Mikkel Pates / Forum News Service
DICKINSON, N.D. — They don’t know exactly when in 2015 they’ll start production, but the new owners of an Aberdeen meatpacking plant say they’ll give cattle producers in the region several months of notice. “We’re seriously dealing with what our five-year program will be,” said Robert Cooper the new president and CEO of New Angus LLC.
HAYES — Transit demand, trends toward a rise in crop acreage, better yields and an increase in treated seed use have nudged Al Meier into some big investments in 2014 —seed technology. Meier farms a large operation near Hayes and owns MPM Certified Seed, in Wessington Springs, with his son and another partner. In the past year, Meier, 63, his son Kylan, 31, and a landlord have installed a total of 380,000 bushels of additional storage in two locations west and south of Hayes. “We used to be able to depend on the elevators to receive it and take it out,” Meier says.
FORT PIERRE, S.D. — Josh Dykes was in charge of a crew that was removing hives filled with honey and putting on new boxes for added production in mid-August. "We're putting more boxes on and they're still making honey," Dykes said during a field visit in mid-August. "Nice to get that for a change. The last few years have been down." Dykes works for a facility in Kimball, which is part of Adee Honey Farms of Bruce, widely considered one of the largest honey enterprises in the world. Dykes says, typically, a hive might make 60 to 80 pounds of honey.
DRAPER — Scott Dowling is one of many farmers piling wheat on the ground and stuffing it into bags. There is no room for the crop in the bin, and elevators aren’t able to move it to market. Dowling and his wife, Janet, farm in Jones, Stanley and Haaken counties in South Dakota. The farm has grown to 50,000 acres, with a staff of one full-time and nine seasonal employees. About 28,000 acres were planted to winter wheat this year and 12,000 acres to spring wheat.
Robert “Doug” Cooper, of Kansas City, Mo., the new president and CEO of New Angus LLC, the company trying to revive a troubled Aberdeen beef slaughter plant, says he expects his company to start processing animals sometime in 2015. Cooper, 63, says New Angus, which was incorporated in South Dakota on May 5, is working on a plan that eventually would revive the former Northern Beef Packers plant.
FARGO, N.D. — Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway reported 3,908 past-due agricultural rail cars as of July 17, down about 14 percent from the previous week’s 4,561. The past-due single-car orders were an average of 26.6 days late, compared with 30.2 days the previous week. BNSF, in a weekly report ordered by the U.S. Surface Transportation Board, notes that the number of cars 60 days past due is large mainly because of extensive rain and rail bed degradation in branch lines near Westhope and Rolla, in North Dakota, and Scobey, Mont.
BILLINGS, Mont. — Some farmers in the prairie pothole region are starting to complain about sticker shock from rising rates for prevented-plant crop insurance coverage, says Doug Hagel, outgoing regional director for the U.S.
Sen. Vehle says farmers need to advocate for funding. Transportation accounts for 18 percent of the cost of SD soybeans heading to Chinese customers.
NDSU student talks about ‘genotype by environment’ study.
ABERDEEN — An investigator for the South Dakota attorney general’s office has told farmers and elevator operators owed money in the Anderson Seed Inc. insolvency that the case is civil, and criminal charges won’t be filed against Ron and Stephanie Anderson and their Mentor, Minn.-based sunflower processing company. “Just recently, the Attorney General ruled the case against Anderson Seed to be a civil case,” writes special agent Dave Lunzman, of Aberdeen, in an email to a group of claimants. “With that decision, my involvement in the case is over.