Western North Dakota’s grain industry has been affected by oil production throughout all stages of crop development. Fertilizer delivery, photosynthesis during growth and grain transportation all battle new-found obstacles. In the wake of World Food Day on October 16, 2014, Intersection Journal shares a glimpse of how farmers, agricultural service providers and a local grain elevator are handling the reality of producing food in North Dakota’s oil boom. In spite of the growing pains, not one of these folks have lost their resilience or motivation to make the most of every opportunity. The herbicide must be sprayed, the crop must be harvested and the job must be done.
“The further away from the road you get, the better the crop gets.” – Bob Wisness
“My favorite part of this job is the customers. I like being with them, saying hi to them, visiting with them and listening to farm stories. There’s a lot of good people here in Watford.” – Steve Wentz
How has the grain industry changed for you or people you know? Are you optimistic for the future of Western North Dakota and the agricultural industry? What needs to change? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below and keep the conversation going!