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Considering alternative crops
Sagging crop prices, particularly corn prices, have farmers looking into other crops, including dry beans and other “small-market crops” that normally don’t get much attention.
Monday, February, 24, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Communication, goal-setting crucial to passing on farm business
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Though it’s tempting to put off planning for farm business transition, there’s too much at risk to delay, according to a North Dakota State University professor. “Let’s not procrastinate. Let’s get engaged in this planning,” said David Saxowsky, a professor in the NDSU agribusiness and applied economics department.
Friday, February, 21, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Klobuchar discusses farm bill reaction
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. — Urban Minnesota residents generally are supportive of the new farm bill, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said Feb. 17.
Monday, February, 17, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Farm business transition examined at crop expo
Good communication is important in just about every activity involving two or more human beings. It’s especially important in planning a farm business transition, says David Saxowsky, a professor in the North Dakota State University agribusiness and applied economics department. “Communication among all the parties involved is just essential,” he says.
Monday, February, 17, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Conservation officials recommend windbreaks
Curtis Zerface remembers when farmers routinely planted windbreaks to protect their fields. But times and farming practices have changed. Reflecting the regionwide trend, no windbreaks were planted in North Dakota’s Traill County in 2012 or 2013, and interest in them remains negligible this spring, says Zerface, the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s district conservationist for the county.
Monday, February, 17, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Changes possible in Mont. hail insurance program
The chairman of the Montana state hail insurance program says a summer-long battle with hail could lead to changes, including higher premiums and the use of reinsurance.
Monday, February, 17, 2014 - Agweek - News

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ND research farm marks anniversary
Ed Hauf remembers when most farmers in his part of the world grew only wheat and barley. He also remembers when most crop rotations there included summer fallow, or keeping a field out of production, generally one year in three.
Monday, February, 10, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Eastern Ag Day looks at key topics
Dennis Kubischta will stick with wheat and soybeans this spring. Planting corn doesn’t interest him, not when the crop is fetching less than $4 per bushel. “A lot of people will still plant it, though,” said the Hope, N.D., farmer.
Monday, February, 10, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Describing the old Canadian Wheat Board
The old Canadian Wheat Board was alternately called a monopoly and, less commonly, a monopsony.
Monday, February, 10, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Canadian Wheat Board privatizes
The Canadian Wheat Board, for decades a powerhouse in North American agriculture, is gone. In its place is the still-evolving CWB.
Monday, February, 10, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Eastern Ag Day looks at key topics
Dennis Kubischta will stick with wheat and soybeans this spring. Planting corn doesn’t interest him, not when the crop is fetching less than $4 per bushel.
Friday, February, 07, 2014 - Agweek - News

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A sigh of relief: Farm bill signed into law
On Feb. 7, President Barack Obama signed a long-awaited five-year farm bill — the Agricultural Act of 2014 — in a ceremony at Michigan State University in East Lansing.
Friday, February, 07, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Leading exporter Australia battles drought
It’s two months into the Australian summer and many sugarcane growers and ag producers there need rain badly, a sugarcane industry official says.
Monday, February, 03, 2014 - Agweek - News

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SD company promotes ‘Hay Manager’ to raise efficiency
If you’re involved with production livestock and care about efficiency, Andy Lacey says he has a product for you. “We help farmers succeed by becoming more efficient,” Lacey says of the Hay Manager, which reduces waste and mold by storing hay bales off the ground. “This can pay for itself in a year.”
Monday, February, 03, 2014 - Agweek - News

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ND company handling hydraulic calf table
Wayne Mittleider’s customers told him they want a hydraulic calf table. The customer is always right, so Mittleider went out and got what they wanted.
Monday, February, 03, 2014 - Agweek - News

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2014 KMOT Ag Expo finds lower prices, profit potential
In his three decades of farming, Mark Seastrand has seen good years, bad years and everything in between. So the Sheyenne, N.D., farmer isn’t alarmed by the recent plunge in crop prices and the more-difficult-to-achieve profits that go with them.
Monday, February, 03, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Minn. soy growers launch ad campaign promoting biodiesel
Showing now on TV and computer screens: a new effort by Minnesota soybean growers to promote the use of biodiesel. On Jan. 22, the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion council began an advertising campaign that illustrates how soy-based biodiesel improves air quality. The campaign, “Breathing Easier with Biodiesel,” includes local TV, cable TV, online and social media spots.
Monday, January, 27, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Australian wheat, beef and sugarcane at risk from drought
Drought and high temperatures are pounding parts of Australia, one of the world’s leading exporters of wheat, beef and raw sugar.
Monday, January, 27, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Reasons for optimism after oats' long decline
Oats were once one of the Upper Midwest’s most popular crops. They’ve been overshadowed for years, however, by more profitable crops, particularly corn and soybeans.
Monday, January, 27, 2014 - Agweek - News

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New farm bill expected in February
Congress is close to passing a new farm bill and could reach an agreement in the next few weeks, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., said Jan. 21.
Friday, January, 24, 2014 - Agweek - News

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