A Scandinavian friend of mine once told me an African proverb. It said, “When an old man dies, a library has burned to the ground.” I thought of that when I was asked to eulogize my mother’s “Norwegian rancher bachelor” cousin, Orlin.
As I reflect on my past market tracking, we’ve lost 50 cents per bushel on new-crop corn and another 70 cents per bushel on soybean harvest delivery prices in the past month. The price decline is being fueled by the large portion of excellent crop ratings across the nation as a whole.
Next month, scientists, executives and investors from all across the globe will travel to Sioux Falls, S.D., to attend the Livestock Biotechnology Summit. This is the second time South Dakota will have hosted the Livestock Summit, which is sponsored by the Biotechnology Industry Organization.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Spring crops, specifically oats and barley, are starting to be taken off in southern areas. Quality and yields appear about normal. Oats have decent weights. Rain has been scarce since June and it’s been hot. A crop that looked to be above-average might now be about average.
Wheat traded back and forth last week. In the end, wheat ended mixed with hard wheat (Kansas City and Minneapolis) ending with strength, while the soft wheat (Chicago) slipped. For the week ending Aug. 21, September Minneapolis gained 3.75 cents, September Chicago dropped 5 cents and September Kansas City gained 2.25 cents.
Wheat struggled last week as traders positioned themselves ahead of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s August crop production report. Improving fundamentals added pressure. For the week ending Aug. 14, September Minneapolis lost 13 cents, September Chicago dropped 12 cents and September Kansas City gave back 21 cents.
Pea harvest is under way in the south, but not yet general. Few samples have made it to processors, but there doesn’t appear to be any reason to think quality will be an issue. Trade is just getting under way.
I talked once with a farmer who repeatedly mentioned the “individualized housing” in which animals live. He slipped once and used “cage,” but quickly corrected himself.
OK, I told myself, it’s the old control-the-language, control-the-debate approach. But the animals live in cages, and that’s the term I’ll keep using.
As a life-long resident of rural North Dakota and a professional in the environmental field, I have spent my entire life caring about our state’s outdoors and natural resources. I’m committed to preserving the land and protecting our wildlife populations, which is why I’m a board member on the Mercer County Soil Conservation District and monitor the health of wildlife populations on reclaimed lands.
Recently, I urged the Government Operations & Audit Committee to obtain more inform- ation about the management and outcome of the EB-5 program, specifically regarding Northern Beef Packers. I motioned to subpoena Joop Bollen, former director of the EB-5 program in South Dakota. While I tried to bring transparency and balance back to the South Dakota state government, Republican legislators on the committee tried to silence me.
I won’t be silenced.
Some gifts last a month, others might last a couple years, but if you buy the right kind of gift, made of durable materials, and if the person who receives it likes it so much that they take good care of it, it could last a lifetime.
If most Americans followed commodity prices as blindly as they follow the Kardashians, the national dinner menu might well feature bushels of cheaper-by-the-day grains and teaspoons of record-priced pork, beef, poultry and fish.
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