Coming up on AgweekTV, we will discuss ag exports slowly resuming in the gulf, while lawmakers look for a fix to the shipping container shortage. We will see row crop harvest approach in the region, yield prospects becoming more clear. We will see an aftermarket air seeder parts company make its sixth appearance at Big Iron this year. Finally, we will view the highlights of the Minnesota and South Dakota State Fairs.

COMING UP ON AGWEEK TV

AG EXPORTS SLOWLY RESUME IN THE GULF, WHILE LAWMAKERS LOOK FOR A FIX TO THE SHIPPING CONTAINER SHORTAGE.

AS ROW CROP HARVEST APPROACHES IN THE REGION, YIELD PROSPECTS BECOME CLEARER.

AN AFTERMARKET AIR SEEDER PARTS COMPANY MAKES ITS SIXTH APPEARANCE AT BIG IRON THIS YEAR.

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AND WE'LL HAVE HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE MINNESOTA AND SOUTH DAKOTA STATE FAIRS.

WELCOME TO THE 350TH EPISODE OF AGWEEK TV, I'M MICHELLE ROOK. THANKS FOR JOINING US.

THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI RIVER AND PORTS IN SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA REOPENED OVER THE LABOR DAY WEEKEND. POWER LINES THAT BLOCKED THE RIVER AFTER HURRICANE IDA HAVE BEEN REMOVED.

SOME EXPORT FACILITIES ARE OPERATIONAL AND ARE LOADING AND RECEIVING VESSELS, BUT THE CORE EXPORT ELEVATOR NETWORK IN NEW ORLEANS REMAINS WITHOUT POWER. FULL CAPACITY MAY NOT BE RESTORED FOR TWO TO THREE WEEKS, WHICH IS A CONCERN AS THE HARVEST MOVES NORTH.

I hope we don't get backed up because we've got I think probably a short crop coming relative to other states anyway in South Dakota, so we don't need anymore problems right now.

NEARLY TWO-THIRDS OF AGRICULTURAL EXPORTS MOVE THROUGH THE PORT OF NEW ORLEANS EACH YEAR.

A MUCH LONGER TERM EXPORT PROBLEM IN THE U.S. CONTINUES TO BE THE SHORTAGE OF SHIPPING CONTAINERS.

OCEAN CARRIERS ARE REFUSING TO ACCEPT BOOKINGS FOR U.S. EXPORTS AND ARE QUICKLY SENDING EMPTY CONTAINERS BACK TO THE ASIA-PACIFIC TO REFILL WITH FOREIGN PRODUCT. THIS IS STOPPING U.S. AG EXPORTS FROM REACHING KEY MARKETS. IT STARTED DURING THE PANDEMIC BUT HAS CONTINUED.

LAWMAKERS ARE PUSHING FOR EQUITY AND SOUTH DAKOTA'S DUSTY JOHNSON HAS INTRODUCED THE OCEAN SHIPPING REFORM ACT OF 2021. IT WOULD ESTABLISH RECIPROCAL TRADE OPPORTUNITIES TO REDUCE THE U.S.'S TRADE IMBALANCE WITH CHINA AND OTHER COUNTRIES.

That says gosh darn it guys. You use American ports. You have a common carrier obligation. You should not be allowed to unfairly discriminate against American ag products.

JOHNSON SAYS THE FOUR MAIN OCEAN CARRIERS CONTROL 80-PERCENT OF THE VOLUME.

AGRICULTURAL INTERESTS ARE TELLING EPA TO LEAVE THE TRUMP ERA WATERS OF THE U.S. RULE IN PLACE AND MANY HAVE ASKED FOR AN EXTENSION OF THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD THAT ENDED AUGUST 31.

AG GROUPS SUBMITTED COMMENTS TO EPA DURING A MONTH LONG OPEN FORUM AND COMMENT PROCESS, AND AHEAD OF A REWRITE OF THE NAVIGABLE WATERS PROTECTION RULE. MOST ARE ASKING FOR COMMON SENSE WHEN IT COMES TO THE SCOPE OF JURISDICTION UNDER THE CLEAN WATER ACT AND THAT INCLUDES HOW NAVIGABLE WATERS ARE DETERMINED.

