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Besides grapes, a Minnesota winery is also in the market for corn to make bourbon. See page 15 INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Sugar beet harvest underway;

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The feeling of fall has arrived. I’m typDepartment of Natural Resources, there ing this while enjoying a cup of coffee are portions of eight counties which are complete with pumpkin spice creamer. All still classified as in exceptional drought. I need is a cozy flannel shacket (shirt/ At least a quarter of the state is in jacket combo) and a crisp Minnesota extreme drought. The rains in August apple to finish off the fall trifecta. have helped replenish a bit of the rivers, lakes and streams, but we have a long This time of year has been a favorite of way to go. The soil is still in need of more mine since I was little. It meant a new moisture. beginning, back to school, new clothes, LAND MINDS fresh school supplies, and of course footWhen will that come? Farmers I talk to By Kristin Kveno ball season. I’m not a huge fan of the hope the ground will be in better shape actual sport, but I have enjoyed the by next spring’s planting. We all can atmosphere of being at the game since only wish that next year will be better I was a little girl. My dad coached high for growing crops. school football; so when I was young that meant my I feel like I always say, “next year will be better.” mom, brother and I sat out on the cold bleachers That phrase was used by me many, many times bundled in a cozy blanket cheering on his team. It when our kids were little and we traveled as a famialso meant I got a cup of that delicious hot cocoa ly somewhere. The thinking that the next year had from the concession stand. Staying up late, mesmer- to be better when traveling with little kids. They ized watching the bats flying around the stadium wouldn’t need all the strollers, toys and pack-nlights, sipping cocoa on the cool fall nights … it plays. And each year it did get better. We can now didn’t get better than that. travel with our kids packing their own clothes (with For my husband, fall has always been about harsome success). They can go through the TSA line vest and hunting. Days and nights in the field were smoothly and enjoy the plane ride better than me. spent listening to whatever he could find on the AM (By the way, when did turbulence become such a radio. Ideally, it would be North Dakota State norm on a plane? Every plane ride I seem to grip University Bison football or the Minnesota Twins. those armrests harder and harder as we navigate Speaking of being in the field, combines are start- all the bumps and drops the pilot coolly calls “a bit of turbulence.”) Even in those challenging years of ing to roll as soybeans are ready to harvest — weeks earlier than usual in most of the state. What traveling with little kids, we embraced the chaos, started as hopefulness this spring, when conditions knowing we were making memories that would last a lifetime. were ripe to get the crop in the ground on time (or even early in some cases), moved on to optimism This year wasn’t ideal for so many farmers, but that this was going to be a good growing season. they had to embrace the challenges and look ahead The rain stayed away for planting; the fields weren’t to what is hopefully a higher-yielding 2022. Can we saturated. also request that 2022 be without Covid, without Once the crops were in the ground, it was time for division and with an abundance of more kindness all around? rain to get the crops going. But many farms got nothing. Week after week I spoke with “From the Whether you’re heading out to a football game Fields” producers. They were hanging on to that 10 under the big lights on a Friday night or spending to 20 percent chance of rain in the forecast. Nothing. some quality time in the combine, here’s hoping They would watch in befuddlement as the radar that this fall goes smoothly and that next year is showed rain heading their way — only to just skirt better. Don’t forget to add a dash of pumpkin spice around their farms; or the moisture simply wouldn’t creamer just to be sure and throw on your flannel reach the ground. shacket!


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Former school building can still teach a thing or two One day towards the end of August I the interesting displays at our own pace. which was ready for grinding corn and other grains stepped back in time. It was a day into flour. The building is now listed on the planned to explore the antiques and life The mill drew farmers from Minnesota, South National Register of Historic Places. For from days gone by at the Plymouth Dakota and other locaover 70 County Historical Museum. tions from up to 70 years it was But when I entered the halls of Old miles away. It would the public Central, it felt as if I was again a student have been ideal, but school for all carrying school books with my pencils the Floyd River water 12 grades in and paper ready to learn. It wouldn’t level wasn’t always Le Mars, FROM MY have surprised me if school bells had conducive to supplying Iowa. Fondly FARMHOUSE rung or buzzers were sounding to enough power. So in called “Old KITCHEN announce it was time to end one subject 1873 steam power was Central,” it By Renae B. and move on to the next. added. was conVander Schaaf structed in Thankfully they didn’t ring, so my That made a differthree sections: middle friend and I could enjoy our afternoon exploring all ence, as years later the (1905), south (1925) mill produced 75 barand north (1952). rels of flour per day During the school’s and five train car loads final years (1980-81) it of feed. There was even was officially used as a a railroad spur built to learning center. Photos by Renae B. Vander Schaaf help transport the flour and grain to Bit by bit, since 1983, To me, a kitchen is always the heart of the home where women share their love for family by cooking up nutritious meals and sharwhere it was needed. the Plymouth County ing a cup of coffee with family and friends. Historical Museum has Obviously industry been transforming the school does help a town grow. building into one of Iowa’s largest 30 COLORS 26-29 GAUGE Standard all around The classrooms of the former historical museums. The rooms on durability school are filled with various disthe building’s five floors depict plays. The kitchen in the Heritage Plymouth Counties earliest days House is a definite reminder that and how it has changed through my life is not as busy as it could the years. be. I am not separating cream Like most communities, there is from the milk that I may or not some history shared by all — yet have milked that morning and each specific area has its own evening. My laundry consists of story which makes museum throwing the clothes in a washer, This is one of the two log cabins avail30 COLORS 26-29 GAUGE Standing seam architecture exploring interesting. adding soap and pushing a few look for half the price able for touring on the grounds. buttons. I just don’t have the musIt was on Dec. 28, 1846 that cles for a scrub board. Iowa became a state. Approximately 10 years later, the Western Plymouth County has first settlers began building their the distinction of being part of the homes in Plymouth County. Loess Hills. So of course, there is a display of the wildlife which can In a little more than 10 years, be found in the area. Plymouth County was surveyed for a railroad in 1868. John Insley The Medical Class room displays early medical equipment and 30 COLORS 26-29 GAUGE Residential and round roof Blair — who was known as a planapplications ner of railroad, railroad stock plays homage to those early docspeculator and bridge builder — I’m thankful these tools for keeping house tors who made house calls and played a huge role in choosing the often worked until totally exhaustare found in a museum and not in my route for the Illinois Central ed, relying on their horse to bring home. Railroad to connect Iowa Falls and them home safely. Sioux City. Blair must have been a Miller’s Lunch is a replica of a man of action, too. Le Mars (then favorite diner in the area from simply known as St. Paul 1943 to 1990. When it closed, the Junction) had rail service just a furnishings — including booths, Commercial and Perlin year later in 1869. 30 COLORS 26 GAUGE countertops and décor — were applications That same year, Peter Gehlen relocated to museum. As we scouted out a place on the Floyd walked through the display, big River for building a flour mill. He If you’re looking for a winter hobby, had hoped the river would furnish here’s one: build a replica of your barn See FARMHOUSE KITCHEN, and supply the power for his mill with wooden matchsticks. pg. 6

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Four books that reach for the heart, mind and immortality Writers write, according graphs the authors’ theme. to some poet, to make There are no sacred cows in themselves immortal. True this deeply-sourced, for-theor not, it was true for that record history of the endwriter because that’s an lessly controversial checkunforgettable, maybe even off. immortal, line. And, better yet, Zalesky Most times, however, writand Gumaer answer their ers write out of compulsion; question in the manner they see a story that needs FARM & FOOD FILE they write: clearly and honto be told and they grab estly. By Alan Guebert some paper and verbs to Coincidentally, a few tell it. Below are four roots of the federal books which meet some checkoff movement lay in measure of that descripthe farm crisis of the tion: each tells a story for the record, early 1980s. That crack-up led to masfor our understanding, and even for sive hardship — especially in the our souls. Northern Plains where foreclosures by This year marks the 35th anniversa- the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s ry of the beef checkoff — the federal, Farmers Home Administration, the mandatory assessment cattle growers agency’s powerful ag lender, threw lobbied Congress for to “promote” beef. gasoline on the fire. “A Buck A Head,” a large format, 245Into that maelstrom stepped Sarah page book by experienced investigaVogel, an East Coast-trained attorney tive journalist Leesa Zalesky and who began her legal career as a Diane Henderson Gumaer (a 15-year bureaucrat in Washington, D.C. But veteran of the Cattlemen’s Beef she was also a daughter of North Board) traces the checkoff’s less-than- Dakota and, equally important, the honest beginnings and its subsequent, granddaughter of Frank Vogel, a key checkered history. member of Nonpartisan League, the The book’s subtitle, “Did Greed, powerful force behind the state’s farm Envy, and a Thirst for Power Hijack populism in the previous farm crisis, Beef Research & Promotion?” telethe Great Depression.


That pedigree and skill led Vogel home to take on what was an almost hopeless fight against FmHA’s brutal foreclosure process. Vogel, twice elected North Dakota’s commissioner of agriculture in the 1990s, chronicles the uphill-all-the-way fight in “The Farmer’s Lawyer,” a well-written tale that reads like the true legal thriller it is. Just before the 1980s farm crisis, Wes Jackson hit the Land Grant University establishment with a minor storm of his own. He opted out of a Big U and its feathery tenure to found what would become The Land Institute near Salina, Kan. Jackson, who has more accolades (Pew Conservation Scholar in 1990, MacArthur Fellow in 1992…) than most farms have acres, began The Institute in 1976 as what he calls an “ideal school” in his new book “Hogs Are Up: Stories of the Land, with Digressions.” The “digressions” part is the key: Although he’s a scientist and pioneering geneticist (the perennial small grain kernza is The Land Institute’s groundbreaking contribution to sustainable agriculture) Jackson is a gifted storyteller. “Hogs Are Up” is filled with stories of his Kansas farm roots,

his intellectual journey and, equally compelling, the stories and lessons he picked up along his wonderfully unplanned path. Poetry is the epitome of storytelling. Very few do it well and even fewer in American agriculture do it at all. Daniel Smith, a one-time dairy farmer, is one of those gifted few. Smith’s lovely new volume of poetry, “Ancestral,” is a diary of his many years on the land, in the milking parlor, and what he left with when he and his spouse, Cheryl, moved after decades of crops, children, and ghosts on the family farm. Most readers will find themselves in these sharp, powerful verses. I did on nearly every page. Two quick notes: First, additional information on each of these exceptional books is posted on my website, Second, while all these writers are good friends, all also are accomplished professionals who tell important stories well. Well enough, in fact, to be read decades into the future. The Farm and Food File is published weekly through the United States and Canada. Past columns, events and contact information are posted at v

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Life on the Farm: Readers’ Photos High winds on the evening of Aug. 28 flattened fields in Mulligan Township, southwest of Leavenworth, Minn. – leaving little option but to chop the corn for silage. Rose Wurtzberger sent in these photos, saying her farm luckily sustained less damage; but the rainstarved corn is brittle.

