A Weekly Update from the Red River Farm Network
Monday, October 28, 2019
Fighting Mud- This harvest season is like nothing we’ve ever seen before. Area farmers are fighting mud at every turn. Twitter is filled with photos of farm equipment stuck right up to the axle or harvesting through standing water. You’ll see sugarbeet lifters plugged up with mud or the combine header filled with muck. There are also stories of creativity and innovation. Tracks and rear-wheel drive systems have been added to equipment to deal with this wet harvest season. Other modifications are being made, including this innovation for chopping corn. At RRFN, we wish all of our farmers luck in bringing this crop, but want you to do it safely!
Farmers with Harvest Delays Should Contact Their Insurance Provider – Farmers with a Federal crop insurance policy can now request more time to harvest crops by filing a Notice of Loss with their Approved Insurance Provider. The end of the insurance period for spring-planted wheat and barley is October 31 and is December 10 for corn and soybeans. Once the loss notice is filed, insurance providers will then grant additional harvest time on a case by case basis. USDA’s Risk Management Agency is encouraging farmers experiencing harvest delays to contact their insurance agent as soon as possible. Read the full press release.
RMA Administrator Speaks to Harvest Delays in the Northern Plains – The end of the insurance period for spring-planted small grains, canola and dry beans is this Thursday, October 31. Farmers can request more time to harvest by filing a Loss of Notice with their federal crop insurance provider. USDA Risk Management Agency Administrator Martin Barbre says this is a way for farmers to still have coverage while harvesting the respective crop. “It doesn’t technically extend the insurance period, but it does give producers more time to harvest,” says Barbre. “Anything that is an insurable cause of loss during the extended period is still covered.” During an interview with the Red River farm Network, Barbre described the harvest conditions Northern Plains farmers are facing as “unprecedented.” Barbe says RMA is continually reviewing planting and harvesting dates for crop insurance. Listen to the story.
NDFU: Farmers Need Income Now – North Dakota Farmers Union is calling for accelerated Market Facilitation Program payments for farmers, rather than delaying further payouts until November and January. In a statement, NDFU President Mark Watne stressed that farmers need income now, as that cash will help with operating loans and minimizing interest. Additionally, the farm group is asking for removal of the $3 billion nationwide cap on the USDA WHIP-plus disaster program. Currently, 42 of 51 counties in North Dakota quality for that program.
Burgum Gets a Firsthand Look at Agricultural Damages in ND – “While North Dakota farmers and ranchers are resilient, the situation is billions of dollars of crops remain unharvested.” That was the main message from North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum during a stop in Grand Forks on Monday. “This is an unprecedented amount of economic risk and stress for farmers and ranchers.” That morning, Governor Burgum signed an executive order declaring a statewide flood emergency. The order paves the way for requests for federal assistance to help with the impacts caused by excessive moisture and the historic October blizzard. Additional meetings were held in Fargo, Jamestown and Fessenden. Listen to Burgum’s comments and the story.
Farmers and Ranchers Tell Emotional Story of Production Losses – Hundreds of farmers and ranchers gathered in Fessenden, North Dakota last Monday night to hear from North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. Burgum and Goehring spent the day touring flood-ravished areas of North Dakota. At the townhall, many livestock producers in attendance expressed concern with feed supplies going into winter. Hay bales are sitting in standing water, on top of already tight forage supplies. Cattle producers are also having a difficult time either getting to cattle or bringing them home.
Thykeson: Disaster Programs Will Take Time, But Are Available – “It is evident that ranchers want hay in their feedyards and farmers want crops in the bin,” says North Dakota Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Brad Thykeson, who attended the townhall meeting in Fessenden. At the townhall, Thykeson spoke about WHIP+ disaster assistance, stressing the program is hinged on production. “To finish production in this environment, is going to be very hard, so farmers have to either settle with the Risk Management Agency or have that production in the county office.” Right now, 42 counties in North Dakota qualify for WHIP+. “Additionally, the Livestock Indemnity Program has been relaxed a bit and county committee members now have the final say.” The challenges associated with the recent blizzard and fall flooding in North Dakota are being communicated to the national level. Thykeson spoke with FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce during the storm and following the townhall. More can be heard from Thykeson in this interview.
