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Sustainable Agriculture What does that mean? It means a lot of different things to different people. But it all boils down to: Can you continue to farm the same way you are currently doing? Or, do you need to keep adding resources. Do you need to keep adding ad- ditional fertilizer to maintain the same yields, do you need to add additional cash, more land, more labor, or other resources just to maintain the same farm operation and standard of living. For any farm or business to be sustainable it must be profitable and that profit cannot come at the expense of the available resources. Those resources include people, cash, land and other assets. Last week I had the opportunity to participate in a Food, Fiber, and Fuel tour sponsored by the North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) organization. Several of the stops related to the use of cover crops. The Black Leg Ranch near Menoken uses season long cover crops in their rotations as a soil builder, winter grazing, and a source of fertility for the following crop. They have cut expenses for their beef cow operation by $200 per head through winter grazing of cover crops instead of putting up and feeding hay. By grazing the cows on the fields through the winter all livestock manure stays directly on the land to become a resource for the next year's crop. Soil nutrient analysis shows no need for any commercial fertil- izers the year after the season long cover crop and winter grazing. Yields on those fields continually equal or surpass other fields on the farm where commercial fertil- izers are applied. The long season cover crops have also benefited wildlife and the ranch has added agritourism and hunting as additional revenue sources allowing next generation family members to return to the ranch. Another stop was at the Burleigh County Soil Conservation District Demonstration Farm where cover crops have also been used for soil health building and crop fertility. Corn yields following cover crops are matching of exceeding those of commercially fertilized fields. Soil health is a long term commitment. Neither the Black Leg Ranch nor the Burleigh SCD farm went from conventional production with commercial fertilizers to needing none in a single year and both continue to soil test and continually adapt their systems for improvement. There is no magic cover crop mix that will work for everyone in every situation but two keys that seems to be in most cover crop success stories are the importance of having plants growing as long as possible for each season and having multiple species and plant types in the mix. A single species cover crop is better than no cover crop but add- ing additional species increases the chances of successful estab- lishment and maximum biomass production. Another stop which highlights what a producer can do by under- standing the role of diversity in nature and how important crop rotations are was Blains Best Seeds. Blaine Schmaltz farms near Rugby and produces certified organic seed in a no-till system. Many people will tell you that organic production and no-till cannot work together and would just be a big weed patch. Blaine's clean fields and certified seed production prove otherwise. Sustainable Agriculture He uses carefully studied crop rotations for fertility and weed control often no-till seeding into standing cover crops which are then mowed or seeding into fields where cover crops have been mowed or rolled to terminate their frowth so they do not become weeds in the crop. Views & Ideas Burke County Tribune Wednesday, September 23, 2015 2 News Tip? 377-2626 PublishedeveryWednesdayandenteredasperiodicalmatteratthePosticeatBowbells, NorthDakota 58721andalsoatotheradditionalentryices.Publ.No.061920. POSTMASTER: Send change of address to PO Box 40, Bowbells, ND 58721. SUBSCRIPTION RATES: In Burke County $31.00; Elsewhere in ND $34.00; Out of State $39.00; Canada and other foreign countries $120.00. Six month subscriptions: In Burke County $17.00; Elsewhere in ND $18.00; and Out of State $22.00. No subscriptions accepted for a shorter period. The Burke County Tribune Official Publication of Burke County" Kristi Bohl, Publisher Lyann Olson, General Manager Michelle Redmer, Office Assistant Classified Ads GET RESULTS Call Burke County Tribune 377-2626 Towing the Car It was somewhat of a surprise for me to discover how much I enjoyed the presidential debate last week. Ive always believed there is a danger in relying on the words of candidates. They are meant to win us over, not necessarily to explain positions. The thought of being sucked in by the rhetoric, makes me feel defensive. At the same time, the debates are great theatre, sort of like real- ity television programs. I was waiting for The Donald to say, You're fired! This is a remarkable campaign in terms of the interest it has at- tracted from people who believe, I think genuinely, that they could make a good president. My life in small town North Dakota has so often been one of seeking somebody willing to be a mayor, a city council member, a school board member, or some warm body to fill another impor- tant civic or government post. This campaign is a reminder of how sharply we as a