STAFF BLOG AG RIGHT 'Super-busy' harvest
Early October has brought beautiful weather (so far) to the Upper Midwest, and area farmers are taking advantage. The harvest of remaining crops -- mainly soybeans, corn, sugar beets, potatoes and sun... Posted on 10/2/12 at 10:12 AM
At a glance, it appears that another gravel mining operation is underway in northern Kandiyohi County, Minn.
But the looming pyramids of sand along U.S. Highway 71 north of New London are simply a result of materials being in the way of a 30-acre sugar beet receiving station currently under construction.
An ethanol plant in Nebraska corn country is pumping out fuel made from sugar beets, and corn farmers are suing to stop it — a small-town dispute that offers an unusual take on the debate over the market-distorting impact of sugar and corn subsidies.
The U.S. Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission are about to make their first steps in determining merits of a pair of trade cases filed March 28 by U.S. sugar producers and processors. The cases allege unfair subsidization and dumping of Mexican sugar into the U.S.
Kelly Brantner, a fourth-generation sugar beet farmer, has seen tough times before.
Another planting season is nearing, however, and Brantner and others involved in the area’s sugar beet industry say optimism is in order.
David Berg, in his annual address, called on the pride of co-op members who, while celebrating 40 years of the company as a farmer-owned cooperative, would be resilient in the face of potential hardship.
FARGO, N.D. – Even though its growers will be paid about $370 million less for this year’s harvest compared to the one in 2012, the head of American Crystal Sugar Co. said Thursday he doesn’t expect sugar beet farmers to turn to other crops and abandon beets.
FARGO, N.D. — With the sugar beet payments headed south for the 2013 crop and potentially the next two crops, shareholders and joint venture partners are wondering how to handle the financial challenge.
Every October, Ryan Scott moonlights from his day job in Grand Forks to work an eight-hour night shift hauling sugar beets for friends from their farm to giant piling sites during the Red River Valley’s most unusual harvest.
Chad Groos, 41, farms two miles north of Coleman, S.D., with his father, Andy, and brothers Eric and Grant. Groos says his family is fortunate this year, compared with those farther south plagued by severe drought.
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