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Pumpkin Power! Growers are carving a niche offering gourds and squash of many varieties


Meet the Apron Lady of Faribault County Dick Hagen looks at the sugar beet harvest Kristin Kveno recalls famous snow storms Our final “From The Fields” report and more!

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‘Twas Halloween 1991, I had just donned my witches costume complete with a pointy hat, my brother put on his pirate patch and costume and we both threw on a jacket as the weather was acting a little spooky early that evening. My Dad was wearing his sensible walking shoes as he knew we kids were focused on getting to as many houses as LAND MINDS we could before we got too tired to walk anymore. By Kristin Kveno We set off from our house in Burnsville and were on a candy-finding mission. Then the snow came. I remember not feeling cold, just confused on why it was snowing and snowing plenty on that fateful Halloween night. That evening 30 years ago has lived in many minds over the years. It seems that each person who experienced the 1991 Halloween blizzard has a distinct memory of what that evening and subsequent days were like. According to the National Weather Service from Oct. 31 through Nov. 3, 1991, 28 inches of snow fell in the metro area, Duluth received 36.5 inches. Each generation has a snowstorm that stands out as “the big one.” Here are a few of Minnesota’s snowiest events according to the Department of Natural Resources: March 14-16, 1870 — This storm was the first time the word “blizzard” Armistice Day — Nov. 11, 1940 was used to describe a



9 — Ag advocacy is a second career for Karolyn Zurn 13 — Buffalo Lake, Minn. meat processing plant keeps it local 14 — Faribault County seamstress has produced 1,400 aprons

snow/wind event. It was an Estherville, Iowa paper that first used the term in its coverage of the snowstorm. Up to sixteen inches of snow fell in northern Iowa and southwest Minnesota. Feb. 12-14, 1923 — Dirty snow from North Dakota blew into west-central Minnesota causing dangerously low visibility. Nov. 11, 1940 — Armistice Day Blizzard: A day that started unseasonably warm, beckoned duck hunters out as the ducks were flying low that morning. The day ended with 150 people dead in the region, including 59 sailors that perished in the great lakes. Thousands of livestock died as well. The storm resulted in 17 inches of snow for the Twin Cities and 27 inches in Collegeville, Minn. The warm weather early in the day heeded no warning of the impending catastrophic snowstorm that was to come. Jan. 10-12, 1975 — The state seemed to shut down for 11 days as most roads were closed thanks to 20-foot drifts. Across the state 15,000 head of livestock were killed in the storm. The wind was unrelenting with gusts up to 80 miles per hour. That event set numerous low barometric pressure records all over the state. There See LAND MINDS, pg. 4

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Halloween blizzard set the mark for early storms LAND MINDS, from pg. 2 were 14 lives lost in the storm and 21 people later died from heart attacks after the event, due to trying to clear the snow. Feb. 28-March 2, 2007 — With winds over 50 miles per hour in the Duluth area and 20 inches of snow, this was one nasty blizzard. It came right after another snow event Feb. 23-26 where the same area received 12 inches of snow. If we’ve learned one thing from The infamous Halloween blizzard of 1991 caught boaters and trick-or-treaters by surprise. living in our region, it’s to expect the unexpected. Kristin Kveno is the staff writer of The Land. She make sure that I dress for the elements on What will this year’s snowfall be? Will we get one may be reached at v Halloween night. Perhaps I’ll wear my snow boots doozy of a storm that will be added to the DNR’s list just in case. Happy Halloween and happy snow seaof snow events? Only time will tell. Until then I will son to one and all.

Sullivan Auctioneers, LLC to acquire Henslin operations HAMILTON, Ill. — Sullivan Auctioneers, LLC recently announced their agreement to acquire Henslin Auctions and Henslin Real Estate, headquartered in Bird Island, Minn. The acquisition is effective Dec. 1. “We couldn’t be more excited the Henslin family is joining our team,” says Dan Sullivan, President of

Sullivan Auctioneers. “The similarities in our companies — family owned, business models and values — make for a natural fit. We look forward to incorporating the knowledge and reputation that LaDon and Annette, Allen and Leslie, and the entire Henslin team has built.” The Henslin Auction team will be joining Sullivan

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Cresting the wave, looking into next year’s trough

There’s no good time for bad news. While no one can say where fertilizer return for corn is minus $164 per acre and minus Most farmers and ranchers, however, preprices will top out (potash, nitrogen and $17 per acre for soybeans. The 50/50 rotation return fer to hear it sooner than later to factor it diammonium phosphate are now at is minus $86 an acre, well below all returns since into the day or season’s plan. record levels and rising) we do know fed- 2000.” eral payments to productive, central Maybe that’s why our good friends While no one predicts that happening, the anaIllinois farms averaged from 2018 to at farmdocDaily, the online consortium of lysts are quick to point out that corn prices aver2020, respectively, $1, $110, and $68 an Land Grant extension specialists hosted aged $3.49 per bushel in 2016 and soybeans averacre for corn while soybean payments by the University of Illinois, released a aged “$9.39 per bushel … in 2018...” “Stress Test of 2022 Crop Returns” in late FARM & FOOD FILE were $122, $94, and $45 an acre those Still, the farmdocDaily pros are suggesting that same years. August: they want corn and soybean U.S. corn and soybean farmers now are riding a By Alan Guebert farmers to begin to focus on what a Nationwide, that’s billions more high-profit wave that’s probably already crested. return to “average” could bring after in tomorrow’s production costs and Whatever comes next includes the words “lower and three years of government payments tens of billions less in yesterday’s gov- less.” and wild market swings. ernment payments. And “Cowabunga!” Their collective view is clear. “Positive returns are And what do the number gurus see for per-acre The Farm and Food File is published weekly projected for both” 2022 corn and soybeans “given a returns if U.S. markets revisit “2014-2019 average through the United States and Canada. Past col$4.25 corn price and $12.00 soybean price…” But prices of $3.64 per bushel [for corn] and $9.91 per umns, events and contact information are posted at lower prices for both, such as a “return to 2014-2019 bushel [for soybeans]”? v prices,” they warn, will bring “meager incomes, and In a word, disaster. “At those prices, the average possible pressures for another round of ad hoc federal payments.” That’s Extension-speak for “So far, so good but this could go south in a hurry.” (Links to farmdocDaily bulletins and tables cited here, including all imputed costs, are posted at For example, if 2022 corn prices average $4.50 per Send your letters to: bushel (compared to this year’s estimated $5.25), Editor, The Land, 418 South Second St., Mankato, MN 56001 and yields drop from today’s 235-bushel average to a normal 220 bushels, the estimated “farmer return” e-mail: per acre collapses from a thick $343 now to a skinAll letters must be signed and accompanied by a phone number (not for publication) to verify authenticity. ny $20 next year.


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A continued strong market in soy, however, would soothe that bruise. According to the analysts, if 2022 bean prices average $12.00 per bushel (just $1 under 2021’s projected average price), per-acre bean profits slip from a fat $294 to a still-plump $122. That means a central Illinois “high productivity… 50 percent corn, 50 percent soybean rotation” this year will “return $315 per acre, a record level exceeding the previous high of $290 per acre set in 2011.” But $4.50 corn and $12 beans in 2022 means the “projected farmer returns” on the same 50/50 rotation would be “$71 per acre,” a whopping $244 an acre less; but still three times the paper thin, 2014to-2019 average of $25 per acre. That’s the still-good news; here’s the potentially bad: “While returns are projected positive for 2022, relatively small declines in prices could cause returns to be negative.” If, for example, 2022 corn prices average $4.41 per bushel and bean prices average $10.23 per bushel or lower, farmer “returns would be negative on cash rented land…” Lower crop prices, though, aren’t the only reason. Crop input prices for 2022 — especially fertilizer — are far higher and, too, for the first time in years there will be no “ad hoc federal payments.”

Letter: Study energy contracts carefully To the Editor, Letters to the editors and articles with headlines are all about solar leases — one of them in The Farmer as of October 2021 was “Review long-term farmland solar leases carefully.” A letter that was just in your paper (The Land, Oct. 1/Oct. 8) the heading was “Solar collectors occupy precious farm land.” I think the wind leases should be looked over more than careful and should be read by a good lawyer. The whole wind area of all the people involved should be gathered together to get the truth instead of one by one. After the latest wind company came into southwest Minnesota (Tenaska), they leased ground and lots of it and were going to put up a bunch of small turbines. Before they even started building them, they changed their minds and decided on bigger ones; but the landowners did not know they were not going to use all the land they had under lease. We leased all our land and was told many times when Joe (my husband) would ask them, “Now it’s all signed up for the life of the turbines” and was told yes it is. Well, my husband passed away in September 2021 and my daughter called the company and asked what the payment would be for the wind rights. I

was assured at that time that it was all in. You see, we had to have the acres all appraised so that was included and that was in late November or early December. Later, I got a call and said they were dropping over half of my ground because it was a state law. We called the state and was told, “No it is not a law.” The state called Tenaska and told them that it was not a law (a lie) so I called them and they said it was misinterpreted. Then they sent me a letter and said it was mandatory. Well, who mandated that? They could not answer that. They knew before they put one turbine up that they were not going to use it all. So why were we not told they were going to drop 10,900 acres out of the project before they started? We would never have signed that lease. There are a lot of people upset with that company. They can break a lease promise, but we can’t? Beware of that wind turbine company. We have a lot of turbines around us. This company put in the longest roads to the turbines. Therefore, they took more farm ground out! Dianne Beckmann Wilmont, Minn.

