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February 8, 2010 Ag Column

Howdy!!!

Well the snow keeps coming and is looking like a real mess for this spring.  I stand to be corrected but I think I have my numbers right in a 60 percent chance of another approximate two foot rise of Devils Lake.  We started with problems many years ago.  It is hard to imagine this mess starting back in the late summer/fall of 1993.  I can remember dad, coming in for coffee one morning, wanting to buy a set of tracks for my combine.  He had just got back from being stuck for the third time the day before and said enough was enough.  We parked his combine and I found a used set of rear wheel drive assemblies for my combine.  I added duals, an attached cable to the bottom of the combine that were hooked to the front axle and a set of scrapers for the duals and headed to the field.  I was able to get around o.k. and ended up doing a fair amount of custom harvesting that fall.  I can remember harvesting a small field of durum for a Lawton farmer and having to haul a half of a hopper, at a time, back to the wagon a half of a mile away.  What a struggle, we as farmers face almost each and every year.  Now we are facing another fearsome spring, more land under water, townships roads being swallowed up by the rising waters and more importantly family lives, being put into more turmoil.  One farmer made a remark about all of the Devils Lake water, at a funeral Mahnomen last Saturday and how lives have changed.  Farmers are a tough act to follow however as they have survived through the hard times, for most, and found some pretty decent crops and prices over the past 4-5 years.  However, with the amount of runoff predicted for this spring, we keep losing thousands of acres of productive farmland and with that also comes lost jobs for all areas of the Lake Region.  The multiplier effect really does have true meaning.

The world around us seems to be falling apart as I heard yesterday of contractors in Minneapolis not even bidding on projects as they figured it was easier to stay idle and loose a little than bidding a job (just to get a job) and losing a lot.

Well I don’t mean to dwell on the bad part/days of agriculture as our farmer friends have down a remarkable job of keeping our community vitality alive.  If we look around the urban communities we would not have small communities and communities such as Devils Lake does survive because of agriculture.  Many might say that there are other areas of our economic sector that do not survive on ag but look around and see what you think.  “OUR FARMERS DO A GREAT JOB AND WE SHOULD ALL BE THANKING FOR A JOB WELL DONE”.

I did not mean to ramble like this but saw the ag section last week in the Devils Lake Journal and could not help add my two cents worth.  Next week we will get back to what the ag column is about.

I also want to mention the annual crop improvement meeting on Wednesday.  The meeting will be held in the K.C. hall and will feature Ed Usset (University of Minnesota, Marketing).  The meeting will start with coffee and donuts at 9 am and will begin with Ed at 9:30.  A short annual meeting to follow, followed by a sponsored noon lunch.

 

Calendar

February 10         Ramsey County Crop Improvement annual
                            meeting Ed Usset (University of Minnesota,
                            marketing specialist)

February 9           Commercial Fumigation 

March 15             Private Pesticide training (Devils Lake 6-9 pm)

March 20             Gardening Saturday

March 29             Private Pesticide training (Devils Lake 6-9 pm)

 

 

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