Grand Forks County Farmers Share Harvest Challenges – During a series of meetings, several North Dakota farmers and ranchers spoke about the challenges they’re facing. Grand Forks farmer Beau Bateman has only harvested about half of his acres this fall.”My more valuable crops are still out there, so the economics are challenging.” North of Grand Forks at Manvel, farmer Bill Johnson said this fall flooding is a serious issue. After talking about harvest delays and agricultural supply chain issues, Johnson emotionally said, “It’s just a lot.” Shaun McCoy, who farms between Larimore and Northwood describes the harvest situation as unbelievable. “Farmers in the area keep saying they’ve never seen anything like this. That makes you worry about what will happen the rest of the year and come spring.”
What’s Hot, What’s Not in the Markets – Freezing temps are good news for some farmers, bad news for others. Advance Trading Risk Management Advisor Tommy Grisafi highlights that situation and more in this week’s edition of What’s Hot, What’s Not in the Markets.
Walz to Meet With NW MN Ag Community to Discuss Late Harvest – Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen will be in East Grand Forks Tuesday to get a first-hand look at the extreme harvest conditions faced by area farmers. In an interview with the Red River Farm Network, Walz said his administration is looking for ways to assist farmers. “It may be regulatory relief on hours-of-service to propane haulers to truck weights to a possible disaster declaration.” An assessment is being made regarding a federal disaster declaration. Walz has a phone call planned for this afternoon with USDA Undersecretary Bill Northey to discuss the federal response. “We’re already thinking ahead to what a planting season in 2020 looks like and I don’t think it looks really encouraging at this point.” Hear more from Walz.
Smith Invites Mnuchin to Meet With MN Farmers – Senator Tina Smith has formally invited Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to visit rural Minnesota. Smith said Minnesota farmers have been hit hard by tariffs, low prices and bad weather. Smith wants Mnuchin to hear firsthand from farmers about the difficult economic conditions.
Dry Bean Scene – A portion of this year’s dry bean crop remains in North Dakota and Minnesota fields. Before the snow and rain, Northarvest Bean Growers Association President David Dickson says the crop was generally meeting yield expectations. Get the details in this week’s Dry Bean Scene, made possible by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association, Johnstown Bean Company, FMC, SRS Commodities, UPL and Central Valley Bean Cooperative.
Pioneer Agronomy Update with Stenvold Ag Service – Farmers are slowly, but surely, trying to start corn and soybean harvest in the Red River Valley. Based at Thompson, North Dakota, Stenvold Ag Service owner Mike Stenvold says farmers are assessing and prioritizing corn fields. “I’ve hand shelled some samples and obviously moisture is still high. It’s hard to find anything under 30 percent,” says Stenvold. “Test weights are looking to be acceptable.” For soybeans fields with standing water, Pioneer field agronomist Kristie Sundeen says farmers need to be on the look out for sprouting. “One of the dealers in the Roseau, Minnesota area did find some. So just make sure to check fields and be aware of the possibility.” Watch the Pioneer Agronomy Update on the Red River Farm Network Facebook page.
Spotty Harvest Action Near Onida, SD – Harvest is slow going near Onida, South Dakota. Braathen Harvesting owner Kent Braathen started harvest July 16 and hasn’t left the area. Soybeans, corn and sunflowers still need to be harvested. “The soybeans are at 50 bushels an acre or more, the sunflowers are damaged by the hail so it’s hard to be accurate with the yield and there hasn’t been much corn harvested.” Braathen says dry weather is needed. “We’ll see how things play out. This isn’t the first time this has ever happened. We’ve harvested sunflowers in November and corn in December.” This Harvest Hotline update is made possibly by the North Dakota Mill, AgCountry Farm Credit Services and U.S. Custom Harvesters, Incorporated.
