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Agriculture Today for Friday, May 26, 2017 (full story)


Country Morning for Friday, May 26, 2017 (full story)


POET founder, chairman and chief executive officer Jeff Broin will receive the George Washington Carver Award for Innovation in Industrial Biotechnology. This award recognizes people who have made a significant contribution to the creation of a bio-based economy. Broin built the first POET ethanol... (full story)


The gavel came down on the special session of the Minnesota Legislature at 3:24 Friday morning. Five major budget bills passed during the special session. Another five budget bills made it through before the regular session ended. If the environment bill is signed into law, the state will not begin... (full story)


Sunshine and warmer temps are in the picture to end this week. NK Seed sales rep Robbie Holthusen, who covers southeast North Dakota, says the warm-up is welcome news. “Corn has been sitting there, not doing much for the last week or so with these cold temperatures. I’ve seen yellow look... (full story)


Farmers in the Minot area are getting close to wrapping up spring planting. Dakota Agronomy Partners Seed Sales Manager Doug Naze is expecting more soybeans. “I can’t say for sure until the dust settles. It feels like there was a lot more soybeans in at the end, on the undecided acres... (full story)


Agriculture Today for Thursday, May 25, 2017 (full story)


Country Morning for Thursday, May 25, 2017 (full story)


House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway and Ranking Member Collin Peterson and members of the committee met with Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer Wednesday for an executive roundtable discussion on trade. After the closed-door meeting... (full story)


Construction has started on a new turkey processing plant at Melrose, Minnesota. The Jennie-O Turkey Store plant is expected to be up and running in early 2019. In the meantime, the existing facility will continue to operate. The new plant is valued at nearly $140 million. (full story)


Doug Wilson will retire from Cooperative Resources International in August. Wilson has been CRI's chief executive officer since 2002. Wilson has been in the A.I. industry for 49 years, including 39 years with CRI. CRI is based in Shawano, Wisconsin and is the parent company of AgSource, GENEX and... (full story)


The EPA has approved registration for a new seed treatment insecticide from Syngenta. Fortenza is labeled to protect corn from above-and-below-ground insects including black cutworm, fall armyworm, seed corn maggot and wireworm. (full story)


The U.S. Meat Export Federation has announced its succession plan for longtime USMEF president and CEO Philip Seng. Dan Halstrom, who is now USMEF’s senior vice president of marketing will become president on September 1 and add the CEO title on December 1. Seng will remain with USMEF CEO emer... (full story)


In the 2018 Farm Bill, South Dakota Senator John Thune wants all ARC-County payments to be calculated using the payment rate for the county in which a farmer’s land is physically located. Thune says currently USDA doesn’t require ARC-County participants who have farmland in different cou... (full story)


The Senate Ag Committee hosted a hearing on the state of the farm economy this morning. Witnesses all agreed, the farm economy is tough right now. USDA Chief Economist Dr. Rob Johansson told the committee farm income will remain flat this year. Johansson also said continuing strength in farmland val... (full story)


National Sunflower Association Executive Director John Sandbacken says the western part of North Dakota is really dry. “When you look at the drought monitor map, if you take Highway 83 west, it’s really drying out. Some of those areas are in the D2 drought category. We could use moisture... (full story)


Brazilian ag consultant Pedro Dejneka estimates 50 to 55 percent of Brazil’s soybean crop has been sold, but a lot of it is unpriced. Dejneka expects increased farmer selling soon. “We have a situation where Brazil has to export these beans. We don’t have a place to store them. On... (full story)


Wally Branjord is trying to wrap up planting near Bottineau, North Dakota. He's not made many switches to acres, but planting more durum. There are also more corn and soybean acres in his area of the state. "There was a price difference between wheat and durum this year. The sunflower and barley acr... (full story)


Agriculture Today for Wednesday, May 24, 2017 (full story)


Country Morning for Wednesday, May 24, 2017 (full story)


Farmers in north central North Dakota are making good planting progress. Rugby farmer Steve Fritel says moisture is welcome. “We have excellent subsoil moisture, but the top is dry. It’s a challenge getting the seed placed at the right depth so it’s in good moisture, but not too... (full story)


Rain delays are a very real issue across the Midwest. Gulke Group President Jerry Gulke says yield is still a big discussion for the markets right. “I got a call from someone out west and they asked if is it really that bad. We’re sitting in mud in a lot of Illinois. It looks like we cou... (full story)


Senate Ag Committee Chairman Pat Roberts says President Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts will be thoroughly reviewed, but the needs of farmers and ranchers must be addressed. “As we debate the budget and the next Farm Bill, I’m going to do everything I can to ensure farmers... (full story)


Cold temperatures slowed the crop progress in the Langon, North Dakota area. During RRFN's visit to the farm on Tuesday, Kevin Waslaski said emergence has been an issue. “We’re waiting on crops to come out of the ground. The soybeans aren’t out of the ground and the first part of... (full story)


Rolla, North Dakota farmer Tim Mickelson is cautious when saying he could use some rain. “We haven’t had much rain the last month and a half. There’s enough to germinate, but a half-inch of rain at the end of seeding would be welcome.” RRFN's CropWatch coverage is sponosored... (full story)


