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Seed Treatments Advised — Without good stand establishment, it is difficult to see the full genetic potential of a crop. Syngenta seed care product lead Kris Pauna says rhizoctonia and sugarbeet cyst nematode are two pests that can significantly impact sugarbeet yield. Seed treatments are advised. "Without a seed treatment, you're leaving that plant exposed to insects and early disease pressure. You can't do much about that until after emergence." This will be first year for Vibrance seed treatment. Pauna describes it as the best-in-class rhizoctonia seed treatment. "It is systemic so it protects the root zone and the young plant and that is especially important for rhizoctonia."
EPA Hearing — The Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, Gina McCarthy, testified to the House Ag Committee this morning. The most popular topics of discussion during the hearing included the Waters of the United States rule, the Renewable Fuel Standard and the regulation of pesticides. In his opening statement, House Ag Committee Chairman, Michael Conaway says members of the committee believe the EPA has pursued an agenda absent any recognition of the consequences for rural America and production agriculture. Conaway says this is especially true for the WOTUS rule. During the hearing, committee member Steve King from Iowa says the EPA has been unclear in written regulations.
Farm Financial Challenges — This year, it’s not just agronomic issues the crop advisers are talking about; it’s also farm financial challenges. Josh Tjosaas, a farm business management instructor with Northland Community and Technical College in Moorhead, says crop budgets show losses of about $90 to $130 an acre, for corn, soybeans and wheat this year. Family living and debt can make a big difference. “Where folks are on expenses per acre, machinery debt, long-term debt and family living are the things that make a difference between a farmer cash flowing and not cash flowing," says Tjosaas. "Some farmers are refinancing to get a per-acre cost down.” Area Extension agronomist Greg Endres liked the interactive discussion they had about weed resistance management, but admits there’s no “silver bullet.” “There are a lot of potential new ideas," says Endres. "People shouldn’t rely only on herbicides.” One crop consultant from Bottineau County said they haven’t seen much weed resistance yet, while another consultant in south-central North Dakota said he thinks it’s too late to stop herbicide-resistant weeds.
Preparing for the Next Farm Bill — The Heritage Foundation has released a new paper, which calls on Congress to make reforms to the farm commodity programs and crop insurance in the next farm bill. Rather than focus on these traditional risk management programs, the conservative think tank believes the government should promote free trade and reduce the regulatory burden for farmers.
New CME Hours — Starting February 29, the CME Group will reduce its trading hours for cattle and hog futures. With the new plan, markets will open at 8:30 AM and close at 1:05 PM Monday-through-Friday. That shortens the trading day by four-and-a-half hours. The change is expected to reduce volatility in the livestock markets.
AFPM Challenges RFS Rule — The American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers is asking the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. to review EPA’s rule for establishing volumetric standards for the Renewable Fuel Standard. The trade group claims this rule violates the Clean Air Act. Agriculture and the ethanol industry may have a different perspective than what is seen in the oil industry, but they have filed a similar petition with the courts last month. Groups including the National Corn Growers Association, Growth Energy and the American Coalition for Ethanol are challenging the EPA’s interpretation of its authority with the RFS.
Court Approves $50 Million Settlement — A federal judge has approved a preliminary financial settlement in a lawsuit dealing with allegations of price-fixing within the dairy industry in the Northeast. After six years in the courts, Dairy Farmers of America and Dairy Marketing Services LLC will pay $50 million to dairy farmers. The average settlement amounts to $4,000 per farm, but farmers can opt out of the deal and seek more money through individual lawsuits. The original lawsuit claimed DFA, DMS and Dean Foods conspired to control the supply and price of milk. Dean Foods settled its portion of the case five years ago for $30 million.
Budget Plan Released — The Obama Administration’s 2016 budget proposal calls for an $18 billion cut over the next ten years. That would be done by cutting the government’s premium subsidy in the harvest price option program. Certain levels of prevented plant coverage would also be eliminated. The budget proposal also cuts funding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which hurts the chance for improvements on the river shipping system. The budget plan does include $12 billion to provide free summer meals to children who qualify for free and reduced school meals.
