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Exceptional Drought — According to the Drought Monitor, drought conditions are worsening in Montana and the Dakotas. USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey explained four areas in North Dakota and Montana are now in category D4 or exceptional drought. “Two of them in North Dakota. One in Montana. The fourth one is straddling the border of Montana and North Dakota near the Canadian border. We’ve seen more than a doubling of drought coverage in the U.S. to 10.58 percent on July 18.” 

North Dakota's Worst Drought Since 2006 — North Dakota is in the worst drought since 2006. North Dakota State University Extension state climatologist Adnan Akyuz says parts of North Dakota are in the exceptional drought status, which hasn't happened since 2006. The only counties considered drought-free are Grand Forks and Nelson with portions the adjacent counties. Northeastern North Dakota received near average rain in the last 90 days.

Helping Livestock Producers — North Dakota's State Water Commission has voted to release an additional $500,000 for the Drought Disaster Livestock Water Supply Program. The money will cover the approved pending requests and leave about $277,000 for additional requests, which will last until needs can be reassessed at the commission’s next regular meeting August 23. North Dakota Governor Doug Bergum chairs the commission.

NDFB Foundation Launches Drought Relief Effort — The NDFB Foundation has created a disaster relief effort to help farmers and ranchers hurt by drought. In his weekly podcast, NDFB President Daryl Lies said people can make donations of money, hay and trucking. "It's kind of ironic. The very folks that stood up when we undertook a wildfire relief effort, in which we raised over $150,000 to go to those four states affected are now those very folks find themselves in a position of need." More nformation can be found online.

Seed Shortage is Likely — The North Dakota state seed commissioner is warning a seed shortage may be a reality for 2018. Ken Bertsch says the drought has reduced the number of acres in certification programs this year by 20-to-25 percent. Test weights and germination rates may also be hurt by the drought. There were large carryover stocks from the past two seasons and Bertsch says that may help ease the seed supply problem.  

Wheat Tour This WeekThe Wheat Quality Council’s annual spring wheat tour is drawing a lot of attention this year. WQC Executive Vice President Dave Green says there will be a record number of scouts on the tour. "I think we have 77 now registered," says Green. "That’s a lot of late interest from people. The drought combined with the lower protein in the hard-red winter crop has everyone on edge.” Green is fielding calls about spring wheat acreage. “The question I keep getting asked is: what does this mean for abandonment? Normally, they harvest 95 percent of the wheat they plant in North Dakota. This year, obviously, there are a lot of stories about baling. That makes us think we’ll have to watch for how much of the crop looks like it is plowed up.” A map of the 2016 tour map is available online. RRFN's coverage of the WQC tour is sponsored by Advance Trading and commodity risk management advisor Tommy Grisafi. Grisafi will provide daily market updates this week, considering the market implications of the tour.

Watch for Marketing OpportunitiesAgCountry Farm Credit Services vice president of crop insurance and commodity marketing education Rob Fronning is encouraging farmers to seek out marketing opportunities. Wheat is one example. "We’re just around the corner on wheat harvest. The wheat markets could go either way. If we have a bigger crop than expected, we could lose a lot of this. If it’s shorter, it could go even higher. You have to be flexible, but be able to pull the trigger on it when you need to. I’ve also had questions on when we need to start marketing 2018 wheat.”

Pretty Rough Conditions — Groton Ag Partners co-owner Carl Schwab says crop conditions west of Andover, South Dakota are looking pretty rough. “East of Aberdeen, the corn and soybeans are hanging in there. We’ve picked up some rain. The wheat will be short. We’re just getting ready to start harvest, but it will be a short crop.” Schwab says there aren’t lots of insurance claims right now. "We had claims in the western part of the state. The bigger challenges with farmers and the spring crops is making marketing decisions. They’re concerned about taking advantage of marketing opportunities when they may not have the bushels to deliver.”

Waiting on the Spring Wheat CropWhile most custom harvesters have missed out on a South Dakota wheat harvest, Lundeen Harvesting owner Chad Lundeen is in Gettysburg preparing to harvest what he can. The crop there doesn’t really look good. "The yields will probably be low. Lots of the winter wheat is already baled up. We could have 15 to 20 bushel wheat just by looking at it.” Lundeen says for the wheat crop was fair in the places where they’ve harvested. “We’ve been lucky in the areas where we’ve cut wheat. Other than Nebraska, where we saw some poor wheat, we’ve seen average wheat most of the way through. That’s not the case for many.” Harvest Hotline is sponsored, in part, by the North Dakota Mill.