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Time waits for no one (or no thing) during harvest Perhaps there is no greater scope of staked his claim there as well, and it was opposites than is present during harvest just as unfortunate when it was time for time. him to leave there and go home for supper. We can all learn something from litHarvest time presents some of the lontle kids who live in the moment, for the gest days of the year for the farm family, moment. and it clashes with the shortest amount of time to get laundry and chores done, Sometimes progress and patience are in get field lunches made and dishes done, short supply during that very hectic time and even answer Mother Nature’s call of year. When the combine driver has to TABLE TALK when the combine is waiting for the wait for the grain cart to return; when grain cart or trucks to catch up. By Karen Schwaller trucks are backed up at the elevator; when breakdowns occur and we have to But there are plenty of things that wait for parts; when the rain lasts too don’t last long during harvest season — and one of them would be sunsets. Harvest sunsets long; when computer technology fails us; when there isn’t enough help; and even when political news feature some of the most beautiful paintings God intrudes and rears its ugly head. has ever created, but they certainly don’t last long. It’s a good thing too, because I could see myself so Nights are some of the shortest of all during harengrossed in the beauty of a fall sunset that we vest season. Before I used to help with harvest I could revisit an incident we had a couple of years would hear my husband say, “All that’s left is to fill ago involving a damaged combine and grain cart the trucks and then we’ll be home.” That always tractor, a frustrated husband and a wife who was sounded like a short-term effort … until it would considering revisiting her 100-yard-dash capabilitake forever for them to come home. ties from her junior high track years. When I became part of the harvest team (out of a We don’t want to go back there. lack of work force and sheer desperation), I came to understand how long it takes to ‘just fill the trucks’ When you’re a kid, a ride in the combine or trac— especially during the soybean harvest. It takes tor is never long enough. When our very young some time to fill the trucks for the night, especially grandson came to ride with me one fall, it came time for him and his mom to switch to the combine depending on the wind speed, blowing dust, yield levels and how much coffee was consumed during for a ride, and amid his tearful angst, we had to peel his little fingers off of the steering wheel so he the day. could make the move. Yet, once in the combine, he Many farm women have full-time jobs in town, so

their days are as long as they are short when they have to hold down the home fort while the guys are in the field. When I was doing that, I would get home from work around 5:30 or 6 p.m., toss the field supper into the oven, change into my chore clothes and take care of the hog and sheep chores for an hour. I would then return to the house, change out of my chore clothes, pack up supper and haul it around to wherever everyone was working, bring it home and put it away, get field lunches ready for three or four people, and prepare what was going to be for supper the next night for eight to 12 people. Those days dragged and yet whizzed by, and it confounded me that I never lost a single ounce of weight in all the time I did that. Sometimes the help doesn’t last long in the field or in the hog barns — especially if it’s a husbandand-wife situation and things aren’t going well. Maybe it’s best you don’t ask my husband how he knows that. There are many other things that aren’t around long at harvest time, including bread and mayonnaise, Rice Krispie treats (especially when young grandchildren are passengers in the combine), clean clothes, and yes, even whiskey. Ask my husband, and he’ll tell you it cures what ails you … especially at harvest time. Karen Schwaller brings “Table Talk” to The Land from her home near Milford, Iowa. She can be reached at v

We couldn’t take in all of the museum’s offerings in a day FARMHOUSE KITCHEN, from pg. 4 band music was playing in the background: happy days are here again! Plymouth County has quite an interesting history which includes an English settlement. Yes, this town on the prairie at one time was known as a British town. Apparently, the Close Brothers must have had a sense of adventure when they look outside of England to build their homes. In 1878 they bought 30,000 acres in Woodbury and Plymouth County. By 1880 they owned almost 40,000 acres. These English capitalists also had land in other parts of northwest Iowa and southwest Minnesota. With them they brought their architecture design which could be seen in some of the buildings and This sign shows quarantine is farms in Plymouth nothing new.

Miller’s Lunch still serves root beer floats!

County. It was the first time land west of the Mississippi was used for playing golf, hosting a horse competition known as steeple chasing, and even polo contests complete with correct uniforms and equipment.

It surprising what one can learn in a few hours at a museum. Indeed “Old Central” is still being used to educate. We didn’t even have time to explore the floor devoted to agriculture or visit the train room operated by the Floyd Valley Model Railroad Club. Oh well, I guess we will just have to repeat the day sometime soon. Let’s see … dinner at Iowa Barbeque Company and ice cream before we go home at the Wells Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor. You know, I think this is doable. The Plymouth County Historical Museum is open Tuesdays through Sunday from 1-5 p.m. It is located at 335 1st Ave. SW in Le Mars, Iowa. For more information, call (712) 546-7002 or email Renae B. Vander Schaaf is an independent writer, author and speaker. Contact her at (605) 530-0017 or v

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Krueger fans will love every bite of “Lightning Strike” Once was a time “Lightning Strike: A Novel” when you couldn’t wait to be big. by William Kent Krueger Eager to make c.2021, Atria decisions, set your $27.00 / $36.00 Canada own bedtime, eat 385 pages what you wanted for dinner. So many Waters in northern of your sentences Minnesota would figure THE BOOKWORM started with “When the smell was a dead SEZ I grow up....” and deer. now you have. Is it By Terri Schlichenmeyer The form hanging all you thought it from a tree was no deer. would be? Or, as in the new novel, “Lightning Strike” by Big John Manydeeds had lived up to William Kent Krueger, is adulthood his name, physically and spiritually. stormier than you wanted? He was a good man, a war veteran, an experienced guide, beloved on the rez Twelve-year-old Cork O’Conner and off. He’d gotten his life straightdidn’t care how many bottles of beer ened around — he’d even stopped were on the wall. He just wanted his friend to stop singing that stupid song drinking — so when the official conclusion was made that Big John hung while they were hiking the Boundary himself and he was drunk when he Waters to earn their merit badges. did it, nobody on the rez believed it. Cork was running out of patience. It was hot that summer of 1963, blackTamarack County Sheriff Liam flies were horrible, and there was a O’Connor had always wrestled with stench coming from the woods near his job on the reservation. The Lightning Strike — a meadow which Anishinaabe chose him as their sherwas sacred to the Anishinaabe. iff; but his white skin made him a conAny kid growing up by the Boundary troversial pick. He knew there would be an uproar about the ruling on Big

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John’s death, but Liam had a job to do. He also had a son who was curious as a cat. So if, as the Anishinaabe community insisted, Big John didn’t hang himself, who would want him dead? Convinced he was seeing things with the wrong eyes, Liam had to reassess. The community’s Mide told Cork to follow “crumbs” for a solution. Would they lead to an answer for Liam, too? You can think about “Lightning Strike” as a burrito. On the outside, the wrapper is the Corcoran O’Connor series. If you’re unfamiliar, this is a fine place to start, since it takes readers back to a beginning fans are only just learning. Author William Kent Krueger has built a story empire here and this book works nicely as its foundation.

Bite into it and you’ll find that inside, a double-spiced tryst is mixed in a shredded mystery, spooned over pre-civil rights-movement racism, and divisive small-town life. Bite again, and you’ll find that it’s seasoned by a hot-summer-night feel and lush sentences which will appeal to any gruesome-murder-loving softie. It adds up to the kind of book that, when you’re done reading, you’ll close the covers and blink — momentarily surprised you’re only still in your favorite reading spot. It’s the kind of book that makes you gasp here and reach for a tissue there. Yep, “Lightning Strike” is that big. Look for the reviewed book at a bookstore or a library near you. You may also find the book at online book retailers. The Bookworm is Terri Schlichenmeyer. Terri has been reading since she was 3 years old and never goes anywhere without a book. She lives in Wisconsin with three dogs and 10,000 books. v Since 1947, Lester Buildings has grown from its modest beginnings to an industry leader– due to our employee’s dedication and drive to innovate.

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Motorists should be aware: the beet lift is on! By DICK HAGEN The Land Staff Writer Emeritus RENVILLE, Minn. — We kibbitzers at the Chatter Box Café’s ‘round table’ ponder world issues each morning — even huge events such as when the 2021 sugar beet lift kicks into gear. We need ponder no more. On Aug. 25, I enjoyed a brief visit Todd Geselius with Todd Geselius, Vice President of Agriculture at Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative. And Todd told me the 2021 lift had just kicked into gear. The first deliveries arrived at the Renville factory at about 10 a.m. that morning! Other than weather-induced slowdowns, thousands of semis averaging about 25 tons of beets per trailer will persist until this 2021 harvest of just over 121,000 acres is completed. This tremendous harvest involves about 450 beet growers spread out through 16 southwest Minnesota counties. Geselius said acres planted in 2021 were about equal to last year. “Pretty similar,” he said. “Last year some drowned-outs reduced final harvested acres. That certainly wasn’t an issue this year.” Certainly, wet spots in fields this season were few and rare. But Geselius said the sugar beet crop survived the drought conditions fairly well. “Root samples this season have been most encouraging, thanks to excellent soil moisture last spring,” he said. “These recent August rains might be a plus also. We’re expecting a very good crop this year. Based on these last root samples, we’re looking at just under 30 tons!” Geselius related that despite the dry season, the first beets harvested were not particularly clean. “That’s because of yesterday’s rain showers,” he admitted. “They look better than I would have anticipated; but showers the next couple days will likely stop harvest a few days also. We’ve two dumping platforms open today; will have four platforms taking beets tomorrow. And soon we’ll be taking beets at all 12 of our piling sites.” I noticed two side dumpers — beet trailers with hinged side panels so when the entire trailer is tilted the entire load slides off. I wondered how long it takes to unload. “These side dumping trailers take only about 2 minutes,” Geselius said. “Currently, about 60 percent of our growers have purchased these trailers.” Geselius went on to explain the time frame for when growers harvest their beets. “During pre-pile, lifting times are very regimented … beause we only want to bring in as many tons as the factory can slice. Factory time is 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. We can do about 16,000 tons a day. About 700 tons per hour moves through the factory. Our factory ‘run time’ is about 250 days (plus or minus), and nonstop, 24 hours per day. That means just a couple months to fix and replace everything needed before the next lift kicks into gear.” Like many other operations this year, finding workers to run the plant is difficult. Full employment for

