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Young siblings learn as they go after taking over family farm

Young siblings learn as they go after taking over family farm

Jon Bertsch and his sister, Allison Lee, didn’t plan on becoming farmers. In fact, 27-year-old Bertsch was a network administrator for a Fargo law firm and 24-year-old Lee was going to school for nursing. But after their dad died in 2012, they had some tough decisions to make.


Smoother grain flow points to Ottawa lifting rail regulations

Barring a sudden pile-up of grain across Western Canada in the next five weeks, Ottawa will lift requirements that railways move minimum volumes of crops, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said in an interview. While Ritz said he is not ruling out any options before the rules expire Nov. 29, government data show grain has flowed more smoothly since the current harvest began compared with a year ago.

Climate change a ‘threat multiplier’ for farming-dependent states

Climate change and food insecurity are “threat multipliers,” and 32 countries dependent on farming face an “extreme risk” of conflict or civil unrest in the next 30 years, a global analytics firm says.

Sugar growers praise Mexico agreement; users express concern

The American Sugar Alliance praised the agreement between the Mexican and U.S. governments to place limits on Mexican sugar shipments to the U.S. and to suspend the antidumping and countervailing duty investigations of sugar from Mexico. But the Sweetener Users Association said it was “deeply concerned” about the agreement.

WATCH: A sneak peek into the next issue of Agweek

WATCH: A sneak peek into the next issue of Agweek

Join Editor Lisa Gibson for a glimpse into the Nov. 3 issue, including a cover story on successful spring wheat yields. The region has enjoyed excellent yields in the past few years. The issue also will feature coverage of an ag conference this week, updates on railroad car progress and much more. Don't miss it.


Eric Halverson named CEO of Grand Forks-based Black Gold Farms

Eric Halverson named CEO of Grand Forks-based Black Gold Farms

Eric Halverson has been named CEO of Black Gold Farms of Grand Forks, N.D., in a planned family succession plan. His father, Gregg Halverson, turned 65 on Oct. 23 and will remain president of the board of directors.


Ag chairman defends Cramer on farm bill delays

Battling Democratic accusations that he tried to derail the farm bill last year, Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., is getting help from his House Agriculture Committee chairman.

Farm accident near Maynard, Minn., kills one

A person was killed Monday afternoon after being run over by a combine near Maynard in western Minnesota.

Pacific trade talks progress, but gap remains

Negotiations for an ambitious trade pact among Pacific countries made significant progress over the weekend but there is still a gap between Japan and the U.S. over market access and other hurdles, trade representatives say.

Cool weather slows corn drying process

BROOKINGS, S.D. — When corn reaches maturity, the moisture content of the kernel is generally between 30 and 35 percent. Weather this time of year can have a major impact on how quickly corn or other grain reaches maturity and will dry to a moisture content acceptable for storage or sale, explains Bob Fanning, South Dakota State University Extension plant pathology field specialist.

Russia, China markets important for corn, DDGS

BROOKINGS, S.D. — During the past year, decisions made by China and Russia have potential to negatively impact trade with the U.S., says Kim Dillivan, South Dakota State University Extension crops business management field specialist.

Harvest wrapping up

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Another good harvest weather week advanced the prairie harvest to 95 percent, up from 85 percent Oct. 13. Except for the wettest areas in eastern Saskatchewan and western Manitoba, cereals and canola are close to finished. Grain corn and soybeans are most of what is left.

Farmers weigh harvesting corn or drying in the field

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?

Support continues

Support continues

Wheat traded slightly higher last week. For the week ending Oct. 23, December Minneapolis gained 0.5 cents, December Chicago gained 10.75 cents and December Kansas City gained 3.5 cents.


Dry bean yields suffer

Dry bean yields in North Dakota and western Minnesota were hurt by unfavorable weather and crop disease, an industry official says.

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