Mother Nature's ImpactEberts Harvesting, Inc. owner Nancy Eberts is in South Dakota for the wheat harvest. During her last stop in Nebraska, Eberts says the crop wasn't terrible. “We just cut two pivots of white wheat in Nebraska. The yield was phenomenal. The test weights were at 62 pounds. The protein was around 11. Some of the yields throughout the summer from Oklahoma to Kansas have been from 15-to-40. Some fields got baled. It wouldn’t be fair to make a guess in overall yield.” Harvest Hotline is sponsored, in part, by U.S. Custom Harvesters Incorporated.

Wheat Acres Limited — Due to the drought, the number of wheat acres in the Pierre, South Dakota area are limited. South Dakota State University Extension agronomy field specialist Ruth Beck says it is a severe situation. "Lots of winter and spring wheat is baled. Some people were able to leave parts of their spring wheat crop.” Most of the available winter wheat and spring wheat is harvested in that Pierre area. “The yields weren’t great, but the quality was pretty good. We had nice test weights.”

Big Decline in Acres for Custom CuttersWolf Harvesting owner Craig Wolf has been harvesting whatever wheat is available in South Dakota. “We were south of Pierre, South Dakota. It was good wheat, about 50 bushels. The protein was high on a lot of the wheat. It was surprising. We were down big time on acres. Usually we do a couple thousand acres and we only did about 600 to 700 acres.” Wolf says most of his stops this year have been down about 25 percent on acres. He hopes to have some wheat to harvest when he moves to North Dakota this week. Harvest Hotline is sponsored, in part, by AgCountry Farm Credit Services.

Heat and Humidity Increases Scab Risk — University of Minnesota Assistant Professor in Plant Pathology, Madeleine Smith, says the small grains look decent in Minnesota. Disease pressure is somewhat low. “We’ve had a few small pockets of things like leaf rust in the southern parts of the state. Nothing has really gotten out of hand. Now, we’re seeing the grain maturing and noticing bacterial leaf streak. The warm weather conditions have been conducive to that disease. People are starting to notice it.” Smith is concerned about the risk of fusarium head blight in the crop. “With the humidity and warm temperatures, we’re seeing fusarium head blight in different areas of the state."

Dry Year Impacts Barley Crop — North Dakota Barley Council Steve Edwardson says the drought conditions are impacting the barley crop. “We’re going to be seeing depressed yields, likely below the state average. For quality, early reports are fair. We know we’ll have issues with plump and higher protein. We’re already hearing those reports. A dry year makes it difficult.”  

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Rain Won't Help Much Now — Northern Pulse Growers Association marketing director Brian Gion says the obvious challenge for pulse growers this year is the drought. “Pulses don’t like lots of rain, but they do need water. Farmers are already starting to harvest peas. In the eastern part of North Dakota, the crop looks better. The yields should be average for those eastern North Dakota producers.”

Too Dry, Too Wet — For the crop in the Midwest and Northern Plains, the crop situation can be described as ‘feast or famine.’ DuPont Crop Protection field development consultant Mike Blaine works in the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Conditions range from extreme drought in the western Dakotas to very wet conditions in the Badger State. High levels of white mold were seen in soybeans two years ago and those fields may be back in the rotation this year. “With later planting, we tend to have a more luxurious vegetative growth. I think it’s a caution point to growers as they look at timing for application, if it wasn’t planned previously, they need to continue to monitor the growth. It will tell them where they are at.” Northern Corn Leaf Blight has been seen in the regions and should be monitored through early August. Blaine says corn should be scouted during this tasseling stage to determine if Northern Corn Leaf Blight is present.

Don't Count Out the Row Crops — The row crops are hanging on west of Jamestown, North Dakota. DuPont Pioneer Account Manager Bruce Thomas is in the Tappen area. “Last year, we were dry until July 10. Then we had rain and got the biggest crop ever. I’m not counting out the row crop out here. There’s still potential.” Thomas is keeping an eye out for soybean pests. “I cover Highway 200 to Highway 2 and I’m seeing aphids. There aren’t many. If you want to look for them, turn the plant upside down and look for the smallest, newest leaves. Very limited numbers. Watch out for spider mites. They like it when it’s dry.”

