FARGO - Upper Midwest farmers needed the middle of September to be warm and dry. That’s what they got. Now they need more of the same in early October. “A longer stretch of warm, dry weather would really be beneficial,” said Liz Stahl, University of Minnesota Extension crop educator. She’s based in Worthington, in southwest Minnesota.
A new report confirms U.S. farm expenses continue to rise, and agricultural business management specialists say that should cause farmers to take a closer look at how they operate. Farm production expenditures nationwide totaled $367.3 billion in 2013, up 2 percent from $360.1 billion in 2012, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.