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May 28, 2020
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Direct payments for farmers will help but maybe not enough
May 28, 2020 - 2:46pm
April 21, 2020
Tom Astrup, president and chief executive officer of American Crystal Sugar Co. in Moorhead, Minn., last December had projected a $37 per ton payment for 2019 beets, but that has been increased by $3, or 8%, in part because of federal disaster payments. Mikkel Pates / Forum News Service
American Crystal Sugar co-op projection rises to $40/ton after disaster payments
April 21, 2020 - 11:20am
Farmer Garth Kruger, 46, of Warren, Minn., who earned advanced degrees in clinical psychology with data analysis applications, has added value to his farm and a set of clients with his work on seed variety performance analysis.  Mikkel Pates / Forum News Serviceplay button
Farmer-researcher's seed analysis provides valuable insights
April 21, 2020 - 7:00am
April 9, 2020
Workers carry sacks of rice inside a National Food Authority warehouse in Valenzuela, Philippines, on March 26, 2020.  Bloomberg photo by Veejay Villafranca.
Key food prices are surging after virus upends supply chains
April 9, 2020 - 1:05pm
March 23, 2020
Full bins at Rancho Gordo, a suddenly-busy heirloom bean supplier in Napa, Calif., March 17. Amid all the coronavirus-driven panic shopping, the growing demand for beans has stood out as an especially potent symbol of the anxious and uncertain times. (Cayce Clifford / © 2020 The New York Times)
A boom time for the bean industry
March 23, 2020 - 1:43pm
March 19, 2020
Canola acres were greater in 2019 in the Mohall, N.D., area, bringing beauty to the landscape and potential profits for farmers about 20 miles from the Canadian border. The outlook for 2020 acreage remains bright. Photo taken July 4, near Mohall, N.D. Mikkel Pates / Forum News Service
Canola acres could climb again
March 19, 2020 - 6:00am
March 12, 2020
Lindsey Fingarson checks a sunflower head to see how it is filling at his farm north of Edinburg, N.D., in September. Much of the far northeastern North Dakota region was dry this summer, and recent rains have hampered harvest. Eric Hylden / Grand Forks Herald
Weather, market forces put sunflowers back in the rotation
March 12, 2020 - 6:00am
March 10, 2020
Vance Taylor, president and CEO of the North Dakota Mill and Elevator, stands in the alley way of an unloading facility for trucks and trains that was part of the first phase of rail expansion at the north Grand Forks facility. Eric Hylden / Forum News Service
$8.3 million set for ND State Mill upgrade
March 10, 2020 - 5:16pm
University of Minnesota Regional Extension Educator Jodi DeJong-Hughes spoke to farmers about field ruts and soil compaction during a meeting Tuesday, March 10, in Crookston. Ann Bailey / Grand Forks Herald
2019 harvest will have lasting impact on this year's crop season, expert says at Crookston event
March 10, 2020 - 4:23pm
February 28, 2020
File photo of American Crystal Sugar Co.’s processing plant at Hillsboro, N.D.  (Forum News Service/Agweek/Mikkel Pates)
Sugar beet processing finishes early in Red River Valley
February 28, 2020 - 2:38pm
February 12, 2020
Bruce Hill of Worthington, Minn., is president of the board of Minnesota Soybean Processors LLC, a Brewster, Minn., company. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek)
Race is on to build ND’s first soybean crush plant
February 12, 2020 - 4:28pm
February 11, 2020
This sunflower field was involved in a study by Bee Innovative and the University of North Dakota during the 2019 growing season to see if managing pollination with BeeDar would improve the crop. Early results are promising. Jenny Schlecht / Forum News Service
Precision pollination research in sunflowers shows promise
February 11, 2020 - 6:00am
January 29, 2020
Crop prices are poor, profit margins are tight and much of the Upper Midwest suffered through horrible harvest conditions in the fall of 2019. Some farmers were forced to leave 60% to 80% of their corn in the field, like this field show Jan. 14 near Hazelton, N.D. But rental rates aren't expected to go down except in very specific situations. Mikkel Pates / Forum News Service
A freeze on cropland rental rates?
January 29, 2020 - 7:00am
January 28, 2020
A strange sight of unharvested wheat in the snow is all too common in the Dickinson and New England, N.D., area. Farmer Jon Wert says he’s bought a disc to get rid of spring wheat that he couldn’t combine in 2019. Mikkel Pates / Forum News Service
Unharvested wheat creates puzzling planting season
January 28, 2020 - 6:00am
January 8, 2020
Spring wheat, in particular, threatens to finish in the red in much of North Dakota in 2020, according to the North Dakota State University 2020 Projected Crop Budgets. Erin Ehnle Brown / Grand Vale Creative
Mixed bag on projected 2020 crop returns
January 8, 2020 - 6:00am