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South Dakota wheat production up 69 percent

October 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Wheat production in South Dakota this year is up 69 percent from 2013, to 131 million bushels.

The Agriculture Department’s small grain production report estimates winter wheat production in the state up 127 percent, spring …continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

First freeze causes little damage to Northern Plains crops

September 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

CHICAGO — The U.S. northern Plains and far western Midwest crop regions saw their first freeze of the season but the cold temperatures were only in pockets of the belt, limiting damage to immature corn and soybeans, agricultural meteorologists said…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Big crop gets bigger: USDA raises U.S. corn, soybean estimates

September 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

WASHINGTON — U.S. corn and soybean production in 2014, already pegged at record highs, will be higher than expected a month ago and somewhat above trade expectations, the U.S. government said on Thursday, triggering a swift drop in Chicago grain mar…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Soy yields set for US record as rains fatten pods

September 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

By Jeff Wilson

CHICAGO — After soybean fields from North Dakota to Ohio got more than twice the normal rainfall in August, Iowa farmer Jason Marienau expects the wet weather that plumped up his beans to boost yields to a record.

The showers h…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

Soy yields set for US record as rains fatten pods

September 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

By Jeff Wilson

CHICAGO — After soybean fields from North Dakota to Ohio got more than twice the normal rainfall in August, Iowa farmer Jason Marienau expects the wet weather that plumped up his beans to boost yields to a record.

The showers h…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

Farm income seen falling 14 percent from record 2013 levels

August 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

By Alan Bjerga and Megan Durisin

CHICAGO — Lower prices for corn and soybeans will drive the profits of U.S. farmers down to an estimated $113.2 billion in 2014, a decline of 14 percent from last year’s record, according to the Department of A…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

Prevented-planting acres in ND fewer than thought, agency says

August 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

The latest Farm Service Agency statistics reinforce earlier reports that prevented-planting acres aren’t as common in North Dakota as once feared.

As of Aug. 9, 1.736 million acres of prevented-planting had been reported in the state, accordin…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

Twin corn ears push US yields to bin-busting crop

August 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

By Jeff Wilson

CHICAGO — The second ear of corn emerging on stalks across Pat Solon’s 1,600-acre farm in Illinois is the latest sign that the U.S. crop this year will be a bin-buster.

“It’s the healthiest crop I’ve ever grown,” Solo…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

Already dry South Dakota fields crunched by storm: About 65 miles of wind, hail beat up crops

July 31, 2014 in Uncategorized

By Marcus Traxler
Forum News Service
STICKNEY, S.D. — The scene around Ronnie Prien’s farm is one he’s all too familiar with.
“The first year I farmed, I got hail. I’ve been through this rodeo before,” he said with a chuckle.
After ne…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Farmers hit by sticker shock at insurance costs for prevent-plant

July 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

BILLINGS, Mont. — Some farmers in the prairie pothole region are starting to complain about sticker shock from rising rates for prevented-plant crop insurance coverage, says Doug Hagel, outgoing regional director for the U.S. Department of Agricult…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com