Canola growers in North Dakota received an average Price Coverage Loss program payment of $51 per acre in 2016.  |  File photo

Canola subsidies lucrative in N.D.

Canola growers in North Dakota don’t have to worry much about price. Since 2014, a U.S. Department of Agriculture program has guaranteed them a price of US$10.075 per bushel. That equates to C$12.60 per bu., assuming the loonie is valued at US80 cents. The price of canola in North Dakota was below $10.075 per bu. […] Read more

Parts of the region were in an extreme drought: as little to no rain had fallen since April. As well, blistering heat, in the range of 35 C, scorched the crop in early July.
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North Dakota wheat yields better than expected

Many areas of the state were grappling with extreme drought, but as harvest approached, producers found the crop was still in decent shape

Growers and agronomists in North Dakota were wondering in early July if any spring wheat would be produced in the western half of the state. Parts of the region were in an extreme drought: as little to no rain had fallen since April. As well, blistering heat, in the range of 35 C, scorched the […] Read more

The North Dakota Wheat Commission, in an August crop progress report, said durum wheat is suffering in the state. | File photo

U.S. durum yields well below last year’s levels

Dustin Johnsrud, who farms near Williston, North Dakota, started harvesting his durum crop in mid August. As of Aug. 18, his earliest-seeded durum was performing better than anticipated, at 20 to 25 bushels per acre. But he’s assuming the rest of the crop won’t do as well. “The later seeded stuff… I’m thinking 10 to […] Read more


North Dakota weather was hot and dry well into July, but the spring wheat crop was more resilient than projected. | File photo

North Dakota wheat yields better than expected

Growers and agronomists in North Dakota were wondering in early July if any spring wheat would be produced in the western half of the state. Parts of the region were in an extreme drought: as little to no rain had fallen since April. As well, blistering heat, in the range of 35 C, scorched the […] Read more

Western North Dakota and other parts of the northern Plains are in drought with rainfall in some places 100 to 125 millimetres below normal since March. | File photo

Canola suffers in northern U.S. drought

It’s been incredibly dry in southwestern North Dakota this year. The area is so parched that locals can cite the last time it rained. “Right in our region, around Hettinger … we had our last significant rain in April,” said John Rickertsen, a North Dakota State University extension agronomist in Hettinger, 20 kilometres from the […] Read more