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  • this article from Dickinson press. don

    ARDIN, Mont. — Western Sugar Cooperative is going to have a big crop this year, and the biggest part of it will be in the Billings, Mont., production area.

    “We have a very respectable crop coming across Western Sugar,” said J. Kent Wimmer, longtime director of shareholder relations and government affairs for the co-op, based in Denver. Western Sugar is the only beet sugar company in the country with all of its production under irrigation.

    “The projected average would be 32 tons per acre, which would be a record for the cooperative,” Wimmer said. “A lot driving it is that Montana crop, the potential for a record. They’re looking at 38.5 tons up there right now, and it could be better than that if the weather continues to progress like it is.”

  • copied from Todays Billing gazette. don
    This is the third,” Nedens said. A two-track path beaten down by onlookers was taking shape. Nedens gave the men a two-fingered country wave and prepared to turn around as he reached the end of his acres. “This is the first one of its kind in this area. It’s kind of unusual.”

    Farmers from Billings to Hardin have been talking about Nedens’ new self-propelled beet harvester for months. It’s one of only six in the four states in which the Western Sugar Cooperative operates and the only one in Montana.
    The German-made Ropa Tiger XL is a bright Yellow mastodon of a machine that not only harvests beets, but also defoliates them before depositing the tallowy roots into a cage large enough to handle a 30-ton harvest. Like most pieces of large modern farm machinery, it cost more than a house, but Nedens said the machine should pay for itself over time with efficiency.

    The harvester eliminates the need for a defoliator to drive ahead cutting greens from the beets. Older, tractor-pulled harvesters also hold fewer beets, just four tons. The Ropa eliminates the need for several extra pieces of machinery, which makes it much easier orchestrating the interaction between field equipment and the semi-trucks hauling beets to the delivery pile where they’re weighed and hauled to the sugar factory in Billings.
    The Ropa harvests seven rows of sugar beets at a time and can potentially retrieve more than an acre’s worth without stopping.

    Learning to drive it was no easy task. Ropa sent Nedens Farms an instructor to train Bret and his brother Chris how the run the machine, which has more computer settings than a modern airplane.

  • Reply to

    Alibaba and Scotch

    by harehau Sep 17, 2014 4:37 PM
    dkwilk dkwilk Sep 18, 2014 2:22 PM Flag

    Joseph Kennedy and Family used to get a royalty fee on every bottle of Scotch imported to the USA, I wonder if that is Still true.
    I see all 535 Of the Hampsters in Congress are ready to go home.. the country is a Hell of a lot safer with them NOT in Washington.. Now if they could convince the Executive portion of the Administration to leave for a protracted Vacation , the world would be Safe.
    80 degrees today in SW ND, the Small grain, edibile beans and pea harvest is going like crazy.. looks like a week or so of good weather for Fall work.. All the Corn Froze real hard last week, looks like a lot of silage/forage for those who feed livestock..

  • Any wagers about a dividend cut this year?? I believe we will see a 30 % reduction in dividend. The earnings are Not looking Stellar enough to pay a .10 cent per share dividend and allow for money to pay off bills, and buy New Mfg. equipment.. Your Thoughts ?? don

  • Reply to

    Challenges in the Paradox basin?

    by jrchalley Sep 15, 2014 3:32 PM
    dkwilk dkwilk Sep 16, 2014 6:25 PM Flag

    MDU has previously announced a cost over run on this Dakota refinery.. I would look for another $ 25 million $$$ added to the number before it is done.
    A master Electrician who has worked there for 6 months indicated they started approx. 2 weeks ago a 2- 10 hr per day shifts, working 13 days on and 1 off. they also increased the per diem to $ 100 per day... .don

  • Reply to

    E+P stock price change in from 90 day high

    by dkwilk Sep 13, 2014 10:03 AM
    dkwilk dkwilk Sep 16, 2014 9:42 AM Flag

    the article indicates that the money portion was approx. 1.3 % of the 298 billion $$ fund, and returned a 0.4 % on the investment.
    Maybe Calpers will take the Money and invest in BTU, and ACI.. don