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Fungus gnats can hitchhike when moving houseplants indoors Fungus gnats may hitchhike a ride on od. If many larvae are feeding on one plants brought in doors after a summer plant, it may wilt and appear to be short outdoors. These gnats lay their eggs in of water. One source recommended placthe soil and hatch out as small black ing quarter-inch thick slices or wedges of insects resembling tiny flies. Fungus raw potato to the soil. If the larvae gnats are a sixteenth to an eighth of an migrate to the moist potato and begin to inch long with clear or light gray wings eat it, they will be visible when the botand have long antennae. tom side of the potato is inspected. Yellow GREEN AND sticky cards meant for collecting insects GROWING The gnats do not bite people and do may be placed on the soil surface to minimal damage to plants unless they By Linda G. Tenneson check for larvae. are allowed to multiply in large numbers. The gnats are attracted to light. I have found them Outdoor soil collected for houseplant use should flying in front of my computer screen. first be sterilized by keeping it in clear or black plastic bags left in the sun for four to six weeks. The Fungus gnats, like other insects, have four life heat will kill any fungus gnat eggs and larvae. stages: egg, larva, pupa and adult. The eggs hatch out three days after they have been laid. The larvae The easiest way to control these nuisances is to feed on fungi and organic matter in soil. They are treat the soil surface where the eggs, larvae and also known to chew on plant roots. The female gnats lay their eggs on moist organic soil or debris. The egg hatches to become larvae, which feed on plant roots and leaves near the soil surface and may leave visible slime trails. The pupa stage occurs when the The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk larvae is in a cocoon before emerging as an adult Management Agency reminds Iowa and Minnesota approximately three weeks later. producers the final date to apply for crop insurance for perennial crops (such as apples, cranberries, The gnats are attracted to moist conditions; so grapes, and tart cherries) is Nov. 20 for the 2022 crop avoid standing water — such as water left in plant year. Current policyholders who wish to make changdrip trays — for long periods of time. Warm indoor es to their existing coverage also have until the temperatures in the 65 to 75 F range, combined November 20 sales closing date to do so. with moist soils encourage gnat growth. Fungus gnats may also be found indoors near water leaks RMA is authorizing additional flexibilities due to and moist areas. Repairing the leak or moisture coronavirus while continuing to support producers, problem will stop the gnats from multiplying. working through Approved Insurance Providers to Adult gnats live for only seven to ten days, but the deliver services, including processing policies, claims, females may lay hundreds of eggs during that peri- and agreements.

pupa exist. A commercial insecticidal soap may be sprayed on the soil surface. Home recipe versions of insecticidal soap may be found online. However, they should be made only with liquid soap that does not contain bleach or other ingredients and tested on low value plants before use. More powerful and potentially dangerous insecticides are used in commercial greenhouses where more gnats may exist. Segregating plants brought indoors for a short period of time for observation is a good way to monitor for fungus gnats or other pests before they can migrate to neighboring plants. Also, allowing the top one or two inches of the soil to dry out between watering will kill the larvae. Linda G. Tenneson is a University of Minnesota master gardener and tree care advisor. v

Perennial crop insurance deadline nears

Life on the Farm: Readers’ Photos

Hartland Minn.’s Al Batt shows us nature can have bad hair days too!

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Farmers with crop insurance questions or needs should continue to contact their insurance agents about conducting business remotely (by telephone or email). More information can be found at farmers. gov/coronavirus. Producers can use the RMA Cost Estimator to get a premium amount estimate of their insurance needs online. Learn more about crop insurance and the modern farm safety net at This article was submitted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. v

Sunset doesn’t stop farmers during harvest season, but it sure can provide some spectacular scenery in the process. This was taken on the Dean Pietig farm near Clements, Minn.

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Fall harvest time builds memories and traditions As a farm kid, my favorite and would frequently season was fall. It was not spend weekends with us or the vibrant colors that my grandparents. would appear on the trees The farm was a place that as they prepared to dress gave everyone a purpose. down for winter; or the From the youngest to the dropping temperatures oldest, everyone could be which left little fingers and tasked with something. noses red; or the cozy meals Whether it was keeping the DEEP ROOTS that were ready to serve at combine or tractor drivers a moment’s notice. Those By Whitney Nesse company, delivering field are the things that I love meals, sorting cattle, or about fall now. As a child, what I loved hauling in round bales of corn stalks, most about fall was the way harvest if one wanted to work a task could be drew in people from near and far, all found. for the same goal: bringing in the There were usually so many kids crops. For me, every weekend in the around that there wasn’t room to be late 1980’s through the 1990’s, our lonely. I can remember endless hours farm felt like its very own bustling with cousins and friends rearranging community. small bales of straw to build forts and My family lived one mile (as the equal amounts of time played in our crow flies) from my grandparents and swing set fort — using it as a pirate the two farm sites were connected by ship. As everyone got older, buzzing a field road. I loved that field road. It around on my grandpa’s three-wheeler was the place I learned to drive a and in my parents’ John Deere Gator tractor and a truck, where I learned were at the top of the list. Thankfully, to shoot a gun, and where I lost the there was nothing more serious than a keys to my grandpa’s Yamaha threefew minor broken bones and many wheeler. That field road is the place stern warnings from parents with where our little dachshund lost her those ventures. life and is home to “the big hill” which My favorite fall memories include served as our halfway point. From getting rides in full gravity boxes from spring through fall, the field road was the field up to the house. Sitting on the main highway which connected top of a golden mound of corn, digging the two farms. My mom and grandma, both experts in the kitchen, were my fingers and toes into the cool kernels and burying my legs all the while continually feeding a crowd each squealing with glee as the wagon weekend during the fall. They were slowly swayed back and forth behind not only feeding their own families, the tractor top the list. And the fun but were most often feeding cousins didn’t stop when the tractor parked and friends as well. Our town-dwelleither! ing cousins and friends loved the busy-ness of the farm during harvest Part of the fun was staying in the

North Star Ag Expo announced Tradexpos has recently announced the first annual North Star Ag Expo will take place July 26-28, 2022. This new outdoor farm show will be held at the Ritchie Bros. Auction site, located four miles north of Owatonna, Minn. just off of I-35. The North Star Ag Expo will offer farmers and ranchers an opportunity to meet with industry leading ag companies. As an addition to the show, the University of Minnesota will hold seminars on July 26 from 1-4 p.m. and July 27 from 10 a.m.-noon in the Ritchie

wagon as long as I could as the corn flowed out into an auger below. My dad never let anyone stay in too long (except one time when my brother ended up flowing out the bottom of the wagon with the corn — but all’s well that ends well). A sure mark of a well-spent fall day was finding corn, straw and dirt in obscure places. Pockets, shoes, cracks and crevices are places that seem to house foreign objects well. Even now, with my own kids, I can tell when it has been a good day by the amount of roughage that falls to the floor when they are getting ready to bathe. Where we live, harvest time has changed a bit. Gravity boxes have been replaced with semi trucks and trailers, our field road has been plowed under, my dad no longer raises livestock, my grandparents have both passed away and my cousins are widely dispersed across the country. But change does not always have a negative connotation. My dad and brothers are still farming the same pieces of dirt that left a gritty film on my skin as a kid. My

husband and I are raising our family and livestock on the same farm site where my grandparents raised their family and livestock. My children are learning how to drive tractors and trucks, shoot guns, ride four-wheelers, build forts, play in piles of corn, sort cattle and experience the circle of life as we birth and bury loved animals. We are fortunate to live a mile (as the crow flies) from both of my brothers and their families and we still have my parents and one of my sisters’ close by as well. Harvest time still offers a purpose and sense of community. Anyone who wants to work can be given a task, my mom is still an expert in the kitchen and I think of myself as her protege. Each fall I make new memories with my family and friends, never replacing the memories of my childhood, just building on them. Whitney Nesse is a sixth-generation livestock farmer who is deeply rooted in her faith and family. She writes from her central Minnesota farm. v

Sustainable agriculture grant funding available ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture anticipates awarding up to $250,000 to demonstrate and publicize the energy efficiency, environmental benefit, or profitability of sustainable agricultural techniques or systems, from production through marketing.

The Agricultural Growth, Research, and Innovation (AGRI) Program’s Bros. Auction indoor auditorium. All Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration seminars will be free to attend. Grant program will accept applications Parking and admission to the North through 4 p.m. on Dec. 9. Star Ag Expo is free. The gates will Applicants may request up to $50,000 open daily at 9 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. per project. The first $25,000 does not on July 26, 8 p.m. on July 27, and 4 p.m. need to be matched by the applicants. on July 28. For requests between $25,000 and Tradexpos also presents the North $50,000, applicants must provide a American Farm and Power Show which dollar-for-dollar match on the amount is held at the Four Seasons Centre in above $25,000. Owatonna every March. Funding will be awarded in 2022. This article was submitted by Projects must last two to three years Tradexpos, Inc. v and grantees must be willing to share

what they learn with others.

Projects are published annually in the MDA’s Greenbook, which provides a summary of each project along with results, management tips, locations of previous projects, and other resources.

Past grants have funded a wide range of projects, such as exploring farm diversification; cover crops and crop rotation; conservation tillage; input reduction strategies; and alternative energies such as wind, methane, and biomass.

Applicants must be Minnesota residents, and projects must take place on Minnesota farms.

For more information, visit https://

This article was submitted by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.v

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Church cookbooks: something for the whole congregation This recipe has simplicity written all over it and Fact: Church cookbooks are some of the that made me adore it! What a delicious dish perbest cookbooks ever. The variety of recifect for these chilly fall nights. Grab a couple of pes — some handed down from generasweet potatoes and some apples and get baking! tion to generation — coupled with the creativity found in the use of ingredients Sweet Potato Treat is awe-inspiring. Ethel L. Jensen I had the opportunity to visit with Suzy 2 sweet potatoes and Diane Sukalski near Fairmont, 6 green apples Minn., at the headquarters for Sunshine COOKING Take two potatoes, peel and slice cut apples into Suzy, a corn nibblet company. Before I WITH KRISTIN small pieces. Place in a cover dish and bake at left there, Diane kindly sent with me a 350 degrees for 45 minutes. No sugar is needed. By Kristin Kveno copy of her church’s latest cookbook as n we were discussing my fondness for church cookbooks. The East Chain Lutheran Not only does Suzy sell scrumptious corn nibblets; but she Church, located southeast of Fairmont, put together also has a great recipe for birthday oven-fried chicken. I can’t a cookbook filled with page after page of downthink of a better way to celebrate another year around the sun home cooking. It was a joy to simply peruse the than some tasty, tender oven-fried chicken. pages and read all the interesting recipes. Suzy’s Birthday Oven-Fried Chicken I made a couple of dishes and will definitely try Suzy Sukalski more of the fun recipes found within the book. Here 2 -1/2 to 3-1/2 pounds cut-up broiler-fryer chicken are a few recipes which showcase some of the 1 tablespoon margarine or butter unique but wonderful food creations. 2/3 cup Bisquick baking mix I’ve had a lot of salads in my day, but grape salad was not one 1-1/2 teaspoons paprika of them. This recipe intrigued me with the use of grapes, sour 1-1/4 teaspoons salt cream, brown sugar, cream cheese and other delicious ingredi1/4 teaspoon pepper ents. It was simple to make, and the result was a tasty and dis- 1/2 teaspoon Mrs. Dash tinctive grape-tastic dish. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Heat margarine in a rectangular Grape Salad baking dish or pan in the oven until melted. Mix baking mix, Shirley Hannaman paprika, salt, pepper and Mrs. Dash in a plastic bag. Place chicken in the bag with coating mix and shake. Place skin sides 4 ounces cream cheese down in the pan. Bake 35 minutes. Turn; bake about 20 minutes 1/2 cup sour cream longer or until the juice of chicken is no longer pink when cen2/3 cup brown sugar ters of thickest pieces are cut. 2 ounces Cool Whip 1/2 teaspoon vanilla n 2 pounds red grapes slivered almonds Cream the cream cheese. Add the rest of the ingredients. Dry grapes before adding the topping. Toast almonds 5-10 minutes at 350 degrees and sprinkle on the grape mixture. n The name of the soup intrigued me. I don’t snowmobile much, OK not at all, but it doesn’t say you HAVE to be a snowmobiler to enjoy this soup. I made this and loved it as it’s chocked-full of a ST. PAUL — Minnesota farmers who want to variety of vegetables and savory ground beef. Perhaps this improve safety on their farms can now apply for means I need to give snowmobiling another try?!? funding through two programs from the Minnesota Snowmobile Soup Department of Agriculture that help with the cost of Gloria Mattson buying, shipping, and installing eligible safety equip1-1/2 pounds hamburger, browned and drained ment. 1 quart canned tomatoes Now in its second year, the Grain Storage Facility 1 can tomato soup Safety Cost-Share program reimburses up to 75% of 2 cups water the cost to buy, ship, and install eligible safety equipdiced vegetables ment for on-farm grain bins or silos. The program Add an assortment of fresh vegetables to the hamburger. I use will pay up to $400 per bin or silo, with a limit of potatoes, cabbage, celery, carrots and onions. Add tomatoes, $2,400 per farm per year. soup and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 2-3 For more information and to apply, visit https:// hours or until vegetables are tender. n The Rollover Protective Structures (ROPS) rebate

If you love mashed potatoes AND you love a chocolatey, nutty cake, put them all together and you got Mashed Potato Cake.