the factory operation its about 300 people; plus 100 people in the administrative staff. Plus SMBSC hires another 350 people just to assist with harvest at the various piling sites. “It’s been very challenging,” Geselius admitted. “You can’t find a business around here not needing manpower right now.” Even though Geselius is pleased with how the early phase of harvest looks, he says it’s too early to start predicting on the outcome. “As you so well know, every harvest season is 100 percent weather dependent,” he cautioned. “For example, up until yesterday’s rains, it was looking like a clean and easy harvest. Then the rains dirtied up the beets. Now more rain is predicted next week so we’ll have some slowdowns. But we’ve got smart growers. They’ve got good equipment and hire great workers. Get the right breaks on weather and these guys will get the job done … that’s all I need to say.” Like most other commodities, Geselius thinks the sugar market will remain strong. “The sugar market’s looking pretty good right now … steady to up a little is my call. So we’re feeling pretty good about markets for this 2021 sugar crop.” Geselius has been VP of Ag since 2010, but worked as an agriculturist for a few years previous. “I think this is my 16th harvest with the Co-op,” he said. He added the growing area of the co-op hasn’t changed

since he began working there. “Acres tend to move around as various growers decide to sell out or enlarge their own operations,” he explained. “Safety is always of concern,” Geselius stressed. “Our growers put lots of vehicles on the roads as they move from field to field harvesting their beet crop. The firm hauling beets from the piling sites to the factory puts lots of semis on the roads. And we know as the season wraps up, bodies and machines get tired. So I simply remind to always be alert of beet traffic on our roads and highways. It’s a busy, busy season; so everyone please pay attention at all times. We need everyone’s help to assure an accident-free harvest.” Founded in 1974, Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative is America’s largest sugar beet processing facility. It has a yearly production allotment set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture of 5.4 million, 100-pound bags of sugar, which equates to 3 percent of the U.S. domestic market. Beet sugar is produced in 27 countries worldwide. Russia is number-one in sugar production; Germany ranks second; the United States is third — producing enough sugar each year to meet the needs of 330 million Americans. Approximately 100,000 American farmers grow sugar beets each year. A typical beet weighs 2 pounds, is 75 percent moisture at harvest, and produces 6-8 ounces of processed sugar. v

Horse diseases detected in Minnesota ST. PAUL — Horses in two Minnesota counties have been confirmed with two different equine diseases after they were euthanized following deteriorating conditions. An Itasca County mare was confirmed to have Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), which is spread to horses by mosquitoes. A Washington County mare tested positive for Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1), which is easily spread between horses and can remain inactive for long periods of time. “The similarity between these two equine diseases is they can both take on a neurologic form and impact horses very severely, sometimes leading to death,” said Dr. Brian Hoefs, Senior Veterinarian of the Equine Program. “How the diseases are spread, how they’re prevented and how we respond to them are different.” The first positive case of EEE in a Minnesota horse this year was a six-year-old quarterhorse mare from Itasca County. The mare was euthanized Aug. 16 after showing symptoms of neurologic disease including loss of muscle control, inability to stand and eventually convulsions. Samples were initially submitted for rabies and came back negative. Additional testing was ordered with only EEE positive results returned. The horse had not left the farm since birth and had no history of vaccination against EEE. Nine additional horses reside on the farm and have appointments to vaccinate for EEE. Although thought to be rare, EEE can cause fatal infections in horses and people. The virus is primarily transmitted by mosquitos and birds, while horses

are a “dead end host” and unable to transmit the disease to other horses or people. In horses, EEE is fatal in more than 90 percent of cases. Clinical signs in horses can include fever, lethargy, not eating and walking aimlessly. Even though people cannot contract the disease from horses, cases in horses are a clear indication infected mosquitos are in the area and can potentially infect humans. An 18-year-old quarterhorse mare from Washington County was confirmed positive on Sept. 2 for the neurologic form of EHV-1 known as Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM). On Aug. 26, the affected horse was reported to show mild loss of muscle control that steadily progressed overnight. The horse was euthanized the next day. Both horses had been on the farm for the 72 hours prior to clinical signs, which is the required traceback time period for the Board to investigate potential exposure to other horses. Both horses attended horse shows held at the Washington County Fairgrounds on Aug. 14, a location in Lindstrom on Aug. 20, and a location in Hugo on Aug. 21. The most common way for EHV-1 to spread is by direct horse-to-horse contact. Not sharing equipment is currently the best defense s there is not a vaccine available to protect against EHV-1. This article was submitted by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. v

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Food supply chain and waste in climate mitigation By Gerald Shurson, Zhengia Dou, David Gallagan, and Allison Thomson The food supply chain in the United States has been actively partnering with farmers and ranchers to reduce the environmental impact of agricultural operations in the United States over the past 15 years. Food supply chains from the field to the plate are complex, with many different arrangements — ranging from direct contracts between growers and food brands common in specialty crops, to the largescale commingling of commodity grains used in food, feed and fuel which makes traceability of food products back to an individual farm challenging. The private sector has been taking on this challenge in order to meet environmental commitments, including corporate objectives and science-based targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase soil carbon sequestration, and improve soil health. Commitments to reducing emissions from food production must include an accounting for on-farm production of the raw ingredients and interventions which reach a diverse community of private landowners and managers. To meet these commitments, grower organizations and the food supply chain are working to engage farmers in projects and programs to accelerate the transition to more sustainable and regenerative farming practices such as reductions in tillage, increases in rotation complexity and introduction of cover crops and grazing.




Private sector efforts have included piloting science-based SWINE & U approaches to measuring outcomes and reporting on progress, Gerald Shurson engaging growers in on-farm research and trials, testing digital technology for measurement and investing in development of voluntary carbon markets. This experience provides a foundation for learning about successful strategies to engage and support producers in making practice changes. However, there are limitations to the scope of voluntary programs to influence farmers and the information available on creating successful interventions. The scope of the research necessary to move past some of these limitations requires investments which would collectively benefit all farmers and actors in the food supply chain. Government-supported research programs can help understand the barriers preventing adoption and sustained use of regenerative and climate smart agricultural practices. Providing a roadmap and establishing public-private

partnerships will increase the effectiveness of private sector efforts. Reaching and enrolling farmers to participate, gathering sufficient data to measure or calculate greenhouse gas emissions and soil carbon, and incentives for implementing practice changes could all be enhanced with evidence-based strategies for collective action. Another barrier is in the efficient and accurate calculation of environmental outcomes, and monitoring improvements to ensure interventions are achieving the desired goal. One major obstacle in this work is the limited availability of field-based research data across the full scope of farming systems and geographies of U.S. agriculture. Enabling field research on climate smart agriculture practices and standardized data are necessary. In addition, this field data must be readily available to improve the accuracy of greenhouse gas emissions and soil carbon estimates from farms. Food waste and carbon footprints With roughly one-third of food produced for humans See SWINE & U, pg. 16

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Don’t look past business students when hiring for ag jobs It’s a good time to be in the “Help food has not translated into people One way is to look outside traditional agriculture Wanted” sign business. Just drive taking jobs in the industry. The degree programs such as the various business around town and you’ll see it as tight overall job market is affecting degrees. Of the open positions noted in the NIFA most every business in the region most functions of companies from report (, is in need of employees. Employers production to sales to management. there will be 24,700 annual open business and manare scratching their heads trying to Positions are going unfilled; and as agement positions for new college graduates in the figure out where to find qualified a result, the growth of companies is FANRE realm. Many are never filled. employees — and sometimes “qualbecoming stagnate. The 2021 GreenSeam’s director Sam Ziegler agrees with the ified” simply means a person who GreenSeam State of Ag Report opportunity to look towards business schools. “Ag shows up every day on time. found companies ranked the lack of companies are businesses, all which have similar TALENT IN THE GREENSEAM talent/employees as the secondThe story of the increasingly difneeds of talent,” Zeigler said. “Having foundational greatest factor in limiting business knowledge of how a business operates has big value ficult search for employees keeps By Shane Bowyer to grow — right behind policy and amplifying as the Minnesota unemas every ag company needs talent which aligns with regulations (which was higher than business majors.” ployment rate keeps falling. In normal due to Covid regulations). July, the unemployment rate in Minnesota hit 3.9 In addition, the State of Ag Report also found that percent — well below the U.S. number of 5.4 perAccording to U.S. Department of Agriculture’s ag knowledge is not the strongest need of what is cent. The current percentage in Minnesota is grow2020-2025 National Food and Agriculture report, desired of current candidates. The report showed ing closer to the pre-Covid rate of February 2020 “Employment Opportunities for College Graduates,” individual skills such as work ethic and emotional which was 3.3 percent, compared to May of 2020 there will be approximately 59,400 open positions intelligence ranked high, as well as collaborative when it was 11.3 percent. annually within food, agriculture, renewable natuskills like communication, leadership and cultural ral resources and the environment (FANRE). Thus, The unemployment numbers can only tell part of awareness — all of which are core to most business to help overcome the talent shortage, companies the story. Other factors impacting the agriculture degree programs. and food industry labor market include fewer people need to be creative in recruiting methods as well as Meshke adds to this point. “Every individual skill search in non-traditional places. in rural communities, the decline in the overall set can find a career path in agriculture,” she said. labor participation rate, higher wages and “When interviewing a candidate, however, I On an annual basis, expect 59,400 job opportunities for new college graduates competition from other job sectors, and the focus on communication, problem solving and untrue image of all ag jobs being hard, dirty follow through. That’s important, no matter work. Besides that, what’s there not to like? the job description.” Sheryl Meshke, co-President and CEO of I may be biased, as well as tooting our own Associated Milk Producers Inc., noted that tractor horn, but I would be remised in not consumers are becoming more aware of the mentioning that we have been developing food supply chain and the infrastructure. agribusiness and food innovation programing “Perhaps the pandemic brought food back in the College of Business at Minnesota into perspective,” she said. “In Gallup’s 20 State University, Mankato. In the past couyears of tracking Americans’ views of various ple years, we have added a new major, minor business and industry sectors, farming and and a number of extra-curricular ag-related agriculture was the clear leader this year.” activities for business students to help Yet, the positive view of agriculture and See GREENSEAM, pg. 12

