0 $12 $72 $132 $192 Risk Management Agency web site Farmers who purchase revenue protection and http://www.rma.usda.gov/. $11.50 0 0 $11.50 $69 $126.50 $184 revenue protection with harvest price exclusion $11.00 0 0 $36.50 $91.50 $146.50 $201.50 insurance coverage levels from 50 to 85 percent, and Enterprise units and optional units Enterprise units combine all acres of a $10.50 0 $9 $61.50 $114 $166.50 $219 losses are paid if the final crop revenue falls below $10.00 0 $36.50 $86.50 $136.50 $186.50 $236.50 the revenue guarantee. The final crop revenue is the crop in a given county into one crop insurance unit, while optional units actual yield on a farm unit times the CBOT $9.50 $16.50 $64 $111.50 $159 $206.50 $254 December corn futures price and November soybean allow producers to insure crops separateNOTE: The preceding crop insurance tables were developed by Farm Management Analyst ly in each individual township section. futures price during the month of October. As of Kent Thiesse. The tables are for example only. Actual crop insurance calculations will vary, Enterprise units usually have considerFeb. 12, the 2021 estimated crop insurance spring depending on the insured crop, farm location, APH yield, endorsements, etc.



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Grain bin safety requires a team effort, communication By KRISTIN KVENO The Land Staff Writer There are countless stories about grain bin deaths around the country — even as first responders and safety educators work tirelessly to combat these tragedies. The University of Minnesota Extension, along with North Dakota State University Extension, created a webinar in January which examined grain bin safety issues and what can be done to keep producers safe when dealing with grain bins. The webinar featured Rich Schock, captain of the Sheyenne Valley Technical Rescue Team in North Dakota; and Ken Hellevang, agricultural engineer with NDSU Extension. Schock has been a rescue technician specializing in grain entrapment and rescues for the past 10 years. Schock’s interest in grain bin safety and rescue is a personal one. “In 2008 I lost a fellow firefighter,” Schock said. Schock was on the first truck that arrived at the scene. The firefighter who died was working in a grain bin on the family farm when a grain avalanche occurred — burying him in 350 to 400 bushels of corn. “It hit our department really hard,” Schock said. After that, a group of firefighters got together to work on safe entry procedures in grain bins. “These accidents are happening more frequently,” he said. Hellevang has been an NDSU Extension agent for over 40 years and has seen a lot of change in grain handling. When he started off his career, 3,000-bushel capacity bins were the norm. Now 50,000 to 60,000 bushel bins are routine. “The size of the facility has

increased; but probably more importantly is the size of the conveying equipment. So where we used to be moving a couple hundred bushels an hour, now we’re moving thousands of bushels an hour. So the grain that’s flowing within the structure is flowing much more rapidly than what it used to,” Hellevang said. With grain now flowing quicker and bins having more capacity, issues can arise. “We used to talk about being able to go in a bin and walk your way out of a flowing grain accident. That isn’t going to happen today. That grain is flowing so rapidly that we routinely talk about it being quicksand,” he said. Hellevang noted that in 2019 there was some corn harvested with less than ideal moisture levels. “We had a lot of corn harvested, placed into storage when it was higher moisture content,” he said. When corn is at 23 to 24 percent moisture or higher that corn doesn’t flow. That can lead to bridging and compaction issues in the grain bin. “Many people aren’t monitoring the grain going in or the moisture content,” Hellevang said. All that can result in problems in the grain bin which may lead to someone entering the bin in an attempt to get the grain moving again. Schock is an ardent supporter of the lock out/tag out system when someone needs to enter a grain bin. That method includes utilizing tags with each farm worker’s name on it. For example, when someone throws the breaker for the bin, they would clip their tag right there. It’s a visual alert letting others know what you’re doing so someone doesn’t come along and turn things on while you’re in the bin.

Communicating with others who are working on the farm is essential when there’s an issue in the grain bin. Schock pointed out it’s imperative a person doesn’t ever enter a grain bin until there’s someone else at the site. For anyone who has to enter a grain bin, they should have their personal protective equipment which includes a harness and small section of rope. What happens if someone is trapped in a grain bin? “Emergency services should be the first call made,” Schock said. He understands that emotions are high, and your instinct is to try to rescue the person trapped; but calling 911 is the best thing you can do. Trying to rescue them yourself may put the person trapped, yourself and the first responders in danger. Hellevang explained that unloading the bin to rescue a person trapped has to be done in a way as to quickly remove the grain while keeping the bin structurally safe. “We don’t just want to punch a hole in one side and let all the grain flow out there. It not only is going to be flowing past the individual that’s in the bin and causing stresses there, but there really is a concern about the structural integrity of that bin,” he said. Removing grain safely is imperative in a grain bin rescue. There’s much to be learned regarding how to keep safe in and around grain bins. With more grain entering the bins now more than ever, there’s greater chances of issues arising. Having clear and concise grain bin safety protocols on the farm is essential to ensure those working around grain bins are better protected. v

Additional nitrogen for soybeans ‘always a hot debate’ HEFTY, from pg. 9 The Land: 2020 was an exceptional season in Renville County. But the season pretty well drained soil moisture too. Are April rains needed to recharge for 2021 season? Hefty: On our farm we wrapped up 2020 season with the driest six months in 130 years of records. Fortunately, April and May rains were abundant in Spring 2020 — and thank goodness! Because essentially it quit raining after the first week of July. So naturally we’re again counting on spring rains for 2021. Those April/May rains last year saved us because of our heavier soils. Note that for each 1 percent soil organic matter, your soil will hold 4 percent more water! So if you can increase organic content of your soils by two-and-ahalf percent, you’ve got 10 percent more water-holding capacity. And that is why land that farmers own often outperforms land they rent in stressful years. The Land: Do you see more emphasis on reduced tillage and/or no-till as a way to build organic content of our soils? Hefty: There are challenges with each system. On our farm we’re into strip tillage. We’re leaving the root

mass intact from our previous crop between the rows as we plant. That gives the corn stalk root mass another year to decompose naturally. We’re finding spoil organic levels rising, yet we still have a ‘black dirt’ space in which to plant. Some farmers prefer full-scale no-till; some like to use cover crops. Those practices also will accelerate the building of organic content. The Land: Are there optimum organic content levels? Can you have too much? Hefty: Yes, you can have too much … like in some of the peat soils of Minnesota for example. We like our soils to be around 5 percent organic matter. Check soils in your old pasture fence lines and you’ll get 5 to 6 percent readings. Why? Because these are untilled soils. Check soils with 100-plus years of tillage and you’ll find organic contents down to 2 percent or lower. The Land: Can you shed some light on the ‘nitrogen for soybeans’ debate? Hefty: Additional nitrogen fertilizer for soybeans is always a hot debate. We look at corn and soybean rotation ground a bit differently than first-year soybeans. Why? Because in your rotated soils you’re building rhizome bacteria. That’s why we recommend adding nitrogen … 25 to 55 pounds at planting time.