That word navigable is so important in how we define it. It needs to stay in there and it needs to be defined properly so that farmers and ranchers know what are waters of the U.S. or not.

A FEDERAL COURT IN ARIZONA RECENTLY VACATED THE NAVIGABLE WATERS PROTECTION RULE.

USDA IS EXTENDING MORE DROUGHT ASSISTANCE TO PRODUCERS.

THE FARM SERVICE AGENCY IS EXPANDING THE EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FOR LIVESTOCK, HONEYBEES AND FARM-RAISED FISH PROGRAM, OR ELAP, TO COVER FEED TRANSPORTATION COSTS. PREVIOUSLY ELAP COVERED ADDITIONAL COSTS FOR TRANSPORTING WATER FOR LIVESTOCK IN COUNTIES IDENTIFIED AS D3 OR HIGHER.

THE FINAL HARVEST PRICES FOR REVENUE COVERAGE HAVE BEEN SET AND ARE HIGHER THAN 2020.

THE SPRING WHEAT PRICE IS $9.21 PER BUSHEL, UP FROM $6.53 LAST YEAR. BARLEY IS AT $4.79, UP 70-CENTS, AND THE NORTH DAKOTA DURUM PRICE IS $9.56, A $3.10 JUMP.

OUR AGWEEK CORN AND SOYBEAN TOUR CONTINUES THIS WEEK. EMILY BEAL CHECKS OUT THE CONDITIONS AND CROP IN WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA.

Emily: Thanks Michelle. Today I'm making a stop on Agweek's 2021 Corn and Soybean Crop Tour. Today I am with Derek Haug.

Derek: In this area, we've been a little bit luckier than most. We've had a little more rain than most fields in the area. But even with that being said, we're still 3 to 5 inches behind where we'd be averagely.

Emily: If you had to estimate looking at the field right now, where do you think it's going to land in terms of yield?

Derek: I would guess it's still going to be in the 170-180 area. I still think it's going to yield really well.

Emily: And how is this region, such as Hawley, Minnesota, comparing to the other fields you have seen?

Derek: It's actually better here. Like I said, we've gotten a little more rain than most of my territory has. I have areas where there's guys that have gotten less than 2 inches of rain all season. So if I have to guess, I'd say the corn is going to be slightly better than average.

Emily: Alright so we've moved on over to a soybean field. Do you want to kind of tell me a little bit about what we're seeing over here?

Derek: This area did get a little more rain than most but it still has impacted the soybeans. They're a little bit shorter than they usually are. And they're also maturing faster. As you can see behind us, usually it would be another week or two before they would start dropping leaves.

Emily: In terms of yield, what do you think this field will end up putting out for you guys?

Derek: This will probably end up being about 30-35. I think it's going to be slightly below average just because of, it seems like the soybeans in some areas took it a little harder with the lack of moisture and the heat.

Emily: Thanks Derek. On Agweek's 2021 Corn and Soybean Crop Tour, this is Emily Beal in Hawley, Minnesota.

COMING UP ON AGWEEK TV...A NORTH DAKOTA AG PARTS COMPANY WINS A BIG AWARD.

Thank you to our twenty twenty one sponsors, Calcine, Aqua yield, Corteva Agriscience, K and T Irrigation, and AgCountry Farm Credit Services.

A FARGO AG PARTS ENGINEERING COMPANY HAS RECEIVED A BIG HONOR. RED E HAS BEEN NAMED TO THE "INC. FIVE THOUSAND LIST". IT'S BASED ON PERCENTAGE OF BUSINESS GROWTH. IN THIS WEEK'S AGWEEK COVER STORY, MIKKEL PATES TALKS TO THE TWIN BROTHERS WHO RUN RED E.

Mikkel Pates: RED E HAS GROWN A LOT IN THE LAST NINE YEARS, AND IT'S WINNING NATIONAL AWARDS.

