crops

How rain will affect crops after major drought this summer

NDSU Extension Agent Tells Us How Late Summer Rains Impact Growing, Harvest & Next Year's Planting

  FARGO (KVRR) – We’ve dealt with exceptional drought conditions in the region this year. But will a recent rainy spell offer any help for farmers as we near the end of growing season. The short answer is: not really. Cass County NDSU Extension Agent Kyle Aasand says we saw no rain from July 19th through August 20th, prime growing…

Drought conditions causing economic hardships

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis says biggest impact will be on agriculture.

MINNEAPOLIS (KVRR) — A lack of rain is more than hurting farmers’ and ranchers’ bottom lines. Officials from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis are releasing their findings saying the biggest impact of the drought will be on agriculture. Some of those impacts could mean the cost of goods going up as supplies for wheat, small grains and livestock may…

Severe drought affecting farmers, crops and livestock

The most affected areas of drought are leaving lasting effects on both crops and livestock.

NORTH DAKOTA (KVRR) — Severe drought conditions continue to have damaging effects on the agricultural industry. “Ninety-nine percent of the state is currently in drought of which 18 percent is in the most severe or D-4 level which is known as exceptional drought,” North Dakota State University Extension Livestock Environmental Specialist Miranda Meehan said. The most affected areas of drought…

Gov. Burgum addresses state agricultural leaders on severe drought conditions

Some of the hardest hit areas are farms that specialize in small grain crops.

NORTH DAKOTA (KVRR) — North Dakota’s severe drought conditions are causing hardships in the agriculture industry “Our two worst years were 1980 and 1988. It just never rained. We’ve had a little more rain on our farm than those two years, but I can equate this year to that,” Kevin Skunes from the North Dakota Corn Growers Association said. After…

Extreme heat & drought causes problems for farmers

The plants aren't able to root down enough to absorb the moisture that is down below for as fast as it's evaporating.

WHEATLAND, N.D. (KVRR) — Warm temperatures and the lack of rain is posing some problems for farmers and their crops. “I guess to take care of them and to raise a crop you need to get it planted right and make sure you take care of the weeds and pray for a little bit of rain once in a while,”…

Farmer attacked by cow gets help from Farm Rescue

"It's overwhelming. It's one of those things that it's hard to put into words how thankful we are for their help."

WALCOTT, N.D. (KVRR) — Farmers helping farmers. From as far as Iowa, farmers helped a North Dakota farmer who suffered a recent injury. “Being a farmer we never want to ask for any help and when help is offered we sometimes are hesitant to take people up on it,” Farm owner, Robert Nord said. Robert Nord has been farming for…

Farmers prepare for planting season

"It looks like it's going to be a normal season for the most part and normal in agriculture is always a good thing."

HITTERDAL, Minn. (KVRR) – As warmer weather eventually approaches, farmers in the area are preparing for planting season. Premium Ag Solutions members help ease concerns amongst local farmers with the latest knowledge for a successful year. “It’s a nice way for guys to get out in the winter. We do an update on markets, we do an update on weather…

American Crystal Sugar says 2020 sugar beet crop looks more promising than 2019

Total harvested tons increased from 7.5 million in 2019 to 10.1 million in 2020.

MOORHEAD, Minn.- American Crystal Sugar hosts annual virtually to look back at the 2019 crop year. 2019 looked like a favorable year for American Crystal Sugar company. Then our weather decided to change those plans. A combination of constant rains and unusually below average temperatures made for saturated then frozen fields across the region. “Last year was just something we’ve…

Weeding Out Misinformation, Bad Producers in the CBD Industry

"We can guarantee what it says on the label is what's in the bottle is being tested, but that's not the case for all the new CBD companies trying to sell products," Casey Ruckheim said.

PARKERS PRAIRIE, Minn. — “We had no clue as far as growing anything like this before, as a farmer you put a seed in the ground and things happen,” Matt Ruckheim said. R Bottled Gold CBD is a hemp based business by Casey Ruckheim and her husband Matt. The pair have been growing for over a year, selling multiple different…

Great Plains Food Bank Working With USDA To Use Farm Overstock To Help Families In Need

The food bank is making daily stops in areas like Minot, Dickenson and Bismarck.

MOORHEAD, Minn. — At the Probstfield Center For Education In Moorhead hundreds of boxes are being loaded up into cars. The Great Plains Food Bank is teaming up with the U.S Agriculture Department’s Family Food Box Program. The program partners with local farmers to buy their overstock produce not sold because of COVID-19 and then package and redistribute it. “Like…