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Agriculture Today for Friday, July 21, 2017 (full story)

Country Morning for Friday, July 21, 2017 (full story)

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has extended the comment period for its draft proposal for nitrogen fertilizer in Minnesota. Public comments will now be accepted through Friday, August 25. MDA is also adding new listening sessions in Roseau on July 26 at 6:30 p.m., Warren on July 27 at 8:30... (full story)

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North Dakota's State Water Commission has voted to release an additional $500,000 for the Drought Disaster Livestock Water Supply Program. The money will cover the approved pending requests and leave about $277,000 for additional requests, which will last until needs can be reassessed at the commiss... (full story)

The USDA Farm Service Agency has designated Faulk, Hyde and Sully counties in South Dakota as primary disaster areas due to losses and damages from the recent drought. In North Dakota, Dickey, Kidder, McHenry and Sheridan Counties are also primary natural disaster areas.  (full story)

According to the Drought Monitor, drought conditions are worsening in Montana and the Dakotas. USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey explained four areas in North Dakota and Montana are now in category D4 or exceptional drought. “Two of them in North Dakota. One in Montana. The fourth one is straddli... (full story)

Groton Ag Partners co-owner Carl Schwab says crop conditions west of Andover, South Dakota are looking pretty rough. “East of Aberdeen, the corn and soybeans are hanging in there. We’ve picked up some rain. The wheat will be short. We’re just getting ready to start harvest, but it... (full story)

North Dakota Ag Commissioner Doug Georhing says 94 percent of North Dakota is in extreme drought now. “We’re certainly hearing it, feeling it and seeing it.” Geohring says haying CRP is currently taking place.   (full story)

North Dakota Barley Council Steve Edwardson says the drought conditions are impacting the barley crop. “We’re going to be seeing depressed yields, likely below the state average. For quality, early reports are fair. We know we’ll have issues with plump and higher protein. We&rsquo... (full story)

The Wheat Quality Council’s annual spring wheat tour is drawing a lot of attention this year. WQC Executive Vice President Dave Green says there will be a record number of scouts on the tour. "I think we have 77 now registered," says Green. "That’s a lot of late interest from people. The... (full story)

While most custom harvesters have missed out on a South Dakota wheat harvest, Lundeen Harvesting owner Chad Lundeen is in Gettysburg preparing to harvest what he can. The crop there doesn’t really look good. "The yields will probably be low. Lots of the winter wheat is already baled up. We cou... (full story)

Northern Pulse Growers Association marketing director Brian Gion says the biggest challenge for pulse growers this year is the drought. “Pulses don’t like lots of rain, but they do need water. They need rain, but I don’t think it will help much now," he says. "Farmers are already... (full story)

North Dakota is in the worst drought since 2006. North Dakota State University Extension state climatologist Adnan Akyuz says parts of North Dakota are in the exceptional drought status, which hasn't happened since 2006. The only counties considered drought-free are Grand Forks and Nelson with porti... (full story)

AgCountry Farm Credit Services vice president of crop insurance and commodity marketing education Rob Fronning is encouraging farmers to seek out marketing opportunities. Wheat is one example. "We’re just around the corner on wheat harvest. The wheat markets could go either way. If we have a... (full story)

Eberts Harvesting, Inc. owner Nancy Eberts is in South Dakota for the wheat harvest. During her last stop in Nebraska, Eberts says the crop wasn't terrible. “We just cut two pivots of white wheat in Nebraska. The yield was phenomenal. The test weights were at 62 pounds. The protein was around... (full story)

Agriculture Today for Thursday, July 20, 2017 (full story)

Country Morning for Thursday, July 20, 2017 (full story)

Agriculture Today for Wednesday, July 19, 2017 (full story)

Country Morning for Wednesday, July 19, 2017 (full story)

Agriculture Today for Tuesday, July 18, 2017 (full story)

Country Morning for Tuesday, July 18, 2017 (full story)

The current president and chief executive officer for Dow AgroSciences has accepted a similar role with the Lindsay Corporation. Timothy Hassinger will succeed Rick Parod in mid-October. Hassinger has been with Dow AgroSciences for 33 years including three years in his current position. Lindsay Corp... (full story)

Agriculture Today for Monday, July 17, 2017 (full story)

Country Morning for Monday, July 17, 2017 (full story)

The North Dakota state seed commissioner is warning a seed shortage may be a reality for 2018. Ken Bertsch says the drought has reduced the number of acres in certification programs this year by 20-to-25 percent. Test weights and germination rates may also be hurt by the drought. There were large... (full story)

The Red River Farm Network announces the addition of Megan Ternquist to its farm broadcast team. Ternquist will begin her duties at RRFN on Monday, July 24. "Megan will be a huge asset and a welcome addition to our team,” said Don Wick, president, Red River Farm Network. “Megan’s... (full story)