Mashed Potato Cake

Winnefred Luhmann 1-3/4 cups sugar 1/2 cup whole milk 3/4 cup butter 2 eggs (separated) 1 teaspoon soda 1 cup warm mashed potatoes 2 squares chocolate 1 cup nuts 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar 1-1/2 cups flour Cream butter and sugar, add egg yolks beat well. Melt chocolate in warm potatoes. Then add chocolate, potatoes and milk. Then add soda, flour, cream of tartar and nuts. Beat egg whites and add last. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. A big thank you to Diane for providing me with all these amazing recipes. There’s much more in the cookbook that is just as wonderful. If you’d like a copy of your own, contact Janice Stromberg, East Chain Lutheran Church, 411 280th Ave., Blue Earth, MN 56013. Give these dishes a try and give your taste buds a taste treat today! Kristin Kveno scours the internet, pours over old family recipes and searches everywhere in between to find interesting food ideas for feeding your crew. Do you have a recipe you want to share? You can reach Kristin at v

Safety funds available from MDA program reimburses farmers and schools at least 70 percent of the cost to purchase, ship, and install a rollover protection kit, limiting the cost to no more than $500 per tractor. The National ROPS Rebate Program (NRRP) works with farmers to identify and price the appropriate rollover protection kits for their tractors. For more information and to apply, visit www.mda. Both programs are accepting applications through June 30, 2022, or until all funds are exhausted. This article was submitted by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.v

THE LAND — OCTOBER 29/NOVEMBER 5, 2021 — “Where Farm and Family Meet”


Zurn has dedicated her life to family and farm advocacy By KRISTIN KVENO The Land Staff Writer Karolyn Zurn’s passion for agriculture runs deep. She may not have grown up on a farm, but once she got a taste of the farm life she was hooked. Whether it’s spending time in the tractor or traveling to Karolyn Zurn Washington D.C. for ag policy and leadership opportunities, Zurn never stops advocating for agriculture. Zurn lived in Ogema, Minn. the first few years of her life. “When I was three my parents moved out to California.” It was the gold rush for aerospace and her dad went out west to find career opportunities. When Zurn was 20 she visited relatives back in Minnesota. It was then when she met her husband, Bill. They soon married and began farming together in the Callaway area. “I always hated the term farm wife. I drove combine, tractor, I loved working in the field.” Zurn and Bill raised five children. In addition to the work on the farm, Zurn was a hairdresser when the kids were young. She also volunteered with 4-H and FFA. After the youngest daughter was born in 1985, Zurn went back to college. After graduating with a degree in marketing, Zurn worked for a variety of different foodservice companies, she retired from Proctor Gamble. After retirement, Zurn became focused on her talents to be an effective voice for agriculture and became involved in a multitude of ag organizations. “I never liked to be appointed just because I’m a woman.” She searched out opportunities in ag that allowed her to utilize her skills in advocacy. Zurn has lent her time and abilities to so many agrelated organizations, one of those is Common Ground North Dakota. According to their website, “Common Ground, North Dakota is focused on starting a conversation between farmers who grow food and the people who buy it.” Zurn was involved for four years. “I got to sit in on the planning on how they were going to start common ground. She serves on the University of Minnesota Crookston Campus Advisory and Advancement Board. The role of the board is to strengthen the connection to the college and the region. She is also on the Northern Crops Institute council in a six-year term. She is currently the president of American AgriWomen, which deems itself as the largest group of agribusiness, farm and ranch women whose mission is to promote agriculture. Her time as president ends in November after that Zurn plans to focus on fundraising as that’s an important part of the AAW past president’s role. Zurn has 13 grandkids. When she travels to Washington D.C., she tries to take at least one grandchild with her as there’s so much there to learn and

she wants to allow her grandchildren to experience first-hand ag-advocacy in our nation’s capital. Zurn farms with her husband and two sons Eric and Nick and their families. They raise wheat, corn soybeans and alfalfa. She believes that her experience on the farm differs from her husband. “We have a different view of the farm.” Each partner is important in the success of the farm and having those voices heard is vital.

Zurn has felt a calling to step up and be a part of the ag leadership providing the opportunity to lend her enthusiasm for agriculture to these organizations that are crucial to her. “I don’t know if there were as many women being heard.” Zurn’s leadership has been integral in so many organizations, giving voice to vital issues. “My advocacy will help my sons keep farming.” v

Calendar of Events Visit to view our complete calendar & enter your own events, or send an e-mail with your event’s details to Nov. 9 — Taking Charge of Your Finances: How to Survive and Thrive — Melrose, Minn. — Participants will learn how to organize and use financial records; develop and analyze financial statements; and make informed decisions regarding finances and production. A case study farm will be used to help practice interactions with lenders. Contact Dana Adams at or (320) 204-2968. Nov. 10 — Taking Charge of Your Finances: How to Survive and Thrive — Little Falls, Minn. — Contact Dana Adams at or (320) 204-2968. Nov. 10 — Agricultural Market Situation and Outlook Webinar — Online — Hear from North Dakota State University Extension economics specialists on a variety of timely issues related to agricultural markets. Contact Nov. 11 — Cover Crop Field Day — Nashua, Iowa — Event will focus on new research examining the potential for using perennial ground cover like Kentucky bluegrass as well as ceral rye and early interseeded cover crop mixtures in a corn system to reduce runoff, enhance soil organic matter and reduce nitrogen leaching. Contact Liz Ripley at or (515) 294-5429. Nov. 16 — Taking Charge of Your Finances: How to Survive and Thrive — Melrose, Minn. — Contact Dana Adams at or (320) 2042968. Nov. 16 — Land Rent Meeting — Melrose, Minn. — Topics include local historic and projected farmland rental rate trends, current farmland values and sales, and a worksheet that will help determine a fair rental agreement. Contact Nathan Drewitz at ndrewitz@ or (608) 515-4414. Nov. 16 — Farmers Night Out: Should they stay or should they go? — Greenwald, Minn. — Farmer panel will answer questions and share experiences with a variety of heifer raising practices. Contact Dana Adams at or (320) 204-2968. Nov. 16 & 17 — National Cover Crop Summit —

Online — Eight sessions featuring cover crop establishment, building biomass, weed management, pest control, plus a soil health panel featuring experienced cover crop growers. Contact Cover Crop Strategies at or (866) 839-8455. Dec. 2 — Rural Forum: Weathering the Extremes from Farm to Main Street — Mankato, Minn. — GreenSeam’s annual reception and dinner event connecting public leaders and a wide range of attendees from the agricultural sector, such as producers, manufacturers, educators, researches, and more. This event is a great opportunity for conversations about key issues facing the rural economy, as well as brainstorming potential solutions. Contact GreenSeam at or (507) 385-6672. Dec. 9 — Agricultural Market Situation and Outlook Webinar — Online — Hear from North Dakota State University Extension economics specialists on a variety of timely issues related to agricultural markets. Contact Dec. 11 — FEAST! Festival — Rochester, Minn. — 100 regional food businesses on display. Most use locally-grown ingredients. Contact Elena Byrne at or (608) 712-8340 Jan. 21 & 22, 2022 —Farm Couple Retreat — Faribault, Minn. — Learn about creative communication skills, personality differences, and resources to help each couple reach their goals and attain better management of the stresses of farming and family relationships. Learn how to communicate with your partner and children more effectively and enjoy a mini-vacation as a couple from the farm. Contact Leah M Bischof at or (320) 4290611. Feb. 4 & 5 — Farm Couple Retreat — St. Cloud, Minn. — Contact Leah M Bischof at leahbischof@ or (320) 429-0611. Feb. 11 & 12 — Farm Couple Retreat — Thief River Falls, Minn. — Contact Leah M Bischof at or (320) 429-0611. Feb. 15 & 16 — 2022 Minnesota Pork Congress — Mankato, Minn. — The state’s largest swine-specific trade show features exhibits, seminars and networking. Contact Lauren at

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Southern sugar beet yields topping 40 tons per acre By DICK HAGEN The Land Staff Writer Emeritus RENVILLE, Minn. — With betterthan-expected yields for many Minnesota corn and soybean producers, it looks like much the same — maybe even better — for sugar beet farmers in southwest Minnesota. Yes, a record sugar beet crop is almost a certainty for the 450 growers harvesting about 121,000 acres this season for Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative, said Todd Geselius, Vice President of Agriculture, in a brief telephone visit on Oct. 20. “We’re about 56 percent harvested at this time,” Geselius said. “Yes, rains today are shutting us down for a while … perhaps a couple days before guys get back into their fields. But yes, this harvest is the biggest in our history! Despite the droughty season until late August, timely rains since then are producing record tonnages. I’m hearing several 40-plus tons per acre. We’ll easily go 30-plus tons this season.” Right now hundreds of semis, averaging about 25 tons of beets per semi, are delivering directly to the factory location, or to 14 other piling sites in 16 southwest Minnesota counties where SMBSC beet farmers are located. Beets then are reloaded from these piling sites and delivered to the factory during its 8 to 10-month processing schedule.

