A Weekly Update from the Red River Farm Network
Thursday, June 02, 2022
Decision Time-With the cold, wet start to the season, planting has been minimal at best. Many of those decisions will need to happen in the next two weeks. With the current commodity prices, farmers are making every effort to get seed in the ground. The Red River Farm Network provides timely information to help farmers and ranchers who are going through the decision-making process. You’ll find those stories online and on-the air.
Wettest Spring on Record – Farmers across the Northern Plains should not expect any significant relief from the stubborn wet weather pattern. “You’re going to start to see some windows open but they’re not going to open wide; maybe four-or-five days may be at a time,” said Eric Snodgrass, Principal Atmospheric Scientist, Nutrien Ag Solutions. “Shoot, North Dakota is on pace for its wettest spring on record. We’ve got records back to the 1890s so this is a pretty serious event in the Northern Plains.” Snodgrass says the decision over Prevent Plant becomes more difficult with the weather-related crop stress in South America. “We could continue to see numbers peel back with the Safrina corn crop which puts the focus squarely on the United States to have a big crop to help the balance sheet.”
Wet Conditions in NE South Dakota – South Dakota Wheat Commission Executive Director Reid Christopherson says wet conditions remain in the northeastern part of the state. “It looks like an extension of the Red River Valley. It’s still very wet and if those acres get seeded, they may go to soybeans.” Christopherson referenced a field that had 200 bushel-per-acre corn last year and there are now white caps on the water in the field.
Planting Starts in Kittson County – Farmers in the Hallock and Kennedy, Minnesota areas are planting. Rob Rynning started seeding small grains last Tuesday. “It feels good to get things rolling.” Rynning says the seed bed is a little sticky. Rynning says farmers are doing some light tillage to get the seedbed to dry out.
WestBred Wheat Report – It is setting up to be a big disease year for cereal grains. WestBred Technical Product Manager Justin Berg says farmers should have a plan in place. “Work with your suppliers to make sure the product is available and getting it on hand if possible,” said Berg. “Make sure equipment is set up and calibrated.” Learn more in the WestBred Wheat Report.
Consider Wheat Disease Control – Planting has only started but farmers are being reminded to consider the disease threat. NDSU Extension Plant Pathologist Andrew Friskop says farmers should stick to their original plans for disease control with wheat acres. “With late planting, some people may want to know how that shapes our disease control. We know that the cool, wet weather early on like we’re seeing may drive epidemics of tan spots or fungal leaf spots.” Timing also becomes an issue. “Calculate the inputs that you use and then calculate when that next opportunity would be to apply that fungicide. It looks like most will be putting a fungicide in that tank mix early on to help suppress early-season diseases.”
Anheuser-Busch Asks Growers to Increase Barley Acres – It’s been a tough few years for barley production. Anheuser-Busch Midwest Regional Agronomy Manager Nikki Zahradka-Bylin says this year’s late planting season is another curve ball. “Barley inventories are tight, but we hedge that risk by being geographically diversified and contracting with other states.” Anheuser-Busch is working with its current growers to increase acres where possible to make up for expected production declines. “With growers able to get seeded in the west, they’re planting additional acres for sure to compensate for the lack of acres in the east.”
Pioneer Agronomy Update – In this week’s Pioneer Agronomy Update, RRFN visits with Pioneer Field Agronomist Larry Lunder. It may be late, but Lunder says farmers still want to get planting done correctly the first time. “It’s critical to make sure your seed depth is correct and you get a good seal in that row,” said Lunder. “In an already compressed season, you sure don’t want to go back and replant.” The full interview can be found on RRFN’s YouTube channel.
Welcome Warm Temperatures – Northern Canola Growers Association Executive Director Barry Coleman says North Dakota farmers are focused on getting the crop seeded. The warmer temperatures this week will help. “There is a lot of canola going in the southwestern part of the state. They’re about 30 to 40 percent done right now and we’re at low levels for the rest of the state.”
Crusting Concerns in Fields – University of Minnesota Regional Extension Crops Educator Angie Peltier says farmers should be looking for possible crusting in their fields. “Where we really tend to worry about crusting issues is when we’ve seeded the crop already and significant rain comes on top so the emerging seedlings can’t break through.”
Worth the Wait – Larimore, North Dakota-based Hoverson farms started planting potatoes this past week. “About every decade we have some kind of late spring, but we’re catching up. We have a lot of equipment that can put in a lot of potatoes in one day.” Due to the cold temperatures, Hoverson is glad he waited to plant. “If we would have had potatoes in the ground, we could have had seed issues. Now, a crop has a better chance at coming up successfully. Hopefully, we won’t have too many hard rains anymore.”
