DL News Staff
Minnesota's breeding duck populations declined for the second consecutive year, according to results of the annual May waterfowl survey released by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The state's estimated breeding duck population fell to 521,000, 18 percent lower than last year and 36 percent below the 10-year average. The long-term average for total duck abundance is 630,000 breeding birds. The Canada goose count increased 12 percent to 358,000. "These are disappointing numbers," said Dave Schad, director of the DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife.
Middendorf-Lipp engagement Katherine Middendorf and Justin Lipp announce their engagement. Parents of the couple are Timothy and Laurie Middendorf of Olivia and Gary and Marie Lipp of Rochester. Katherine currently attends MSUM in Moorhead. Justin graduated from NDSU in Fargo, N.D., and is employed by UCSB in Santa Barbara, Calif. A July 22 wedding is planned at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes. The couple's future plans are to move to California.
Benson 50th anniversary There will be a 50th wedding anniversary open house for Lloyd and Betty Benson on Sunday, July 9 at the Waubun Community Center from 2-7 p.m. Come and celebrate their "50 years of harmony" with family, farming, fishing and friends. Musicians - bring your musical instruments and/or voices for a "music jam session."
SUNDAY, JULY 2 8:00 am-12:30 pm- Holy Rosary Knights of Columbus Pancake & French Toast Breakfast, Parish Ctr. 2:00 pm- Callaway Community Council, Callaway City Hall. 7-8:00 pm- ALATEEN Group, Holy Rosary Church basement. 8:00 pm- AA, corner of Summit & Holmes, 844-9970. MONDAY, JULY 3 8:30 am-7 pm- Adult Basic Education & GED tutoring, 204 E. Willow (Lincoln Ed. Ctr.). 847-4418 10:00 am- Overeaters Anonymous, Lake Park Lutheran Church. 5:00 pm- MN 30 TOPS Chapter Detroit Lakes, Trinity Lutheran Church, upstairs choir room. 6:30-8 pm- Fathers Building Bridges.
It's now July and the corn in many area fields is beyond knee high. That's a good sign. Three weeks ago, the early planting spring wheat stands were heading out, and the later fields are now following suit. Another good sign. We've been getting periodic rain showers, which has helped maintain pastures, even on some with lighter soils. That's welcome news around here, unlike in nearby western states where ranchers are culling herds because it hasn't rained and the pastures are completely played out. They have little hay to bale.
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.