Coming up on AgweekTV we will find out what skyrocketing fertilizer prices mean for the 2022 growing season. We will see producer ownership and Federal inspection offering a new life for a small town butcher shop. We'll visit a Minnesota bison rancher who takes pride in cutting out the middle man. Finally, we'll see Minneapolis wheat surpass ten dollars for the first time in 9 years.

COMING UP ON AGWEEK TV

WE'LL FIND OUT WHAT SKYROCKETING FERTILIZER PRICES MEAN FOR THE 2022 GROWING SEASON.

Mikkel Pates: PRODUCER OWNERSHIP AND FEDERAL INSPECTION OFFERS A NEW LIFE FOR A SMALL TOWN BUTCHER SHOP.

I'M JEFF BEACH. I'LL TELL YOU ABOUT A MINNESOTA BISON RANCHER WHO TAKES PRIDE IN CUTTING OUT THE MIDDLE MAN.

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AND MINNEAPOLIS WHEAT SURPASSES TEN DOLLARS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 9 YEARS.

WELCOME TO AGWEEK TV, I'M MICHELLE ROOK.

FARMERS ARE FEELING THE STING OF SKYROCKETING FERTILIZER PRICES AS THEY MAKE FALL APPLICATIONS. THE PRICE TAG FOR PRODUCTS LIKE UREA, ANHYDROUS, POTASH AND UAN 28 ARE MORE THAN DOUBLE THE PRICE OF A YEAR AGO.

AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES FOR THE THIRD WEEK IN OCTOBER WERE AT 940-DOLLARS PER TON FOR ANHYDROUS AND 735-DOLLARS FOR UREA. FARMERS LIKE JEFF THOMPSON ARE FEELING STICKER SHOCK WHEN COMPARING PRICES TO 2020.

Jeff Thompson: I think some of them are up, you know, $200 to $300 a ton more so you know it gets your attention a little bit.

FERTILIZER SUPPLIES ARE TIGHT AND EXPECTED TO GET TIGHTER IN THE SPRING. SO MORE FARMERS ARE MAKING FALL APPLICATIONS OF AT LEAST PHOSPHORUS AND POTASSIUM.

Thompson: Availability could be an issue too so I think everybody is probably put on as much as we can this fall and get that taken care of and see how next spring plays out.

AND FARMERS ARE ALSO TALKING ABOUT ACREAGE SHIFTS FOR 2022.

Converse: I think corn market has to go up if it's going to offset that higher fertilizer prices or there will be more beans planted next year too because the fertilizer prices will just limit O think the production on the corn side.

FERTILIZER PRICES ARE UP DUE TO NATURAL GAS PRICES HITTING 7-YEAR HIGHS AND LOGISTICAL ISSUES FROM HURRICANE IDA DAMAGE. PLUS CHINA HAS BANNED EXPORTS OF FERTILIZER UNTIL AT LEAST JUNE OF 2022.

BEFORE SOME RAIN, HARVEST PACE WAS WAY AHEAD OF THE FIVE YEAR AVERAGE IN MINNESOTA. 70-PERCENT OF THE CORN HAS BEEN COMBINED AND FARMERS HAVE NEARLY WRAPPED UP SOYBEANS AT 95-PERCENT.

IN THE SOUTHEAST PART OF THE STATE SCOTT WINSLOW IS DONE HARVESTING 645 ACRES OF CORN AND SOYBEANS, A COUPLE OF WEEKS AHEAD OF NORMAL.

HE SAYS THE CORN HARVEST WAS DECENT, ALTHOUGH YIELDS VARIED BY WHERE THEY HAD RAIN AND SOYBEAN RESULTS WERE BETTER THAN EXPECTED. WINSLOW SAYS ALTHOUGH THE CROP ISN'T ONE OF HIS BEST, HE'S THANKFUL THEY HAD GOOD CONDITIONS FOR HARVEST.

