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BISMARCK, N.D. -- Farm equipment dealers are leaning toward a brighter future through a fog of low commodity prices and challenging technology demands. The mood at the North Dakota Implement Dealers Association convention, Nov. 16 and 17 in Bismarck, N.D., was more subdued than a few years ago, but decidedly optimistic.
NORTHWOOD, N.D. -- Grain farmer Mark Korsmo said his 2015 crops were bountiful, but with low commodity prices, it won't be a great year, financially. Nevertheless, the Grand Forks County farmer from Northwood said part of staying grateful involves work as vice president of a nonprofit Christian organization, created to help struggling farmers in Haiti.
Max Velo’s turkey farms didn’t take a direct hit from the bird flu epidemic of 2015, but he’s quick to say “100 percent of the industry was affected,” emotionally and operationally.
American Crystal Sugar Co. is building a $40 million dome sugar warehouse in the Chicago area, to take advantage of transportation efficiencies.
The 45th Northern Ag Expo, Dec. 1 and 2 at the Fargodome in Fargo, N.D., will be a showcase for precision agriculture education and marketing help for farmers navigating a period of difficult commodity pricing.
American Crystal Sugar Co. shareholder-growers attended factory district meetings and received details about a first projection of beet payments for the 2015 crop at a gross payment of $45 per ton.
LEOLA, S.D. -- Jerome Mack is a busy man. While his wife Lynette maintains the family's Old Bank Lodge that caters to pheasant hunters, he raises wheat, soybeans and corn near Leola, S.D., and operates a 2,200-sow farrow-to-finish hog operation, with most of the hog finishing in northwest Iowa. But Mack also has a third focus -- Mack Robotics Inc.
With grain prices dropping since 2013, farmers are closing the 2015 season with big crops and difficulty penciling profits. Agweek visited with the presidents of the South Dakota Farm Bureau and the South Dakota Farmers Union, the two general farm organizations that aren’t specific to a commodity or a species of livestock. The organizations differ in emphasis, but agree on certain things. Significantly, both say ethanol will be important to the region, and will weather the financial storm.
The DemKota Ranch Beef brand is so new there isn’t even a logo. But a whiteboard in the company’s conference room has something more important — a U.S. Department of Agriculture federal inspection number.
The 2015 sugar beet crop hit a new record of about 27.7 tons per acre in the northern Red River Valley, and also came in as the cleanest and most storable on record.