What keeps the beets from spoiling in these outdoor piles? A typical beet weighs 2 pounds and is 75 percent moisture — which sounds perfect for spoilage conditions. But technology (common sense too) to the Todd Geselius rescue! Perforated steel piping gets placed on the ground first, so freshly harvested beets get unloaded upon these pipes. When temps sink below 32 degrees, huge fans fastened to the ends of these pipes crank up and eventually the entire pile of beets are frozen. SMBSC employs about 300 people in the factory another 100 in administrative functions. Plus, upwards of another 100 people assist at the piling sites during that frenetic harvesting season. Explained Geselius, “Factory run time is about 250 days. Last year that went well into May. This season may be even longer. We’re having some mechanical problems within the factory. We do about 16,000 tons a day; nonstop 24 hours per day. So that leaves just a couple months to fix and/or replace everything needed before the next lift kicks into gear.” Yes indeed, America’s largest sugar beet processing facility gets tremendously busy during this harvest ‘crunch time.’ The U.S. Department of

Financial mgmt. workshop set ST CLOUD, Minn. — “Taking Charge of YOUR Finances: How to Survive and Thrive” financial management workshop, will be taught in central Minnesota to community members. This short course will teach participants how to organize and use financial records; develop and analyze financial statements; and make informed decisions regarding finances and production. Producer teams will act as loan review committees and learn about these concepts as they review a case study farm. The concepts covered promote better internal decisions for farm management and stronger relationships with external partners, such as farm lenders. The participants will learn the components of a balance sheet, income statement, cash flow, and the importance of records.

In Little Falls, the program is offered on Nov 10 at Little Falls Chamber of Commerce at 12:45 p.m. with the class running until 3 p.m. In Melrose, the program is offered Nov 9 and Nov 16 at True North Marketplace at 9:45 a.m. with the class running until noon. The program will be offered at both sites as two, sequential sessions. Attendance is free and each participant will receive a binder full of handouts and resources to take home. Register through https://z.umn. edu/2021SurviveAndThrive or by contacting Dana Adams at adam1744@ or (320) 204-2968. This article was submitted by Dana Adams, University of Minnesota Extension. v

Agriculture’s yearly production allotment for SMBSC is currently at 5.4 million 100-pound. bags of sugar. That equates to 3 percent of the entire U.S. domestic market! America’s sugar industry is closely monitored by USDA to maintain a fair and competitive environment for each of the several dozen sugar beet and sugar cane processing facilities in America. Geselius wraps up, ‘Safety is always a concern during the harvest season. Our growers put lots of semi trucks on the roads as they move from field to field harvesting their beet crop. So too the firm hauling beets from our 14 piling sites to the factory. And we know as the

season wraps up, bodies and machines get tired. It’s a busy, busy season, so everyone please pay attention at all times.” This side note: Beet sugar is produced in 27 countries worldwide. Russia leads the world in sugar production; Germany ranks second. America’s farmers produce enough sugar to meet the needs of 330 million Americans. Minnesota ranks number one in sugar beet production. Minnesota and North Dakota growers grow about 550,000 acres of sugar beets each season. Collectively, about 11,000 U.S. family farms in 2017-18 produced 8.1 million metric tons of sugar. v

Pandemic, safety grants ready The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced a request for applications for the new Pandemic Response and Safety grant program. Approximately $650 million in funding is available for the PRS grants. The PRS Grant program will assist small businesses in certain commodity areas, including specialty crop producers, shellfish farming, finfish farming, aquaculture, and apiculture; specialty crop, meat, and other processors; distributors; and farmers markets. Small businesses and nonprofits in these industries can apply for a grant to cover Covid-related expenses such as workplace safety measures, retrofitting facilities for worker and consumer safety, shifting to online sales platforms,

transportation, worker housing, and medical costs. The minimum funding request is $1,500 and the maximum funding request is $20,000. Applications must be submitted electronically at by Nov. 22. Eligible entities are required to obtain a free DUNS Number from Dun & Bradstreet before applying for this program. USDA has created a custom PRS DUNS number portal at https://support.dnb. com/?CUST=PandemicResponse. For more information, contact the PRS help desk at (301) 238-5550 or This article was submitted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. v

New insurance option available for farmers who sell locally The U.S. Department of Agriculture is rolling out a new insurance option specifically for agricultural producers with small farms who sell locally. The new Micro Farm policy simplifies record keeping and covers post-production costs like washing and value-added products. The policy will be available beginning with the 2022 crop year. No expense or individual commodity reporting needed, simplifying the recordkeeping requirements for producers. Revenue from post-production

costs, such as washing and packaging commodities and value-added products, are considered allowable revenue The Micro Farm policy is available to producers who have a farm operation that earns an average allowable revenue of $100,000 or less, or for carryover insureds, an average allowable revenue of $125,000 or less. To learn more, visit This article was submitted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. v


Pioneer Brand Enlist E3 Soybeans: Highquality Seed Delivers Leading Agronomics and Stronger Yields By Whitney Nesse For 95 years, Pioneer has built a legacy of industryleading agronomics, research and innovation that provide growers with the highest quality seed. Josh Shofner, Pioneer agronomist and strategic account manager in southeast Minnesota, says growers can continue to expect that as Pioneer brand Enlist E3 soybeans become more widely available. “We really work hard to pair high-yielding soybean genetics with industry-leading agronomics,” Shofner says. “Looking at the Enlist E3 soybeans, Pioneer will lead the way on high-yielding, strong agronomic soybeans in the next year and into the future.” Pioneer brand Enlist E3 soybeans will continue to bring the same characteristics from the best white mold, SDS and IDC tolerance as well as brown stem rot resistance and improved standability. Shofner says all of these agronomic traits are in a bag of Pioneer brand Enlist E3 soybeans, and Pioneer will continue to improve on its historically strong foundation in the coming years. Industrywide, Pioneer is known for providing growers with the highest quality seed. Those demanding quality control standards continue as Pioneer more widely rolls out Pioneer brand Enlist E3 soybeans. “When our growers plant Enlist E3 soybeans, we’re delivering the same quality product in the bag that they are used to and that is not going to change,” Shofner says. Pioneer brand Enlist E3 soybeans are also setting high benchmarks in yield plots. “Early in this transition, we are already putting together a high-yielding portfolio,” Shofner says. “I think the yield is going to speak for itself.” Although growers tend to be cautious when learning about a new trait package, Pioneer is providing many opportunities to see firsthand the benefits of Pioneer brand Enlist E3 soybeans. “We like to take our commercial lineup and put it into as many real-world situations, on farm, with customers as we can,” Shofner says. Pioneer puts its products to the test in extensive on-farm trials with numerous locations and Enlist E3 soybean varieties, where growers choose the management practices. “That really helps show growers that Enlist E3 soybeans have been planted in my backyard, and the results were very strong.” Shofner is especially thankful for the ability to work in person with producers again. “Day in and day out, we spend time with our local producers,” he said. “Being oneon-one with producers, listening to what their challenges are and helping producers be more successful is key for a Pioneer agronomist.” “At Pioneer, we’re a leader in the Enlist E3 soybeans,” Shofner says. “Pioneer has a rich history of seed and the Enlist E3 soybean will continue to carry that legacy.”

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2021 surprise yields fuel optimism for next year Mark Wettergren, Blair Hoseth,  St. Peter, Minn.  FROM THE Mahnomen, Minn. — — Oct. 22 Oct. 22


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Harvest is wrapped up on the Hoseth farm. The Land spoke with Blair Hoseth on Oct. 22 as he reported he finished corn on Oct. 8. “It was 75-150 bushels per acre.” With the dry conditions this growing season, Hoseth was surprised with how well the corn fared. “It was almost a normal crop.” The rain came after the corn harvest — two and a half inches has fallen last week and this week. Hoseth is getting Compiled by KRISTIN KVENO, The Land Staff Writer cornstalks baled when the weather permits. “We’ll probably sell some bales.” A bright spot for Hoseth is having dried corn stalks. “We’ve had a decent fall for putting up cornstalks.” Steve Wertish, Olivia, One of the positives this fall for Hoseth is the cover crop. “It’s amazingly good. A wonderful year for cover crop.” Hoseth used the air seeder for the first time to seed his cover crops. He found he was able to use less seed and the crop had a better stand. For Hoseth, a lot of time has been spent dealing with crop insurance. “It’s been an awful lot of insurance claims. Hail claims on beans, multi-peril on beans and some on wheat.” The wheat was variable this year. The yields were 23-65 bushels per acre. On the livestock side, things are getting a little brighter. “Cattle prices seem to be holding halfway decent.” Thanks to some fall moisture, the pastures are rebounding. “Fall pasture was much better than summer pasture,” Hoseth said. Looking ahead to next year, Hoseth is concerned about the high input costs. With fertilizer prices on the rise, Hoseth may not put fertilizer down on the soybeans next year. “Do a little more soil testing to see where soil fertility levels are.” He plans to stay with the current corn/bean rotation next spring. Hoseth’s fields endured dry conditions that put a damper on any good yields for beans and wheat — though corn did better than expected. Farming is filled with many unknowns, Hoseth knows that each year is different, and he hopes next year will mean better yields, timely rains and some lower input costs as well. v

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“Things are almost done.” The Land spoke with Steve Wertish on Oct. 22 as he reported there’s just a little tillage left to do. The sugar beet harvest is almost finished, there’s 20 percent of beets left in the field. “We’re just waiting to see if we can get the rest of it.” Wertish will hear from the co-op to find out if and when the remainder of the beets can be harvested. The beet yields this year have been excellent. “Sugar beets do very well when it’s dry.” The August rains helped get the sugars going. “I’ve heard of phenomenal tonnage.” Wertish finished corn on Oct. 19. “We had one field that caught a little bit of rain this growing season which yielded 200 bushels per acre, another field didn’t get the rain and it ended up with 175 bushels per acre. Everybody’s shaking their heads, saying it’s way better than it should of.” The corn varieties managed the drought conditions well. Wertish tried several new corn varieties this year with superior results. “There’s a couple of varieties that yielded very well but also cannibalized itself.” Wertish will be taking a look at the yield results and other factors to make seed selections for next year based on that data. The canning crops took a major hit this year. The lack of rain significantly affected Wertish’s crop. Looking to next year, Wertish will continue the same rotation. “It’s good to be a bit diverse.” Harvest wrapped up early this year. “A good week ahead of normal.” This year ended with unexpected yields on the Wertish farm, much better than anyone anticipated after a summer with very little rain. “It was much, much better than expected.” Wertish is thrilled with the good yields, coupled with decent corn and bean prices this year. In farming, you can expect the unexpected, and the solid yields on the Wertish farm this year were very unexpected. v