Intern in the

Have you always wanted a career in agriculture? Yes, I have known since a young age that my passion was within the agricultural industry. I grew up in a small farming community and was surrounded by agriculture which exposed me to various sides of crop and livestock operations. Having these experiences was the main source of how I found my passion and Luke Hennis knew what I wanted to do when I was going into the job market. Madelia, MN Why did you choose an internship in the ag industry? School: Southwest Minnesota I chose an internship in the ag industry because it correlated State University directly with my major in college and allowed me to expand my knowledge and network. Major: Agronomy/Ag. Business What are you learning on the job you did not learn in Internship with Crystal Valley class? Cooperative I learned all my hands-on experiences in the field. I was able to see and experience not only the crop/weed scouting in the field, How did you learn about your internship? but I was also able to do sale call ride-alongs which allowed me I grew up in a region where Crystal Valley had many of their to see the sales side of an agronomist’s job. Among other things I locations which allowed me to meet some of the employees. I was able to work at the airport to load crop dusters, soil sample, also knew other people who had interned with them before me attend seed kickoffs, and had bi-weekly trainings with other comand had good experiences with the company. panies in the industry.

What surprised you about the internship? Something that surprised me the most about the internship with Crystal Valley is that I did not feel like summer help. I felt like they hired me to expand my knowledge and invest in me. This countered my original thoughts before I started the internship that my role would be summer help. In what ways has your employer worked with you to be flexible for your student life and classes? My employer allowed me to receive college credits for this internship by putting in extra time to fill out paperwork for my summer class. What is your favorite animal? My favorite animal is dogs. What is your favorite food? I would have to go with steak and potatoes because, nothing beats a medium-rare ribeye with potatoes. Who is you favorite musical artist/band? My favorite musical artist is either Jason Aldean or Nickelback.

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Grain Outlook Weekly corn export sales last week were ‘horrible’

The following marketing analysis is for the week ending Sept. 17. CORN — After a slow start to the week, corn confirmed the key reversal higher made on the Sept. 10 World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates report. On the report day, December corn traded to a new low for the move at $4.97.5 per bushel. December corn traded PHYLLIS NYSTROM through technical resistance on fund CHS Hedging Inc. buying and talk of early corn yields St. Paul being disappointing. Tar spot was a topic suggesting it caused smaller yields than expected in several states where harvest was occurring. It’s still way too early to say this will be seen across the Corn Belt as harvest progresses. Early harvest was prompted by localized premiums being paid at processors and feeders, and in some areas where downed corn needed to get combined. There wasn’t a lot of fresh news during the week, but the attitude was funds had cut long positions before the WASDE report and had room to add to long positions. A lack of hedge pressure during the week was apparent.  Argentina has just begun planting corn. The Buenos Aires Grain Exchange pegs corn planting at 2 percent complete in favorable conditions and is predicting a record 55 million metric ton crop compared to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s estimate of 53 mmt. According to weather forecasters, Argentina will be susceptible to the drying effects of La Niña which could run into February.  Southern Brazil may also see those same effects. However, all of Brazil will need to have timely rains this year since they are not starting as good as last year moisture-wise. Brazil had planted 17 percent of this first crop corn as of Sept. 13, on par with last year. Weekly export sales were very poor after Hurricane Ida closed the Gulf. At this writing, export houses are slowly coming back online. As of Sept. 17, there were reportedly 50 vessels waiting to load at the Gulf. Utility power has yet to be restored at many export facilities, but generators are in use. It may be months before full capacity is available, but we should see the overall situation improve in the next several weeks. Weekly export sales were horrible and the lowest since July 2020 with the Gulf closed. Weekly sales were a measly 9.7 million bushels. Total commitments early in the new marketing year are up 20

Cash Grain Markets

corn/change* soybeans/change* St. Cloud $4.92 -.39 $12.39 +.02 Madison $4.97 +.10 $12.49 +.07 Redwood Falls $5.17 -.04 $12.39 -.03 Fergus Falls $4.9 +.06 $12.49 +.12 Morris $4.97 -.24 $12.59 +.02 Tracy $5.57 +.36 $12.39 +.07 Average:



Year Ago Average: $3.14 $9.50 Grain prices are effective cash close on September 21. *Cash grain price change represents a two-week period.

percent from last year at a record 967.4 million bushels vs. 805 million bushels last year. China has purchased 468.5 million bushels of U.S. corn vs. 362.2 million bushels last year by this date. Weekly ethanol production was up 14,000 barrels per day this week to 937,000 bpd. Ethanol stocks fell for the seventh week in a row, down 380,000 barrels to 20 million barrels. Net margins were 7 cents weaker at 69 cents per gallon. Weekly gasoline demand fell to 8.9 million bpd from 9.6 million bpd and was a 14-week low. In the “that’s interesting” category, power prices in Europe have risen to record levels this month on nuclear outages and weak wind generation with calm weather. In the United Kingdom, they say winter blackouts could be possible after a fire on a cable shipping electricity from France. The power squeeze and soaring natural gas prices shut down two UK fertilizer plants. Hearing about higher transportation costs? Freightos Baltic Index reported spot container shipping costs from Asia to the West Coast are five times higher than the same week last year and 14 times higher than in 2019. Fish prices in China are higher than pork or chicken. Fish prices are up 50 percent from last year as consumers search for other proteins to replace pork after last year’s African swine fever problem. Under China’s 10-year plan, by 2030 they hope to have 198 million acres of high-standard farm acreage vs. 132 million at the end of 2020. Outlook: For the moment, December corn has support near the $5.00 level, but we’ll have to see how yield reports come in during the next couple of weeks before saying harvest lows are in. I would expect another push lower unless unexpected demand appears, or yield reports are worse than expected. It’s felt that growers are not in a big hurry to add to current sales with empty storage on the farm waiting to be used, overall sitting in a good financial, not inspired by current prices, and wanting more confidence on yields. There is a gap on the December corn chart from $4.80.75 to $4.77.5 from March 31 that may get filled, or tested, before all is said and done. For the week, December corn was 9.75 cents higher at $5.27.25, March was 7.75 cents higher at $5.34.25, and the December 2022 contract was up 1.75 cents at $5.03 per bushel.

SOYBEANS — November soybeans also posted a key reversal higher on the Sept. 10 WASDE report. For much of the week, prices drifted sideways in the upper end of the previous week’s trading range. There were reports of China buying several soybean cargoes for October out of Brazil. This is likely related to the logistical delays in the U.S. Gulf after Hurricane Ida. Depending on how quickly U.S. loading can return to near normal whether these sales are taken or if we’ll see them switched back to cheaper U.S. origin. Early yields in Illinois were reportedly disappointing compared to expectations, but we’re just getting started. There’s no early frost in any of the forecasts, so once we get going harvest activity will hopefully go smoothly.   At mid-week, the USDA announced China canceled 4.8 million bushels of soybeans and another 7.2 million bushels canceled to unknown. This will show up on next week’s report. Additionally, new export sales of 14.55 million bushels to China were announced this week. Weekly export sales were very good vs. expectations at 46.5 million bushels. Total commitments are down 31 percent from last year at 819 million bushels compared to 1.184 billion bushels last year after a buying spree by China. China has 382.1 million bushels of U.S. soybeans bought for this year when last year they had bought 639.3 million bushels. The forecast for South America for October is for mostly normal rain for both Argentina and Brazil. The weather for November sees more of a La Niña influence with drier conditions for both countries, but Mato Grosso in Brazil should be okay. For the December-February outlook, La Niña should send below normal rainfall to Argentina and maybe southern Brazil. The area of most concern for the drier La Niña conditions is Argentina, but Brazil will be susceptible to lingering dryness since we’re not starting in as good of position moisture-wise as last year. The August National Oilseed Processors Association Crush report was mixed with a higher-than-expected crush but also higher soyoil stocks. The crush was 158.8 million bushels compared to 154.2 million bushels estimated. Soyoil stocks were 1.668 billion pounds compared to the 1.555 billion pound forecast and the highest August stocks in eight years. The StatsCan production report was bullish for canola this week at 12.8 mmt when the average trade estimate was 13.6 mmt.  Outlook: The seasonal outlook for soybeans for the last half of September is negative. As we headed into the first harvest weekend, soybeans sold off and erased the gains made throughout the week. Early yields are variable across the Corn Belt, and we should know more next week with more acres harvested. November soybeans haven’t closed above $13.00 per bushel in September. This will be stiff resistance for the balance of the month. For the week, November soybeans were down 2.5 cents at $12.84, January was down 1.75 cents at $12.93, and the November 2022 contract fell 1.75 cents to settle at $12.55.75 per bushel. Nystrom’s notes: Contract changes for the week as of the close on Sept. 17: (December contracts) Chicago wheat up 20.25 cents at $7.08.75, Kansas City rallied 30.5 cents at $7.13, and Minneapolis jumped 21.75 cents at $9.00.5 per bushel. v 

