North Dakota’s Commissioner of Agriculture said the Canadian Pacific Railway and its CEO are “arrogant” and that the company is less responsive than Burlington Northern Santa Fe, the state’s other major shipper.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Farmers in the Upper Midwest and on the Canadian prairies hoped fall’s first frost would come late this year.
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.
A North Dakota State University economist who prepared a rail study that was later withdrawn says he stands by the process he used and the numbers he came up with.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.
Upper Midwest farmers are still assessing damage to their crops from mid-September frosts that hit fields from eastern Minnesota to central Montana.
Farmers and landlords have a new resource to help them determine farmland rental rates.