On Oct. 12 Mark Wettergren wrapped up corn harvest. The Land spoke with Wettergren on Oct. 22 as he reported it went well. “We got done about 11:30 that morning and got rain that night. Very good crop, a lot better than expected.” In the middle of July with rain in short supply, Wettergren would’ve never imagined yields this good. Wettergren harvested the last 15 acres of soybeans on Oct. 16. He was waiting until a frost to combine the beans as they were still green a few weeks ago. They ended up with 13 percent moisture. The farm received one and a half inches of rain on Oct. 20, which slowed tillage down a bit. “In a couple of days, we should have the corn ground done, then a couple more days we’ll have the bean ground finished.” With fieldwork almost complete, thoughts turn to the 2022 crop. Next spring Wettergren will continue with planting a 50/50 corn-bean rotation. “I don’t think we’ll be doing anything different.” He expects to stick with the same maturities in corn and beans next year. Wettergren’s fields ended up getting the moisture needed to turn out solid results. “Everyone is satisfied with the yields. All in all, it was a pretty darn good year.” v

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THE LAND — OCTOBER 29/NOVEMBER 5, 2021 — “Where Farm and Family Meet”


U.S. 212 Beef, Buffalo Lake, Minn. in high gear now

By DICK HAGEN So suffice to say, we are watched closely. The Land Staff Writer Emeritus Our continual task — and that means each of us — is to do our work diligently BUFFALO LAKE, Minn. — After and carefully. Yes, teamwork is vital in being shut down for over four years, the this process also. huge meat processing facility fronting on U.S. Highway 212 (just immediately east The Land: Branded beef was big news of Buffalo Lake, Minn.) is in high gear a couple years back. I did a story with today. I had the pleasure to chat with 212 Tom Revier, Revier Cattle Company who Beef General Manager Carl Garber in his got into marketing Revier Black Angus office on Sept 28. Branded Beef. Originally from Texas, Garber is a goodGarber: They still are, and now we are sized guy with courteous demeanor — also. We’re doing Chef’s Platinum Black even with a snoopy ag writer from Olivia. Angus Beef. We’re marketing to food serSo here we go: vice companies everywhere. We’re even into Florida. Actually, President Trump The Land: How many years have you enjoyed some of our Chef’s tenderloin this been the general manager at 212 Beef? past week at his Mar-a-Lago residence. Garber: I started here in February. Photos by Dick Hagen How do we know? Because our distribuWe’ve been open less than a year. I’m Owned by a group of livestock producers, U.S. 212 Beef relies heavily on local livestock tor in Florida personally delivered it to originally from the Fort Worth, Texas sources, processing 200 head each day. his residence and called to let us know. area. I’ve worked in the beef cattle indusWe also now do New York, California, and try for a little over 35 years … starting out with obvious U.S. 212 Beef is stratically very well located a few other selected market areas. AgriProcessors in Postville, Iowa. I’ve worked at too. No, we’re not yet into contracts with selected resvarious beef plants. My forte is kosher meats. The Land: With that huge production each day, taurants; but we’re certainly thinking in that direcThe Land: Who owns this plant, which as I recall what time does the daily work load clock in? tion. Matter of fact, there’s a very popular restaurant was built in the 1980’s? Garber: We start our FAB at 6 a.m.; the harvest just a few miles away in Hutchinson which is already Garber: We are now owned by a buying some of our branded begins at 6:30. FAB refers to the start of the processgroup of livestock producers — some Black Angus beef. So there ing procedures. The harvest is breaking down the beef, some dairy, some hogs. All are likely will be more of this down carcasses into smaller pieces — called sub-primals Minnesota and Iowa farmers. the road. Folks talking about — which are then boxed for distribution to our varithat ‘great tasting’ beef at suchous distribution outlets across the country. Today our daily kill is 300 head. and-such restaurant is how That’s current plant capacity. But The Land: And I suspect lots of supervision by the these things really get going. somewhere down the road we’re U.S. Department of Agriculture on this entire operalooking to expand. Beef demand is The Land: Beef markets are tion? growing; profitability both for pro- Carl Garber on the upswing these days. Garber: Yes indeed, virtually continuous surveilducers and we meat processors is Consumer demand is driving lance by USDA inspectors doing their work. I’m okay good right now. And there’s an expanding export with that … I recognize when in the business of pro- this market, I presume. So are producers marketing market which we hope to be part of also. We are cessing meats for human consumption, USDA crite- heavier cattle to generate some more income? marketing into several countries right now. It seems ria is very strict, very demanding. And that is as it Garber: Right now they’re coming in between everybody likes the taste of our Black Angus beef should be. Too much is at stake for our company, the 1,400 and 1,500 pounds with steers closer to that processed here at our 212 Beef facility. We’re not yet cattle industry, and most importantly for U.S. con- 1,500-pound weight. As this new crop of yearlings got into China, but see that as future potential also. into farmer’s feedlots this past April, I wouldn’t be sumers. (This footnote: Currently 15 percent of U.S. beef is We have USDA AMS (which is the official who surprised that we’ll be seeing some 1,600-pound critexported. Last year, exports totaled $190 million. For grades every animal we process) every day; then we ters from cattle feeders into this new season. v Minnesota, 11.5 percent of production is exported have USDA FSIS inspectors who monitor food safety. which is adding 41 cents per pound to the carcass value of Minnesota beef.) The Land: As I drove in today, two semis loaded with cattle were pulling in behind me. With a daily slaughter of 300 animals, you need a steady source of cattle. Where do they come from? Garber: Essentially within a 100-mile radius. So The program will be held on Nov. 16 at the ST CLOUD, Minn. — “Farmers Night Out: Should Minnesota and Iowa are primary sources — though a few get trucked in from South Dakota also. Minnesota they stay or should they go?” is a program offered by Greenwald Pub and begin at 7 p.m. is big in corn production … and in my opinion corn is University of Minnesota Extension and Minnesota To register, contact Dana Adams at adam1744@ the key requirement in producing high quality cattle. Dairy Initiative, offering education and networking or (320) 204-2968. Yes, I understand Iowa is number-one in corn produc- about heifer raising. This program will begin with a This article was submitted by Dana Adams, tion; then comes Illinois, Nebraska, Minnesota. But farmer panel addressing options around heifer raisUniversity of Minnesota Extension. v ing and provide an opportunity for dairy producers to I’m told right here in Renville County some of Minnesota’s very best corn producers thrive, so it’s gather with their fellows.

Farmers Night Out is Nov. 16

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Retirement spawns collection of 1,400 aprons

By RENAE B. VANDER SCHAAF When a cancellation occurred just a week The Land Correspondent before the fair, Cory began racking her brain looking for a replacement. When phone calls and It’s that time of year again, when we are beginother options were ruled out, she began to realning to plan our Thanksgiving family gatherize that it was up to her to fill in the scheduled ings. Even if we don’t think about it at the time, event with the aprons she had sitting in on a we somehow realize these occasions will become shelf. embedded in our memories and those of our guests — no matter how young or old. So it is no These were mainly aprons she had as a youth, wonder we strive to make each celebration a a few collected while she was at college, and picture-perfect time, such as we see on a Norman Grandmother Mary’s aprons and her mother’s Rockwell painting. aprons. One thing you will notice on Rockwell’s Despite a busy schedule of being a farm wife Thanksgiving illustrations are the aprons the and last minute details of the fair, she quickly smiling cook is wearing. They seem fitting for developed a program based on those aprons sitthis special holiday. And Yvonne Cory is bound ting in a tote. to have an apron or two right for that special “The apron is rich in history,” said Cory. “As it day — or any holiday. weaves through many historical decades.” Cory will surely find one in her collection Cory’s presentation was well received. In the which numbers around 1,400. Yes, you read corfollowing days, her telephone began ringing with rectly … that is one thousand four hundred and requests for her to do more presentations. Photos submitted growing. Yvonne Cory has turned her fondness for aprons into a small cottage indusAlways wanting to do her best, Cory set out to There is no doubt this farm wife from Faribault try — creating custom designs for clients and providing Sunday-best prolearn what she could about aprons and increase County in Minnesota has a passion for aprons. tection for a variety of occasions. her knowledge about the world of textiles. Her “I have always been around the apron since I collection and heartwarming stories grew as she was born,” Cory said. “As a matter of fact, I was But she knew something would come up. It didn’t met many people at her speaking engagements who behind the apron strings before I was born.” surprise her too much when the Faribault County also had many more stories to share. Her mother devoutly wore an apron. She had work Fair Board president contacted her to work as an “I was back in the teaching role, just wearing differaprons, aprons to wear to town and Sunday aprons. advertiser and promoter for the fair. Eventually, this ent shoes and a costume and apron for each show,” next adventure in her life not only opened the door to “I clearly remember my Grandmother Mary always an apron program, but also laid the ground work for said Cory. “The first nine years were great. Then appeared Covid — which pretty much wiped the wore an apron, too,” reminisced Cory. “One vivid developing successful programs. slate clear of performances and altering plans for a memory that I have of her is that when it was really “I learned many new things about the world of 10-year anniversary celebration.” cold she would take the baby chicks into the house by carrying them in her apron. She would place them by advertising,” said Cory. “Ways to market, how to get As life gets back to normal, her program once again the wood cook stove to get warm, filling her house funding for the fair, and the entertainment world; is in demand, she has 10 program options to consider and I, too, developed a networking system that was with the sound of peep, peep, peep!” which vary in length and subject. very valuable. I started to seek grant funds for new Prior to beginning her apron collection and pro- venues at the fair. I also had to learn what grant Her programs are filled with heartwarming stories grams, Cory was a Family and Consumer Science writing was all about.” that will at times bring tears to the eyes, or laughter school teacher. When she retired, she wasn’t too conas she recounts a humorous tale such as one about One of the grants she obtained was an Arts and cerned how to fill those newly-freed hours, as she is growing up and learning the hard way how to bring a firm believer when one door closes another one Cultural Heritage event “Artist For A Day.” Its pur- two wire baskets full of eggs to the house. opens. She had no idea of what that might be … or pose was to provide local artists the opportunity to share and educate fair visitors about their form of art. See APRONS, pg. 15 when she would find her next interest.

