STAFF BLOG AG RIGHT Cropland values at their peak?
Some of the biggest, longest-running questions in Upper Midwest agriculture involve soaring land values: Have farmland prices peaked? If not, when will they?
My guess is, they're at their peak right ... Posted on 9/6/13 at 7:52 AM
THE NEW FORTY $3.59!!!!
On February 7th, I wrote about gas prices that had risen about 40 cents over a few weeks to $3.39 a gallon. Today, on February 15th the gas prices are $3.59 a gallon. Are you $%!?@$#$%?!@$%$!! kidding... Posted on 2/15/13 at 9:59 PM
RURAL REFLECTIONS Letter to Dave
I love the change of seasons. I am a sucker for introspection and there is no better time to take stock than when one season hands the baton to the next. I will spend the f... Posted on 10/27/12 at 1:05 AM
IN THE BLACK Higher Grocery Prices
Here are a couple of articles about grocery prices to continue increasing. An article about corn prices affecting grocery prices and the heat wave could mean higher prices.
So it might be a wise dec... Posted on 7/20/12 at 2:43 PM
MIDDLE AGED PLAGUE Facebook: Sometimes I Like It, Sometimes I Don't
So many people want me to like them, I feel as if I were back in high school or junior high. Thank God I'm not; once was enough.
This time around's a little different though. Instead of being accos... Posted on 4/18/12 at 11:32 AM
It’s soooooo tempting to start this column with a joke about the first class-action lawsuit on behalf of zombies. But there’s really nothing funny about the fact that a Minnesota funeral home owner is having to sue his own state government for the right to keep prices low.
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 Producer Price Index, which measures price changes before they reach the consumer, increased 0.2 percent in May, the Labor Department said Tuesday. That's down sharply from a 0.8 percent rise in April and a 0.7 percent increase in March.
Area farmers will face a difficult but pleasant decision this spring, said Dwight Aakre, farm management specialist with the North Dakota State University Extension Service. Given strong grain prices, “Right now, it looks like you can put a seed in the ground and make a profit,” he said.
State is the main U.S. source for fresh winter tomatoes, and its growers lost some 70 percent of their crop during January’s prolonged cold snap. Wholesale prices are up nearly five times over last year. That means you can say goodbye to the beefsteak tomatoes on that burger and prepare to pay more than usual for the succulent wedges in your salad.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. started another price war Thursday, trimming the online preorder prices of some upcoming DVDs after its price cut on books last month. And, once again, competitors Amazon.com and Target scrambled to match the prices.
Americans are paying more for gasoline than they did last year as the holidays approached — billions of dollars that could go to books, clothes and Barbie dolls instead being spent at the pump. Gas averaged nearly $2.70 a gallon Friday, the highest of the year — adding bad news to an already fragile economy and making it even less likely that people will spend their way out of the recession.
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