Due to the drought, the number of wheat acres in the Pierre, South Dakota area are limited. South Dakota State University Extension agronomy field specialist Ruth Beck says it is a severe situation. "Lots of winter and spring wheat is baled. Some people were able to leave parts of their spring wheat... (full story)

Ten individuals will be inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame in September. The 2017 class includes biofuels advocate and the founder and CEO of POET, Jeff Broin. The honorees also include former South Dakota Representative Stephanie Herseth Sandlin and the Niels Hansen, who was a South Dakota... (full story)

After a couple weeks without rain, the Fergus Falls area received some nice showers last week. Thunder Seed district sales manager Travis Buchholz says the corn and soybeans are at a critical stage of development. “We’ve got lots of tasseling corn. Beans are flowering. Lots of height on... (full story)

Country Morning for Friday, July 14, 2017 (full story)

Agriculture Today for Friday, July 14, 2017 (full story)

The chairman of the Minnesota House Agriculture Policy Committee has received the Bell Ringer Award from the Minnesota Association of Agricultural Educators. Rep. Paul Anderson of Starbuck was recognized for his support of agriculture education. (full story)

Cargill is reporting annual income of $2.8 billion. That’s up 19 percent from last year and is Cargill’s best year since 2009. For the quarter, Cargill earned $347 million. With the release of the financial information, Cargill officials indicated the company is interested in acquiring... (full story)

The Missouri Department of Agriculture has lifted its ban on Engenia, XtendiMax and FeXapan. All other dicamba products are not allowed to be used. Missouri’s special local needs label says the herbicide cannot be applied when winds are over ten miles per hour. There are new limits on when the... (full story)

It’s no surprise. American Soybean Association CEO Steve Censky will be the new Deputy Secretary of Agriculture. Censky is a Minnesota native, growing up on a farm near Jackson. A South Dakota State University graduate, Censky worked at USDA during the Reagan and George H.W. Bush years, includ... (full story)

A Chinese trade delegation has signed an agreement to purchase 12.5 million metric tons of U.S. soybeans. This purchase represents 11 percent of this year’s projected soybean crop and is the second largest purchase agreement ever. At the signing ceremony in Iowa, Chinese officials said China... (full story)

Country Morning for Thursday, July 13, 2017 (full story)

Agriculture Today for Thursday, July 13, 2017 (full story)

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative plans to publish its NAFTA negotiating objectives on Monday, allowing for the 30 days of review before trade talks begin as required by the 2015 trade promotion authority law. As Politico reports, USTR circulated an eight-page draft letter in March outlini... (full story)

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and his Brazilian counterpart Blairo Maggi had a face-to-face meeting in Washington, D.C., but the U.S. has not lifted its ban on Brazilian beef imports. The ban went into place a month ago after a large percentage of Brazilian beef shipments failed to pass inspect... (full story)

North Dakota Farmers Union is praising USDA’s announcement that CRP acres will be open for emergency haying in North Dakota due to ongoing drought. Beginning Sunday, through August 30, counties designated as D2 or greater on the U.S. Drought Monitor, will be authorized for haying. Counties wit... (full story)

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum has received notification that a presidential disaster declaration has been issued for the 10 counties and Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Reservation that were affected by spring flooding. This declaration triggers federal assistance of approximately $3.25 million... (full story)

President Donald Trump has nominated Ted McKinney and Sam Clovis to USDA undersecretary positions. McKinney is now the Indiana State Agriculture Director and has been picked as the new undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs. Previously, McKinney worked for Dow AgroSciences and Ela... (full story)

Neumiller Harvesting owner and operator Logan Neumiller is in Nebraska this week. “They’re low on acres around this area. Test weights are varying from 52 and the highest I’ve heard is 58. It’s not been too hot for spring wheat. Yields varying. Some are down in the 20s.&rdquo... (full story)

Viterra hosted an official grand opening of its grain terminal in Grand Forks Wednesday. Viterra acquired this facility in May from Gavilon Grain. At this location, Viterra has 140,000 metric tons of storage capacity. There is the ability to load shuttle trains and is equipped with two truck receivi... (full story)

Matejeck Custom Harvesting owner Mike Matejcek is back at his headquarters in Wahpeton, North Dakota. That’s earlier than previous years due to the lack of a crop in many areas. The wheat harvest didn’t start off bad. “We started in southern Oklahoma. Bins are still half full from... (full story)

With a volatile, weather-driven market, all eyes will be on this year’s Wheat Quality Council Spring Wheat Tour. The Red River Farm Network will provide coverage from this year's tour. These special reports on the Red River Farm Network are sponsored by Advance Trading and risk management advi... (full story)

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt made a stop in the Twin Cities Wednesday to take input on the Waters of the United States rule. A new version of the WOTUS rule is expected to be unveiled in early 2018. Pruitt met the agriculture community in an event organized by the Minnesota AgriGrowth Council. The... (full story)

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