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Charlie Adams

For the Farmer: Honor Memorial Day

This spring has farmers frustrated to no end. If the spring planting conditions have you down, take this time to focus on a pleasant and worthwhile distraction. Think about those who served and gave all for their country. I want to use this opportunity, with Memorial Day less than one…
May 24, 2022

For the Farmer: I Will Pray for Rain, but....

In our neck of the woods, the farm weather has been terrible since, I don’t know, 1999. If you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes they say. Farmers have been waiting longer than that and the tables have not turned. Sure, the weather changed in 5 minutes just like…
May 17, 2022

For the Farmer: Spring Update

As of now, the farmers are all getting busy with their own final preparations for spring seeding. However, they are all wondering, “What’s everyone else doing? Is anybody going yet?” From high atop the agronomy perch here in Mohall, the answer is that there have been a few acres planted,…
May 10, 2022

For the Farmer: "Dear Farmer... Love, your Ag Retailer"

Spring snow has delayed the planting season.  However, there is still a lot of time to get things dried out and get a crop in the ground.  No need to worry.  Farmers now have plenty of questions about availability of earlier day corn (spoiler alert, there is not any), the…
May 3, 2022

Looking Back at 33 Years of Service

In 1989, Steve Watson started as a deputy officer in the Bottineau County Sheriff’s Department.  At the end of this year, he will quickly tell you that his career will have spanned exactly 33 years, 4 months, and 17 days.  24 years of which he was the elected sheriff.  What…
May 3, 2022

New Sheriff Coming to Town

Candidates for Bottineau County Sheriff have big shoes to fill For the first time in 24 years, there will be a new sheriff in town. In Bottineau County that is. Sheriff Steve Watson, who was first elected in 1998, is retiring at the end of this year. This November’s election will determine who…
May 2, 2022

For the Farmer: The Urban/Rural Divide

Not very long ago, the former Governor of Indiana, Mitch Daniels, wrote an opinion piece that appeared in the Washington Post called “In Farm Children, I See Virtues That One Sees Too Rarely These Days.”  In this article, he made note of the increasing divide between the urban and rural…
April 26, 2022

For the Farmer: How to Fire Someone 101

How to Fire Somebody: A Farmer’s Guide There is a bunch of positive career development stuff on social media about how to be successful beyond your wildest dreams; how to thrive in the workplace; how to be the best salesperson; how to motivate others; how to inspire, lead and mentor.…
April 19, 2022

For the Farmer: Current Events and Your Farm in 2023

Yes, that’s right. That’s not a typo. 2023. Farmers have a lot of questions about what will happen to commodity prices and crop input prices for 2023 given that 2020-2022 has been such a roller coaster ride. The following is some very early speculation about what to expect for 2023.…
April 12, 2022

For the Farmer: Family Farm Commo

Two-way radios. Business-band radios. Cell phones. CB radios. Texting. Hand-and-arm signals when backing up the tractor to the planter. How do you talk to each other on the farm? Ok, not that communication. Good old-fashioned talking to each other on the farm communication. Families that farm together, that run the…
April 5, 2022
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