STAFF BLOG AG RIGHT Let's hope the forecasts are right
It's tough to sum up the condition of area crops, at least the fields in eastern and central North Dakota that I saw over the Father's Day weekend.
Some early planted wheat fields look very good. The... Posted on 6/17/13 at 9:24 AM
STAFF BLOG MIKKELPATES.AG-AT-LARGE NDSU's flax promoter -- Dr. Jack Carter dies, Sept. 11
Dr. Jack Carter, the long-time promoter/pioneer of new, healthfuluses for flax, and long-time administrator in the North Dakota State University plant sciences departments, died on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2... Posted on 9/12/11 at 9:36 AM
STAFF BLOG PLAIN COUNTRY Harvest time
This was a great week for harvesting grain and farmers were out in force across the countryside. Yesterday I saw a dozen combines in fields between Oslo, Minn... Posted on 8/6/10 at 3:28 AM
The Red River Valley landscape is etched with extensive drainage systems designed to remove water from farm fields to prevent crop losses. Critics, including Fargo city officials, have complained for years that the drains exacerbate Red River flood crests.
In a sprawling bee yard, beekeeper Steve Ellis, wearily surveyed 1,300 hives destined for fields across the countryside.
Given that bees pollinate fruits, vegetables and nuts, and pollination is required for about one third of all food production, he should be enthused about their summer journey.
Surrounded by trees on three sides and located on the south side of our farmstead, in warm summers our garden spot is like a greenhouse. While working in it on summer days is a hot, sweaty job, the rewards we reap later make it well worth it.
Some upper Midwest farmers who thought they caught a break when the federal government eased crop insurance rules for land hit by prolonged flooding are finding it isn't as easy to cash in as they first thought.
N-Flex LLC will provide more information to the North Dakota Industrial Commission, which ordered more details as it considers whether to put $1 million into the company’s system to make anhydrous ammonia fertilizer from a series of mobile natural gas-to-fertilizer plants in the state.
A basic truth of agriculture is that farmers in one part of the world benefit when their peers elsewhere suffer. Glen Findlay, a Shoal Lake, Manitoba, farmer, knows that well. Shoal Lake is about 180 miles northwest of Winnipeg, Manitoba.
The Agriculture Department says in its most recent reports that wheat stocks in North Dakota total 69.1 million bushels, down 22 percent. The 23.6 million bushels stored in South Dakota is down 3 percent from 2011.
While last week's heat wave in North Dakota stressed crops, it also helped farmers make progress in haying. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop, livestock and weather report that 98 percent of barley is booted and 80 percent headed, ahead of the five-year averages.
In the weekly crop progress reports released Monday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s ag statistics offices in Fargo and St. Paul showed 93 percent of Minnesota’s spring wheat and 60 percent of North Dakota’s hard red spring wheat was headed out by Sunday, compared with the five-year average of only 28 percent in Minnesota and 11 percent in North Dakota by June 24.
Favorable weather conditions spurred crop development across much of North Dakota last week. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop, livestock and weather report that 85 percent of barley is jointed, 85 percent booted and 55 percent headed, ahead of the five-year averages.
In its weekly crop report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says frost was a concern for many parts of the state. The most adverse effects were felt in northeastern and south-central parts of North Dakota. Statewide, there were 5.3 days of suitable fieldwork.
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