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Rising corn yields, rail delays lead to bin-building boom

Rising corn yields, rail delays lead to bin-building boom

Derrick Rauen of Summit, S.D., is on the front lines of what industry experts say is another year in the region’s bin-building binge. ...

Flood control creates tough times for farmers, ranchers

Flood control creates tough times for farmers, ranchers

Ken Livedalen looks over what once was a broad meadow near the Souris River. For decades the ground produced a bountiful crop of nutritious grass that...

RMA director retires after influential career

RMA director retires after influential career

BILLINGS, Mont. — Doug Hagel might not be a household name, but his behind-the-scenes work has touched every farm and most ranches in the Dakotas and ...

Soybean growers welcome higher biodiesel blend, but there are critics

Soybean growers welcome higher biodiesel blend, but there are critics

Spring was wet and difficult, and many of Bill and Karolyn Zurn’s late-planted soybeans are still small and scant in the soggy soil. The Callaway, Mi...

NDSU scientists map genes of the common bean

NDSU scientists map genes of the common bean

Several North Dakota State University scientists are close to the center of a national project that completed the sequence of the common bean genome....

Grain prices updated daily

Grain prices updated daily

DuPont forecast misses expectations

Chemicals maker DuPont forecast lower-than-expected operating earnings for the current quarter and warned of a loss in its agriculture unit as weak farm sales constrain both profit and revenue.

Race for ND agriculture commissioner is all about oil

Race for ND agriculture commissioner is all about oil

North Dakota’s biggest oil producers have picked a side and put money into an obscure election for the state’s agriculture commissioner, hoping to ward off a rising Democratic challenger who could limit development of new wells and pipelines.

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Corps says F-M diversion likely to be built as proposed regardless of DNR environmental review

Corps officials say the $1.8 billion Fargo-Moorhead diversion project will likely be built as proposed, regardless of an environmental review on the Minnesota side.

Cramer: Rail service must improve by harvest, CP progress slow

Cramer: Rail service must improve by harvest, CP progress slow

Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D. said he was watching the reports. He acknowledged the BNSF progress and noted more progress needs to be made before harvest. Cramer said CP had not indicated “any meaningful reductions in their backlog since these reports began.”

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Farmers, conservationists split on Water of the U.S. rule

Conservation groups are mounting a campaign in defense of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the U.S. rule. Meanwhile, farm leaders and Republicans in the House move bills to try to stop EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from proceeding with the rule on the grounds that it expands jurisdiction into bodies of water on farms.

Options on prevented-planting fields

Options on prevented-planting fields

Many farmers across the Upper Midwest are still weighing what to do with fields that were too wet to plant this spring. Every situation is different, and there’s no one-size-fits-all solution.

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Crops doing well in erratic season

The weather has both hurt and helped the Upper Midwest spring wheat crop. On balance, though, the crop is doing reasonably well.

Few in favor of soybean tax vote

Few in favor of soybean tax vote

It would have taken nearly 57,000 valid petitions to trigger a referendum vote on whether to keep the federal soybean check-off in place, but only 324 valid forms came in, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture official.

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Grafton, ND, mulls a 5-acre greenhouse

Economic development officials in Grafton are looking for ways to get more use out of an underused power plant, with some saying it could power a five-acre hydroponic greenhouse.

Letter outlines obesity issues, applauds rules

WASHINGTON — Twenty-seven former panelists for the Institute of Medicine told Congress not to change healthier foods rules for children on July 15, the same day the U.S. Department of Agriculture official in charge of nutrition reminded school food service directors who have asked Congress for changes that they have responsibilities to serve food that will result in healthy children and adults.

Featured Staff Blogs

http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/1157/50/50/ AG RIGHT
Crop spraying critical, controversial
The late and often-wet growing season has complicated crop spraying for many area farmers. Producers, and the professional applicators they hire, have struggled to find enough favorable weather to spr...
7/21/14 at 12:19 PM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/323/50/50/ MIKKEL PATES' AG AT LARGE
What's hay bringing in the Dakotas, Minnesota and Montana?
  A A farmer east of Broadus, Mont., was getting the hay crop of his life, between cloudbursts in late June.   If you check out the July 21 issue of Agweek and the CropStop from southeast...
7/17/14 at 3:51 PM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/328/50/50/ STORM TRACKER
What Really Is the Record?
Fargo Moorhead weather data has been measured and recorded at Hector Airport since February of 1942. Prior to that, our weather was recorded at the National Weather Bureau Office in Moorhead, in what ...
7/8/14 at 10:33 PM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/3451/50/50/ EDITOR'S NOTES
A busy week in ag news
Spring planting is wrapping up and farmers are trying to decide if requesting prevented-planting payments is the right decision, or if theres another, better option. Canadian grain handlers are askin...
6/11/14 at 11:20 AM

Featured Area Voices

http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/326/50/50/ RURAL REFLECTIONS
Summer Hotdish
Ive said my columns are sometimes well-planned meals and sometimes hastily-prepared hotdish. I hope you like hotdish. First off, the benefit for my brother, Steve Nelson, went great. The benefit was ...
7/19/14 at 7:59 AM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/720/50/50/ AMY'S RANCH SLANTS
What You Can Get Away with on a Farm or Ranch
This column was originally published February 12, 2014 Farm and ranch residents may not have a grocery store or WalMart located only minutes away, but there are some advantages to living out of tow...
7/1/14 at 8:21 AM

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