Scott Winslow: WE HAD A LITTLE RAIN BEFORE WE STARTED THERE, BUT THINGS DRIED UP FAIRLY QUICKLY AND WE HAD A COUPLE LITTLE SHOTS OF RAIN DURING HARVEST THAT SHUT US DOWN FOR A FEW HOURS, BUT NOTHING TERRIBLY LONG AND THINGS WENT QUITE WELL.

WINSLOW IS THE FIFTH GENERATION FARMER ON THE LAND THAT'S BEEN IN HIS FAMILY SINCE 1854. HE FARMS WITH HIS SON, COLIN.

MINNEAPOLIS WHEAT PRICES HAVE GONE OVER 10-DOLLARS FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE DROUGHT YEAR OF 2012.

THE HIGH FOR THAT YEAR WAS $10.35 BUT THE FUTURES MARKET ECLIPSED THAT THIS WEEK.

DTN MARKET ANALYST TODD HULTMAN SAYS TIGHT SUPPLIES OF MILLING QUALITY WHEAT IN THE U.S. AND GLOBALLY, IN TOP PRODUCING COUNTRIES LIKE CANADA AND RUSSIA, ARE PUSHING THE MARKET TO THE NINE-YEAR HIGHS.

Todd Hultman: USDA's estimating the lowest spring wheat supplies in 14 years and of course a lot of that was brought on by the drought that we had this year in the Northern Plains.

HE SAYS FARMER SELLING HAS ALSO BEEN SLOW AS THEY WAIT FOR HIGHER PRICES WHICH IN TURN MAY KEEP PUSHING PRICES UP, AS WELL AS COMMERCIAL OR END USER DEMAND.

We've got several months ahead of us. The supplies aren't going to get any bigger and I think it's just going to get very tough to bid out some of those supplies as the winter goes on.

THE ALL TIME HIGH IN SPRING WHEAT FUTURES WAS IN 2008 WHEN THE MARKET WENT OVER 24-DOLLARS.

A SOUTH DAKOTA GRAIN MARKETING ADVISER IS IN ANOTHER LEGAL DISPUTE, THIS TIME IN NEBRASKA. THE NEBRASKA PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION HAS OPENED A COMPLAINT AGAINST FEARLESS GRAIN MARKETING AND SEVERAL RELATED COMPANIES, TO CEASE AND DESIST ALL OPERATIONS AS A GRAIN DEALER IN NEBRASKA.

FEARLESS GRAIN IS HEADED BY JEREMY FROST OF GETTYSBURG, SOUTH DAKOTA.

THE PSC SAYS THE COMPANY USED VARIOUS ALIASES, RUN BY FROST'S MOTHER. THEY'RE ACCUSED OF ENTERING CONTRACTS WITH GROWERS DESPITE THE CEASE AND DESIST ORDER.

FROST IS ALSO BEING SUED IN FEDERAL COURT BY INDIGO AG FOR FRAUD FOR FAILING TO HONOR GRAIN MARKETING CONTRACTS, AND OTHER VIOLATIONS.

IN TURN, FROST FILED AN $8.5 MILLION ARBITRATION ACTION AGAINST INDIGO AG.

SOUTH DAKOTA CORN NAMED A NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR LAST WEEK. \u0009MILBANK, SOUTH DAKOTA NATIVE DANITA MURRAY IS AN SDSU GRADUATE AND HAS A LAW DEGREE FROM DRAKE UNIVERSITY.

SHE HAS A RICH POLICY BACKGROUND AS A STAFF MEMBER FOR THE SENATE AND HOUSE AG COMMITTEES, WORKING ON THE LAST TWO FARM BILLS. SHE WAS ALSO DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC POLICY FOR THE NATIONAL CORN GROWERS ASSOCIATION.

MURRAY WILL OVERSEE THE ASSOCIATION AND THE CORN UTILIZATION COUNCIL.

9DURING A RECENT MEETING IN IOWA WITH U.S. AG SECRETARY TOM VILSACK, MEXICO'S AG MINISTER CLARIFIED THAT THEY WILL NOT LIMIT GMO CORN IMPORTS FROM THE UNITED STATES.

