Jonathan Knutson / Agweek Staff Writer
CRYSTAL, N.D. — Drought is rearing its ugly head across much of Agweek Country. But not here here in Crystal, a northeast North Dakota farm town hit with excess moisture and other weather problems in 2016. "We're off to a better start than a year ago," says Fred Ganssle, crop consultant with Otto Ag in Crystal.
Biotech and genetically modified crops have helped the world both environmentally and economically over the past 20 years, according to a new study by an agricultural advisory and consulting company. PG Economics Limited, based in England, provides specialized advisory and consultancy services in plant biotechnology, ag production systems, ag markets and policy. Biotechnology refers to a wide range of tools that alter living organisms. Genetically modified crops refer to organisms produced through genetic modification.
MANDAN, N.D. — David Archer has been appointed research leader of the Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory in Mandan, N.D. He leads an interdisciplinary team that's working to develop more sustainable crop and livestock production systems. The lab is part of the Agricultural Research Service, which is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief scientific in-house research agency. Archer joined the Mandan staff as an agricultural economist in 2007. His research focus has
Upper Midwest farmers are on the home stretch this spring planting season. Nearly all of the corn and most of the soybeans were planted in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota as of June 4, according to the weekly planting progress report released Monday by the National Agricultural Statistics Service, an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This year's planting pace for all three crops exceeds their respective five-year average, according to NASS.
FRAZEE, Minn. — With a few exceptions, Upper Midwest dry bean farmers have planted all, or nearly all, of their 2017 crop. Now they're wondering, "Did we end up planting too many? What are the markets going to do?," says Tim Courneya, executive vice president of the Northarvest Bean Growers Association, based in Frazee, Minn. The concern is, Upper Midwest farmers — a huge player in the U.S. dry bean market — planted so many acres of the crop that production will soar and "swamp the market," or outpace demand and pull down prices.
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Augustine Obour first learned of camelina in 2010 when he joined the University of Wyoming as a research scientist. "I just got interested in it and wanted to work on it," he says. Now, Obour, assistant professor of soil science at Kansas State University, wants farmers across the Great Plains to learn about the crop, too. He participated in a research project that provides more information on growing camelina in Kansas in particular and the central Great Plains in general, an area where the crop is largely unknown.
FARGO, N.D. — Andrew Robinson is a familiar face in the Red River Valley potato industry. Now some of the players in Angola's potato industry know him, too, and that could lead to closer ties between the African country and the Red River Valley. Robinson, extension potato specialist with both North Dakota State University and the University of Minnesota, visited Angola in early March to share his expertise with potato farmers there. "There's great potential for Angolans to increase their potato production," he says.
Upper Midwest farmers continued to make good planting progress overall in the week ending May 28, according to the weekly planting progress report released Tuesday by the National Agricultural Statistics Service, an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Jay Debertin is no stranger to the northern Red River Valley of eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota. Debertin — the new president and CEO of CHS Inc. — is a native of East Grand Forks, Minn., and a graduate of the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, N.D., East Grand Forks' sister city. His official CHS biography says he grew up "surrounded by vibrant agricultural communities and a strong cooperative system."
WASHINGTON — Regulation carries costs for U.S. agriculture, the most serious of which might be "lost opportunity," Mark Scholl said. "The big one I think we really need to think about when we're looking at regulatory (issues) is lost opportunity," or advancements that otherwise would be made, said Scholl, an Illinois grain farmer and president of the Farm Foundation.