Soil moisture activates nitrogen utilization by the soybean, so that’s why the importance of adding nitrogen when planting; rather than the risk of drier soils with later nitrogen apps. So the typical corn/soybean rotation guy is probably now wondering, ‘Can I bump my soybeans to 80 bushels with additional nitrogen?’ The answer is maybe — depending upon your current fertility levels. And always check organic content of your soils. On our farm we figure 20 pounds of free nitrogen each year out of each 1 percent of organic matter. So on our 4 percent organic content soils, we figure we’re getting 80 pounds of free nitrogen. That’s quite a bit of nitrogen already; but if striving for high yields, how much nitrogen is needed? Soybeans actually need a lot of nitrogen because it’s a high-protein crop. If you figure 100 bushel soybeans, it takes roughly 435 pounds of nitrogen to raise that 100-bushel soybean crop. Yes, soybean nodules produce up to 70 percent of the nitrogen needs of that crop — or about 300 pounds of that 435pound requirement. So you still need another 135 pounds of nitrogen. Credit your 4 percent organic matter soils with 80 pounds of nitrogen. This means another 55 pounds of nitrogen to meet the appetite of that 100-bushel yield. v

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sessions but lost a penny on Feb. 12 to close at $1.49 per pound. This is 9.5 cents below a year ago, and a closer-to-normal 6.75 cents below the blocks. There were 16 carloads of block traded on the week at the CME and 29 of barrel. Milk remains widely available for cheese production in the Midwest, according to Dairy Market News. Spot milk prices remain discounted. However, some higher prices were reported this week. Retail cheese demand remains steadfast, according to some, and numbers have improved from last year. And, as more cities relax Covid-19 restrictions, customers are beginning to open up again and more apt to place orders if cheese prices remain in or around the $1.50 to $1.60 range. Cheese market tones remain in question as block prices continue to slide toward barrel prices. But contacts say, “The narrower the price gap between blocks and barrels is, the better for a stable market.” n Spot butter saw some strength early in the week, slipped back, then shot higher Feb. 11 and 12 to close at $1.3950 per pound. This is up 12.75 cents on the week but 40.5 cents below a year ago. There were 11 sales reported on the week. Midwest butter churning is running “wide open,” says Dairy Market News, as has been the case since the fall. Cream availability is “notably ample.” There were reports of weather-related transportation issues in the Midwest and Mideast, but trucking for the most part was smooth from butter cooperators in the region. Cream multiples, at midweek, were similar to the previous week. Some contacts reported January numbers were lackluster — particularly due to food service demand, or lack thereof — but retail sales continue to help make up for the ailing food service industry. Dairy Market News says, “New crop butter trades after the first of March tend to assist market tones, JOHNSON, from pg. 10 but storage reports and notably accessible cream Sticking to it — If it’s not in the budget, don’t spend across the regions have created growing concerns it. If it’s an emergency, make adjustments elsewhere. for short and longer term market tones.” Tax time can provide an excellent opportunity. You Grade A nonfat dry milk climbed to $1.13 per have a chance to give your household budget a thorpound on Feb. 9, but closed Feb. 12 at $1.1125. This ough checkup. In taking control of your money, you may find you are able to devote more of it to the pursuit of your financial goals. FROM GRAND Securities and insurance products are offered $ 1,799 ALASKAN through Cetera Investment Services LLC (doing * $ 1,549 CRUISE & TOUR insurance business in Calif. as CFG STC Insurance Agency LLC), member FINRA/SIPC. Advisory ser12 days, departs vices are offered through Cetera Investment Advisers May - Sep 2021 LLC. Neither firm is affiliated with the financial FREE ONBOARD CREDIT institution where investment services are offered. Advisory services are only offered by Investment Adviser Representatives. promo code N7017 *Prices are per person based on double occupancy plus $299 in taxes & fees. Single supplement and seasonal surcharges Investments are not FDIC/NCUSIF insured may apply. Add-on airfare available. Onboard Credit requires purchase of Ocean View or Balcony Cabin. Offers apply and may lose value. Funds are not financial to new bookings only, made by 3/31/21. Other terms & conditions may apply. Ask your Travel Consultant for details.

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Supplemental policies provide wider coverage options THIESSE, from pg. 12 tant for producers to run “what if” scenarios when analyzing the comparison between enterprise units and optional units. Many times, producers automatically opt for enterprise units every year, due to the lower premium cost per acre for similar coverage. It is important to analyze the yield risk on each individual farm unit when determining if paying the extra premium for insurance coverage with optional units makes sense. If a producer has uniform soil types and drainage in a close geographical area, and is primarily concerned with a price decline, a revenue protection policy with enterprise units is probably a good option. However, if a producer has farm units which are more spread out geographically, with more variation in soil types and drainage, and has greater concerns with yield variability, they may want to consider a revenue protection policy with optional units. SCO and ECO insurance coverage for 2021 The Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) coverage is only available to producers who choose the Price Loss Coverage farm program option for the 2021 crop year. Approximately 75 percent of the corn base acres and 14 percent of the soybean base acres in the United States were enrolled in the Price Loss Coverage program in 2019 and 2020 and were eligible for Supplemental Coverage Option insurance coverage. The deadline for 2021 farm program sign-up is March 15, which is the same as the enrollment deadline for 2021 crop insurance; meaning that farm operators will need to consider Supplemental Coverage Option coverage at the same time they are finalizing their 2021 farm program choice. The federal government subsidizes 65 percent of the premium for Supplemental Coverage Option coverage, so farm-level premiums are quite reasonable. Supplemental Coverage Option coverage allows producers to purchase additional county-level crop insurance coverage up to a maximum of 86 percent coverage. For example, a producer who purchases an 80 percent Revenue Protection policy could purchase an additional 6 percent Supplemental Coverage Option coverage. Supplemental Coverage Option coverage is a county revenue-based insurance product which is somewhat similar to some of the area risk protection crop insurance products available. The calculations for Supplemental Coverage Option coverage function very similarly to revenue protection insurance policies since they utilize the same crop insurance base price and harvest price. The biggest difference is that Supplemental Coverage Option coverage uses county level average yields, rather than the farm-level actual production history yields which are typically used for most revenue protection and yield protection policies. As a result, the Supplemental Coverage Option and revenue protection insurance policies may achieve different