Mixed Reaction to Budget — The American Farm Bureau Federation has a mixed reaction to President Obama’s fiscal year 2017 budget proposal. Farm Bureau opposes the proposed $18 billion cut to crop insurance and is also opposed to the proposed increase in the capital gains tax from 20 percent to 28 percent. On a positive note, Farm Bureau’s R.J. Karney says the budget includes a funding increase for ag research. “The President’s proposal nearly doubles the currently enacted level and raises the budget line up to $700 million,” says Karney. “It signals the restoration of food and ag research as a priority of our nation.”
Crop Insurance Concerns — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack received questions about the president’s proposed cut in crop insurance funding at a House Ag Appropriations subcommittee hearing on Thursday. Vilsack said both the USDA Inspector General and the Government Accountability Office have criticized the agency for not changing prevented planting rules. “You all asked us to be aware of our oversight responsibility. That is reflected in the recommendations,” says Vilsack. “What we’ve proposed in in the price harvest loss area is a more equitable partnership between the taxpayer, the farmer and the insurance company. Instead of subsidizing 62 percent of the premium, we would only subsidize below 50 percent. I don’t think it destroys the program. I think it responds to oversight concerns.”
EWG Renews Crop Insurance Criticism — A new report commissioned by the Environmental Working Group paints a critical view of the crop insurance program. For every dollar paid in crop insurance premiums from 2000-to-2014, farmers got back $2.20 in claims. During that time, North Dakota corn farmers reportedly had a net gain of nearly $24 per acre. The net return for corn in Minnesota was $13.50 per acre. Iowa State University agricultural economist Bruce Babcock authored the study. According to the EWG, crop insurance is costly for taxpayers, lacks transparency and has environmental implications.
Crop Insurance Cuts in Proposed Budget — President Obama's fiscal year 2017 budget includes two proposals to reform crop insurance. The first would reduce subsidies for revenue insurance policies that insure the price at the time of harvest. The second would reform prevented planting coverage, including removing optional buy-up coverage. Collectively, the White House says these proposals are expected to save $18 billion over 10 years. Last year, the president proposed savings of $16 billion over 10 years.
Hitting Where It Hurts — In response to the proposed cuts in crop insurance noted in President Obama’s FY 2017 budget Tuesday morning, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Pat Roberts says the president is hitting rural America where it hurts the most and all of this is occurring at a time when farm income is projected to decline 56 percent in the past three years. Roberts also says the President’s budget does nothing to tackle the nation’s budget crisis.
Still Waiting on a GMO Labeling Solution — We’re still waiting for a national GMO labeling solution from Congress. The Senate Ag Committee is meeting this week to discuss solutions. North Dakota Senator John Hoeven had conversations with Senate Agriculture Committee members last week. “I visited with Debbie Stabenow and Pat Roberts last week," says Hoeven. "I’m continuing to try to get either Senator Stabenow or other Democrats on the committee to agree to some kind of compromise we could advance. At this point, they haven’t been willing to do that. I expect to meet with them both again this week to get a bipartisan solution.”
No Signs of Progress on GMO Labeling — The Senate Ag Committee is working toward a solution on the GMO labeling law. South Dakota Senator John Thune says he doesn’t see big signs of progress. “The two groups are no longer talking directly," says Thune. "Senate Democrats continue to insist that any compromise on the issue has to have some kind of mandatory disclosure. Republicans on the committee are planning to meet to talk about a solution to address the issue and what states are trying to do. Right now, I don’t think any Senate Democrats on board with that.” Thune says the patchwork of legislation has already started, which creates a stronger sense of urgency to find a solution to this challenge.
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Hope for a GMO Labeling Agreement — State patchwork GMO labeling legislation continues across the country. New York’s Assembly Committee on Consumer Affairs and Protection just passed a bill to require mandatory GMO food labels in the state. However, National Corn Growers Association’s Jon Doggett is hopeful a national labeling agreement will be reached before July 1, which is when Vermont’s GMO labeling law goes into effect. “We do think there will be a legislative fix proposed," says Doggett. "We are hopeful it would be bipartisan in nature and it would be something we could get done in a year where it’s going to be difficult to get things done.”
NDFU Genetics Workshop — The North Dakota Farmers Union is hosting the Genetics on the Farm Workshop January 25 in Jamestown. North Dakota Farmer’s Union agriculture strategist Dane Braun says the event will address new crop traits, diversifying the farm and current genetics available to growers.North Dakota State University Extension specialists will talk corn, soybeans, wheat and specialty crops in addition to others throughout the day. “We'll talk about what qualities processors are looking for when they receive wheat and corn," says Braun. "There will also be some industry folks from BASF and Pro-Seed speak as well.”
