DL News Staff
During the 2005 growing season, Fusarium head blight caused huge losses in small grains across the Upper Midwest region. In particular, Minnesota wheat producers sustained an estimated $86 million in losses because of the disease.
The Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council is applauding the results of a 16-month scientific study of air quality that showed a cat's litter box, smoking and everyday household cleaning products have a more profound effect on air quality in the home than nearby hog confinements.
Do you recognize spotted knapweed? It is all around us and is spreading. This plant is in roadsides and non-cropland across East Polk and Clearwater counties and is spread mostly by human activities. Why should you care? Because spotted knapweed is like a skunk in an outhouse ... once it is there nobody else stays.
Future ethanol production increases will raise corn prices worldwide, according to Won Koo, a professor of agricultural economics at North Dakota State University and director of the Center for Agricultural Policy and Trade Studies. "The Energy Security Act of 2005 mandates that ethanol consumption increase to 7 billion gallons by 2012," Koo says.
U.S. cattle and calves on feed in the major U.S. feedlots was up 11.8 million head April 1, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The inventory was 9 percent above a year ago, and 10 percent above April 1, 2004. Feedlot placements during March totaled 1.84 million head, up 5 percent from 2005. Fed cattle marketing during March totaled 1.96 million head, down slightly from the past two years.
The following are daily future price settlements on near-contracts for grain, livestock and dairy commodities for the week of April 21-27. Minneapolis spring wheat, May contract; Friday $4.18 3/4; Monday $4.14 3/4; Tuesday $4.19 3/4; Wednesday $4.17; Thursday $4.07. Chicago corn, May contract; Friday $2.36 1/2; Monday $2.32 3/4; Tuesday $2.31; Wednesday $2.31 1/2; Thursday $2.31 1/4. Chicago soybeans, May contract; Friday $5.69 3/4; Monday $5.74 1/4; Tuesday $5.79 1/2; Wednesday $5.75 3/4; Thursday $5.75 1/4. n Chicago live cattle, June contract; Friday $74.47; Monday $73.22; Tue
Somewhere between the sternness of a parent and the comradeship of a pal is that mysterious creature we call a 4-H Leader. These leaders come in all shapes and sizes, and maybe male or female. But they all have one thing in common -- a glorious twinkle in their eyes! 4-H Leaders are found everywhere -- at judging contests, fairs, square dances, and talent shows.
The 2006 4-H quality assurance ethics training session for Becker County will be held June 24 in Detroit Lakes. The training is required of all youth intending on exhibiting at the Minnesota State Fair in beef, dairy, sheep, swine, poultry, rabbits or goats, as well as county fair exhibitors in swine. The certificate is good for three fair seasons. The Becker County training session for levels one and two will be at the Minnesota Community and Technical College. For more information, contact Staci Slykerman at the Becker County Extension Office, 218-847-7328.
The Northarvest Bean Growers Association elected three persons to serve on its nine-member board March 17. Those individuals are: Gary Paur, Gilby, N.D., president; John Ewy, Deer Creek, Minn., vice president; and Mark Streed, Milan, Minn., treasurer. Northarvest producers currently lead the United States in the production of pinto, navy, and dark red kidney beans.
WILLMAR - From "Roseau to Redwood Falls" illegal immigration is the top issue on voters minds throughout the 35 counties of Minnesota's 7th Congressional District, according to Michael Barrett. The Long Prairie pharmacist was endorsed Saturday as the Republican congressional candidate on a unanimous ballot at the 7th District Republican Congressional Convention in Willmar.