Zeeland City Hall to Enter National Register of Historic Places
Posted by KSJB News on 6/14/2017 11:02:00 AM.


ZEELAND -(Allen Burke, Emmons County Record) - The selection of the Zeeland City Hall to the National Register of Historic Places will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. on Sun., June 25, at the hall in Zeeland, N.D.

Farmers Union Hosting Investor Meeting for Soybean Crushing Project
Posted by KSJB News on 6/14/2017 10:23:00 AM.


JAMESTOWN, N.D. - (Pam Musland) – North Dakota Farmers Union is encouraging farmers to attend upcoming investor meetings for a soybean crushing facility and refinery that will be located near Spiritwood. The North Dakota Soybean Processors’ (NDSP) project will utilize 125,000 bushels of soybeans per day once completed.

PSC Schedules Hearing for Changes to Merricourt Wind Farm Permit
Posted by KSJB News on 6/14/2017 10:04:00 AM.


BISMARCK, ND – (Stacy Eberle) - The North Dakota Public Service Commission (NDPSC) will hold a public hearing in Ashley on Wednesday, June 28, regarding a proposal to amend the permit for the Merricourt Wind Power Project in Dickey and McIntosh Counties.

Report Says ND a Good Place to be a Kid (with Room for Improvement)
Posted by KSJB News on 6/13/2017 11:46:00 AM.

BISMARCK, N.D. - (Eric Tegethoff) - North Dakota is making itself a great place for children to live, according to a report released today.

Health Department Seeking Comment on Valley City Infectious Waste Permit
Posted by KSJB News on 6/12/2017 11:18:00 AM.


VALLEY CITY - (Curtis Erickson) - The North Dakota Department of Health, Division of Waste Management, plans to issue a permit to Healthcare Environmental Services, LLC, 1019 4th Avenue SW, Valley City, ND, to treat regulated infectious waste.  

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  • U.S. Challenges Chinese Tariff System
    The World Trade Organization Dispute Settlement Body will consider a request by the United States, challenging China’s tariff-rate quota system for corn, wheat and rice. The Obama Administration requested the dispute panel and the Trump team is moving forward with this case. The WTO meeting will be held August 31.
  • NDFB Seeks Corn
    To help provide drought relief, the North Dakota Farm Bureau is looking for farmers willing to donate cornfields after harvest for farmers and ranchers in need of corn stalks for filler. The need is primarily in Morton, Emmons and Burleigh Counties. Contact Amy with NDFB at 701-224-0330 for more information.
  • Do No Harm
    Few details are available from the opening round of the new North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations. However, a group of agriculture representatives was provided confidential briefings about the trade talks. That group includes National Association of Wheat Growers CEO Chandler Goule. Goule says agriculture has a recurring theme—do no harm. "We, especially wheat, have benefited with Mexico before NAFTA was signed into law. We were exporting zero bushels of wheat a year, and now they're our largest trading partner," he says. "Wheat still goes across the Canadian border, but is immediately downgraded to feed quality. So we would like that to be fixed because that is in violation of WTO." Trade negotiators will return to the table in early September with a meeting in Mexico. That will be followed by another round of negotiations in Canada in late September and the U.S. in October. Goule says that is a very aggressive schedule. 
  • Weekly Crop Progress
    USDA has left corn condition ratings unchanged and soybean conditions improved one percentage point. This week's crop progress report says 62 percent of the U.S. corn crop is good-to-excellent. Nearly 30 percent of the corn crop is dented. Sixty percent of the soybean crop nationwide is rated good-to-excellent. Eighty-seven percent of the soybeans are setting pods. Regarding spring wheat, USDA reports 58 percent of the crop is harvested. That compares to 63 percent last year at this time and 51 percent for the five-year average. 
  • Heat Units Concerning
    Spring wheat harvest in the Enderlin, North Dakota area is about two-thirds done. Keith Brandt, manager of Plains Grain and Agronomy in Enderlin, says some color has been lost with recent rains. "Yields are in the 60 to 65 bushel per acre range, and quality is still decent."  Brandt says soybean harvest probably won't come until late September, and the biggest concern is heat units for corn. "I don't know if we'll get dry corn out of the field. In our trade area right now, we're about 100 heat units behind the five-year average." 
  • Silage Season Approaches
    With a dry season, the silage crop will be ready sooner, rather than later. Mycogen Seeds commercial agronomist Jim Henry says that timing can be impacted by a shot of rain. "If we did get a rain, we would want to delay harvest by 3 to 5 days," he says. "After rain, rapid nutrient uptake takes place and elevated nitrate levels can occur." Most nitrates are found in the lower portion of the corn stalk. Henry says it may pay to raise the cutter bar. "If we do get wrapped with nutrient uptake, I'd recommend cutting higher than normal, say 12 inches, and work around some of the nitrate issues."  Henry adds that drought-stressed silage should also be tested before feeding.
  • Still Dry
    Near Hallock, Minnesota, Erik Younggren has about one-third of his wheat crop harvested. The crop is performing well despite a very dry season. "Protein is about average in the mid-13s and yields are all over the board," says Younggren. "We had a hail storm go through the first part of July, so we got knocked down there, but yields range anywhere from 70 to 80." Younggren received only one significant rain this summer, so the bean and sugerbeet crops could use some moisture. "We can only get about a tenth of an inch every time it rains. It'd be nice to either get an inch or stay dry so we could finish with the wheat.
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