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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

Bloomin’ Saturdays

July 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

WORTHINGTON — Fresh produce fans found plenty to chew on when the first Saturday farmers’ markets of the season cropped up in Worthington this past weekend.

From 6:30 a.m. to nearly noon, area vendors set up their garden-fresh offerings in two…continue reading on dglobe.com

Washed away

June 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

LEOTA — Like many farmers with crops under water or obliterated by hail, Harley Buys of rural Edgerton is in limbo.

“Everything we farm is gone,” he said Tuesday afternoon, 24 hours after a 6-inch rain and a 45-minute hail storm pummeled his…continue reading on dglobe.com

Soy farmers see rally ending

June 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

By Jeff Wilson

CHICAGO — Minnesota farmer Bob Worth has sold most of his soybeans on bets the biggest rally in five years is about to end.

With futures up as much as 19 percent this year, Worth unloaded 75 percent of the crop he is growing on…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

NDSU study shows manure has role in crop production

May 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

By Jonathan Knutson

Many Upper Midwest farmers wonder whether they’ll have access to enough commercial fertilizer this spring.

Though it’s too late for most crops this growing season, Mary Berg has an old-school solution for coming years: T…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

What all the buzz is about

May 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

GRANT — In Jerry Linser’s apiary rehab clinic, he holds one of his clients between his fingers.

“I know where you’ve been,” murmurs Linser to a honeybee, as he gently lifts it to the bee screen around his face. “You have a honey-tummy …continue reading on dglobe.com

What all the buzz is about

May 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

GRANT — In Jerry Linser’s apiary rehab clinic, he holds one of his clients between his fingers.

“I know where you’ve been,” murmurs Linser to a honeybee, as he gently lifts it to the bee screen around his face. “You have a honey-tummy …continue reading on dglobe.com

EU wheat grows thirsty after record March warmth

April 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

PARIS — Wheat in the north and east of Europe is at risk of yield losses as record spring warmth and sunshine is prompting precocious crop development in soils short on moisture.

In Germany, the warmest March days ever recorded prompted hasty op…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

South Dakota farmers start planting corn crop

April 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — South Dakota farmers have started planting this year’s corn crop.

The federal Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop and weather report that 1 percent of the state’s corn crop is seeded, compared to 3 percent on aver…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com