Beet Planting Delayed by Cold, Wet Spring – Small pockets of sugarbeet ground have been seeded. Conditions aren’t perfect, but Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers Association Executive Director Harrison Weber says growers are doing everything possible to get the crop in the ground. “With that said, genetics allow a lot of vigor in the seed. Farmers replanted last year into the first week of June and they had a nice crop even in the drought.”
A Very Late Planting Season for American Crystal – Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers Association President Neil Rockstad, who farms at Hendrum Minnesota, says 2022 will feature the latest average planting date for sugarbeets in the Red River Valley. “We’re still optimistic we’ll get them in. We keep looking forward to the warmup in the temperature, hoping we can get in the fields soon and get this job done. Soils have been wet all up and down the Valley.”
Hoeven Seeks Solutions – At the conclusion of Friday’s roundtable, North Dakota Senator John Hoeven said he’ll reach out to the Risk Management Agency. “Is there something we can do either with crop insurance or the USDA to incentivize farmers to plant the crop, find some way to mitigate the discount on crop insurance? We’ll pursue that aggressively, because we have a short time to get this done.” Hoeven is also focused on double-cropping. “In years past when we’ve had prevent plant, the ground has been hayed or grazed for livestock. With the need for food this year, is there a way to convince the USDA to allow double-cropping?”
Tweaking Prevent Plant Regs – Linton, North Dakota corn farmer Brian Leier had a seat at Friday’s roundtable discussion, representing the North Dakota Corn Growers Association. “I’ve visited with farmers set in a corn-soybean rotation and they tell me if they don’t get their crop in, they’ll go to prevent plant.” Leier shared a few ideas to help with the short-term crop production challenges. “Do something to avoid the penalties in prevent plant. Say they only raise that 75 to 80 percent crop, where they don’t collect any insurance and take a hit on their yield, maybe we could forgive the hit on the yield for the year.”
RMA Unlikely to Adjust Final Planting Dates – North Dakota farm leaders addressed the extremely wet conditions and late planting season in Friday’s roundtable discussion. Suggestions included changes for prevent plant regulations, opening up Conservation Reserve Program land earlier and adjusting planting dates. North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said the Risk Management Agency can’t push back final planting dates. “The federal government could be sued by almost every crop insurance company,” said Goehring. “However, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack may have a way to address some of this at his discretion using Commodity Credit Corporation funds to help offset coverage losses if a producer has a legitimate claim. That way, we don’t mess with insurance, but it’s another way to incentivize planting.”
Canola Minute – It’s been a wet and delayed planting season in the north. In the latest Canola Minute, Northern Canola Growers Association Executive Director Barry Coleman talks about a letter to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack requesting the USDA cover losses and indemnity coverage for growers not able to complete planting.
A Partial Payment Expected for Phase One Disaster Aid – According to Farm Service Agency Associate Administrator Steve Peterson, the crop farmers who qualify for the phase one disaster relief program will only receive 75 percent of their expected payment, to ensure there’s enough money to cover additional losses or gaps in the second phase. If enough money remains after phase two later this summer, the rest of the phase one payments will be processed at a later date.
ND Crop Farmers Expected to Get Greatest Amount of Disaster Aid – USDA plans to use $6 billion for the first phase of the Emergency Relief Program, a significant chunk of the money Congress approved for crop disaster relief last September. North Dakota farmers are expected to get $915 million total. That’s the most of any state in the country. USDA expects Minnesota and South Dakota’s total payments at $418 million and $455 million, respectively. Image credit: USDA
Fielding Questions: Prevent Plant – Prevent plant is one decision farmers will need to make in the next few weeks. AgCountry Farm Credit Services Crop Insurance Supervisor Nick Dreyer says this prevent plant year is different from others. Strong commodity prices and global demand incentivize getting a crop planted, if possible, this spring. That means several Northern Plains farmers may end up planting past the final planting date. Hear more in the latest Fielding Questions podcast episode, presented by AgCountry Farm Credit Services.
Navigating the Impact of Mother Nature – Farm Service Agency Administrator Zach Ducheanaux is getting feedback from farmers on the Emergency Relief Program announced last week. “The sentiment in the field is ERP will be a good deal, but the challenge of weather-related adversity persists. In some cases, it’s too wet to plant a crop. In other areas, it’s too dry.”Ducheaneaux says not much can be done by one agency to help farmers navigate the extremely wet conditions, but FSA will work with the Risk Management Agency to find flexibilities. Crop reporting deadlines may be difficult to move back. “That date is linked to the work we do with RMA and we have to be thoughtful about the impact, but the ag secretary has demonstrated there’s nothing off the table, if we can find a way to help producers, we’ll do that.” Ducheanaux was in Minnesota last week.
