STAFF BLOG AG RIGHT What kind of weather should aggies hope for?
From an agricultural viewpoint, there's seldom "perfect" or "ideal" weather on the Northern Plains. What's good for some farmers and ranchers is almost always bad for others.
That's true now, too. So... Posted on 11/16/12 at 10:20 AM
Chad Groos, 41, farms two miles north of Coleman, S.D., with his father, Andy, and brothers Eric and Grant. Groos says his family is fortunate this year, compared with those farther south plagued by severe drought.
SABIN, Minn. — They’re up. Seed potatoes at the R. Schmidt Potato Co., at Sabin, Minn., are just emerging to 8 inches tall, thanks to a favorable planting season. Randy Schmidt says that despite a hard, fast 2-inch rain on Memorial Day weekend, things are looking good — so far.
Aster leafhoppers are uncommon in North Dakota — so uncommon that Janet Knodel, North Dakota State University Extension Service entomologist, is drawing on a 1932 paper for information on how to fight them.
KARLSTAD, Minn. — For Justin Dagen, growing potatoes involves more than production. Dagen, a Karlstad, Minn., seed potato farmer, believes that promoting the crop is as essential to the success of his operation as raising it. Earlier this year, Dagen was named Potato Man of the Year at the national Potato Expo in Orlando, Fla.
Think “Big Iron in the winter” with emphasis on small grains, potatoes, soybeans and dry beans. The 11th annual International Crop Expo will be held Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 15-16, at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, N.D.
USDA said Thursday current spud stocks represent 68 percent of the state's production, up from 64 percent in 2010 and the same as in 2009. This year's production was down 16 percent from last year in the state and the lowest in at least 15 years.
Ed Plissey, the first regional agricultural extension potato specialist in the Red River Valley, died last week in Maine. He was 77 when he died Nov. 14 and had recently been diagnosed with leukemia, according to the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association in East Grand Forks.
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