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Pilot gets birds’ eye view of area crops and fields By DICK HAGEN The Land Staff Writer Emeritus Retired after 40 years with Farmers Coop Elevator in Cottonwood, Minn., Gary Morken, age 62, now has even more time to enjoy his favorite hobby: flying. On Aug 31 he flew his 1957 Cessna 170 the 30 air-miles from Cottonwood to enjoy coffee and breakfast with his two grandkids at the ChatterBox Café, next door to Olivia airport. Yep, I was at the café with the usual ‘self appointed’ opinion experts which often includes Doug Toreen, Bird Island area corn/soybean farmer and predictably well-versed on local gossip. Toreen knows Morken, so I scooted over from our Round Table intelligence center to meet this new ‘fly-in’ arrival. Morken agreed to a quick interview. “Sure, but we’re out of here in just a few minutes.” I dashed back into town to get my cell phone and tape recorder. But when I got back to the Chatterbox, visiting pilot and kids were gone. So quickly back to my car I sped to our adjacent airport. That Cessna was cranked up and ready to lift off. I waved my arms — hoping to get the attention of the pilot. He recognized me and shut down his Cessna … and now you get the rest of the story. Merken said he is a frequent visitor to Olivia. “I get

here often,” he admitted. “Your airport is next door. I park my plane and it’s just a five-minute walk to this café. Sometimes, when I bring my wife, we’ll saunter a few more minutes to Max’s Bar & Grill. That’s a great restaurant too!” Merken said his Cessna 170 is a “very dependable rig. Cost about $270,000 then; now about $400K. Besides myself, two retired farmers and a retired Delta Airlines pilot own this airplane. It cruises at about 115 miles per hour; but can also fly at only about 58 mph. A four-passenger and great air plane.” The long-time elevator ag guy was scanning farm fields today with his two grandkids: Evra, age 7, and Abram, age 9. “This drought is showing everywhere between here and Cottonwood,” Merken reported. “Sandy spots in farm fields stick out like a sore thumb this year. Low spots needing some drainage are also very evident. Sure, some good looking areas too.” “My son-in-law, Andy Frank, works at the Agronomy Center in Cottonwood,” Merken continued. “He also farms our land and figures around 120-bushel on the corn. And about 40-45 bushels on the soybeans. These showers the past few days might bump up beans just a bit.” I told Merken I heard on Lynn Ketelsen’s farm

radio reports that corn silage harvest is already underway. “I’ve got a dairy farm right next to me,” Merken agreed. “They started yesterday (Aug. 30) on corn silage.” Merken said he’s been flying for a little over 40 years. “I went through a divorce. My daughter was 300 miles away and I wanted to stay in touch. That’s what got me started.” He confessed he didn’t make the Olivia Lion’s July 25 fly-In breakfast which drew 41 pilots. “I’ve done a lot of flying this yea — except when forest-fire smoke was cascading around the atmosphere. You’ve got a great airfield here at Olivia. I’ve flown much of southern Minnesota; a few trips over northern Iowa and on into South Dakota. Yes, the drought damage is everywhere.” With that, Merken said it was time to go. “Got to get these two tykes back home,” he chuckled, “and then crank up my lawn sprayer and tackle a few weeds now sprouting in the yard. Those buggers never take a break until frost finally puts them down.” “Overall, so much to be thankful for this year … and every year!” he said as he boarded his plane. “Even in this dry season, our Minnesota farm belt looks pretty darn good from my airplane!” v

Biz students should be ‘comfortable’ in ag GREENSEAM, from pg. 10 address the employment gap within the agriculture and food companies in our region. “There is amazing talent in business graduates and we in agribusiness need to find a way to connect with them so they can truly see the opportunities,” Ziegler said. He also noted that while business students might feel agriculture is outside of their

comfort zone, professionals in the ag industry may feel the same way recruiting non-ag students. At Minnesota State Mankato, we are working to bridge that comfort zone. “We all need to learn to be more comfortable of being uncomfortable,” Ziegler said. “Even though we may have to spend a bit of time teaching business graduates ag ter-

minology, the payoff of new perspectives is there.” Talent in the GreenSeam focuses on developing talent and promoting careers in agriculture and food. Dr. Shane Bowyer is the Director of AgriBusiness and Food Innovation in the College of Business at Minnesota State University, Mankato and is on the GreenSeam Talent Committee. He can be reached for comments or talent ideas at v Drought-Stressed Grain Harvest

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Early soybean harvest underway, corn is still wet Mark Wettergren, Blair Hoseth,   St. Peter, Minn. FROM THE Mahnomen, Minn. — — Sept. 9 Sept. 9

Soybean harvest is in full swing on the Blair Hoseth farm. The Land spoke with Hoseth on Sept. 9 as he reported he started combining beans on Aug. 31. The beans are at nine percent moisture. The early beans Hoseth harvested were running at 20 to 30 bushels per acre. Historically, those beans usually average 55 bushels per acre. “Some of the fields will be half of last year.” There are still some of the later varieties left to combine. Hoseth hopes these beans benefit from the August rain. He will be harvesting those beans next week. “First time ever combining soybeans in August.” Harvest this year is three to four weeks ahead of average. “We’re about a third done with soybeans.” “The rain that came did help the corn.” Hoseth will start on corn right after beans. His plan is to get the cows in the cornfield after combining it. He is still hauling water to three pastures every day. Hoseth is seeding some triticale today. He had 400 acres of cover crop planted on mostly cornfields. He is seeding all the bean stubble with air seeder. Hoseth has never done that before, but was able to because the beans were harvested so early. “We have been getting some rain. We’re fine with moisture now.” There won’t be any bin-buster crops this year, but there’s always hope for next year. “Move on and try to get things ready for next year.” v

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Wertish, Olivia, Minn. — Steve Sept. 9 The Land spoke with Steve Wertish on Sept. 9 as he was in the tractor working up some sweet corn ground. “Things are progressing.” He noted the edible bean crop is doing better than expected. Some early soybeans could be harvested next week. Corn is still quite wet, with 30 to 35 percent moisture. “Corn has a little ways to go.” “Everybody’s really preparing for harvest.” Wertish’s brother, Tim, is getting the combine ready. He expects they may have to switch in beans to corn, then back to beans — depending on when the crops are ready to go. Wertish estimates the yields will be in the 30 to 40-bushel range for soybeans and corn could be in the 130 to 180 bushels per acre. The field conditions are better thanks to the recent rains. “The ground I’m working up is moist up to the surface.” Wertish wouldn’t mind a pause on any more rain this fall to get harvest done. “We could probably use six weeks without rain.” Looking to harvest, Wertish is cautiously optimistic. He’s already hopeful about next year and the opportunity for better yielding crops. v

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“I’m doing some scouting in the field.” The Land spoke with Mark Wettergren on Sept. 9 as he reported the moisture which fell in the last few weeks has helped put the finishing touches on the soybeans as well as help with the test weight on corn. In his scouting, Wettergren has seen white mold in some of the bean fields because of all the recent dew. Wettergren is getting the augers ready for the bins and working on the maintenance of the tractors as harvest isn’t too far away. He expects it will be 10 days to two weeks until he starts bean harvest. “It’s a little earlier than usual, a week early. By the 21st we’ll get going.” Wettergren’s corn is looking healthy. “It seems to be standing well, ears seem to be hanging on.” Looking ahead to the end of harvest, Wettergren believes that the rains this month will be a help with tillage. “We should be in good shape.” What’s been in good shape all summer long is Wettergren’s garden, thanks to all that watering he did. He’s made quart after quart of spaghetti sauce and has more produce left to harvest yet this fall. While yields of the crops in the field are unknown, the garden yields this year are bountiful! v

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PLC and ARC-CO payments for 2020 will be limited Under the current Farm Bill, crop producers have more options for annual farm program enrollment at local Farm Service Agency offices. Producers initially made their program choice for the 2019 and 2020 crop years and now can make an annual farm program choice each year. Farmers made their 2021 farm program choices earlier this year. A majority of producers have chosen the price-based, Price Loss coverage (PLC) program on crop base acres for corn, wheat and other crops for 2018-2021, while the county yield-based Ag Risk Coverage (ARC-CO) farm program choice has been more popular for soybean base acres. Some farmers in areas with very low crop yields in 2019 chose either ARC-CO or ARC-Individual (farm yield based) on their corn for 2019 and 2020. 2020 PLC Payment Potential PLC payments are made any time the final market year average price for a given crop drops below the reference price for that crop. The PLC payments are made in October in the year following the year the crop was raised. For example, potential 2020 PLC payments will be paid in October of 2021. The established reference prices for the 2020 crop year were: corn, $3.70 per bushel; soybeans, $8.40 per bushel; wheat, $5.50 per bushel; barley, $4.95 per bushel; oats, $2.40 per bushel; grain sorghum, 3.95 per bushel; canola, 0.2015 per pound; and sunflowers, .2015 per pound. The 2020 market year average price for corn and soybeans is the national average corn or soybean price from Sept. 1, 2020 to Aug. 31, 2021, with the market year average price being finalized on Sept. 30, 2021. The market year average price is the 12-month national average price for a commodity, based on the average market price received by farm operators across the United States, which is then “weighted” at the end of the year, based on the volume of bushels sold in each month. The price year for market year average prices for wheat and other small grain crops runs from June 1 in the year of harvest until May 31 the following year, with market year average prices finalized on June 30 each year. Based on the end of the 2020-21 marketing year on Aug. 31, 2021, The U.S. Department of Agriculture is estimating the 2020 market year average prices at $4.45 per bushel for corn and $10.90 per bushel for soybeans. The market year average price for wheat was earlier finalized at $5.05 per bushel. The USDA price estimates are updated on a monthly basis in the USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, which is usually released around the middle of each month. The current 2020-21 market year average price estimates are $5.45 per bushel for corn, $12.90 per bushel for soybeans, and $6.60 per bushel for wheat. Based on the expected final market year average

prices, there will not be a 2020 PLC payment for corn, soybeans, oats, grain sorghum or sunflowers. However, there will be a PLC payment of 45 cents per bushel for wheat base acres that were enrolled in PLC for 2020, as well as small payments for barley and canola. By comparison, PLC FARM PROGRAMS payment rates for the 2019 By Kent Thiesse crop year were 92 cents per bushel for wheat, 14 cents per bushel for corn, and zero for soybeans. There has been a PLC payment for wheat in every year from 2015 to 2020; and prior to 2020, there had been a PLC payment for corn in every year from 2015 to 2019. There has not been a PLC payment for soybeans since the initiation of the last Farm Bill in 2014. 2020 ARC-CO Payment Potential ARC-CO payments for a given crop are paid when the actual county revenue for the crop falls below the county benchmark revenue guarantee for that crop. The county benchmark revenue guarantee is the county benchmark yield times the benchmark price for a given year, times 86 percent. The actual county revenue is the final county FSA yield for the year times the final market-year average price for the same year. The ARC-CO benchmark prices for the 2020 crop year were $3.70 per bushel for corn, $9.25 per bushel for soybeans, and $5.50 per bushel for wheat. The benchmark prices are adjusted each year, using the USDA market-year average price for the five years preceding the most recent year (2014-18 market year average prices to calculate 2020 benchmark prices), then dropping the high and low market year average price, and averaging the other three market year average prices. The annual benchmark price for a given crop can never drop lower than the reference price for that crop. The current reference prices are $3.70 per bushel for corn, $8.40 per bushel for soybeans, and $5.50 per bushel for wheat. Lower benchmark prices reduce the potential for ARC-CO payments. The 2021 benchmark prices are set at $3.70 per bushel for corn, $8.95 per bushel for soybeans, and $5.50 per bushel for wheat. The benchmark county yield for 2020 was calculated by taking the average county yields for the previous five years prior to 2019 (2014-2018), dropping the high and low yield, and averaging the other three yields. The 2020 county benchmark revenue for a given crop is the 2020 county benchmark yield times the 2020 benchmark price, which is then multiplied by 86 percent to calculate the “County Revenue