Sugarbeets and Potatoes Being Harvested Near St. Thomas – Sugarbeets were harvested west of St. Thomas, North Dakota this past week, but it was slow moving east of town. That’s according to farmer Allen Tucker. “Moving east to finish the crop will be a challenge,” explains Tucker. “There are also potatoes and dry edible beans to harvest. We aren’t optimistic we’ll get those harvested.” Tucker says the potato harvest is a priority. “We’ve dug potatoes, hit or miss, here and there. We’ve gotten 80 percent of that done and the potatoes that are left will need an Indian Summer to get them out and that’s not in the forecast.”
Farmers Resume Potato Harvest Near Thompson, ND – Thompson, North Dakota-based MG Farms resumed potato harvest Wednesday. Temperatures are cooling down and a light blanket of frost covered much of the ground on Thursday morning. It’s not too big of a deal right now, but farmer Kelly Grotte says it could be a different story the last week of October. “At that time, they could freeze for good. If this frost goes down three to four inches, you can’t store the potatoes.” Grotte hasn’t had a consistently wet harvest like this before. “It’s not fun, especially leaving potatoes in the field. It’s something you don’t want to do.” Farmers are taking harvest one day at a time. “We can’t get too down. You have to look at the bright side and realize that’s the way it is and you can’t change it. We’re doing the best we can.”
MN Corn Matters – Safety during harvest is the main message from the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center. Hear from UMASH outreach coordinator Megan Schossow in this edition of Corn Matters, made possible by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association.
Red River Valley Potato Packers Adjusting to a Slow Harvest – According to the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association, 40 to 45 percent of fresh red and yellow potatoes are dug so far in the Red River Valley. Last year at this time, the number was more than 90 percent. Local packers are being impacted. Storage bins at NoKota Packers aren’t as full as they typically are this time of the year and some bins are completely empty. President Steve Tweeten said the packing company is working to adjust. “We have decided which customers we can service properly and others we can’t take care of this year,” he explained. “The lack of tonnage is causing the market prices to go up, which is good for farmers who could dig potatoes. For those who couldn’t get potatoes harvested, that market doesn’t matter.” Other packers, like Associated Potato Growers Incorporated, also say they are running at a slower pace this harvest. “This is the toughest harvest I can remember,” said APGI CEO Mike Torgerson. “It’s new to farmers as well.”
Wet Fall May Not Have a Big Impact on Soil Fertility – University of Minnesota Extension Soil Scientist Dan Kaiser says the wet fall shouldn’t have too big of an impact on soil fertility. “I don’t think it will have too much of an impact when we talk about phosphorus and potassium. We do know with nitrogen over the growing season, the wetter it is, the more denitrification we have,” says Kaiser. “The main challenge will be like last year, just getting it done. There’s a more compressed window for farmers in the north part of Minnesota. Farmers may not get much fertilizer applied.” Kaiser doesn’t expect too many problems with the fertility of the prevent plant ground. “If anything was applied, it’s probably still there.”
Wheat Buyers Receive USW Crop Quality Report – U.S. Wheat Associates has released its 2019 Crop Quality Report for wheat customers from around the world. For hard red spring wheat, the report says this year’s crop was well above average for yield and protein. Production is estimated at 559 million bushels, up eight percent from the five-year average. Protein levels averaged 14.5 percent. The excessive rain and late harvest impacted the spring wheat crop with lower falling number values. For durum, U.S. Wheat Associates says the historic rains influenced yields and quality. Due to the unusual harvest conditions, roughly 20 percent of the durum crop was unharvested by mid-October. As a result, the entire crop is not represented in the report. A significant portion of the durum crop will be sold as feed.
