I just taped my promo video for the Sept. 29 issue of Agweek (I’m getting better at my on-camera presence, so watch out, Katie Couric). I’m happy to share that my script was unusually long this week, and that’s because we have a lot of news to share in the ag industry.
Most of it revolves around harvest, not surprisingly, and storage for the new crop that’s coming in. There’s no room for it in the bins, already overflowing with last year’s crop. So, as you might have guessed, the Sept. 29 issue of Agweek also has an emphasis on the rail delays plaguing the Upper Midwest and Canada.
The heat is on both Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Canadian Pacific railways, but it’s been hotter recently for CP. It’s new “solution” to reduce late cars doesn’t seem to be a solution at all, as it shrinks the numbers on paper but does little to fill orders and really reduce the backlog. If you haven’t already heard, the “solution” is simply to ask elevators to cancel car orders.
But the good news is farmers are finally getting some warm, dry weather, so the harvest is moving along and crops are looking good. I recently overheard a few local farmers saying their wheat, potato and sugar beet yields are the best they’ve seen in their careers. Promising, but the crops always vary from field to field.
Beyond harvest, storage and rail delays, we’ll have coverage of the North Dakota Stockmen’s Convention this week in Dickinson, advice on what to do with a wet corn crop, and an interview with the new executive director of the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association. (She’s a woman, so it might be time to change the name to Cattlepeople’s Association; perhaps we should put it to a vote.)
So check out the video at agweek.com.
It’s not the Today Show, but in my biased opinion, it’s not bad.