With harvest nearing, an inch or two of rain in the next week could make the difference between a pretty good crop and disappointing one for many area potato growers.
“We could really use a 1- to 2-inch general rain to finish off this crop,” said Chuck Gunnerson, president of the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association, based in East Grand Forks, Minn.
The latest Farm Service Agency statistics reinforce earlier reports that prevented-planting acres aren’t as common in North Dakota as once feared.
Wheat harvest is about to begin in south-central North Dakota, and yields could be among the highest ever.
The Minnesota and North Dakota Agri-Women’s 32nd Harvest of Knowledge Conference will be held Oct. 24 at the Ramada Inn in Grand Forks, N.D.
A new report confirms U.S. farm expenses continue to rise, and agricultural business management specialists say that should cause farmers to take a closer look at how they operate.
Jayme Boeshans’ pride and passion are crops and cattle. But the 27-year-old Beulah, N.D., farmer and rancher, takes his other career seriously, too.
Jayme Boeshans, with help from family and friends, is building a modest farmstead north of Beulah, N.D. It’s isn’t far from the house where he grew up and his parents still live. It’s also near the house, now mostly lost to time and the waters of manmade Lake Sakakawea, where his great-grandparents homesteaded.
Farmers and ranchers often lament that people outside agriculture don’t seem to understand or care what they do. But North Dakota wheat farmers found a receptive audience in the Wheat Safari, which stopped today on the Brad Thykeson farm near Portland, N.D.
As of July 26, the most recent date for which statistics are available, 1,663,847 prevented-planting acres in the state had been reported, according to Bryan Olschlager, farm program director of the compliance division of the North Dakota Farm Service Agency.
U.S. sheep producers soon will have two new tools with which to market their animals.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s newly created sheep production and marketing grant program will allocate about $1.5 million. Also, an existing USDA program aimed at small-scale livestock producers is being expanded to the grass-fed sheep industry.