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The Star August 16, "2021 Bigbiker turnout for annual Turtle Mounain Rie Around 60 riders took part in the annual Turtle Mountain Motorcycle Ride on Saturday, July 24. The bikers stopped at N8’s Place in St. John for a group photo before crUising down to Rolla where the Chamber of Commerce sponsored its final Music on Main event that came complete with a smoked pork feed. ,r Towne r County farmer Carie Moore takes a break from baling hay. Unpredictable conditi0ns Farmers dealing with polar opposites 0f situations from one year to the next By Ann Bailey Grand Forks Herald Carie Moore got all of her fields seeded in the drought year of 2021. That’s one of the upsides of the dry conditions for the Rock Lake farmer who typically has to seed around about 50 acres of sloughs and ponds. 0n the downside, her crops now are struggling and showing signs of going backward because of lack of rain. Only about 7.5 inches of rain have fallen in 2021, and last fall also was dry, Moore said. Moore, and her husband, Jason, like other farmers across northeast North Dakota and northwest Min— I nesota, are dealing with abnormally dry conditions after years of being ’ex- cessively wet. North Dakota topsoil moisture sup? plies were rated 41 percent very short, 46 percent short and 13 percent ade- quate for the week ending Sunday, July 25, according to National Agri— cultural Statistics Service—North Dakota. The Moores, who have been farm- ing since 2012, switched their roles three years ago. Jason, who had been farming full-time and trucking part— time, became a full-time trucker, and Carie, who had worked as Towner County Conservation District director, quit that job to farm. The arrangement gives her the flexibility to stay home with the couple’s three children when Jason is gone overnight on long hauls. . Among Carie Meore’s duties as full-time farmer is scouting her fields. A recent check indicated the drought has taken a toll on the Wheat and bar- ley, she said. Wheat stands, for example, are un- even. Some fields haven’t headed out, others are starting to head out and still others are beginning to turn from green to gold. Part of the wheat that is headed out doesn’t look like it should, Moore said. “There are a lot of heads that didn’t fill right. They’re half the size and-re- ally deforrned. They were trying to fill with seed when it was really hot,” Moore said. “Half of the stuff I walked through was like that. I don’t know if that will cut our yield in half, because the head is half the size.” Just two years ago, in 2019, wheat and barley fields "were so wet that the Moores couldn’t: harvest them. In— stead, they bumed most of their wheat crop the following spring. The fields still were too wet, to plant in spring 2020, even after burning. “It’s one extreme to the other. I wish we could find a happy medium,” Moore said during a break from hay- ing on a field in Crocus Township, just outside of Egeland, N.D., which is about six miles southeast of the Moores’ Rock Lake farm. Moore puts up big, round bales of hay for Nelson Angus Ranch near Ege- land. The hayfield she was baling on a mid-July day was poor quality, but the Nelsons, like other ranchers who are short on feed, will mix it with other for— age to boost its nutritional value. I I Towner County farmer Carie Moore explains the drastic differ- ences farming conditions in the Rock Lake area during the past two years. Cattle producers are searching for feed because the drought has devas- tated their pastures and drastically re- duced forage yields. Many ranchers already have reduced herd numbers, and they’re concerned about finding enough feed for the remainder of the year. t I t “This year, in the drought, we’re trying to get quantity over quality,” Moore said. Meanwhile, water holes are drying up, and many of the ones that do remain contair'i’ blue-green algae, which is toxic to livestock. A lack ‘of available water also ap- pears to have discouraged bees from pollinating the Moores’ canola fields, she said. I v . “I’m glad we didn’t fertilize it be- cause I’m worried about pollination. There’s no water for pollinators: no puddles, nothing,” Moore said. While it’s unlikely the wheat, bar- ley and canola will yield well this year, she still has hope for good soybeans ' yields because a couple of July rains fell in timetobenefit‘athat crop. Mean- while the Moores’ soybean input costs so far are 10W: because they didn’t fer- ’ tilize the soybeans. - Moore hopes flea beetles won’t at- tack the soybeans, since spraying for them would raise production costs. “As long as we don’t have to spray V for those, I think our soybeans are going to pull us through,” Moore said. The Moores’ fields will need rain if they are going to get soybeans or any other type.of crop next year. “It’s going to be tough going into next year if we don’t get anything,” she said. “I don’t know what we’d do.” Reprinted with permission from the Grand Forks Herald. Moisture matters when making good corn silage Salvaging this year’s corn crop as silage can help crop producers recoup some production costs while providing good—quality feed for livestock. Drought—stressed, limited grain-filled corn silage still can retain a majority of its feeding value, North Dakota State University