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March 24, 2014 Agriculture Column


It is so nice to see temperatures that are bearable and even pleasant.  Deb and I were in Salina Kansas, this past week, and the temperatures were quite cool in the morning but very enjoyable in the afternoon.  I even went golfing, as a caddy, one day and even though very cool in the morning was short weather by noon.  We were down to watch the Lake Region Lady Royals play at the national level and really enjoyed the whole trip.  Before I continue on I must add “Congratulations to the Lady Royals for outstanding basketball season”, it was fun watching and following you to the national level.  A few breaks, in the first half, and some made free throws in the second half would have changed the outcome of the game.  You can be very proud of your season. 

Back to the trip; I was quite surprised by the lay of the land in the middle of Nebraska and northern teer of Kansas.  I was especially surprised with all of the irrigation systems south of York Nebraska, literally one after another and big pivots besides.  I heard there is getting to be a water battle for irrigation due to the large numbers of systems.  I saw a lot of winter wheat fields showing their green face and yet some winter wheat fields not looking so good.  I was also surprised to see all of last years winter wheat fields untilled.  I was told by a Kansas farmer that they no till soybeans into that ground and the use the tall winter wheat stubble to help stop snow, for moisture.  I was also a bit surprised to not see many cattle feedlots along the way.  We did see one, north of Omaha and one south of Lincoln but other than that did not see hardly any cattle.  On the way home we run into a pile of snow between Sioux Falls and Watertown but all in all had a very fun and educational trip.

Pesticide training!!!  This is a friendly reminder of the private pesticide training coming on Thursday, March 27 and April 1.  Both nights will begin with registration at 5:30 and training to begin at 6 pm, sharp.  If your certification is to expire, you should have received a notice by mail.  If you have not received anything from us you should be good to go, but that does not mean that a letter might have got lost so best to check your card to make sure or call our office and talk to Cindy, 701-662-7027.


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