Ag Briefs

Agribusiness luncheon is Nov. 27 at SMSU

AgriBusiness luncheon featuring a presentation from Olga Reuvekamp with MARL, Sang Jung with Department of Agriculture, Culinology & Hospitality and Michael Stutelberg with AURI will take place from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Southwest Minnesota State University CH 201. After the presentation, attendees can take a tour of the SMSU Greenhouse with Professor Lee French.

11:45-11:55 a.m. — Registration

Noon-12:15 p.m. — SMSU Ag department presentation by Sang Jung

12:15-12:30 p.m. — MARL presentation by Olga Reuvekamp

12:30-12:45 — AURI presentation by Michael Stutelberg

12:45-1 p.m. — Optional greenhouse tour

The event is sponsored by Titan Machinery and Bremer Bank.

The parking for Charter Hall (CH) is Lot B2. The location is the east side of the campus in front of Individualized Learning (IL) building. A parking pass will be distributed along with the event reminder the day before via email.

For more information contact Brad Gruhot at

Fees/admission: $10 for members and non-members.

Minnesota fall harvest winds down as wintry weather sets in

ST. PAUL (AP) — The fall harvest is winding down in Minnesota as wintry weather sets in.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said 87 percent of Minnesota’s corn has been harvested. That’s six days ahead of last year’s pace and just 2 percentage points behind the five-year average.

The USDA also said in its weekly crop progress and condition report for Minnesota Tuesday that 97 percent of the state’s soybean crop has been harvested. That’s nine days behind last year and 10 days behind the five-year average. The state’s sunflower harvest is 83 percent complete, six days behind average.

Winter cold and scattered precipitation resulted in only 3.5 days suitable for fieldwork in Minnesota last week.

Fall tillage is also winding down and came to a halt in many areas due to frozen ground.

Idaho, Washington farmers see above-average year on wheat

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — Farmers in Idaho and Washington saw above-average returns on wheat crop this year, but lentil prices are plunging, officials said.

“Generally speaking, we had an above-average year,” said Nez Perce County Extension agent Doug Finkelnburg. “We had above-average returns on winter wheat and really strong yields on garbanzo beans.”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Portland Daily Grain Report last week listed soft white wheat prices between $6.20 and $6.35 a bushel, the Lewiston Tribune reported Monday.

But dry pea, lentil and garbanzo prices plunged 40 percent recently because of retaliatory tariffs imposed by India, the No. 1 customer for those products.

Pulse prices haven’t been this low since the early 2000s and are likely to result in a dramatic decline in acres planted to dry peas, lentils and garbanzos next spring, according to the USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council in Moscow, Idaho.

U.S. Wheat Associates published an update last month on world and U.S. wheat supply and demand.