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A record wheat crop?

The annual tour of area fields shows great promise, but development is behind normal.

Officials at Minn. meeting say farmers need to manage water before government steps in

If Minnesota farmers don’t cooperate to manage water, the federal and state government will do it for them, officials at a water issues forum said Thursday.

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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 he baled and fed to his cattle.

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Northwood, ND, canola crushing plant eyes July 7 public start

An oilseed crushing plant in Northwood, N.D., is expected to reopen to the public on July 7. The Prairie Premium Oil plant eventually could expand to other crops, but has no immediate plans to do so, says Kent Weston, the company’s president. “I think we’ll be primarily a canola plant,” he says. “We’ll be ready to change if we have to, though.”

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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, Minn., farm couple won’t harvest a good crop this fall unless the rest of the growing season cooperates.

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UAVs can be great asset to ag, speakers say

Unmanned aerial vehicles could be the next big thing in U.S. agriculture, but most farmers still have a lot to learn about them, according to John Perry, who heads Altavian, a Gainesville, Fla.-based unmanned aircraft company.

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CWB adds to network

CWB, formerly known as the Canadian Wheat Board, plans to buy Great Sandhills Terminal near Leader, Saskatchewan. The proposed $17.4 million acquisition includes GST’s grain-handling facility near Leader, as well as a majority stake in Great Sandhills Railway, a short-line railroad that operates 197 kilometers of track between Swift Current and Burstall, Saskatchewan.

FSA extends prevented-planting reporting deadline in ND, SD and Minn.

The North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota Farm Service Agency state offices have extended prevented-planting reporting deadlines to July 15 to coincide with the final acreage reporting date. Montana FSA hasn’t received any requests to extend the deadline and consequently hasn’t done so.

Heavy rains hurt farmers across the region

Heavy rains across parts of the Upper Midwest June 14 to 16 ended the planting season for many farmers and threaten the fields of some others.

Workshops set on Minn. B10 mandate

Minnesota is shifting to a higher diesel mandate on July 1, and the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council is supporting a series of workshops intended to help farmers, diesel retailers and others learn more.

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Columns

Two things we all agree on

Despite what urban folks might think, farmers often disagree among themselves. Everything from proper economic policy to the best brand of tractor is debated, sometimes with logic and sometimes with passion.

Frequently asked questions come with the job

Agricultural journalists often are asked about their job and the subject they cover. Here are some of the questions and my responses.

Enjoy the good times, but don’t get carried away

I don’t know if the past few years have been the best stretch ever for farmers on the Northern Plains.

Ag needs young blood in rural areas

Sure, wheat, corn and cattle are common on the Northern Plains, but the prairie’s leading staple may be gray hair.

Good years in agriculture require public relations skills

The past few years have been pretty sweet for many area farmers. Yes, some producers, especially ones with livestock, have struggled through no fault of their own. And yes, many producers, again through no fault of their own, sold a lot of grain too soon or too late and missed the best prices.

Farmers no longer have the region to themselves

If you’re closely connected to agriculture on the Northern Plains, you’ve almost certainly come to this unpleasant conclusion: A growing number of area residents know little about ag and care even less.

That special season returns

There’s nothing quite like harvest on the Northern Plains. If you’re a pragmatist, you enjoy harvest because it’s when the money rolls in.

Of summers green and brown

One summer years ago, when I was still a farm kid, central North Dakota was gripped by drought.