Switch Modes of Action to Control Soybean Aphids — Soybean aphid populations are growing in northwestern Minnesota. University of Minnesota Extension entomologist Ian MaCrae says there are only about four good modes of action against this insect. “If you are doing an application for soybean aphid with a pyrethroid, do your post-application evaluation two days after. If you’ve had a failed application, don’t repeat with another pyrethroid. Switch your mode of action.”

Crops Are at a Critical Stage of Development After a couple weeks without rain, the Fergus Falls area received some nice showers last week. Thunder Seed district sales manager Travis Buchholz says the corn and soybeans are at a critical stage of development. “We’ve got lots of tasseling corn. Beans are flowering. Lots of height on the beans and we’re starting the reproductive phase on everything.” Soybean aphid issues are showing up in the region. “You can go out and find between 10 to 15 plants. I think it’s spotty, but we’ll have to keep an eye on it.” RRFN's Harvest Hotline updates are sponsored, in part, by the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council.

Insect Pressure — North Dakota State University Extension Entomologist Jan Knodel says cereal aphids are still a concern in the northeastern corner of the state. “In the Langdon area, we’re still watching for cereal aphids on wheat. We have to continue to scout for those through the completion of heading. Soybean aphid is just beginning to pop up. We have a long way to go with the soybean aphids.” Knodel says the canola crop came through the spring without too many insect issues.

Praise for Beet Growers — North Dakota State University Extension entomologist Mark Boetel says sugarbeet growers have done a very good job of controlling root maggot this year. “The populations are down from a Red River Valley average of 210 flies per trap in 2015 to 78 flies per trap on average this year. Nothing to be complacent about in future years, but it does indicate growers are doing a good job managing them.” Boetel says there were some spring tail and wire worm issues earlier this season. "I think we’ll have good things to talk about at the winter sugarbeet growers seminars this winter.”

Earlier-Than-Normal Pre-Pile Harvest Expected — The sugarbeet crop in the Red River Valley continues to advance. American Crystal Sugar Company General Agronomist Tyler Grove is expecting an earlier-than-normal pre-pile harvest. “We’re looking to get going because of the size of the crop. The potential quality we’re looking for should be higher. We want to make sure we have enough time to process those beets and get as much sugar as we can.” Grove is estimating the pre-pile harvest will begin during the second week of August. “It’s not official yet, but we’ll pull samples and see where we are at.”

Weed Management ObservationsThe sugarbeet crop looks decent throughout the Red River Valley. University of Minnesota and North Dakota State University Extension sugarbeet agronomist Tom Peters says growers did a decent job controlling weeds. “What concerns me are weeds we’ve been concerned about in other years like kochia. We didn’t get as much kochia control this year. I also saw more common ragweed than I’ve seen in previous years.” Peters recommends using a pre-emergence and early post emergence. He is concerned there isn’t very good post emergence rescue programs for waterhemp. When it comes to herbicide damage, Peters says there been no reported dicamba drift concerns with sugarbeets. “It is around us in susceptible soybeans. The volatility point of it was underestimated.” RRFN interviewed Peters at the Northwest Research and Outreach Center Crops and Soils Day in Crookston.

Dicamba Drift Concerns Spread — North Dakota State University Associate Professor of Weed Science Kirk Howatt says there is growing concern about off-target movement of the new dicamba technology. “We are starting to hear substantial concerns with off-target movement. Whether that be from drift or possibly post-treatment volatility and products moving around. When these dicamba labels come out with their Best Management Practices s to make sure the dicamba doesn’t move, they mean it. Today, we’ve been seeing very dramatic examples. Even when you apply the product correctly, we can see movement within the first 50-to-100 feet.”      

Minnesota Extends Comment Period for New Rule — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has extended the comment period for its proposed nitrogen fertilizer regulations. Public comments will now be accepted through Friday, August 25. MDA has also added three more listening sessions in northwestern Minnesota. The meetings will be held Wednesday in Roseau and Thursday in Warren and Hawley.

Pruitt Visits MN to Discuss WOTUS — EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt made a stop in the Twin Cities Wednesday to take input on the Waters of the United States rule. A new version of the WOTUS rule is expected to be unveiled in early 2018. Pruitt met the agriculture community in an event organized by the Minnesota AgriGrowth Council. The EPA leader also met with Governor Mark Dayton to discuss WOTUS and other environmental issues.

