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Crops heading into August in much of Agweek country are ahead of schedule, with harvest of winter wheat getting started, other small grains turning from green to gold, and most row crops getting the regular drinks of water from Mother Nature that makes farmers smile.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — Tom Peters is often asked if he “works with weed resistance.” “I say, no I do not: I work with weeds management,” says Peters, a sugar beet agronomist with University of Minnesota and North Dakota State University extension services, based in Fargo. “It’s maybe a play on words, but weed resistance implies that we’ve had a failure, we’re in a defensive posture, and we’re backpedaling in order to salvage our crop,” he says.
The North Dakota Corn Utilization Council did fire former executive director Tom Lilja after all, according to minutes of a June 23 meeting.
FARGO, N.D. -- Dry edible bean growers in the region are seeing high risks for white mold, and many are deciding whether to apply fungicides, says Sam Markell, North Dakota State University Extension Service plant pathologist. To help them decide whether to spray, Markell says farmers must weigh key factors:
MOORHEAD, Minn. — The Anheuser-Busch malt plant in Moorhead, Minn., was built in 1978, when the Red River Valley was in the heart of the barley-growing region. On July 17, Anheuser-Busch held what it hopes will be an annual customer appreciation day, drawing about 140 farmers and industry partners. Among other things, the barley and beer company offered a tour of its malt plant.
North Dakota state legislators say they are planning to look into the governance of North Dakota corn groups in the wake of the abrupt resignation of its executive. Tom Lilja, who was executive director of the North Dakota Corn Utilization Council and the North Dakota Corn Growers Association, resigned late last month.
FARGO -- Anchor Ingredients Co. of Fargo has purchased Identity Preserved Ingredients of Hillsboro to become a triple threat in the ingredient market for specialty crop products. Anchor will process pearled barley, peas, flaxseed, chickpeas, oat groats, ancient grains, organics and other specialty crops for food and pet markets.
Kidder County, N.D., prosecutors have filed criminal complaints against a Napoleon banker in a May vandalism case involving Kidco Farms Processing Inc. near Dawson.
FARGO -- The North Dakota Barley Council is getting national kudos for its leadership in overhauling crop insurance for malting barley. For the first time, a Malting Barley Revenue Endorsement will be available in 2016. "It has taken a number of years from the initial conception to final approval (by) the [U.S. Department of Agriculture] Risk Management Agency, but well worth the wait," says Scott Brown, a commissioner with the Idaho Barley Commission.
FARGO -- CHS Inc. is purchasing the PICO Northstar Hallock LLC plant in Hallock, Minn., for $127 million, effective in the third quarter of this year. CHS is Fortune 100 company based in St. Paul.