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April 18, 2011 Agriculture Column


I am writing this article on Friday as I will be in Minneapolis on Monday and Tuesday of this week at a EAB workshop.  EAB is the dreaded insect that is migrating from the eastern states of Michigan and has reported infestations in Minneapolis.  We do need to be aware of this insect as it could wipe out the Ash tree population.  A big fear of mine it the importing of fire wood into our region from our neighbors to the east.  They don’t mean us any harm but is real easy for them to bring their own wood then to buy it locally. 

Farm work appears to be 3-4 weeks away yet with still a lot of activity left to get ready for the spring planting season.  Do you have your seed bought or maybe a better question is do you know what you are going to plant?  I came from a marketing meeting this morning and heard some producers wondering about picking up a few extra bushels of wheat seed.  One producer said the varieties are getting cobbled up.  If you are interested, the office does have copies of those producers that grew a class of certified seed last year.  If you cannot get into our office we could send you a copy for your reference.   One producer said that Barlow seems to be a scarce one, must be looking for a pretty decent yielder with higher protein.  The talk soon moved to yield and everyone in attendance said the same comment “this wheat did good for me and the next said that variety was not on his list for this year.  Every producer is different and need to do some research for varieties that will work for you and your marketing strategy.  Bringing up the next question “Have you done any forward pricing on any commodity, yet”?  The prices are very attractive and plugging in yields and prices into the NDSU CROP BUDGET you will find that these prices can provide a very nice return on your investment.


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