Emergency Relief Program Details – Combest, Sell and Associates managing partner Tom Sell says it’s good to finally see USDA unveil the Emergency Relief Program. There are a few wrinkles in the program. “For the farmers who purchased lower levels of crop insurance, the indemnity in the current crop disaster package is stronger. Even if you bought catastrophic insurance, you can plus up to 75 percent. You’d get a new ERP indemnity based on 75 percent of your expected value of the crop.” For higher levels of crop insurance buy-ups, USDA stacks on top. “If you buy above 75 percent, then you’re stacked up to 90 percent. If you buy 80 percent insurance or more, you’re stacked up to 95 percent.” Sell says that’s a major change from the WHIP+ program that will reward farmers who protected their risk with crop insurance.
Changes Proposed for the Livestock Indemnity Program – Changes are being sought for USDA’s Livestock Indemnity Program. During North Dakota Senator Hoeven’s agriculture roundtable meeting on Friday, North Dakota Farm Service Agency State Director Marcy Svenningson said a proposal has been forwarded to USDA to adjust the bottom-tier weight ranges. This change would boost compensation levels for livestock losses. “LIP is a disaster program and we should be trying to address what the disaster is doing,” said Svenningson. “It is the fact that the producer is not going to have a calf to sell in the fall for $1,200 and most likely, they’ll be selling an open cow.” North Dakota is also proposing livestock diseases, like pneumonia, be covered under LIP. Svenningson emphasized the federal government has not authorized this concept. “I’d like to say that there is a great expectation that it will be approved, but it is a proposal.”
Cramer Confronts USFWS Director – North Dakota Senator Kevin Cramer sought answers from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Martha Williams about the easement appeals process during a Senate committee hearing. Cramer said he has heard from hundreds of North Dakota landowners about Fish and Wildlife Service easements during his time in office. “Their experience has been disastrous through Democratic administrations and Republican administrations alike with the Service trampling private property rights, not living up to contractual obligations and using confrontational enforcement tactics like showing up on people’s property armed and wearing body armor.” During Thursday’s hearing, Williams said the agency has spent considerable time on this issue but acknowledged she has not met personally met with any landowners. “I have not picked up the phone nor have I been asked for meetings, but I’d be happy to work with you and landowners.” Cramer also challenged the Biden Administration’s 30×30 initiative which seeks to conserve 30 percent of all U.S. land and water by 2030.
Price-Fixing Allegation – South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren are asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate beef companies for price fixing. CEOs from the four largest packers testified on Capitol Hill last month. Leadership from Cargill, Tyson Foods, JBS and National Beef denied any wrongdoing.
Merger Moratorium – A bill has been introduced in Congress that calls for an immediate moratorium on acquisitions and mergers in the food and agriculture sector. This proposal would also create a government commission to oversee antitrust enforcement. Democratic senators Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Jon Tester and Jeff Merkley are working together on this legislation.
House Approves Meat Processing Expansion Bill – The U.S. House of Agriculture held a committee meeting Tuesday afternoon. A bill was approved that would authorize up to $20 million a year through 2024 for loan guarantees to expand competition in the meat processing industry.
Ag Committee Passes a Series of Bills – The House Agriculture Committee has passed a package of bills, dealing with everything from the supply chain to the expansion of local and regionalized meat packing. One bill also creates a new USDA Office of the Special Investigator for Competition Matters.
Using Food as a Weapon – Secretary of State Antony Blinken claims Russia is using food as a weapon in its war against Ukraine. In a speech before the United Nations Security Council, Blinken said Russia is also holding the food supply “hostage” by blocking exports from Ukrainian ports. Ukraine exported 643,000 tons of grain since the beginning of May. That compares to nearly 2 million tons during the same period last year.
Wheat is Available, Distribution is the Problem – Despite the issues in the Black Sea and the weather-related problems in the United States, the supply of wheat worldwide is adequate. “We’re not going to run out of wheat; people will be able to buy wheat, but it will come at a high price,” said Joe Glauber, who is with the International Food Policy Institute. Much of the Middle East depends on Ukraine for reasonably priced wheat. “Thirty-to-35 percent of the diet from these countries is from wheat products,” said Glauber. ” Yemen imports about 100 percent of its wheat and have their own civil war going on. It’s not a matter of the countries stepping up their safety net, it has no resources to recover that.” Glauber, who previously served as USDA’s chief economist, said that puts the focus on humanitarian wheat donations.
