The weather pendulum continues to swing wildly, from a high of 77 degrees on Wednesday, April 9, to a low of 14 degrees on the morning of Tuesday, April 15. Last Wednesday’s 77 degrees coupled with a 40 mph south wind took the ice off a number of lakes and sloughs, churning the ice into slush and depositing it, like snowbanks, on the lakeshore. Mother Nature provided a couple of beautiful Spring days on Friday and Saturday, April 11 & 12, but the temperature began to slide on Sunday, and the bottom fell out on Tuesday with a low of 14 degrees at 7:00 a.m. The forecast calls for improving weather from Good Friday on.
Kurt Breker reported that he succeeded in seeding 100 acres of Spring Wheat on his farm near Cayuga on Saturday, April 12. Kurt’s effort is the first reported seeding of the 2014 crop in the local area.
Cameron Gulleson drove out to Mott on Saturday, April 12, to attend the funeral for an old friend, Ron Swindler. The Gullesons have done custom harvesting for the Swindler farm for the past several years. Cameron reports that he observed no seeding or field work under way throughout the entire distance from Rutland to Mott. He returned home on Saturday night.
Joe Breker and Eugene Breker drove to Amidon ND on Friday, April 11, to visit with the John Hanson family at the Logging Camp Ranch there. On Saturday, April 12, they attended the funeral for Ron Swindler in Mott ND. According to Joe, Mr. Swindler was the pioneer no-till farmer in North Dakota, adopting the practice on his farm near Mott back in 1975. Joe has known, consulted with and worked with Mr. Swindler since Joe’s student days at NDSU back in 1978. Ron Swindler was a true visionary in North Dakota agriculture, states Joe, and his innovations in the development of moisture and soil conserving no-till farming will have an impact on generations to come. Read More