Wetter Than Normal Winter Predicted – Above normal rain and snow is causing flooding, high river levels and abnormally wet ground this fall. National Weather Service Deputy Chief for Weather Services in the central region Kelly Allen says a wetter than normal winter is expected, especially across the Dakotas. “That doesn’t guarantee we’ll have more snow or rain than normal, but the odds are definitely tilted in that direction. All of that additional moisture on top of what already exists won’t help us as we go into spring runoff.” The winter will be neutral. “That introduces more uncertainty into the forecast.” The National Weather Service also says there is a risk of widespread record flooding again next spring and/or delays for planting crops.
ND Farmers Market and Growers Association Update – What is the difference between sourdough and regular bread? Proverbs 31 Farm owner Lydia Gessele explains the difference in this update from the North Dakota Farmers Market and Growers Association.
Feed Supplies are a Concern as Winter Lingers – Even weeks after the snow and rain, livestock producers are having a difficult time either getting to cattle or bringing them home. North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring heard about these challenges during a series of meetings in the central and eastern parts of the state. Going into winter, feed supplies are also a top concern. “Right now hay is standing in water that they haven’t been able to access for a couple months,” says Goehring. “We think about nine percent of silage has been cut, and the condition of a lot of silage at this point lacks proper nutrition.” There is a lot of pressure right now, and Goehring says it is mentally taking a toll on farmers and ranchers. “Visit with family, friends and other loved ones. Just share because quite frankly you’re not the only one in this, but you may feel like it.” Listen to the full interview.
Marketing Calves in a Tough Market Environment – The fall run of cattle in the Northern Plains has been slow to start, primarily due to unfavorable weather and market prices. On top of that, cattle producers may be trying to market calves affected by the cold and snow this past spring. NDSU Extension livestock economist Tim Petry says last year, a $30 or more per hundredweight discount sometimes occurred. “We see the biggest discounts during the heavy fall marketing season,” says Petry. “I think the key is to talk to your market and maybe keep some less desirable calves longer.” With a lot of risk in the current cattle market, Petry encourages cattle producers to explore price protection options. Listen to the interview.
Canola Minute – The October USDA Crop Production report does show an uptick in canola production. Hear from Northern Canola Growers Association Executive Director Barry Coleman in the latest Canola Minute.
Capture Basis Opportunities If Possible – A lack of corn and soybeans to fill grain cars is strengthening basis at local elevators. It’s still challenging to get the crop harvested across much of the region. Northland Community and Technical College Farm Business Management Instructor Betsy Jensen says if farmers are able to harvest, the grain elevator wants the grain. “Talk to your merchandiser. There are some good basis offers, especially for the products coming right off the combine.” Jensen says elevators are also working with farmers on drying charges, if the farmers are lucky enough to get the crop out. “There’s one elevator giving farmers lots of leeway when it comes to moisture, they’re not going to charge drying for soybeans until 18 percent,” says Jensen. “It’s not only basis telling us the story, but other charges negotiable at this time.”
Corn Yields Not Bad at Harvest, Basis Still Strong – Utterback Marketing President Bob Utterback says farmers are reporting respectable early harvest yields. “We’re starting to get reports from farmers in many areas that got planted in early June. The corn yields are down about 10 to 15 bushels an acre, but they’re not a disaster like we thought in June. We’re still hearing reasonable yields, but the harvest is low.” Utterback says basis is the big story in the corn market. “Basis is exceptionally strong for this time of the year. I think farmers should be dumping the cash corn and not storing, but farmers are more bullish than that.”
Celebrate Co-op Month this October – Did you know there are more than 40,000 cooperative businesses in the United States with 350 million members? October is celebrated as National Co-op Month, and the 2019 theme Co-ops: By the Community, For the Community fits well with this recent data. Listen for stories throughout October on your local RRFN station, made possible by Associated Milk Producers, Incorporated and the North Dakota Farmers Union.