Matthew Faul: WE MADE NUMBER 923 ON THE ENTIRE LIST OF FIVE THOUSAND, SO BELOW A THOUSAND. WE'RE PRETTY STOKED ABOUT THAT. BUT THEN WE ALSO MADE NUMBER TWO IN THE STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA. WE ALSO WERE NUMBER ELEVEN NATIONWIDE OF ENGINEERING BASED COMPANIES NATIONWIDE.

MATTHEW FAUL STARTED RED E IN DECEMBER OF 2012, AND HIS TWIN BROTHER JESSE JOINED THE COMPANY IN 2015. BETWEEN 2018 AND 2020 THEY SAW GROWTH OF 524 PERCENT. THAT GROWTH IS WHAT LANDED THEM ON THE INC. 5000 LIST.

THE COMPANY SPECIALIZES IN REPLACEMENT PARTS AND TECHNOLOGY UPGRADES FOR AIR SEEDERS.

Matthew Faul: RED E'S REACH HAS REALLY EXPANDED INTO ALMOST THE ENTIRE UNITED STATES AND CANADA. WE'VE ALSO GONE INTO AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, A LOT INTO RUSSIA, UKRAINE. EVERY WEEK OR EVERY MONTH IT SEEMS LIKE THERE'S SOME NEW COUNTRY OR AREA THAT'S COMING TO US FOR A SOLUTION.

IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS, RED E HAS GROWN FROM FIVE EMPLOYEES, INCLUDING JESSE AND MATTHEW. TODAY IT'S ABOUT THIRTY FULL AND PART-TIME EMPLOYEES. JESSE FAUL GIVES CREDIT TO THEIR CUSTOMERS.

Jesse Faul: THERE'S A LOT OF THINGS THAT WE DON'T KNOW OURSELVES BUT WHEN WE WORK WITH GREAT CUSTOMERS AND HAVE A GREAT TEAM IT'S AMAZING THE COLLABORATIONS AND SOLUTIONS WE CAN COME UP WITH.

SO IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR THE LATEST IN AIR SEEDER PARTS, OR A LOT OF THINGS, JOIN US AT BIG IRON. FOR AGEEK, THIS IS MIKKEL PATES IN FARGO, NORTH DAKOTA.

YOU CAN READ MORE IN THE NEXT AGWEEK MAGAZINE, OR AT AGWEEK.COM.

PETERSON FARMS SEED WELCOMED GROWERS TO THEIR CASS COUNTY, NORTH DAKOTA FARM RECENTLY FOR ITS ANNUAL FIELD DAY. FARMERS HEARD ABOUT THE CURRENT DROUGHT SITUATION, MARKETS, PRECISION AG AND MORE. CARL PETERSON SAYS THE ULTIMATE GOAL IS RAISING YIELDS.

Carl Peterson: AND SOMETIMES THAT'S A NEW CORN HYBRID OR SOYBEAN VARIETY, BUT SOMETIMES IT MIGHT JUST BE PLANTER SETTINGS OR YOU KNOW SOME OF THE OTHER THINGS THAT WE'VE GOT GOING HERE. SO THE FOCUS OF THIS DAY IS THAT EVERY FARMER WILL LEARN SOMETHING THAT WILL HELP THEM RAISE THE YIELDS ON THEIR FARM NEXT YEAR.

COMMODITY BROKER TOMMY GRISAFI TALKED ABOUT HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF THE CURRENT GRAIN MARKETS.

Tommy Grisafi: THESE OPPORTUNITIES DON'T COME AROUND OFTEN. WE'RE GOING TO BE PLAGUED WITH INFLATION AND ALTHOUGH THEY SEE PRICES HIGHER, I'M NOT SO SURE THAT WHEN THEY ADD UP ALL THE THINGS IT'S GOING TO TAKE TO GROW A CROP, THAT THEY'RE GOING TO BE AS PROFITABLE AS THEY THINK IN YEARS TO COME.

