Jonathan Knutson / Agweek Staff Writer
MELVILLE, Saskatchewan — G3 Canada Limited plans to two build new new grain elevators in Saskatchewan. One will be about 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) north of Melville on Highway 10, the other 7 kilometers west of Saskatoon on Highway 14. The Melville elevator will have 34,000 metric tons of storage capacity, the Saskatoon elevator 42,000 metric tons of storage capacity. Construction will begin in April, and be finished before the 2018 harvest.
MERRIFIELD, N.D. — "How many of you like black bean soup?," Bob Drees asked the group of 16 elementary school pupils. Two raised their hands. "Well, we raise black beans here on our farm," the Merrifield, N.D., farmer told the visiting fourth-grade class from nearby Thompson (N.D.) Public School. Drees and his family farm hosted fourth-graders from Thompson and Grand Forks, N.D., on March 22. It's the fourth year he's brought school kids to his farm to help them learn more about modern agriculture.
MERRIFIELD, N.D. — Don Rudnik realizes the importance of farm safety. But should he ever question its value, he only needs to look at one his fingers, part of which was sliced off years ago in a farm accident. "Safety isn't something we can take for granted. We always need to remember it," says Rudnick, a Minto N.D., producer who began farming in 1961.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Three years ago, Todd Golly and Orlando Saez saw opportunity for a Minnesota-based crop monitoring service. Now they see opportunity to expand their company into North Dakota. "Hopefully soon to be in North Dakota if we find the right partner," says Golly, a Winnebago, Minn., farmer and chief operating officer/founder of the Winnebago-based company. He and Saez, a self-described "software geek" and CEO/founder of the company, met recently with Agweek in Grand Forks, N.D.
Traditionally, weather and commodity prices have been the big worries for farmers and ranchers. Now, the big keep-us-awake-at-night concern for many is health insurance.
There aren't many things on which just about everybody in mainstream U.S. ag circles agrees. Views differ, sometimes greatly, on most important topics. Off the top of my head, I come with this near-universal-agreement list: • Raising crops and animals is hard. Making a profit is even harder. • The proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, or WOTUS, would be a huge mistake. • Food waste is bad. • PETA and the Humane Society of America are not admirable organizations. • Federally subsidized crop insurance is both good and necessary.
MAYVILLE, N.D. — For Leah Larson, agriculture is a way of of life, both personally and professionally. "There's something about it that gets in your blood," she says. Larson, a Finley, N.D. farm girl who has spent 19 years working for area agribusinesses, has been named Agweek editor. Her first day with Agweek will be March 27. She will be based in Mayville, N.D, where she and her husband, Scott, live. "I'm looking forward to working with the Agweek staff," she says.
EDGELEY, N.D. — Lee Briese knows a lot about crops and is working to learn even more. And he wants to share his knowledge with others. That combination of commitment and knowledge have made made the Edgeley, N.D., agronomist the International Certified Crop Adviser of the Year. Briese received the honor at the recent Commodity Classic in San Antonio.
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. — The U.S. potato industry has worked for years to get kids to eat more spuds and other vegetables. Now, the East Grand Forks, Minn.,-based Northern Plains Potato Growers Association has launched another go-around of a program that puts free salad bars in schools. The association will pay the cost, nearly $3,000, to place one of the salad bars in a school district in North Dakota or northwest Minnesota.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Though it doesn’t draw much attention outside agriculture, March 15 is an important day in Upper Midwest ag. It’s the annual deadline for purchasing or modifying federally subsidized crop insurance — a key risk management tool — for most spring-planted crops in the upcoming growing season.