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A few years ago, a city person -- intelligent, but with little knowledge of agriculture -- asked me a question about U.S. farmers and South American crop production. I don't remember the conversation ... Posted on 11/13/12 at 6:22 PM
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In its weekly crop progress report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday that 95 percent of Minnesota's soybean crop was harvested by Sunday, compared with 69 percent last year and a 55 percent average.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop progress and conditions report for the state that Minnesota producers have harvested 45 percent of the soybean crop as of Sunday, up 29 percentage points from a week earlier and well ahead of the five-year average of 5 percent.
Anthracnose a big concern; white mold a worry, too Area dry bean and soybean farmers will face some new, or at least expanded, challenges this growing season. Dry bean producers are confronted with anthracnose, a little-known disease that can hammer both yields and quality. Soybean producers, in turn, could face more problems with white mold, a crop disease that dry bean producers have battled for years.
Bill Wilson: Demand is outpacing production, creating many opportunities Farmers in North Dakota and the Upper Midwest can take advantage of this, but only if they capitalize on new technology, says Bill Wilson, a North Dakota State University agricultural economist.
Sometimes the demands of the moment prevent agriculturalists from thinking about the long-term, big-picture outlook for area agriculture. What does the future hold for agriculture on the Northern Plains?
The show, created years ago by the combination of smaller annual farm events sponsored by small grain, potato and soybean groups, is expected to attract about 5,000 people and 200 companies with exhibits.
CHS Inc. will boost its soybean processing business with the $133 million purchase of an Israeli soy protein maker. Inver Grove Heights-based CHS, the nation's largest farmer-owned co-operative, has agreed to buy Solbar Industries Ltd., which produces soy protein ingredients for food makers.
USDA's November production report pegs the state's soybean crop at 111 million bushels, down 3 percent from October and down 20 percent from 2010. The corn crop is estimated at 226 million bushels, down 9 percent both from last month and over the year.
Sunflowers only crop with many acres left in fields As harvest is wrapping up in North Dakota and northwest Minnesota ahead of normal schedules, farmers are receiving record or near-record prices for their crops. That’s counter-cyclical to the more typical dive in prices as the crops come in. But a clear sign of the bullish demand that has been around for a year or more, propped up by some supply problems globally.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's weekly crop weather report for Minnesota, the soybean harvest jumped 32 percentage points to 35 percent complete as of Sunday. That's ahead of last year's pace of 26 percent complete and the five-year average of 29 percent.
The Agriculture Department says that stocks of spring, durum and winter wheat as of Sept. 1 were down 38 percent over the year to 229 million bushels. On-farm stocks were down 40 percent and off-farm stocks were down 34 percent.
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