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KHRT AGRICULTURE NEWS - 08/14/14

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Corn production is down slightly in the Dakotas, but the soybean crops are at record levels and wheat production has rebounded.  The latest report from the Agriculture Department estimates South Dakota's soybean crop up 7 percent from last year and North Dakota's soybean crop up 37 percent. The increase comes at the expense of corn production, which is expected to drop 5 percent in South Dakota and 9 percent in North Dakota.
 
     Both states' winter wheat crops are forecast to be more than double the size of last year's. Spring wheat production is expected to be up 14 percent in South Dakota and up 16 percent in North Dakota.  Good growing conditions are a reason. North Dakota's spring wheat yield is projected to be a record 47 bushels per acre.

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - State Agriculture Department staff is meeting with north central North Dakota farmers to talk about issues related to oil development.  The Wednesday night meeting at Antler is aimed in part at educating farmers about the services offered by the North Dakota Mediation Service. State Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says the service might help resolve disputes related to oil development.  State Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms also is scheduled to be on hand to talk about regulation and remediation in the oil fields.

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Yesterday Congressman Kevin Cramer announced official grain inspections at the Port of Vancouver have resumed after a tentative agreement was reached in a two-year labor dispute. The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) had suspended inspections entirely on July 1 after months of grain delays.

Last November, and again on July 31, Cramer urged U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to take action on the delayed inspections at the western port due to the labor strikes requiring police escorts for inspectors reporting to work.

In addition, the North Dakota Grain Dealers Association and North Dakota Grain Growers Association signed a letter along with other commodity groups last week.

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