DL News Staff
In a May 1 letter to USDA Secretary Mike Johanns, U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) and other congressional members questioned a proposal to make changes to the Farm Service Agency guaranteed farm loan program. "Farmers have enough obstacles to address in all their USDA paperwork," Peterson said.
A group of 18 national associations representing U.S.
The high price of nitrogen fertilizer this spring has many wishing that wheat and corn were more like soybeans and provide its own nitrogen needs. This leads to the question whether there is such a thing as a seed inoculant for wheat and corn, analogous to the seed inoculants used with soybeans and other legumes. The short answer to the question is "yes and no," or in other words, "it depends." Sofie Dobbelaere, Jos Vanderleyden of the Catholic University Leuven and a pioneer in this field of research, Yaacov Okon, of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem published an excellent review in 20
As a child, I'd partially fill a cup of sugar and head outside to the rhubarb patch in our garden. I'd pull up a stalk of rhubarb, break off the leaves, seat myself at the picnic table and dip my tangy treat into the sugar. I knew it wasn't safe to eat the leaves. I may have rinsed the fresh rhubarb with our garden hose, but maybe not. I didn't teach about food safety back then. The tangy flavor of rhubarb dipped in sugar was the flavor of spring for me. Rhubarb, also known as "pieplant," is known for its tartness.
The following are daily future price settlements on near-contracts for grain, livestock and dairy commodities for the week of May 5-11. Minneapolis spring wheat, July contract; Friday $4.33 1/2; Monday $4.37 1/2; Tuesday $4.43 1/2; Wednesday $4.43 1/2; Thursday $4.50 1/2. Chicago corn, July contract; Friday $2.40 1/2; Monday $2.37; Tuesday $2.38; Wednesday $2.40; Thursday $2.47. Chicago soybeans, July contract; Friday $6.06 1/2; Monday $5.99 1/2; Tuesday $6.04 1/2; Wednesday $6.06; Thursday $6.13. Chicago live cattle, June contract; Friday $73.85; Monday $75.40; Tuesday $74.87;
The Minneapolis Grain Exchange Board of Directors approved an additional electronic trading session for its hard red spring wheat contracts. The new session will begin Aug. 1, and will run side-by-side with open outcry trading hours. Electronic trading will be available between 6:32 p.m. and 6 a.m., and between 9:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.
The 20th annual Dakota Cowboy Poetry Gathering will be held at Medora, N.D., May 27-28, featuring over 40 performers. The headliner entertainment will be Patty Clayton, the Western Music Association's Female Vocalist of the Year, and Juni Fisher, the 2005 Academy of Western Artists' Female Vocalist of the Year. Other entertainment includes Bill Lowman of Sentinel Butte, N.D., and the Larsen Brothers of Taylor, N.D. There will also be a quilt trunk show on Saturday morning, May 27, by storyteller/poet Yvonne Hollenbeck of Clearfield, S.D., who will relate stories behind five generations o
Early in the open water fishing season, many of our favorite fish that live in Midwest lakes are active in the shallow water, and when they're shallow, they are often willing to bite. However, shallow water fish are often quite spooky. Too much noise or motion will make them skittish. They will either leave the shallows or just not bite until things quiet down. To catch these shallow water fish, there are a few things we need to keep in mind. Fish in clear water will be more spooky than fish in stained or dirty water. Clear water fish are just a little more nervous when they're shallow.
Birds and birdwatchers will be front and center May 18-21 at Detroit Lakes. The 9th annual Festival of Birds has a wealthy lineup of speakers and attractions, guaranteed to delight anyone interested in the subject. The featured speakers at the "Birders' Social" on Saturday evening, May 20, are Sharon and Bill Stiteler, who will present a comedy act entitled "Play on Birds." Once again, the Festival is headquartered at the Minnesota State Community and Technical College, east of Detroit Lakes along Highway 34.
Busting clay birds with a shotgun was an intermittent activity at Detroit Lakes for a long time. Lloyd Boyer and some golfing buddies had a mechanical trap where the Shady Hollow Flea Market is now staged. Carl Lyman and several others organized trap shooting on some land owned by Peters Meat & Sausage Company.