results. The Enhanced Coverage Option (ECO) is a new crop insurance option available for 2021. ECO provides area-based insurance coverage from 86 percent up to 95 percent coverage. ECO also utilizes county-level yields, similar to SCO coverage. Producers can choose between 90 or 95 percent ECO coverage. Unlike SCO coverage, the purchase of ECO coverage is available with selection of either the PLC or ARC-CO farm program choice for 2021. Producers can utilize both ECO and SCO together, in addition to their underlying revenue protection or yield protection insurance policy. For example, a producer could have an 80 percent revenue protection policy, carry SCO coverage from 80 to 86 percent, and carry ECO coverage from 86 to 95 percent. It is possible for a producer to collect on an individual revenue protection policy, but not collect on a SCO or ECO policy, or vice versa. For example, a producer with an 80 percent revenue protection policy may have a loss that qualifies for an insurance indemnity payment, while the county as a whole may not meet the threshold to qualify for either a SCO or ECO payment. It could also be possible to collect a SCO or ECO payment for a county-level revenue loss while not qualifying for a revenue protection insurance indemnity payment at the farm level. Interested producers should check with their crop insurance agent for details on SCO and ECO insurance coverage and premiums for 2021. Key items to consider with 2021 crop insurance decisions There are a wide variety of crop insurance policies and coverage levels available. Make sure you are comparing “apples to apples” when comparing crop insurance premium costs for various options or types of crop insurance policies, as well as recognizing the limitations and the differences of the various insurance products. 2021 crop insurance premiums for most coverage levels of corn and soybeans in the Midwest will be significantly higher than comparable 2020 premium levels, due to the higher crop insurance guarantees available for 2021 and the higher volatility levels. View crop insurance decisions from a risk management perspective. Given the potentially higher profit margins for crop production in 2021, there may be a tendency to reduce crop insurance coverage. However, a producer must first decide, “How much potential profit margin do I want to risk if there are greatly reduced crop yields due to potential weather problems in 2021, and/or lower than expected crop prices?” Revenue protection crop insurance policies serve as an excellent risk management tool to protect profit risk for these situations. Take a good look at the 80 percent or 85 percent coverage levels — especially when using enterprise units with revenue protection insurance policies. In many cases, the 85 percent coverage level offers considerably more protection with a modest increase in premium costs. Many producers will be able to

guarantee near $650 to over $800 per acre for corn, and near $450 to over $600 per acre for soybeans at the 85 percent coverage level for 2021. Evaluate SCO, ECO and other “buy-up” insurance options. In addition to the government subsidized SCO and ECO county-based insurance products which allow insurance coverage up to 95 percent coverage, there are also “buy-up” private policies using farm-level yields up to 95 percent coverage. Private companies also offer separate wind and hail insurance endorsements. Of course, any of the “buyup” or “add-on” insurance options add to the premium cost. Producers need to ask, “What mix of crop insurance products gives me the best risk protection for the premium amount that I am willing to spend for protecting my 2021 crop investment?” A reputable crop insurance agent is the best resource to find out more details of the various crop insurance coverage plans and premium quotes, as well as to receive assistance with putting a sound risk management program in place for the 2021 crop year. Ag lenders, marketing analysts, and farm management advisors can also be helpful with finalizing crop insurance decisions. Following are some very good web sites with crop insurance information: USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA): http://www.rma.usda.gov/; University of Illinois FarmDoc: http://www.farmdoc. illinois.edu/cropins/index.asp Kent Thiesse is a government farm programs analyst and a vice president at MinnStar Bank in Lake Crystal, Minn. He may be reached at (507) 726-2137 or kent.thiesse@minnstarbank.com. v

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Real Estate Prime Farmland 80 acres, 1 mile from Fairfax, Minnesota. Renville County property ID 31-00170-00. Sect 06, Range 32, Fairfax City Township. Well drained and well tiled, production rating 91. Incredible investment opportunity to own prime farmland w/ development potential in close proximity to city limits. For more info contact 507-201-9636 or email hunter2003mn@ yahoo.com Sell your land or real estate in 30 days for 0% commission. Call Ray 507-339-1272

Real Estate Wanted WANTED: Land & farms. I have clients looking for dairy, & cash grain operations, as well as bare land parcels from 40-1000 acres. Both for relocation & investments. If you have even thought about selling contact: Paul Krueger, Farm & Land Specialist, Edina Realty, 138 Main St. W., New Prague, MN 55372. paulkrueger@edinarealty.com (612)328-4506

Farm Rentals For Rent: Available September 1: (3) 1,000 head wean to finish hog barns north of Fairmont, next to a blacktop a mile north of I-90 entrance. Cell 507-848-1765. Ask for Glenn.

Farm Services Niesen’s Silo Demolition We pay cash for Harvestors, charge for Stave silos. Turn your old combines and machinery into cash. Call Dennis 507-995-2331

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Very Well-Maintained John Deere Farm Machinery Retirement Auction M AT T M A R I N G


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Auction Location: 27190 480th Street Madison Lake, MN

Friday, March 5, 2021

10:00 A.M.

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JD Tractors & GPS

‘00 JD 9300T, 4074 Act Hrs, New 30” Tracks, Center Weights, SN: T900227; ‘00 JD 8210 MFWD, 7409 Act Hrs, 480/80R46 Duals, 4 Hyd., PTO, 3pt, QH, SN: P003998; 380/85R34 Front Duals; JD 2630 & 2600 Display; JD 3000 StarFire & iTC Globe; JD 3020 Diesel, W/F, Syncro, Cab; (12) JD Slab Weights

JD Combine & Heads

‘06 JD 9660STS, 1776 Sep/2548 Eng Hrs, Contour Master, Topper, 520/85R42 Duals, SN: 716692; ‘13 JD 608C StalkMaster, SP, Dual PTO, 1 Owner; ‘13 JD 630F Platform w/Crary Air Reel, 30’, SP; ‘13 Mauer M32 Head Cart

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JD Planter, Hagie Sprayer & Tenders

‘10 JD 1770NT CCS Planter 16R30”, 500 Gal. Liquid Fert, Row Cleaners, Ele Clutch 2 Row Shut Off, Pneumatic Down Pressure, Corn & Bean, Very Good, SN: P730620 ; ‘10 Hagie STS16 X-Drive Self Propelled Sprayer, Hydro 2 Sp, All Wheel Steer, 380/90R54, 2984 Act Hrs, 1600 Gal SS Tank, 90’ Booms, 15” Spacing, NORAC, SN: 621001001 Set Up For Ag Leader Display; Hagie NTB16 Quick Disconnect Toolbar, Hyd Fold, 16R30”, 3 Boom Section, SN: V6961331007; Travis Hitch Doc HSC2200 Seed Tender, Tandem, Honda Power Unit, Scale; 2001 Trailmobile 42’ Van Trailer, Air Ride, 2-1650 Gal Poly Tanks, 1-1500 Gal Poly Tank, 1-800 Gal Poly Tank, Power Hose Reel, Honda Pump, Inductor

Grain Handling Equipment & Forklift

:HVWÀHOG0.;$XJHU3RZHU6ZLQJ+RSSHU:HVWÀHOG0. Auger 100-70, Swing Hopper; Parker 524 Grain Cart, Corner Auger, Scale; ‘84 Ford L800 Tandem Axle Truck, V8 Gas, 5x2 Sp, 18’ Steel Box & Hoist, Tarp; ‘70 IHC LoadStar 1600 Single Axle, Gas, w/14” Box & Hoist; Walinga MT510F Grain Vac 1000PTO, w/Pipe; Feterl Hyd Jump Auger; Dickey John GAC 2500 Agri & Mini GAC Grain Analyzer; Dole 400 Tester; (2) Pax 5 Ton, Bulk Seed/Feed Bins w/ Augers; Lorentz 92” Double Auger Snowblower, Hyd Spout; Cat LP Gas Forklift, 3 Stage, 5000 lbs, Hard Rubber Tires, Shuttle Shift; JD 148 Loader; Dakon 225 Gravity Box w/8 Ton Gear; Several 100-200 Gal Poly Totes w/Meters VIEWING DATES: Wednesday, March 3 & Thursday, March 4 • 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Terms: Cash, check, all sales final. All sales selling as-is with no warranty or guarantee whatsoever. All items to be paid for in full the day of the auction. Photo ID required.

