The long run of warm, dry weather, and the forecast of even more to come, is giving Upper Midwest corn producers a difficult but not unpleasant decision: Harvest wet corn now and pay drying expenses? Or hold off combining for a few days and allow corn to dry naturally in the field?
Dry bean yields in North Dakota and western Minnesota were hurt by unfavorable weather and crop disease, an industry official says.
This spring, for the second straight year, many area farmers decided to continue planting well into summer rather than quit planting and collect federal crop insurance.
Continued warm, dry weather, and the forecast of more to come, is giving Upper Midwest corn producers a difficult but not unpleasant decision: Harvest wet corn now and pay drying expenses? Or hold off combining for a few days and allow corn to dry naturally in the field?
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The Upper Midwest soybean harvest is surging into high gear. “Right here in my area, it will really get going this week,” says Anthony Bly, Sioux Falls-based soils field specialist with South Dakota State University Extension. “I know other areas where it’s already going strong.”
CWB, formerly known as the Canadian Wheat Board, is building another “state-of-the-art” grain elevator, this one in Manitoba’s Red River Valley. The new elevator, near St. Adolphe, south of Winnipeg, will feature 34,000 metric tons of storage and is scheduled to open in 2016. The project includes a 134-car loop track and cleaning facilities.
The fall to-do list of Upper Midwest farmers includes figuring out complicated provisions of the new farm bill.
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.
Agricultural journalists often are asked about their job and the subject they cover. Here are some of the questions and my responses.
I don’t know if the past few years have been the best stretch ever for farmers on the Northern Plains.
Sure, wheat, corn and cattle are common on the Northern Plains, but the prairie’s leading staple may be gray hair.
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.
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.
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.
One summer years ago, when I was still a farm kid, central North Dakota was gripped by drought.