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Soybean Marketing and Storage

The trade dispute with China has led to retaliatory tariffs on U.S. soybeans. Export sales are not being booked out of Pacific Northwest (PNW) ports to China, which is the primary destination for North Dakota soybeans. Many farmers sell soybeans at harvest and rely on the income to cover operating expenses and cash flow. They have limited options for storing soybeans, which creates problems farmers were not expecting to face this harvest.

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Palmer amaranthPalmer Amaranth Found in North Dakota

Palmer amaranth, a very aggressive weed, has been found in North Dakota for the first time. Laboratory analysis has confirmed that a plant found in a row-crop field in McIntosh County in southcentral North Dakota is Palmer amaranth. Palmer amaranth poses a serious threat to North Dakota crops because it can grow 2 to 3 inches per day in optimum conditions and reach a height of 6 to 8 feet. A single plant can produce up to 1 million seeds. Especially heavy infestations have reduced yield up to 79 percent in soybeans and 91 percent in corn. Palmer amaranth is extremely hard to control because it is prone to being resistant to several herbicides.

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Farm and Ranch Stress

Farming and ranching is stressful – adverse weather, disease, regulations, low or volatile commodity prices, family dynamics, and financial worries are a constant. Stress can build and eventually take a heavy toll on your outlook. Farmers and ranchers are unique business owners. Not only are they self-employed, there is often no separation between home and work. Failure affects not only your business but your whole lifestyle. NDSU Extension has resources that address the many areas of stress.

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