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January 12, 2015 Agriculture Column


Well we are heading in the new year with cold temperatures but sounds like we will warm up nicely into the weekend.  Maybe, even some nice fishing weather.  Roundup went very well again, thanks to all of you that attended and sponsored the two day event.  I cannot mention all of you, that sponsored Lake Region Roundup, but would like to say a special thanks to Radio Works, WDAZ and the Devils lake Journal for their support and participation.  Some of the topics covered many different aspects of the farming sector with Leon Osborne talking about the upcoming climate.  Leon stated that we are in a down turn of the Devils Lake rise and that we will likely have a very normal type spring with a greater chance of a late frost and a warm fall and a likely chance of a later frost than our normal September time frame.  Randy Martinson (Progressive Ag) talked about the markets with not encouragement of the past five years but did think there is a chance to think about some marketing opportunities that could help profitability.  I think the most fun thing for me at Roundup was to see all of the young producers.  This was by far the most participation from the younger generation.  The 35 year celebration was a success by the support and kindness of everyone mentioned and not mentioned.  Without their help and attendance this two day event would not grow like it has.  Thanks to all of you.

As we move forward to this growing season we need to be thinking of ways to improve our profitability.  The north central and north east crop budgets are available, either on line or by stopping by our office.  This tool allows you to see what NDSU economists have plugged in for each crop and also allows you to use your own numbers and possibly some ways to cut or trim costs to improve profitability, based on todays’ markets. 

I might also mention that I have requested bushels of the New NDSU release ND Genesis (two row barley).  This barley is being sought after by many brewsters and has the capabilities to be a very good yielder.  I have requested bushels of both Foundation and Certified.  If you have an interest please contact me by either stopping by our office or calling me at 701-662-7030.  I have also requested bushels of the new NDSU soybean release ND Henson.  This is a non GMO variety and is two later than Cavalier and is resistant to races 3 and 4 phytophthora root rot.  This variety is resistant to iron Chlorosis and is lodging resistant.  We will also have bushels of Joppa Durum.  As mentioned above, for more information or interest in any of the above varieties call me at 701-662-7030.  

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