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Ag Producers Should Contact Insurance Agents if Harvest Delayed
11/12/2019

Producers in several states, including North Dakota and Minnesota, have been affected by extremely wet and snowy conditions this fall. “Impacted producers covered by crop insurance should contact their insurance agent as soon as possible to determine what actions they can take,” encourages Ron Haugen, North Dakota State University Extension farm management specialist. According to […]


Fall Sampling for SCN
11/12/2019

The post-harvest period is an excellent time to sample for soybean cyst nematodes (SCN), the most yield-limiting pest in soybeans. Soybean cyst nematodes often go undetected but cause more yield loss in Nebraska and across the U.S. than all other soybean diseases combined. Yield losses of over 30% have been documented in healthy-looking soybean fields. […]


Writing a Marketing Plan for Your Stored Grain
11/12/2019

The goal for any farmer holding grain in storage should be to obtain a better price for that crop in the spring or summer than the price offered at harvest. Some farmers put grain in the bin looking to sell it by hitting a grain marketing “home run,” i.e., selling all of their grain in […]


China’s Ag Import Capacity Considered as Phase One Trade Talks Continue
11/12/2019

Reuters writers Heather Timmons and Hallie Gu reported last week that, “U.S. President Donald Trump’s demand that Beijing commit to big purchases of American farm products has become a major sticking point in talks to end the Sino-U.S. trade war, according to several people briefed on the negotiations. Farm Policy@FarmPolicy  “@realDonaldTrump: We’re ahead of schedule on phase […]


Don’t Be Tempted to Graze Unharvested Soybeans
11/12/2019

Producers should not introduce hungry cattle to unharvested soybean fields, according to a North Dakota State University Extension livestock specialist. “Ammonia toxicity is a threat to cattle that overconsume soybeans,” says Karl Hoppe, livestock systems specialist at NDSU’s Carrington Research Extension Center. “Whether it’s a pile of harvested soybeans lying on the ground or an […]


What Does a Trade Deal Promise for Soybean Exports?
11/12/2019

The proposed Phase 1 trade deal with China continues to move toward a resolution.  An initial announcement of $40-50 billion a year of agricultural exports gradually morphed into a $20 billion arrangement. Subsequently, a scenario popped up from Chinese trade commentators framing increased U.S. agricultural imports as China market demands require.  Stronger soybean prices appear […]


Corn, Soybean Harvest Slowest Since 2009-Propane Supply a Concern
11/12/2019

Late last month, Des Moines Register writer Donnelle Eller reported that, “Rain has slowed the harvest across the state in recent days. National Weather Service data for Des Moines showed that central Iowa on [October 23rd] matched the October rainfall record of 7.29 inches, set in 1941. Any more rain in the remaining eight days of the month […]


Progress on Phase One Trade Deal with China, Questions on Ag Purchases Remain
11/12/2019

Reuters writer Dominique Patton reported last week that, “China is still a long way from forking out $50 billion for farm goods from the United States, agriculture industry analysts said on [Oct. 14th], cautioning that getting there is contingent on removing substantial technical and political hurdles.” The Reuters article noted that, “But Darin Friedrichs, senior Asia commodity analyst at […]


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