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'The pendulum has swung'
Anna Stansbery is going full bore. Calving is underway, and the Carrington, N.D., veterinarian’s services are needed often. Kevin Wolsky, a father of eight, is always busy. But planting season is at hand, and the Carrington farmer soon will be even busier.
Monday, April, 06, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Paraquat: A controversial chemical's second act
One of the oldest and most widely used pesticides in the world is also one of the most toxic and controversial. Paraquat, a herbicide used to control weeds since the 1950s, was banned in the European Union in 2007. It is restricted for use only by licensed technicians in the United States and, since 2012, many of its formulations in China are being phased out.
Monday, April, 06, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Growing Together: Potato planting Easter weekend
Did you plant your potatoes on Good Friday? I wish I had a bushel of spuds for every time we’ve heard the question. Are potatoes really best planted then, or is it an old wives’ tale? I never dismiss old wives’ tales because some of the best gardeners are old wives. But let’s think this through.
Saturday, April, 04, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Army cutworms spotted in South Dakota winter wheat
BROOKINGS, S.D. - Army cutworms have been spotted feeding on winter wheat seedlings in fields located southwest of Wall. “The early spring and warm temperatures helped the greening of winter wheat fields all over South Dakota also favoring the insect’s development," said Anitha Chirumamilla, South Dakota State University Extension entomology field specialist.
Friday, April, 03, 2015 - South Dakota State University Extension - News

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New ND hemp law pleases supporters
Wayne Hauge says he’s “mostly your typical northwest North Dakota farmer.” But the Ray producer also is a staunch supporter of industrial hemp, and a new state law is expected to help him and other North Dakota farmers start growing the crop, perhaps as soon as 2016.
Thursday, April, 02, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Special Report: Why Brazil has a big appetite for banned pesticides
LIMOEIRO DO NORTE, Brazil - The farmers of Brazil have become the world’s top exporters of sugar, orange juice, coffee, beef, poultry and soybeans. They’ve also earned a more dubious distinction: In 2012, Brazil passed the United States as the largest buyer of pesticides. This rapid growth has made Brazil an enticing market for pesticides banned or phased out in richer nations because of health or environmental risks.
Thursday, April, 02, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Domestic sheep can manage fallow
Domestic sheep rather than traditional farming equipment can be used to manage fallow and terminate cover crops for farmers who grow organic crops. The sheep can help save money, reduce tillage, manage weeds and pests and reduce the risk of soil erosion
Thursday, April, 02, 2015 - Montana State University News Service - News

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Southwest ND farmers slowly start spring planting
The spring planting season has begun in southwest North Dakota. County extension agents and farmers south of Dickinson say fertilizing and seeding of fields is slowly starting throughout the area thanks to a mix of warm temperatures, dry conditions and general anxiousness.
Thursday, April, 02, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Drier-than-average April expected
The national climate forecast for April 2015, released March 31 by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration Climate Prediction Center, indicates drier-than-average conditions to continue in South Dakota and the Great Plains.
Wednesday, April, 01, 2015 - - News

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ADM to end deforestation in supply chain
Leading agricultural processor and food-ingredient supplier Archer Daniels Midland Co. has agreed to stop deforestation due to soy and palm oil production in its global supply chains, according to investors.
Wednesday, April, 01, 2015 - - News

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Farmers losing battle of public perception
NORTHFIELD, Minn. — Earlier in March, Gov. Mark Dayton introduced legislation that would require 50-foot buffer strips along all Minnesota waterways, including ditches and waterways that flow only periodically during the year.
Wednesday, April, 01, 2015 - - News

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Latest News
Names released in fatal shooting at hog farm; South Dakota farmer elected chair of FCSIC; Rural Minnesota man dies in farm accident; North Dakota branding laws upheld on imports; USDA extends ARC/PLC deadline to April 7; and CSP renewal deadline is March 31.
Monday, March, 30, 2015 - - News

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Ranchers hoping for greener pastures
FORT PIERRE, S.D. — Cattle producers throughout the upper Great Plains country are anxious for April moisture, after a winter largely devoid of snow.
Monday, March, 30, 2015 - Agweek - News

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ND soil samples show fewer wheat midge larvae for 2015
Soil samples in North Dakota indicate decreased levels of overwintering wheat midge larvae (cocoons) for the 2015 season, says Janet Knodel, North Dakota State University Extension Service entomologist.
Friday, March, 27, 2015 - - News

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Weather Talk: Drought and heat
As California starts its fourth summer of drought conditions, the expectation is there will be a lot of hot days which, in Los Angeles, will mean many summer days in the 100s.
Friday, March, 27, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Assess disease risk before planting soybean on soybean
BROOKINGS, S.D. — With corn grain prices down, some producers might be considering planting soybeans on soybeans because of economic reasons. “Soybean does not require heavy inputs such as fertilizer, and soybean grain prices have not taken such a big hit as corn,” says Emmanuel Byamukama, South Dakota State University Extension plant pathologist.
Thursday, March, 26, 2015 - - News

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The fine art of dibbling: Advice for transplanting seedlings
FARGO -- If you promise not to laugh, I'll describe my past method of transplanting seedlings. It all started in junior high as I was learning to grow tomato and petunia plants from seed for my parents' flower beds and vegetable garden.
Thursday, March, 26, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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CSP renewal deadline approaches
Farmers, ranchers and forest landowners who signed Conservation Stewardship Program contracts in 2011 with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service have until March 31 to renew those expiring contracts.
Wednesday, March, 25, 2015 - - News

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Thirty new bean varieties bred to beat baking climate
Described as "meat of the poor", beans are a key food source for more than 400 million people across the developing world, but the area suitable for growing them could drop 50 percent by 2050 because of global warming, endangering tens of millions of lives, scientists said.
Wednesday, March, 25, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Focus on farm output, not on acreage
What comes to mind when you think of a “family farm?” You’re probably picturing a bucolic spread of less than 100 acres, with a red barn, farmer in overalls and cows grazing a big pasture. What about the phrase “corporate farm” or “big ag?” Do you see a giant, impersonal and industrial-looking operation?
Tuesday, March, 24, 2015 - - News

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