INSTEAD THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT WILL RESTRICT THEIR FARMERS FROM PLANTING G-M CORN. THAT FOLLOWS A PREVIOUS EXECUTIVE ORDER STATING THEY WOULD BE BANNING GM CORN BY JANUARY 2024.

SOUTH DAKOTA CORN'S EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SAYS THAT'S ENCOURAGING, BUT SHE THINKS MEXICO IS STILL USING THE LACK OF APPROVALS OF NEW BIOTECH CORN TRAITS AS A QUASI-BAN.

DaNita Murray: The longer amount of time that goes by before Mexico starts again to take care of this backlog in the approval system, the more inevitable it becomes that there is a chance that there's an impact on U.S. corn exports.

MEXICO IS ONE OF THE TOP EXPORT CUSTOMERS FOR U.S. CORN AND SO THE BAN WOULD BE DEVASTATING.

SPEAKING OF TRADE, 170 AGRICULTURAL AND FOOD GROUPS ARE ASKING THE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE TO QUICKLY CONFIRM ELAINE TREVINO AS THE CHIEF AG NEGOTIATOR FOR THE OFFICE OF THE U.S. TRADE REPRESENTATIVE.

THE GROUPS SAY TREVINO HAS THE EXPERIENCE TO EXPAND MARKET ACCESS FOR U.S. PRODUCTS AND ENSURE FAIR TRADE SO THE INDUSTRY CAN FAIRLY COMPETE.

TREVINO IS PRESIDENT OF THE ALMOND ALLIANCE OF CALIFORNIA AND WAS THE STATE'S DEPUTY SECRETARY OF AG. SHE WAS NOMINATED BY PRESIDENT BIDEN LAST MONTH.

COMING UP ON AGWEEK TV,

Mikkel Pates: WHEN THESE LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS RAN SHORT ON

SLOTS FOR THEIR PROCESSING NEEDS, THEY BOUGHT THEIR OWN PLANT.

WHEN A GROUP OF CATTLE PRODUCERS IN WESTERN NORTH DAKOTA HAD TROUBLE FINDING A PLACE THAT COULD TIMELY PROCESS THEIR MEAT, THEY JOINED WITH A GROUP OF LIVESTOCK COHORTS TO BUY THEIR OWN BUTCHER SHOP. MIKKEL PATES HAS MORE IN THIS WEEK'S AGWEEK COVER STORY.

Weston Dvorak : GOING FROM PASTURE ALL THE WAY TO PLATE IS A BIG STEP.

LONGTIME FRIENDS, CATTLE PRODUCERS -- AND NOW BUSINESS PARTNERS -- BEN MURPHY, AND WESTON AND TERESA DVORAK -- STARTED DUNN BURGERS TO SELL A PORTION OF THEIR BEEF DIRECTLY TO THE PUBLIC. WHEN THEY HAD TROUBLE GETTING TIMELY PROCESSING, THEY HELPED LEAD SEVERAL RANCHERS TO BUY THEIR OWN BUTCHER SHOP.

Weston Dvorak: IT WORKS OUT REALLY WELL FOR US. YOU KNOW, THE BEEF WAS RAISED HERE, BORN HERE, YOU KNOW, IT'S LOCAL BEEF AND WE SELL PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING TO OUR LOCAL PEOPLE AROUND HERE.

THEY STARTED DUNN BURGERS IN 2019 -- BEFORE COVID -- BUT WHEN THE VIRUS HIT AND DISRUPTED SUPPLY CHAINS, THEY SAW A BIG INCREASE IN DEMAND.

Teresa Dvorak: THERE WAS JUST AN ONSLAUGHT OF PEOPLE WANTING TO PURCHASE BEEF LOCALLY BECAUSE THEY COULDN'T FIND IT IN THE STORES. BUT NOW WE HAVE A LOT OF REPEAT CUSTOMERS AND MORE CUSTOMERS COMING IN FROM WORD OF MOUTH, SO I DON'T SEE US, YOU KNOW, SLACKING OFF OR BUSINESS GOING DOWN AT ALL.

