Ag Business Briefs

 

Courtesy of The Green Sheet

 

Moderate drought brings more cattle to auction

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — Ranchers are bringing more cattle to auction with 25 percent of North Dakota in a moderate drought.

Kist Livestock Auction field man Matt Lachenmeier says the Mandan business has handled about 1,000 to 1,300 more animals than is typical for this time of the year.

The Bismarck Tribune says a tough winter has depleted the hay supply with a poor outlook for a good crop this summer. Lachenmeier says the cattle brought to auction are from a widespread area. He says other sales barns across the state are also seeing increased sales.

The U.S. Drought Monitor says North Dakota has had below average precipitation during the past three months. Portions of central and south-central Dakota have gotten 25 percent to 50 percent of normal precipitation during the period.

 

Dairyland, Minnesota Power to Partner on Superior Plant

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — Dairyland Power Cooperative will partner with Minnesota Power to build a $700 million natural gas electric plant in Superior.

Dairyland CEO Barb Nick says the natural gas generation will complement the solar and wind resources Dairyland has added to its portfolio and shows the company’s commitment to renewable energy.

The La Crosse Tribune says coal has been the backbone of Dairyland’s generation resources, but it’s been adding renewable resources with a plan to reduce coal’s share of capacity to 50 percent by 2026.

The Superior plant needs regulatory approval in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Groundbreaking is expected in 2018.

 

South Dakota Governor Activates State Drought Task Force

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard has activated the state Drought Task Force to monitor dry conditions across South Dakota.

The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map indicates that abnormally dry conditions can be found in the western, south central and eastern parts of the state, with moderate and severe drought conditions in the central, north central and extreme northeast portions of South Dakota.

Task force members will coordinate the exchange of drought information among government agencies as well as agriculture, fire and water-supply organizations.

The public is being asked to be careful with open burns and other fire activity.

 

North Dakota Farmer Run Over by Tractor, Flown to Hospital

HANKINSON, N.D. (AP) — Authorities say a 62-year-old farmer was airlifted to a Fargo hospital after he was run over by a tractor in southeastern North Dakota.

Richland County sheriff’s authorities say the Mantador man called 911 on the morning of June 8 and said he was run over by the tractor while baling hay north of Hankinson.

 

South Dakota Crop Production Report

SIOUX FALLS — Based on June 1 conditions, South Dakota’s 2017 winter wheat crop is forecast at 39.0 million bushels, down 39 percent from last year’s crop, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Average yield is forecast at 50 bushels per acre, down 8 bushels from last year.

Acreage to be harvested for grain is estimated at 780 thousand acres, down 320 thousand acres from last year. This would be 87 percent of the planted acres, compared with last year’s 93 percent harvested.

— U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

North Dakota Crop Production Report

FARGO, N.D. — Based on June 1 conditions, North Dakota’s 2017 winter wheat crop is forecast at 2.09 million bushels, down 64 percent from last year’s crop, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Average yield is forecast at 38 bushels per acre, down 10 bushels from last year.

Acreage to be harvested for grain is estimated at 55.0 thousand acres, down 65 thousand acres from last year. This would be 85 percent of the planted acres, compared with last year’s 92 percent harvested.

— U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

Tyson recalls nearly 2.5 million pounds of chicken products

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Tyson Foods is recalling nearly 2.5 million pounds (1.1 million kilograms) of ready-to-eat breaded chicken due to an unlabeled allergen.

The company, based in Springdale, Arkansas, says the recall was made after it was notified June 6 by a supplier that the bread crumbs Tyson received could contain milk.

According to Tyson, the recall is limited to food-service customers and the products are not available for purchase in retail stores. Company spokeswoman Caroline Ahn says the meat was shipped to 30 states.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Tyson’s records show schools have purchased products through the company’s commercial channels.

There have been no confirmed reports of illness due to the products.