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WOODSTOCK, Minn. — Excuse him, but Clint Magnus can only take a minute or two from his fertilizer spreading duties. The cold, damp conditions this spring have everyone hopping to get everything done. For the past three years, Magnus has operated a TerraGator fertilizer applicator for Schmitz Grain out of Slayton, Lake Wilson and Curry, Minn. During the rest of the year, he's hauling grain for the elevator. On the side, he farms with his parents, Doug and Brenda, near Slayton.
DELL RAPIDS, S.D. — Federal rules that expanded the list of medications that need veterinarian oversight to be given to animals have been in place for five months, and animal producers, veterinarians and feed mills continue to move forward on the process. The Veterinary Feed Directive was put in place as a way to strengthen the oversight of certain antibiotics that are used in both humans and animals and to prolong the life of those products. Beginning Jan. 1, the list of antibiotics that need oversight expanded and now includes many common medicated feeds.
VOLGA, S.D. — Sheep shearing is a chore, but the weather on April 1 was so balmy that the whole thing was pleasant for the sheep and the people on a Brookings County farm. Shearing is a part-time job for Ronny Parmely, assistant manager for the South Dakota State University Seed Testing Laboratory in Brookings. He shears evenings and Saturdays and lambs out about 125 head of sheep that are a combination of purebred Southdown and weather-type market lambs (the equivalent of a steer in beef animals).
Last September, in the aisles at the Big Iron farm show in West Fargo, N.D., I heard rumors of financial troubles for Ron McMartin, Jr., a famously large farmer at St. Thomas, N.D. I'd previously interviewed McMartin, founder of McM Inc. — one of the most significant farming entities in the region. In the 1990s, he and a brother gained a reputation when they peaked at 11,000 acres of sugar beets — before the era of Roundup Ready beets.
FARGO - North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum announced a $240 million soybean processing plant to be built at Spiritwood, N.D., by Minnesota Soybean Processors of Brewster, Minn., at the Northern Soybean Expo Tuesday, Feb. 7, in Fargo. Officials said the plant will bring over $1 billion in investment to the region, and will process up to 23 percent of the state's soybeans.
BISMARCK — Commodity organizations in North Dakota are mulling the implications of a bill in the North Dakota House of Representatives that would allow the governor to remove board members on the recommendation of the agriculture commissioner. HB 1282 has been introduced by Reps. Mike Brandenburg, R-Edgeley; Kevin Kempenich, R-Bowman; and Chet Pollert, R-Carrington.
FORT PIERRE, S.D. — A large farming company from Fargo, N.D., has completed a contract-for-deed purchase of a large grain farm near Fort Pierre, S.D. R.D. Offutt Co., for four years has been farming the land on a contract-for-deed. The so-called Gunsmoke Farm includes 34,000 under which 31,200 are tilled. Offutt raises spring wheat, winter wheat and milo.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Rocky Schumacher just wrapped up a 41-year career in agricultural input sales, and a good share of those years were spent as general manager for the iconic AGSCO Inc., based in Grand Forks, N.D. The company sales force distributed chemicals and fertilizer in four states and Canada, driving "Ryder yellow" vehicles.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — Federal labor officials have rejected a union's accusation that American Crystal Sugar Co. illegally threatened to lock out employees if they fail to negotiate early on a labor contract that expires July 31, 2017. In a decision on Oct. 6, the National Labor Relations Board said the company's letters to the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers union members on Nov. 30, 2015; April 4, 2016; and July 15, 2016, did not constitute a lockout threat.
BROOKINGS, S.D. — Some farmers are concerned about the weather, even when they grow their crops entirely under cover. Trever Gilkerson, owner of Gilkerson Gardens Produce, east of Brookings, S.D., says the mild winter, followed by a lot of heat early in the summer, caused insect pests to survive and then multiply quicker than usual — spider mites in the cucumbers, white flies in the tomatoes.