Area farmers welcomed the mild winter and early spring that allowed them to make rapid planting progress. But the favorable weather carries a downside: weed and insect problems not encountered in a typical growing season are popping up, and the arrival of normal weed and insect issues is accelerated.
Sunflower acreage this year in North Dakota, the nation’s dominant producer of the crop, is projected to sink to its second-lowest rate since 1976. But the executive director of the National Sunflower Association says there’s reason to be optimistic about his crop’s future, both in and outside the state.
WASHINGTON — A group of Midwestern fruit and vegetable producers, canners and food processors recently formed a Save Our Crops Coalition to monitor regulatory actions surrounding Dow AgroScience’s plans to seek deregulation of its genetically engineered corn, soybean and cotton crops that tolerate applications of the 2,4-D herbicide.
Elwynn Taylor, Iowa State University Extension Service climatologist, warned farmers about planting too early. He says that while Iowa temperatures are breaking 1936 Dust Bowl records lately, farmers there should expect a freeze. He expects warm temperatures into this week then the weather could change. He notes that here has been only one year out of the past 100 when farmers could have planted on March 15 and everything would have been fine. One chance in a hundred is tough odds. That one year was 1946.
The corn market was up 30 cents last week in old crop, while new crop contracts gained about 10 cents. Talk of increased exports to China provided direction to the market early last week, while the possibility of an early planting season due to warm weather in the Corn Belt was talked about through the second half of last week.
COGSWELL, N.D. — Some farmers in southeast North Dakota were shocked in 2009 when Rural Community Insurance Services hit them with a surprise — denying prevent-plant insurance indemnities on some of their acres.
FARGO, N.D. — Steve and Scott O’Neill don’t promise area corn farmers quick or easy answers. But producers who “push the boundaries of production and challenge their mindsets” will be rewarded with much-higher yields than their less-flexible neighbors, Steve O’Neill said.
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