At least one factor can be considered an early indication that North Dakota’s winter wheat crop might be surviving better than some people expected, considering the harsh winter, according to Blake Vander Vorst, senior agronomist with Ducks Unlimited.
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.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Ultra Green has plans to open a wheat straw fiber processing facility late this year in Devils Lake, N.D. Officials say the new plant is expected to provide an immediate boost to the regional economy.
Kevin Bonham, Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald
March 12, 2012
The corn market gained 8 to 10 cents in both old and new crop contracts last week. Corn found support from smaller South American production and tighter U.S. old crop ending stock estimates. The U.S. Department of Agriculture will release its next monthly crop production and supply/demand report on March 9.
A Northwood, N.D., farm couple are among the National Outstanding Young Farmers for 2012. Troy and Bobbi Jo Uglem received the award at the recent National Outstanding Young Farmers Awards Congress in Springdale, Ark.
The corn market lost 5 cents in March and 15 cents in December last week. Corn continued to trade in its sideways pattern. The market found support from fresh export sales along with tight ending stocks, while the new crop market is finding pressure from larger acreage and yield estimates.
The corn market gained 10 cents last week. The futures came under pressure mid-week with larger acreage and production estimates for 2012. Buying interest did resurface late last week with fresh export sales.
The corn market remained unchanged last week and traded near $6.40 in the March contract. The futures traded in a sideways pattern last week as it lacked any fresh news. Decent export sales last week, a firm cash market and lack of farmer selling offered support.
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