  • Hare. Bigriverdago posted this over on IVT berry pet board

    Which ones will rise from the ashes?
    % down from 90 day high
    Bakken:
    AMZG -25.2%

    AXAS -18.4%

    CLR -11.2%

    EOX -12.3%

    KOG -10.1%

    NOG -9.2%

    OAS -20.3%

    TPLM -8.8%

    WLL -10.1%

    Eagleford

    CRK -29.7%

    CRZO -18.9%

    MTDR -17.6%

    PVA -22.4%

    ROSE -16.4%

    SN -25.3%

    USEG -17.1%
    Niobara
    BBG -25.7%

    BCEI -7.2%

    PDCE -22.1%

    SYRG -10.6%
    Permian:
    AREX -32.2%

    ATHL -11.1%

    CPE -22.6%

    CWEI -28.6%

    CXO -12.2%

    EGN -16.0%

    EPE -24.6%

    FANG -18.0%

    LPI -23.7%

    PE -19.1%

    RSPP -25.2%

    Big Boys:

    APA -8.4%

    APC -7.1%

    COP -9.9%

    EOG -14.8%

    MRO -5.6%

    MUR -16.3%

    NBL -15.7%

    OXY -7.8%

    PXD -13.8%

  • in today's Casper Trib. don
    Wyoming sugar beet growers have had a head start on the 2014 growing season from the beginning.
    Producers planted the more than 30,000 acres of beets produced in Wyoming as much as three weeks early in some parts of the state. The late April planting dates have sugar factories in the state firing up for an early harvest.

    Promising market trends and solid growing conditions are cause for optimism among producers.
    “We have a very good crop coming this year if our estimate is correct,” said Kent Wimmer, director of governmental affairs at Western Sugar Cooperative.

    Western Sugar officials anticipate a crop of 29.5 tons per acre at their Torrington sugar processing facility. Western Sugar has already started early harvest at the Lovell processing site and will officially begin harvest Oct. 2. Torrington will follow shortly after, on Oct. 9.
    In the central regions of the state, Wyoming Sugar Co. officials are reporting what could be a record crop in beet fields in Big Horn, Washakie and Fremont counties. They plan to begin harvest Sept. 29.

    “My original estimate was 29.7 tons per acre,” said Myron Casdorph, agriculture administrator at Wyoming Sugar Co. “If we have a nice harvest, which would help us get the beets out in a timely fashion, we could have well over a 30-ton-per-acre record crop. It could be the best crop we’ve ever seen.”

  • Reply to

    Illinois Propoposed Fraccing regulations

    by dkwilk Sep 10, 2014 9:20 PM
    dkwilk dkwilk Sep 12, 2014 9:52 AM Flag

    their was several inches snow in Rapid city, 9 inches snow in Lead SD yesterday. We had 26 degrees in Bowman ND this morning.. looks like the garden season is done. I see it froze as far south as Chadron NE. don

  • Reply to

    board going to clean house ?

    by cleanhouse062014 Sep 10, 2014 8:05 PM
    dkwilk dkwilk Sep 11, 2014 10:20 AM Flag

    Why would the Same board of Directors that approved the financial works for DNR for the last several years want to Clean House.. The CEO is doing what they wish.. I do Not recall any New members in BOD , if so please share with us. don

  • Copied from todays Chicago tribune. google for complete article.
    Representatives of the oil and gas industry in Illinois expressed outrage Wednesday about the latest draft of rules that would govern fracking in the state, saying its doubtful "anyone will even bother" to apply for a permit to drill here if the regulations move forward.

    Brad Richards, executive vice president of the Illinois Oil and Gas Association, said the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, which has been charged with outlining regulations to govern the high impact form of drilling for oil and natural gas, overreached in its latest version of the rules, which could be implemented as soon as next week. The IDNR's charge was to draft the rules based on a somewhat prescriptive law passed by legislators more than a year ago to regulate the drilling method, which has led to massive oil and natural gas booms in states around the country.