Guarantee.” The county benchmark yields for corn and soybeans in many Upper Midwest counties has increased in recent years, due to fairly strong average county yields from 2015 to 2018. The increased county benchmark yields for 2020 increases the potential for ARC-CO payments. However, that gain has been largely offset by the large reduction in the benchmark corn and soybean price. The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service releases the estimated average county yields for corn, soybeans, and other crops in the spring of each year. These are not the final county yields used by FSA to calculate final ARC-CO payments for a given year. However, the NASS yields do give a pretty good indicator of ARC-CO payment potential for a year. Adjustments in final county yields from the NASS yields (which are made by FSA) are usually quite small and many times result in lower final yields than the NASS estimates. This can potentially increase the likelihood or amount for ARC-CO payments in some counties. The 2020 NASS county yields are available on the NASS web site at http://www.nass.usda. gov/ Overall, 2020 ARC-CO payments for corn and soybeans are not likely in many portions of the Upper Midwest, due to 2020 crop yields that were close to or slightly above benchmark yields in many areas, as well as the higher final market year average prices which were well above the benchmark prices for corn and soybeans. There are few counties in central Iowa which were impacted by the derecho storm in August of 2020, as well as some counties in western North and South Dakota which may earn a corn ARC-CO payment for 2020. Virtually no counties are likely to qualify for a soybean ARC-CO payment in 2020. Looking ahead… At this point, it does not appear there will be any PLC payments for any farm program commodity crops for the 2021 crop year. All current market year average price estimates are running well above the established reference prices for the same crops. Of course, the 12-month marketing year for 2020-21 for corn and soybeans just began on Sept. 1, 2021. It is early to project corn and soybean ARC-CO payment potential for the 2021 crop year, as lower yield levels in some of the areas impacted by the drought in 2021 could potentially qualify for an ARC-CO payment. Areas with near-average or above corn and soybean yields in 2021 are not likely to see an ARC-CO payment for either crop. Any 2021 PLC or ARC-CO payments would be paid in October of 2022. 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 v


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Four Daughters Winery is always trying new things By DICK HAGEN The Land Staff Writer Emeritus SPRING VALLEY, Minn. —Years back when we talked about U.S. vineyards and wineries, California, Michigan and New York tended to predominate the discussion. No more. Today, Minnesota vineyards generate much of the chatter. And that’s mostly because of the intensive cold climate genetic engineering of winter-hardy grapes at the Minnesota Horticultural Research Center in Chanhassen. The enterprising and entrepreneurial spirits of Minnesotans eager to generate new ambitions in the rewarding — but very challenging — ambitions of grape farming add to the mix as well. Back in 2005, I ventured into the vineyard adventure, planting 620 grape vines into our three-acre vineyard on the north edge of Olivia. Generous help from good friends was a blessing. In 2008 we reaped our first harvest. Yep, it takes some toil, patience and energy; so suffice to say getting into the grape growing business was a bit challenging; but a very learning experience. However, after eight years of toil, we sold our ‘Little Ponderosa’ 10-acre farmstead and became a ‘city slicker’ in Olivia, the Corn Capital of Minnesota. ON THE COVER: Director of Winery Operations Justin Osborne stands in the barrel room of Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery.

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Justin Osborne planted the Four Daughters vineyard with a skid loader and some helping hands. Today the winery grows nine different varieties of grapes.

Which leads me to this story: My wife and I, along with seven other Renville County folks, enjoyed a five-day ‘spring break’ at a cozy VRBO in Lake City, Minn. Obviously, where to dine and drink always rates high with us seniors, so this year a Minnesota winery was the choice. That’s a roundabout way of introducing Justin Osborne, age 38 and Director of Winery Operations at Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery, located on State Highway 16 west of Spring Valley, Minn. “I’m part of the family that started this operation 10 years ago,” said Justin adding, “At that time we weren’t thinking anything like what we have today.” Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery is a fully operational winery, cidery, restaurant and event center. The estate includes a tasting room and large production areas, as well as a six-acre vineyard. Osborne said the restaurant and fine dining idea come into being when Four Daughters hired their chef. “We found a good one,” he said. “We wanted to get into some intrinsic foods. Our new chef has a flair for clever twists on classic foods. That’s why we now offer brick oven pizzas, 4-D nachos, blood orange and fennel salad, plus a cheese and charcuterie board. Our caramel Macchiato cake gets some raves. It’s layers of ice cream, Four Daughters Pinot Noir (red See FOUR DAUGHTERS, pg. 16

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Osborne: ‘Extensive pruning is the crux of growing grapes’ FOUR DAUGHTERS, from pg. 15 wine), chocolate cake, espresso gelato, and our kitchen’s special coffee. All topped with house-made salted caramel, fudge, and whipped cream.” As for the vineyard, Osborne planted the grapes with some helping hands and a skid loader. Four Daughters grows nine different varieties of grapes. “Right now we have nine; but really just four main production blocks: Brianna, Edelvise, Marquette and Frontenac,” he said. Osborne said Sangria Rosa is their most popular wine. “But in our dining area, American Pinot Noir is number one,” he added. “I like red wines, like our Big Boy Blend. We offer two Ports: Velvet Hammer and Pinot Noir Reserve. Both are doing extremely well. Our grapes lend themselves very nicely to our Port wines.” Unlike the corn and soybean crops across Minnesota, the grape crop this year isn’t being affected by a lack of rain. “This dryer weather is okay for grapes, so we’re anticipating a pretty good crop,” Osborne said. “Soil moistures were plentiful in early season. My father-in-law grows about 6,000 acres of corn, so that takes preference over my six acres of grapes. My vines aren’t hurting; however, I prefer regular rainfalls for all my farmer friends.” Yes, 6,000 acres is a lot of corn. The Osborne spread feeds lots of cattle; but there are other uses for that corn. “So glad you asked!” exclaimed Osborne. “We now have a good-sized bourbon operation underway which can consume lots of corn too! Also, we’re now the number-one producer of hard cider in the state of Minnesota. We make about 20 times more hard cider than we do wine. We mostly use the Budweiser network for marketing our ciders. In Wisconsin, a company called General Beverage does our distributions.” Making bourbon brings with it a whole set of regulations not encountered with bottling wine. “Two specifics,” stressed Osborne. “It has to be at least 51 percent corn derived; and aged in a new American oak barrel (for at least one day); and averaging 155 proof or less. That remaining 49 percent of your mash can be a mixture. We use barley, some oats, rye, even wheat … including a wheat that produces a cherry-wood smoked flavor.” Osborne stressed that growing grapes successfully can be a complicated process. “Every couple years we analyze our vineyard soils,” he said. “They seldom need extra nitrogen — generally, just a nudging with BACKED BY A YEAR-ROUND



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acres of vineyards now get mechanically harvested. But I’m concerned about mechanical damage to the grapes. There’s zero damage when hand-picking grapes!” “On average, we yield about 3,500 to 4,000 pounds of grapes per acre; but highly variable by species,” Osborne continued. “Our Marquettes might only do two tons; however, the Briannas get up to 10 tons an acre. A ton of grapes produces about 150 gallons of wine which means about 300 bottles of wine. That tells you the importance of yield. Yes, the Brianna are productive — often producing up to 30-plus pounds per vine!” While Four Daughters has a fellow tending the vineyard, Osborne focuses on the wines and the ciders — plus marketing and sales. “We’re always learning,” said Osborne. “However, I look at it this way: success happens when you are inspired about your work. Whomever we hire brings new skills; so that’s often how I continue learning too.” Four Daughters has a website: Osborne can be reached at (763) 458-3356. v

Food waste prevention is needed SWINE & U, from pg. 9 Enabling field research on climate smart agriculture practices and standardized data are necessary. In addition, this field data must be readily available to improve the accuracy of greenhouse gas emissions and soil carbon estimates from farms. Food waste and carbon footprints With roughly one-third of food produced for humans lost or wasted, our ability to end hunger, protect the environment, conserve natural resources, and mitigate climate change impacts is greatly undermined. Greenhouse gas emissions attributed to food loss and waste account for 8–10 percent of global anthropogenic emissions, making it the third largest emitter behind China and the United States if food loss and waste were a country. In addition, food loss and waste has dramatic effects on depleting finite essential resources such as phosphorus, and aggravating nitrogen pollution problems. Food waste prevention is at the top in addressing food’s climate and sustainability challenges. However, progress in waste prevention has been extremely slow. The UN Sustainable Development Goals Target 12.36 calls for halving per capita food waste at retail and consumer level by 2030. In the United States, food donation and various food rescue efforts helped to save up to 2 million tonnes (4.4 million pounds) of food from being wasted. The amount is significant, but very small compared to the magnitude of the problem: 60 million tonnes (132 million pounds) of edible food is lost/ wasted at the consumption stage annually. The question is: How can societies manage the food waste streams to extract the maximal value while alleviating climate and environmental burdens? A national framework is needed which focuses on

