Two Midwestern-based ag cooperatives have announced their intent to merge. Jason Schwenneker, CEO of Northern Country Cooperative, says unification with Viafield would strengthen service and resources for farmer-owners. “We started working together more than two years ago,” he said, “as far as the companies trying... Read More.
A continental-scale heat wave will remain in place for the next few days, boosting maximum temperatures to 100°F or higher as far north as the northern Plains and as far east as the Mississippi Valley. The heat will be untimely for reproductive to filling... Read More.
Two U.S. Senators in the Northern Plains are asking the USDA’s Farm Service Agency to quickly allow emergency haying and grazing in the expanding drought. In a letter, John Thune from South Dakota and Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota say producers are concerned certain Conservation... Read More.
An agronomist is northern Indiana says the corn crop is looking great going into one of the most important parts of the season: the reproductive stage. Jason Harmon is with DEKALB Asgrow. “I saw a couple fields in my recent travels that were wanting to... Read More.
An agronomist says the crops in the Dakotas and Minnesota have received some much need rains in the last week. Rick Swenson with Peterson Farms Seed says the timing is just right. “Basically, everything out there including the corn and soybeans are doubling, tripling or... Read More.
A mostly dry week ended with much needed precipitation across north-central and northeast Iowa. USDA’s latest crop update says there are widespread reports of crop stress because of dry conditions, but farmers were able to cut hay and spray corn and soybeans. Corn condition ratings... Read More.
Tar spot is showing up in Missouri earlier than usual and crop specialists are encouraging farmers to scout corn fields. Mandy Bish, a plant pathologist with University of Missouri Extension, says the fungal disease isn’t usually confirmed until late August or September. She tells... Read More.
Soil conditions have gone from too wet to very dry as potato planting wraps up in northern states. In northwest Minnesota, farmer Peter Imle says soil conditions are much better now for the seed and fresh potatoes on his farm considering there was a... Read More.