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Pharmacy Ownership Measure on November Ballot
August 22

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) People who want to change North Dakota's pharmacy ownership law have successfully pushed the matter to a public vote. Secretary of State Al Jaeger says his office has verified t...(more)

UND-NDSU to Resume Football Rivalry
August 22

GRAND FORKS, N.D. University of North Dakota Athletic Department officials announced on Friday that a contract has been signed for its football program to renew its rivalry with in-state foe North D...(more)

Driver License Office Hours Changing
August 22

UNDDATED - Effective September 1, 2014, many Drivers License offices across North Dakota will have new hours and/or days of service. These changes are being made in an effort to better meet the needs ...(more)

Three Injured in Head-on Collision
August 22

PINGREE- Two unidentified male teenagers were injured in a head-on collision Thursday near the 281 Stop in Pingree, ND.

Stutsman County Sheriff Chad Kaiser reports the 16-year-old driver of a 2...(more)

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Adjusting to Lower Farm Incomes
Fri, 22 Aug 2014

Lower grain prices are affecting how many farmers are doing business these days. Nate Franzen is the President of the Agribusiness Division at First Dakota National Bank and Vice-chairman of the American Bankers Association’s Ag and Rural Bankers Committee. Franzen says capital expenditures should be one of the first areas being adjusted. “What we recommend is not to pull back on things that will jeopardize production. You have to maintain those investments, but the areas that don’t directly contribute to yield should be looked at. There are multiple areas for people to think about, even family living. In the good times we tend to take a nicer vacation. That’s great and well deserved, but when things tighten up, you may have to make some adjustments there as well.” Franzen says restructuring debt may also be helpful. The entire interview is available on the RRFN Indepth page.
Pro Farmer Tour Wraps Up
Fri, 22 Aug 2014

The Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour ended its four-day run in Rochester, Minnesota Thursday night, releasing yield estimates for Iowa and Minnesota. Scouts peg Iowa’s corn yield at almost 179 bushels per acre, about seven bushels better than last year, but six bushels less than USDA’s current estimate for the state. Minnesota’s corn yield is put at 171 bushels per acre, 10 bushels below last year, but three bushels above USDA’s estimate. The Pro Farmer Tour’s corn yields are above USDA’s in six of the seven states toured this week. Soybean pod counts are 27 percent above last year in Iowa, and 19 percent better in Minnesota. Nebraska is the only one of the seven states toured where scouts found fewer soybean pods than last year.
Best Wheat They've Ever Had
Fri, 22 Aug 2014

Jeremy Frost is the grain merchandiser for Midwest Cooperatives based out of Pierre, South Dakota. Frost says the wheat yields have been phenomenal. “It’s anywhere from 12 to 13 protein. We have a lot of 62 pound test weights. Some of our eastern area did have scab and vomitoxin issues. Most of our central and western elevators had really good quality wheat. Spring wheat, we’ve seen anywhere from 11 to 16 protein. Most of the area is the best yields we’ve ever had.” Rail congestion continues to slow the harvest pace, and the size of this year’s wheat crop is just compounding the problem.
Spring Wheat is Out of This World
Fri, 22 Aug 2014

Oahe Grain’s Onida location manager Tim Luken says spring wheat harvest in the Onida, South Dakota area is in full swing. “Anything that was put on corn ground, we’re seeing some scab, but otherwise the crop looks absolutely fabulous. It’s 62 to 64 pounds. Protein is a little light in the 12.5 to 12.8 range. Yields are out of this world, 60-80 on the spring wheat which is basically a double crop. Winter wheat yields were 70 to 90. I heard a lot of 80’s.”
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