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US Midwestern farmers fighting explosion of ‘superweeds’

Farmers in important crop-growing states should consider the environmentally unfriendly practice of deeply tilling fields to fight a growing problem with invasive “superweeds” that resist herbicides and choke crop yields, agricultural experts said this week.

US grain farmers resort to giant storage bags to avoid cheap sales

US grain farmers resort to giant storage bags to avoid cheap sales

As U.S. farmers turn in record grain crops this autumn, many will have a powerful new tool — giant sausage-shaped storage bags — to help them avoid the lowest prices in years and gain more control over trade with giants such as Cargill Inc.

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Dow Chemical profit beats expectations with higher prices, lower costs

Dow Chemical Co. reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as sales rose and margins improved due to higher prices and a tight control on costs. The company says margins improved in four of its six units, aided in part by lower costs for ethane, used in making ethylene and plastics.

WATCH: A sneak peek into the next issue of Agweek

WATCH: A sneak peek into the next issue of Agweek

Join Agweek Editor Lisa Gibson for another glimpse into the upcoming issue. The July 28 cover story will delve into the issues facing ranchers and farmers in the midst of North Dakota's oil boom. It also will update on the progress of late rail cars, cover area crop tours and report on the latest U.S. cattle numbers. Don't miss it.

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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.

Flax market hot

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Now is the time to have a few bins of flax. You can probably sell them to Legumex Walker at $15 per bushel freight on board farm most places in western Canada.

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