Cold, wind, snow and ice- other than those attributes, the weather has been pretty nice around here. Despite arctic conditions, corn harvest continues. Pherson Custom Combining still had Gleaners in action in the Oakes area last weekend, and, as of Monday, November 17, Wyum Brothers, Steve, Mike & Mark, reported they had less than 1,000 acres to go and, with 3 combines in operation could have the 2014 harvest behind them by the 24th. Reports of corn yields in this area have been uniformly good to excellent, with a few outstandings. On the Mike & Nell Walstead farm in Rutland Township, the yield monitors showed that the areas that usually perform the poorest, the hilltops, had the best corn yields this year, and the areas that usually perform the best, draws and low spots, had the worst. According to The Assembled Wise Men, the late, wet Spring, cool Summer and the early onset of winter-like conditions were the factors that produced these unusual results. The price of corn is this year’s down side, and the former king of crops on the northern plains, hard red spring wheat, a crop that produced good yields, was harvested early and is selling for a good price this Fall, may make a bid to reclaim part of its former glory when planters roll out in the Spring of 2015.
Paul Anderson was in Fargo on the evening of Friday, November 14, for a wine tasting at Bear Creek Vineyard & Winery. The wine served at the event had been made from grape varieties recently developed at NDSU. The new varieties are the result of several years of work to develop vines with the characteristics to withstand the seasonal extremes in North Dakota’s climate, and still produce grapes capable of making good wine. Harlene Hatterman-Valenti, a professor in the Plant Sciences Department at NDSU, and Tom Ploucher, a Minnesota grape variety developer, have been working for several years, in cooperation with the North Dakota Grape & Wine Association, to develop new, winter hardy, grape varieties and build up the grape and wine industry in this State. Paul reports that some of the new varieties made good wine, and some are just winter hardy. Paul has a small vineyard at his home in Rutland that produced good quantities of grapes this year, he reports, and an interest in a larger vineyard, consisting of 300 vines that he and local farmer Kurt Breker planted on 1 acre south of Cayuga, that should produce its first crop of grapes in 2015.
Richard Bradbury reports that Paul Kiefer of Cayuga and Rutland native Chris Nundahl, now a resident of Egan MN, stopped by his home here for a visit on Saturday, November 15. The 2 men were just returning from a deer hunting expedition in the North Dakota Badlands which had also included Richard’s son, Curtis Bradbury of Bismarck in their party. Curtis had bagged a 4 point mule deer buck during the opening weekend of the deer season, and Paul had bagged his good-sized 5X5 mule deer buck on the afternoon of Friday, November 14. Curtis, Chris and Paul have been friends since school days, and have been hunting together for the past 20 years, or more. Chris wasn’t successful in the North Dakota deer license lottery this year, but accompanied his 2 friends for the experience and the camaraderie. Paul and Chris also returned the Jeep that Curtis had borrowed from his Dad about a month ago, while his vehicle was in the shop. Read More