TPP Sets High Bar — The National Oilseed Processors Association meeting wrapped up this week in Palm Desert, CA. During the event, the chairman of the United Soybean Board, Jared Hagert, had the opportunity to hear Chief Ag Negotiator Darci Vetter talk about the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Vetter didn’t share her thoughts when document could be signed, but she did say the TPP sets the bar high for all the countries involved. “It looks like a win-win for agriculture, but in order to get to those areas, there’s got to be concessions somewhere.” Hagert will travel to Florida next week for the Spring USB Board meeting. Hagert says they’ll talk more about the strategic plan and budgets.
Fair Trade — The Senate adopted the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 conference report on Thursday. According to South Dakota Senator John Thune, the legislation would protect consumers from higher taxes on Internet service, reduce trade barriers for low-value items and ensure fair treatment of domestic honey producers. Thune said passing the legislation sends a strong message to trading partners that the U.S. is serious about efficiently and effectively enforcing trade laws. Ag organizations like the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association say they support the bill, because it’s the right legislative vehicle to address the threat of currency manipulation.
Supply/Demand Report Met Analyst Expectations — The USDA February World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimate report came in about as traders were expecting with USDA raising ending stocks for corn, wheat and soybeans. USDA cut wheat exports 25 million bushels, raised ending stocks 25 million and lowered world consumption by 4.7 million tons. Corn ending stocks were raised 10 million bushels on increased imports and lower exports. USDA did raise ethanol use slightly. Soybean ending stocks were raised 10 million bushels from last month to 450 million bushels due to a lower crush number.
More Decline — USDA forecasts this year’s U.S. farm income will fall to the lowest level since 2002. Both net cash and net farm income are forecast to decline for the third consecutive year after reaching record highs in 2013 for net farm income and 2012 for net cash income. Net cash farm income is forecast to fall 2.5 percent this year, while net farm income is forecast to decline by three percent. These declines are moderate compared to the 27, and 38 percent reductions that occurred last year. Cash receipts are forecast to fall $9.6 billion, while direct government payments are forecast to increase by $3.3 billion. Livestock receipts are forecast to fall 4.3 percent this year, and crop receipts are expected to be down .9 percent. USDA says farm production expenses will decline again this year, the first back-to-back decline since the mid-80s.
Strong Demand for CRP Enrollment — There is a strong demand for Conservation Reserve Program enrollment this year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The competitive sign-up period is due to the 24 million acre cap on acres that can be enrolled in the program. USDA says submissions will be ranked according to environmental benefits in comparison to others. In January, more than 23.5 million acres were enrolled in CRP. Contracts for more than 1.6 million acres expire in the fall. The last day to enroll in CRP is February 26.
Biodiesel Losses — University of Illinois ag economist Scott Irwin says U.S. biodiesel producers lost an estimated ten cents per gallon last year, with total industry losses estimated at $130 million. Irwin says the EPA’s recent RFS rules increase the biodiesel mandate to two billion gallons in 2017, which should help. Also, there is the possibility that the biodiesel tax credit could be converted from a blender to a producer credit, which would effectively limit biodiesel imports to the U.S.
Telling the Rest of the Story — Looking back at 2015, Northland Community and Technical College Farm Business Management Instructor Ron Dvergsten says most farmers are pretty pleased with their yields. But Dvergsten says grain prices, input costs and income taxes tell the rest of the story. “Even with big yields, we’re seeing farms with modest profit," says Dvergsten. "Some people are still dealing with sizeable income tax deals coming off the super cycle for crop production.” Dvergsten also says unpriced grain inventory depreciated greatly from the beginning of last year to the end.
Low Fertilizer Costs Continue — Fertilizer costs are still low. North Dakota State University Extension’s bioenergy and bioproducts economist David Ripplinger says the low has lasted longer than anticipated. Most of the weakness is coming from lack of demand. Ripplinger anticipates more downside pressure. There are lots of factors in the market that tell Ripplinger prices won’t strengthen before planting season. Farmers are also taking advantage of the low diesel prices.