MFU to Host Farm Bill MeetingsThis Wednesday and Thursday, the Minnesota Farmers Union will host two rural issues discussions in Mankato and Willmar. “We want to hear directly from people about what needs to be improved in the Farm Bill,” said MFU President Gary Wertish. Wertish thinks it’s important to keep adequate funding for farm programs.

2018 Farm Bill Discussions "On Schedule"House Ag Committee Chairman Mike Conaway thinks the 2018 Farm Bill discussions are on schedule. “We’re on the time frame we thought. Talking to leadership, they think we’ll have time late in the fourth quarter or early in the first quarter next year. That’s the time line I want to be on. We’re going to work hard to get this done on time. That’s the path we’re on right now.” In an interview with the Red River Farm Network, Conaway said there will be difficult decisions to make with fewer dollars available. “Getting cotton back in Title One and addressing dairy issues, looking at ARC payment scheme: there’s a lot we’ll need to do on the Farm Bill. We’re looking at a reduction in spending, which could impact what we can do.” Conaway will be in Minnesota for a Farm Bill Listening Session Thursday, August 3 at Farmfest.

Crop Insurance Support — During the National Corn Growers Association's Corn Congress, farmers worked on policy issues and visited lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Arthur, North Dakota farmer Kevin Skunes, who is the NCGA's first vice president, said the farm bill was top-of-mind. Crop insurance was an important part of those discussions. “There are lots of proposals going around on about what to do with crop insurance. This is a vital tool for farmers and risk management.”

ARC/PLC Enrollment Deadline Coming Up The deadline to enroll in Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage for the 2017 crop year is August 1. The programs cover barley, canola, large and small chickpeas, corn, flaxseed, lentils, dry peas, soybeans, sunflower seed, wheat and others. More information at your local FSA office.

NAFTA Renegotiation Process Begins — U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has formally notified Congress about the Trump Administration’s plan to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. That notice is a requirement under the 2015 Trade Promotion Authority law. With this notification, the U.S., Canada and Mexico can begin negotiations in 30 days. Administration officials indicate they want the NAFTA deal finalized by January to avoid conflicts with the Mexican presidential election and the midterm elections in the U.S.

Mexican Ambassador Meets with U.S. Corn FarmersChester, South Dakota farmer Keith Alverson says the NAFTA negotiations were a hot topic during Corn Congress in Washington D.C. During the event, corn farmers met with the Mexican ambassador to the U.S. “His message to us was they are committed to working through NAFTA negotiations and have it approved. They see this as a unifying effort and something that’s essential for them as a country and essential for all of North America to have a trade agreement that works for everyone.” Alverson says Mexico is looking at other markets for corn.  “They’re having discussions with South America and considering making investments in infrastructure in order to handle that if things don’t work out the way they want with NAFTA.”

Brazilian Beef Ban Remains in Place — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and his Brazilian counterpart Blairo Maggi had a face-to-face meeting in Washington, D.C., but the U.S. has not lifted its ban on Brazilian beef imports. The ban went into place a month ago after a large percentage of Brazilian beef shipments failed to pass inspection. Maggi sought a timeline for the resumption of beef trade, but Perdue said that decision will depend on the progress made by Brazil.

Atypical BSE Case Reported — An atypical case of BSE has been identified in an 11-year old cow in Alabama. The atypical version of these disease typically is found in older cattle and rarely expands to the rest of the herd. This cow never entered the food processing sector and is no risk to human health or the food chain. USDA says this finding should not impact the United States’ risk status for BSE or be a trade issue.

Connecting Barley Growers with Consumers — Anheuser Busch hosted a Budweiser Grower Day on Thursday in Moorhead, Minnesota. Midwest Malt Operations Director Al Slater says the event connects growers with consumers. “We have growers that have been raising for us for five generations,” says Slater. “The brewmaster and North Dakota farmers have always needed each other.” Photos from the event can be found on the RRFN Facebook page.

Bright Future — At the Budweiser Grower Day, North Dakota Grain Growers Association Executive Director Dan Wogsland said there is a bright future for the barley industry. “Look at the craft beer industry. The craft industry is purchasing 40 percent of the malt out there. You see the trends, but year-in and year-out, barley growers do well. When growers do well, everyone is doing well.”

