STAFF BLOG AG RIGHT Are are better off than you were 10 days ago?
Politicians, at least the ones challenging an incumbent, are fond of asking voters if they're better off than they were four years earlier.
I'm not a politician, thank goodness. But I'll ask the same... Posted on 5/21/15 at 2:48 PM
RURAL REFLECTIONS Rural Reflections Radio
Here is this week's Rural Reflections Radio program, A few things... Posted on 5/14/15 at 10:32 AM
STAFF BLOG STORM TRACKER Garden Time?
Our recent stretch of mild weather has the trees beginning to bud out, some south facing tulips already in bloom and the lakes in Becker and Otter Tail County free of ice. This of course has many peo... Posted on 4/9/10 at 2:22 AM
With a favorable planting and early growing season, attention in the corn and soybean markets is shifting toward acreage considerations.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s survey for the March 31, 2015, Prospective Plantings report revealed producer intentions to plant 89.199 million acres of corn in 2015, 1.398 million fewer acres than planted in 2014.
Wheat traded with losses three of the four sessions last week with all exchanges once again hitting new weekly lows. The corn market traded to seven-month lows last week with rapid planting progress and widespread rain. As of the May 7 close, July soybeans were 10.25 cents higher for the week while November soybeans were up 10.25 cents.
Congressional agriculture committee leaders recently returned fire at the Environmental Working Group for being too critical of prevented-planting crop insurance use, especially in the Prairie Pothole country that includes North Dakota, South Dakota and parts of Minnesota.
CHICAGO - U.S. grains shed as much as 1 percent on Friday as investors sold off positions on the first day of May amid bearish headwinds of rapid pace of spring plantings and a strong dollar that could limit export prospects.
The spring planting season has begun in southwest North Dakota.
County extension agents and farmers south of Dickinson say fertilizing and seeding of fields is slowly starting throughout the area thanks to a mix of warm temperatures, dry conditions and general anxiousness.
CHICAGO - Planting is expected to start early in the northern U.S. Corn Belt after a dry winter but seeding is behind schedule in southern crop areas where it's been too wet, U.S. government forecasters said on Thursday.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking comment by March 30 on recommendations that eventually could lead to changes in its prevented-planting insurance coverage levels. If approved, the changes would cut corn prevented-planting payment levels and increase rates for potatoes and green peas, among other things.
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