Trade Framework Agreement Announced – The United States is working on a new trade deal with 12 Indo-Pacific nations. President Joe Biden outlined the framework agreement while in Tokyo. Biden said this agreement would help prepare these economies for the future. “Let’s create a first-of-its-kind supply chain commitment to eliminate bottlenecks and develop early warning systems so we can identify problems before they occur.” The countries joining the U.S. in the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework include Japan, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, India, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and Brunei. With the U.S., these countries represent 40 percent of the world’s gross domestic product.
Revisiting DR-CAFTA? – The Honduran government wants to review its participation in the Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement. This trade also includes the United States, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua and was implemented in 2004. The Honduran president said DR-CAFTA limits its ability to be self-sufficient in agriculture.
Drought Influences KS Wheat Crop – The results from the Wheat Quality Council Hard Red Winter Wheat Tour estimate the Kansas wheat yield potential at 39.7 bushels per acre. The lowest projection since 2018 is due to the severe drought conditions. Kansas Wheat CEO Justin Gilpin expected to see the lower yield forecast. “With the wheat fields that have poor stand establishment, the question now becomes will it be harvested?” If the tour’s forecast is realized, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas combined production would be less than what the Kansas wheat crop produced last year.
What’s Hot, What’s Not in the Markets – In this week’s edition of What’s Hot, What’s Not in the Markets, Martinson Ag Risk Management President Randy Martinson says soybeans are seeing strong demand. The cattle-on-feed report also delivered bearish news. Cattle futures have also been dragged down by the happenings on Wall Street.
Ag Bills Squeak Through at the End of the Session – It came right down to the wire, but the omnibus agriculture bill is on its way to Governor Tim Walz’s desk. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Sundin said it would have been a better bill if more money was available. However, Sundin praised the overall bill. “This state is full of hard-working people in both urban and rural communities who get up every day to make Minnesota a better place and I’m pleased to say this bill will have a positive impact on every one of them.” This bill includes a beginning farmer tax credit and funding to support local and regionalized meat processing. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Torrey Westrom is also pleased with what is not in the final bill. “We blocked new proposals by the House environmental caucus that tried to ban plastic-coated, slow-release fertilizer; we held strong and did not adopt these restrictions.” A total of $18 million is being devoted to drought relief. Over $13 million will support farmers hurt by last year’s drought and $5 million will go to the DNR to replace tree seedlings.
MN Storm Damage a Sobering Sight – Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and Ag Commissioner Thom Petersen traveled to Benson, Minnesota to meet with farmers and review storm damage. Petersen says it was sobering to see. “There are machine sheds and grain bins gone or severely damaged. It’s a big mess farmers are dealing with.” Petersen says many farmers in west-central Minnesota haven’t turned a wheel for planting. “They’re worried about getting a crop in. The clock is ticking and they have a huge mess to clean up.” Petersen reminds farmers to document losses and report them to the local Farm Service Agency office. Walz will be asking for the USDA to unlock emergency loans in case farmers need to rebuild.
Walz Issues Executive Order – Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has issued an executive order, authorizing an hours-of-service waiver for truckers hauling livestock and livestock feed in the areas impacted by recent storms. This executive order is in place through the end of the month.
A New Biofuels Standard for Iowa – Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has signed a renewable fuels mandate. Most Iowa gas stations will need to offer 15 percent ethanol blends on at least one pump. The gas stations that open after January 1, will need to sell E15 on at leas half of their pumps. Iowa diesel fuel pumps installed after this year must be able to dispense 20 percent biodiesel blends.
Dealing with High-Priced Corn – Corn prices hit all-time highs in the last year and margins have tightened up for livestock producers. Livestock Marketing Information Center Director Katelyn McCullock says it’s been difficult for livestock producers to make ends meet. “Anyone who is in an area that typically feeds corn for grain, they’re probably in a little bit of trouble. There’s not a lot you can do with the ration with wheat and sorghum also at high prices.” McCullock says the drought just adds to the pressure to find affordable intake. “The drought in the Southern Plains is what we’re watching very closely. The volume of cow slaughter moving through is close to 20 percent above a year ago; that’s an incredibly fast pace.”
