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RED RIVER VALLEY

A warmup is coming in June, but conflicting forces make it impossible to predict whether the summer will be hot and dry or hot and wet.
Painter Dan Jones displays both sides of the Red River Valley in his first solo show at the Rourke Art Museum + Gallery in Moorhead.
A La Niña weather pattern can produce a colder, snowier winter on the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest, but sometimes is overridden by other weather systems. This winter likely will be colder and snowier than last year's mild, dry winter, forecasters say.
Sugarbeet harvest plays a large role in the Red River Valley's agriculture industry. Due to the harvest being non-stop once the campaign begins, many local businesses extend their hours in an effort to rally behind sugarbeet producers.

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“The timing of the rain was too late to make a difference for our earliest soybeans, but it did help many of our later fields fill pods better,” according to one farmer in Valley City, North Dakota.
Sugarbeet harvest in the Red River Valley is an around the clock operation, requiring a multitude of seasonal workers to get the job done.
The condition of North Dakota potatoes, which includes processing and fresh stock, in the week that ended Sunday, Aug. 23, was 8% very poor, 14% poor and 63% fair, National Agricultural Statistics-North Dakota said. The agency rated only 13% of the crop good, and 2% excellent.
Farmers in the southern Red River Valley who experienced drought conditions a month ago, along with 50 mph winds, now have gotten a shot of rain. Soils that moved also moved weed seed, which can contaminate neighboring fields with tough-to-control waterhemp. A return to hot, dry conditions makes those weeds even harder to control.
WDAY chief meteorologist John Wheeler warns that, without needed rains, the drought could become severe this summer.
“Roots of the Red River Valley: Through the Lens of Russell Lee,” now on display in Moorhead, uses images of the late photographer to look at the 1937 sugar beet harvest in Polk County and highlight the importance of migrant workers in the process.

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American Crystal Sugar Co. President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Astrup and Board Chairman David Mueller addressed shareholders virtually from their traditional venue in the Great Hall of the Fargo Holiday Inn, Dec. 3, 2020.
Sugar prices look stable and healthy for the next several years. That's good for the Upper Great Plains, including North Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska and Montana, which together account for about 30% of the nation's sugar industries.

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