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‘09 JD 8530 MFWD, 4,307 Act Hrs, IVT, ILS, 5hyd, 480/80R50 95%; ‘09 JD 8530 MFWD, 3,381 Act Hrs, IVT, ILS, 5hyd, 480/80R50 New Tires; ‘99 JD 9200 4x4, 5,027 Hrs, Bareback, 3 Hyd., 24sp, Green Star Ready; (2) ‘90 JD 4955 MFWD, 11,504 Hrs & 10,045 Hrs, Both Overhauled, 480/80R46; ‘84 Steiger Tiger IV KP525, Cummins KTA 1150 Eng, 520/80R42 Triples, 8,870 Hrs; ‘85 Steiger Tiger IV KP525, Cummins KTA 1150 Eng, 30.5x32 Duals, 1,477 Hrs; ‘82 Steiger Cougar ST-280, 4WD, 5,213 Hrs, 520/80R38 Duals, 3406 Cat; ‘87 JD 4450 MFWD, 11,564 Hrs, 15sp P/S; ‘93 JD 6400 MFWD, 16sp P/S, 11,962 Hrs, 640 Self Leveling Loader; (5) Vehicles, ATV, Camper, Motorhome & Lawn Mower Case 570 LXT Turbo Loader Tractor, 4x4, Cab, 11,598 Hrs; ‘74 JD ‘08 Chevy 2500HD, 4x4, 6.0L, 357,511 Miles; ‘06 Chevy 2500, 4x4, 4430 2WD, 10,869 Hrs, Quad, 20.8x38, Front Weights; 1976 JD 6.0L, 323,800 Miles, New Motor ; ‘07 Chevy Suburban LTZ, 5.3L, 335,938 Miles; ‘12 Chevy Cruze Eco, Manual, 173,259 Miles; ‘99 8430 4WD, 8,990 Hrs, Quad, Big 1000PTO Chevy Trailblazer, 4WD, 228,000 Miles; ‘96 Sportsman 5th Wheel Camper, 28.5’, Slide Out; ‘83 Arrowwood Tioga Motorhome, 5 Restored IHC & Farmall Tractors, Chevy Chassis 350V8, 23’, 87,240 Act Miles; ‘04 Honda 450 From Jim & Connie Sathre ‘76 IHC 1586, 2,802 Act Hrs, Good TA, 20.8x38, Cab; ‘75 IHC Foreman ATV; Grasshopper 725 Zero Turn Mower, 61”, 1,363 Hrs Hydro 100, Open Station, 4,751 Act Hrs, 1 Owner; ‘66 Farmall 1206 Call For Viewing: Dsl Open Station, 3,031 Act Hrs, 56 Series Shifting; ‘64 Farmall Darin Voigt 507-438-2355 • Jim Sathre 507-438-0271 806 Dsl Open Station 9,615 Hrs, Fast Hitch, 56 Series Shifting; ‘65 Farmall 706 Dsl Open Station, 3,813 Act Hrs, Fast Hitch, 56 Series Terms: Cash, check, credit cards. All sales final, all sales selling as is. All items must be paid in full day of auction. Sellers will provide loading. Shifting

Haying, Livestock and Support Equipment

JD 568 Silage Special Round Baler, Net Wrap/Twine; NH 2450 Self Propelled Windrower, 2214 14’ Head, Cab, 1,229 Act Hrs; JD 935 MoCo Discbine 11.5’ Cut; NH 28 Silage Blower; NH 256 Hay Rake; GEA Houle SP-3B-8.5’ Manure Pump, 3pt., 8”x8.5’; GEA Houle SP-8-12 Manure Pump Agitator, 8”x12’, Trailer Style; Houle Manure Pump/Agitator, 540PTO; H & S 12 Wheel V-Rake; JD 800 Swather, 12’ Head; Hay Buster 256 Bale Processor; Rotomix 745 Vertical TMR Mixer, RH, 2sp Trans, New SS Liner, Scale; (3) JD 200 Stackers, Power Unload; (3) JD 200 Stack Mover; JD 200 Stack Shredder; Schuler 170B Feeder Wagon; Swather Transport Trailer

All items must be removed in 15 days after auction.

Voigt Family Farms, Seller Jim & Connie Sathre, Sellers MATT MARING AUCTION CO. INC. • PO Box 37, Kenyon, MN 55946 507-789-5421 • 800-801-4502 Matt Maring, Lic. #25-28 • 507-951-8354 Kevin Maring Lic 25-70 & Adam Engen Lic# 25-93

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2FOR SALE: ‘06 JD 9560STS FOR SALE: Landoll 14 3pt FOR SALE: Farmall White ; combine, 745 sep hrs; ‘10 and land pull hitch, heavy cub w/ original clipper mows JD 8270R tractor, 1200 hrs; duty, used very little, $2,000/ er. Super MTA tad for dsl. 2 / JD 608C CH; Case IH 530C OBO. Dale Rogers 507-931- post car hoist, 9000#. WANTx ripper, like new; (2) Killbros 1769 Cleveland MN ED TO BUY: 657 gravity 0 555 gravity boxes; (2) Brent box. Wet holding bin. 1456 0 544 gravity boxes. Sell after Int’l. 320-282-4845 Hay & Forage - 2021 harvest. 320-583-3131 Equipment FOR SALE: 36’ Hutchinson ; -FOR SALE: Short hopper FOR SALE: Large round 6” auger, w/ 7.5 HP Baldor blower, 540rpm, $190; Sunset motor, excellent, stored instraw bales with wrap. Win540 gallon milk cooler with side, near New Ulm, priced nebago, MN 507-893-3350 k compressor, $350; BouMatic at cost of motor - $850. 507. vacuum pump w/ 5hp motor, 359-2790 , $200; Boumatic pipeline & Harvesting Equip FOR SALE: 1460 combine milkers. 952-467-4006 w/ 1020 20’ bean head; 1460 FOR SALE: Tractor tires combine w/ 863 6R30” cornused once, as duals, front head, both in good condition. Titan 8-16, $700/pr; rear 952-873-6483 Armstrong 14.9-26, $1,200/pr. $1,800 for all. They are off of front & rear of John Deere 4710. 612-581-5002

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Tebben sub soiler, 9 shank; Haybuster 3106 Rock-EZE rock picker, used one season; Rock-O-matic rock picker, choice of 3; White suitcase wgts, set of 11. All in good condition. 320-630-1777 We buy Salvage Equipment Parts Available Hammell Equip., Inc. (507)867-4910

Tractors NEW AND USED TRACTOR PARTS JD 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 55, 50 Series & newer tractors, AC-all models, Large Inventory, We ship! Mark Heitman Tractor Salvage 715-673-4829

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FOR SALE: 1979 John Deere WANT TO BUY: Gleaner bean FOR SALE: 24 ft freestand4400 combine, 329 diesel with head, 800, 8000/8200 series, ing panels w/ 3/4” rods, $260/ 2525 hours with John Deere 20’ to 25’, or older in good ea; HD round bale feeders, 915 bean head, $3,500. Phone shape. 507-995-2513 $650; 24 ft adjustable alley#320-327-2711 way w/ gates on each end, $1,860. Watkins, MN 320-333Grain Handling FOR SALE: John Deere knife 6540 Equipment rolls for 90 or 40 Series cornhead, all hardware, very good condition, $100 per row. FOR SALE: Brent 554 gravity Wanted wagon with new tarp; Dem507-451-9614 co 225 gravity wagon with FOR SALE: Case IH combine new tires. Both shedded. Re- All kinds of New & Used farm equipment - disc chisels, field duals, 18.4x38, set of 4. Axle tiring farmer. 507-360-9413 cults, planters, soil finishers, extensions and drive shafts. cornheads, feed mills, discs, 320-583-1550 balers, haybines, etc. 507FOR SALE: 1979 1460 Inter438-9782 national combine, 2737 hrs, Please recycle this magazine. asking $9,000. 651-253-3652


FOR SALE: IH 766 dsl cab, 2166 Case IH Combine, 100% new 38” tires, straight tin, field ready, always shedneeds tranny work, $5,500; ded, very clean, 2386 sep Loftness snowblower, 540 hrs, 3097 eng hrs, 1020 bean PTO, 3pt, 8’ wide, hyd spout, head-20’ flexible cutter bar, 1 owner, $3,000. 320-583-7062 2200 cornhead, 6R30”. Hyd adjustable strippers. 507-317For SALE: Gleaner black 7212 or 507-381-8808 8R30” cornhead for N Series, also N5 for parts. 507FOR SALE: ‘02 Case IH 220-2834 2388 combine, 2500 sep hrs, JD 9660 combine, 18.4x42 du- Maurer grain tank extenals, 2900 sep hrs, $32,750; sion, extended unload auger JD 843 8x30 ch, PTO drive, for 30’ head, ‘06 Case IH 30’ $3,750; Westfield MKX 10x83 1020 flex head, both in good swing hopper auger, $8,900; cond, $35,000. Lilliston #6200 Parker, 524 grain cart, exc dry bean combine, w/ Sund cond, $9,750; Demco 550 pickup, $4,500. 320-760-7920 gravity box, $7,750; Brent 540 gravity box w/ roll tarp, $7,450; JD 120 20’ stalk chopper, $2,900. 320-769-2756


Farmland Auction in Swift Co.