CO-OWNER BEN MURPHY SAYS HELPING TO BUY A BUTCHER PLANT AT NEW SALEM, NORTH DAKOTA, THAT THEY UPGRADED TO BE FEDERALLY INSPECTED, TOOK THE MEAT BUSINESS TO A NEW LEVEL. THEIR PART-OWNERSHIP IN "6 IN 1 MEATS LLC" ASSURES A PROCESSING SLOT, AND ALLOWS THEM TO SELL INDIVIDUAL CUTS OF BEEF, EXPANDING THEIR CUSTOMER BASE.

Ben Murphy: YOUR CONSUMER, VERY FEW OF THEM GO TO THE GROCERY STORE AND BUY A HALF A BEEF. YOU KNOW, THEY WANT TO GO TO A GROCERY STORE AND BUY STEAKS FOR TONIGHT. SO NOW WE CAN SUPPLY THAT TO THEM BECAUSE NOW THEY'RE NOT FORCED INTO BUYING SUCH A LARGE QUANTITY AT A TIME.

Mikkel Pates: SO RECENT CONSUMER TRENDS, ENTREPRENEURSHIP, AND WORKING TOGETHER OFFER A NEW FUTURE FOR BEEF PRODUCERS IN WESTERN NORTH DAKOTA. FOR AGWEEK, THIS IS MIKKEL PATES AT NEW SALEM, NORTH DAKOTA.

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

THE CATTLE CONTRACT LIBRARY ACT PASSED UNANIMOUSLY OUT OF THE HOUSE AG COMMITTEE LAST WEEK. IT WAS CO-SPONSORED BY SOUTH DAKOTA CONGRESSMAN DUSTY JOHNSON.

THE BILL WOULD ESTABLISH A LIBRARY WITHIN USDA'S AG MARKETING SERVICE TO GIVE CATTLE PRODUCERS THE MARKET DATA THEY NEED TO REGAIN LEVERAGE IN THE CASH MARKET. IN EARLY AUGUST, USDA ALREADY STARTED REPORTING INFORMATION ON CONTRACTS AND ALTERNATIVE MARKETING ARRANGEMENTS, BUT THE DATA IS NOT USER FRIENDLY. THIS BILL WOULD CHANGE THAT. THE LIBRARY IS WIDELY SUPPORTED BY LAWMAKERS AND INDUSTRY GROUPS LIKE THE IOWA CATTLEMEN'S ASSOCIATION.

Bob Noble: More information's got to be good. I hope its in the form its useable that producers can maybe glean something from it.

THERE IS GROWING OPTIMISM ABOUT PASSAGE IN THE FULL HOUSE. WHILE IT'S NOT A SILVER BULLET IN THE EFFORT TO REFORM THE CATTLE MARKETS, IT'S AT LEAST A GOOD STEP.

LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS HAVE BEEN FACING SOME TOUGH DECISIONS DURING THIS YEAR'S DROUGHT. MANY WERE FORCED TO DOWNSIZE THEIR HERDS, BECAUSE OF A LACK OF FORAGE PRODUCTION EARLIER IN THE SEASON.

THOUGH THE REGION HAS BEEN GETTING SOME RAINFALL WHICH HAS LESSENED THE DROUGHT, THERE ARE STILL SOME THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN GRAZING YOUR HERD IN THE COMING MONTHS.

EXTENSION LIVESTOCK SPECIALIST MIRANDA MEEHAN SAYS PRODUCERS SHOULD GIVE PASTURES THAT WERE GRAZED HARD THIS YEAR, TIME TO RECOVER.

SHE SAYS THE COOL SEASON NATIVE GRASSES ARE CURRENTLY DEVELOPING THEIR TILLERS, SO PRODUCERS SHOULD BE CAREFUL HOW THEY GRAZE THEIR HERDS THIS FALL.