A Bearish Cattle-on-Feed Report – The number of cattle and calves on feed nationwide totaled 12 million head on May 1. That’s two percent above last year and is the highest May inventory since this series of reports began in 1996. Placements are down one percent and marketings are down two percent.
Milk Production Drops – U.S. milk production declined less than one percent from April 2021 to April 2022. South Dakota had the biggest growth with April milk production up nearly 17 percent. Minnesota milk production declined 1.4 percent. Wisconsin was down 0.1 percent and California declined 0.6 percent.
Holding Canada Accountable – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack met with his Canadian counterpart during the G7 meetings in Germany. Vilsack discussed a dispute panel’s enforcement of the dairy provisions in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. “I had a very frank and specific conversation with her about how disappointed we were in the Canadian response.” The National Milk Producers Federation and U.S. Dairy Export Council asked the U.S. government to levy retaliatory tariffs on Canada after Ottawa refused to meet its signed treaty obligations of the USMCA. “I’m hopeful the nature of my conversation with the Canadian minister underscores the significant level of disappointment. I hope Canada is capable of reading between the lines of what’s next.”
Dry Bean Scene – The Dry Bean Scene is brought to you by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association. In this week’s Dry Bean Scene, U.S. Dry Bean Council Executive Director Rebecca Bratter talks about the recent worldwide export report for dry edible beans.
Rail Shipments Fall Behind ’21 Pace – The Association of American Railroads says in mid-May, intermodal rail volume was down 5.5 percent and freight volume were down 5.2 percent from one year ago. In its weekly report, association said total rail volume was down 4.2 percent marking 12 weeks of declines. North American grain shipments are running nearly 16 percent behind last year pace.
Backlog Report: BNSF and CP Rail Behind Normal Pace – BNSF and Canadian Pacific Railway filed one of their first weekly grain backlog reports required by the Surface Transportation Board. The report says BNSF loaded and billed 2,335 grain cars during the week ending May 13. The average weekly dwell time at origin is more than 24 hours. The number of unfilled orders that are one to ten days past due are 1,246 and the number of orders at 11 plus days past due are 2,351. CP loaded and billed 1,222 grain cars with the number of unfilled orders more than 11 days past due reported at 25. The number of CP unfilled orders that are less than ten days past due was not available for the week ending May 13.
Nose Knows the Spuds – You’ve probably heard of dogs trained to detect explosives, but did you know dogs can also detect Potato virus Y? Nose Knows Scouting owner Andrea Parish and her Labrador, Zora, are working with North Dakota State University potato breeder Susie Thompson to sniff out PVY in seed potatoes. Thompson says it’s an important job. “We have set restrictions or percentages we can’t exceed when we’re producing seed potatoes. The newer strains of this virus are difficult to detect with our eyes.” Nose Knows Scouting started three years ago when Parish asked her husband, a potato breeder and consultant, a simple question. “Who on the farm is using dogs to detect disease? The answer was no one. That was crazy to me.” Parish got her dog training certification, trained the pups and started traveling across the country during the COVID pandemic, meeting with companies and farms to do PVY testing. In the fall, a potato seed certification researcher at Montana State University is starting a two-year research study to check the accuracy of the dog’s findings. Hear the story.
Stepping Up – A year ago, the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council promoted the use of soyoil in Goodyear tires. Minnesota Soybean CEO Tom Slunecka says that same technology is now being used in soy-based tennis shoes from Sketchers. “Minnesota is unique in that it has 44 independent county organizations, the only state in the union that has that structure and those county programs are going to receive funding from the state organization to provide frontline workers those tennis shoes.” The shoes will be donated to healthcare workers throughout the summer. The campaign is called ‘Stepping Up.’ More details can be found on the Minnesota Soybean Checkoff website.
Bayer Proposes Label Change for XtendiMax – Bayer has submitted voluntary new label restrictions to EPA for XtendiMax. Additional restrictions are proposed for counties with threatened or endangered species, beginning in 2023. EPA now has until December to consider this proposal. For this year, the agency’s only changes for dicamba use is the state-specific cutoff dates and temperature restrictions in Minnesota and Iowa. BASF and Syngenta are the other companies selling dicamba herbicides.
New Fertilizer Plant Proposed – Nutrien plans to build a $2 billion fertilizer plant in Louisiana. This facility would produce 1.2 million metric tons of ammonia per year. Nutrien signed a letter of intent with Mitsubishi Corporation and 40 percent of the production will be going to Japan.
