Field 2 Field http://chadsmithmedia.com News from the farm field to the sports field Wed, 06 Sep 2017 16:51:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.2 61121431 10-year anniversary of the Rushford flood http://chadsmithmedia.com/10-year-anniversary-of-the-rushford-flood/ http://chadsmithmedia.com/10-year-anniversary-of-the-rushford-flood/#respond Wed, 06 Sep 2017 16:51:37 +0000 http://chadsmithmedia.com/?p=2569 Saturday, August 18, started as a typical weekend day in Rushford, but it wouldn’t end like a typical day. In fact, it’s a day that lives on in infamy and will for a long time to come. The Rushford, Minnesota, 2007 flood had begun. Rain began to fall that evening. It started out as a […]

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Texas floods making life hard for agriculture http://chadsmithmedia.com/texas-floods-making-life-hard-agriculture/ http://chadsmithmedia.com/texas-floods-making-life-hard-agriculture/#respond Wed, 30 Aug 2017 01:27:44 +0000 http://chadsmithmedia.com/?p=2562 It’s been unbelievable to watch the Texas floods play out, hasn’t it? Watching the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey play out on TV screens, laptops, and smartphones all make it seem like you’re watching a disaster movie play out, but this is as real as it gets. Here’s a portion of a recent press release from […]

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Crop Production Report shows record soybean production http://chadsmithmedia.com/crop-production-report-shows-record-soybean-production/ Thu, 10 Aug 2017 18:06:42 +0000 http://chadsmithmedia.com/?p=2555 The Crop Production Report came out today (Thursday, August 10), predicting a record-high soybean production. As you know, it’s the first time USDA gives out its yield estimates based on surveys. Do you think they’ve come in about where you expected? U.S. farmers are expected to produce a record-high soybean crop this year, according to […]

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NAFTA renegotiations present opportunity and challenge http://chadsmithmedia.com/nafta-renegotiations-present-opportunity-and-challenge/ Tue, 08 Aug 2017 19:50:05 +0000 http://chadsmithmedia.com/?p=2547 Agriculture has been waiting with anticipation, and some trepidation, for the North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiations to finally begin. Now that the negotiations are free to begin on August 16th, the next logical question is what happens next during the actual NAFTA renegotiations? Darci Vetter was the lead agricultural trade negotiator for the Obama […]

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Farmer answers needed on possible dicamba damage http://chadsmithmedia.com/farmer-answers-needed-on-possible-dicamba-damage/ Fri, 04 Aug 2017 18:59:31 +0000 http://chadsmithmedia.com/?p=2538 The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is gathering information on plant damage that may have been caused by the use of the herbicide dicamba. The MDA is encouraging anyone with damage to complete a survey. The survey will be open until September 15. “We are trying to gather as much information on this issue as […]

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2017 drought continues to expand coverage area http://chadsmithmedia.com/2017-drought-continues-to-expand-coverage-area/ Thu, 03 Aug 2017 00:25:10 +0000 http://chadsmithmedia.com/?p=2531 Agriculture and weather go hand in hand. One (agriculture) watches the other (weather), while one (weather) has a big effect on the other (agriculture). Weather, specifically the 2017 drought, is hitting agriculture hard. That’s why it’s time to talk weather with my guy, Ryan Martin, who you can find at his personal website address, weatherstud.com. […]

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Preseason Minnesota Volleyball rankings are out http://chadsmithmedia.com/preseason-minnesota-volleyball-rankings-are-out/ Tue, 01 Aug 2017 22:20:05 +0000 http://chadsmithmedia.com/?p=2526 Here are the first Minnesota volleyball preseason rankings of the year: Class AAA Rankings 1. Eagan (8) 2. Prior Lake 3. Lakeville North 4. Stillwater 5. Champlin Park 6. Hopkins 7. East Ridge 8. Shakopee 9. Moorhead ​10. Blaine Class AA Rankings 1. Maple Lake (8) 2. Stewartville 3. Kasson-Mantorville 4. Southwest Christian 5. Marshall […]

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Spring Grove Lions fall sports teams ready http://chadsmithmedia.com/spring-grove-lions-fall-sports-teams-ready/ Tue, 01 Aug 2017 21:42:54 +0000 http://chadsmithmedia.com/?p=2512 Boy, it’s hard to believe that fall sports are right around the corner. What happened to summer? The first official day of fall practice for high school sports is August 14. I’m already talking to southeast Minnesota coaches about doing previews of their teams for our newspapers and online at bluffcountrynews.com. My first stop this […]

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Japan increases tariff rate on U.S. beef imports http://chadsmithmedia.com/japan-increases-tariff-rate-on-u-s-beef-imports/ Fri, 28 Jul 2017 14:56:13 +0000 http://chadsmithmedia.com/?p=2502 Not good news for American beef producers to end the week on. Japan just announced it’s triggering a tariff increase on U.S.  beef imports, which means our product just got a lot more expensive for the consumers in what’s been a very valuable export market.A big part of the problem is not having a bilateral […]

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Minnesota Twins buying at the MLB trade deadline http://chadsmithmedia.com/minnesota-twins-buying-mlb-trade-deadline/ Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:06:20 +0000 http://chadsmithmedia.com/?p=2494 So, I was thinking it was a bit unusual for the our Minnesota Twins to evidently be buyers as the Major League Baseball trade deadline approaches. They’ve supposedly all but done a deal for Jaime Garcia of the Atlanta Braves. I was excited about picking up a lefthander who could maybe eat up some innings. […]

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