Jenny Schlecht / Agweek Staff Writer
BISMARCK, N.D. — U.S. Sen. John Hoeven still expects a soybean crush facility to be constructed at Spiritwood Energy Park east of Jamestown, despite recent controversy over a cancelled agreement for such a plant at the site. "I'm pushing very hard to try to get it," Hoeven said.
BISMARCK, N.D. — Bee boxes sit to the west of Clark Coleman's sunflower field north of Bismarck. Honey bees play a vital role in pollinating sunflowers, helping increase yield and quality. But up until now, the bees have been placed nearby and farmers hope for the best. "Bees pollinate, but they don't know where," explains Kate Lyall, who owns and operates Australian agriculture technology company Bee Innovative with her husband, David.
FARGO, N.D. — A district court judge says the Spiritwood Energy Park Association cannot immediately terminate its agreement with North Dakota Soybean Processors to build a $287 million soybean processing plant soybean-crushing plant in Spiritwood, nor can the Energy Park Association enter into a contract with any other soybean-crushing or similar facility.
Despite my growing affection for our motley crew of barn cats, I've always been more of a dog person. But looking at our Australian shepherd, Cocoa, the past couple months, I gained a new appreciation for the cats' ability to groom themselves. Cocoa, like any self-respecting farm dog, has a regular routine of rolling in manure and dead things, swimming in sloughs and traipsing through tick-covered grasses. In early summer, her winter coat begins to attract mud and bugs and who knows what else until it's just one big tangled, smelly mess.
MINOT, N.D. — When 4-H Achievement Days are held in Logan County, N.D., Sydney Kleingartner is in a class of her own: She's the only 4-Her in her county who shows dairy cattle. So, for most of her show career, Sydney and her family have been taking their dairy cattle to shows in and out of state. Along the way, Sydney has made new friends and learned how to take responsibility for herself. "It's just an amazing experience," she said. "I wish every kid could grow up the way I did, raising animals and just learning to be independent."
KENMARE, N.D. — It was June 6, 2017, and planting was behind. Lenny Rodin had just started down the field again after his son Hunter brought him fuel, and the two continued to talk on the phone as Hunter drove away. "We had crossed that intersection many times," Lenny says. Lenny heard Hunter gasp through the phone just before he heard a crash. He turned to see the pickup Hunter had been driving mangled next to an overturned semi.
MINOT, N.D. — To many, a visit to a state fair means fried foods or hitting up exciting rides on the midway. But for many in agriculture, state and county fairs remain a major way to reach the public. The North Dakota State Fair ran July 19 to 27 in Minot. State fair manager Renae Korslien didn't have a tally on how many animals passed through the many barns on the grounds, but she considered the fair a success.
RUGBY, N.D. — Richard Hoffart has about 210 cows, but he anticipates he may sell down by fall. "I'm hoping we can keep 120, 130 at least," he says. But that'll depend on how many bales of hay he can put up this summer. With dry conditions on his Pierce County ranch, that isn't looking good. Most fields are producing only about half of normal, he says. An oats field he planted for hay is yielding a bale an acre when it should be giving him close to four. "It's pretty devastating up here," Hoffart says.
BISMARCK, N.D. — Hunter Hanson told U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland he "got overwhelmed" in his grain trading business, leading to a situation in which he defrauded at least 60 farmers, grain elevators and grain brokers in North Dakota, Minnesota and Canada for more than $11 million.
"Grandma and Grandpa, can you come see us?" It was such an innocent question from the mouth of my 3-year-old daughter while she video-chatted with my parents on a recent Sunday night. My mom later called the sweet request, which was complete with a well-thought-out suggestion that their corgi could stay in one of our dogs' kennels, "heartbreaking."