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
Canadian Pacific Railway CEO Hunter Harrison has offered to visit North Dakota to discuss the rail company’s efforts to reduce the backlog of grain shipments in the state. Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., accepted Harrison’s offer to meet in person with shippers and commodity groups in North Dakota, with details to be announced as soon as they are available.
John Miller, BNSF group vice president for agriculture, spoke at a meeting of the North Dakota Agricultural Rail Business Council in Mandan, N.D., July 31. The group is made up of about 40 ag-related entities.
“We know we’re not doing as well as we should; we know the market wants more,” Miller said. “But we are shipping record amounts.”
After nearly 30 years of farming, he’s seen his share of tough summers in the fields. Ronnie Prien’s farm south of Stickney, S.D., was in the path of those hardest hit by a weekend storm that was estimated to be about 65 miles long, stretching from White Lake to near Scotland.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has already projected that U.S. soymeal exports will hit a record 10.7 million metric tons (11.8 million tons) this year, but they could well top even that lofty forecast if domestic feed users switch from pricey meal to relatively cheap distillers’ grains (DDG) and free up more meal supplies for the export market.
Join Editor Lisa Gibson for a glimpse into the Aug. 4 issue of Agweek, including a cover story about sugar beet farmers in Montana competing for employees with oil companies in the Bakken. The issue will also feature prevented-planting estimates for states that have released them, as well as rail car updates. Don't miss it.
As the nation’s farmers age, the aspiring young farmers who might replace them often find high land costs impossible hurdles. Buying 100 acres of good farmland can cost $1 million, and that amount of land often is too little to support a family.
The North Dakota Ag Rail Business Council will meet with top officials from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway in Mandan, N.D., on July 31, to discuss concerns about shipping grain for the upcoming small grain harvest, which is expected to be large.
Wheat traded with losses for three out of four sessions last week. For the week ending July 24, September Minneapolis dropped 10.5 cents, September Chicago was off 3.5 cents and September Kansas City slipped 13.25 cents.
When reviewing average soybean yields across the state, South Dakota State University researchers made a startling discovery — certified research plots were yielding 20 bushels per acre more than neighboring fields.
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