Jonathan Knutson / Agweek Staff Writer
Though the new United State-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, will increase U.S. dairy and poultry exports to Canada, the gain may be more than offset by retaliatory tariffs, a new study shows. The projected $450 million gain in dairy and poultry exports will be accompanied by retaliatory measures by Canada and Mexico that could cause U.S. ag exports to decline by $1.8 billion, according to the study released Oct. 31.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — In the fall of 2015, Eleanor Peterson attended the annual Harvest of Knowledge in Grand Forks where she joined the Minnesota Agri-Women and its national parent, American Agri-Women. She was back in Grand Forks on Oct. 26 at this year’s Harvest of Knowledge, this time as president of Minnesota Agri-Women. And she’s more certain than ever that the organization can be a good fit for women interested in agriculture.
G3 Canada Ltd. will build a new grain elevator near Carmangay, Alberta, about 90 miles south of Calgary. The elevator, with a capacity of 42,000 metric tons, is expected to open in 2020. Construction is scheduled to begin this year. The new facility will feature “high-efficiency technology” that will allow it to load 134-car trains “in a matter of hours,” G3 Canada said in a written statement.
Tom Peters estimates he received 200 to 300 weed samples for identification this growing season, 10 to 20 times more than normal. That’s a good thing, a sure sign that North Dakota agriculturalists are working to control the spread of Palmer amaranth, a particularly dangerous weed. “The response is encouraging. People are taking this seriously,” says Peters, a North Dakota State University Extension sugar beet specialist who’s spearheading NDSU efforts to fight the weed in the state.
CROOKSTON, Minn.—This is the story of a young man who was "nuts about farming" and later developed a passion for firefighting—and now, against the odds, is doing both. It's also the story of a man and his family who are slowly but persistently coming to terms with a terrible loss. "We're still trying to figure it all out. We still have a long ways to go, and we may never get all the answers. But we're working at it," Adam Schiller says. Amber Schiller, Adam's wife and the mother of their three young children, died unexpectedly of natural causes on Jan. 27.
Palmer amaranth—voted the most troublesome weed in the United States by the Weed Science Society of America—has made its way to North Dakota. The weed, also known as Palmer pigweed, recently was discovered in McIntosh County, the first official sighting in the state. DNA testing at the University of Illinois confirmed that the weed is Palmer. The weed already had been found in South Dakota and Minnesota.
INKSTER, N.D. — It's too late for much of the area's potato crop, but many spud fields would benefit from a good rain, and soon. "If it's in a day or two days or five days — rain would help," said Andrew Robinson, Fargo, N.D.,-based extension potato specialist with both North Dakota State University and the University of Minnesota. Weeks of warm, dry weather have stressed non-irrigated potatoes, and a shot of late-summer precipitation would boost less-advanced spuds. Rain also would soften fields and make them easier to dig for harvest, Robinson and others say.
It's a truism of Upper Midwest agriculture that nature can't provide August weather to please all farmers. Dry conditions benefit small-grain harvest but work against soybeans and other late-planted crops, while the rain showers that help still-developing crops complicate combining wheat and other small grains. But most area farmers, especially ones who grow more than small grains, would welcome rain this August. Many fields across the area are getting dry, and deteriorating crops need moisture.
Farm groups don't come more mainstream than the Minnesota Corn Growers Association. That's not a criticism, it's not a compliment. It's simply my observation — based in part on visits to the farms of a number of association members — that the group values established practices which improve the bottom line of farming operations. Nothing fringy or extreme for the MCGA: like I said, it's mainstream.
LAKOTA, N.D.—Like many other Upper Midwest farmers, Matt Nelson got off to a slow start planting this spring because of uncooperative weather. But he got his crops into the ground, albeit later than ideal. Now, "I'm a little surprised by how they look. They're more advanced than I would've thought" given late planting, Nelson said. Overall, his crops—spring wheat, barley, corn, canola and black beans—look good, though more rain will be needed.