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March 1, 2010 Ag Column


The weather is sure nice now!!!  It does make me worry as the old saying “in like a lamb and out like a lion” seems to hold true most years.  To add to this saying, Leon Osborne (President/CEO Merridian Technology) spoke at Lake Region Extension Roundup and talked about a strong possibility of a major storm (snow or rain) hitting the upper Midwest in the end of March or the first part of April.  This is definitely something we do not need.  So, until then (as we have no control over the weather) we will enjoy the basking sun.

Edmore Soybean Days!!!!

Edmore will be hosting the annual Soybean Days on Wednesday, March 3.  The meeting will be held in the Edmore Community Hall and will begin at 9 am.  Dwight Aakre (NDSU, economist) will visit about soybean budgets, ACRE program and crop insurance.  Bill Hodous (Ramsey County Extension agent) will visit about potassium deficency in soybeans and Hans kandel (NDSU agronomist) will take a new approach and talk about Drain Tiling Saline areas.  There will be vendors available to stop by and visit and a sponsored noon lunch (North Dakota Soybean Council).  Following dinner Machinery Pete will be the featured speaker.  He travels the United States and gathers information on machinery sales and posts what is hot and what is not and location.  Hope to see you in Edmore on Wednesday, March 3.

LIP (Livestock Indemnity Payments)

This note is to remind all cattle producers to take third party verification of any animal death losses this spring.  The 2008 Farm Bill has offered this opportunity for this year.  The expectation is that the policy will be similar to the previous program.   I am going to talk about third party certification, of animal deaths.  A third party is someone who has seen the animals die or has seen the dead animals.  Third party certifications to document livestock deaths may be accepted only when no other verifiable proof of death is available.     If a third party certification is accepted to document deaths, the livestock producer must provide verifiable documentation of the livestock inventory when the deaths occurred and the physical location of the livestock when the deaths occurred.   

The third party must not be related to the livestock producer and must not be affiliated with the operation.  The third party must provide a written, signed and dated statement that includes:

*  specific details of about how the third party has knowledge of the deaths

*  the affiliation of the third party to the livestock producer, such as neighbor, veterinarian, extension agent, etc.

*  telephone number and address

*  number and kind of livestock that died from the disaster event

*  any other details that may help determine the accuracy of the certification.

It is imperative that you have good cattle records, which really makes the process much smoother.  Our local FSA office has done a tremendous job of helping our local producers get through this difficult time.


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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