SHE ADVISES RANCHERS NOT TO LET LIVESTOCK GRAZE BELOW THE SECOND LEAF ON DEVELOPING GRASSES, AS IT WILL AFFECT GROWTH IN THE SPRING.

Miranda Meehan: IF WE REMOVE THE GROWING POINT, THAT TILLER IS GOING TO DIE THIS FALL AND THEY'LL HAVE TO START ALL OVER NEXT SPRING. AND SO IT'S GOING TO TAKE LONGER FOR IT TO INITIATE GROWTH AND WE'RE GOING TO SEE LESS PRODUCTION.

MEEHAN SAYS OVERALL, FORAGE PRODUCTION WAS DOWN 50-PERCENT THIS SUMMER IN THE REGION.

AHEAD ON AGWEEK TV, WE'LL MEET A BISON RANCHER WITH A DO IT YOURSELF BUTCHER BUSINESS.

AND LATER, A NEW CAMPAIGN AIMS TO GET FARMERS TO USE MORE BIODIESEL.

WE HAD RAIN ACROSS THE REGION THIS WEEK AND EVEN SOME RARE SEVERE WEATHER. WILL THIS ACTIVE WEATHER PATTERN CONTINUE AND HOW MUCH IS IT CONTINUING TO EASE THE DROUGHT?

HERE'S JOHN WITH OUR AGRI-WEATHER OUTLOOK.

A BISON RANCHER IN NORTHWEST MINNESOTA HAS A UNIQUE WAY OF SERVING CUSTOMERS. HE LETS THEM BUTCHER THE ANIMAL THEMSELVES.

JEFF BEACH VISITED THE OGEMA, MINNESOTA RANCH TO SEE HOW THEY DO BUSINESS.

Steve Roberts: I still find them incredibly, I just relax when I'm around them. They make me feel good.

Bah!. Bah!

STEVE ROBERTS HAS BEEN RAISING BISON ON HIS PROPERTY NORTH OF DETROIT LAKES FOR THIRTY YEARS.

Steve Roberts: NUMBER ONE WE'RE TRYING TO CUT OUT THE MIDDLE MAN.

HE SAYS DOING THE BUTCHERING THEMSELVES IS ONE WAY PEOPLE CAN SAVE MONEY ON THEIR MEAT.

Steve Roberts: ANY WAY SOMEONE WANTS TO HAVE THEIR ANIMAL DONE, WHETHER THEY WANT TO BUY IT ALREADY COMPLETE AND INSPECTED MEAT FROM US, IF THEY WANT TO HAVE THEIR OWN BUTCHER COME OUT HERE, THATS' FINE, WE CAN ACCOMMODATE THAT. IF THEY WANT TO HAVE IT DONE AND THEN FABRICATED AT A LOCKER PLANT I'LL CALL UP MIDWEST AND THEY'LL COME OUT AND THEY'LL DO A SLAUGHTER HERE. SO I THINK WE JUST HAVE TO BE REALLY FLEXIBLE.

Jeff Beach: THE ROBERTS LIKE TO KEEP THINGS SIMPLE. THEY DIDN'T EVEN HAVE A NAME FOR THEIR PRODUCT UNTIL I CALLED AND VISITED WITH THEM. NOW THEY'RE CALLING IT IN THE WOODS BISON.

Steve Roberts: ANIMALS HAVE TO BE HAPPY TO DO WELL, THEY'RE NO DIFFERENT THAN WE ARE. SO THAT'S KIND OF THE GOAL HERE, TO KEEP EVERYBODY HAPPY. AND THAT'S RELATIVELY EASY WITH BISON.

ROBERTS HAS ABOUT 80 HEAD. THE AVERAGE SIZE AT SLAUGHTER IS 1,000 TO 1,200 POUNDS, SMALLER THAN MOST PEOPLE THINK. ROBERTS SAYS THE SECRET TO RAISING BISON IS NOT TO TREAT THEM LIKE CATTLE, JUST LET THEM BE THEMSELVES.