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Cory has developed several programs on apron design APRONS, from pg. 14 The next program she developed was a spin-off of that first presentation at the fair titled “Down Through the Decades.” As the collection grew, so did the historical insights about aprons. This program remains popular and is the Granddaddy of all the programs. Her next two are “Half Apron Fun” and “The Charm of the Full Bib.” Thus she separates full and half aprons into two shows. Half aprons illustrate many forms of sewing techniques and art principles; while full bib aprons are generally the one people remember Grandma wearing while cooking. So that program centers around food products, recipes, cooking, and, of course, aprons. Cory was challenged by requests to do a kid’s apron program. She developed a program using her Golden book collection and featuring Mother Goose rhyme characters who wore aprons. She has a program on The Checkered Apron which features Gingham aprons along with the history of Gingham. In 2012 she created a presentation for a steam engine show in Wisconsin called the “Vintage Apron Art Woven in Today’s Textile Art.” Some aprons are definitely designed to be work horses for every day cooking and cleaning. Others

were more delicate, with frilly ruffles, embroidery details and lace. These aprons needed their own program, and Cory cleverly incorporated teapots and fancy aprons. No apron collection is complete without the feedsack apron. She was gifted with a number of cloth bags of various prints and labels, thus sparking a bright interest in the subject. She knew the interest was there because many conversations after programs centered on the feedsack aprons. “I reviewed and sorted through my collection,” said Cory. “There was an ample supply of feed sack aprons to create a show called “The Feedsack Story—The Fabric of Patriotism.” As the Covid-19 health situation prohibited personto-person gatherings. Grant funding opened new avenues for being creative during the pandemic. Cory received an Artist Development Grant from the

McKnight Foundation to produce a DVD just completed this past July of 2021. The recorded program is called “Sampler Time of Memories.” She does have a program for the upcoming holiday called “Christmas Aprons, Memories and Traditions.” “I am so thankful that my collection can be used and is not sitting on the shelf. This is why there are 10 different shows,” explained Cory. “Very few aprons were used more than twice and as the collection grows I get others to sub in or I tuck something real quick into a spot in an existing program.” Cory continues to collect aprons with a wish list of a collection that includes obtaining state souvenir aprons from all fifty states and trying to increase her world-wide collection. She also finds time to sew and sell aprons from her home, using the Joys and Tears in the Apron Strings Facebook page or at vendor sales. The Becki Steier Studio and Art Gallery in Blue Earth, Minn. always has a supply of her handmade aprons. For more information, message Yvonne Cory through Joys and Tears in the Apron Strings Facebook page or email v

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Be thankful for 2021 season; but cautious about 2022 By DICK HAGEN The Land Staff Writer Emeritus Perhaps thanks to late summer rains, this 2021 cropping season is providing some unexpected strong yields. And that means stronger-than-expected crop revenues too. Give some credit to China. They’ve been a strong buyer. So too has Mexico, Japan and other countries. Early reports are indicating near record corn yields for Illinois (274 bushels per acre), Indiana and some Ohio producers. And in the home stretch, lots of 250plus bushel reports in Minnesota and Iowa too! However, before we get too smug about this betterthan-expected farm income scene for 2021, guys who keep score expect little chance of that in 2022. Why? Because input costs keep ratcheting up on virtually everything a farmer spends money on for his next year’s adventure. Let’s start with fertilizer. Bullishness best fits! Typically, fertilizer prices hit lows in the summer months. But not this year says Stone X fertilizer analyst Josh Linville. He explains, “This year lots of nitrogen production was lost due to Hurricane Ida. In Europe, a significant reduction because of rising natural gas prices. China is the biggest producer of urea and phosphate; but now their government is starting to halt exports.” So Linville says ‘bullishness’ will continue. He points out nitrogen, phosphate and potash supplies are already extremely tight, so supply issues may be even worse this winter and next spring. “If a farmer is uncomfortable buyng the product now, it’s at least a good idea to have a conversation with their suppliers.” Todd Erickson, general manager of Finley Farmer’s Grain and Elevator, is more expressive. “We’ve seen a massive explosion in urea and anhydrous prices,” he stated. “Anhydrous jumped $400 in the last three weeks; urea increased $250 per ton — more than double the usual cost.” Erickson isn’t expecting much fall fertilizer applications. “Right now, I think farmers are in a state of shock over fertilizer prices.” CHS Hedging Crop Nutrient Risk Management Consultant Christ Schwartz doesn’t think the United States has seen the full ramifications of the fertilizer supply situation. “We’ve seen NOLA almost quadruple their nitrogen prices. With phosphate, we were around $500 last year and this year we’re at $680.” He says market fundamentals are at work. “The cost of production is prohibiting the product from being produced. And that’s not going away … these prices will likely go up even more.” Yes, pre-pay fertilizer makes sense right now. But Schwartz thinks no more than 30 percent of farmers have pre-paid. “More likely most are trying to factor in what to do for next year.” And now even crop protection products may be allocated for next year. Commented analyst Gerald Gulke, “You’ll likely get only 80 percent of the Roundup you got last year. And

this disrupted supply chain may be influencing acreage decisions for ’22.” With fertilizer prices skyrocketing, University of Minnesota Extension Nutrient Management Specialist Dan Kaiser is fielding lots of questions from farmers. “And a big question is starter fertilizers,” he said. “They want to know if in-furrow alone can work. But that all depends upon soil test values to know where you’re at.” And he cautions that if you’re looking at biostimulants to trim some costs, carefully look at the data. Corn growers are much aware inadequate phosphorous levels impairs plant growth and yields. But Kaiser advises to first put pen to paper after harvest to determine how much phosphorous was removed by the harvest. For instance, with corn, roughly .34 pounds of phosphorous is removed per bushel. So with a 250-bushel crop, 88 pounds of phosphorous is removed. With soybeans, a 57-bushel crop removes

50 pounds of phosphorous. Multiply by your acres of corn and soybeans gives you a good estimate of the amount of phosphorous needed to replenish the soil for just what your crop removed. However, despite crazy fertilizer prices, increasing fuel costs, and ongoing inflation tendencies for virtually everything needed for the 2022 farming year, be gratified too! According to Kent Thiesse, farm management analyst at MinnStar Bank in Lake Crystal, Minn., “The 2021 U.S. net farm income projections show very strong improvement compared to 2020 farm income levels, and are considerably higher than 2014-2019 levels.” What’s ahead? A big key will be remaining strength in crop and livestock prices — bolstered by strong export sales. “Of course, weather is always the wild card in final U.S. net farm income figures,” concludes Thiesse. v

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Extension conducting weed survey University of Minnesota Extension weed scientists are asking farmers to participate in another weed survey. Extension weed scientist Debalin Sarangi and graduate student Navjot Singh shared results from a 2020 weed survey and asked that growers collect and submit weed seeds again this season. In 2020, the scientists received about 30 waterhemp samples, mostly from southern Minnesota. They grew them in the greenhouse and conducted resistance screening. They found that the majority of waterhemp populations were resistant to ALSinhibiting herbicides (e.g., Pursuit, Raptor and Classic) and glyphosate. They reported that the results also showed that 14 and 15 percent of waterhemp populations were resistant to atrazine and PPO inhibitors (e.g., Flexstar), respectively. If at least 40 percent of plants survive a 3X labeled dose of a certain herbicide, that population is considered to be resistant. The researchers noted that two populations from Carver and Olmsted County showed resistance to four herbicide sites of action, significantly reducing herbicide choices for farmers. These populations survived the 3X application of glyphosate, Raptor, Atrazine, and Flexstar or Callisto (a HPPD inhibitor). In three populations, 7 to 14 percent of waterhemp plants have survived the 3X dose of 2,4-D-choline (Enlist One), showing that the less-sensitive indi-

viduals to 2,4-D are present in Minnesota. Given the results, growers are advised to take a diversified management approach to slow down the resistance evolution. Sarangi and his team are again collecting weed seed samples this year. They ask that growers follow the steps given for sample collection and submission: Select the fields with lower-than-expected weed control from herbicide applications. Avoid sampling plant escapes due to lack of spray coverage. Collect the seed heads from at least 10 mature (black color seeds) female waterhemp plants or 20 mature (brown seeds) ragweed plants and place the samples in paper bags. Do not mix the seeds of different species; bag them separately. Fill out the 2021 Herbicide-Resistant Waterhemp/ Ragweeds Survey and send it along with the samples. Mail the samples directly to the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus: Attn: Debalin Sarangi, 411 Borlaug Hall, 1991 Upper Buford Circle, St. Paul, MN 55108. Samples may also be submitted to local Extension educators in crops. For questions, contact Sarangi at dsarangi@umn. edu. This article was submitted by University of Minnesota Extension. v


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USDA reports butter stocks down, cheese stocks up This column was written for the marketing week ending Oct. 29. U.S. butter stocks keep heading lower after falling below those a year ago in August for the first time since June 2019. News and information for Minnesota and Northern Iowa dairy producers The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest Cold Storage report shows the cents on the week (the lowest since Aug.8), Cream has been available and is meeting demand MIELKE MARKET Sept. 30 butter inventory at 330.1 mil17.5 cents lower than they were on Oct. 1, in recent weeks in the West but stakeholders are WEEKLY lion pounds. This is down 32.6 million and $1.1075 below that week a year ago. now trying to find a home for it after the fire at an pounds or 9 percent from the August By Lee Mielke Idaho plant. Food service butter demand is holding level, which was revised 4.2 million The barrels saw their Oct. 29 finish at steady, says Dairy Market News, but contacts report pounds lowered than what was reported $1.82 per pound, down 4.25 cents on the retail demand has softened. Retailers are looking to a month ago. Stocks were down 13.8 million pounds week, 7.5 cents above their Oct. 1 perch, 71 cents or 4 percent below September 2020. below a year ago, and an inverted 14.5 cents above See MIELKE, pg. 18 American-type cheese stocks jumped to 844.1 mil- the blocks. lion pounds, up 17 million pounds or 2.1 percent There were four sales of block on the week and 22 from August and were 71.5 million pounds or 9.3 for the month of October, up from 18 in September. percent above those a year ago. The August level The week saw 11 cars of barrel trade places and 49 was revised up 3.5 million pounds. for the month, down from 69 in September. The “other” cheese category climbed to 592.2 milCheesemakers are busy according to Dairy Market lion pounds, up 8.6 million pounds or 1.5 percent News. “Plant managers report existing employees from August, and 31.5 million or 5.6 percent above a working overtime to fulfill needs is the strategy, and year ago. even then there are shifts not being staffed.” The resulting total cheese inventory stood at 1.46 Cheese customers have also been very busy. billion pounds. This is up 25.5 million pounds or 1.8 Demand for all varieties is strong. Midweek spot percent from August and 104.6 million or 7.7 permilk prices ranged from Class III to $1 over. Even cent above a year ago. with plant outages in the region and growing milk Chicago-based StoneX Dairy Group says it expect- output, milk usage kept offers quieter this week, according to Dairy Market News. ed cheese stocks to come in lower than forecast given how weak milk production was in September, Looking westward, food service cheese demand but instead were 45 million pounds heavier than remains steady and retail sales are even, year over they forecast. Cheese plants were likely getting year. Export interest is healthy, says Dairy Market more than enough milk in September, explains News, but ports are still congested and shipping is StoneX. “While the weak milk production does raise not without difficulties. Production at some plants is the upside risk for cheese prices, the relatively limited by staffing shortages, but other facilities are heavy inventories are bearish for prices.” able to operate at capacity and work through ample milk supplies. Cheese inventories are plentiful and StoneX added, “With milk production down and cheese production still strong, butter production has growing, although block availability was said to be likely taken a hit — which is allowing inventories to looser than barrels. Some contacts believe tighter barrel supplies may be contributing to the inversion. be pulled down.” CME butter had a good week, closing Oct. 29 at Butter stocks were 7 million pounds lower than $1.94 per pound. This is up 10.5 cents on the week the StoneX forecast; but they add the caveat, (the highest since June 10, 2020), up 19.25 cents for “Stocks last year were very heavy, so being down 4 percent still leaves butter stocks at adequate levels. the month, and 55 cents above a year ago. There were 14 sales on the week and 25 for the month, With milk production expected to stay weak and cheese production expected to stay relatively strong down from 121 in September. we are going to continue to pull butter stocks down Butter producers say cream remains tight, if not and that should be supportive for prices.” tighter. Production schedules are reportedly stunted, due primarily to plant employee and driver shortagn es. There have been recent improvements in hiring, Cash dairy product prices at the Chicago but the timeframe for a more normal production sitMercantile Exchange ended October with cheese uation is unpredictable, according to plant managheading lower and butter, powder, and whey climbers. As manufacturing geared for holiday retail order ing, as traders anticipated the next Global Dairy surges, bulk butter availability has declined and Trade auction on Nov. 2 and the September Dairy prices have done the opposite. Butter market tones Products report on Nov. 4. are notably bullish, says Dairy Market News. Some The cheddar blocks closed the last Friday of believe this shift could be short-lived while others October at $1.6750 per pound. This is down 13.5 are “viewing 2022 through a different lens.”