PETERSON FARMS HAS BEEN HOSTING THIS FIELD DAY SINCE 2005.

DRAIN TILING IS BECOMING MORE AND MORE POPULAR, AND NOW AN OAKES, NORTH DAKOTA COMPANY HAS DESIGNED A SYSTEM TO USE DRAIN TILE WATER FOR IRRIGATION.

ROSE DUNN TALKED TO RYAN ROSENDAHL OF GENERAL IRRIGATION, ABOUT HOW IT WORKS.

Ryan Rosendahl: THIS WAS ESSENTIALLY AN EXPERIMENT, BUT WE'VE PROVEN THAT IT WORKS.

THE ROSENDAHL FAMILY HAS BEEN IN THE IRRIGATION AND WATER PUMPING BUSINESS FOR DECADES. THEIR COMPANIES, GENERAL IRRIGATION AND DYNA FLO PUMPS, HELP FARMERS MANAGE FIELD WATER. BUT NOW THEY'VE COME UP WITH A WAY TO RUN A CENTER PIVOT IRRIGATION SYSTEM WITH DRAIN TILE PUMPS.

Ryan Rosendahl: OUR DYNA FLO PUMPS ARE TYPICALLY USED IN TAKING WATER OFF OF THE FIELD FOR DRAIN TILE PURPOSES. SO THE SYNERGY IS, WE HAVE AN IRRIGATION COMPANY AND WE HAVE A PUMP COMPANY FOR DRAIN TILE, AND PUTTING THEM TOGETHER WE CAN ESSENTIALLY KILL TWO BIRDS WITH ONE STONE. RECYCLE THE WATER, AND AGAIN, WE'RE IN THE BUSINESS OF IRRIGATING AND DEWATERING, SO WHY NOT DO IT ON THE SAME FIELD.

SO ESSENTIALLY, THIS SYSTEM RECYCLES WATER FROM THE DRAIN TILE SYSTEM, AND PUTS IT TO USE ON CROPS THROUGH THE IRRIGATOR, RATHER THAN PUMPING IT AWAY FROM FIELDS.

Ryan Rosendahl: USUALLY CENTER PIVOTS GET WATER FROM VERTICAL WELLS OR FROM RIVERS. AND TYPICALLY DRAIN TILE TAKES THE WATER AND DUMPS IT INTO A DRAINAGE DITCH AND GETS IT OFF THE FIELD AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

Ryan Rosendahl: WHEN THE GROWER IS IRRIGATING, THIS VALVE IS CLOSED. NOW WHEN HE DECIDES TO GO INTO DRAINAGE MODE AND DRAIN LIKE A REGULAR DRAIN TILE SYSTEM, ALL HE HAS TO DO IS OPEN THIS VALVE AND THIS WILL TAKE THE WATER UP AND OVER THE HILL AND OPERATE BOTH LIFT STATIONS LIKE A REGULAR DRAINAGE SYSTEM WOULD.

WITH THE FIELD NET SYSTEM, DRAINAGE AND IRRIGATION CAN BE RUN AND MONITORED ON YOUR PHONE OR COMPUTER.

Ryan Rosendahl: SO WE CAN GET UP TO THE SECOND FLOW AND TOTAL VOLUME USED. SECONDARILY, WITH THE FIELD NET SYSTEM, WE HAVE A PROGRAM CALLED FIELD NET ADVISER, WHICH SHOWS THE PROJECTED GROWTH OF THE CROP AND HOW MUCH WATER IT NEEDS TO BE PUT ON, AND WHEN IT NEEDS TO BE PUT ON.

THE SYSTEM CAN BE INSTALLED IN LESS THAN A DAY, AND IT CAN BE RETROFITTED ONTO EXISTING DRAIN TILE SYSTEMS.

WE BELIEVE THE RETURN ON INVESTMENT FOR THIS PROJECT IS QUITE HIGH, BECAUSE YOU'RE DRAINING THE WATER WHEN THE FIELDS ARE WET, YOU'RE PUTTING THE WATER ON WHEN THE FIELDS ARE DRY.