Working on Phase One of a U.S.-China Trade Deal – The U.S. and China are reportedly close to finalizing portions of the first phase of its trade deal. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative says progress was made on specific issues. The two sides indicate negotiations will go on continuously with deputy level officials. The goal is to have a deal that President Trump and Chinese President Xi can sign at the Asian-Pacific Economic Conference next month in Chile.
Censky, Goehring Travel to West Africa – Deputy Agriculture Secretary Stephen Censky is leading a trade mission to West Africa this week. This region has a growing middle class and may provide new opportunities for U.S. agriculture. Censky is joined by North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring on this trip. Over 40 ag groups and companies are also participating, including the U.S. Grains Council, U.S. Soybean Export Council, Growth Energy and U.S. Wheat Associates.
Ticking Clock for USMCA Ratification – There are just 21 legislative days before Congress is scheduled to wrap up for the year. That is a tight timeline for Congress to pass the U.S.-Canada-Mexico Agreement. “An election year is really tough to get a lot of legislation passed,” said National Cattlemen’s Beef Association CEO Colin Woodall. “We believe that if we’re not successful in getting things done before the end of the year, our chance of getting them done before the election are pretty slim.” Congressional leaders are expected to meet with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer this week. The Democrats are seeking changes in the provisions about labor, the environment and enforcement.
A Political Change in Argentina – Argentina is getting a new president. Alberto Fernandez defeated incumbent Mauricio Macri. Macri had broad support from Argentine farmers, but was criticized for ongoing economic problems. Argentina’s new vice president is former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. During her administration, the government increased taxes on soybean exports and farmers responded with mass protests and road blockades.
Sugar Suspension Agreement Vacated – In a first-of-its-kind decision, the U.S. Court of International Trade has vacated the 2017 sugar suspension agreement between the U.S. and Mexico. According to the court decision, the U.S. Commerce Department failed to release all of the records of meetings related to this agreement. This means the trade rules for sugar will go back to the previous policies where beet and cane growers claimed Mexican exporters dumped cheap, subsidized sugar supplies on the U.S. market. Legal options are being considered.
Sugar Industry Considering Legal Options on Ruling – The American Sugar Alliance says the U.S. Court of International Trade’s ruling has nothing to do with the merits of suspension agreements. The alliance says the ruling was based on Department of Commerce record keeping procedures. The U.S. sugar industry is considering legal options and consulting on next steps with the Commerce Department.
SD Corn Comments – The Renewable Fuel Standard, ethanol and waivers continue to be hot talking points in Washington D.C. Get the details in this week’s Corn Comments, a feature from the South Dakota Corn Utilization Council.
EPA Sued for Reverting to Pre-2015 WOTUS Rule – The New Mexico Cattle Growers Association has filed a lawsuit, challenging the Trump Administration decision to revert to pre-2015 rules for the Waters of the United States. The EPA repealed the controversial WOTUS rule last month and older regulations are now in place while the agency prepares for a new rule. The lawsuit says those older rules continue to use Clean Water Act authority over navigable waters, which includes puddles and drainage ditches on private property.
Renewable Fuel Coalition Challenges SRE Process – Renewable fuel and agriculture trade organizations are challenging the process of how the EPA granted small refinery waivers for the 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard. In a petition filed on Tuesday with the Court of Appeals in Washington D.C., the coalition says the EPA didn’t reveal many details in a decision document that was only two pages long. Growth Energy, the National Biodiesel Board and National Corn Growers Association are part of this coalition.
Grassley on EPA’s Biofuel Promise: Only Time Will Tell – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told President Trump farmers will come to like the EPA’s plan to offset past biofuel usage exemptions. In response, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley said he trusts President Trump and Secretary Perdue, but not the EPA. “Before they put out the final rule next month, I want them to show us without a doubt there’s going to be 15 billion gallons,” said Grassley. “There’s a big public relations problem with people in the ethanol industry, corn farmers and this senator about the EPA keeping it’s word and playing footsies with the big oil companies. Only time will tell.”
