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Favorable weather again spurs Upper Midwest harvest

Grain dust hung heavy in the air across much of the Upper Midwest during the week of Sept. 22, as dry and unusually warm weather allowed farmers to make rapid harvest progress.

APHIS: No GE wheat in commerce

A federal investigation into genetically engineered wheat found on an Oregon farm has determined that the case “appears to be an isolated occurrence and that there is no indication of any GE wheat in commerce, “according to a report released Sept. 26 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Inspection Service.

Protein concerns for wheat

Upper Midwest wheat farmers generally are enjoying good yields this fall. But the favorable yields often come at the expense of protein content, and that’s leading to substantial price discounts for low-protein wheat and sizeable premiums for high-protein wheat.


Falling numbers, vomitoxin return

Two old enemies — falling numbers and vomitoxin — are a concern again this fall for some Upper Midwest and Canadian wheat farmers, especially ones who raise winter wheat.


Fall's first frost hits Upper Midwest, Canada

Farmers in the Upper Midwest and on the Canadian prairies hoped fall’s first frost would come late this year.


Soggy fall slows wheat harvest

Gordon Stoner began harvesting July 31. Since then, persistent rains have allowed him to run his combine about 120 hours, an average of 20 hours per week. “Twenty hours a week just doesn’t put the crop in the bin,” says the Outlook, Mont., farmer. At that rate, he won’t finish until well into October.


NDSU economist explains rail study and its withdrawal

A North Dakota State University economist who prepared a rail study that was later withdrawn says he stands by the process he used and the numbers he came up with. He also tells Agweek that the issue is complicated and that other methods can be used to analyze it.


Frost comes early to Upper Midwest fields

Upper Midwest farmers are still assessing damage to their crops from mid-September frosts that hit fields from eastern Minnesota to central Montana.

Resource on rental rates

Farmers and landlords have a new resource to help them determine farmland rental rates.

CWB continues its expansion

CWB is building another grain elevator, its third new facility, and is looking for people to work in them.

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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.