    "I question whether a permit application will even be submitted for consideration," Richards said. "There are some tough hurdles."

  • article from todays Chicago tribune. google it to read complete article. don
    Representatives of the oil and gas industry in Illinois expressed outrage Wednesday about the latest draft of rules that would govern fracking in the state, saying its doubtful "anyone will even bother" to apply for a permit to drill here if the regulations move forward.

    Brad Richards, executive vice president of the Illinois Oil and Gas Association, said the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, which has been charged with outlining regulations to govern the high impact form of drilling for oil and natural gas, overreached in its latest version of the rules, which could be implemented as soon as next week. The IDNR's charge was to draft the rules based on a somewhat prescriptive law passed by legislators more than a year ago to regulate the drilling method, which has led to massive oil and natural gas booms in states around the country.

    "I question whether a permit application will even be submitted for consideration," Richards said. "There are some tough hurdles."

  • dkwilk by dkwilk Sep 10, 2014 9:35 AM Flag

    got a upgrade today.. PT $ 26.. stock up 6 %. don

  • Reply to

    nat gas

    by harehau Sep 9, 2014 12:56 PM
    dkwilk dkwilk Sep 9, 2014 1:37 PM Flag

    Hare
    I am using NG today, because the noon temp is 45 degrees with a 25 MPH NW winds and drizzle all day.. ISH.. where did this report surface from.. tia don

  • Zeits has a new HK article on EF , available at Seeking Alpha. don

  • Reply to

    Ques. for Don

    by birdog40 Sep 5, 2014 10:10 AM
    dkwilk dkwilk Sep 5, 2014 6:11 PM Flag

    here is a list of all the MN locations.. woodbury is a mpls suburb. don
    Minnesota
    Alexandria
    Alexandria - Ready-Mix

    (320) 762-2457

    (320) 763-7074 fax

    E-Mail Knife River
    Annandale
    Annandale - Ready-Mix

    (888) 235-4343

    (320) 274-2145 fax
    E-Mail Knife River
    Baxter
    Baxter - Ready-Mix
    (800) 450-4726
    (218) 829-3250 fax

    E-Mail Knife River
    Becker
    Becker - Ready-Mix
    (888) 640-1600
    (763) 263-2690 fax

    E-Mail Knife River
    Bemidji
    Bemidji Building Materials Store
    (218) 751-6240

    E-Mail Knife River
    Bemidji
    Northern Minnesota Division - Bemidji
    (218) 751-5413
    (218) 751-5462 fax

    E-Mail Knife River
    Braham
    Braham - Ready-Mix
    (888) 610-4483
    (320) 396-2088 fax

    E-Mail Knife River
    Deerwood
    Deerwood Ready-Mix
    (888) 450-4726
    (218) 534-3455 fax

    E-Mail Knife River
    Deerwood
    Deerwood Aggregate
    (888) 450-3460

    E-Mail Knife River
    Forest Lake
    Forest Lake - Ready-Mix
    (888) 610-4483
    (651) 464-6390

    E-Mail Knife River
    Glencoe
    Glencoe - Ready-Mix
    (888) 235-4343
    (320) 864-4688 fax

    E-Mail Knife River
    Harris
    North Branch
    (888) 610-4483
    (651) 674-0107 fax

    E-Mail Knife River
    Hutchinson
    Hutchinson Ready-Mix
    (888) 235-4343
    (320) 587-4649 fax

    E-Mail Knife River
    Isanti
    Isanti - Ready-Mix
    (888) 610-4483
    (763) 444-8652 fax

    E-Mail Knife River
    Jordan
    Jordan/Schmitz Aggregate Site

    (888) 640-5520
    E-Mail Knife River
    Litchfield
    Litchfield - Ready-Mix
    (888) 235-4343
    (320) 693-3765 fax

    E-Mail Knife River
    Little Falls
    Little Falls - Ready-Mix
    (800) 450-4726
    (320) 632-8192 fax

