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…

Farmer Reacts To Soybean Prices Hitting Two-Year High

Soybean prices have risen more than 16% since the start of August, according to the Wall Street Journal

NORTH DAKOTA.- Soybean prices continue to hit all time highs despite pandemic and other factors. Chris Brossart from Wolford, North Dakota is getting ready to harvest soybeans. “Next week we should have roughly 1,000 acres that should be ready to harvest.” Brossart is a farmer and the Vice Chairman at the North Dakota Soybean Council. He says the industry has…

American Crystal Sugar Company Holds Its Annual Meeting To Look Back At This Year’s Crops

Farmers gathered to talk about how the results have impacted the business.

FARGO, N.D.- “The worst conditions that we’ve encountered in our family’s history with sugar beets which takes us back to the 60’s.” This is how Beau Bateman describes the farming crisis. He is a farmer and shareholder at Crystal Sugar. Beau was not able to recover more than 20 percent of what he had in the ground. “Well, the company…

North Dakota Farmers Bureau Hosts Fundraiser In Fargo

The group is set up at Fargo Brewing Company for drinks, dishes and a silent auction.

FARGO, N.D. — A North Dakota Farmer & Ranch advocacy group is raising funds for the organization and for farmers across the state. It’s all a part of the North Dakota Farmers Bureau’s Night Out With The Foundation. The group is set up at Fargo Brewing Company for drinks, dishes and a silent auction. Money raised will go towards the…

American Crystal Ends Red River Valley Sugar Beet Harvest

The co-op has five processing plants in the Red River Valley.

MOORHEAD, Minn.–American Crystal Sugar has already ended its fall sugar beet harvest in the Red River Valley. The Moorhead-based cooperative ended its harvest on Saturday. American Crystal has not released the number of acres that were not harvested. The co-op has five processing plants in the Red River Valley. Melting water from an early snow last month has aggravated flooding…

Farmers Asked To Wear Hunting Gear For Deer Opener

North Dakota's Opener is on Friday and Minnesota's is on Saturday

NORTH DAKOTA & MINNESOTA — Because of challenges with flooding and snow, farmers are being forced to work late into the season to harvest their crops. That leaves them directly in the firing zone as hunters sprawl across the fields of North Dakota and Minnesota for the deer hunting opener. “Understanding that those farmers are out there in their combine…

Local Farmer Endures Difficult, Wet Harvest Season

He says this fall rain is unlike anything he's seen before

HOPE, N.D. — Tony Richards and his father have been farming for more than 50 years combined. He says the past few haven’t been the smoothest. “Margins are very, very tight, and one hiccup can turn you in from making a couple bucks to losing a lot.” Richards had to overcome more than just a hiccup recently. An unusual combination…

Early Snow in Valley City Hits Crops Hard

Some say they've never seen a situation like this

VALLEY CITY, N.D. —¬†Farmers are taking a hit after the snow damaged a lot of their crops. They say it’s not normal to be dealing with this amount of snow so early in the season. One farmer who grows corn and soybeans said neither he nor his father had ever seen a situation like this. He says the wet and…

ND Game and Fish Dept. Closes Otter Trapping Season

The limit of 15 otters has been reached

Courtesy: North Dakota Game and Fish Department  NORTH DAKOTA — North Dakota’s Game and Fish Department has closed the state’s inaugural otter trapping season. The limit of 15 otters has been reached. Enough otters had moved into eastern North Dakota from Minnesota to warrant a trapping season. Gov. Burgum signed off on the idea last summer. The season opened November…

2018 Expected To Be A Better Harvest Season

corn, soybean production are predicted to drop while wheat production is expected to rise

FARGO, ND —¬†Farmers across the Midwest had a much drier season in 2017. Agricultural industry leaders at the Northern Ag Expo say farmers could have a turn of luck in the New Year. Drought conditions made work a lot harder for Midwestern farmers in 2017. “The wheat was a decent harvest but we needed more rain,” said farmer Steven Erickson….