SunOpta 1Q Revenues Improve – SunOpta is reporting first quarter revenues of $240 million, an increase of 16 percent from one year ago. Proceeds from the plant-based division increased more than 13 percent year-over-year. The growth was driven largely by SunOpta’s oat-based offerings.
Nufarm Financials Released – Nufarm is reporting $68.8 million in net income for the first half of the year. The company cited strong growth for its crop protection business throughout North America. The global seeds business was helped by Nufarm’s core seed portfolio, omega-3 canola and the biofuel feedstock Carinata.
Northern Crops Institute to Host Sustainability Webinar – The Northern Crops Institute is holding a special edition webinar on June 1 regarding the use of “Digital Transformation to Tell a Better Sustainability Story.” Bushel Director of Sustainability Allison Nepveux, who leads the company’s focus on sustainability and traceability, will be featured. Registration for this event is free of charge and is open to the public. Register online. This webinar is another rendition of NCI’s Market Update series. The market webinars feature a new speaker each month, offering insight into the commodity markets and trading.
Strong Demand for Deere – Deere and Company is reporting net second quarter income of $2 billion. That’s up from $1.8 billion in the same period last year. Sales rose 11 percent despite supply chain pressures. Deere officials said the outlook for farm equipment sales is positive. The snag would be from inflation or availability.
The Next Step for Autonomous Tractors – John Deere is taking the next step in its development of autonomous farm equipment. Deere purchased a company the specializes in depth sensing and camera-based perception called Light. Light’s platform, Clarity, will be integrated into the John Deere autonomous tractors. Terms of the deal were not announced.
Driverless Technology to be Deployed During Beet Campaign – In reaction to the truck driver shortage, Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative is launching self-driving trucks. Minn-Dak is working with a defense contractor, Kratos Defense and Security Solutions, for short-haul trucking between the piling stations and the processing plant. Minn-Dak will retrofit the driverless technology into the existing fleet.
Syngenta Seedcare Solution Announced – Syngenta has unveiled a novel technology that targets nematodes and soilborne fungal diseases in corn, soybeans and cereal crops. VICTRATO was launched this week at a world seed conference in Barcelona. It is expected to be registered in Argentina this year and in other crop production areas over the next five years.
Rob-See-Co Acquires Ohio-Based Firm – Rob-See-Co has acquired the grain and forage division of Rupp Seeds of Ohio. Since there is no overlap with existing dealers, Rob-See-Co will work with current dealers to sell Rupp-branded corn, soybean and wheat products this year. In 2023, the Rob-See-Co and Innotech corn and soybeans brands will be added to the lineup.
Another Soybean Processing Plant Proposed – Cargill has announced plans to build a plant in southeastern Missouri. The proposed facility will have an annual capacity of 62 million bushels. Cargill plans to break ground on the project early next year and be operational in 2026.
Meet Summer Intern Claire Leiseth – Please join RRFN in welcoming summer intern Claire Leiseth. The Ada, Minnesota native attends North Dakota State University in Fargo where she is an animal science major and agricultural communications minor. “I’m really looking forward to building my network with RRFN. I’m excited to learn how to write stories, report from the field with the weekly Crop Watch program and talk to experts in the agriculture industry.” Follow along this summer for updates from her on your local RRFN station.
Weir Loses Cancer Battle – Minnesota Soybean Growers Association Past President Craig Weir, 70, has passed. Weir was president of the organization from 1986-1988. Weir grew corn and soybeans on his farm at Delavan.
Last Week’s Trivia- In May of 1853, Levi Strauss launched a company that manufactured denim jeans. Jodi Johnson of AgCountry Farm Credit Services wins our weekly trivia challenge. Runner-up honors belong to Eric Lahlum of Corteva AgriScience, Randy Knudsvig of First State Bank, Sara O’Toole of O’Toole Seed and Bob Lebacken of RML Trading. The ‘first 20’ rounds out with Al Wimpfheimer of Simplot, retired Bayer DSM Mark Haugland, Keith Rekow of Dairyland Seed, Kristal Rick of MAGNO Seed, Lyle Orwig of Certified Agriculture Dealers, Twyla Wulf of Clear Springs Cattle Company, Jim Altringer of Dakota Plains Co-op, Kevin Praska of Stone’s Mobile Radio, Nick Revier of SES VanderHave, Lawton farmer Dennis Miller, Crookston farmer Ron Lanctot, Phyllis Nystrom of CHS Hedging, Ron Dvergsten of Northland Farm Business Management, Kevin Schulz of Dakota Farmer/Nebraska Farmer and Keith Bjorneby of Lone Wolf Farms.
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