Auction - Tues, November 2nd, 2021 at 2 PM 80.1 Surveyed Acres, 77+/- Tillable Acres, located in West Bank Twp., Swift Co. Legal Description: The E 1/2 of the SE 1/4 of Section 33, Twp. 120 Range 41. Kent Molde, Owner Go to for details and drone video Kristine Fladeboe Duininck 320-212-9379 Dale Fladeboe, Lic 34-12 Award Winning Auctioneers

Iowa Farm Land Auction

149.76 Acres of Mitchell County Iowa Farmland Location: SW ¼ Section #12 Stacyville Township

Date: Tuesday, September 28th @ 10:00 a.m. Auction Location: Adams American Legion Post #146 321 West Main St, Adams, MN 55909 • Farm has a great CSR2 Rating of 85.5. Complete farm drainage system in place with 40ft tile spacings. • Excellent maintenance record with additional income producing provided by a wind turbine lease. • Property has great access for farming access due to windmill location. Owners: Erin Eggenberger, Cari Muggenburg, Jodi Tripp Information packets available Please call Hamilton Auction Company @ 507-584-0133

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Wanted to Buy: JD 4430 1975 FOR SALE: Black Angus bulls FOR SALE: Yorkshire, or newer. JD 725 6, 8 & 12 also Hamp, York, & Hamp/ Hampshire, Duroc, cross row - front mount cultiva- Duroc boars & gilts. Alfred bred boars, gilts & 4-H pigs. Top quality. Excellent herd tors; Stanhoist and Bushhog Kemen 320-598-3790 health. No PRSS. Delivery steel barge boxes; Gehl and Cleaning out a shed? Lorentz grinder/mixers; plus available. 320-760-0365 all types of farm machinery. Make some extra cash Spot, Duroc, Chester White, 507-251-2685 by selling your stuff in Boars & Gilts available. WANTED: Honda Foreman Monthly PRRS and PEDV. The Land! ES. Leave Message. 507-354Delivery available. Steve Call 507-345-4523 or 6333 Resler. 507-456-7746



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,Dorset & Hampshire rams, FOR SALE: Norwegian Elk- 1977 GMC grain truck, 20’ box, FOR SALE: Dorsey 40’ alumi- PARMA DRAINAGE PUMPS s ewes & yearlings for sale. hound/German Shepherd roll tarp, twin screw, 427 gas, num grain trailer, good tires, New pumps & parts on hand. . Lambs, large framed w/fast cross puppies. Will have first showing 37,000 miles, clean good brakes, hoppers good, Call Minnesota’s largest disd growth that will put extra lbs set of shots. Ready October truck, $7,800. 320-894-3303 new rolltop, $6,000. Pictures tributor y on your lambs. I can deliver. 1st. Text for photos. 507-360- FOR SALE: ‘01 Ford 550 crew available. 612-741-7949 HJ Olson & Company 1335 Gene Sanford (507)645-4989 320-974-8990 Cell - 320-212-5336 cab, 7.3 dsl, AT, rear wheel drive, rust free, strong Please support the advertisers you see here. ,FOR SALE: Suffolk, Suffolk Tell them you saw their ad in The Land! truck, $6,900. 320-583-0881 . cross & Polypay rams, ewe Your ad . lambs. 507-445-3317 (leave could be here! e message) or 507-822-3398

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

Prime Farmland in Lac qui Parle County Auction – November of 2021 83.21 Surveyed Acres, 59.54 +/- Tillable Acres, 15.55 CRP Acres, CPI=92.6 Located in Hantho Twp., Lac qui Parle County Legal Description: Part of the SW1/4 of Section 31, Township 120, Range 43. Moen Family Farm, Owners Visit for more details and drone video

Brian Fernholz, Realtor 320-226-4504 Dale Fladeboe, Lic 34-12 Award Winning Auctioneers

FARMLAND AUCTION 78 Acres +/- of Bare Farmland in Wisconsin Twp., Jackson Co., MN

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2021 @ 10 AM


Auction to be held at the Jackson American Legion Hall at 411 First Street, Jackson, MN

PROPERTY LOCATION: 78 Deeded Acres located in the W 78 RODS of NW 1/4 Section 15 of Wisconsin Township 102 North, Range 34 W, Jackson County, Minnesota.

145.70 Acres in Section 4 - Mandt TowNSHIP - CHIPPEWA COUNTY, MN 145.70 Deeded Acres (+-); 136.67 Acres (+-) Tillable (including 9.31 acres of CRP filter strips) to be sold as one unit. Good soils with a CPI of 82.4. Property has been surveyed.


We Sell the Earth & Everything On It.

Auction Location: 17185 Koepp Drive Carver, MN 55315 (Take Hwy 25 N Of Belle Plaine To Co Rd 40, NW On 40 To Hwy 52, W On 52)

Saturday, October 9, 2021 • 9:00 a.m. 35+ Allis Chalmers Tractors, Implements, 4 High Crop Tractors

Allis Chalmers One Ninety XT Diesel High Crop, 4,034 Hrs, 3pt, Canopy, SN: 21571XTD; Allis Chalmers G High Crop, SN: G27385, Does Not Have Correct Wheels; Set Of G High Crop Wheels & Tires 7.00-40; Allis Chalmers High Crop C Ginseng Tractor, SN: CR29886; (3) Allis Chalmers G Tractors; (8) Allis Chalmers D10, D12, D14, D15, D17-D19; Allis Chalmers 185 Crop Hustler Diesel, 2,684 Hrs, 3pt, 18.4x28 Tires; Allis Chalmers One Ninety XT Series III Diesel, Cab, 3,591 Hrs, Front Weights; (9) Allis Chalmers WC, WD, WD-45, C, CA, WD LP Gas, B ; Allis Chalmers 5040 Diesel 2WD, Low Profile, 3pt, 1,962 Hrs Showing; Allis Chalmers Plows, Roto Baler, Sickle Mower, Planters, Hay Rake; Allis Chalmers Tractor Parts, Starters, Injector Pumps, Mags, Battery Boxes, Fenders, Front Ends, Radiators, Grills, Hoods, Sheet Metal; Allis Chalmers, 160 Parts Tractors; Other Tractors; Farmall B, Farmall BN, Ford 8N

Other Farm Machinery; Case Backhoe; Semi Tractor; Step Deck Trailer

1966 Chevy Impala SS Convertible; 1999 Harley Davidson Heritage Soft Tail; 1989 Alumacraft 16’ Fishing Boat, 20hp Mercury Nice Building To Be Moved 16’ x 34’, Heated/ AC, Steel Siding, Steel Roof, Full Living Quarters

Timed Online Auction • October 25 – 29, 2021

315 Acres to be sold in 3 Parcels - Section 20 OF Marysland Township and Section 15 of Tara Township, Swift County, MN

Jesse Hughes ∙ #76-24 ∙ Broker/Auctioneer Phone: 320-815-0460 Address: 1222 Atlantic Ave, Benson, MN 56215 Email:

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IHC 1440 Combine, Diesel, Cab, Hydro, 3,691 Hrs; IHC 843 Corn Head, 4R30”; MN 250 Gravity Box; EZ-Flow 150 Gravity Box; IHC 14Row Soybean Planter; Kewanee 470 Disc, 18.5”; Oliver 3x16’s Plow; Case 12’ Grain Drill; Case 680 Rubber Tire Backhoe/Loader, 2WD, Diesel; 1990 IHC 7100 Single Axle Day Cab, 466 Diesel, 7sp, 165,763 Miles; Step Deck Semi Trailer, 33’ Tandem Axle, Spring Ride; 1966 Ford F700 Single Axle Truck With Tag Axle, Gas V8, 15.5’ Box & Hoist; LARGE AMOUNT OF SCRAP IRON


Parcel 1: 80.32 Deeded Acres (+-) 76.42 Tillable Acres (+-); Excellent Soils CPI of 93.7! Parcel 2: 155.06 Deeded Acres (+-); 145.84 Tillable Acres (+-); Soils CPI of 62.3 Drainage ditch on east and south boundaries. Good future drainage access. Parcel 3: 79.40 Deeded Acres; 73.88 Tillable Acres (+-); Soils CPI 62.3 Drainage ditch on west & south boundaries. Good future drainage access. Property has been surveyed.

REINKE IRRIGATION Sales & Service New & Used For your irrigation needs 888-830-7757 or 507-276-2073

For full flyer, informational booklet and bidding details, visit! OWNERS: PAUL CHAUSSEE ETAL



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Ediger Auction Service • Jim – Erika – Sam • 507-351-1885

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

Risen from the ashes


he interest James and Cordelia Parker had in area history has had impressive outcomes. They were from homesteading families and wanted to preserve what pioneer life had been like in Clay County, Iowa. Both were around 80 years old when, in 1960, they invited 20 community leaders to their house in Spencer and formed the Parker Historical Society of Clay County. They owned a lovely Arts and Crafts style home which was built in 1916. When the widowed Cordelia died in 1969, the house was given to the Historical Society and served as its headquarters until the Heritage Center was built. The Society continued to grow its collection. Within the past decade the Historical Society moved into its new building, and gave the group the more current name of Clay County Heritage. They display Clay County history in two galleries in the Center, in the Parker House, and in a museum at the Clay County Fairgrounds. The Center’s smaller gallery hosts changing exhibits. Until Oct. 16 you can see an exhibit on Spencer’s Sesquicentennial which coincided with the town’s celebration in 2021. The main gallery has a permanent exhibit, “The Land We Call Home – Settling Clay County.” There are artifacts, photos, and descriptive information on the pioneer life and more. One segment is dedicated to the Spencer fire of 1931. Photos and a

narrative of the disaster that destroyed much of the business district surround the main artifact: a fire engine used to fight the fire. The fire had significant historical consequences, according to Kevin C. Brown, Vice President of the Heritage Center. A child dropped a lit sparkler into a fireworks display in a drugstore, setting off an explosion and fire which traveled through downtown. That fire was the incentive for a statewide ban on the sale of fireworks, not lifted until 2017.

Spencer, Iowa

Also significant is how business leaders came together to rebuild downtown in a short amount of time. Since Art Deco was popular, most of the buildings were built in Art Deco style, resulting in Spencer having the second largest collection of Art Deco buildings in the United States. The business district along Grand Avenue is on the National Register of Historic Places, as is the residential portion of north Grand Avenue. The Parker House still has the Parker family’s furnishings, plus other period items that have been donated. It was built with indoor plumbing and electric lights. Arts and crafts features include much oak woodwork and paneling, built-in cabinets, windows in series, and unique lighting, including columns with built in lights. Also on display is a rare square piano. With the local spirit of collaboration, Clay County Heritage works with Clay County, the City of Spencer, the Chamber of Commerce, county towns and historical societies, and other non-profits in the county, to make the Parkers’ dream a reality. The Clay County Heritage Center is located at 7 Grand Ave. and is open Tuesday through Saturday. The Parker House is open by appointment. For more information or to schedule tours, check their website, www., or call (712) 262-3304. v

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