Evaluating Input Decisions — With a sluggish market, growers are scrutinizing every input decision. WinField agronomist Jason Hanson is seeing some acreage decisions firming up. “Decisions are becoming more solid, starting to move forward, but quite a bit of it is still undecided,” says Hanson. If seed was available, Hanson believes more peas and lentils would be planted in western North Dakota. In the eastern Dakotas and northwestern Minnesota, corn seems to have caught most of the attention.
Reducing Volatility in Cattle Markets — In an effort to reduce volatility in the cattle markets, the CME Group is reducing trading hours at the end of February. Vice-president of Government Affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Colin Woodall, says the CME Group is working with NCBA on solutions on how to address the volatility in the markets. However, adjusting trading hours wasn’t one of NCBA’s initial suggestions to fix the volatility, which concerns Woodall. “We're trying to determine how they think changing the hours would address our overall concerns,” says Woodall. “We’re going to talk about this and other actions that would help us address our underlying concern when we meet with CME. The underlying concern for us is volatility in the marketplace and the fact it has driven some feeders out of the futures market. We just want to make sure everyone has a level playing field in the futures market.” The CME Group and the NCBA are forming a working group to review solutions to the market volatility problem.
Language OKed for ND Referendum — The ballot language for an agriculture issue has been approved for a referendum vote in North Dakota. The public vote will determine the fate of a law allowing non-family corporations to own dairy and swine operations in the state. More people should be coming to the polls for the June 14th vote with a Republican primary expected for the governor’s race.
Soybean Costs — With conservative market price projections and difficulty in reducing costs, North Dakota State University Extension area agronomist Greg Endres says the best way to make money on soybeans is to increase yield. His basic strategy is to start with high yield potential through variety selection and adequate plant establishment and nutrition. That should be followed with plant protection, managing weeds, disease and insects. Based on NDSU trials conducted since 1999, Endres says soybean yield with reduced-till systems was four percent better than with conventional tillage. Soybeans following wheat have yielded five percent better than beans on beans. Early-planted soybeans yielded nine percent more than mid-May planted beans.
Bringing Business Back to the U.S. — Pilgrim’s Pride CEO Bill Lovette is hopeful that a bird flu outbreak in France will bring business back to the US. Lovette says buyers like South Africa are looking harder at banning chicken shipments from individual states rather than the whole country due to increasing demand.
Determining the Most Profitable Delivery Option — The Soy Transportation Coalition has updated its online calculator to help determine the most profitable delivery option for farmers. With this calculator, farmers can weigh the costs for a local spot delivery or a more distant buyer. This program is designed to work for soybeans, corn, wheat and other ag commodities. Colfax, North Dakota farmer Scott Gauslow chairs the Soy Transportation Coalition.
More Women Telling Ag's Story — Agriculture is always being told to tell its story. The American Sugarbeet Growers Association is taking that heart with its spokesperson training. According to Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers Association executive director Duane Maatz, nearly 20 farm women have been trained to carry the sugar industry’s message about biotechnology. “There’s a lot of connection on social media,” says Maatz. “Women listen to other women and trust them more than anyone else. Women are actively involved in making a lot of decisions on the farm."
Cuba Cake — The U.S. Ag Coalition for Cuba recognized its one-year anniversary this week in Washington, D.C. The broad coalition of more than 100 agriculture organizations and businesses formed a year ago following President Obama’s announcement of several administration efforts to ease some trade and travel restrictions. As part of the program at the National Press Club, North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp discussed her legislation to enable private financing of agricultural exports to Cuba.
Declining Asset Values — USDA forecasts U.S. farm asset values to decline by more than 1.5 percent this year and farm debt to increase by 2.3 percent. But USDA Chief Economist Rob Johansson says the debt-asset ratio is not a concern. “We've come up a small margin," says Johansson. "The bottom line: assets relative to debt is still extremely strong.”
Resolution Passed to Reinstate Canadian Wheat Board — A group of 50 Canadian farmers from Manitoba and Saskatchewan have passed a resolution calling for the Canadian government to reinstate the Canadian Wheat Board. Canadian Wheat Board Alliance spokes person Kyle Korneychuk says this resolution should be a strong indication to Ottawa that farmers are now feeling the loss of the CWB in their pocketbooks. A study from the University of Saskatchewan shows Canadian farmers lost about 6.5 million dollars over the past two years. The study shows instead of receiving about 90 percent of the Port price under the single desk system, farmers now only receive about 40 to 60 percent of the Port price.