Biofuels Policy is Front and Center – Following the Environmental Protection Agency’s recent biofuels announcement, there’s renewed interest and momentum in biofuels policy. That’s according to South Dakota Congressman Dusty Johnson. Johnson is sponsoring a bill with House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson called the Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act. “There’s widespread disappointment with how the EPA unveiled the President’s plan to help biofuels. The RFS Integrity Act has the potential to move. The Energy and Commerce Committee has scheduled a hearing for this topic more broadly to determine what can be done to keep the EPA from doing more damage to the biofuels industry.” The congressional hearing will be Tuesday.
Maritime Fuel Policy Could Boost Diesel Prices – A change in the International Maritime Organization fuel policy could increase future diesel fuel and fertilizer prices. “The organization decided on January 1, 2020 maritime sulfur fuel, meaning any fuel used around the world to ship cargo on the ocean or waterway, will go from 3.5 percent sulfur content to a half percent of sulfur content,” said Mike Zuzolo, president, Global Commodity Analytics and Consulting. Farmers may want to prepare for extra fuel price volatility in the next four to six months. “Get with your fuel supplier and stay in contact with them heading into January 1,” said Zuzolo. “The Department of Energy is the only people I’ve been able to find with a realistic price forecast. The spread between wholesale diesel and Brent crude oil could increase 20 to 25 cents per gallon or 11.5 to 14.5 percent from the base price.” Listen to the interview.
National FFA Convention is This Week – FFA members from across the country are gathering this week in Indianapolis for the National FFA Convention and Expo. The week is filled with contests, awards, leadership and agricultural education opportunities. The Red River Farm Network will be reporting from the event Wednesday through Friday. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and your local RRFN station for updates from the convention.
Harvest of Knowledge Conference Held in Grand Forks – The 37th annual Harvest of Knowledge Agri-Women’s Conference took place in Grand Forks on Friday. The event focused on education, networking and communicating in agriculture. “We’re letting members know where they can get more involved,” said Eleanor Peterson, president, Minnesota Agri-Women. The keynote speaker Michelle Miller, known on social media as the Farm Babe, focused on advocating for agriculture. “The more we share the story for agriculture. the more people may have an appreciation for all of the hard work that goes into feeding everyone,” said Miller. There were 200 women in attendance at the conference, one of the highest turnouts noted for the event.
UMN Study Focuses on ASF Threat – A new study from the University of Minnesota says the risk of African Swine Fever in the U.S. has doubled since the outbreak began last year in China. Study co-author and Center for Animal Health and Food Safety Director Andres Perez says there’s a high probability the virus is already reaching U.S. borders, but he wasn’t expecting such a high risk. “We worked on assessing the risk before and after the expansion of African swine fever. We tried to get an estimate on the probability the virus is getting into the U.S. and found we may have an introduction at some point,” says Perez. “If it’s introduced, that doesn’t mean it will become an epidemic. The virus has to reach animals first.” African swine fever is not yet confirmed in the U.S. Perez reminds hog producers to be alert to any herd changes. “There is concern farmers may not recognize the virus in their herds.” Additional efforts are underway to learn more about African swine fever. Perez will be in Vietnam in the next few weeks studying disease control. Read more on the study.
MPCA and BWSR Seek a Reduction in GHG Emissions – The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Board of Water and Soil Resources have released two new reports, saying farm practices could result in up to a ten percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture. The action steps include incentivizing conservation, wetlands restoration, nutrient management and cover crops.
MPCA Emphasizes Manure Management – The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is reminding farmers to manage manure applications appropriately. To avoid runoff, MPCA is emphasizing the setback rules when spreading manure. In the news release, the agency said Minnesota livestock farmers will be applying billions of gallons of manure, which can be influenced by the above average rainfall.
