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All Wheat is Not Created Equal: Six Classes of Wheat

Classes of Wheat

Wheat is one of the four crops we grow on our farm. We grow wheat on our farm because it works well in our rotation. We grow hard red spring wheat which is a short season cool grass that does extremely well in our area if met with favorable conditions. But even outside of our farm, wheat an extremely important crop to North Dakota as well as throughout the United States. The next couple weeks, I want to discuss some…

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What Gluten Free Really Means

What Gluten Free Really Means - Prairie Californian

In case you haven’t been paying attention… or living under a rock.. Gluten has been under attack. Gluten free has now become one of those buzzwords. People hear gluten free and think it’s the newest healthy thing they can do for themselves. Gluten has become the new evil along with high fructose corn syrup, saturated fats, (insert food product here). So we should all avoid it, right?  What IS gluten? Don’t have an answer? It’s okay. You aren’t alone. Jimmy…

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Why Do Farmers Check Fields…?

Why Do Farmers Check Fields-

This last weekend, my farmer’s pickup pulled into the driveway on a Sunday afternoon. Unannounced to me, he flew in the house and asked if I wanted to go check fields with him. Immediately this made my heart swell because he knows: a. how much I love being with him, b. how much I love to get out and explore with my camera, and c. I, too, like to keep progress on how our crops are doing! So I threw…

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What Type of Equipment Do Farmers Use to Plant?

What Type of Equipment Do Farmers Use to Plant-

Did you know that two different pieces of equipment are needed for us to get all of our planting done? Choosing the right piece of equipment for any given farming job is not always easy. Soybean, small grains (like wheat), and corn growers can share many different pieces of equipment. For example, last year during harvest I explained about how we use a combine (or harvester) to get the job done. And no matter what crop you are harvesting, the…

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North Dakota Spring Wheat Harvest Video!

North Dakota Spring Wheat Harvest Video

 I am proud to announce that spring wheat harvest is officially complete! Remember this post where I talk about harvest, combines, and grain carts? Well what better way to celebrate completion of harvest than with a VIDEO!? While out shooting many of the photos you saw in the last post, I also shot some video.. This is a new thing for me. I figured out how my camera films video so I figured I’d give it a go. Check it…

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North Dakota Spring Wheat Harvest

North Dakota Spring Wheat Harvest

Well, spring wheat harvest here in North Dakota has begun! Now for those of you who have no idea what goes into harvesting a crop.. Let me set the stage here. The wheat we begun harvesting is Spring Wheat, which basically means it was planted well, in the spring! It was planted in April of this year using this… This is called a drill and it is used for planting wheat as well as soybeans and even sometimes sunflowers.. Basically what…

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