FARGO — Farmers in soybean production areas in the Upper Midwest have been nervous about proposed tariff increases on soy exports to China for several weeks, and some may have sold more beans earlier as a counter-move. If lower prices result in the long run, it would further weaken financial situations for farmers who have been hit financially by three straight years of commodity price declines, some experts said.
PRIOR LAKE, Minn. — Directors of Minnesota cooperative grain elevators are the "guardians" of those business and must be keenly aware of marketing risks and policies, especially when markets are volatile and farm-customers are facing cash flow problems. John Christianson of Christianson PLLP at Willmar, Minn., was one of the speakers on March 7 at the 111th Minnesota Grain & Feed annual meeting and trade show at the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake.
CASSELTON, N.D. — Tharaldson Ethanol quietly marked its 1 billionth gallon of fuel ethanol production last week. The company also announced Wednesday, April 5, it will increase annual production this year, making it the sixth largest ethanol producer in the United States. They'll increase by 180 million gallons — a 7 percent increase this year, but up 38 percent from its original design in 2008. The increase will be due to some changes in fermenters and cooling towers. The investment is expected to cost $2.5 million to $3 million.
ST. CLOUD, Minn.—Aerial applicators won't be applying some of the new and improved chemical formulations on this year's new herbicide-tolerant crops, but experts are urging them to keep an eye out for illegal use anyway.
ESTELLINE, S.D.—You can see it from the road: the year-old Blue Dasher Farm LLC research laboratory is right on the east side of Interstate 29 at the Brandt, S.D., exit. High-visibility is the perfect metaphor for what founder Jonathan Lundgren describes as "regenerative" farming practices. Lundgren, 41, is an entomologist who resigned from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in a dispute about research openness.