Construction is underway at what will become North Dakota’s first dedicated soybean processing plant. Officials broke ground at the Spiritwood Energy Park near Jamestown June 2nd . The 350-million dollar facility will be owned by Green Bison Soy Processing, a joint venture between the ADM agribusiness conglomerate and Marathon Petroleum Corporation.
The plant is expected to be producing about 600 million pounds of refined vegetable oil annually by harvest 2023. Marathon will use the oil to make renewable diesel fuel. 
Governor Doug Burgum, Senator Kevin Cramer, Congressman Kelly Armstrong, and Senator John Hoeven were there to break ground.

Much like 2021 weather, early harvest results are extremely variable. Here are the market factors to watch.


Farm Broadcaster Jessica Benson catches up with Robert Haman about BASF's new LR344 Hybrid, as well as their premiere wheat hybrid -- the first ever on the market. 

Farm Broadcaster Jessica Benson and Joe Ikley discuss herbicide carryover from 2020, activity of residual herbicides during the drought, postemergence herbicide performance in hot, dry conditions, cupped/puckered soybeans, pre and post harvest weed management in wheat and other crops, as well as the Dicamba dilemma.

Farm Broadcaster Jessica Benson talks with Lisa Pederson about Lisa's background in the agriculture industry and what improvements she'd like to see thoughout the cattle industry. They also talk about the benefits of the Beef Quality Assurance Program, the controversy over RFID, and being a woman working in a male-dominated industry!

Jessica talks with Mr. Crandall about the tight supply and rocketing prices of fertilizer and WHY it's happening. Factors include the effects of COVID-19 and labor issues. They also discuss pros and cons of granular vs. liquid and considerations to make in a year of drought. 

Farm Broadcaster Jessica Benson talks with Karl Hoppe about drought and livestock, and how to make those hard decisions when it comes to our herds. 

We recently attended the field day at the Carrington Research Extension Center and got some great input on how to help mitigate stress and make tough decisions about our livestock operations during this time of severe drought. 

Farm Broadcaster Jessica Benson talks with Extension Agent Max Robison about considerations producers should be factoring in to their cattle herds during drought conditions.

Please contact Mr. Robison if you have any questions here:

To kick off the start of a new series of interviews with North Dakota Extension and ANR, Farm Broadcaster Jessica Benson talks with Dr. Hans Kandel, Extension Agronomist for Broadleaf Crops in the Department of Plant Sciences at North Dakota State University.

Dr. Kandel and Jessica discuss soybeans growing out of frost damage, heat stress in crops, how to go about replanting, signs of chlorosis and iron deficiency in soybeans and what the presence of nodules - or lack thereof - could mean for your crop.

Join us each week for a new discussion with extension experts!

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