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Farmers like crop insurance change: Federal agency clarifies ‘normal weather’ provision

August 27, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

GRAND FORKS – Life has become a little simpler for farmers and crop insurers in the Upper Midwest. Continue Reading

Wet planting season leads to busy crop insurers

June 27, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

GRAND FORKS Upper Midwest crop insurance agents always are busy during spring planting. But this spring was particularly hectic for them in areas hit by heavy rains and planting delays.
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Prevented planting estimates released by USDA

June 27, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

FARGO North Dakota and Minnesota are among states assessing how much prevented planting acres and damaged crops there are in the region, as a result of excess moisture.
Aaron Krauter, North Dakota state director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency in Fargo, said preliminary reports indicate about 2 million acres might not have been planted in North Dakota.
“That’s a guesstimate totally a guesstimate,” said Krauter, who is from Regent. Continue Reading

Rain keeping farmers out of fields

June 11, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

FARGO Farmers in northeast North Dakota are swamped from heavy spring rains that are the worst Ron Beneda has seen in his 35 years as Extension agent for Cavalier County. Continue Reading

North Dakota’s planting plans wash out

May 29, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

GRAND FORKS The wet, late spring has wiped out any chance of Cavalier County shattering its corn acreage this year. “We had 5,000 acres of corn last year. That was a record,” Extension Agent Ron Beneda said. “The original talk last fall was that we maybe were going to have four times that record 20,000 acres would have been in this spring. Now, it’s back to the 5,000 acres.” Continue Reading

USDA: Despite late start, record corn crop likely

May 10, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

DES MOINES, Iowa The wet start to the corn planting season is expected to reduce the amount each acre produces this year, but farmers are planting so much of the crop that they’re still likely to bring in a record amount. Continue Reading

Help on the farm: Rescue organization helps local farmers in need

May 7, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

Planting crops near his home between South Heart and Belfield wasn’t in the cards this year for Daryl Zarak. A brain injury from an ATV accident in December has kept Zarak from being able to do much on the farm. Continue Reading

Late spring packs a punch

April 25, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

It may seem like a distant memory at this point, but it was only a year ago that most of Minnesota was soaking in the sun during a beautiful month of April. Continue Reading

Below normal temps provide few days for SD fieldwork

April 1, 2013 in The Daily Republic

SIOUX FALLS (AP) Below normal temperatures have limited the ability for snow to melt and kept soil temperatures at or below freezing across South Dakota. Continue Reading

Spring planting likely to be later in ND this year

March 26, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

FARGO The planting of crops in North Dakota this spring is likely to begin later than last year. Continue Reading