STAFF BLOG AG RIGHT Thanksgiving on the combine
In my days as a farm kid, I fed cattle, or worked with them in some way, on every holiday during the year. On a few Thanksgivings, in years that the cattle were still in fall pasture, I used an axe to... Posted on 11/29/13 at 1:57 PM
THE NORTH DAKOTA OUTDOORS AND BEYOND corn and deer II
Corn harvest and deer harvest part II
Heading towards the final days of the 2013 North Dakota deer hunt I will again utilize the numbers from the USDA Ag Statistics service: Last year at this time all... Posted on 11/19/13 at 5:25 AM
REALLY EATING The color of summer
It was Sunday evening at the lake, warm but not too hot, and we already hada campfire burning. We still had some fresh garden veggies that we hadn't eaten, including a huge purple cabbage that TM got ... Posted on 8/13/13 at 7:25 AM
RURAL REFLECTIONS Rural Reflections Radio
Here is this week's Rural Reflections Radio program, Letter to Dave May 2013... Posted on 5/30/13 at 8:34 AM
THE DIRT: THE REAL DIRT ON GARDENING FROM A MASTER GARDENER IN MOORHEAD, MINNESOTA Corn and Sausage Chowder
Last weekend I was looking for a good way to use up some potatoes and corn. I came across a recipe for corn chowder that included Italian sausage--I thought that sounded interesting, so I decided to g... Posted on 1/25/13 at 7:42 AM
The propane corn drying crisis of 2013 appears to be over. Elevator operators and farmers throughout the region report that they were slowed but not stopped in their corn harvest when propane supplies tightened up in late October.
After more than six years of unprecedented boom in the U.S. farm economy driven by a government-backed drive for biofuels, record low interest rates and rising food exports, American grain farmers and their bankers are bracing for change.
The nation's farmers will harvest a record 14 billion bushels of corn, the U.S. Department of Agriculture predicted today. The big crop has sent the price of corn plummeting, and that's cut costs for the beleaguered biofuel industry and others that rely on the grain.
More than a million pounds of Minnesota sweet corn is expected to feed hungry people across the nation this fall, the result of an effort by hunger relief groups and food companies to capture corn that would otherwise go to waste.
A troubling scenario is playing out across America's breadbasket, where the U.S. Department of Agriculture says just 12 percent of the nation's cornfields have been planted. That's about a quarter of what would was planted by this date over the previous five years, and it marks the slowest start in decades in some states.
Corn’s popularity is soaring in parts of the Northern Plains where the crop once was rare. High corn prices and new, improved varieties receive most of the credit. But another often-overlooked factor is in play, too, experts say.
The Agriculture Department says North Dakota's corn crop was a record 422 million bushels, up 95 percent from the previous year. The state's soybean crop totaled 161 million bushels, up 40 percent over the year.
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