Mike McCarthy Owner/Seller • 507-381-3986

JD Tillage

JD 2720 7 Shank Ripper, 24” Blades, Rock Flex Gang, Looks New; JD 980 FC 45.5’, Double Fold, 3 Bar Tine Harrow, Gauge Wheels; JD 400 Rotary Hoe, 20’

Tile Plow & Stringer

Soil Max Gold Digger Stealth ZD Pull-Type Tile Plow, 4”-6” Boot; Ag Leader Display & Globe; Maxi Tile Stringer, Series A Single Axle; (2) Rolls Of 4” Drain Tile, Many Ts & Junctions; Poly Culverts 10” And 12”-12’ Lengths


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The David Bros are selling all their farm machinery listed

Auction Location: 11043 Shieldsville Blvd. Montgomery, MN

Saturday, February 27, 2021

10:00 A.M.

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JD 9520T 30” Tracks, 7901 Hrs, 3pt QH, 4 Hyd., 26 Suitcase Weights, SN:T901061; JD 7800 MFWD, 7392 Hrs, 18.4-42 Axle Duals, 3pt QH, P/S, SN:P009457; JD 4450 MFWD, 9115 Hrs, 18.4R46 Axle Duals, HID Lights, 3pt QH, 540/1000PTO, PS, 14 Suitcase Weights SN:P025290; JD 4450 MFWD, 1612 Hrs, 18.4x38 Duals, 3pt QH, PS, SN:P011694; JD 8640 4x4, 4286 Hrs, Rebuilt Engine, 18.4x38 Axle Duals, 3pt QH, 1000 PTO, SN:H002991R; JD 3010 Diesel, 1379 Hrs Showing, Weights, 3pt, Syncro, SN: 0101138409; JD Quick Attach Loader Bucket, 7”


JD 1760 Conservation Max Emerge Plus 12R30”, Vacuum, (2) Liquid Fert. Tanks, Row Cleaners, 3 Bu. Boxes, eSet Meters Corn & Bean, Monitor, SN:R685126, Clean; JD 1535 Drill 3pt, 20’x15” Spacings, Coulters, JD 1570 Cart Caddy, Monitor; Red Ball 665 Crop Sprayer, 1000 Gal., 60’ Booms, Hyd Pump, Raven 440, 320/85R38, Foamer; F-S 1200 Gal. Water Tender Trl., Power Unit, Cone Bottom; J&M 350-20 Gravity Flow Brush Auger Seed Tender Wagon, Power Unit



JD 9600 RWA, 21’ Unload Auger, R42 Duals, 3370 Sep/5455 Eng Hrs, Bin Extension, Many Upgrades In JD Shop, SN:X672977; JD 930 Bean Platform, 3” Cut, Head Cart; ‘07 Gerringhoff RD800 RotoDisc Corn Head, 8R30” Green Poly, SN: 91267836-B, Head Cart; Farm .LQJ µ[· 6ZLQJ +RSSHU :HVWÀHOG : KS  :HVWÀHOG : KS  :HVWÀHOG :5 372    %XVKHO *UDYLW\ Boxes w/Gears; Super B AS300 Dryer, Single Ph, LP Gas, Transports, 8522 Hrs; Grain Bin 24’, Dismantled


JD 469 MegaWide Plus Round Baler, 4x6, Net Or Twine, 2500 Bales, Monitor ; JD 955 MoCo, 3pt, Center Pivot, 14’; Kuhn SR-112 Speed Rake, 12 Wheel; JD 640 Side Rake; JD 700 Mixer Mill, Hyd Orbit Motor; JD 780 Hydro Push Manure Spreader, Tandem Axle; JD 660 Manure Spreader, Tandem Axle, Slop Gate; JD 100 Stacker; Hesston 100 Stack Mover, Pull Type; ‘84 Barrett 7’x24’ Gooseneck Trl, Aluminum; ‘79 Bumper Hitch Stock Trl, Tandem, 6’x16’; (30) Steel Livestock Gates, 6’ - 16’; (3) 24’ Free Standing Gates; (3) Scraton Head Gates; (18) Sections Of H-Bunks; (7) Canarm Auto Waterers; Round Bale Feeders; (36) 2nd Crop Hay Bales ; (26) Cornstalk Bedding Bales; Henke EAR-36 Roller Mill, 540PTO; JD 150 Silage Blower


JD 320 Skid Loader, 7293 Hrs, Enclosed Cab, Heat/AC, Aux Hyd, 64” Bucket; 54” Grapple Forks; Bale Spears; ‘88 Redi Haul 20’x96” Gooseneck Flatbed Trl, 6000 lb Tri Axle; (3) 1000 Gal Fuel Barrels, Electric Pumps; 500 Gal Fuel Barrel, Electric Pump; ‘08 Chevy Cobalt SE Car, 2 Door; ‘86 Dodge 1/2 Ton, 4x4, 4 Sp., 7’ Plow; ‘90 Dodge 1/2 Ton, 4x4, V8, 8’ Plow; ‘97 Dodge 2500 4x4, 7’ Flatbed, Bad Motor; Shop Built Utility Trailer, Tandem Axle; (2) 1000 Gallon Poly Tanks ; Saddle Tanks

Viewing Dates: February 24-26 • 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Terms: Cash, check, credit cards. All sales final. All sales selling as-is. All items must be paid for in full the day of auction.


JD 2700 7 Shank Ripper, 30”, DD Front, Rear Disc Levelers, Wing Fold ; JD 980 FC, 30.5’, 3 Bar Harrow; JD 235 Disc 24.5’ ; JD 520 HiSpeed Stalk Chopper, 20’, Good Knives & Hood; JD 2600 Plow, 5 Bottom ; JD 1100 FC, 22.5’, 3pt, Harrow; Kovar 3 Section Drag, Cart

Tyrone David • 952-292-7799 Todd David • 612-214-1085

‘92 Ford LTL9000 Semi, 13 Sp., Day Dorsey Aluminum End DumpTrailer, ‘77 IHC Transtar II Cab Over Grain Tandem w/Pusher, Cummins, 10 Sp.; Tractor, Cummins, 10 Sp.

