STAFF BLOG AG RIGHT Lots of drama in back-and-forth crop year
I was told once that one of the signs of good drama is plenty of "back-and-forths." Which means that as the story unfolds, the reader/viewer's expectations go back and forth: looks like the hero is go... Posted on 9/24/14 at 1:57 PM
RURAL REFLECTIONS Rural Reflections Radio
Here is this week's Rural Reflections Radio program, Letter to Dave... Posted on 9/11/14 at 5:30 AM
Farmers who raise small grains in eight states, including Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana, will be surveyed again on their harvest progress.
The National Agricultural Statistics Service, an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, made the announcement Sept. 30.
With a record U.S. harvest just coming in, the river transportation system at the heart of the nation’s farm economy is overstrained by rising demand for shipping capacity, a low barge inventory and a dilapidated lock system.
By Michael Hirtzer and Karl Plume
September 26, 2014
Gordon Stoner began harvesting July 31. Since then, persistent rains have allowed him to run his combine about 120 hours, an average of 20 hours per week.
“Twenty hours a week just doesn’t put the crop in the bin,” says the Outlook, Mont., farmer. At that rate, he won’t finish until well into October.
A beautiful weekend marked by high temperatures got southwest North Dakota’s wheat harvest rolling, farmers said Monday.
But, the momentum likely won’t last long as frost-producing temperatures and rain in the forecast for the next three days look to slow the already-late production season.
Farmers are sorting out damage from a string of storms that hit parts of eastern North Dakota and west-central Minnesota on Wednesday and Thursday. Some areas were hit with as much 4 inches, leading to flash flood warnings in several counties. Some reported high winds and hail, too.
Dry weather helped North Dakota farmers over the past week, but a shortage of propane and storage space has slowed the corn harvest, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service said Monday in its weekly crop progress report.
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