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So much of my time spent publicly in 2021 has been trying to shed a little sunlight on the fact that some global powers do not want individuals to own land. Take a hard look at freedom throughout the course of human history and it tells you that land ownership goes right to the heart of liberty within mankind. Read more

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Fall color is kind of like Christmas morning, says University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein. “You don’t know if you are going to get an orange or a lump of coal in your stocking.” Read more

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A strong low pressure system resulted in widespread precipitation (0.5 to 3 inches, liquid equivalent) from the central Rockies east to the northern and central Great Plains from Oct. 11 to 13. More than a foot of snow blanketed parts of Montana, Wyoming, and western South Dakota. Along a trailing cold front, heavy to excessive rainfall (1 to 3 inches, locally more) occurred across eastern Oklahoma and central to eastern Texas. Read more

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Nufarm Americas Inc., Morrisville, North Carolina, has launched Longbow EC. Longbow EC is the latest in Nufarm’s versatile portfolio of herbicides and harvest aids, helping growers achieve cleaner crops at harvest time and providing weed management by controlling more than 60 broadleaf weed species, such as various pigweeds, lambsquarters and waterhemp. Read more

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U.S. Sen. John Boozman, R-AR, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, announced that Carley Esser will be joining as a staff member on the Republican side of the committee. Read more

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Titan International, Quincy, Illinois, has introduced the Titan AgraEDGE, which is a new, full-line tire offering. These tires initially are available in 17 of the most popular front and rear row crop mechanical front wheel drive tractor sizes and offer a range of additional sizes being introduced throughout 2021 for four-wheel drive tractors, combines and grain carts. Read more

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Ryan Quarrels, president of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, led a panel on rural broadband at the group’s recent annual meeting, and he said expanding broadband has been a tier one priority for a number of years. Read more

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In a news release Oct. 14, John Deere officials have said the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America has called a strike against Deere & Company affecting more than 10,000 workers at 14 facilities across the United States. Read more

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A long wave trough resulted in seasonal to below-normal temperatures across the western third of the contiguous U.S. A ridge of high pressure dominated the eastern two-thirds of the CONUS leading to above-normal temperatures, with the highest positive anomalies across the Northern Plains and Midwest. The Northern Plains and Upper Midwest experienced some of the largest positive temperature anomalies (8 degrees to 10 degrees F above normal) this week. However, a strong surface low pressur… Read more

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Cody and Allison Langlois launched Hickory Hollow Pumpkin Patch in 2021, but the farm property has a long history. Cody is the sixth generation on the couple’s farm southwest of Spearville, Kansas, and their two children are the seventh generation. Read more

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There is more to irrigating a crop than simply turning on the center pivot. The good news is more information is available than a generation ago to help growers stretch their resources. Read more

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As dry conditions continue to reduce the flow of the Missouri River, the Corps of Engineers in September published the Draft Annual Operating Plan for the river for the 2021-22 season. Read more

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From a distance, the steel frame bridge with large wooden planks spanning the middle looks to be in decent shape. It’s been providing a reliable path across the Heart River in western North Dakota since the early 1920s, enabling tractors to move from fields that border both sides of the river and numerous hunters, hoping to shoot their next big trophy. Read more

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With water, you either have it or you don’t. Roughly half of the United States is in some form of drought designation. The Colorado River is at its lowest level in years. Other river flows have been compromised because of ongoing drought conditions. Read more

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High Plains Journal is pleased to announce the winners of the 2022 Down Country Roads Calendar Contest! The Grand Prize Winner is Rachael Sebastian of Tribune, Kansas. We received hundreds of entries that show the artistic beauty of rural life and thank everyone who entered the contest. To order a calendar, visit hpj.com/store. Read more

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The American Farm Bureau Federation, in partnership with Farm Credit, continues to advance ag innovation by supporting start-up business from across the country. AFBF and Farm Credit today announced the 10 semi-finalist teams in the 2022 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge. Read more

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A group of 139 Dodge City High School students attended the Manufacturing Day luncheon at the Dodge City Community College Student Activity Center on Oct. 1. In addition to hearing remarks from DCCC President Harold Nolte, Kitchens Inc. CEO Scott Bogner and Kansas Manufacturing Solutions Vice President of Partnership Operations Danica Rome, 55 of the students, all DCHS seniors, were presented with $500 scholarships to the college. Before and after the luncheon, the students toured Broce … Read more

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Warm and dry conditions dominated much of the western half of the United States while some needed rain fell on portions of the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and into the Northeast. Some late summer precipitation also fell in the deserts of Arizona and New Mexico as well as along the coastal regions of the Pacific Northwest. Read more

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A new educational resource published by the Colorado Foundation for Agriculture teaches students about the food ecosystem. The resource is the first issue of the Colorado Reader for the 2021-2022 school year. Through this reader, students explore the concept of a food ecosystem—how human society, animal agriculture, and plant agriculture all rely on each other and work together to protect our environment and climate. Read more

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Downtime with equipment can be costly, inconvenient and spoil a workday or recreational activity. Something as simple as a flat tire on a tractor, trailer, lawn mower, ATV or bicycle can stop any activity in its tracks. Read more

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Many people are coming across top-grade fertilizer in their yard, then simply raking it up and tossing it to the curb. Read more

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For much of the drought-monitoring period, the remnants of Hurricane Nicholas continued to produce heavy showers across the South. Toward the end of the period, residual tropical moisture was drawn northward in advance of a strong cold front, further enhancing rainfall in several areas. At the Tuesday morning (Sept. 21) cutoff, rain was falling in several areas—including parts of the Midwest—that have been experiencing dryness or drought. Read more

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The seemingly endless water regulation wars took another turn in the last week of August when a federal judge in Arizona vacated the Donald Trump administration’s Navigable Wagers Protection Rule, which itself had replaced the Barack Obama administration’s widely unpopular “waters of the U.S.” redefinition after a long and contentious process marked by multiple lawsuits. Read more

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A new, patented concrete splashboard is now being offered by Morton Buildings, Morton, Illinois, to make post-frame buildings stronger and more durable by completely removing structural wood from touching the ground. Read more

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When it comes to agricultural safety and health, we humans can be too optimistic. Take, for example, women who are new to organic farming. A recently published study indicates that these farm moms may have an optimism bias about how safe their farms are for children. This bias—the belief that they and their families are less likely than average to experience a farm injury or other negative safety event—could potentially cause these mothers to ignore or downplay safety messages. Read more

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I find that most people today have very little connection to farming or ranching. When I grew up in the late 1960s and 1970s, there seemed to be a general sense that most people knew where their food came from. In my youth in suburban Connecticut, there was agriculture all around the area. Read more