Support for the FFA — National FFA Week is around the corner. The Minnesota Farmers Union is supporting the FFA by donating FFA jackets, sponsoring contests and states awards. Minnesota Farm Bureau president Doug Peterson salutes FFA for their hard work throughout the year. The theme for the Minnesota FFA Week is Amplify, which encourages the strength of family farmers and ag leaders, according to the MFU.
Flood Protection Project — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has chosen the permanent flood protection project for the Red River Valley as one of six that will begin construction this fiscal year. The work plan includes $5 million Congress appropriated for the current fiscal year to get the project started and is contingent on addressing the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources process. The White House budget also provides $500,000 for Minot flood protection.
Monsanto Reaches Settlement with SEC — Monsanto has agreed to pay $80 million to settle a dispute with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In agreeing to the settlement, Monsanto does not admit to any wrongdoing. The SEC case centers on a corporate rebate program to promote sales of Roundup. Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant and former chief financial officer Carl Casale, who now is the CEO of CHS Inc., previously reimbursed the company for the cash bonuses and stock awards received from 2009-to-20011. The SEC did not make any claims of misconduct, but CEO and CFO are still required to reimburse the company for incentive compensation when a company restates its financial statements.
Bunge Sues — Bunge Limited says it has begun legal proceedings against the Egyptian government over a cargo of wheat that was recently rejected. The shipment of French wheat was rejected in December for containing traces of ergot. A spokeswoman for Bunge insists that the shipment met the quality standards of Egypt’s state grain buyer. The dispute is making it harder for Egypt to secure the wheat it needs to provide subsidized bread for its people. Last week, Egypt held two tenders for wheat but did not make any purchases as wary suppliers held back from making offers.
ADM Acquires Corn Wet Mill — ADM has agreed to acquire from Tate and Lyle a Morocco-based corn wet mill that produces glucose and native starch. ADM’s corn processing business unit president Chris Cuddy says the Morocco plant is well positioned to serve Moroccan customers as well as Mediterranean export markets.
Lower Income for the Andersons in 2015 — The Andersons, Inc., reported net income of $41 million last year, down more than 58 percent from the previous year. The Ohio grain, rail and ethanol company had a $47 million loss in the fourth quarter. Excessive rain last spring reduced corn yields in the eastern corn belt, leaving the Andersons with less grain to trade, while low prices prompted farmers to store their crops. The Rail Group completed a record year supported by strong utilization rates. The Ethanol Group delivered record production in the fourth quarter and the full year. However, pre-tax ethanol income declined nearly 70 percent last year.
Good Year for Bunge — Bunge reports net income of $188 million in its fourth quarter, compared to a $62 million loss the same period the previous year. For the year, net income rose 58 percent, to $738 million. Bunge’s agribusiness segment had record earnings of over $1 billion last year, while sugar and bioenergy lost $22 million. Bunge’s CEO Soren Schroder (SHRO der) says global demand for its agribusiness products continues to grow with an increasing percentage of that growth being supplied by South America. Schroder says Northern Hemisphere oilseed processing margins and grain exports will be pressured until markets adjust to increased global supplies.
Mosaic's Full-Year Income is Flat With a Year Ago — The Mosaic Company is reporting fourth quarter net earnings of $155 million, down from $361 million a year ago. For the full fiscal year, net income totaled $1 billion, which is flat with last year. Mosaic officials indicated the company will consider acquisitions in the potash or phosphate sectors. Mosaic’s MicroEssentials expansion is moving forward. Capacity is expected to grow by 1.2 million tons, reaching 3.5 million tons in total capacity by the end of this year.
Dubinsky Leaves USDA — Rachael Dubinsky, who was the deputy press secretary for the USDA Office of Communications, has taken a job with the Hatcher Group. Dubinsky will serve as the senior associate for digital strategies for the public affairs agency.
Preston New Deputy Chief USDA Economist — Warren Preston will be the new Deputy Chief Economist for the United States Department of Agriculture. Preston’s first day will be February 21. According to the USDA, Preston will advise the Chief Economist, the Secretary and top policy officials on the economic implications of programs, regulations and legislative proposals affecting U.S. agriculture. Previously, Preston was the senior economist for ag policy in the Office of the Chief Economist.
Shere to Lead APHIS — USDA will soon have a new chief veterinary officer. Jack Shere will replace John Clifford, who is the new chief trade advisor for National Import Export Services. Shere has been with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service since 1990, including stints as a field officer in Wisconsin and Nebraska.
