Jonathan Knutson / Agweek Staff Writer
FARGO — A few years ago, Brad Thykeson’s two sons wondered about the economic wisdom of planting wheat on their farm near Portland, N.D. But now the crop is looking more attractive to them. “There’s definitely more interest in wheat,” both from his sons and many other area farmers, said Thykeson, who, in addition to farming, is director of the North Dakota Farm Service Agency, an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
It’s part of agricultural bankers’ job description: Work with borrowers and offer constructive insights into how to financially strengthen clients’ farming operations.
Dan Frith used a straightforward approach to a not-so-simple problem. He took out a newspaper advertisement with the headline “Looking for a Farm” in the Devils Lake, N.D, area. “I want people to know that I’m looking for land and hope to raise my family on the farm,” said Frith, 31, who’s married and has two young children.
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.
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.
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.
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.