A High Tech Business — Corn production has turned into a high-tech business. "When we have a good year, we can push 200 bushels," said Zach Fore, area agronomist, DuPont Pioneer. "It’s a combination of technology and breeding effort.” While seed technology has improved, Fore says farmers have also stepped up their game. “The growers are doing their part. That includes an excellent job with drainage. All of that drainage, fertility and agronomic management of the crop has to go hand-in-hand with the genetics." DuPont Pioneer hosted a series of GrowingPoint Agronomy events this past week. The North Dakota State University Tailgate Tour was held in collaboration with the DuPont Pioneer event.

Weed Control Emphasized — Farmers continue to look for new weed control solutions. DuPont Pioneer area manager Pat Radermacher says the new A-Series soybeans were developed with a new breeding technique. Trait options, such as the Roundup Ready 2 Xtend system, are also designed to improve yields and offer weed control options. Radermacher says these products fits a need. "Weed resistance across eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota continues to expand." The Pioneer GrowingPoint Agronomy events were held this past week in Steele, Jamestown, Wheaton, Wahpeton, Hickson, Horace, Page and Thompson. These events were also tied to the North Dakota State University Tailgate Tour, highlighting coaches and former athletes.

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A Farmer Training Tool — The WinField United Answer Plot north of Devils Lake is one of nearly 200 similar plots across the country. At Thursday's field event, WinField United product manager Jaime Kloster said the Answer Plot is a training tool for farmers. “It really gives them a taste of how they can improve on their farm, managing how they make good decisions moving forward. We hope to get good data so they can make good decisions for next year.” With the current price situation, Kloster is seeing more interest in wheat.

DuPont Pioneer Wraps Up Tailgate Tour — DuPont Pioneer and NDSU wrapped up their week of GrowingPoint Agronomy and NDSU Tailgate tours Thursday evening in Thompson, North Dakota. DuPont Pioneer Technical Product Manager Alan Scott says it was a good week. “Hopefully, the growers who were able to come out could learn more about how to make their farms more profitable. New A-series soybeans, new corn product line up and seed treatments. We have a lot going on into the fall.”  

A New Option for Fusarium Head BlightSyngenta District Manager Marc Rinke, who is based at Fergus Falls, Minnesota, says the company is developing a new fusarium head scab product for wheat. “We will introduce it in 2018 or 2019. The brand name is Miravis Ace. It will deliver levels of scab control we haven’t been able to do in the past. We’re excited about that.” The Miravis lineup of products will have a new active ingredient, Adepidyn. 

Ahead of a Tough Quarter, Bunge Announces Cuts — Bunge will report its quarterly financial numbers on August 2. Ahead of that action, Bunge said it will cut $250 million in annual costs. Bunge will adopt zero-based budgeting, simplify its organizational structure and consolidate back office duties. Company officials said this move will improve profitability as agriculture emerges from a difficult economy.

Viterra Celebrates Grand Forks Grain Terminal — Viterra hosted an official grand opening of its grain terminal in Grand Forks Wednesday. Viterra acquired this facility in May from Gavilon Grain. At this location, Viterra has 140,000 metric tons of storage capacity. There is the ability to load shuttle trains and is equipped with two truck receiving pits. Viterra also plans to make additional investments at the site.

engAGe: a series for agribusiness women The Red River Farm Network has a new podcast called engAGe: a series for women in agribusiness. The latest podcast features Stewart-Peterson market analyst Naomi Blohm. Blohm says there are positive changes taking place in agriculture. “I think you have girls who are growing up now who have dads in their 30s, 40s and 50s. They say they want to come back to the farm. The girls come back to the farm with the mindset that they have a specific job. They are part of a family business. This is only going to continue and result in good things for family farms.” Blohm also says agriculture careers will be a hot commodity moving forward. Get the rest of the story. engAGe is sponsored, in part, by AgCountry Farm Credit Services, Dow Agrosciences, Thunder Seed, Black Gold Farms, North Dakota Soybean Council, Peterson Farms Seed and the North Dakota Grain Growers Association.

Two USDA Nominations Announced — President Donald Trump has nominated Ted McKinney and Sam Clovis to USDA undersecretary positions. McKinney is now the Indiana State Agriculture Director and has been picked as the new undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs. Previously, McKinney worked for Dow AgroSciences and Elanco. Clovis will be the undersecretary for research, education and economics. Clovis now serves as the senior White House advisor to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. Clovis was also a policy advisor and national co-chair of the Trump campaign. Previously, Clovis was a professor of economics at Morningside College in Iowa.

