The dead of winter means it's time for farmers to make some decisions about the coming growing season.
And it's time to check out ag shows around the region.
Today in Mohall, the 70th annual North Central Seed Show and Ag Expo was held with commercial exhibits, special ag awards, and a keynote speaker from Iowa.
Mike Pearson of the television show called Market to Market on Iowa Public Television said it's a difficult time for producers because of low market prices.
He sees hope for better prices ahead in the worldwide demand for ag products from North Dakota.
(Mike Pearson, Market to Market) "I think as we look at this downward trend in prices since the drought of '12, everybody's wondering is it going to end? I think the good news is yes, it's going to end and I think we are going to see strength in the agricultural sector across the nation for the for seeable future watching international growth."
The Ag Expo gave producers a chance to learn - and have fun...such as at this booth run by the local 4-H club.
It's called Chicken Plop and involves a live chicken strutting around on a numbered board.
(Macy Sundahl, Mouse River Stars 4-H)"You buy a square for five dollars and then we put the chicken inside the pen, and then and then whatever square he poops on, they get the money, 25% of what we sold that half-hour." "So how's it going, have you been raising some money?" "It's like $125 every half-hour if we sell the whole board and there's only been two or three times we haven't completely sold out so it's been going pretty good."
By the way, Jim Olson bought square number 17 and the chicken hit the adjacent square - so it was a near miss for him.
The 4-Hers use the funds for community events and trips for members to 4-H events.