Trial Scheduled in Enderlin Shooting
Posted by KSJB News on 10/21/2016 10:55:00 AM.
 Paul Miller
LISBON, ND (AP) - An Enderlin man accused in the shooting death of another man in that city last February is to stand trial next March.

Some Park Bison Headed to Jamestown
Posted by KSJB News on 10/21/2016 10:46:00 AM.
WATFORD CITY, ND (AP) - More than 200 bison were rounded up at the north unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park this week, in the first such operation in six years.  Some of the animals are headed to new homes.

UPDATE: Authorities Drop Charges Against Suspect in Missing Woman's Case
Posted by KSJB News on 10/19/2016 6:11:00 PM.
 Michelle Newell
 ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Authorities have dropped murder charges against a Minnesota man suspected in the disappearance of a woman who's been the subject of searches in the Dakotas.

Cattle Shot in Sioux County, ND
Posted by KSJB News on 10/18/2016 11:32:00 AM.
 NDSA exec. vice pres. Julie Ellingson
BISMARCK, ND - Less than an hour after the state's Congressional delegation called on the Obama administration to lend assistance to law enforcement in the region, authorities reported more cattle shot in the area near an on-going protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Watne Speaking to United Nations Group Tuesday
Posted by KSJB News on 10/18/2016 11:26:00 AM.


(JAMESTOWN, ND) – (Pam Musland) - North Dakota Farmers Union President Mark Watne is speaking in Rome today before the United Nation’s Committee for World Food Security (CFS), as a representative of the World Farmers Organization (WFO).

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  • Reporting From a Sea of Blue
    One of the big stories coming out of the National FFA Convention was the election of a Minnesota FFA member to the 2016-2017 National FFA Officer team. Valerie Earley is the ninth Minnesota FFA member to serve as a national officer, with the most recent being Jason Troendle in 2011-2012 and Dean Harder in 1986-1987. Earley is from Wykoff and is a communications major at the University of Minnesota. This was Earley's second run for national office. “Since last year, I’ve definitely grown up a lot. In that year, I’ve had the opportunity to take internships where I’ve had to live on my o wn, transferred schools and I’ve experienced lots of life events personally and with my family. Being able to deal wit h those and learning life lessons has allowed me to show others who I am.” In an interview with RRFN, Earley said she was more confident in this run and trusted in the process to "find the people who are the most passionate about our organization." RRFN's coverage the National FFA Convention is sponsored, in part, by CHS. In this edition of FarmNetNews, you'll find more stories from the National FFA Convention, plus updates on harvest and market news. In addition to 19 radio affiliates, you can always stay up-to-date on Facebook and Twitter. 
  • Pay Attention to Basis Levels
    Given the bumper crops of corn and soybeans, Van Ahn & Company CEO Jim  Emter reminds farmers to be realistic with their cash grain targets. "We could see a situation where basis upticks a little bit immediately after harvest as commercials come in and gobble some grain for mid-November and December, but I think it will be a tough road for January, February and March on basis. Pay attention to those basis levels and don't get too optimistic with this large crop, especially in North Dakota.”
  • Harvest Prices Coming into Focus
    With just a handful of trading days left this month, harvest prices for revenue insurance policies are starting to become a little more clear. DTN’s running average of the December corn futures closes is $3.48 so far this month, and November soybeans average $9.64. According to the Risk Management Agency, the amount of insurance protection is based on the greater of the projected price or the harvest price.
  • New Limits
    The CME Group has set new daily trading limits for soybeans and wheat. The daily limit for soybean futures will go from 65 to 70 cents, as of November 1. The limit for Chicago and Kansas City wheat futures will go down a nickel, to 30 cents, while the corn limit will remain at 25 cents. Limits for soybean oil and meal will also remain the same.
  • Problems with Canadian Crop Boosts Minneapolis Wheat Market
    Hard red spring wheat futures continue to trade more than a dollar a bushel above winter wheat futures. North Dakota Wheat Commission marketing director Jim Peterson says concerns about the quality of Canada’s wheat crop is one factor. "We have over 90 percent of our grain making number one grade and 14 percent protein. We should be very competitive for those customers looking for a higher quality crop when it appears our competitors are a bit shorter than normal." Peterson says there are two stories on durum this year; the crop is 50 percent bigger than last year, but there are big concerns about high levels of DON.
  • A Better Year Than Anticipated
    The unbelievably good corn and soybean yields should make ag lenders breathe a little easier. Money Farm President Mike Krueger says things look much better than projected at planting time. "If you start throwing 180-to-200-plus bushel corn, even at $3, you are showing some numbers in the black. Fifty-five or 60-plus bushel beans at close to $9 is the same thing. Big yields, even with weak prices, will result in a better year than what we thought just a few months ago."
  • No Need for Panic Selling
    This is the month when harvest prices are established for revenue-based crop insurance policies. Even with the recent rally, Diversified Services Marketing Group risk management analyst Rich Morrison thinks there’s a chance of seeing some substantial PLC and ARC payments next fall, especially for wheat growers in the PLC. "The government mid-point price projection is $3.70 and that's $1.80 below the PLC trigger price. I think we're looking at a substantial payment there even if the price would go up a bit. For the ARC program, the government is using $3.25 as a mid-point for its corn price. Even with good county yields, I would think $3.25 would probably trigger some large ARC payments next year. Consequently, if prices trade lower that gives us a reason not to be panic sellers at this point."

  • More Soybean Acres Expected Next Year
    Informa Economics thinks farmers will plant almost six percent more soybeans again next year, and reduce corn acres by nearly four percent. Informa estimates corn area at just less than 91 million acres next year and soybeans at 88.5 million acres.
  • Fighting Mud
    In the Devils Lake, North Dakota area, soybean yields in the mid-50s have been common. WinField agronomist Jason Hanson says the corn harvest is just beginning in that region with moisture levels from 20-to-24 percent. The wet fields will likely influence the amount of ground that can be fertilized this fall. "The farther north and east you go, the worse it gets. I've never seen ground this wet in the fall before." In the very wet ground, Hanson is taking a wait-and-see approach with fertility. Those nutrients could be lost without the right conditions. Ultimately, the fall conditions will impact logistics for the 2017 growing season.
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