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Third quarter dairy exports to China sets record MIELKE, from pg. 17 stock coolers in anticipation of strong holiday demand. Fresh inventories of butter are tight, though older stocks are available. Labor shortages are causing producers to run shortened schedules but are running busy schedules when able, to fulfill purchases. CME butter prices increased this week but contacts report that tighter fresh butter availability and limited production are contributing to the higher prices, says Dairy Market News. n Cash Grade A nonfat dry milk closed the week at $1.5575 per pound, 2 cents higher on the week, highest since Aug. 7, 2014, 16 cents above their Oct. 1 posting, and 45 cents above a year ago. Sales for the week totaled 13 loads and 17 for the month, down from 69 in September. CME dry whey closed Oct. 29 at 63 cents per pound, up 1.25 cents on the week, highest since May 26, up 5 cents on the month, and 23 cents above a year ago. There were six sales on the week and 16 for the month, up from 13 in September. Domestic and international whey demand is good. Cull prices have been supportive — even with the increase in cattle moving through the supply chain, says StoneX. And, slaughter rates are stronger than the rate of replacement heifers entering the herd. n Meanwhile, on-farm milk output is increasing in most areas of the country, according to the USDA’s weekly update; though there are reports it’s slightly tight in areas of the Northeast. Milk output is up in parts of the West, although Pacific Northwest contacts relay that milk supplies are somewhat lighter. Bottling demand is mostly steady. Seasonal retail products, like eggnog and aerated cream, have increased production for customer demands. Cream markets are stable. Internal cream supplies are


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meeting the needs of end users. Cream prices have increased in the Central and Eastern region, says Dairy Market News. StoneX reports that New Zealand milk solids production was down 4 percent in September, which was weaker than the minus 1.3 percent they expected. “Season to date milk production was down 3.5 percent (down 3.1 percent on a milk solids basis). New Zealand has experienced plenty of rain recently which could have had an affect on production as well as calving issues which was something that was a concern in August.” HighGround Dairy reports New Zealand’s third quarter whole milk powder shipments were down from a year ago, “but gains continued into China as New Zealand prioritizes their demand needs.” “Milk production has been lower and continues to limit availability and boost prices,” says HighGround Dairy, “resulting in weaker movement to price sensitive regions such as Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is traditionally another top destination for whole milk powder.” It was a record third quarter for total dairy exports heading to China, says HighGround Dairy, “due to whole milk powder, fluid milk and cream, skim milk powder and butter gains. Shipments to the Middle East were the strongest in three years in the quarter, driven by whole milk powder and cheese.” Cheese eked out slight gains, says HighGround Dairy, with volume to Southeast Asia up 52 percent from a year ago and led by the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia. Volume to China eased however, after the country built up inventories throughout the first half of the year. New Zealand is the number-one dairy exporter, so the United States keeps a sharp eye on conditions “down under.” They and the European Union are our biggest competitors in the international marketplace, and this at a time when dairy exports contribute more to U.S. dairy farm bottom lines than ever before. Australian milk production in September was weaker than expected, according to StoneX’s Dustin

Winston, down 2.9 percent year-on-year. Fat and protein content were both down which left component adjusted production down 3.2 percent. Milk output for the 2021-22 season is currently lagging 3.3 percent, says Winston. Mexico is the U.S. biggest customer, while Southeast Asia is a growing market. South Korea is a particularly large buyer of U.S. cheese. The Oct. 26 Daily Dairy Report stated, “South Korea remains in a dairy deficit and will continue to be a key cheese market for U.S. exporters going forward, according to a new USDA Global Agricultural Information Network report.” “Korea’s per-capita cheese consumption has more than doubled in the past 10 years,” says the Daily Dairy Report, “with total cheese consumption poised to hit a record 192,000 metric tons next year and imports forecast to grow to 152,000 metric tons.” The Daily Dairy Report adds, “Because South Korea has free trade agreements with all major exporters, cheese imports will continue to grow due to tariff reductions, tariff rate quota increases, growing consumption, and limited domestic production.” Last year, the United States accounted for 41percent of the value of all cheese imported by Korea, followed by the European Union with 36 percent; New Zealand, 16 percent; and Australia, 6 percent. The U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement helped boost U.S. cheese exports to Korea to 61,821 metric tons in 2020, according to the Daily Dairy Report. Like the United States, Korea’s fluid milk consumption continues to fall. The Daily Dairy Report cites rapidly declining birth rates as partly responsible. “In 2018, Korea’s fertility rate fell below one child per woman and it decreased to 0.84 child per woman last year.” That, warns the Daily Dairy Report, means more domestically-produced milk will be available for its own cheese production. Lee Mielke is a syndicated columnist who resides in Everson, Wash. His weekly column is featured in newspapers across the country and he may be reached at v

Agricultural literacy grants available ST. PAUL — A public-private partnership between the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation is offering grants to K-12 teachers, 4-H, and FFA groups in Minnesota to develop educational experiences around agriculture and food systems education. A total of $5,000 in grants of up to $500 each are available to help students experience agriculture in a cross-curricular manner. Funded activities can include new ideas as well as enhancements to current curricula/activities. Examples of eligible expenses include field trips to

working farms or agriculture businesses, purchasing needed supplies, and supporting “Ag Day” events at schools. Priority will be given to first-time applicants. All applications will be evaluated by a grant review committee of the MAITC Foundation. Applications are due by Nov. 15. Apply and find more information at https://minnesota.agclassroom. org/grants/literacy/. This article was submitted by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. v

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Grain Outlook Corn market experiences mysterious boost

Financial Focus A penny saved is two pennies earned

Install a programmable The famous saying from Poor The following marketing Agriculture. China has purthermostat to automatically Richard’s Almanack is analysis is for the week endchased 468.5 million bushels lower the heat or air condiing Oct. 29. so far this year, but only 47.2 frequently misquoted. It was tioning because (let’s face it) published by founder million bushels since May. CORN — Some weeks you you forget to do it. Benjamin Franklin in 1737: just want to throw up your Argentina has rain in the “A penny saved is two pence Devices which offer “instant hands and say, “why now?” forecast for the first week of clear.” Finding ways to manage on,” or continuous display (e.g., This was one of those weeks. November. It’s estimated expenses is one of the TV, cable box and recharger) they have 28 percent of their cornerstones of a sound Corn staged an impressive use energy non-stop. Consider corn planted vs. 36 percent on MARISSA rally this week with the PHYLLIS NYSTROM financial strategy. (The a power strip to reduce their average. The U.S. attaché in Franklin Institute, 2020) JOHNSON December contract slicing CHS Hedging Inc. electrical use by shutting off Argentina raised their proProfinium through the 100-day Moving St. Paul Here are some simple and Wealth Management the power strip at bedtime. duction outlook to 54.5 milAverage technical resistance lion metric tons compared to inexpensive energy-saving Plug up the air leaks in your Advisor and closing above it for the tips that may help you save the USDA’s 53 mmt estimate. home through weather stripfirst time since mid-August. There was money. ping or caulking; install door sweeps to not a singular headline anyone could Brazil’s first corn planting was 64 perblock drafts. Close the fireplace damper point to for the jump higher at mid- cent complete vs. 57 percent on average Audit first.. To better understand where opportu- when not in use. week; but inflation fears, managed as of Oct. 26. Argentina will need to money buying the market, and a strong continue to receive timely rainfall nities may exist for improving energy Be sure to have your heating system ethanol market with rumors of the pos- while Brazil’s crop is going in favorable efficiency, consider an energy audit. serviced to ensure maximum efficiency. Perform one yourself by purchasing a sibility of higher ethanol exports were conditions. Install a water heater blanket and all cited as factors for double digit gains. Outlook: Corn has found legs and home energy monitor, which tracks turn it down to 120 degrees. Not only is your energy use and a handheld air Growers took advantage of the better moved up its trading range to $5.30 to leak detector to identify windows, doors a higher temperature wasteful, but a prices to sell overrun bushels plus a $5.80 per bushel. The Nov. 9 World and other areas of the home that are lower temperature is a safety precaufew more, but basis levels were able to Agriculture Supply and Demand tion for younger children. Lower it to a drafty. absorb the selling. Processors don’t Estimates report will provide further minimum temperature when you leave Also, your local power utility may for vacation. want to miss any available bushels and insight into whether this new level is offer in-home energy audits or related basis has been very firm for this time of warranted. For many, the cost of running their year. A volatile U.S. dollar made for Rain has delayed harvest progress services that can help identify remediautomobile(s) can be higher than their ation opportunities. some interesting watching; but it felt around the Corn Belt, but bin doors are home. Here are ways to save: tune up like corn was somewhat divorced from slamming shut and it will take some ..Then act your car; check your tires for proper the dollar this week. persuasion to entice bushels back out. Consider these do-it-yourself ideas inflation; and eliminate weight — Weekly ethanol production was the We saw one daily export sales announce- that may offer immediate savings at empty that trunk! As always, drive very little cost: second-highest weekly total ever — See NYSTROM, pg. 20 sensibly by eliminating excessive increasing 10,000 barrels per day to idling, aggressive driving and observ1.106 million bpd. The production ing the speed limit. record was set in December 2017 at Securities and insurance products are 1.108 million bpd. Ethanol stocks fell offered through Cetera Investment 155,000 barrels to 19.925 million bar corn/change* soybeans/change* Services LLC (doing insurance business rels. Margins were excellent at 86 cents in CA as CFG STC Insurance Agency St. Cloud $5.53 +.43 $12.26 +.28 per gallon. Gasoline demand over the LLC), member FINRA/SIPC. Advisory Madison $5.59 +.41 $12.33 +.08 last four weeks averaged 9.6 percent services are offered through Cetera Redwood Falls $5.53 +.33 $12.36 +.38 higher than last year. Investment Advisers LLC. Neither firm Fergus Falls $5.58 +.44 $12.26 +.18 Weekly export sales were near the is affiliated with the financial institu Morris $5.58 +.41 $12.31 +.23 bottom of expectations at 35.1 million tion where investment services are Tracy $5.65 +.46 $12.35 +.37 bushels. We had a fresh export sales offered. Advisory services are only announcement of 11 million bushels of offered by Investment Adviser Average: $5.58 $12.31 corn to Mexico. Total corn commitRepresentatives. Year Ago Average: $3.59 $10.02 ments are down 2.6 percent from last Investments are: *Not FDIC/NCUSIF year at 1.173 billion bushels; but yearGrain prices are effective cash close on Nov. 2. insured *May lose value *Not financial on-year exports are forecasted to down

Cash Grain Markets

11.2 percent by the U.S. Department of

*Cash grain price change represents a two-week period.