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Cab, Wet Kit, 3406 Cat, Sharp; Liner, 28’x96”x54”, Tri-Axle ; Truck, 22’ Crysteel Box, Tarp, ‘84 IHC 9670 Cab Over Semi-


Steffes Auction Calendar 2021 For more info, call: 1-800-726-8609 or visit our website: SteffesGroup.com

Opening February 11 & Closing February 23 Bryan Albertson Excess Equipment Auction, Foxhome, MN, Timed Online Auction Opening February 12 & Closing February 22 Juliuson Partnership Farm Equipment Auction, Hope, ND, Timed Online Auction Opening February 12 & Closing February 22 at 12PM Colfax Farmers Elevator Equipment Auction, Colfax, ND, Timed Online Auction Opening February 15 & Closing February 23 at 1PM Brown County, MN, Tillable Farmland - 100± Acres, Brown County, MN, Timed Online Auction Opening February 15 & Closing February 23 at 12PM Leon Schmaltz Farm Equipment Auction, Harvey, ND, Timed Online Auction Opening February 18 & Closing February 25 at 12PM James Tjon Estate Firearms & JD Tractors Auction, Steffes Group Facility, West Fargo, ND, Timed Online Auction Opening February 18 & Closing February 25 David & Aileen Clough Farm Retirement Auction, Fessenden, ND, Timed Online Auction Opening February 19 & Closing February 24 Online Steffes Auction - 2/24, Upper Midwest Locations, Timed Online Auction Opening February 19 & Closing February 23 at 12PM Online Hay Auction - Quality Tested, Litchfield, MN, Timed Online Auction Opening February 19 & Closing February 23 Willard Onchuck Estate Collectible Toy Auction, Steffes Group Facility, West Fargo, ND, Timed Online Auction Opening February 20 & Closing March 1 Satrom Grain Farms, LLC Equipment Auction, Oriska, ND, Timed Online Auction Opening February 22 Closing March 3 at 7PM Private Firearm Collection Dispersal Auction, Steffes Group Facility, Litchfield, MN, Timed Online Auction Opening February 23 & Closing March 2 at 7PM Gudajtes Family Farm Excess Equipment Auction, Minto, ND, Timed Online Auction Opening February 23 & Closing March 2 E&M Services Equipment Reduction Auction, Williston, ND & Arnegard, ND Timed Online Auction Opening February 24 at 8AM & Closing February 24 at 12PM MST Bowman County, ND Land Auction - 267± Acres, Bowman, ND, Timed Online Auction Opening March 1 & Closing March 9 John & Kari Gramith Farm Retirement Auction, Norwood, MN Timed Online Auction Opening March 1 & Closing March 9 at 7 PM Bertrand Borgen Estate Gun Auction, Steffes Group Facility, Litchfield, MN Timed Online Auction Opening March 1 & Closing March 10 at 1PM Tjosvold Equipment Auction, Granite Falls, MN Timed Online Auction Opening March 1 & Closing March 11 at 7PM Richard Gabrielson Estate Auction, Darwin, MN Timed Online Auction Opening March 3 & Closing March 10 at 7PM Collectible Snowmobile Collection Auction, Litchfield, MN Timed Online Auction Opening March 3 & Closing March 10 at 6PM Steve Meyer Collectible Snowmobile Auction, Steffes Group Facility, West Fargo, ND, Timed Online Auction


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94.21 Acres of Very Good Bare Crop Land • 83.8 CPI Erosion Terrace – Some Drain Tile – 87.66 Tillable Acres


We Sell the Earth & Everything On It.

Auction Location: 530 Wilson Ave. NW Faribault, MN 55021 (Chamber of Commerce Building)

Friday, February 26, 2021 10:00 A.M. CST FOR COMPLETE DETAILS GO TO


Feed Seed Hay

4x5 Net wrapped conventional FOR SALE: Alfalfa, mixed (Non-GMO) corn stalks, $20- hay, grass hay, straw and in$30 ea. Grass hay $30-$60; dividually wrapped baleage. shedded rotary chopped Medium or large square oat straw or soybean stub- bales. Delivery available. ble, $150; Alfalfa $60-#70, Zumbrota, MN. Call or text up to 150 RFU. Can possibly Ray Leffingwell 763-286-2504 deliver. (Cell)320-905-6195, (Home)320-382-6288 Please support the advertisers ALFALFA, mixed hay, grass hay & wheat straw, medium square or round bales, delivery available. Thief River Falls, MN. Call or text LeRoy Ose: 218-689-6675

94.21± Acres of Good Bare Crop Land 87.66 Tillable Acres • 83.8 CPI • Part of Section 9 Walcott Township, Rice County, MN ***PID# 15.09.20003 Zoned Ag ***Taxes Proposed for 2021 $1,294.00 ***Area: 94.21 Acres ***Tillable Acres: 87.66 ***Crop Productivity Index 83.8 ***Erosion Terraces And Some Drain Tile In Place ***Can Be Operated In 2021 Growing Season ***To Be Sold 94.21 X $ Bid Per Acre

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Maring Auction & Realty, Inc. is Representing the Sellers Terms: $20,000 down the day of the auction which is non-refundable if buyer(s) fail to close and pay seller in full. The balance of selling price is due and payable in full to the seller on or before March 25, 2021 at which time the buyer(s) shall receive a clear and marketable title and possession of the said property. All real estate is selling as is condition, with no representation warrantee or guaranty expressed or implied by the seller or any of their agents. All real estate taxes due in the year of 2021 shall be prorated between seller and buyer(s). All bidder/buyer(s) must conduct their own due diligence. All bidder/buyer(s) must have their finances in order prior to auction date.


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DAMAGED GRAIN We pay top dollar for your damaged grain. We are experienced handlers of your wet, dry, burnt and mixed grains. Trucks and vacs available. Immediate response anywhere.

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Farm Equipment



dOPEN Pollinated Seed Corn. FOR SALE: Brent 420 grain 2011 NH T6070 Elite, MFWD, WANTED: 656 or 706 with a - Produces more high quali- cart, green, excellent condi- 2700 hours, 3 remotes, 16spd, loader. Cab & chains if pos18.4x42 rear weights, load- sible, also, a hay spear with . ty silage on less acres than tion, $6,500. 612-227-3816 er ready, suspended cab, it. FOR RENT OR SALE: e hybrid. $67/bushel plus ship. ping. High feed value grain. Hanson Silo unloader, 20 ft, $59,900. 507-920-7954 Breeding bulls, semen testt Located at Teutopolis, IL 10 Horse motor; Bou mat- NEW AND USED TRACTOR ed, shots, vaccinations & ic vacuum pump-handles 217-857-3377 PARTS JD 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, poured. 218-770-6264 8 units, Calf Tel huts - poly 55, 50 Series & newer tracindividual pens - 6 stall calf tors, AC-all models, Large barn; Gehl chopper box on Bins & Buildings Inventory, We ship! Mark Classified line ads work! 10T wagon. 507-289-2200 Call 507-345-4523 Heitman Tractor Salvage Barn and Quonset Roofing Harms Mfg. Land Rollers, 715-673-4829 a and Straightening. Kelling Brand New, 12’-$6,800; i Silo. 1-800-355-2598 14’-$7,000; 16’-$8,000; 24’m $14,800; 32’-$17,500; 42’.Stormor Bins & EZ-Drys. $21,500; Others from 8’-62’. - 100% financing w/no liens or 715-234-1993 Land d red tape, call Steve at FairSpecialists fax Ag for an appointment. JD 7000 Corn Planter, 2Row, 3PT, $1,800, Fert. Avail. 888-830-7757 $350/Row. 715-234-1993

