Jenny Schlecht / Agweek Staff Writer
Despite recent rains, the latest U.S. Drought Monitor has portions of both North Dakota and South Dakota in severe drought and moderate drought, while abnormally dry conditions persist in part of Minnesota and Montana. Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., said he met on Thursday, June 7, with Bill Northey, U.S. Department of Agriculture undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Service, "to get prepped for potential drought problems" like the region experienced in 2017. "We pray that it doesn't happen," Cramer said.
MANDAN, N.D. — Though soybeans have been grown in every North Dakota county, the crop's spread in southwestern North Dakota has been slower because of a previous lack of easily obtained crop insurance, few marketing options and a drier climate. Now more farmers in southwestern North Dakota are adding soybeans to their rotations, finding new varieties and crop insurance options, combined with the financial viability of the crop, make them a good fit in rotations, says Nancy Johnson, executive director of the North Dakota Soybean Growers Association.
SHIELDS, N.D. — The grass shines deep green in southwestern North Dakota. Some fields of small grains have begun to push out of the ground. Alfalfa is up nearly half a foot in some fields. And farmers continue to progress on planting after a slow warm up in the spring. Everything is slow so far in 2018, says Darrick Frank.
CRYSTAL SPRINGS, N.D. — Teenagers from across North Dakota competed May 10-11 in the North Dakota Envirothon, a problem-solving natural resources competition that gets high school students into the field to experience real-world science.
I heard it faintly, late at night, above the sounds of the house settling into sleep. My 2-year-old had just finished her nightly round of crying, singing, talking and laughing when I realized the rhythmic pitter-patter I heard came not from her feet against the wall—in time with her made-up tunes—but from outside. Rain. I opened the window to see if I was right, breathing in the earthy smell we so rarely experienced last spring and summer. The drops fell steadily, wetting the porch and the dirt of the driveway.
BISMARCK, N.D. — High on the list of principles that guide the products offered at the BisMan Community Food Cooperative are emphases on local food and transparency about where the food originated and who produced it. "Since opening, we've tried to let people know exactly where our products are coming from," says Carmen Hoffner, general manager of the co-op.
STEELE, N.D. — With big machinery, big animals, things that burn and things that spin, farms aren't the safest place for children. But for the past 25 years, groups in Kidder County, N.D., have tried to give students a leg up on knowledge to keep them safe. Agriculture is considered one of the most dangerous industries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 12,000 youth were injured on farms in 2014, with 4,000 of those injuries blamed on farm work.
ASHLEY, N.D. — Tori Gross sat in the McIntosh County Courthouse, scrolling through the markets on her phone. Soybeans were down, she noted. Months earlier, Gross wouldn't have had an app on her phone to check the markets, and, even if she had, she may not have understood what it was telling her. But that was before Gross and 17 other women in McIntosh County graduated April 4 from Annie's Project, a farm management program for women that has been reintroduced in North Dakota after an absence of several years.
As cases in federal court and several state courts delve into whether there is evidence that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, causes cancer, a scientist with a consumer advocacy group says there is nothing to fear from the popular herbicide.
FARGO—Michelle Rook will join AgweekTV as anchor, effective April 30, 2018. Rook has worked for Agweek as a freelance television and magazine reporter since 2016.