STAFF BLOG STORM TRACKER Another Snowy Spring
We live in a climate where you probably never should say never, but the odds are extremely low that this area will record any more snowfall this season. So unless something unforeseen occurs, our curr... Posted on 5/11/13 at 5:47 PM
RURAL REFLECTIONS Rural Reflections Radio
Here is this week's Rural Reflections Radio program, Hungry for life... Posted on 4/11/13 at 6:13 AM
STAFF BLOG AG RIGHT Early planting? Late planting? Maybe both
This is shaping up to be another strange spring in the Upper Midwest.
Planting began unusually early last year; it came unusually late in 2011. This spring, the start of planting could vary more than... Posted on 3/21/13 at 4:51 PM
Sunflower acreage this year in North Dakota, the nation’s dominant producer of the crop, is projected to sink to its second-lowest rate since 1976. But the executive director of the National Sunflower Association says there’s reason to be optimistic about his crop’s future, both in and outside the state.
BISMARCK, N.D. — It appears that Punxsutawney Phil was mistaken, and an early spring has arrived in North Dakota. Along with the arrival of spring, is the arrival of spring showers (and in most years, snow melt) which leads to fields and pastures full of puddles, ponds, streams and sloughs. As a landowner, it is important to understand your rights and responsibilities with regard to those puddles, ponds, streams and sloughs.
It’s not unusual for William Ferguson to start planting his spring wheat in March. The Witten, S.D., farmer, who began planting in mid-March this year, is in a section of south-central South Dakota where early planting is fairly common.
The corn market was up 30 cents last week in old crop, while new crop contracts gained about 10 cents. Talk of increased exports to China provided direction to the market early last week, while the possibility of an early planting season due to warm weather in the Corn Belt was talked about through the second half of last week.
Dan Webster and other farmers in the waterlogged Devils Lake (N.D.) Basin haven’t had much to celebrate in recent years. But their area generally has avoided heavy snows so far this winter, and that’s raising hopes for timely planting this spring.
WORTHINGTON — Farmers who have been out in recent days getting the rest of last year’s corn crop harvested are finding it over-wintered rather well, considering snow depths that, in some places, buried the entire corn stalk.
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