DL News Staff
Here's the good news about the National Animal Identification System as it pertains to beef cattle. For the average cow/calf operator, it is not as complicated as it initially seemed. There won't be additional reams of paperwork to be filled out annually. It isn't as expensive as opponents or companies selling the assorted equipment would have producers believe. But it will take a certain amount of work -- mainly depending on the herd size of each cow/calf operator -- and there are equipment drawbacks.
The annual University of Minnesota Northwest Research and Outreach Center Field Day will be held Wednesday, July 12, in Crookston. The morning tours begin at 8:30 a.m. A special topic is how to maintain viable crop rotations for sugarbeets when corn and soybeans are already in the mix. The afternoon tours, which start at 1 p.m., will focus on weed control in sugarbeets and small grains. The morning speakers and topics are: Dr. Carol Windels, increased risks of rhizoctonia root rot as crop rotations are changing. Dr.
The following are daily future price settlements on near-contracts for grain, livestock and dairy commodities for the week of June 23-29. Minneapolis spring wheat, July contract; Friday $4.64 1/4; Monday $4.70 1/2; Tuesday $4.81 3/4; Wednesday $4.82; Thursday $4.90. Chicago corn, July contract; Friday $2.28 1/4; Monday $2.23; Tuesday $2.25 1/4; Wednesday $2.26; Thursday $2.28 1/2. Chicago soybeans, July contract; Friday $5.80 1/2; Monday $5.69 1/2; Tuesday $5.78; Wednesday $5.78 1/2; Thursday $5.81 3/4. Chicago live cattle, August contract; Friday $84.65; Monday $86/72; Tuesday
The USDA released its latest supply-and-demand report June 9. The stocks/use ratios decreased for wheat and corn relative to a month ago, but increased slightly for soybeans. Relative to trade expectations, ending stocks of wheat, corn and soybeans were well within the ranges of estimates, but a little below the averages. Since the findings were anticipated, the report's impact on prices should be minimal and the market's attention should return to growing conditions around the world. The good/excellent ratings were favorable as of June 4 for all U.S. crops except winter wheat.
Scout fields for soybean aphids as some fields may be reaching threshold levels, and there would be economic advantage in spraying insecticide. Use the widely accepted treatment threshold of 250 aphids per plant and 80 percent of the plants with these levels.
An organic certification workshop will be offered in Thief River Falls on Tuesday, July 11. "Organic Education and All That JAS" is hosted by the Minnesota Extension Service, the Minnesota Organic Crop Improvement Association and Pembina Trail RC&D. It will be at the Best Western along Highway 31. Registration will start at 8 a.m.
Money was raised during "Pizza for Pets" held Friday, June 16. A percentage of pizza sales and tips for the day plus additional funds from an anonymous donor rounded out the total. The event was sponsored by KDLM/Wild Country/TV3 and Domino's Pizza. The Humane Society also raised $2,600 for the "Cause for Paws" building fund at the June 17 rummage sale held at Washington School. In addition, $6,000 has been raised from the "$500 Pledge Challenge Letter" mailed six weeks ago.
Throughout the summer months, largemouth bass can be caught in a variety of locations. One area to find bass, especially the really big ones, is in the heaviest, sloppiest cover a lake can offer. Special lures and heavy tackle are necessary if you want to take these fish. It's not uncommon to bring in a three pound bass that has buried itself in five pounds of salad-like vegetation. This shallow-water, heavy-cover action is exciting and can be very productive.
A West Fargo, N.D., man had his first appearance in Becker County District Court on a felony charge Monday. District Judge Lisa Borgen set bond at $3,000 against Nedzib Hidanovic, 21, of 922 3rd Avenue East, for receiving stolen property. His next court appearance is July 10. Hidanovic and his cousin, Enes Osmanovic, 19, of Fargo are accused of possessing four spools of aluminum wire that was stolen from a Moorhead supplier June 24.
Fifty-six families from around the state, one from each participating county, have been named a "2006 Farm Family of the Year," University of Minnesota Extension Service Dean and Director Bev Durgan announced Monday. Two of the recipients are brothers Roger and Allan Foltz of Callaway. They first formed an agricultural partnership in 1985.