DL News Staff
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released an implementation plan for a National Animal Identification System. The plan contains timelines and benchmarks for establishing the system, along with a plan for the initial integration of private and state animal tracking databases with NAIS.
The North Central Soybean Research Program board of directors has approved $2.4 million in funding for soybean research projects. Twenty-three percent of the funds are directed at Asian soybean rust research, fungicide trials and a partnership with the University of Florida to monitor rust year-round. Another 19 percent of the budget is for soybean aphid research.
The following are daily future price settlements on near-contracts for grain, livestock and dairy commodities for the week of April 7-13. Minneapolis spring wheat, May contract; Friday $4.15 3/4; Monday $4.30 1/2; Tuesday $4.37 1/2; Wednesday $4.33; Thursday $4.30 1/2. Chicago corn, May contract; Friday $2.43; Monday $2.41 1/4; Tuesday $2.42; Wednesday $2.37; Thursday $2.36 1/4. Chicago soybeans, May contract; Friday $5.57 3/4; Monday $5.55 1/4; Tuesday $5.62 1/2; Wednesday $5.60 1/2; Thursday $5.63. Chicago live cattle, June contract; Friday $76.22; Monday $74.85; Tuesday $74.
There was an immediate price reaction to the April supply and demand report issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Monday. Spring wheat futures at the Minneapolis Grain Exchange went up last week. USDA lowered the 2005-06 ending stocks projection for all wheat by 10 million bushels from the March report. U.S. feed wheat usage was dropped 10 million bushels. U.S. wheat exports were raised 15 million bushels to 1.015 billion bushels for the 2005-06 marketing year. U.S.
A number of factors may contribute to poor corn stands early in the growing season. Seed decay and seedling blights may certainly cause a rotting or deterioration of ungerminated seed, pre-emergence seedling blight or post-emergence seedling blight. Insect damage, fertilizer or herbicide injury, soil conditions and environmental factors, especially saturated soil conditions and oxygen deprivation may also cause or contribute to early season corn establishment problems.
April 5, 1915-April 9, 2006 Arlene "Sue" Iris Worden, 91, of Mahnomen, died Sunday, April 9, 2006, at the Mahnomen Health Center in Mahnomen. Sue was born April 5, 1915, to Peter and Beulah Bell (Larsen) Larson in Richwood. She was the second of five children. She attended grade school in Pelican Rapids, and in 1933, graduated from Mahnomen High School. Sue married Eddie Worden in 1934.
Sept. 25, 1918-April 12, 2006 Lawrence H. Zurn, 87, of Callaway, died Wednesday, April 12 in the Palliative Care Unit at Meritcare Hospital in Fargo. Lawrence Henry Zurn was born to Louis and Anna (Gusregan) Zurn on Sept. 25, 1918 in Callaway. He grew up in rural Callaway, and attended Callaway School. Following school, he farmed with his parents. He married Gertrude "Trudy" Rohr on June 10, 1941 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes. Following marriage, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Victory was sweet for Jane Christiansen. The Vergas resident won a free night's stay at the Loghouse & Homestead on Spirit Lake for coming the closest to guessing when the first bucket of sap would be filled in this year's Vergas Maple Syrup Fest, which was held April 1. Christiansen guessed the first bucket in this year's harvest would be filled sometime between noon and 6 p.m. on April 5. The actual time was 2:25 p.m.
Minnesotans who want their lawmakers to work quickly this year should be feeling pretty good. But sticklers for a slow, deliberative process might be suffering from heartburn after witnessing the first six weeks of the legislative session. The 2006 Legislature is moving at such a fast pace lawmakers say they don't have time to thoroughly study some issues before voting. Crafting laws at breakneck speed means depending on key legislators to fix problems with bills prior to full House or Senate debates, lawmakers admitted. "It's frenetic," Rep.