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North Central Research Extension Center in Minot will hold a Soil Testing Workshop this Thursday, March 15th, at 1 pm....

    MINOT, ND - North Central Research Extension Center in Minot will hold a Soil Testing Workshop this Thursday, March 15th, at 1 pm. At the workshop you'll learn how to read a soil test and determine agronomic fertilizer applications. Topics include: what soil tests you need and do not need; crop specific soil tests; and new potassium recommendations. Bring your soil tests along for assistance with recommendations. To register, send an e-mail to


    FARGO, N.D. - North Dakota farmers and ranchers still have time to be counted in the 2017 Census of Agriculture, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Although the first deadline has passed, NASS will continue to accept Census information through the spring to get a complete and accurate picture of American agriculture that represents all farmers and ranchers.

    "We thank everyone who has completed their Census to date. North Dakota currently has a return rate of just over 46 percent of the Census questionnaires mailed to producers last December," said Darin Jantzi, North Dakota State Statistician. "A lot is at stake if producers are not represented in this data. Census data have and will continue to influence important decisions for American agriculture. The data will affect every operation and every farming community at some point, whether it be through farm policy, disaster relief, insurance or loan programs, infrastructure improvements, or agribusiness setup. There is accuracy and strength in numbers, which is why NASS is committed to giving producers every opportunity to respond."

    Federal law mandates that everyone who received the 2017 Census of Agriculture questionnaire complete it and return it even if not currently farming. NASS will continue to follow-up with producers through the spring with mailings, phone calls, and personal visits. To avoid these additional contacts, farmers and ranchers are encouraged to complete their Census either online at or by mail as soon as possible. Responding online saves time by skipping sections that do not apply and automatically calculating totals. The online questionnaire is accessible on desktops, laptops, and mobile devices.


     MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota's farmland prices dropped last year as the agriculture industry continues facing low crop prices and reduced income.
     The Star Tribune reports that sales data for fiscal 2017 reported to the Minnesota Department of Revenue and analyzed by the University of Minnesota indicate that the median price per acre was about $4,600, a 5.4 percent decrease from 2016.
     Former Minnesota Corn Growers Association President Bruce Peterson says land values are important to a farmer's equity.
     Minnesota Soybean Growers Association President Mike Petefish says falling land prices may make it easier for farmers looking to rent or purchase land.
     The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis says the state's agricultural sector, which has been struggling for four years, is weak but stable.



   (Copyright 2018 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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