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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.
MOORHEAD -- Sugar producers in the Red River Valley cheered Tuesday as the International Trade Commission in Washington, D.C., unanimously voted in favor of the suspension agreements placed on Mexican sugar imports. The ITC agreed that the subsidized dumping of Mexican sugar into the U.S. harmed U.S. sugar production. It's a multibillion-dollar industry in the Red River Valley region.
BUXTON, N.D. — Ultimate Ag Services LLC, of Buxton, N.D., this year became the Red River Valley’s first dealer of self-propelled sugar beet harvesting machines. This month, the new dealership accepted delivery of its first machine, manufactured by Agrifac Machinery BV of the Netherlands. The switch to self-propelled beet lifters is a similar technological leap to grain producers switching to self-propelled combines in the mid-1900s. The Agrifac HEXX TRAXX model comes with various heads.
CROOKSTON, Minn. -- Attorneys in the CHS Inc. vs. Anderson Seed Co. Inc. trial in District Court in Polk County, Minn., have filed briefs, summarizing what they hope will be the legal conclusions of District Judge Kurt Marben.
FARGO -- The 2015 sugar beet harvest is winding down in the Red River Valley and will be one of the largest yields on record. Officials at the region's two farmer-owned cooperatives say 95 percent of the harvest was complete by Oct. 13, and the rest likely will be done before the end of the week -- Thursday to Sunday, depending on location.
BRUCE, S.D. — Richard Adee told his high school sweetheart, Alice Bergstrom, that he wanted to be the “largest beekeeper in the world.” More than 60 years later, he has met that goal and more.
MADISON, Wis. -- The Dakotas again were competing for dairy industry interest at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis., last week. The event this year was themed "Dairy in our DNA." It again attracted more than 70,000 attendees from more than 90 countries.