NDDOT Extends Deadline for Farmers and Ranchers – The North Dakota Department of Transportation has extended the deadline for removing hay bales from highway rights of way by two weeks to November 15. The decision was made because of the statewide flood emergency.
TransFARMation: Faith and Farming – With low commodity markets and continued harvest delays, farm stress is a reality. Do you know a farmer or rancher who is struggling? Bishop Bill Tesch of the Northwestern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America says it’s time for straight talk. “Get past the price of corn and soybeans, right? Get to how’s it really going and if you think someone is really in trouble don’t be afraid to ask the hard questions.” There is an acronym Bishop Tesch likes to share: ACE – Ask, Care, Escort. “Ask the question, offer care and escort or help them get to the services they need.” Hear more from Tesch in this episode of TransFARMation.
Cargill Beef Plant Resumes Full Operations – The Cargill beef plant in Dodge City, Kansas is once again fully operational and taking in cattle for slaughter as of Monday. On October 17, an explosion occurred in a building separate from the main facility and injured two workers. That prompted Cargill to suspend some shifts and stop receiving livestock.
Evaluating the Future of the Hemp Industry – According to a new report from CoBank, there are big risks and big rewards for industrial hemp production. The demand for CBD, hemp fiber and the hemp seed market is growing. Challenges include the lack of processing capacity. Hemp also lacks approved crop protection products, specialized harvesting equipment and federal crop insurance is not available. The future of the hemp industry is largely dependent on the regulations and guidance from USDA and the Food and Drug Administration, which should be released this fall.
NDSU Extension Hosting Fall Ag Challenges Webinars – North Dakota State University Extension is offering a new daily webinar series focused on navigating fall challenges. The series starts Tuesday, October 29 at noon and wraps up Monday, November 4. Topics included in the series include, unharvested wheat, forage supplies, cow-calf management and unharvested corn. Join the webinars and watch archived webinars.
Providing Emotional Help to Farmers – USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture is investing almost $2 million to address the issue of farm stress. A Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network will be developed, providing help to farmers, ranchers and others involved in agriculture.
Syngenta Invests in Climate Change – Syngenta will invest $2 billion over the next five years to help farmers deal with climate change. The seed and crop protection company said the money will fund breakthrough technologies. Syngenta also announced it is working with The Nature Conservancy to address climate change.
EPA Approves Xyler FC Fungicide Registration – The Environmental Protection Agency recently approved the registration of Xyler FC fungicide for the 2020 potato season. The fungicide controls pythium leak and pink rot in potatoes. Xyler FC can be applied in-furrow or foliar.
Simplot Partners with Yield10 Bioscience for Potato Traits – Yield10 Bioscience will be working with the J.R. Simplot Company to evaluate three new potato yield traits in the next three years. The new agreement says Simplot will conduct the research looking at increased photosynthesis, seed yield and biomass production for the traits. “Simplot reached out to us, followed up and we executed a non-exclusive contract with us to test these gene traits in potatoes,” said Oliver Peoples, CEO, Yield10 Bioscience. Yield10 is new to the potato industry. “There’s lots of improvements to be made in potatoes. The technologies Simplot is testing could be very exciting. Our discovery platform could also be used to improve other attributes of potatoes.”
Cargill Makes National FFA Organization Investment – Cargill will be investing $2.1 million in the National FFA Organization over the next three years to help develop future leaders. The funds will allow the organization’s efforts to bridge the needs of agriculture, food and natural resources industries. The Sustainability Leader Development Program will receive $300,000 to help grow state FFA officer team leadership, supports the Agriscience fair and helps recruit and retain quality agriculture educators.
ND Dairy Ambassadors Being Sought – Midwest Dairy is seeking college-aged students interested in becoming a North Dakota Dairy Ambassador. The program offers leadership opportunities to connect with consumers, network with industry professionals and share their dairy story. Applications are due December 1 and ambassador will begin their duties January 1, 2020.