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WANTED TO BUY: Pull type cultipacker, and 8’ or 10’ offset disk. 320-493-3394 eveBrillion 27 ft X-fold Packer, nings very nice, no welds, $9,800; We buy Rhino 160 Brush cutter, like Salvage Equipment new, $1,200. 715-572-1234 Parts Available FOR SALE: 2006 John Deere Hammell Equip., Inc. 200 soil finisher, 27 1/2’, very (507)867-4910 nice, $5,700. WANTED: John Deere 200 soil finisher, 30’ to Sell your farm equipment 32’ double fold, must be nice. in The Land with a line ad. 320-269-6653 507-345-4523


RACINE: $299,000. 3BR, 1BA Country Acreage close to Rochester! 10-acres on blacktop road. MLS# 5701169 PENDING MOWER COUNTY: Approx. 120-acres, some tile, CPS of 91.7. Frankford Twp. MLS# 5705409 NEW LISTING & PENDING

March 3 • 113.95 ± Acres • Shelby Twp, Blue Earth Cty

MOWER COUNTY: Approx. 108-acres, Patterned tiled, CPS of 83.3. Frankford Twp. MLS# 5705429 NEW LISTING & PENDING

March 5 • 592.25 ± Acres • Belgrade Twp, Nicollet Cty

MOWER COUNTY: Approx. 193-acres of Prime Farmland. CPI of 86.6. Well tilled. Sargeant Twp. MLS# 5695397 PENDING

March 10 • 143.66 ± Acres • Murray Twp, Murray Cty

RACINE: 10,000 sq. ft. building on 2.12-acres. Multiple uses! MLS# 5247299

Date TBD • 106.85 ± Acres • Blue Earth City Twp, Faribault Cty

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Friday, March 5, 2021 @ 10:30 A.M. (Snow/Blizzard backup date 3-9-21, at the same time.) Check our web site www.danpikeauction.com for updates.

SALE LOCATION: The auction will be held On-Site at the farm which is located from the I-90 exit at Lakefield, Minnesota 1-1/2 miles south on Highway #86 to County Road #34, then 2-1/2 miles west on Co. #34. Watch for auction signs. PROPERTY LOCATION From the I-90 exit at Lakefield, Minnesota 1-1/2 miles south to Jackson County #34, then 2-1/2 miles west on #34. Watch for auction sign.




Rost Township

PREVIEW: By Appointment / LOADOUT: Thursday, March 11 from 9am - 4pm

PROPERTY LEGAL DESCRIPTION Southwest Quarter Section Twenty Four (24), Township One Hundred Two (102) North (Rost Township), Range Thirty-Seven (37) West Jackson County, Minnesota. Jackson County Parcel #15.024.0700. PROPERTY INFORMATION Deeded Acres: 160+/- Acres Cropland Acres: 153.59 +/- Acres Crop Productivity Index Rating: 88.4 Estimated by Agra Data Mapping


OWNER - William & Ardene Post MN Real Estate Trust

Catherine Hohensteen & Douglas Anderson - Trustees Closing Attorney for the Sellers Patrick K. Costello - Costello, Carlson, Butzon & Schmit Law Firm Lakefield, MN. Phone #507-662-6621


410 Springfield Parkway Jackson, MN 56143 507-847-3468


TRACTOR 1949 John Deere Royal row crop cultivator, 6R30”, 3 pt. mount, danish tine, rolling shields TRACTOR - 2WD 1977 John Deere 4430, 3,806 actual hrs. 1967 John Deere 2020, 4,945 hrs. TRACTOR - MFWD 1987 John Deere 4650, 4,011 hrs.

TRAILERS Gleaner pick up head, 6’ 1977 Livestock trailer, 16’x7’ GRAIN CARTS & GRAVITY Shop built pull type BOXES fertilizer caddy (2) M&W gravity box, 12.5-15 Flatbed water tender trailer, tires 8’x14’ Minnesota 130 flare box Utility trailer, 7’x14’x16” GRAIN HANDLING COMBINES EQUIPMENT Gleaner combine cab, 1,527 Westfield auger, 61’x8” sep. hrs., 1,807 eng. hrs. Feterl grain screener HEADS LIVESTOCK EQUIPMENT Gleaner bean head, 13’ Gleaner corn head, 3 row, 30’ Artsway 450 grinder/mixer


OTHER EQUIPMENT CONTRUCTION/HEAVY Brillion seeder, 10’ EQUIPMENT John Deere 48 all hyd. loader SPRAYERS & SPREADERS New Holland 155 manure HAY EQUIPMENT H&S small sq. thrower rack, spreader Pull type sprayer 9’x16’ TILLAGE EQUIPMENT H&S small sq. thrower rack John Deere 328 small square DRILLS / MOWERS / TIRES TRACTOR/IMPLEMENT baler PARTS / ATV’S, New Holland 258 roll bar rake New Holland 492 haybine, 9’ SNOWMOBILES, BOATS, RECREATION Small square thrower rack, 9’x16’ MISC.ITEMS Small sq. thrower rack Flat bed hay rack, 8’x14’

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Industrial & Construction

SALE: Yorkshire, 2007 Toyota Fork lift, Cab, FOR SALE: 960 JD field cul- FOR SALE: John Deere 7720 Wanted to Buy: JD725 6, 8 & WANTED TO BUY: John FOR tivator, 34 ft, 6” spacing, combine, 915 bean head, 12 row - front mount cultiva- Deere 4040 with power shift. Hampshire, Duroc, cross 5,000 pound lift, Cushion bred boars, gilts & 4-H pigs. tires, NICE! $9,800. 715-572knock-on 7” shovels, 3R 440 cornhead, $10,000 for all tors; Stanhoist and Bushhog 507-359-3065 Top quality. Excellent herd 1234 spring tooth drag, excellent three. 952-393-1784 steel barge boxes; Gehl and Lorentz grinder/mixers; plus WANTED: Frame for John health. No PRSS. Delivery condition, $4,500. 507-276all types of farm machinery. Deere 7000 front fold planter available. 320-760-0365 8345 Trucks & Wanted Wanted: also JD 4430 1975 or 12 row. 320-293-4380 Spot, Duroc, Chester White, Trailers Read the latest Ag newer. 507-251-2685 Boars & Gilts available. Classified Line Ads Monthly PRRS and PEDV. 2008 GMC 2500HD crew cab, news and information in All kinds of New & Used farm WANTED: JD 480 fork lift, 21’ THE LAND! equipment - disc chisels, field mast, 20.8x38 band duals w/ Delivery available. Steve leather, sunroof, Duramax cults, planters, soil finishers, hardware, JD 953 wagon w/ Diesel, very clean, was a Resler. 507-456-7746 cornheads, feed mills, discs, barge box & hoist. WheatUtah truck, 134K, $20,900. Call 507-345-4523 Planting Equip balers, haybines, etc. 507- land fenders for JD 5020715-572-1234 Pets & Supplies 438-9782 6030. All must be in good John Deere 7000 planter Livestock shape. 507-251-2344 6R30” liquid fertilizer, preci- WANTED: Navigator or simAKC German Shepherd PupYour ad sion meters, row cleaners, ilar 3pt hitch attachment WANTED: Used LP propane pies. Imported working FOR SALE: Black Angus bulls always shedded, good con- for cultivating. Call 507-276- tank, 12,000, 15,000, 18,000 bloodlines. Healthy, active could be here! dition, $6,500/OBO. 952-292- 5196. Please leave a mes- or 21,000 gallons or greater. also Hamp, York, & Hamp/ pups with good hips. Sable. Duroc boars & gilts. Alfred 507-345-4523 sage. 2019 Suzette Riches, Holloway, 507-327-6430 Kemen 320-598-3790 MN (320) 394-2189


