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The Importance of Crop Rotation

Crop Rotation

You talk to any farmer across the nation, and most will agree the importance and benefit to crop rotation. Crop rotation plays an important function in farming. Utilizing a crop rotation can help keep pests and diseases under control,  help to maintain soil quality, and ensure enough nutrients are available to different crops each year.  Here in North Dakota, we have the opportunity and ability to plant a variety of different crops. In fact, North Dakota has a history of diverse crops; someone like…

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Wheat Growth Stages

Wheat Growth Stages

I hope you all have been enjoying the Crop of the Month posts, starting with wheat! I’ve written about wheat quite a bit in the past, so I’ve repurposed many of those posts during this series. I’ve also shared some great wheat recipes that incorporate wheat as a whole grain into your diet, I hope you’ve tried some of them!  As we are coming to a close on our wheat portion of this series, I wanted to share with you…

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The History of Wheat

The History of Wheat

Welcome to week three all about wheat! Thanks to mainstream media, wheat has kind of gotten a beat down. Wheat has been blamed for the evils of the healthy world like celiac’s disease, obesity, and more. And through these blame games, there are a lot of myths I see put out there about wheat. In the first part of this journey, I addressed the Truth Behind Toxic Wheat and then last week we talked about how not all wheat is…

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If Wheat Hasn’t Changed, What Has?

If wheat hasn't changed...What Has-

Walk into a grocery store and it has become very clear that gluten-free has officially become a trend. Even products that don’t contain gluten to begin with are labeled. Some manufacturers ever go as far as to label shampoos and soaps gluten free. Although the majority of the population has no problem with gluten, nearly 30% of our developed populations want to eat less gluten. Sales from gluten free products and labeling are estimated to hit $15 billion by 2016 and…

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Crop of the Month Introduction

Crop of the Month

Beginning in June, I will be starting a new series I’m calling Crop of the Month. We grow four different crops on our farm: wheat, corn, soybeans, and sunflowers. We grow these crops, honestly, because we have the opportunity to do so. Planting a variety of crops for our operation lowers our risk. What I mean by that is that in our area we can have a great short season and a bad long season or vice versa. In turn,…

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Why Wheat Matters Part 3

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Since I’ve begun this journey on speaking up for wheat, many people have criticized me in doing so. Why in the world would I stand up for a product that has been deemed by many to be “toxic” and “unhealthy”?  Well here’s why. Wheat matters. It matters locally, it matters nation-wide, and more importantly it matters globally. You may choose not to consume wheat here in the United States or Canada, but the reality is that wheat is sustaining someone…

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Why Wheat Matters Part 2

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Since I’ve begun this journey on speaking up for wheat, many people have criticized me in doing so. Why in the world would I stand up for a product that has been deemed by many to be “toxic” and “unhealthy”?  Well here’s why. Wheat matters. It matters locally, it matters nation-wide, and more importantly it matters globally. It is extremely easy for all of us to sit here and be critical of a product that we think doesn’t affect our…

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Why Wheat Matters Part 1

Why Wheat Matters

Since I’ve begun this journey on speaking up for wheat, many people have criticized me in doing so. Why in the world would I stand up for a product that has been deemed by many to be “toxic” and “unhealthy”?  Well here’s why. Wheat matters. It matters locally, it matters nation-wide, and more importantly it matters globally. It is extremely easy for all of us to sit here and be critical of a product that we think doesn’t affect our…

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The Truth About Toxic Wheat

The Truth About Toxic Wheat

You may or may not have seen this article from the Healthy Home Economist touting wheat is toxic due to being sprayed with Round up (glyphosate) as a pre-harvest. This article brings up some pretty fear inducing statistics for both farmers and non-farmers. Farming is our life and our passion and when someone spreads fear in regards to our livelihood, it is hard not to take it personal. So we respond in the best way we know how, through our own experiences and…

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The Most Wonderful Time Of the Year: Crop Tours

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This time of year I keep replaying that song in my head… It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Did you just sing that? Me too. Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas. But there’s something about right now that is just magical on the prairies of North Dakota. Crops are growing and changing so much day by day, the sun shines and ends its day in a glorious sunset every evening, the temperature is comfortable.. not too hot…

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