David Thompson farms north of East Grand Forks, Minnesota. The sugarbeets and wheat looks good coming out of the ground, but Thompson wants some sunshine. “We just need some heat right now, consistent days of sunshine and warm temperatures to get this ground warmed up." Thompson says he hasn... (full story)


At the temperatures warm, weeds will also start growing. BASF Technical Services Representative Ken Deibert says there are some do’s and don’ts for farmers who are using the new Dicamba weed control system. “It really comes down to common sense when we make these applications. Ther... (full story)


Agriculture Today for Tuesday, May 23, 2017 (full story)


Country Morning for Tuesday, May 23, 2017 (full story)


Agriculture Today for Monday, May 22, 2017 (full story)


Country Morning for Monday, May 22, 2017 (full story)


Over the weekend, adjustments were made in the buffer language within the Minnesota omnibus environment and natural resources bill. The original bill called for a two-year delay for the implementation of the buffer law. Governor Mark Dayton said that was a non-starter and promised to veto any bill... (full story)


The Minnesota Legislature must adjourn by midnight tonight. Progress was seen over the weekend, but a special session may still be needed to finish work on the budget. The agriculture finance bill has passed both chambers again and is on its way to Governor Mark Dayton. The revamped bill includes... (full story)


The head of the world’s largest meatpacker is part of a political scandal that is rocking Brazil. Joesley Batista, who is the chairman of JBS, reportedly offered bribe money to Brazilian President Michel Temer. In testimony that was part of a plea deal, Batista said millions of dollars was als... (full story)


Within the 2018 budget proposal, the Trump administration is proposing changes to the crop insurance program. These changes would provide total savings of nearly $29 billion over the next ten years. Acting Deputy Agriculture Secretary Mike Young, who is also USDA’s budget officer, said this... (full story)


CHS Inc. has named a new president and CEO. Jay Debertin succeeds Carl Casale, who led the cooperative for the past seven years. “I grew up in East Grand Forks, Minnesota, in the Red River Valley. I’ve been with CHS for 33 years now, with time in the energy area. I’ve also worked... (full story)


According to a spokesperson for former CHS President and CEO Carl Casale, there was communicaitons between Casale and the CHS board one month ago. Casale indicated he successfully met met the objectives that were put in place when he was hired. During his seven-year tenure, CHS nearly doubled the... (full story)


Wensman Seed is part of a transition happening with its parent company, AgReliant Genetics. Starting in 2018, Wensman, Producers Hybrids, Eureka Seeds, Golden Acre Genetics and Great Lakes Hybrids will be sold under the LG Seeds brand. Wensman Seeds general manager Jeff Wensman says this is part of... (full story)


It can be tricky trying to make long-range forecasts, but there are no big extremes in the temps expected in the Upper Midwest. Eric Snodgrass is a meteorologist with the University of Illinois.  “It looks as though that the north-central plains this summer have a better chance of having... (full story)


Agriculture Today for Friday, May 19, 2017 (full story)


Country Morning for Friday, May 19, 2017 (full story)


Union workers at American Crystal Sugar Company have voted to approve a five-year contract offer. In addition to pay raises, American Crystal offered employees a signing bonus if the contract was wrapped up by May 22. (full story)


The Trump administration is expected to release its new budget proposal on Tuesday. Another round of crop insurance cuts are anticipated. Agri-Pulse is reporting the proposal will be similar to a bill known as the AFFIRM Act introduced by Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake and Wisconsin Democrati... (full story)


The Trump administration has notified Congress that it intends to launch formal negotiations with Mexico and Canada to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement. Negotiations can begin 90 days after this notice is filed with Congress. That means trade talks could start by mid-August. Agricultur... (full story)


Another significant merger is planned once the ChemChina-Syngenta deal is complete. ChemChina is in discussion with Sinochem. Sinochem is state-owned and is one of China’s largest oil companies. It is also involved in the seed, fertilizer and farm chemical business. A merger between ChemChina... (full story)


Archer Daniels Midland has completed its expansion and upgrade at its export terminal in Santos, Sao Paulo, Brazil. This facility now has more loading and unloading capabilities and more storage. ADM has an agreement to continue operations at the port until 2037. (full story)


Deere & Company is reporting second quarter net income of more than $802 million. That’s up from $494 million one year earlier. Worldwide, net equipment sales increased two percent. The sales performance in the United States and Canada was down five percent for the quarter. (full story)


There’s been a few exceptions, but temps have been cool over the past month-and-a-half in the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest. Some heat would be welcome for the newly planted crop. RRFN asked University of Illinois meteorologist Eric Snodgrass if that will happen. “The unfortunate new... (full story)


A few farmers in northwestern North Dakota continue to struggle with wet fields this spring. Dakota Agronomy Partners sales agronomist Jenna Whalen, who is based in Mohall, says unfortunately some farmers along the Canada border continue to fight wet fields. “There was lots of standing water... (full story)


North Dakota State University Extension area specialist Lesley Lubenow says emergence has been very slow with the cool weather.  “It depends, but pretty much everything has slowed down. There is canola that’s been in the ground about two weeks for some farmers and I haven’t... (full story)


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