    E-Mail Knife River
    Milaca
    Milaca - Ready-Mix
    (888) 640-1600
    (320) 983-2606 fax

    E-Mail Knife River
    Milaca
    Milaca/Gardner Aggregate Site

    (888) 640-5520

    E-Mail Knife River
    Monticello
    Monticello/Holthaus Retail Aggregate Site
    (888) 640-5520

    E-Mail Knife River
    Otsego
    Albertville - R

  • this is a copy /paste from zero hedge( dotcom ) on viewership..
    Some observations: for the core 25-54 demo, CNBC's Business Day segment is down every month this year compared to last year, with August's 28,000 literally a step in the abyss compared to last year, as viewership plummeted by a near record 30% (with ad revenue following close behind). In fact, the last time CNBC was up in Business Day year to year was over two years ago, in July 2012.

    And the punchline: this was the lowest rated month in the core demographic since February 1993! In fact, in CNBC's entire Nielsen-rated history, there is only one month in history when demo viewership was lower, back in November 1992, when demo viewership was just 1000 less at 27,000.

    At this rate, in the next month or two, CNBC should make history when Nielsen reports that its viewers have dropped to a never before seen low, paradoxically enough, as the increasingly unwatched financial channel cheers on the very same market-rigging policies that are forcing retail investors to give up on anything finance-related, and crushing the station into ad-revenue and eyeball oblivion.

  • We had 36 degrees for over night low, Hettinger ND had 34 degrees, the elevation is approx. 2800 ft.. tonight it is going to be approx. 43 for a low..
    The Small grain in SW ND is slow to harvest, I am hearing about mold on standing grain, way to much moisture.. looks like it may freeze dry this year again.
    Any thought on NG build/shortage this winter.?? sounds like Propane is good here, and in Midwest. Local costs $ 1.49-$ 1.55 per gallon.. but it might take a lot to dry corn in MN and Iowa this year.. don

  • Reply to

    Ques. for Don

    by birdog40 Sep 5, 2014 10:10 AM
    dkwilk dkwilk Sep 5, 2014 11:36 AM Flag

    NO, MDU does not Have any Fracc sand..
    The Knife River division is in charge of aggregates, they have own web page. the Fracc sand is located in SE MN ( along and near the Mississippi River from MPLS to the south)
    Also huge fracc sand mines are in eastern Wisconsin, starting at Hudson area and going to Illinois. I believe they extend approx 100 miles east of MN border..The Silica sand was deposited by the glaciers, and washout from glacial rivers.
    There has been discussion of a possible 1 or 3 frac sand mines on Federal land in the SW Black Hills area, but I think it will be till 2017 before any permits could be given...
    My Brother in law is a freight dispatcher in MN and they are hauling Fracc sand from Mid Wisc to NE Colorado by truck, because they can not get any Train cars.. it is funny you ask , because I ask him today how busy he was with frac sand and here is his e-mail comment.. don
    (
    This weekend I’m moving 100 loads of 30/50 frac sand out of Marshfield WI to Denver, CO $174.00 per ton about $4.25 per mile. We are also moving sand out of Woodbury, MN to Sidney, MT @ $100.00 per ton, Next week Alama Center WI to Genoa, NE $64.00. Plant to Plant move. Why, you got leads on something )

  • Reply to

    ndls

    by harehau Sep 3, 2014 11:42 AM
    dkwilk dkwilk Sep 4, 2014 3:43 PM Flag

    3 years ago Hess had sign a JV with Toredo to explore/drill/fraccc the Paris Basin.. Toredo had like 300,000 acres from the French gov in land leases. the TOC of the Paris basin was greater then the TOC of the Bakken.
    Well the )(*&^%$#@#$%^&* French Banned the fraccing after a 1 year study sponsored by vast quanities of wine.. Toredo stock went to hell in 2 days when I was gone. and hess backed out, and now ZAZA folded itself into the shell of Toredo..
    I wonder how that Libyan oil is working for the )(*&^%$#$%^& French today..don

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