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I like history more than most people. But even if you're ho-hum on history, you might enjoy reading about the 1964 National Plowing Contest, held that year in Buffalo, N.D. The contest was a big deal,... Posted on 9/12/14 at 10:45 AM
Krueger Farms worked to harvest its last 90 acres of corn Thursday several miles east of East Grand Forks, Minn. The corn was several percentage points drier than a couple of weeks ago because of the recent cold, dry weather. The corn, an 86 day variety, was yielding well, according to Ben Krueger.
Continued warm, dry weather, and the forecast of more to come, is giving Upper Midwest corn producers a difficult but not unpleasant decision: Harvest wet corn now and pay drying expenses? Or hold off combining for a few days and allow corn to dry naturally in the field?
The majority of annually produced crops such as corn must be stored. According to a University of Illinois agricultural economist, for corn producers, the question at harvest time will be who will store the portion of the crop that has not yet been sold.
It’s been two years since a devastating drought withered crops in the U.S. and sent the price of corn skyrocketing.
Now, U.S. farmers, including those in South Dakota, are preparing to harvest what is expected to be a massive corn crop for the second year in a row, even as the price of corn has tumbled to a level far below where it was a year ago.
WASHINGTON – Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and the North Dakota congressional delegation are pushing to make the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service facility on the campus of North Dakota State University in Fargo the site for the newly formed National Agricultural Genotyping Center. The North Dakota Corn Growers Association are bidding to host the new facility, and Hoeven and the delegation have gotten behind them, writing a letter of support to the chief of the National Corn Growers Association, one of the center’s prime sponsors.
The use of satellite data has helped hone estimates of China’s crop production, but the global market still lacks reliable numbers on the country’s grain stocks, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief economist says.
If the Chinese increase testing of an unapproved biotech trait in corn, farmers in the Upper Great Plains that sell significant amounts of corn and dried distillers grain (DDG) products there will get hit in the pocketbook.
WILLMAR, Minn. — The Minnesota Corn Growers Association is urging farmers around the state to plan ahead for their propane needs this fall. Due to the reversal of the Cochin pipeline and an increase in U.S. propane exports, propane supplies in Minnesota could be stretched thin if everyone waits until the fall to buy propane.
FARGO, N.D. — U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., flanked by five other Democratic senators, and producer/processors from their states, launched an effort Wednesday to re-up federal support for biofuels.
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