See JOHNSON, pg. 20

Information in the above columns is the writer’s opinion. It is no way guaranteed and should not be interpreted as buy/sell advice. Futures trading always involves a certain degree of risk.

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High U.S. dollar is holding down soybean price NYSTROM, from pg. 19

ment to Mexico this week, but it was considered routine business. Ethanol margins are fabulous which is supportive for domestic demand prospects and this usage line may be expected to increase on the WASDE report. A limiting factor is the possibility we see a bigger carryout number on the WASDE report if ethanol usage isn’t raised or exports are reduced. The money guys are long, but nowhere near where they have been in the past. Traders continue to hypothesize how soaring fertilizer prices and possibly tight availability will affect 2022 corn and soybean acres. It’s a concern, but I think many growers are waiting to see how prices play out before making firm decisions. We can expect choppiness as we head into the holiday season; but the outlook, for now, is the new higher trading range. For the week, December corn rallied 30.25 cents to close at $5.68.25, March followed with a 29.5 cent gain at $5.76.25, and December 2022 was 17 cents higher at $5.50 per bushel. December 2022 hit a new contract high at $5.53.25 per bushel. On Nov. 1 new daily trading limits go into effect: corn falls from 40 cents to 35 cents per bushel, soybeans decline from $1.00 to 90 cents per bushel, Minneapolis wheat stays at 60 cents per bushel, and Chicago and Kansas City wheat increase from 45 cents to 50 cents per bushel. SOYBEANS – Soybeans tagged along for the ride higher this week, despite soyoil losing upside momentum which had driven recent upticks. World vegetable oil markets were generally higher, but soyoil was lower on the week. Palm oil and canola hit new contract highs during the week. We saw fresh daily soybean export sales early and late in the week with 7.3 million bushels sold to China, 4.6 million sold to Mexico, and 13 million bushels announced to unknown destinations. As in corn, soybean crush margins are terrific; but there were heavy deliveries against the November soybean contract on the last day of the month in areas that weren’t effectively tributary to processors. Soybean carries widened as a result. BACKED BY A YEAR-ROUND



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Weekly export sales were lower than expected at 43.5 million bushels. Will U.S. soybean exports decline on the November WASDE report and increase the carryout? Export commitments are 1.12 billion bushels as of Oct. 21 or 54 percent of the USDA’s 2.09 billion bushel export projection. Last year by this date we had sold 78 percent of the USDA export forecast. Total commitments are running 35 percent behind last year when the USDA is projecting a 7.7 percent decline in year-to-year exports. Soybean sales to non-Chinese destinations are 529.1 million bushels vs. 768 million bushels by this date last year. Brazil’s soybean planting was 36 percent planted as of Oct. 26 vs. 27 percent on average. Argentina’s soybean planting is just beginning. As of Oct. 28 it was estimated 4.6 percent of their soybeans were planted vs. nothing last year. Outlook: Soybeans traded in consolidation fashion this week as it was caught between a strong corn

market, global vegoil action, and a higher U.S. dollar. January soybeans may have found a range from $12.00 to $12.75 as we head into the Nov. 9 WASDE report. Soybean balance sheet estimates will be out next week, and the yield may be slightly raised, exports possibly lowered, and carryout increased. Managed money has a small long position awaiting further direction. For the week, January soybeans rallied 18.75 cents to settle at $12.49.5, March was 19.25 cents higher at $12.59, and November 2022 gained 16.75 cents to $12.40.5 per bushel. Seasonally soybeans trend lower from early November into the last half of the month. Nystrom’s notes: Contract changes for the week ended Oct. 29 (December contract): Chicago wheat was 16.75 cents higher at $7.72.75, Kansas City was 11.75 cents higher at $7.85.75, and Minneapolis was the star with a 39.25 cent jump to $10.52.25 per bushel. v

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2022 EQIP signup deadline is Nov. 19 Applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) or the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) are due Nov. 19 for the first cutoff of funding in 2022. Applications are being taken at all USDA Service Centers in Minnesota. EQIP is the primary program available to farmers and landowners for farm, ranch, and woodland conservation work, offering payments for more than 100

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Land rent meeting held on Nov. 16 FOLEY, Minn. — Landlords, farmers, and agribusiness professionals are invited to attend a free land rent meetings being offered by University of Minnesota Extension. The meeting will be held Nov. 16 in Melrose from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the True North MarketplaceCornerstone Café. Topics covered will include local historic and projected farmland rental rate trends, current farmland

values and sales, and a worksheet that will help determine a fair rental agreement. Input costs for 2021 will be presented along with current 2021 corn and soybean prices. Register by going to or by contacting Nathan Drewitz at (608) 515-4414 or This article was submitted by Nathan Drewitz, University of Minnesota Extension. v


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FOR SALE: ‘08 Geringhoff FOR SALE: ‘78 White 4-210, Planting Equip chopping CH, 6R30”, has 3208 Cat eng w/ turbo, moheadsight & stalk stompers, tor has less than 1000 hours, on trailer. ‘09 527B IH, orig- A/C not working, tires & du- FOR SALE: Kinze 3000 8R inal owner. Both shedded, als are about 60%, nice paint (15R) planter w/ no till excellent condition. Retiring. & nice interior, $17,000/OBO. coulters. Price negotiable. 651-564-0606 320-808-5723 Cosmos, MN. 320-583-3535 FOR SALE: Loftness 3pt 8’ FOR SALE: 1991 John Deere snowblower, hydraulic spout, 4055 2WD, duals, power single auger, $850. 507-665- shift, 3 outlets. Price negotiable. 651-564-0606 6300

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Auction to be held at the Windom Community Center at 1750 Cottonwood Lake Drive, Windom PROPERTY LOCATION: From Bergen, MN 2 miles East on County Road 30 (900th St)

Excellent Soils! CPI 91.2

LEGAL DESCRIPTION The Southwest Quarter (SW¼) (Except Building Site), Section Thirty-six (36), Township One Hundred Twenty-one (121) North, Range Thirty-nine (39) West, Swift County, Minnesota.

This is a large Multi-Ring Event with many items already consigned! Tractors, Combines, Heads, Trucks, Semis, Tillage, Construction Equipment, Hay & Livestock Equipment, and More!

PROPERTY LEGAL DESCRIPTION: 120 Deeded Acres located in the E 1/2 of the NW 1/4 & NW 1/4 of the NW 1/4 Section 29, Township 104 North, Range 34 W, Jackson County, Minnesota.

Auction will be held on Thurs., Dec. 16, 2021

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142.99 total acres, approx. 137.51 acres tillable. Productivity Index: 70.6 PID:

TIMED ONLINE AUCTION • NOV. 15-19, 2021 157.83 Acres – Sect. 20 of Six Mile Grove Twp., Swift County, MN

LEGAL DESCRIPTION Excellent Soils! CPI 85.5

148.63 Tillable Acres Tile Drainage Included

The Northwest Quarter (NW¼) (Except Building Site), Section Twenty (20), Township One Hundred Twenty-one (121) North, Range Forty (40) West, Swift County, Minnesota. Timed online auction with bidding opening 10 a.m. Nov. 15, 2021 and closing 2 p.m. November 19, 2021. Property will be surveyed and sold by the surveyed (deeded) acre.

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PAGE 28 — “Where Farm and Family Meet”


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

Small city sculpture


aris’ Eiffel Tower is 1,063 feet tall — approximately the same height as an 81-story building. The New York Mills, Minn. replica of the tower is about the height of a 10-year-old child and can be found just outside town in a U.S. Highway 10 wayside rest and sculpture park. Including the tiny tower, there are two dozen sculptures in the park. The most intricate and detailed artwork is the corn patch. Each ear of corn, seemingly made from copper, has embedded amongst the kernels tiny tools, a cow, and even a corn plant. It’s fun examining the ears to see what there is to discover. Vining, Minn. sculptor Ken Nyborg’s 17-foot tall black tractor, made from over 1,000 pieces of steel, is gargantuan compared to a tractor embedded in an ear of corn. Nyborg’s tractor has become a New York Mills icon — just like the Eiffel Tower has for Paris. Among other places around the Otter Tail County town, the tractor is found on the stationary and web site of the New York Mills Cultural Center. The Center’s logo features an image of Nyborg’s tractor pulling the words as if they were a farm implement: “Cultivating the arts.” “The tractor is recognized as a symbol representing New York Mills and its rural heritage,”

New York Mills, Minn.

Cheryl Bannes, the Cultural Center’s program director said. “It represents and recognizes our farming community and its heritage. As one local farmer said, “New York Mills and the Cultural Center represent the perfect intersection of arts and agriculture.” In addition to the tractor and corn patch, there is a flamboyant rooster, a replica of Duluth’s lift bridge, and a gaggle of yellow dinosaurs who have rusted a little over time, as is appropriate for dinosaurs. There is also a flock of tubular bluebirds with feet made from concrete reinforcing rod. They are, we think, in some sort of struggle with each other … but further examination might prove otherwise. If you are traveling on Highway 10 in central Minnesota, do stop and see for yourself. Next year the sculpture park will be 25 years old. As part of the celebration, the New York Mills Sculpture Garden is collaborating with the Franconia Sculpture Garden (in Shafer, Minn.) as part of a multi-state sculpture tour based on land, land use, and the area’s history. Bannes says more about that will be on the Center’s website (www. as it gets closer to 2022. v