IN OAKES, NORTH DAKOTA, THIS IS ROSE DUNN FOR AGWEEK.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS PRODUCT, GO TO DYNA FLO PUMPS.COM

Rose Dunn: COMING UP ON AGWEEK TV, WE'LL MEET SOME RECENT NORTH DAKOTA TRANSPLANTS WHO'VE FOUND A BIG OPPORTUNITY IN THEIR NEW SMALL COMMUNITY.

THE WEATHER HAS BEEN FAIRLY COOPERATIVE FOR EARLY HARVEST ACTIVITIES IN THE REGION, WILL THAT CONTINUE?

HERE'S JOHN WITH OUR AGRI-WEATHER OUTLOOK.

NORTH DAKOTA'S RURAL COMMUNITIES OFFER LOTS OF OPPORTUNITIES , AND THEY'RE ATTRACTING MORE PEOPLE TO NORTH DAKOTA.

WE'RE PARTNERING WITH A NON-PROFIT, STRENGTHEN ND, FOR THIS SPONSORED CONTENT SERIES.

ROSE DUNN TALKS TO AN IDAHO FAMILY ABOUT WHY THEY'RE PUTTING DOWN ROOTS IN RURAL NORTH DAKOTA.

Carley Peacock: WE FELT MORE AT HOME WHEN WE CAME TO VISIT ASHLEY THAN WHEN WE WENT BACK HOME TO IDAHO.

SHANE AND CARLEY PEACOCK MADE SEVERAL TRIPS TO ASHLEY FROM THEIR HOME IN BOISE IDAHO, TO VISIT FAMILY. THEY BOTH WORKED FULL TIME FOR THE NATIONAL GUARD THERE, BUT WERE THINKING ABOUT MAKING A CHANGE.

Carley Peacock: SO THE FIRST YEAR WE JUST JOKED LIKE HAHA IT WOULD BE FUNNY IF WE MOVED THERE ONE DAY. AND THEN I THINK IT WAS THE FOURTH YEAR WE CAME TO VISIT I LOOKED AT SHANE AND I WAS LIKE I THINK WE SHOULD ACTUALLY MOVE THERE.

SHANE'S SISTER HAD MARRIED AN ASHLEY NATIVE, THEN HIS MOM JOINED THEM. AND EACH TIME THE PEACOCKS CAME TO VISIT, THEY GAVE MORE THOUGHT TO MOVING HERE. TWO YEARS AGO, THEY DID. THIS SMALL COMMUNITY GAVE THEM A BIG OPPORTUNITY TO OPEN THEIR OWN BUSINESS. THEY OPENED A LIQUOR STORE IN SEPTEMBER OF 2020.

Shane Peacock: WE ALWAYS WANTED TO HAVE A BUSINESS, BUT IN A BIG CITY THE COST OF YOUR REAL ESTATE IS SO HIGH, THE COST OF LICENSING SOMETHING LIKE THIS IS SO HIGH, IT PUTS SO MANY THINGS OUT OF REACH. MOVING SOMEWHERE LIKE THIS, YOU DON'T REALIZE THAT, YOU KNOW. YOU CAN BUY A PIECE OF LAND AND SOME REAL ESTATE AT A PRICE THAT YOU CAN AFFORD AND YOU CAN ACTUALLY THRIVE. IF YOU CAN JUST FIND YOUR LITTLE NICHE, YOUR LITTLE THING THAT YOUR CAN PROVIDE THE COMMUNITY, THE OPPORTUNITY IS HUGE.

AND THEY STILL SERVE IN THE GUARD, TRANSFERRING TO THE NORTH DAKOTA AIR GUARD IN FARGO. ABOUT 750 PEOPLE LIVE IN ASHLEY, AND THEY'RE HAPPY TO BE RAISING THEIR SON IN A SMALL TOWN WITH GOOD SCHOOLS.

