Jenny Schlecht / Agweek Staff Writer
LINCOLN, Neb. — Retaliatory tariffs in 2019 have cost Nebraska agricultural producers $943 million, on top of estimated losses the year before of between $695 million and $1.026 billion, an analysis from the Nebraska Farm Bureau says. Jay Rempe, Nebraska Farm Bureau senior economist, conducted the analysis as a way to provide an assessment of losses independent of Market Facilitation Program assistance.
BISMARCK, N.D. — As ranchers are considering how long to leave the cows on pasture this fall, an online tool might help them determine how much more grass production might remain. Grass-Cast was created by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's National Drought Mitigation Center, Colorado State University and the University of Arizona.
The storm moved in while we were eating pizza. Bluish-purple clouds, followed by wind and then rain. We were going to try to get ahead of the storm and drive back to my parents' house before it got bad. But by the time we got to the door of the pizza place, the rain had gotten so heavy that we decided to stay put.
FARGO, N.D. — After news of a fire at a beef packing plant and a surprising report on corn production expectations hit within days of each other, the cattle market responded violently, spending a couple days sinking as low as it could go before starting to climb out of its hole.
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.