Mark ZIEMER New London, MN (320) 979-4044 Auctioneer

Brian ZIEMER New London, MN (320) 979-4044 Auctioneer

New London/ New London/ Belgrade Area Belgrade Area The Following Described Property Will Be Sold At Farm Located At 24500 US Hwy 71 NE New London MN. Being 7 1/2 Miles South Of Belgrade MN On US Hwy #71

Saturday March 6th 10:00 AM

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Brian ZIEMER New London, MN (320) 979-4044 Auctioneer

Belgrade, MN Belgrade, MN The Following Described Property Will Be Sold At Farm Located At 21241 Farmcrest Rd Belgrade, MN. From Belgrade MN 1 1/2 Miles South On Stearns Co Rd 197 Then 1 Miles E On Stearns Co Rd 116 1/2 Mile NE On Farmcrest Rd

Saturday March 13th 10:00 AM




Case-IH 496 24 Ft Cushion Gang Tandem Case-IH 2366 Diesel Combine, Cummings Case International 7220 MFWD Diesel Wheel Disk, Case-IH 4800 25 Ft Vibra Tractor Cab, Heat, Air, 18 Speed Diesel Engine 1400 Hrs On New Short Shank w/ Mulcher, Kent 2109 9 Shank Block, Axial Flow, 3 Speed Hydrostatic, Transmission, Hub Duals, 8045 Hrs, Slash & Chisel 12 Ft, Int 720 5x18 Field Tracker, Rock Trap, Harvest Monitor Case-IH Maxxum 125 MFWD Diesel w/ Moister Tester, Hopper Extension 5060 Mounted Plow, Case IH 830 6 Row 3 Tractor 16 Speed, Cab, Air, Heat, Hub Engine Hrs & 3700 Rotary Hrs Case-IH Pt Cultivator, White 5x18 Auto Reset Duals, 1800 Hrs w/ Case-IH L-750 2208 8 Row 30” Corn Head, Case IH Mounted Plow, Melroe 7 Section Harrow Loader (Like New), International 1020 25 Ft Bean Head, IH Model 810 10’ w/ Hydraulic Evener, International 8 Ft 986 Diesel Tractor Cab, Wide Front, 3 Belt Grain Head, Minnesota Pull Type Digger 3 Pt 1000/540 PTO, Duals, 3932 10 Ton Header Trailer Hrs Showing, Good Torque, S/N HAY EQUIPMENT GRAIN CART 2510194U24793, JD 5420 Diesel Tractor Case-IH RB-455 Silage Round GRAVITY BOXES MFWD, 3 Pt, Roll-Bar, 6865 Hrs w/ JD Baler w/ Net Wrap, 3861 Bales S/N FORAGE BOXES 541 Loader w/ Material Bucket, Pallet HBJRB455VHN195676, New Holland Parker 4500 Grain Cart, 2 - J&M 385 Forks, Manure Fork, Bale Fork, S/N H-7230 Mow-Max 10 Ft Disc Bine (2016) LU54205242249, Farmall H Gas Tractor Gravity Boxes, w/ 13 Ton Running Gears, S/N YFN-257901, New Holland 258 Roll-ABar Rake w/ Front Dolly, New Holland 256 Semi Tires, & Lights, Minnesota 250 Narrow Front Roll-A-Bar Rake, Gehl 420 10 Wheel Pull Gravity Box w/ Horst 10 Ton Running

Tpe Wheel Rake, Eagle 44 Ft Bale Elevator

PLANTING Gear, Bradford 165 Gravity Box w/ MN On Transport w/ Electric Motor, Meyers JD 750 20 Ft No Till Drill, 10” Spacings, Jumbo 10 Running Gear, Kasten 14 Ft 16 Ft Metal Thrower Rack w/ MN Big 7 SI Seed Meters, S/N N007SOX016435, Running Gear, 16 Ft Metal Thrower Rack Metal Side Front Unloading Forage Box JD 7200 Max-Emerge 2 - 6 Row 30” w/ lindsay 974 Running Gear, Minnesota w/ 10 Ton Tandem Axe Running Gear, Corn Planter w/ Dry Fertilizer, McKenzie Jumbo 10 Ton Running Gear w/ Flat Rack, H&S 14 Ft Wood Side Front unloading Minnesota Big 7cv b Running Gear w/ Flat Rack Bean Meters, JD #150 Monitor, Trash Whippers, International 5100 Soy Bean Forage Box w/ Meyers 1206 Tandem Axle AUCTIONEER NOTES Special Grain Drill 12 Ft w/ Grass Seeder, Running Gear, Schwartz Rear Unloading Please Join Us For a Well Kept Line of Case International 5100 Soybean Special Farm Equipment On Sat, March 6th. Forage Box w/ Running Gear In Case Of Severe Weather Grain Drill 12 Ft, International #56 Please Listen To KASM 1150 AM Or KDJS 4 Row Wide Planter 95.3 FM Thank You, Mark, Brian, Terry Bid Live & Live Online! Proxibid Items Begin at 11:00 am.To Bid Online Visit www.proxibid.com/hilbrands

Mark Ziemer, Lic. 34-46 New London, 320-354-4312 Cell: 320-979-4044 Brian Ziemer, New London 320-354-5308 Terry Hilbrands, 239-777-3120

Not responsible for accidents Lunch on grounds Number system used www.ziemerauctions.com or midwestauctions.com, click on Ziemer Follow Ziemer Auctioneers on Facebook!

Usual Auction Terms

(Cash or Approved Check Day of Sale). No Items Removed Until Settled For. Everything Sold As Is.

