Mikkel Pates / Agweek Staff Writer
GRANVILLE, Iowa — Richard Schnepf started harvesting soybeans on Sept. 15, despite the aftereffects of big rains in early September. He thinks that's a good 10 days ahead of time. Schnepf farms about 500 acres, raising corn and soybeans and feeding hogs, and is involved in other ag-related businesses. A week before harvest, Schnepf was pulling a few waterhemp weeds along the field edges, checking for lodging after rains in early September.
ARVILLA, N.D. — Farmers stuck with low-priced soybeans and edible beans due to trade war tariff retaliation are looking for places to store a big crop until marketing returns to normal — perhaps six months away. One company, Columbia Grain International LLC at Arvilla and Larimore, N.D., has leased two large flat storage buildings 21 miles away near Grand Forks to store edible beans and soybeans for delayed-price marketing. Soybean dilemma
ASHBY, Minn. — Ashby Farmers Cooperative Elevator is closed for business but is talking with three other cooperatives in the region to buy or lease it, hoping to get one of the community's vital businesses up and running.
ASHBY, Minn. — The investigation is only starting into how much Jerome "Jerry" Hennessey could have stolen from the Ashby Farmers Cooperative Elevator that he managed for many years and Hennessey himself is "nowhere to be found" the Grant County sheriff says. Much of the missing money — believed to be more than $2 million — appears to have gone to safari guides and taxidermy.
MAYNARD, Minn.—The 2018 pre-pile sugar beet harvest was supposed to start Sept. 4 for Troy Groothuis and other growers at Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative, based at Renville, Minn. But it didn't. After 2- to 4-inch rains the week after Labor Day, the co-op set the new pre-pile harvest to start Sept. 7. The factory started slicing beets on Sept. 10. Full-scale harvest starts Oct. 1. The Groothuis (pronounced GROW-tus) family raises 1,000 acres of corn and 500 acres each of soybeans and sugar beets, and do some custom harvesting work.
ASHBY, Minn. — A Grant County, Minn., grain elevator is going belly up, alleging that its general manager spent more than $2 million of its funds for hunting safaris, taxidermy and other expenditures.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — A two-stage hearing on a proposed pig farm about 1 mile from the 95,000-acre Devils Lake brought out impassioned concerns and threats of lawsuits from Spirit Lake Tribe and others. Nearly 300 people attended the first part of the 1 p.m. hearing at the Spirit Lake Casino in rural St. Michael, N.D., including school students. Another 300 attended a second hearing at Lake Region State College in Devils Lake, N.D.
WEST FARGO, N.D. — Bill Northey, the U.S. Department of Agriculture undersecretary of agriculture for farm production and conservation, on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the Big Iron farm show here described federal payments to compensate for trade war damage as a "blunt instrument." He said the Trump administration hopes it is a "one-time deal."
DICKINSON, N.D.—If you're a cow-calf producer, Kris Ringwall wants you to consider keeping those yearlings over the winter. The director of North Dakota State University's Dickinson Research Extension Center and Extension livestock specialist thinks it's your best shot to get full value for your forage resources. It would be easier for you, more money for you and the state. And a bonus: it could be better for the land and environment. "It's a shift, you're shifting your mindset," Ringwall says. "All those pieces in your operation, they have to shift slowly."
FARGO, N.D.—If anyone is in a position to be a senior adviser for an "epicenter" for developing an autonomous farm, that would be Barry Batcheller. He already is a central figure in making the Red River Valley one of the world's centers of electronics development for agriculture, building on the region's strong agricultural equipment heritage, with brands like Bobcat, Steiger, Concord, Case-IH (now CNH, Inc., or Case New Holland).