RAYMOND, Minn. — After explaining how technology-driven, prescription fertilizer methods make economic and environmental sense because fewer chemicals are applied to farmland, Noah Hultgren invited Matt Dean to climb into the cab of a John Deere combine. Even though there was too much snow to harvest corn and the combine was in a heated shop, Dean got the rundown on how the mammoth machine operates and then followed Hultgren outside to see a grain dryer that was reducing the moisture content of already harvested corn.
By Carolyn Lange / West Centrel Tribune About three months after a Pope County poultry farm was hit with the deadly avian influenza that resulted in the death of 15,000 commercial turkeys, barns there are once again being filled with new birds. The farm, which was the first in the state to get hit with the virus, is in the process of being restocked. The event marks a “new phase” of the response to the H5N2 high