Honeycutt is Soil CEO — Wayne Honeycutt is the first president and CEO of the Soil Health Institute. Honeycutt previously served as the Deputy Chief for Science and Technology for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service.
MGFA Board Members Elected — The Minnesota Grain and Feed Association has re-elected Ben Hedtke of the Farmers Elevator Association of Hanley Falls to another term on the board. New board members are Gordy Elliot and Ransel Anderson. Elliot manages the Farmers Co-op Elevator of Rushford and Anderson represents the Farmers Elevator Company of Alvarado.
Pioneer Media Relations Manager Takes New Job — Jane Slusark has left DuPont Pioneer to take a job with the Principal Financial Group. Slusark was the media relations manager for DuPont Pioneer, joining the company in 2011.
NGFA Promotions — The National Grain and Feed Association promoted four executive staff members. Charlie Delacruz is the general counsel and corporate secretary. David Fairfield was promoted to feed services and Todd Kemp is the new marketing and treasurer. Jess McCluer is promoted to vice president of safety and regulatory affairs.
Minnesota Dept. of Ag Appointments — Andrea Vaubel is the new Assistant Commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Vaubel was previously the MDA’s Director of Legislative Affairs. Vaubel will oversee the Ag Marketing and Development Division and the Plant Protection Division. Whitney Place is the new Director of Legislative Affairs. Place was previously the executive assistant to the Commissioner.
MLBA Hall of Fame to Induct Industry Leaders — The Minnesota Livestock Breeders Association will induct five new members to its Hall of Fame. The honorees include Plato Brown Swiss breeder Dave Sprengeler; Scandia dairy goat breeders Vincent and Christine Maefsky and recently retired Minnesota FFA executive secretary Jim Ertl. The MLBA Hall of Fame will also induct the late W.J. Kortesmaki in its Pioneer category. Kortesmaki was the Minnesota FFA executive secretary from 1957-to-1977.
Hartmann to Retire — Minnesota State Veterinarian Dr. Bill Hartmann plans to retire in June. Hartmann has worked for the State Board of Animal Health for 27 years, including 15 years as the state veterinarian.
Hovland Honored by MGFA — The Minnesota Grain and Feed Association has presented its Community Service Award to Lyle Hovland of Rothsay. Hovland is the former president of the Rothsay Farmers Co-op board and is a member of the Wilkin County board of commissioners.
Recommendations Issued for Rancona — Arysta LifeScience North America announced the issuance of FIFRA Section 2 Recommendations for four products in the Rancona Fungicide family. The recommendations will cover distribution and use only within the states of Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois for seed treatment fungicides and seed protectants.
Acuron Flexi Receives EPA Approval for 2016 Growing Season — Syngenta’s Acuron Flexi corn herbicide has received EPA registration. John Foresman, who is the product lead, says Acuron Flexi is a step-change in weed management. "It gives flexibiilty for how they want to use it, whether it is pre-emerge all the way up to post-emerge and corn that is 30 inches tall." Acuron Flexi offers broad-spectrum residual control for many of the broadleaf weeds and grasses in corn.
Wheat Research — USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture will provide $200,000 in federal research funds to North Dakota State University to support two wheat research projects. The research at NDSU is made possible by the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative program.
Last Week's Trivia — Peyton Manning brought Super Bowl victories to the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts. Stutsman County farmer Richard Carlson was the first to score in our trivia challenge. Congrats! Laurie Hoffman of Vistacomm, Quinn Friesen of CIBC, Megan Vig of NDSU Extension, and Mandy Kvale of Farm Credit Services of Mandan earn runner-up honors. The 'first 20' includes Lyle Orwig of Charleston Orwig, Jeanne Miller Mansk of JL Farmakis, Kevin Stiles of Midwest Dairy Association, Randy Knudsvig of First State Bank, Mike Brinda of Columbia Grain, Gentilly farmer Tim Dufault, Bruce Steege of Dairy Farmers of America, Karlstad farmer Justin Dagen, Alison Anderson of Dow AgroSciences, Greg Guse of Paulsen, Dwight Ward of Axis Seed, Montgomery farmer Bill Rynda, Kyle Gustafson of WinField, retired Hanley Falls farmer Roger Dale and Dianne Bettin of LB Pork.