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Producers Urged to Prepare for Flooding
August 21

BISMARCK Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is urging farmers and ranchers in western and central North Dakota to take action to protect their livestock and other property from possible flooding...(more)

Jamestown Airport Actively Seeking Commitments for Hangar Space
August 20

BOARD MEMBER SAYS IT'S FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED: JAMESTOWN, ND - The Jamestown Regional Airport's T-Hangar project is making rapid progress and could be completed by the end of October. Airport Manage...(more)

UPDATE: Multiple Water Main Breaks in Jamestown
August 20

JAMESTOWN Jamestown City Utility crews continued to work into Wednesday night after cascading water main failures cut off water to several homes in the southwest part of the city.

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Traffic Affected by Jamestown Utility Work
August 20

WATER MAIN BREAK MEANS ONE STREET CLOSED, ANOTHER ONE NARROWED FOR UNRELATED CAUSE - JAMESTOWN, ND - The Jamestown City Engineer's office says that beginning TODAY, 17th St SW between Hwy 281 South & ...(more)

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Goss: Full Extent of Lower Markets Won't Be Felt Until Next Year
Thu, 21 Aug 2014

Creighton University economics professor Ernie Goss says the full extent of the down turn in commodity prices likely won’t be felt until next year, though economic contraction is already underway. Goss’s latest Rural Mainstreet Index, or RMI,  is nearing the growth neutral point indicating the drop in grain prices has started to impact the nation’s rural economy. While the RMI remains at 51.8, Goss says the RMI for the farm sector has fallen to 48.3. Goss expects the weaker commodity prices to move the RMI even lower in the coming months causing a general erosion in the Midwest and Plains “Confidence Index. Goss’ confidence index has fallen to 49.9 on the RMI, down from 55.5 a month ago.
Crops in SE SD Will Catch Up With Some Heat
Thu, 21 Aug 2014

DuPont Pioneer field agronomist Kyle Kayser tells RRFN that most crops in his territory in southeastern South Dakota look pretty good. “We’ve had adequate rain. We had a little hail damage, but a lot of that stuff came back. We are getting kind of dry from Highway 81 northwest up toward the Miller area. There’s probably going to be some early silage cut through there. But, for the most part, we’re very thankful for what we’ve gotten.” Kayser says if they get some heat the rest of the month, the crops will catch up.
Potatoes Are Catching Up
Thu, 21 Aug 2014

Despite a slow start, University Extension Potato Agronomist Andy Robinson says the potato crop is in good shape. “We had a slow start, but with the cool summer we’ve had and potatoes being cool season plants, they’ve done quite well. When you have highs that are below 85 degrees and lows down in the low 60s and 50, it makes really good bulking weather. As long as we can avoid an early frost, I think we’ll have a really nice crop.” Robinson says disease pressure has been minimal this season.
Transition to Food Grade Soybeans Has Gotten Easier
Thu, 21 Aug 2014

At an informational meeting in Moorhead Tuesday, hosted by the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, council vice chair and Nerstrand, Minnesota farmer Keith Schrader said there’s an increasing interest in non-GMO, food grade soybeans because of extremely wide basis levels for commodity grade soybeans. Schrader told farmers weed resistance issues are making the switch to non-GMO beans much easier. “I’m on my second year of growing food grade soybeans. I have very clean fields. We’re using just about all the same techniques as in my glyphosate fields because of the weed resistance problem. It makes it a much easier transition.”
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