Jenny Schlecht / Agweek Staff Writer
BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota House on Wednesday, Feb. 20, passed a bill that would add second cousins to the list of who can form a family farm corporation under the state's strict anti-corporate farming law..
BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Senate on Tuesday, Feb. 19, passed a bill that would update the state's laws on entering private property — a top issue for the state's agriculture groups.
BISMARCK, N.D. — Andrew Adams pictures the potential maximum yield of a field of wheat as a barrel. Any variable — fertility, fungicide, population, genetics, weather — can represent a "leak" in the barrel if something goes wrong. Adams, a technical service representative at BASF, said not understanding the stages of development of wheat can lead to improper timing of applications of pesticides, fertilizers and other inputs. That can lead to leaks in the barrel of wheat yield.
BISMARCK, N.D. — Three North Dakota farmers shared their tips, tricks and struggles in growing wheat with fellow farmers and agronomists during a special educational event held here. Agweek, High Plains Journal and BASF hosted Wheat U on Jan. 17 in Bismarck. The event offered specialized education on topics related to wheat. David Clough of Fessenden, John Weinand of Hazen and Philip Volk of York talked about fertilizer, fungicide, weeds, marketing and more during a panel discussion.
ST. ANTHONY, N.D. — Kelly Schaff had high expectations for SAV America 8018. But he had no idea the bull would end up being the record highest selling beef bull of all time, nearly doubling the price of the previous high selling bull. Schaff Angus Valley on Saturday, Feb. 9, sold SAV America 8018 to Herbster Angus Farms of Falls City, Neb., for $1.51 million.
Sometimes, when you think about what a small percentage of our population is involved in agriculture and the even smaller percentage involved in livestock, you might ask why that is. I don't ask why.
BISMARCK, N.D. — Tom Peters worked for 25 years in biotechnology and now is the Extension sugar beet agronomist and weed control specialist for North Dakota State University and the University of Minnesota. He can boil his weed control presentation down into two points. "The first one is, technology by itself isn't going to solve our problems with weeds," he said. "The second thing is, weed management is a learning experience."
BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Secretary of State's Office testified that removing the growing or processing of marijuana from the definition of farming or ranching would clear up confusion about whether medical marijuana "compassion centers" have to comply with state's ban on corporate farming.
BISMARCK, N.D. — A bill passed by the North Dakota Senate would remove "the growing or processing of marijuana" from the definition of "farming or ranching," which would mean growing marijuana would not be included under the state's ban on corporate farming. North Dakota's existing corporate farming law limits corporate farming to entities that consist of up to 15 shareholders who must be closely related or closely related through marriage. Under Senate Bill 2200, marijuana grown for medicinal purposes under North Dakota law would not be considered farming or ranching.
BISMARCK, N.D. — The National Wheat Yield Contest overall winner last year grew 203 bushels of wheat per acre. The dryland spring wheat winner was John Weinand of Hazen, N.D., with 104 bushels per acre. The world record for wheat yield is 250 bushels per acre, Logan Grier, technical marketing manager at BASF, told attendees of Wheat U. What does that mean for most wheat growers? "There is opportunity for growth," Grier said.