Jonathan Knutson, Agweek Staff Writer
The Upper Midwest's often-delayed spring planting season is virtually wrapped up. Now, attention is focused on crop conditions and a new government report indicates a mixed bag. Though generalizing can be risky, crops in North Dakota are faring relatively well, while South Dakota crops are doing relatively poorly. Crops in Minnesota and Montana rate sometime in between. The weekly crop progress report was released June 17 by the National Agricultural Statistics Service, an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It reflects conditions on June 16.
With the Upper Midwest's spring planting window closing fast, some Upper Midwest farmers made rapid planting progress in the week ending June 9, a new government report says. For example, Minnesota farmers planted 29% of their projected soybean crop during the week, reflecting favorable planting conditions in parts of the state.
Upper Midwest farmers have made recent progress planting their crops — but not nearly as much as many producers wanted. As a result, some important, difficult decisions must soon be made. The region's slow-to-start and often-delayed planting season did not enjoy a particularly good week overall in the seven days ending June 2, according to the weekly crop progress report released June 3 by the National Agricultural Statistics Service, an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
In a normal year, most Upper Midwest farmers have finishing planting, or nearly so, by early June. This isn't a normal year. Despite solid planting progress by some farmers in the week ending May 26, overall area planting remains far behind average, especially in South Dakota, according to the updated crop progress report released May 28 by the National Agricultural Statistics Service, an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
A new U.S. Department of Agriculture report confirms that Upper Midwest farmers are far behind normal with their spring planting. Area farmers are trailing their average planting pace in corn, wheat and soybeans, the region's three major crops, according to the weekly crop progress report released May 13 by the National Agricultural Statistics Service, an arm of the USDA. The report reflected conditions on May 12.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Canadian Ambassador David MacNaughton was blunt: Canada is an excellent neighbor and ally, and a crucial trading partner. But the Trump administration's "disruptive" approach to trade threatens that, to both countries' risk. He urged that the United States Mexico Canada Agreement, the successor to the North American Free Trade Agreement, be approved quickly. "I can't understand why you want to say no to an improvement in the status quo," he said.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thirteen years ago, I joined North American Agricultural Journalists, or NAAJ, the professional group for U.S. and Canadian ag journalists. It looked like a good way to improve at what I do for a living.
Alan Klempel believes in promoting U.S. wheat to foreign customers — so much so that he spent 11 days away from home during calving to participate on a trade mission to Spain, Portugal and Morocco. "I have to commend my family for really stepping up (during calving) when I was away," Klempel said. "And fortunately the weather was good when I was gone." The Bloomfield, Mont., farmer, whose crops include wheat, was part of a U.S. Wheat Associates trip in March to the three countries.
Beef cattle are not a major factor in global warming, a new U.S. Department of Agriculture-led study says. "We found that the greenhouse gas emissions in our analysis were not all that different from what other credible studies had shown and were not a significant contributor to long-term global warming," said Alab Rotz, an agricultural engineer with USDA's Agricultural Research Service.
If you've got questions about U.S. poultry and egg production, the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association has answers. The organization has created two informational videos to help consumers and others learn more about the poultry industry. It also offers statistics on the industry's economic impact — including the nearly half-million jobs that the industry provides nationwide. One video follows chickens and turkeys from the hatchery to the farm. The other examines "Poultry and the Hormone Myth." The video stresses that no hormones actually are used.