It's a bounce-back year for planted acreage of some important Upper Midwest crops, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. As expected, farmers this spring planted more durum, barley, flax and sunflowers -- crops in which the Upper Midwest, particularly North Dakota, leads the nation, the National Agricultural Statistics Service, an arm of USDA, says in its June 30 planted acreage report. Nationwide, U.S.
Severity values for late blight in potatoes are rising in eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota, but no cases of the potentially devastating crop disease have been reported yet. The updated North Dakota State University Potato Blightline for late June, sponsored by Syngenta Crop Protection, found that late blight severity values continue to rise because of wet, cool weather.
No news is good news, at least when it comes to late blight. The new North Dakota State University Potato Blightline, released June 22, finds no reported cases of late blight in the region. The highly contagious fungus -- which caused the disastrous Irish potato famine in the 1840s and can hurt both yields and quality -- has been a concern in recent years in Minnesota and North Dakota.
North Dakota's first reported case of anthrax this year should prompt livestock producers to take action to protect their animals from the disease, especially in areas with a past history of it, the state veterinarian said Monday. "Anthrax has been confirmed in a Grand Forks County beef cow," said Dr. Susan Keller. "Producers should consult with their veterinarians to make sure the vaccination schedule for their animals is up to date." Effective anthrax vaccines are readily available, but it takes about a week for immunity to be established, and it must be administered annually.
The U.S. and Canadian wheat crops are in the ground, and two separate tours are planned later this summer to provide a firsthand look at how they're shaping up. In the U.S., the Wheat Quality Council's longstanding annual tour begins July 27 in Fargo, N.D., and ends there July 30. Teams of participants will travel across North Dakota and parts of Minnesota and South Dakota to visit wheat fields and estimate yields. The registration deadline for this year's tour is July 3.
Despite what its critics claim, genetically modified food poses no threat to humans or the environment, says a scientist who supports proposed federal legislation backed by major U.S.
Member-owners of North Central Farmers Elevator and Wheat Growers have voted down a proposal to merge the two South Dakota-based grain companies, the cooperatives announced Thursday. They'll continue to serve their respective members as separate entities. A majority of eligible members of each cooperative needed to vote in favor of the merger before it could go into effect. The final vote fell short.
The Upper Midwest's long, late-spring rainy stretch prevented some fields from being planted. Now, producers need to report prevented-planting acres, both to their crop insurance agents and to the Farm Service Agency, an arm of the U.S.
The federal government's top training program for beginning farmers and ranchers is "more popular than ever," but would benefit from some adjustments, the Minnesota-based Land Stewardship Project says. A new report from the group -- a private, nonprofit organization founded in 1982 to "foster an ethic of stewardship for farmland, to promote sustainable agriculture and to develop sustainable communities" -- assesses the U.S Department of Agriculture's Beginning Farmers and Rancher Development Program. The competitive grants program funds community-based and nonprofit organizations, academic
A new survey finds that Americans are increasingly aware of the health benefits of sunflower oil -- good news for farmers in North Dakota, the nation's leading producer of the crop. The International Food Information Council Foundation's 2015 Food and Health Survey found that 56 percent of Americans rate sunflower oil as "extremely healthful" or somewhat healthful." That's up from 49 percent in 2009. "Sunflower oil is already healthy, but we are working to provide an even healthier option by moving the industry toward more high oleic oil production," says John Sandbakken, executive director