STAFF BLOG AG RIGHT When farmers go, they really go
When I was a kid, I had a grandmother who prided herself on her ability to do a lot of work in a short period of time. She put it like this: "When Grandma goes, she really goes."
I'm reminded of that... Posted on 5/14/13 at 10:09 AM
RURAL REFLECTIONS Renewed hunger for life
My storage tank of column ideas was empty until last night. I had a
good dream that made me think; which then made me write-which brings
us to the business at hand.
I had a friend die a few years ago... Posted on 4/5/13 at 7:21 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
The start of planting usually varies substantially across the Upper Midwest. The erratic snow cover - deep in some places and almost non-existent in others - means some area farmers most likely will start much earlier than others.
Wheat on the Northern Plains has been on the defensive in recent years. Pressure from competing crops, particularly corn and soybeans, has led many farmers to quit growing wheat, or at least reduce how much they raise. Interest in corn and soybeans is strong again this spring, and wheat acreage could continue to decline.
Wheat lost ground big last week on improving conditions. The Wheat Quality Tour is estimating a much better than expected winter wheat crop while crop conditions in the Northern Plains have been close to ideal.
Wheat closed last week ending April 19 mixed, with the winter wheat contracts ending with small losses to small gains while Minneapolis lost ground. For the week ending April 19, May Minneapolis was off 15 cents, May Kansas City was 5.5 cents lower and May Chicago was 1 cent higher.
Wheat struggled last week, even with a friendly U.S. Department of Agriculture report. For the week ending April 12, May Minneapolis dropped 8.5 cents, May Chicago was 75 cents higher, and May Kansas City was off 9.5 cents.
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