DL News Staff
U.S. soybean acreage for 2006 is projected to rise 7 percent over last year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The department released its prospective plantings report March 31. It suggests fewer corn and wheat acres to be planted this spring. It is a different story in Minnesota.
Persons attending the "Wheat Summit" in Moorhead Wednesday answered a number of questions posed on wheat's future in Minnesota. Some of the questions and answers were: What topic do you feel will help keep wheat viable in this region? The top two answers were biotechnology and high yielding wheat. What are research priorities? Finding and using wheat traits that are also consumer acceptable, and disease tolerance. What areas should research dollars be applied to? Biotechnology and spring wheat breeding.
The signup deadline for persons wishing to re-enroll acreage or extend contracts in the federal Conservation Reserve Program is April 14. The deadline applies to landowners with CRP contracts expiring Sept. 30, 2007. Landowners must notify their county Farm Service Agency office of their intentions.
At several meetings that I have presented at this year, livestock producers have asked if Avian influenza, commonly referred to as bird flu, would impact livestock prices. One cattle producer commented that he thought bird flu could be good, since destroying chickens would mean less competitive meat for the beef industry. However, livestock producers should be very concerned because bird flu already may have negatively impacted beef and other meat prices. According to USDA ( www.usda.gov/birdflu ), bird flu is a disease caused by a virus that infects domestic poultry and wild birds.
The following are daily future price settlements on near-contracts for grain, livestock and dairy commodities for the week of March 31-April 6. Minneapolis spring wheat, May contract; Friday $4.04 1/4; Monday $4.02 1/2; Tuesday $4.05 1/2; Wednesday $4.11 1/2; Thursday $4.16 3/4. Chicago corn, May contract; Friday $2.36; Monday $2.36 1/2; Tuesday $2.34 1/2; Wednesday $2.36 1/4; Thursday $2.41 1/2. Chicago soybeans, May contract; Friday $5.71 1/2; Monday $5.65; Tuesday $5.58 3/4; Wednesday $5.61 1/2; Thursday $5.64. Chicago live cattle, June contract; Friday $74.35; Monday $74.15
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Archery Trade Association officially launched a partnership to promote Minnesota archery and bowhunting at a ceremony April 8 in St.
Hagen's 80th There will be an open house honoring Ella Hagen's 80th Birthday which will be held at the First Lutheran Church dining room in Detroit Lakes on Saturday, April 15, from 2-5 p.m.
Swenson 65th There will be an Open house in honor of Clarence and Dorothy Swenson's 65th Wedding Anniversary on Saturday, April 15, from 2-5 p.m. at St. James U.C.C., 201 3rd St. SE in Barnesville.. This event is hosted by the children and grandchildren. No gifts please.
Feir-Green Katie Elizabeth Feir and Nicholas Mark Green announce their engagement. Parents of the couple are Greg and Anita Feir of Pelican Rapids and Mark and Mary Green of Detroit Lakes. Katie graduated from Pelican Rapids in 2003 and presently attends NDSU. She is employed by the Marriott, Moorhead. Nicholas graduated from Detroit Lakes in 2001. He was a former U.S. Army Ranger special operations.
Fargo, N.D., and Bloomington are two of 12 public meeting sites across the nation where duck and goose hunters can comment on federal policy. The meetings on migratory bird management are being hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. FWS is in the process of drafting a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on migratory bird hunting. The SEIS will consider a range of management alternatives for addressing sport hunting of migratory birds under the authority of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Comments can also be sent directly to FWS.