Zollinger Gives Heads Up On Dicamba Resistance

  Heads-up, dicamba-using farmers: Richard Zollinger, a North Dakota State University Extension Service weed specialist, brings home a report from the Western Society of Weed Science conference, March 13-16 in Coer d’Alene, Idaho. “There were several talks that results had implications to ND growers,” Zollinger says, and he three gig ones: Around 20% of kochia…
Read More

About McM Inc. Farmland Leases Under Chapter 7

  I have received phone calls from farmers and others regarding what comes next with the Chapter 7 bankruptcy of McM, Inc., which is led by Ron McMartin Jr. “What happens to the land leases?” says one farmer, who acknowledges he’s wondering if there’s is an opportunity to expand his farm by, say, 500 acres…
Read More

McMartin’s Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Raises Eyebrows

Today I reported at Agweek.com about the liquidation of a prominent farming figure in the region. Ron McMartin Jr., of St. Thomas, N.D., filed Chapter 7. He is one of the region’s largest red potato growers for the fresh market. Agweek did a takeout on McMartin on Nov. 14, 2016. At that time, McMartin sounded like…
Read More

Buffalo, ND, Opponents Heard On Sow Farm Permit

About 70 people — mostly from the  town of Buffalo, N.D. — showed up today to listen to Cass County District Judge Douglas Herman’s hearing on whether the North Dakota Department of Health erred in granting a permit to the Rolling Green sow operation that is planned for that community. Derrick Braaten, a Bismarck, N.D., lawyer, is representing…
Read More

Ag Woman Leader: Ag Mergers Good; Product Names Need Work

From left: John Smith, vice president for Bayer CropScience LP; Scott Partridge, vice president of global strategy for Monsanto; and Phil Kunkel, an agribusiness lawyer and moderator, appear on a panel on mergers. Jan.  25, 2017, at the Minnesota AgExpo in Mankato, Minn. (Forum News Service/Agweek/Mikkel Pates) The Minnesota AgExpo was expected to draw 800…
Read More