Censky Nomination Advances — The Trump Administration has formally submitted Steve Censky’s nomination to the Senate to begin the confirmation process. Censky has been chosen as the deputy agriculture secretary. A Minnesota native, Censky is now the CEO for the American Soybean Association.

Melle to Oversee NAFTA Negotiations — President Donald Trump has named the person that will lead the renegotiation process for the North American Free Trade Agreement. John Melle is the current assistant trade representative for the western hemisphere. Melle has been a government trade official since 1988, taking his current position in 2011. The first round of NAFTA negotiations is scheduled to take place August 16-20 in Washington, D.C.

Dow AgroSciences Exec to Join Lindsay Corporation — The current president and chief executive officer for Dow AgroSciences has accepted a similar role with the Lindsay Corporation. Timothy Hassinger will succeed Rick Parod in mid-October. Hassinger has been with Dow AgroSciences for 33 years including three years in his current position. Lindsay Corporation manufactures and markets irrigation equipment and is based in Omaha.

Moves Made at Mustang Seed — Brian Draeger is the new sales manager for Mustang Seeds. Most recently, Draeger was a regional sales manager for Wensman Seed. Dale Nelson, who has been the Mustang Seeds sales manager will now work exclusively as the corn and soybean production manager.

Ripp Returns — World Dairy Expo has brought Crystal Ripp back as the trade show manager. Ripp was with the Expo staff from 2013 to 2016. With Ripp’s return to the Madison, Wisconsin-based show, Kayla Sonnenburg will transition to a new job managing sponsorships.

Precision Agriculture Awards to be Presented This Week — PrecisionAg Institute has named its Awards of Excellence for 2017. Dr. Paul Fixen, who recently retired as the senior vice president of the International Plant Nutrition Institute in Brookings, will receive the Legacy Award. Wade Burns, who is the president and CEO of Farmers Edge, was named the entrepreneur of the year. Burns is based in Winnipeg.

UM Scientist Awarded Significant NSF Grant — A grant from the National Science Foundation will help create an international network that concentrates on plant-associated microbes. University of Minnesota plant pathologist Linda Kinkel was awarded the $500,000 grant. With this effort academics and private researchers will collaborate to better understand the impact soil microbes have on crop productivity.  

Ag Leaders to be Inducted into SD Hall of Fame — Ten individuals will be inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame in September. The 2017 class includes biofuels advocate and the founder and CEO of POET, Jeff Broin. The honorees also include former South Dakota Representative Stephanie Herseth Sandlin and the Niels Hansen, who was a South Dakota State University professor that introduced new crops to the region from 1895 to 1937.  

Star FFA Finalists Named — The National FFA Organization has announced the finalists for four top achievement awards including the American Star Farmer, Star in Agribusiness, Agricultural Placement and Agriscience. Joseph Arnold of the Lac qui Parle Valley FFA Chapter in Minnesota is a finalist for American Star Farmer and Audra Montgomery of the Carrington FFA Chapter in North Dakota is a finalist for the American Star in Agribusiness. Winners will be announced during the National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

NDFMGA Update — Drought is impacting produce grown in North Dakota. Listen to this update from the North Dakota Farmers Markets and Growers Association.

Dry Bean Scene — The Dry Bean Scene is on the air, with information about the dry edible bean industry in the Northarvest region. This broadcast airs each Friday at 12:37 PM. 

AURI UpdateCatch this weekly update from the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute. Learn how AURI is getting feedback from the industry on challenges and opportunities in agriculture.

Last Week's TriviaCoke used the advertising slogan, saying it was "the real thing." Dennis Duvall of Dakota Environmental wins our weekly trivia challenge. Great job, Dennis! Tim Book of Verdesian, Senator Franken statewide communications director Marc Kimball, Mark Mettler of PreferredOne and Brian Rydlund of CHS Hedging earn runner-up honors. The 'first 20' recognition goes to Scott Mattocks of Western Consolidated Co-op, Brenda Kovar of Choice Financial Group, Bob Lebacken of RML Trading, retired AI instructor Lloyd Friske, Kevin Schulz of National Hog Farmer, Jim Altringer of Columbia Grain, Brad Hertel of Meridian Seeds, Al Juliuson of Juliuson Farms, Harvey farmer Bill Ongstad, Twyla Wulf of Clear Springs Cattle Company, Jon Farris of BankWest, Keith Rekow of Dairyland Seed, Mark Bernard of Agro-Economics, Kathy Noll of Noll's Dairy Farm and Burliegh County Jim McCullough.