North Dakota Ranks High for Blackbird Crop Damage

North Dakota ranked first in bird damage to confectionery and oilseed sunflowers.

BISMARCK, N.D.–North Dakota agricultural officials say there’s help available for the millions of dollars in crop damage caused by blackbirds each year. Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Wildlife Services program loans nonlethal management equipment to farmers to help disperse blackbirds that attack sunflower and grain crops. The USDA says of eight states with significant…

Sunflower Growers Have Reasons to Be Optimistic in 2019

Growers discussed marketing strategies at annual conference

FARGO, N.D. —¬†Sunflower growers are discussing ways to make their crop more appealing to consumers across the country. At the 41st annual National Sunflower Research Forum, growers and producers spoke about how sunflowers could be more lucrative this year. Clark Coleman, the President of the National Sunflower Association, said recent tariffs had more of an impact on soybeans, but 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…