Hilbrands Auctions Clerk 239-777-3120

HAY & FORAGE EQUIPMENT PICKUPS Case IH RB-455 Round Baler w/ Net 2018 Chevrolet HD2500 Duramax Diesel Wrap 1889 Bales (Nice), New Holland Pickup w/ Allison Transmission, Full H-7450 12 Ft Swing Tongue Discbine Crew, 4x4, Leather, LTZ, 7 ft Box, 5th (Like New), New Holland Square Baler Wheel, 30,500 Actual Miles (Like New), w/ Thrower, 16 Ft Metal Thrower 1973 Chevrolet 1 Ton Pickup, 292, 6 Rack On JD Running Gear, 16 Ft Metal Cyl, 4 Speed, w/ Tree Spade 33”, 1977 Thrower Rack On MN 8 Ton Running C-60 Chevrolet Truck w/ Cab & Chassis Gear, Sitrex 9 Wheel Rake Pull Type, Vicou 3 Pt Disc Mower, JD 3800 Forage PLANTING & TILLAGE Chopper w/ 2 Row 30” Corn Head, Gehl 2012 Case-IH 1220 Early Riser 8 16 Ft Front Unloading Forage Box w/ Row 30” Planter, Liquid Fertilizer, Row Wood Sides On MN 12 Ton Tandem Axle Cleaner, Monitor, 2650 Acres (Nice), Running Gear International 620 Press Drill 12 Ft w/ 6” Spacing And Grass Seeder w/ Front COMBINE - HEADS Dollie, DMI Ecolo Tiger 5308 Slash 1998 Case-IH 2388 Axial Flow Combine & Chisel 9 Shank w/ Disc Leveler, Diesel Engine, w/ Big Top Hopper Wilrich Field Cultivator 36 Ft w/ 3 Bar Extension, 3690 Engine Hrs, 2776 Axial Mulcher, International 490 Tandem Disk Flow Hrs 480/80R38 Rubber & Duals w/ Folding Wings 24 Ft, International Rock Trap, Ag-Leader PF3000 Monitor, 475 Tandem Disk 20 Ft w/ Spring Type 2001 Geringhoff Rota-Disc 8 Row, 30” Wings, International 183 8 Row 30” 3 Corn Head, Poly Snouts, International Pt Danish Tooth Cultivator w/ Rolling 1083 8 Row 30” Corn Head, 2 - Case-IH Shields, Wetherall 6 Row Danish Tooth 3 1020 20 Ft Bean Head, Case-IH 1020 25 Pt Cultivator, Ford 151 6x18 Auto Reset Ft Bean Head, International 810 5 Belt Mounted Plow, Melroe 5 Section Spring Tooth w/ Hyd Evener Grain Pickup Head, Head Trailer Kuhn Knight 1150 Tandem Axle Spreader Double Apron, Poly Floor, Front Screen, Hydraulic End Gate, New Idea 3632 Tandem Axle Spreader w/ Poly Floor (Needs Gear Box)

For Full Listing go to: www.ziemerauctions.com or call 320-354-4312

Terry Carlson Estate, Tina Carlson Owner AUCTIONEERS

TRACTORS Case-IH 165 Puma Diesel Tractor MFWD, Cab, 18 Speed Transmission, 480-80R42 Good Rear Rubber 2485 Hrs (Nice), Versatile 835 4 Wheel Drive Diesel Tractor 18.4x38 Rubber w/ Duals, Bare Back, International 856 Diesel Tractor, Wide Front, 3 Pt, 540/1000 PTO, Good Torque, 18.4x38 Good Rubber, Farmall 706 Diesel Tractor Wide Front, Fast Hitch, Good Rubber, Good Torque, Fast Hitch, 540/1000 PTO, Case 1030 Diesel Tractor, Wide Front, Comfort King, Draft-O-Matic, 3 Pt, 540/1000 PTO, 8100 Hrs, Allis Chalmers 8050 Diesel Tractor Cab, MFWD, 3 Pt, 540/1000 PTO, 20.8x38 Rear Rubber, Band Duals, 6892 Hrs, Farmall 300 Gas Tractor Narrow Front SKID LOADER & BUCKETS Case SR-210 Skid Loader 2 Speed, Diesel, Cab, Heat, Air, and Stereo, 1429 Hrs, Front Hydraulics, Material Bucket, Pallet Forks, 2 Grapple Forks, Snow Bucket 9 Ft, 3 Tine Bale Spear, Skid Loader Quick Tach Wood Splitter

Bid Live & Live Online! Proxibid Items Begin at 12:00 Noon.To Bid Online Visit www.proxibid.com/hilbrands

AUCTIONEER NOTES Please Join Us On Sat, March 13th For a Good Line of Farm Equipment. In Case Of Severe Weather Please Listen To KASM 1150 AM Or KDJS 95.3 FM Thank You, Mark, Brian, Terry

For Full Listing go to: www.ziemerauctions.com or call 320-354-4312

Lyle Boie Estate, Darlene Boie Owner AUCTIONEERS

Mark Ziemer, Lic. 34-46 New London, 320-354-4312 Cell: 320-979-4044 Brian Ziemer, New London 320-354-5308 Terry Hilbrands, 239-777-3120

Not responsible for accidents Lunch on grounds Number system used www.ziemerauctions.com or midwestauctions.com, click on Ziemer Follow Ziemer Auctioneers on Facebook!

Usual Auction Terms

(Cash or Approved Check Day of Sale). No Items Removed Until Settled For. Everything Sold As Is.

Hilbrands Auctions Clerk 239-777-3120


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

Public musictorium


f you’re just dying to belt out the “Star Spangled Banner” or your rendition of Patsy Cline’s “Walkin’ After Midnight,” the band shell in Sinclair Lewis Park is just the place for you. Roger Reinardy, the fellow who painted the spectacular (and somewhat mindbending) mural in the band shell, commented on both the spontaneous possibilities and the remarkable acoustics of the Sauk Centre, Minn. venue. “People would come by when I was painting it and ask if they could sing on the stage,” Reinardy told Roberta Olson, of the Dairyland Peach, in a 2017 interview. “There are incredible acoustics,” he said, “especially in one spot, where every sound from the audience and from passing vehicles on nearby Highway 71 can be heard.” It’s true. Standing in the band shell we heard the mallards quietly quacking in the river a block away. The curvature of the band shell creates the acoustics. That’s also what makes Reinardy’s painting seem to be three dimensional and alive. If you look straight into the shell, the band director (who depicts Sauk Centre Band Director Alan Raitor) seems not to be a part of the painting, but to be standing in front of it. If you step to the side the director bends at the waist and appears to be signaling to the trombones to crescendo.

The whole project, from impromptu concerts to the painting itself, was done in a spirit of spontaneity. Reinardy started with the keyboard, which floats and curves in a groovy way which would have appealed to the great Duke Ellington. But Reinardy didn’t think up the warm golden musical notes which float off the cool blue surface. That, he told Roberta Olson was suggested by a woman — an audience of one — who was watching him paint from the seats of the band shell’s outdoor auditorium. Reinardy listened to suggestions from the public, whether he was 25 feet off the ground in a scissors lift painting the sparkling Milky Way (which tops off the painting) or on a boat ride on nearby Sauk Lake Someone suggested he include a guitar. He did. There’s also a saxophone and trombones. Alan Raitor’s son, out on that boat ride, suggested including his Dad. The mural became not only the work of a talented artist, but the work of a community of talented and creative people. If you enjoy public art, it’s well worth a visit. And if you want to bring your own saxophone that’s just fine. v

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