DL News Staff
World sugar futures are at their highest levels in 25 years, but that's not doing Red River Valley sugar beet growers much good. The area's two sugar beet cooperatives -- Moorhead-based American Crystal Sugar and Wahpeton, N.D.-based Minn-Dak Farmers -- sold most of their 2005 crop last summer before prices jumped. "That's when our buyers wanted it," said James Horvath, president of American Crystal Sugar, which has about 2,900 farmer-shareholders. Minn-Dak, with about 500 farmer-shareholders, also sold most of its 2005 beets before sugar prices jumped, said Dave Roche, its president.
The last thing a Minnesota beef operator has on his or her immediate list of things to do this time of year is a summer breeding program. The first priority is calving, which some producers began last month. However, University of Minnesota Extension specialist Dr.
NOTICE AUDUBON TOWNSHIP RESIDENTS The Audubon Township Annual Meeting and Election will be held Tuesday, March 14, 2006, at the Audubon Community Center. Polls will be open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Board of Canvass will follow the election with the Annual Meeting at 8:15 p.m. In case of inclement weather the Election of Officers, Board of Canvass and Annual Meeting will be held the following Tuesday. Becky Schouviller-Felker Clerk
The complexity and ramifications of the current processes involved in marketing beef are starting to surface. The calves are doing fine, the beef supply is as healthy as ever, but the paperwork is a mixed bag of yes, no or maybe. The challenge producers face is concentrating on the ramifications of doing business in an absolute, no-exceptions environment.
Just in time for those New Year's resolutions to eat healthier, balanced diets, in The Healthy Beef Cookbook is available now in bookstores nationwide. Co-authors Richard Chamberlain and Betsy Hornick combined their culinary and nutrition expertise to bring great-tasting lean beef to the table in the more than 130 delicious and nutrient-rich recipes, color photos, nutrition tips and culinary techniques that feature lean beef, and many of the recipes take 30 minutes or less to prepare. The cookbook and additional marketing and resource materials were coordinated on behalf of the Cattlemen's
Many growers used foliar fungicides on soybeans in 2005, and there were many anecdotal reports of yield gains. The reports of yield gains have piqued grower interest in foliar fungicides, and many will consider trying foliar fungicides in 2006. However, a word of caution must be offered about these anecdotal reports. We often hear about the positive responses from the latest input, but what about all of the neutral or negative yield responses?
Opportunities to produce organic milk for Organic Valley Family of Farms Cooperative will be explored at a meeting in McIntosh on Wednesday, March 1. The meeting will be at the McIntosh Community Center, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Speakers include: Why Organic? by Jim Stordahl; Organic Valley company information and pay schedules by Al Hass; and How to Produce Milk without Antibiotics by Dr. Paul Dettloff, DVM. A pizza lunch will be provided.
The following are daily future price settlements on near-contracts for grain, livestock and dairy commodities for the week of Feb.
The Eastern Crop Scout School will be held at the Fargo (N.D.) Holiday Inn March 1-2. The North Dakota State University Extension Service sponsors the school. It is designed for individuals who will be scouting crops for pest and production problems this year. The program has an introductory component to teach the basics in weed, disease and insect identification, and scouting procedures. The school also provides sessions devoted to important pest and production issues for major crops in the region. The school begins at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 1, and concludes at 4 p.m.