Typical March active pattern brings more chances for storms and precipitation
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by AgweekTV
1d ago
StormTRACKER meteorologist John Wheeler says an active pattern in March is not unusual, but the coming storm and precipitation chances are different than the region has had in recent months. ]]> ..read more
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Jerseydale Farm in eastern South Dakota specializes in raw milk sales
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by Ariana Schumacher
1d ago
BROOKINGS, S.D. One dairy farm in Brookings, South Dakota, has found their niche: selling raw milk. At Jerseydale Farm, this unpasteurized milk flies off the shelves. The Gilkerson family has been operating Jersydale Farm since 1945. “I joined the farm after I graduated from college in 1978. I married my wife and now our son Trever is very interested in the farm and he’s taking over,” said Jim Gilkerson, owner. In 2005, the farm started selling raw milk as their consumers began asking for that option. “There seemed to be this interest developing for buying direct and buying local that w ..read more
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AgweekTV Full Show: Raw milk, Byron Farmers Group, rural vet shortage, FFA afterschool
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by AgweekTV
1d ago
This week on AgweekTV, a South Dakota dairy shifts to selling raw milk to meet customer demand. Some southeast Minnesota farmers are working togehter to improve the land and water along with their crops. We'll look at the shortage of rural veterinarians. And an FFA chapter starts an afterschool program to teach city kids about farm life. ]]> ..read more
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Prairie Red Angus beefs up their herd using DNA technology
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by Emily Beal
1d ago
HAWLEY, Minn. The Spring Prairie Colony in Hawley, Minnesota, is no stranger to using genetics to boost the quality of their herds. So when they decided to get back into the beef industry, they knew genetics would play a big role in their comeback. “We have a dairy here and we’ve been marketing genetics into dairy for 20-plus years. For the Red Angus side, what gets us excited is combining the science of DNA technology with the good old common cow sense and getting that perfect cow that way,” Brian Waldner said. Brian is a part of the Prairie Red Angus team. Their operation calves out 180 h ..read more
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Cattle slip while grains await more bullish news in the market
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by Michael Johnson
2d ago
A swinging weather pattern in the northern Plains and fires in the southern Plains are causing some difficulties for cattle producers as February gave way to March. Randy Koenen of the Red River Farm Network brought up the topic during the Agweek Market Wrap with Randy Martinson of Martinson Ag Risk Management on Friday, March 1, as weather was warming and starting to melt off inches of snow that fell across portions of North Dakota and Minnesota this week. Temperature swings from nearly 60 degrees to below zero in a 24-hour period is something cattle producers are concerned about, especial ..read more
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Texas battles its largest wildfire ever in its northern Panhandle
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by Nathan Frandino, Rich McKay and Brendan O'Brien / Reuters
2d ago
CANADIAN, Texas, Feb. 29 (Reuters) Fire crews fought to contain a wildfire that grew to the largest on record in Texas history on Thursday after scorching more than 1 million acres of grassland and timber, and destroying homes in small towns that dot the Panhandle region. The blaze, dubbed the Smokehouse Creek Fire, had doubled in size since Wednesday and was 3% contained on Thursday morning, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service. Firefighters used a brief lull in the strong winds that have swept the sparsely populated area in recent days to erect barriers and douse hot spots of downe ..read more
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Do election years really rally grain markets?
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by Allison Thompson
2d ago
Election years rally grain markets. This has been a headline circulating since the start of the year and has many optimistic for 2024 prices. While I am hesitant to write about the election cycle and candidates, I feel a deeper dive into the past may give us a better picture of what to expect in the year ahead. In my research, I went back to 2008 and analyzed futures movement and other drivers that influenced the action. Here is a snapshot of what I found: 2008 I hate to say this, but I graduated high school in 2008. Grain markets weren’t my main focus that year but I do remember it being turb ..read more
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There's a time and place for crunchy, scrunchy and silky living
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by Michael Johnson
2d ago
Perhaps some of you have read about the terminology for mothers that has been going around. There’s the crunchy mom, the silky mom and the scrunchy mom to name a few. I’m sure others are being added by the day, but I am focusing on these at the moment as they seem to have a bit of longevity. I have to say I'm not a big fan of any of the labels. It just feels like name-calling. They say the crunchy mom incorporates more natural methods into her mothering including seeking out more homeopathic methods of healthcare. They are more likely to use cloth diapers and whip up steel-cut organic oats ..read more
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Feds call $20 million in meat Agridime’s most valuable asset
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by Jeff Beach / North Dakota Monitor
3d ago
BISMARCK A federal agency says a defunct cattle company has about $15 million to $20 million worth of meat to sell while owing $191 million to investors, including $40 million in North Dakota. The Securities and Exchange Commission updated the Agridime website this week with information on the case that the agency has labeled as a Ponzi scheme. “We currently estimate that Agridime’s inventory of meat is the company’s single most valuable asset,” the Feb. 27 update says. It says meat is being sold through a new retail website AmericanGrazedBeef.com. “Agridime’s retail meat sales had to b ..read more
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Alberta to ban some renewable energy projects, taking an 'agriculture first' approach
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by David Ljunggren / Reuters
3d ago
OTTAWA, Feb. 28 (Reuters) Alberta, which produces most of Canada's crude oil, will ban renewable power projects on prime agricultural land and erect buffer zones to ensure wind turbines do not spoil scenic views, the provincial government said on Wednesday. The province gave few details and said more announcements would follow, prompting one green group to complain that "an uncertainty bomb" had been dropped on a once booming sector. Last year, Alberta temporarily halted approvals of major new projects amid concerns over renewables' reliability and land use, cooling investment in the indust ..read more
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