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 NEW FORTY Weird - level 10.
I am weird, but I don't have to tell you that. Anyone who has read a handful of my blogs can easily arrive at that conclusion. There are levels of weird though - and let's face it, the level matters. ... Posted on 9/23/12 at 8:48 PM
FAR SIDE OF FIFTY Outstanding In a Field
I have been looking for a sunflower field, in fact we have been taking different back roads to town looking for a field. Surely someone must have planted one lousy field. Then one day it was there ri... Posted on 8/9/10 at 3:51 AM
The head of a new North Dakota-based sunflower business says he believes the company's new plant in Lubbock, Texas, is the most technologically advanced sunflower seed roasting facility in North America.
Giant Snacks Inc., of Wahpeton, N.D., is expanding from its sunflower business and is starting to produce a “toasted corn snack.” The company calls it an announcement “of importance similar to when the firm launched its Giant Sunflower brand.”
The Anderson Seed Co. Inc., case — with some $4 million in unpaid sunflower deliveries in two states — is the latest case that screams out for higher bond amounts for elevators in cases of insolvency, a North Dakota lawyer says.
S.D. producer, on N.D. flooding: 'It's not the way we like to see it happen' That crown has been worn by North Dakota since record-keeping for both states began in 1977. But 2011 flooding and wet weather wiped out acres, and production fell to 766 million pounds. South Dakota farmers produced 777 million pounds.
Longtime marketing director John Sandbakken is now the executive director of the North Dakota-based group. He takes over for the recently retired Larry Kleingartner, who had led the association since its founding in 1981.
The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop and weather report that the corn harvest is 96 percent done and the sunflower harvest is 85 percent complete, both well ahead of the long-term average pace.
According to the weekly U.S. Department of Agriculture crop-weather report for Minnesota, corn was 93 percent harvested as of Sunday. That compares with 86 percent last year and a five-year average of 60 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.
North Dakota farmers, struggling with unusually wet fields, planted far fewer acres this spring than they did a year ago, the federal government says. But the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s report last week may not have captured how big the drop-off in planted acreage actually is.
Relax, eco-conscious companies and consumers. Sunflowers are sustainable and increasingly easy on the environment.
That’s the message of a new brochure, the “Sunflower Sustainability Statement,” released by the National Sunflower Association in Bismarck.
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