Steve Roberts: THEY'RE SMARTER THAN CATTLE AND THEY DON'T ACT LIKE CATTLE. SO IF YOU TRY TO USE THOSE SAME CATTLE METHODS, A LOT OF TIMES, THEY'RE NOT SUCCESSFUL WITH THAT.

AND ROBERTS SAYS SELF-BUTCHERING MAKES PEOPLE HAPPY.

Steve Roberts: WHEN THEY'RE 80 YEARS OLD, THEY'RE GOING TO FORGET A WHOLE LOT OF THINGS THEY DID IN THEIR LIFE, BUT THEY'RE NEVER GOING TO FORGET THAT. AND THAT'S THE TRUTH. BECAUSE THEY'LL BE GIGGLING AND HAVING FUN AND WHATEVER, AND IT'S JUST SOMETHING THAT MOST PEOPLE WILL NEVER DO.

NEAR OGEMA, MINNESOTA, THIS IS JEFF BEACH FOR AGWEEK.

ROBERTS SAYS HE DOESN'T KNOW OF ANY OTHER BISON PRODUCERS WHO LET CUSTOMERS PROCESS THEIR OWN ANIMAL. HE HAS CUSTOMERS FROM AS FAR AS THE TWIN CITIES.

AFTER THE HARVEST WRAPS UP, THE NORTH DAKOTA SOYBEAN COUNCIL IS LAUNCHING A NEW CAMPAIGN TO INCREASE THE USE OF BIODIESEL IN THE STATE.

THEY WANT FARMERS TO BECOME MORE COMFORTABLE USING BIODIESEL AND BLENDING IT ON THEIR OWN FARMS. DIRECTOR OF MARKET DEVELOPMENT JENA BJERTNESS SAYS THEY WILL BE HOLDING WORKSHOPS TO EDUCATE FARMERS ABOUT BIODIESEL USE. PLUS THEY'RE OFFERING A REBATE PROGRAM.

Jena Bjertness: So that rebate program is going to be 10-cents per gallon for B-20 and 5-cents per gallon for B-10 and so it's up to 15-hundred dollars per producer. So that really may help make biodiesel pencil on the books.

SHE SAYS THE MAIN OBSTACLE TO EXPANDING BIODIESEL USE IN NORTH DAKOTA IS JUST THE LACK OF OUTLETS THAT CARRY THE PRODUCT. THEY WANT TO DRIVE DEMAND IN STATE AND CHANGE THAT.

FOR THE DATES AND LOCATIONS OF THE WORKSHOPS OR TO LEARN MORE ABOUT BIODIESEL, GO TO NDSOYBEAN.ORG.

STILL AHEAD, STUDENTS FROM THE REGION ARE HONORED AT THE NATIONAL FFA CONVENTION.

MORE THAN 55,000 FFA MEMBERS FROM ACROSS THE NATION WERE IN INDIANAPOLIS THIS WEEK FOR 94TH NATIONAL FFA CONVENTION AND EXPO.

AG EDUCATION STUDENTS COMPETED A HOST OF PROFICIENCY AWARD AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT AREAS AND AGRI-SCIENCE EVENTS. A SELECT FEW WERE ALSO HONORED WITH THE AMERICAN FFA DEGREE AND FROM THAT GROUP A NEW CLASS OF STARS OVER AMERICA WERE ANNOUNCED. THE NATIONAL CONVENTION IS THE PINNACLE OF EVERY FFA MEMBER'S CAREER.

Paige Lehrkamp: It's kind of the biggest thing. The best of the best are coming to compete here. You have to win your state's contest to come and compete at nationals. So it's a very prestigious thing to be able to compete at nationals.

THIS YEAR'S CONVENTION WAS HELD IN PERSON AFTER A VIRTUAL EVENT IN 2020.

TOP FFA AWARD WINNERS FROM OUR REGION INCLUDE CARSON, NORTH DAKOTA'S KURT MUGGLI, WHO WAS A FINALIST FOR AMERICAN STAR FARMER.

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