RURAL REFLECTIONS My Plans
I've heard it said that when man plans, God laughs. When I hatch my
lofty plans, I would guess milk squirts out of His nose. Anyway, the
recent warm temps lead my mind to thoughts of spring which open... Posted on 2/22/14 at 8:00 AM
STAFF BLOG AG RIGHT What a change in agriculture!
For those of us old enough to remember them, the late 1980s and early 1990s were a gloomy time for many agriculturalists in the Upper Midwest. Drought and poor commodity prices made it difficult for e... Posted on 5/10/13 at 7:54 AM
CHS Inc plans to build a 26,000-ton fertilizer hub in Lakota, N.D. Operating as part of the Lake Region Grain unit of the company’s Country Operations division, the new facility will exclusively handle dry fertilizer product and benefit from shuttle train access off the Burlington Northern rail line.
Share prices of nutrient companies were demolished Tuesday as investors reacted to news that a big Russian fertilizer company would stop cooperating in a pricing cartel. The move is likely to slash prices for the fertilizer potash.
Sixty percent of all the world’s nutrients applied to fields never make it to the plants. That is an astonishing number, considering the cost of fertilizers. It is also worrisome considering that phosphorus is expected to run out in the next few decades, and nitrogen is not too far behind. So what is happening?
On a normal mid-June day in the Upper Midwest, many farmers apply chemicals to their crops or take a first cutting of alfalfa.
But a recent Agweek trip through parts of Benson, Pierce and Bottineau counties in north-central North Dakota didn’t take place on a normal mid-June day. The day of the trip provided the worst possible weather to spray crops or cut alfalfa: rain clouds filled the sky, temperatures fell south of 50 degrees and a stiff, cold wind shook even the stoutest evergreens in shelterbelts.
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