Fact And Fiction: Are The North Dakota Grain Growers In A “sinister” Effort To Promote Corn, Undermine Conservation?

  I was fascinated to read Frank Carroll, a Rapid City Journal columnist, who this week took aim at the North Dakota Grain Growers. Carroll talks about a “sinister fight” where “360 million tons of corn contend for center stage.” “In our rush to make fuel from our food, we inadvertently caused farmers to drain…
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RRV Beet Harvest Speeds Ahead: ‘Just A Picnic’ Compared To 2013

Rick Nordick waits in his sugar beet lifter for trucks to arrive in a farm’s fourth day of harvest on Oct. 5, 2014, south of Moorhead, Minn. The region’s sugar beet harvest is nearly a week old, and farmers are experiencing excellent harvest conditions — speeding through the crop in the Red River Valley, with…
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Anticipation High For STB Hearing In Fargo

FARGO, N.D. — Anticipation is rising for the Surface Transportation Board field hearing, scheduled to run all day in Fargo on Sept. 4. It is unclear whether participants had a very good night of sleep, as tornado warning sirens went off in Fargo at 4:30 a.m. The STB witness list is long and includes 240…
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BNSF’S John Miller Says 2014 Harvest Should Go Smoother

  I interviewed John Miller (left)¬†BNSF Railway’s group vice president for agriculture, and Amy McBeth, a BNSF communications official for the company, in Mandan, N.D., after their meeting with theNorth Dakota Ag Rail Business Council. Miller was optimistic about turning in a better performance with this year’s crop but agriculture officials are worried about getting…
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Dakota Wheat Crops Head Toward Maturity

Agweek country farmers are heading toward harvest time on some of their crops. Here are NASS crop progress and condition highlights from the July 28 report. Minnesota crop development is behind-normal. The southwest part of the state needs rain while farmers in northern¬† towns like Crookston and Hallock area, received more than an inch of…
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