It's often said that modern equipment allows farmers to make rapid planting or harvest progress when the weather cooperates. What happened the week of May 7 confirms that. In the week ending May 14, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Montana farmers made huge strides in getting their 2017 crop into the ground, according to the weekly crop progress report released Monday, May 15, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service, an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
BISMARCK -- North Dakota’s Agriculture Commissioner said he feels “blindsided” by a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announcement that the agency’s pesticide inspections need to resume in the state. State ag department officials already are enforcing state and federal pesticide requirements, and public safety isn’t at risk, Doug Goehring said. The EPA’s Office of Inspector General issued a report Monday on what it termed “lapses” in EPA pesticide inspections in North Dakota.
Though the first half of the growing season next year in the Upper Midwest should be favorable, the second half could bring challenges, including the possibility of "one of the...
An oilseed crushing plant in Northwood, N.D., is expected to reopen to the public Monday. The Prairie Premium Oil plant eventually could expand to other crops, but has no immediate plans to do so, said Kent Weston, the company’s president. “I think we’ll be primarily a canola plant,” he said. “We’ll be ready to change if we have to, though.” The company has about 30 owners, most of them North Dakota canola farmers.