STAFF BLOG AG RIGHT GM food: Safe or not?
A lot of smart people have strong feelings, both pro and con, about genetically modified crops. Supporters say GM food will bring immense benefits to the world's growing population which needs more an... Posted on 2/3/15 at 8:23 AM
STAFF BLOG MIKKEL PATES' AG AT LARGE NDSU's flax promoter -- Dr. Jack Carter dies, Sept. 11
Dr. Jack Carter, the long-time promoter/pioneer of new, healthfuluses for flax, and long-time administrator in the North Dakota State University plant sciences departments, died on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2... Posted on 9/12/11 at 8:36 AM
FARM BLEAT On ginger, piggies, willows and hops
I believe I mentioned in a blog a while back that I am taking part in a 10-month-long leadership program offered through the University of Minnesota called the U-Lead Advisory Academy.
I'm writing my... Posted on 11/4/10 at 8:40 PM
With weather conditions still uncertain for the upcoming planting season, predictions remain stagnant for grain prices in 2015.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s long-term projection for acreage planted predicts a 2 million acre reduction nationwide in corn. Jack Davis, the crops business management field specialist at the South Dakota State University Extension Mitchell Regional Center, says acreage will be shuffled into soybeans, small grains and alfalfa forage seeding.
Archer Daniels Midland, one of the world’s top biofuels producers, has slowed North American biodiesel output, the latest sign the industry is battling uncertainty over U.S. renewable fuel policy while the oil rout curbs demand.
A key signup deadline for the federal farm bill is looming, and area Farm Service Agency officials urge landowners who haven’t signed up to act quickly.
“Let us know if you haven’t done it yet. We want to work with you,” says Diane Beidler, executive director of Turner County (S.D.) FSA.
Editor Lisa Gibson provides a glimpse into Monday's issue of Agweek, including a cover story about the relationship between the ethanol industry and corn prices, as told from the perspective of a key ethanol industry player. But that 's not all. We'll also have coverage of a soil health workshop, an update on an ag student we've been following, and more. Don't miss it.
Officials in both Russia and Ukraine are considering tougher trade protections to keep food prices from spiraling as their currencies collapse, with Moscow taking more aggressive steps than Kiev to control exports.
Polina Devitt and Pavel Polityuk
February 24, 2015
ROME — Up to 75 percent of the seeds needed to produce the world’s diverse food crops are held by small farmers, researchers said following a review of international census data.
Growers with farms of less than seven acres preserve diversity through “networks of seed and knowledge exchanges,” Karl Zimmerer, a Penn State University geography professor who led the research, told a conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science on Feb. 13.
Wheat slipped lower last week as traders continue to show concerns about slow export demand. It was a short trading week, as the markets were closed Feb. 16 in observance of President’s Day. For the week ending Feb. 19, March Minneapolis lost 13 cents, March Chicago dropped 5.25 cents and March Kansas City gave back 17.75 cents.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba — The three different mustards have distinctly different markets.
Yellow is hot. Western Canadian farmers grew a larger crop last year than the year before, and most was yellow. Prices fell hard after harvest but have been on the upswing since, and new-crop prices are even higher. Trade is brisk. Farmers are selling and processors are busy. Yellow bids range between 33.5 to 36 cents per pound. Most, but not all, processors are buying.
Tyler Lang might be a little busier than usual the next few months.
The Sterling, N.D., seed salesman handles crops such as barley, oats and field peas, and his product line has extra appeal going into the new growing season.
“There should be more interest this year,” he says.
China’s top cotton producer, a quasi-military body formed 60 years ago to settle the far west Xinjiang area, is resisting a government policy that could force it to cut output in an industry employing hundreds of thousands in the restive region.
Farm equipment maker Deere & Co. posted a 43 percent fall in first-quarter profit and cut its full-year profit forecast as lower corn prices and weak farm income weighed on demand for agricultural machinery.
Deere’s shares were down 1.9 percent at $90.00 in premarket trading on Feb. 20.
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