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February 4, 2013 Agriculture Column


Another Super Bowl come and gone and it seems I GET less excited about them every year.  I can say that I did not have a strong desire for either team to win but found myself cheering for the Ravens as that Harbaugh coach seemed more of a person than the other Harbaugh.  Deb seemed to be cheering for the 49’ers so we had a little friendly competition in the house even though somebody sabotaged the lights to swing the momentum to the other side. Hahahaha.

I need to make one correction to last week’s article.  I made mention that the Devils Lake Rural Fire department held the Devils Lake fishing tourney and I should have said the Devils Lake Fire Department held the tournament.  My apologies.  Still one mighty big success story, again.

What’s our land worth?????

I know you are going to say how does my next comments fit into land values but at the conclusion; hopefully you can see the relationship.  Every year I get many questions from land owners and tenants about negotiating  a new  rental contract.  A VERY GOOD relationship of negotiations happened in our house over the weekend.  We are starting the process of updating three rooms in our house two bathrooms and our laundry room.  The theme is light or brighter.  We got the laundry room flooring replaced and the conversation then led into color.  Deb and has been a white color gal and I am assuming that light meant white.  I know as I get older the brighter the better for reading or seeing.  Well as I found out bright did not mean white.  It mean the color she had chosen to be painted on the wall.  I guess what I am meaning to say after a brief negotiation period I had agreed to the terms of the deal.  The very same holds true to negotiating a new land rental agreement.  Rather than complaining about the other offer sit down and discuss the different happenings in your surroundings.  This could mean how many tillable acres are you actually farming or could mean the markets are really not favoring a positive net return; however, at the present markets are very favorable or maybe the landlord might be willing to make some improvements in the quality the property.  All in all, visiting over a cup of coffee makes these relationships long lasting and lays everything on the table. 

I have organized another workshop to discuss the different opportunities in the determining the land values and rental agreements.  The same workshop was held both days at Lake Region Extension Roundup with many calling about having an evening meeting.  So, here we go, the meeting will be Wednesday, February 13th at the courthouse meeting room.  I know that it is Ash Wednesday but that is the only time our presenters were able to make it to Devils Lake.  You can attend church and then stop over.  The meeting will start at 6pm and conclude about 9 pm.  See you there.

Ramsey County Crop Improvement annual  meeting

    The very next day Wednesday, February 14th  (Valentines Day), we will hold our annual Ramsey County Crop Improvement meeting at the K.C. Hall.  The meeting will begin at 9:30 with coffee at at 9 am.  Mike Hergert (Red River Farm Newwork) will be our featured speaker and will speak at 10 am.  At the conclusion of Mikes’ visit we will honor our Ramsey County Agriculturist of the year award to Bob and Helen Weed.  At the conclusion of the meeting we will then enjoy a noon lunch sponsored by the crop improvement board.  A busy week upcoming.    

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