Mikkel Pates / Agweek Staff Writer
MIDLAND, S.D.—It's a mixed production picture this year for the 2019 crop season at the Sammons family farm-ranch east of Midland, about 60 miles southwest of Pierre, S.D. Katie Sammons says she and her husband, Casey, grow sunflowers, millet and put up hay crops for their cattle. "Late," Katie says. "Everything is really far behind. "
BISMARCK, N.D. — One of North Dakota's outstanding pulse crop marketers has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and reorganization, a victim of tariffs and weather. JM Grain Inc., with offices at Garrison, N.D., and Great Falls, Mont., filed a voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy June 25 in Fargo. The company says sales in the current year are about $3.5 million compared to the normal of about $13 million, in part due to tariff and trade disruptions.
The immigration news lately has been disheartening, considering the fact that the government tells us unemployment rates are low. The United States needs immigrants to help the economy continue to grow, to provide workers and to fund the future Social Security payments for older Americans who have raised fewer children.
Editor's note: Agweek reporter Mikkel Pates often sees patriotic displays as he travels throughout the Upper Midwest. He collected these and offers them as Independence Day approaches. Pulling for America: Iowa farmers stop traffic with their star-spangle shed ORANGE CITY, Iowa—Ronald J. DeJong and his wife, Ardith, of Orange City, Iowa, raise corn, soybeans, alfalfa, and draft horses. But they also raise a fair amount of national pride for motorists who pass on Iowa Highway 10, west of town.
FARGO, N.D. — Despite recent declines commodity prices, farm and ranch land prices have held relatively constant, and this could provide an opportunity both for farmers and people looking to invest in farmland.
FARGO, N.D. — The trustee for the bankrupt McM Inc. farm is asking a judge to approve a $1.3 million bid on a lake property the farm had transferred to Island Lake Irrevocable Trust, according to documents filed in federal court. The motion filed on June 19 in Fargo states the Island Lake property, northeast of Detroit Lakes, Minn., will close on Aug. 1. If no one objects by July 10, the judge can grant the motion without a hearing. In the event of an objection, a hearing date has been set July 17. The sale of the property is part of a settlement agreement made on May 8.
HENSEL, N.D. — Farmers can't control Mother Nature or the markets, but they can get satisfaction from field-scale experimentation and dream about big yields when prices turn around. Shaun Anderson, 41, farms with LA Farms at Hensel, with his uncle, Allen, 63, and Allen's son, Taylor, 35. (The "LA" started with the initials of Lawrence Anderson, Allen's father). The three households together farm about 7,000 acres, including about 500 acres of corn, about 20 miles from the Canadian border.
DAWSON, N.D. — A wet spring followed by a cool early summer means crops in the central part of North Dakota are between two or three weeks behind schedule and not yet catching up. "We've got some stuff that the stand wasn't great on and did a little replanting due to the moisture," said farmer Neil Fanta, of Dawson, about 50 miles east of Bismarck, N.D. "Did a little replanting due to the moisture. Now we've got everything planted and doing some spraying and doing some top-dressing."
WAHPETON, N.D. — The Amity brand of seeding tools is reintroducing the Concord brand, a storied name associated with the original development of air seeding technology.
Jerry Hennessey, the former general manager for the Ashby Farmers Cooperative Elevator, has been sentenced to eight years in prison for embezzling more than $5 million from the elevator since 2003.