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Harvest Progress – November 12

According to USDA’s Weekly Crop Progress report, harvest has finally come to a close in most states. In North Dakota, harvest is 87 percent complete. That compares to 77 percent the previous week. In Minnesota, harvest increased from 79 to 88 percent complete the past week. View crop progress by state.

North Dakota Receives Secretarial Disaster Designation

Today, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue approved North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum’s request for a secretarial disaster designation. Forty-seven of 53 counties in the state are included, making assistance available to farmers and ranchers.
 
“We deeply appreciate Secretary Perdue’s quick response to our request, because help can’t come soon enough for our farmers and ranchers facing one of the most difficult and stressful seasons on record,” Burgum said. “We continue to explore every available avenue to make sure our ag producers have the resources and tools they need to cope with these unprecedented wet conditions that are delaying the harvest and hurting our livestock producers. We’re extremely grateful to the state, federal and local officials and all the agencies that helped prepare the disaster request.” Read more.

BIC Meeting Brings a Worldwide Presence to Fargo, ND

Over 150 researchers, organizations and bean industry professionals representing 12 countries gathered in Fargo, North Dakota for the Bean Improvement Cooperative biennial meeting. North Dakota State University plant pathologist Julie Pasche says the last time this meeting was held in Fargo was 2001. “There are both different challenges and the same challenges in bean production across the world. We learn from those challenges,” says Pasche.

Phil Mikals, a dry bean research geneticist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service, is the current BIC president. Miklas says disease resistance is a top talking point “A lot of these diseases are world wide. For diseases that are a problem in the U.S., the expertise may be in South Africa or somewhere else.” Another area is nutrition. “In the last ten years, bean have shown to have health benefits beyond just fiber and folate.”

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ND Officials Submit Secretarial Disaster Request

North Dakota has requested a Secretarial disaster designation for 47 out of 53 counties in the state. Governor Doug Burgum, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, the state Farm Service Agency and others sent the request to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Friday. The nine-page letter asks for federal assistance to be made available, estimating farmers have lost nearly $423 million for just the one crop in each county at least 30 percent loss. In addition, billions of dollars in additional crop and livestock value still at risk.” Testimony gathered from the recent townhall meetings across North Dakota was included in the request.

Harvest Progress – October 28

According to USDA’s Weekly Crop Progress report, dry bean harvest in North Dakota is at 66 percent. That is compared to 61 percent the previous week. In Minnesota, harvest increased from 68 to 76 percent complete, which is behind 100 percent last year. The dry bean and chickpea harvest in Montana is complete. Washington farmers are 99 percent done with harvest and at 92 percent complete in Idaho. Dry bean harvest is at 94 percent done in Wyoming, 88 percent in Colorado, 93 percent in Nebraska and at 79 percent in Michigan.

Northarvest Bean Growers Association Awards Scholarships

The Northarvest Bean Growers Association is pleased to announce the 2019 recipients of two, $1,000 scholarships to support the children and/or grandchildren of Northarvest growers. The 2019 recipients are Jack Camrud of Buxton, North Dakota and John Huechert of St. Thomas, North Dakota.
 
Jack Camrud is the son of Rick and Jill Camrud and is a sophomore studying economics at the University of North Dakota. Jack was active in a number of activities while a student at Central Valley High School, including football, basketball, golf and student council.
 
John Heuchert is the son of Carlton and Stacey Huechert and is a freshman at the University of Minnesota Crookston studying agriculture systems management. Jack was also an active student at St. Thomas High School, serving as yearbook and newspaper editor, class president and a student council representative.
 
Upon graduation, Jack and John both express that they hope to return to their respective family farming operations.
 
In order to be eligible for the NBGA scholarship, a parent or grandparent must be a current grower member of the NBGA, be enrolled or plan to enroll in the first year of college or technical college, and have at least a 3.0 grade point average from high school. Both Camrud and Huechert will be recognized at Bean Day, which will be held Friday, January 17, 2020 at the Holiday Inn Fargo.

Burgum Declares Statewide Flood Emergency

“While North Dakota farmers and ranchers are resilient, the situation is billions of dollars of crops remain unharvested.” That was the main message from North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum during a stop in Grand Forks on Monday. “This is an unprecedented amount of economic risk and stress for farmers and ranchers.” That morning, Governor Burgum signed an executive order declaring a statewide flood emergency. The order paves the way for requests for federal assistance to help with the impacts caused by excessive moisture and the historic October blizzard. Additional meetings were held in Fargo, Jamestown and Fessenden.

North Dakota Exploring Options to Assist Farmers

The North Dakota Department of Agriculture is encouraging farmers to report crop losses or any other damage associated with the wet fall and recent blizzard to county-based NDSU Extension agents. That information will be shared to help the state prepare a Secretarial disaster declaration. A Presidential disaster declaration will also likely be sought. Once submitted, it will take several weeks for disaster declaration these approvals.
 
Additionally, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring will be in Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown and Fessenden on Monday, October 21. The team will visit these flood-affected areas to look at damage and losses for federal disaster requests, as well as visit with farmers, ranchers and officials. Get the full schedule.

North Dakota Explores Options to Assist Ag Sector

In a joint statement, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said they are exploring every avenue to assist farmers and ranchers due to the early snowstorm and extremely wet conditions. A Secretarial Disaster Declaration is a possibility. Goehring has voiced concern to USDA about quality discounts on grain. Burgum and Goehring also encouraged farmers to seek help if they’re overwhelmed by farm stress. Read more.

Another Palmer Amaranth Confirmation

Palmer amaranth has been confirmed in Emmons County in south central North Dakota.This is the second finding of the noxious weed in North Dakota this year. Last year, the weed was confirmed in five counties. Those sites continue to be monitored for Palmer amaranth. Read more.