Shane Peacock: THAT'S ONE OF THE BEST THINGS, HIM BEING ABLE TO SAY HEY CAN I GO TO THE PARK, YEAH GO RIDE YOUR BIKE TO THE PARK AND PLAY AND YOU DON'T WORRY OR GO SPEND HOURS AT THE POOL. SO THAT SENSE OF SAFETY AND COMMUNITY THAT YOU GET IN A SMALL TOWN IS JUST, THAT MAKES UP FOR SOME OF THE POTENTIAL DRAWBACKS.

TARA BRANDNER IS A NURSE PRACTITIONER WHO RETURNED TO HER HOMETOWN OF ASHLEY NINE YEARS AGO TO RAISE HER FAMILY. SHE SAYS THE PEACOCKS ALREADY HAVE DEEP ROOTS IN THE COMMUNITY.

Tara Brandner: YOU WOULDN'T EVEN KNOW THAT THEY WEREN'T FROM HERE. THEY'RE ACTIVE IN MANY COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS,THEY'RE VERY BIG ON PROMOTING ASHLEY. THEY'RE VERY ACTIVE VOLUNTEERS IN THE COMMUNITY IN VARIOUS DIFFERENT WAYS.

Shane Peacock: THIS IS WHERE WE WANT TO BE.

IN ASHLEY, NORTH DAKOTA, THIS IS ROSE DUNN FOR AGWEEK.

TO LEARN HOW STRENGTHEN ND HELPS BUILD BIG OPPORTUNITIES IN SMALL COMMUNITIES, VISIT STRENGTHEN ND.COM.

WHEN AGWEEK TV RETURNS...

Noah Fish: WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT HOW HISTORY IS STILL ALIVE AT THE MINNESOTA STATE FAIR.

THE SOUTH DAKOTA STATE FAIR WRAPPED UP ON LABOR DAY AND IT WAS A CELEBRATION OF AGRICULTURE AND YOUTH.

South Dakota has one of the most agricultural fairs in the nation and it's a great outreach to consumers.

Hunter Roberts: The State Fair represents South Dakota, represents agriculture and people of all walks of life can all come see agriculture in a different perspective.

Ground was broke for the new Dakota Events Complex, to replace the destroyed beef barn.

David Strunk: I think it's important to agriculture in South Dakota in general and we just wanted to be a part of it. It's going to be a huge shot in the arm for the SD State Fair.

The Ag Department and Farm Bureau also celebrated South Dakota's Century Farms.

Scott VanderWal: Where we recognize farms and ranches that have been in the same family for 100 years or 125 years or 150 and we've been doing that since 1976.

And the fair showcases FFA and 4-H youth.

Victoriah Buffington: I'm the Vice President of my club and we have many opportunities through 4-H to learn and grow.

THE MINNESOTA STATE FAIR WASN'T ABLE TO MARK ITS CENTENNIAL LAST YEAR, BECAUSE OF COVID, SO THEY CELEBRATED THIS YEAR.

THE CATTLE BARN AT THE MINNESOTA STATE FAIR IS 101 YEARS OLD THIS YEAR. IT WAS DESIGNED BY FAMED ARCHITECT CLARENCE H. JOHNSTON, WHO ALSO DESIGNED SEVERAL BUILDINGS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, SOME OF THE GRAND HOMES ON SUMMIT AVENUE IN SAINT PAUL, AND THE GLENSHEEN MANSION IN DULUTH.

Jill Nathe: SO HE KIND OF HAS HIS STAMP ON A LOT OF THINGS, AND WE'RE LUCKY TO HAVE AT LEAST ONE OF HIS BUILDINGS HERE ON THE FAIRGROUNDS.

SECTIONS OF THE BARN HAD TO BE REBUILT AFTER PART OF THE ROOF COLLAPSED UNDER HEAVY SNOW IN 2019. THE BUILDING ALSO GOT SOME UPGRADES AT THAT TIME. IT HOUSES ABOUT 1000 HEAD OF CATTLE DAILY DURING THE TWELVE DAY RUN OF THE FAIR.

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