STAFF BLOG AG RIGHT Going into August with optimism
A few days ago, I made an eyeball, passing-on-the-road inspection of roughly two dozen fields in a small area of central North Dakota. Wheat and soybeans grew on most fields, corn and dry edible beans... Posted on 7/31/14 at 2:19 PM
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 9:36 AM
Food manufacturers such as Mondelez International and J.M. Smucker Co. will face billions of dollars of additional costs this year because of soaring sugar prices, according to estimates from a sugar buyers group.
U.S. business and agriculture groups have urged Pacific trading partners not to exclude tobacco from investment protection rules in a new free trade deal under negotiation, warning it would set a bad precedent.
The majority of soy exporting firms in Brazil have still not agreed to collect royalties for seed giant Monsanto Co., threatening sales of up to a quarter of the country’s soy crop, industry association Abiove said on Oct. 23.
With record harvests depressing prices, U.S. farmers are holding tight to their corn and soybeans and binging on chemicals that protect stored grain from critters or even leaving corn standing in fields over winter to avoid storage charges.
After saying for months that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency could not possibly allow farmers to take bad years out of their actual production history for 2015 crops, and receiving relentless criticism from Republicans over the issue, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Oct. 21 that farmers will be allowed to exclude years for most spring crops for the coming year.
The final plan for a water supply for the CHS nitrogen fertilizer plant in North Dakota might be nearing completion, according to Brian Schouvieller, CHS senior vice president of North American grain marketing and crop nutrients.
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 Oct. 27 issue of Agweek takes a look at the problems facing ethanol plants in the Upper Midwest as they head into winter with slow rail service. A South Dakota ethanol company talks about the risks of frozen equipment during shutdowns caused by a lack of tanker cars to haul product. Agweek will also deliver updates on harvest progress, farm bill news, country-of-origin labeling and more. Don't miss it.
The Bon Homme (S.D.) County Commission is discussing a tax increment financing district, or TIF, to help pay for the infrastructure that will go with the proposed $30 million grain shuttle loading facility to be built by Dakota Plains Ag Center west of Tabor.
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