crops

“You Gotta Stay Active”: 102-Year-Old Man Continues To Farm

Harwood man wont be retiring anytime soon

WEST FARGO, N.D. — Farmers of all ages were packing in at West Fargo’s Big Iron Farm Show to talk about the latest crop yields and to check out the newest technology. For one Harwood man, this isn’t his first time at the show. “Well Big Iron has been 30 years now,” Earl Mallinger Says. He’s also not new to…

Sen. Hoeven Meets With Producers Affected by Tariffs to Discuss Agriculture Assistance Plan

The $16 Billion plan has three elements

FARGO, N.D. — Many farmers across the country are hurting because of the trade war. North Dakota Senator John Hoeven met with producers to discuss an agriculture assistance program. “We’ve lost so much income because of the decline in the markets, and it’s just been really difficult and a challenge for everyone in the cattle industry,” Shelly Ziesch, a cattle rancher from…

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Meets With North Dakota Leaders, Farmers

Topics like trade and the Farm Bill were discussed

HARWOOD, N.D. — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue joins North Dakota leaders to hear from farmers. With trade issues and harsh weather hitting farmers, it’s been a challenging year for North Dakota producers. “It’s tough here in North Dakota, it’s tough across the U.S. I hear the answer is trade, trade, trade. We’re blessed to be in a country where…

Brutal Weather and Coming Storm Leaves Farmers With Uncertainty

In a region with lots of high and low land, there are more wet areas that usual

LISBON, N.D. — Farmers are feeling the weight of Mother Nature. “We’re not doing too bad now, things are drying up nice, it’s looking a lot better, but when you’re talking another 12 inches of snow, and what that’s going to do, it’s already wet and late to start out with,” Matthew Lyons, a farmer in Lisbon, said. He says…

ND Soybean Council Helps Consumers Step Into Farmers’ Shoes

The price for the crop used to be over $8 but it's now under $7

FARGO, N.D. — There’s about 10,000 soybean farmers in North Dakota who sell their product to people around the U.S. and around the world. Now consumers are getting the chance to understand what it is soybean farmers do every day to get their crops from the field to the kitchen table, thanks to the North Dakota Soybean Council. “See the soybean production, meet…

China Trade Dispute Results in No Bids on Soybeans

Over half of All soybeans grown in the U.S. are sent overseas

FARGO, N.D. — The trade dispute with China is having an impact on North Dakota’s soybean industry. Half of all soybeans grown in the U.S. are sent overseas. Of that 60 percent is exported to China. Now it’s all at a standstill. “The local grain elevators have not had bids to export soybeans out of the PNW or the Pacific…

A&E Network Cooks With One of North Dakota’s Top Crops

"Food Quest" is filming three segments on soybeans

FARGO, N.D.– One of North Dakota’s top crops is headed to the A&E Network this fall. It may seem pretty simple at first, but soybeans can be used in recipes both sweet and savory. “It’s so versatile, from a canned product to a frozen product, to shelf staple products,” The Soyfoods Council executive director Linda Funk said. “So, you can…

Israeli Company Wants To Run Crop-Surveying Drone Out of Casselton

Would Gather Crop Information Across The Upper Midwest

CASSELTON, N.D. — An international defense and electronics company wants to launch a crop-surveying drone from the Casselton Regional Airport. Airport Authority chairman Bob Miller says the Israeli company, Elbit Systems, would gather crop information across the Upper Midwest that would be analyzed and sold to farmers. Elbit wants to lease hangar space for the large drone it flies, and…

Hundreds of Farmers Attend Northern Corn and Soybean Expo

The expo gave them a place to collaborate on industry challenges

FARGO, N.D. — Hundreds of farmers gathered at the Fargodome for the Northern Corn and Soybean Expo. It gave them a place to collaborate and get tips on industry challenges, such as maximizing profit. “Money talks when it comes to commodities and that’s the bottom line— it’s their bottom line,” said Matt Gast, a soybean farmer. Farmers say it’s the…

2017 Drought Impact on North Dakota Crops

Potato production in North Dakota increased 16 percent

  NORTH DAKOTA — Drought in 2017 impacted the production of most crops in North Dakota. The latest report from the Agriculture Department shows soybean production in the state down 4 percent from the previous year, corn down 13 percent, oil sunflowers down 41 percent and flaxseed down 56 percent. Potato production in North Dakota increased 16 percent. Meanwhile, North…