April Baumgarten / Forum News Service
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — North Dakota and Minnesota producers are forecast to grow more sugar beets and potatoes than last year, but soybean and corn crops are expected to be down, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
DEVILS LAKE—A Grand Forks-based dry bean processing company will store its stock in a Devils Lake industrial building that housed two failed biodegradable products businesses. But leaders there said they want to attract a more permanent tenant that will create economic growth.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — It's too early to say exactly how many potatoes the Red River Valley will produce this year, but it looks much more promising than 2016, the head of an area growers organization said. The potato harvest wrapped up last week in North Dakota and is 97 percent complete in Minnesota, according to information released Monday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That beats out last year, when farmers struggled to get into the fields because of heavy rain.
FOREST RIVER, N.D. — A semi that collapsed a century-old bridge Thursday morning in Walsh County was overweight, according to law enforcement and local leaders. But despite the rare occurrence, there still are concerns about how the county will maintain and repair aging infrastructure as funding from the state decreases, the county's lead road official said Monday.
Rent prices for non-irrigated cropland are on the rise in several counties in northwest Minnesota, bucking the state trend. Marshall County had the highest jump in rental prices for non-irrigated cropland in the northwest region, jumping $11 from $79 per acre in 2016 to $90 per acre this year, according to numbers released last week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The average this year for Minnesota was $166 per acre, or a $4 drop from 2016, the USDA said.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — A regional farm equipment dealership plans to modernize its Devils Lake, N.D., location with a $5.6 million project. Leading Edge Equipment wants to begin construction on the 65,000-square-foot building Sept. 1 so it can expand its agricultural equipment sales and services, according to an application for a flex loan submitted to Forward Devils Lake. Local economic leaders recently approved the $86,000 loan that would be paid over five years with no interest.
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. — It took a couple of tries, but once started, a tractor more than a century old ran without a hitch. Joe Borgen couldn't help but smile as he watched the antique Friday at the Heritage Village in East Grand Forks. "I used to hang on the wheels as they turned," Borgen said of his childhood, grabbing the metal spokes and laughing. Then he pointed to the back iron bumper. "Here are the engravings showing the dates when we harvested."
DEVILS LAKE, N.D.—A public information meeting for a proposed hog farm near Devils Lake has been set for Wednesday, Aug. 23, for residents to learn about the project. The 3 p.m. meeting at Lake Region State College will allow attendees to ask questions about Grand Prairie Agriculture and its proposal for a facility about 10 miles west of Devils Lake that would have the potential to hold roughly 2,700 hogs at once, not counting unweaned piglets from 360 sows.
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. — Cory Kritzberger smiled as he picked up a sugar beet at American Crystal Sugar Co.'s plant in East Grand Forks. "For several years, I haven't seen beets shaped this nicely, and these are from the headlands," the plant operations manager said, pointing out the long roots and clean skin. "It's kind of exciting."
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Mike Hergert has lived by one golden rule when it comes to radio: be accurate and treat others the way you want to be treated. "You only get one chance to get it on the air right," he said. "There is no excuse for not getting it right." But when he started the Red River Farm Network more than 20 years ago, he and his colleagues had a motto: reporting agriculture's business.