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Ditch Hay Project Update

November 6, 2015
Yolanda Schmidt - County Agent , Pierce County Tribune

Thank you again to all the Pierce and McHenry County producers who participated in the NDSU ditch hay sampling project! Your cooperation was greatly appreciated by our team.

At our annual Extension Fall Conference during mid-October we received an overview of the statewide results. Of the samples submitted, Total Digestible Nutrients (TDN) averaged 52 percent with a minimum of 34.8 percent and a maximum value of 58.5 percent. The Crude Protein (CP) average was 8.6 percent with a minimum of 5.9 percent and a maximum of 17 percent.

County agents with participating producers will be receiving individual producer results for their county in addition to statistics and average summaries from other participating counties at an in-service later this month in Bismarck. After the in-service we will be able to begin sharing the results with our producers in one on one office visits. Many of us will also be sharing the statewide numbers and averages at upcoming winter meetings.

NDSU Extension Offers Succession Planning E-tips

Succession planning is a critical need for North Dakota farm and ranch families. Many families are working on a plan for how the family farm or ranch business will be passed on to the next generation, whether that is transferring a viable business to the next generation or determining how to divide farm/ranch assets among heirs.

The NDSU Extension Service has begun sending out weekly succession planning E-tips to share helpful resources and information for farm and ranch families working on a succession plan. The E-tips are sent out weekly by email, and anyone can subscribe to receive the educational tips at

"Many families tell us 'we know we need a succession plan, but we just don't know where to start,'" says NDSU Extension family economics specialist Lori Scharmer. "We hope through these weekly E-tips we can share information about creating a succession plan, making it just a bit easier to begin that plan."

The first step is often the hardest. Creating a succession plan takes time, effort, family communication and working with professionals.

A farm or ranch family business is unique in many ways, making succession planning also unique and challenging. Often, the farm or ranch is more than a business; it is a family legacy, sometimes a business that has been in the family for generations.

NDSU Extension also will be offering a series of Design Your Succession Plan workshops throughout the state. Find more information about the program and where the workshops will be held at



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