Wulf Serving on Beef Checkoff Task Force – The Beef Checkoff is undergoing a year-long process to determine the direction for the organization over the next five years. Cattle leaders from across the U.S. were appointed to a task force, which will convene over the next several months and consider all aspects of the industry. Serving on the committee is Wulf Cattle partner Jerry Wulf of Hancock, Minnesota.
Inaugural Challey Institute Faculty Fellows Named – North Dakota State University’s new Challey Institute for Global Innovation and Growth has named its faculty fellows for 2019-2020. There are faculty members from 11 NDSU departments and six NDSU colleges, including individuals who focus on agriculture and ag economics. The goal of this new institute is to improve the understanding of innovation and trade to identify policies that boost economic growth and opportunity.
Hortman Named MMPA Legislator of the Year – The Minnesota Milk Producers Association has named House Speaker Melissa Hortman as its legislator of the year. The MMPA cites Hortman’s work to secure funding for the dairy sector in the last legislative session.
Bowman to be Honored with Agribusiness Award – Former North Dakota state senator Bill Bowman will receive the 2019 Agribusiness Award during the 46th annual NDSU Harvest Bowl. Bowman is also a farmer and rancher at Bowman, North Dakota. The Agribusiness Award recognizes those who distinguished themselves in the field of agriculture and business in the state. During his time in the senate, Bowman helped introduce the NDSU Extension Research Centers in Carrington and Williston, as well as the NDSU Veterinary Diagnostic Lab. In addition to being honored with the award, the NDSU Veterinary Diagnostic Lab will be renamed in Bowman’s honor in a special ceremony on November 8.
Last Week’s Trivia- M & M’s are the candy that melts in your mouth and not in your hand. Kevin Praska of Stone’s Mobile Radio is our trivia winner for this Halloween week. Congrats, Kevin. Todd Good of AgCountry Farm Credit Services, Kelly Kliner of Simplot Grower Solutions, Erin Nash of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting and Sherry Koch of Mosaic earn runner-up honors. The ‘first 20’ rounds out with Dianne Bettin of LB Pork, Jody Saathoff of CHS, Greg Lefebvre of Nelson Dairy Consultants, Dennis Sabel of Minnesota Farm Bureau, Fosston farmer Ken Hove, Troy Gerding of Meridian Seeds, Peter Carson of Carson Farms, Mark Dahlen of Benson County Farm Service Agency, Crookston farmer Ron Lanctot, Curtis Noll of Noll’s Dairy Farm, Kent Braathen of Braathen Harvesting, Craig Kemmet of Kemmet Farms, Keith Bjornby of Lone Wolf Farms, Brian Rydlund of CHS Hedging and Mandy Kvale of Farm Credit Services of Mandan.
This Week’s Trivia- In 1974, Mel Brooks was responsible for a black and white movie abount a reanimation experiment. This movie featured Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman and Teri Garr. What was the movie? Send your answer to email@example.com.
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|RRFN Affiliate Stations|
|Aberdeen, SD – 105.5 FM||Ada, MN – 106.5 FM||Bagley, MN – 96.7 FM||Bemidji, MN – 1300 AM|
|Benson, MN – 1290 AM||Bismarck, ND – 1270 AM||Bismarck, ND – 1270 AM||Casselton, ND – 103.9 FM|
|Crookston, MN – 1260 AM||Devils Lake, ND – 103.5 FM||Fergus Falls, MN – 1250 AM||Fosston, MN – 1480 AM|
|Glenwood, MN – 107.1 FM||Grafton, ND – 1340 AM||Jamestown, ND – 600 AM||Langdon, ND – 1080 AM|
|Mahnomen, MN – 101.5 FM||Mayville, ND – 105.5 FM||Roseau, MN – 102.1 FM||Rugby, ND – 1450 AM|
|Thief River Falls, MN – 1460 AM||Wadena, MN – 920 AM|
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