people are philosophically divided, just as Washington is. How strange that the leading candidates of both parties are now the extremists -- Donald Trump for the Repub- licans and Bernie Sanders for the Democrats. In my humble opinion the nomination of either would be a disaster for their party's presiden- tial hopes. There are still a number of folks somewhere in middle land to make certain that we elect a person who has some centrist views. At least that is so if both parties dont endorse fringe leaders, or if a third candidate appears in the presidential race. Some folks have no interest in things political. Some don't even vote. And sadly some do vote who have not seriously thought about the candidates. Others vote against somebody, rather than for one. I did that once or twice. But for the most part I've always had that strong interest in voting, not as a civic duty, but as one who wants to be part of the process. I barely had reached my 21st birthday when I voted in a presi- dential election, and in all the intervening years I remember only one election when I didnt care Separating Leadership from Verbage Week of September 23 A Look at the Past 60 YEARS The foothills are again enjoying telephone service after being with- out it for the past 15 months. Birth: daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Bryan. Obituaries: Guy Mowers, 67, of Carrington, formerly of Bowbells. 50 YEARS Birth: son to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Steffen. Subscriptions for the Burke County Tribune are $3.00 a year in county and $3.75 elsewhere. Due to a late harvest, the Bowbells and Coteau Evangelical United Brethren churches have postponed their annual Harvest Festival. Obituaries: France Linstrom, 77, of Coteau; Mrs. Vera Jacobson, 67, of Coteau; Mrs. Henry Warnke, 80, of Flaxton. Mrs. Ed Nielsen of Bowbells was installed as President of the Burke County Homemakers Council. Special Showing at the Colum- bus Theatre, that James Bond man again in From Russia with Love. 40 YEARS This week construction crews started redoing the City Caf. Joyce Matte said they are redo- ing the interior and rebuilding the back part that used to be the kitchen that was completely gutted by the fire. Bowbells received 3.25 inches of rain and wind up to 40 miles per hour during the two-day rain. Lucy Township recorded 4.11 inch- es of rain and a quonset owned by Clifford Enget, south of Powers Lake, was destroyed by the wind. 30 YEARS Powers Lake Elementary School has new kindergarten and special education rooms added. A 100 ton EMD switch engine was purchased by the Farmers United Co-op Elevator to pull 25 loaded cars which was not possible before. Birth: son to Kelly and Liz Enget. 20 YEARS Birth: son to Michael and Alana Erickson. Giving so that others may live, is something that Bill Poline is thankful for, as three years ago he was able to receive a kidney transplant from a donor. It has not always been easy but Bill is very thankful for the chance to get a new kidney. Obituaries: Gerhardt Zacharias, 85, of Bowbells; John Glaspey, 81, formerly of Lignite. 10 YEARS Burke County trauma trailer, fully equipped for disasters, is ready to go, thanks to the Home- land Security Grant Burke County received. Kim Essler is the new owner and pharmacist of Carlson Drug in Kenmare. Carlson Drug is a 78-year-old Carlson family busi- ness. Kim, a Kenmare graduate, and his wife, Sandra (Funk) and family live in Garrison. Rita St. Croix, the pharmacist on staff now, has offered to run the phar- macy and help Kim out. Marcia Olney, Burke JDA direc- tor resigns. Births: son to Leah and Tony Stoner; daughter to Grady and Traci Bakken. Obituary: Gerald Tafelmeyer, 76, of Cut Bank, MT. ONE YEAR Burke County Commissioners are concerned about blocked rail- road crossings on County Road 2. Miss Kirsten Welk is the new kindergarten teacher in Bowbells. Obituaries: Marguerite Ben- shoof, 97, of Bowbells; Berndean Bernie Nelson, 69, of Bowbells. We had car issues last week- end. Namely one of the kid's cars wouldn't start. This obviously became a problem for my husband and me mostly my husband, but I attempt to support him in these family matters. Since the car has been sitting unused for some time, we thought (hoped) maybe the problem stemmed from a dead battery requiring a simple jump-start. My husband hooked up the red and black cables and I stood nearby, supervising. The car clicked, but didn't start. The battery is new, so we were stymied. My husband threw out words like alternator, solenoid and serpentine belt, which sounded a lot like Blah, blah, blah, to me. I nodded and tried not to appear too glazed over. After more poking and adjusting under the hood the car remained unresponsive. It was clear we needed knowledgeable roadside assistance so my husband contact- ed a nearby car care professional who said hed be glad to take a look. That left us stymied in a new way: how to get the car from our driveway to the auto mechanics shop? Normal people would consider calling a tow truck, but my hus- band and I are hardly ever normal. For us, DIY, aren't just letters; they are a way of life. Why let somebody who knows what they are doing tow you when you can put yourself in danger and do it the hard way