We're halfway through the harvest season and Agweek's Sept. 22 cover story will report on what the crop looks like, particularly its condition after a frost came through the Upper Midwest. The Sept. 22 issue also will address the NDSU rail study that was pulled days after it was released, and much more. Don't miss it.
South Dakota farmers have discovered Palmer Amaranth weed and North Dakota officials are urging farmers to keep a sharp eye for a “spawn of evil” during harvest.
South Dakota State University weed scientists say the weed was found in a sunflower field in Buffalo County next to the Missouri River in central South Dakota.
A North Dakota State University economist who prepared a rail study that was later withdrawn says he stands by the process he used and the numbers he came up with.
He also tells Agweek that the issue is complicated and that other methods can be used to analyze it.
Farm equipment makers insist the sales slump they face this year because of lower crop prices and farm incomes will be short-lived. Yet, there are signs the downturn might last longer than tractor and harvester makers, including Deere & Co., are letting on and the pain could persist long after corn, soybean and wheat prices rebound.
The number of hungry people in the world has fallen by more than 100 million in the past decade, but 805 million people, or one in nine, still do not have enough to eat, three global food and agriculture agencies say.
Some residents in Fargo, N.D., have embraced the “urban chicken” movement, hosting hens in their backyards, and enjoying the fresh eggs for breakfast and the opportunity to teach their children about agriculture.
Still others have cried foul to the city about the birds, leading city staffers to ask: What is the city’s policy anyway?
Cargill Inc.’s lawsuit against Syngenta AG over rejections of genetically modified U.S. corn by China might be just the start of legal challenges against global seed makers over trade with one of the world’s biggest markets.
Ramona Fraase says her grandchildren aren’t sure what a plow is.
But plowing was important enough once to bring 100,000 people, including U.S. presidential and vice presidential candidates, to her family farm near Buffalo, N.D., for the 1964 National Plowing Contest.
Projected U.S. wheat supplies for 2014 to ’15 are up 10 million bushels with higher expected imports of hard red spring wheat from Canada. This reflects higher stocks in Canada as well as the strong shipment pace to date.
U.S. Department of Agriculture
September 15, 2014
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