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Search is on for rail congestion cure

September 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

ST. PAUL — A soybean farmers from southwestern Minnesota and an official of a taconite mine in the northeast, and more than a dozen others, came to the same conclusion: Significant railroad delays throughout the Upper Midwest are hurting nearly eve…continue reading on

Minnesota soybeans are sprouting up in South Korean kitchens

April 9, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

Six years ago, Alexandria resident and former farmer, Craig Damstrom fostered an idea to develop a cash crop in the area not the legume itself, but its seed. Soy seeds are in high demand in South Korea since China has been exporting less and consuming more of its own product. Continue Reading

Corn kings and bean barons reap bountiful harvest

October 11, 2012 in Alexandria Echo Press

An abundance of bushels and miles of piles are straddling the Minnesota landscape early this year. The drought this summer has got farmers wrapping up soybean and corn crop harvests weeks ahead of schedule as evidenced by the mounds at CHS Prairie Lakes Coop in Lowry. Continue Reading

Farm Rescue picks 200th family to help

September 27, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

WYNDMERE Charles Hardie couldn’t help but smile as he sat atop the combine with blades chewing down stalks of yellow corn at a rhythmic pace near here Thursday afternoon. Continue Reading

Asian delegation checks soybean crop

September 20, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

BRANDON, S.D. With both hands holding it open, Fadjar Setiawan plunged a small, clear plastic bag into the cascade of soybeans flowing from a truck unloading at the Eastern Farmers Cooperative in Brandon. Continue Reading

Crop production in the Dakotas at different extremes

September 7, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

BISMARCK Keith Deutsch and Chad Blindauer both work the land in the Dakotas, one in the north and one in the south, producing crops that help feed a hungry nation. Most years they deal with comparable weather and similar production problems, but this year is shaping up to be unlike most others. Continue Reading

US drought leveling off: Forecast shows conditions may linger into November

August 16, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) The worst drought in the U.S. in decades may be leveling off or even be easing ever so slightly in some lucky locales, federal weather forecasters announced Thursday in a report of little comfort for farmers and ranchers who already have begun tallying this year’s losses. Continue Reading

Food reps impressed by U.S. soy sustainability practices

June 16, 2012 in Alexandria Echo Press

Most U.S. soybean farmers know they employ sustainable farming methods, such as conservation tillage, cover crops and tactics that help minimize nutrient runoff. Now a group of representatives from global food companies know it, too.
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USDA: MN 2011 corn yield was 156 bushels per acre, beans at 38.5 bushels

January 12, 2012 in West Central Tribune

WILLMAR As expected, USDA’s crop production report finds that farmers in Minnesota harvested lower yields for corn and soybeans in 2011. Continue Reading

Soybean farmers do their part for Japan

April 25, 2011 in Alexandria Echo Press

The United Soybean Board (USB), which represents the nearly 600,000 U.S. soybean farmers, will help Japanese small businesses that wish to donate food to those in need after multiple disasters in that country. Continue Reading

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