Extension specialists say. Whole-plant moisture and the plant’s maturity at har- vest affect corn silage quality, according to Kevin Sedi- vec, NDSU Extension rangeland management specialist. Drought slows plant growth and delays maturity, leading to a higher moisture content than indicated by the ap- pearance of the corn. Making silage when the corn is too dry results in poor low bunk life. Corn should be harvested for silage at a moisture con- tent of 65 percent to 70 percent when using a horizontal bunker. If too wet - above 70 percent — yield potential is reduced and seepage will occur, resulting in the undesir- able presence of clostridia bacterial fermentation. In a re— cent study conducted at NDSU’s Central Grasslands Research Extension Center, ensiling at 60 percent mois- ture still produced high-quality silage. Seepage results in a loss of nutrients that can be harm— ‘ ful to the environment and can allow feed to freeze dur— ing the winter. A microwave can be used to check the moisture content of corn silage. Be sure not to use the mi- packing, inadequate air exclusion, poor fermentation and heating. Dry silage creates higher levels of spoilage and TURTLE MOUNTAIN HOUSING AUTHORITY, T.D.H.E. A TRIBALLY DESIGNATED HOUSING ENTITY , . P.O. BOX 620 - 1/4 MILE SOUTH 0N HWY. 5 BELCOURT, NORTH DAKOTA 58316 V TELEPHONE 701-477-6873 ADMINISTRATION OFFICE FAX 701-0193 TURTLE MOUNTAIN HOUSING AUTHORITY NOTICE OF SALE AND REQUEST FOR BIDS TO PURCHASE REAL PROPERTY ’ August 13,2021 _ The Turtle Mountain Housing Authority is accepting written bids for the ‘ purchase of the following real property and improvements. TMHA will make the property available for physical inspection by appointment only. To make and inspection appointment, contact is Alex Jr. Davis, TMHA Procurement, Officer at (701) 477-5673 ext. 258. SALE LAND The Southeast Quarter of SectiOn 33, Township 163 North, Range 70 West of the Fifth Principal Meridian, Rolctte County, North Dakota, excluding the sub-parcel described below and containing 155 acres, more-or—less. Land appraisals, surveys and platting will be completed by the Turtle Mountain Housing Authority. EXCLUDED SUB-PARCEL , .‘ But excluding/not including the following sub-parcel located within the same tract consisting of 5-acres, more or less. The sale excludes/does not include the home, outbuildings, and all other improvements located on the described sub-parcel. BIDDING PROCESS Bids must be received by 4:00 pm. on August 27, 2021. Bids with authorized signatures may be submitted by mail to Turtle Mountain Housing Authority, P.O. Box 620, Belcourt, North Dakota, 58316. OR, in person to the Turtle Mountain Housing Authority Main Office, Belcourt, ND. lf submitted in person, the bid should be in a sealed envelope, clearly marked "Land Bid" and addreSSed toTMHA, Attn: Rebecca Olander, Executive Director. ' v V 0R, bye-mail to adavis@tmhousing.net. If a bid is submitted bye-mail, it must be accompanied by a telephone call from the bidder to Jodelle Keplin, Admin- istrative Manager, at the TMHA office to confirm that TMHA has received the full proposal. Bids may not be submitted by fax. The bidder shall have the sole responSibility to ensure that delivery has been properly cempleted, no matter what method is used. ‘ ' ‘ ‘ CONDITIONS FOR ALL BIDS a. Payments must be made availablein lump sum TMHA will not provide financing terms for this transaction; . b. TMHA.will consider all responsive and responsible bids and Will use .the appraised value of the land as the basis for determining the successful bidder; c. Letter of commitment from bank or other financial institution in the full amount of the bid must be provided to TMHA within two (2) calendar days of TMHA's acceptance of the lowest responsive bid..lf commitment is not re- ceived, or it is determined the bidder has an inability to purchase, TMHA may consider other submitted bids. ' d. Bidswill only be accepted from enrolled members of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians (TMBCI). Proof ofTMBCl enrollment must accOmpany the bid; - . e. Pursuant to a Board-approved waiver of the TMHA Ethics Policies and Standards of Conduct, TMHA Board Members, TMHA staff or employees, TMHA officers or agents, or the Immediate Family (as defined under TMHA Ethics Policy) members of any of the aforementioned groups and individuals, shall be allowed to submit a bid for or to purchase. This limited waiver shall also apply to businesses and other private legal entities owned or controlled. by any of the aforementioned individuals and to former TMHA Board Members who have served within the last twelve months. ' f. The sale does not include the sub-parcel or the home, outbuildings, and all Other improvements .~ I located on the described sub-parcel. g. The sale does not include any oil, gas, or mineral rights. h. Any bid submitted shall state that it will remain open for 60 days. i. TMHA reserves the right to reject any and all bids. Please Submit all questions and inquiries to Turtle Mountain Housing Authority. P.O. Box 620', Belcourt, North Dakota, 58316, Phone: (701) 477-5673, Cell: 701-871-2421 . Attention: Rebecca Olander, TMHA Executive Director ‘ crowave in your house because drying the corn may pro- duce a strong odor. Issued this 13th day of August, 2021