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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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Corn Crop of the Month Recipes Sides

Freezing Sweet Corn

Freezing Sweet Corn

If any of you know my husband, you know his love for sweet corn. If you don’t happen to know my husband, let me tell you… eating upwards of four cobs of corn is not anything surprising in our household. He quite literally is a sweet corn monster. So what that relates to is normally we plant two to four patches of sweet corn between our house, our farm, and our business. So at any given time in the summer,…

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Crop of the Month Recipes Soups & Stews

Sweet Corn Chile Chowder

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This weekend, our weather took a dip in temperature and suddenly it felt very much like fall. I tried to fight saying goodbye to summer, but eventually I gave in… It helped that I got my boots out which have been hibernating over the summer. As much as I love summer here on the prairie, I think I love fall even more. In my kitchen, fall means the beginnings of soup season!  We are literally up in ears with sweet corn right…

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Why Corn?

Facts about corn

Corn seems to be the crop we always throw stones at. Either we’re growing too much corn or farmers are becoming too rich off of growing corn or corn is the devil because most of what is planted in the United States is biotech corn. Whatever the argument against corn is, let’s start with the history. The facts of how and why corn made it to the United States. And what the heck is all this corn used for?  Why…

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Appetizers Crop of the Month Farming Recipes

Poblano Corn Fritters

Poblano Corn Fritters - Prairie Californian (1)

I picked up some poblanos a couple weeks ago and I’ve throwing around ideas on how to use them. I always find them in recipes whenever I don’t have them on hand. Finally have them on hand and bam, no ideas. Isn’t that how it always works?  If you’ve been following my Crop of the Month series, I’ve been cooking and writing through all four crops we grow here on the farm. Last month was all about soybeans. I’ve made…

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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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Corn Farming Vacation

The Life of a Seed Before It Hits the Farm

The Life of a Seed Before It Hits the

Spring is here and that means pretty soon farmers across the nation will be pulling equipment out of the shed and into the field. Farmers across the nation will be dumping bag after bag of corn seed into their planter without thinking twice about what it took to get that seed to the planter. The life cycle of the corn we grow here on the farm begins long before it meets the ground on our farm. And that was a…

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Corn Crop Tour Farming Soybeans

What Does That Sign in the Field Mean?

What Does That Sign in the Field Mean - Prairie Californian

I don’t really recall this happening much in California when I lived there, but since moving to the Midwest, there comes a time of the year when all of a sudden all these signs show up on the outside of fields. They often look something like this… So what does that sign in the field mean?  First, let’s talk about how to read the sign. A crop sign usually tells you three different pieces of information. 1. The Seed Company:…

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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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North Dakota Crop Report in Polaroids

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This last week, it was raining off and on. The sky was a beautiful mixture of sunshine and clouds and just got even more gorgeous as the sun continued to sink down in the sky. Armed with my Polaroids, I hopped in the pickup with my farmer to check crops. I love shooting with my Polaroids. It’s unexpected, it’s something different every time. It’s perfectly imperfect. And for the first time since the crops were just out of the ground,…

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