yourself? Do you want to pull or be pulled? he asked. He's a gener- ous man - always giving me first choice. I didnt get the chance to answer because we discovered the towing doohickey on the non-operational car was located under the rear (not front) bumper. This meant the person being pulled would have to go backwards. Since my hus- bands always been better at being backwards than me, we decided I better occupy the forward driving (towing) vehicle. We enlisted our youngest son to ride shotgun with me to keep an eye on the other car. The route was short, just a few blocks, but involved maneuvering down two fairly steep hills, navi- fating three corners and crossing Main Street. My husband instructed me to go slow. Like I'd consider doing any- thing else on this little joyride. And we were off. I inched my SUV down the first hill to a stop sign.Triconthetypicallyquiet road was bustling (of course) and I waited and waited for an open- ing large enough to get both our vehicles through. While doing so, I prayed my husband's car wouldn't roll down the hill and hit me. After a matter of seconds, which seemed like days, I had my chance. I crept into the intersec- tion and steered into a left turn. I thought we were in the clear when my son yelled, Dads on the curb! I hit the brakes. My husband got out of his car and assessed the situation. He then motioned for me to keep going. So I did. White knuckle doesnt even begin to describe the situation. My hands were shak- ing and no amount of deodorant would have been enough that day. I drove forward and he miracu- lously made it offthe sidewalk and onto the road. We negotiated our way over railroad tracks and through a right turn without inci- dent. The auto repair shop became visible up ahead. We rolled toward it at about five miles per hour. And finally, we were there! Sens- ing victory, I headed toward the back of the lot. My son yelled, Put on the brakes! Dad's going to hit that car! I did as I was told. My husband came to a stop within inches of a parked car. I hadn't even con- sidered the possibility of hitting another vehicle. Silly me. Still, we were triumphant and celebrated with a high-five mo- ment. Pulling a car backwards across town with a tow cable at least I can cross that one offthe bucket list. I hopped out of the SUV and climbed into the passen- ger seat. Even though we'd only fone a few blocks, Id had enough driving for one day. Jill Pertler is an award-winning syndicated columnist, published playwright and author. Don't miss a slice; follow the Slices of Life page on Facebook. Movie Review No Escape An intense international thriller, NO ESCAPE centers on an Ameri- can businessman (Wilson) as he and his family settle into their new home in Southeast Asia. Suddenly inding themselves in the middle of a violent political uprising, they must frantically look for a safe escape as rebels mercilessly attack the city. This suspence/thriller movie is rated R for language and strong violence throughout. (1 hours, 41 minutes) No Escape is playing Sept. 25-27 at Kenmare Theatre. Show times: 7:00 & 9:15 p.m. Friday and Satur- day, and 7:00 p.m. on Sunday. All Around The Farm Dan Folske Burke Extension Agent John Andrist John- a- Dreams Slices of Life By: Jill Pertler CORN CASSEROLE 1 can cream style corn 1 cup uncooked macaroni 1 can whole kernel corn, mostly drained 1/2 stick oleo 2 Tbsp. chopped onion 1 cup velveeta cheese, cut up in cubes Mix good, pour into casserole K itchen reations dish that has been sprayed with Pam. Bake at 350 with lid on, and an- other 1/2 hour without the lid. This recipe comes from well known cook, Dorothy Christiansen of Flaxton. We are in need of more recipes, please send us yours today! about the outcome enough to actu- ally vote. That one was a local special school election concerning a mill levy increase, and I simply forgot. It made me feel sick until I learned the outcome after the polls had closed. Unlike most active voters, however, I do not really despair over those who have no interest in voting, and I have never liked the idea of shaming people to vote as an act of public duty. If you dont have a strong feeling it probably is best that you don't cancel the vote of those who care. None of us can know or be inter- ested in everything. I don't have much to say when I'm in a group discussing art, or styles, or most of today's TV entertainment. Sports, governance, and history pull my chain. Getting back to the debates and political dialogue, my history in- terest tells me that Adolph Hitler, perhaps the world's best known villain, rose to power, because he was such an articulate speaker. The German people liked to hear him assuring the people that they could count on him to solve all their problems and make Germa- ny great and powerful once again -- sparing the details. Sound like anyone you know? A candidate who inherited a bundle, parlayed it into billions? The guy who characterizes everyone else as ugly or villainous? Or the one who is going to give us free college education, free medical care, and free everything else? (Don't ask where he can find the estimated $18 trillion price tag)? Governing is dealing with reality, not glib dialogue.

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