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AgweekTV: Rain helps some growers, but costs others acreage and planting time

Recent rains have helped some farmers but delayed planting for others, NDSU’s cattle research complex boasts some high-tech features, and Ryan Taylor is back with more of his Cowboy Logic.

Parts of northwest Minnesota got excess rain

Parts of northwest Minnesota got excess rain

One of the joys of agriculture is receiving the right amount of rain at the right time. One of the frustrations is getting too much. Farmers and ranchers in Minnesota’s Polk County have known both the good and bad this month.

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Minnesota dairyman says buffer legislation worrisome

Minnesota dairyman says buffer legislation worrisome

Bruce Asfeld is one farmer who is glad Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton’s full plan to install 50-foot buffers on waterways everywhere didn’t pass the way it was proposed. Dayton unexpectedly vetoed the compromise legislation May 23, leaving more uncertainty about what the final law could stipulate.

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Weather Talk: Despite recent rains, no major flooding in region

Weather Talk: Despite recent rains, no major flooding in region

In the space of thirteen days, from May 6 to May 18, Fargo Moorhead’s annual precipitation total to the date went from the 17th driest on record to the 15th wettest. The 5.82 inches of rain that fell those thirteen days alone would rank in 8th place on the list of wettest Mays.

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A new crop of farmers ready to face the challenges

A new crop of farmers ready to face the challenges

Alex Bata didn’t expect to be a farmer. Growing up in Adams, Bata was active in high school in “football, basketball, golf, student council -- everything I could get my hands on. I just didn’t think about farming.”

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Montana proposes corn checkoff for research funding

The Montana Department of Agriculture has published a proposed corn checkoff referendum that would help create a research and market development program for corn production in Montana.

As ethanol boom fades, ADM sees bright future for corn in grocery aisle

The world's largest corn processor, Archer Daniels Midland Co, is shifting focus from its long-standing cash generator ethanol into developing new food ingredients as the biofuel boom that underpinned its financial success has cooled.

Argentine trade surplus shrivels as commodity prices drop

Argentina's trade surplus plunged 69.2 percent in April from the same month a year earlier to $252 million because of a fall in commodity prices, official data showed on Friday, sharply undershooting market expectations.

Brazil economic activity tanks, unemployment surges as recession looms

Economic activity in Brazil tumbled in the first quarter and unemployment climbed to a near four-year high, adding to signals that a looming recession could worsen as President Dilma Rousseff reins in public spending.

Monsanto's move on Syngenta could mean move away from glyphosate

Monsanto Co., the world's largest seed company, is also known for the popularity of its Roundup herbicide, a weedkiller beloved by farmers and homeowners alike for its speed and deadly assault on tough weeds.

ADM scaling back global sugar trading

U.S. agribusiness Archer Daniels Midland Co. is scaling back its global sugar trading operations and the London-based head of that business, Alberto Peixoto, has left the company, trade sources said.

2014 farm incomes in Red River Valley plummet from 2012 highs

There has been a dramatic change in the economic environment of Red River Valley agriculture, as documented by Farm Business Management Program reports from 230 farms in North Dakota and Minnesota during the 2012 to 2014 period.

Deere raises 2015 profit outlook despite weak farm market

Deere & Co. on Friday reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit and raised its full-year outlook after cost cuts helped compensate for weakening demand for its farm equipment.

CHS Inc. to buy Illinois ethanol plant in $196 million deal

CHS Inc. will buy an ethanol plant in Annawan, Illinois, that is partially owned by REX American Resources Corp, a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing showed on Thursday.

Opinion: Consumers want to make informed food choices

Laws requiring the labeling of foods produced from genetically modified crops have been adopted by Vermont and Connecticut and a referendum in Oregon was narrowly defeated.

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